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Movies are back...safely! Join us and Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media for a screening of “Not Going Quietly” at NMAJH...
11/20/2021

Movies are back...safely! Join us and Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media for a screening of “Not Going Quietly” at NMAJH at 7 pm ET on the closing night of the 41st Annual Jewish Film Festival. 🎥

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, head to on.nmajh.org/328yutP. Virtual option available.

📷: Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media

Movies are back...safely! Join us and Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media for a screening of “Not Going Quietly” at NMAJH at 7 pm ET on the closing night of the 41st Annual Jewish Film Festival. 🎥

To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, head to on.nmajh.org/328yutP. Virtual option available.

📷: Philadelphia Jewish Film and Media

With Hanukkah almost upon us, we thought we’d share some Hanukkah vocab to get everyone excited for the holiday season. ...
11/19/2021

With Hanukkah almost upon us, we thought we’d share some Hanukkah vocab to get everyone excited for the holiday season. Our first word in this series is Sufganiyot.

This Hebrew word (pronounced soof-gahn-ee-YOHT) is the plural of sufganiyah, but why would you only want one? More importantly, they are mouth-watering jelly-filled fried donuts that never stay on the table for very long...

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s program of Beth A. Lee making these sweet treats IRL, you can watch the recorded video at on.nmajh.org/3GwMFZB

With Hanukkah almost upon us, we thought we’d share some Hanukkah vocab to get everyone excited for the holiday season. Our first word in this series is Sufganiyot.

This Hebrew word (pronounced soof-gahn-ee-YOHT) is the plural of sufganiyah, but why would you only want one? More importantly, they are mouth-watering jelly-filled fried donuts that never stay on the table for very long...

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s program of Beth A. Lee making these sweet treats IRL, you can watch the recorded video at on.nmajh.org/3GwMFZB

11/18/2021
Sufganiyot and Essential Jewish Baking with Beth A Lee

Beth A. Lee will teach us two ways to make sufganiyot, the jelly donuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah, as she discusses her transition from working in Silicon Valley to working with silicone baking mats

When you're muted on Zoom, but forget and start talking…📷: Photograph of Jeanne Gornish (stage name: "Sheindele die Chaz...
11/18/2021

When you're muted on Zoom, but forget and start talking…

📷: Photograph of Jeanne Gornish (stage name: "Sheindele die Chazente") singing at a microphone. National Museum of American Jewish History. 1982.21.5 d. Planters Oil Company.

When you're muted on Zoom, but forget and start talking…

📷: Photograph of Jeanne Gornish (stage name: "Sheindele die Chazente") singing at a microphone. National Museum of American Jewish History. 1982.21.5 d. Planters Oil Company.

11/17/2021
SEPHARDI's 2nd Edition with Mike Solomonov and Hélène Jawhara-Piñer

Join Mike Solomonov and Hélène Jawhara Piñer for a conversation on Sephardic history and culinary traditions as the two master chefs celebrate the release of the second edition of Jawhara-Piñer’s book, SEPHARDI. As Chef Solomonov said in his review, “Sephardi is truly the only cookbook of its kind…Mazel Bueno to Sephardi!”

11/14/2021

We’re celebrating 11 years in our amazing building on Independence Mall! 🎉 To mark the occasion, we are debuting an online tour starring our newly digitized core exhibition. You can virtually explore more than 360 years of Jewish life in America through up-close-and-personal encounters with artifacts and stories about immigration, community, and overcoming adversity. History will come to life from the comfort of your own couch. 🛋️

Grab your fellow history lover, head to on.nmajh.org/3CRduFC and dive into our virtual tour. 🔍

This tour is possible thanks to the generous support of philanthropist George Blumenthal, and was created by internationally recognized digital photographer, Ardon Bar Hama, who has also photographed the Dead Sea Scrolls and treasures of the Vatican!

Brace yourself for one of the best Wedding Save the Dates you’ve ever seen! 😄 Oh how things change after braces and Bar ...
11/12/2021

Brace yourself for one of the best Wedding Save the Dates you’ve ever seen! 😄 Oh how things change after braces and Bar Mitzvahs... Thank goodness!

If you’re searching for the perfect place for a B’nai Mitzvah, wedding, or Orthodontics Convention? Look no further! With 20,000 square feet of multi-purpose event space, our many unique spaces make NMAJH an ideal spot for any special event. The delicious and expert catering services of Neuman's Kitchen - Events & Catering don’t hurt either…

Head to on.nmajh.org/3GWvyAu to learn more about hosting an event at NMAJH.

📷: Wedding Announcement, Courtney Wilk-Mandel & Daniel Mandel, 2018

Brace yourself for one of the best Wedding Save the Dates you’ve ever seen! 😄 Oh how things change after braces and Bar Mitzvahs... Thank goodness!

If you’re searching for the perfect place for a B’nai Mitzvah, wedding, or Orthodontics Convention? Look no further! With 20,000 square feet of multi-purpose event space, our many unique spaces make NMAJH an ideal spot for any special event. The delicious and expert catering services of Neuman's Kitchen - Events & Catering don’t hurt either…

Head to on.nmajh.org/3GWvyAu to learn more about hosting an event at NMAJH.

📷: Wedding Announcement, Courtney Wilk-Mandel & Daniel Mandel, 2018

NMAJH salutes all of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our great country! To those in uniform on la...
11/11/2021

NMAJH salutes all of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our great country! To those in uniform on land, sky, or shining sea, we honor you today and every day.

Abraham Irving Hausman, a Cleveland attorney and World War I veteran, received this medal from the Jewish War Veterans in recognition of his service.

🎖️: A.I. Hausman’s Jewish War Veterans medal, ca. 1930s, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1982.33.19

NMAJH salutes all of the veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our great country! To those in uniform on land, sky, or shining sea, we honor you today and every day.

Abraham Irving Hausman, a Cleveland attorney and World War I veteran, received this medal from the Jewish War Veterans in recognition of his service.

🎖️: A.I. Hausman’s Jewish War Veterans medal, ca. 1930s, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1982.33.19

Today, we remember the atrocities of Kristallnacht that took place on this day in 1938. The name “The Night of Broken Gl...
11/09/2021

Today, we remember the atrocities of Kristallnacht that took place on this day in 1938.

The name “The Night of Broken Glass” refers to the thousands of shattered windows that littered the streets following violent anti-Jewish demonstrations across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Approximately 7,500 Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and schools were plundered, and 91 Jews were murdered. An additional 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

NMAJH remembers and honors the lives that were lost that night. May their memories live on.

For more information and educational resources, please visit: https://bit.ly/3EQHvpu

📷: Germans pass by the broken shop window of a Jewish-owned business that was destroyed during Kristallnacht, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

Today, we remember the atrocities of Kristallnacht that took place on this day in 1938.

The name “The Night of Broken Glass” refers to the thousands of shattered windows that littered the streets following violent anti-Jewish demonstrations across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. Approximately 7,500 Jewish-owned businesses, homes, and schools were plundered, and 91 Jews were murdered. An additional 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

NMAJH remembers and honors the lives that were lost that night. May their memories live on.

For more information and educational resources, please visit: https://bit.ly/3EQHvpu

📷: Germans pass by the broken shop window of a Jewish-owned business that was destroyed during Kristallnacht, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

Don’t stress 😓 we’ve got you covered for Hanukkah gifts! 🎁 Head over to shopnmajh.com for for all your gift-giving needs...
11/08/2021

Don’t stress 😓 we’ve got you covered for Hanukkah gifts! 🎁 Head over to shopnmajh.com for for all your gift-giving needs. Just don’t forget to order SOON so you receive your gifts before the start of Hanukkah! Click on.nmajh.org/3Cu5hHh to get shopping now.

📷: Jewish Community Centers of North America (JCCs)

Don’t stress 😓 we’ve got you covered for Hanukkah gifts! 🎁 Head over to shopnmajh.com for for all your gift-giving needs. Just don’t forget to order SOON so you receive your gifts before the start of Hanukkah! Click on.nmajh.org/3Cu5hHh to get shopping now.

📷: Jewish Community Centers of North America (JCCs)

Today we are FALLingback as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Make sure to set your clocks back and enjoy that extra...
11/07/2021

Today we are FALLingback as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Make sure to set your clocks back and enjoy that extra hour of 😴 or 🍸!

🕰️: Redwood burl clock with Hebrew numerals, made by Art a la Carte, Van Nuys, California, ca. 1980s, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1985.61.1, Gift of Elaine and Stanley Silverman in honor of the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Rae and Donald Santman, February 1986

Today we are FALLingback as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. Make sure to set your clocks back and enjoy that extra hour of 😴 or 🍸!

🕰️: Redwood burl clock with Hebrew numerals, made by Art a la Carte, Van Nuys, California, ca. 1980s, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1985.61.1, Gift of Elaine and Stanley Silverman in honor of the twenty-fifth wedding anniversary of Rae and Donald Santman, February 1986

Guess what’s up next on our Yiddish word series, and no, you don’t have to ~schmooze~ your way into getting this one! Ta...
11/05/2021

Guess what’s up next on our Yiddish word series, and no, you don’t have to ~schmooze~ your way into getting this one! Tag the biggest schmoozer you know in the comments below 📣

Guess what’s up next on our Yiddish word series, and no, you don’t have to ~schmooze~ your way into getting this one! Tag the biggest schmoozer you know in the comments below 📣

Keep calm and eat candy because today we’re celebrating National Candy Day!We reached into our candy bag and pulled out ...
11/04/2021

Keep calm and eat candy because today we’re celebrating National Candy Day!

We reached into our candy bag and pulled out this vintage tin from the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company, which was founded by a Jewish family, right here in Philadelphia, in the early 1900s. We can thank the Blumenthal Bros for Snocaps, Raisinets, and Goobers! 🍫

📷: Blumenthal Brothers candy tin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.12.232.

Keep calm and eat candy because today we’re celebrating National Candy Day!

We reached into our candy bag and pulled out this vintage tin from the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company, which was founded by a Jewish family, right here in Philadelphia, in the early 1900s. We can thank the Blumenthal Bros for Snocaps, Raisinets, and Goobers! 🍫

📷: Blumenthal Brothers candy tin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.12.232.

11/03/2021
LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project - Conversation and Screening

Enjoy a screening of Strictly Speaking: Asian American Jews Discuss Heritage Languages, an episode from the new season of LUNAR's short film series. A conversation with cast member Maya Katz-Ali, and co-creator/producer Gen Xia Ye Slosberg will follow

Join us TONIGHT at 8 pm ET for a screening and conversation with LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project!LUNAR cultivates c...
11/03/2021

Join us TONIGHT at 8 pm ET for a screening and conversation with LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project!

LUNAR cultivates connection, belonging, and visibility for Asian American Jews through authentic storytelling and intersectional community programming. Our special guests, co-creator and producer Gen Xia Ye Slosberg and cast member Maya Katz-Ali, will take us through some of their work and explore the motivation behind the highly popular video series.

Head to on.nmajh.org/2ZjyWVb to register!

📷: Lunar: The Jewish-Asian Film Project, art by Davi Cheng

Join us TONIGHT at 8 pm ET for a screening and conversation with LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project!

LUNAR cultivates connection, belonging, and visibility for Asian American Jews through authentic storytelling and intersectional community programming. Our special guests, co-creator and producer Gen Xia Ye Slosberg and cast member Maya Katz-Ali, will take us through some of their work and explore the motivation behind the highly popular video series.

Head to on.nmajh.org/2ZjyWVb to register!

📷: Lunar: The Jewish-Asian Film Project, art by Davi Cheng

Today is Election Day, so make sure you go out and VOTE! Like the artifact says, it is our patriotic duty. Our predecess...
11/02/2021

Today is Election Day, so make sure you go out and VOTE! Like the artifact says, it is our patriotic duty. Our predecessors fought hard for that right so let's make 'em proud.

📷: Stamp, Jewish Peoples Committe, ca. 1940s. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.12.48

Today is Election Day, so make sure you go out and VOTE! Like the artifact says, it is our patriotic duty. Our predecessors fought hard for that right so let's make 'em proud.

📷: Stamp, Jewish Peoples Committe, ca. 1940s. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.12.48

November is Jewish Book Month, brought to us by the Jewish Book Council! What will you be reading this month to celebrat...
11/01/2021

November is Jewish Book Month, brought to us by the Jewish Book Council!

What will you be reading this month to celebrate?!

📷: Jewish Book Annual, Jewish Book Council of America/National Jewish Welfare Board, 1947. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.59.113

November is Jewish Book Month, brought to us by the Jewish Book Council!

What will you be reading this month to celebrate?!

📷: Jewish Book Annual, Jewish Book Council of America/National Jewish Welfare Board, 1947. National Museum of American Jewish History, 1990.59.113

10/31/2021
"HARTZEDIKE-LIDER (HEARTSONGS) @ BELA FARM

“HARTZEDIKE-LIDER” (HEARTSONGS) features soulful folk- and jazz-tinged renditions of original and classic Yiddish songs, by the great singer Allan Merovitz and guitarist/pianist Brian Katz, with special guest, renowned Canadian jazz musician Jane Bunnett (sax & flute). Recorded July 21, 2021 at Bela Farm, Hillsburgh, ON



Live Sound, Audio Mix & Mastering - Reza Moghaddas; Director of Photography - Taiowa Butenschoen; Video Editing- Edgar Maldonado



Presented by Ashkenaz as Episode IV of "Nu? Normal! The Barn Sessions." Presented in association with Bela Farm, Shoresh, Small World Music, Committee For Yiddish, Friends of Yiddish, Kultura Collective, National Museum of American Jewish History, Yiddish Australia. Additional support provided by Ontario Creates, ShowLoveTO, and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Warning: Ye be entering pirate territory! 🏴‍☠️Happy Halloween from all of us at NMAJH! We hope you have a spooktacular n...
10/31/2021

Warning: Ye be entering pirate territory! 🏴‍☠️

Happy Halloween from all of us at NMAJH! We hope you have a spooktacular night filled with lots of tricks & treats!👻

📷: Unidentified actor from a Lubin Manufacturing Company silent film production, ca. 1915. National Museum of American Jewish history, 2006.2.348. Donated by Jean M. Fulton in honor of Dr. Deborah M. Pressman and Cecilia Lubashur Neuman

Warning: Ye be entering pirate territory! 🏴‍☠️

Happy Halloween from all of us at NMAJH! We hope you have a spooktacular night filled with lots of tricks & treats!👻

📷: Unidentified actor from a Lubin Manufacturing Company silent film production, ca. 1915. National Museum of American Jewish history, 2006.2.348. Donated by Jean M. Fulton in honor of Dr. Deborah M. Pressman and Cecilia Lubashur Neuman

On the final Sunday of Ashkenaz Festival’s Barn Sessions, you will get the chance to hear Hartzedike-Lider – the fabulou...
10/30/2021

On the final Sunday of Ashkenaz Festival’s Barn Sessions, you will get the chance to hear Hartzedike-Lider – the fabulous duo of legendary Canadian Yiddish singer Allan Merovitz and guitarist/pianist Brian Katz, with a special appearance by sax and flute extraordinaire, Jane Bunnett. Head to on.nmajh.org/309DkpT to register! We’ll see you there at 8pm ET tomorrow🎷

On the final Sunday of Ashkenaz Festival’s Barn Sessions, you will get the chance to hear Hartzedike-Lider – the fabulous duo of legendary Canadian Yiddish singer Allan Merovitz and guitarist/pianist Brian Katz, with a special appearance by sax and flute extraordinaire, Jane Bunnett. Head to on.nmajh.org/309DkpT to register! We’ll see you there at 8pm ET tomorrow🎷

We’re looking back to this day in 1945 when Anna Rosenberg became the first woman to receive the Presidential Medal of F...
10/29/2021

We’re looking back to this day in 1945 when Anna Rosenberg became the first woman to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Hungarian-born Rosenberg was a pioneering American public official and accomplished businesswoman, working under the likes of President Roosevelt, President Truman, and President Johnson. In 1950, she made history by holding the highest position in the U.S. military ever obtained by a woman. Head to bit.ly/3lUXrQZ to learn more about her story.

📷: Courtesy of Harris & Ewing. Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson awards Mrs. Rosenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. October 29, 1945

We’re looking back to this day in 1945 when Anna Rosenberg became the first woman to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Hungarian-born Rosenberg was a pioneering American public official and accomplished businesswoman, working under the likes of President Roosevelt, President Truman, and President Johnson. In 1950, she made history by holding the highest position in the U.S. military ever obtained by a woman. Head to bit.ly/3lUXrQZ to learn more about her story.

📷: Courtesy of Harris & Ewing. Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson awards Mrs. Rosenberg with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. October 29, 1945

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Sufganiyot - traditional jelly donuts for Hanukkah. 🍩 1 dough 🍩🍩 2 methods - BAKE or FRY Amazing results both ways! https://omgyummy.com/sufganiyot/ Don't believe it? Check out my new blog post or watch my live demo with the National Museum of American Jewish History next week Nov 18 at 12 noon PST! (https://www.nmajh.org/events/sufganiyot-and-essential-jewish-baking-2021/) And this recipe is one of 50 fantastic recipes in The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook - so get your holidays orders placed now! #hanukkah #sufganiyot #jellydonuts
A new food series at the National Museum of American Jewish History explores Jewish identity through cooking demonstrations and conversations with food historians.
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