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Membership Events



Join us for exciting Members only programming throughout the year.
Members get discounts on the Museum’s Public Programs. To view a full calendar of programs, please click here.

The Museum has a full calendar of public programs open to Members and non-members.  For information on these public events, please visit http://www.nmajh.org/calendar.aspx.  For a complete listing of private, Members-only events, please see below.  

Upcoming Member Events 

Rescue in the Philippines Film Screening

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:00pm

$12 for Members

$8 for Non-members

Join us for this documentary that chronicles the incredible, little-known story of a group of courageous friends who helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

Talk-back and dessert reception to follow. 


The NaturalMembers Only Quarterly Book Club

Sunday, June 1, 11:00am

Free and Exclusively for Members

Join fellow NMAJH Members to discuss The Natural by Bernard Malamud.  Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project, will facilitate the discussion. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Limited to 20 people

RSVP to Elayna Tursky, Development Assistant, at etursky@nmajh.org or 215.923.3811 x109. 


Past Member Events

ldor vdor muralMural Arts Trolley Tour

April 6, 2014

NMAJH Members joined for a special morning as we enjoyed the renowned, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s exclusive “Immigration and Jewish Landmarks Tour.” This trolley tour explored several of Philadelphia’s neighborhood murals that discuss the early immigration of various ethnic groups. Along the way, we viewed many of Philadelphia’s – and particularly South Philadelphia’s – Jewish landmarks. The tour included a stop at The Little Shul, one of the oldest continuously used Orthodox synagogues.


CD LogoChasing Dreams Members' Opening
March 12, 2014

NMAJH Members joined for the opening of our groundbreaking exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American. Members had exclusive access to the exhibition the day before it opened to the general public.


  

Catcher was a Spy coverMembers Only Quarterly Book Club
March 2, 2014

NMAJH Members joined to discuss The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff.

Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project will facilitate the discussion. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.


  

American Jerusalem PosterPhiladelphia Film Premiere: American Jerusalem

February, 2014
Exclusively for NMAJH Members
This film was provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

Executive Producer Jackie Krentzman joined for a talk-back following the screening American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco is the epic story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco, their rise to prominence, and how, freed from discrimination, they reinvented themselves as a distinctly new kind of Jew: they weren't just American Jews—they were San Francisco Jews.


 Allan Sherman

Members-only Book Club Discussion of Overweight Sensation
December, 2013

Members came together for another intimate and thought-provoking discussion facilitated by Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project.

The group discussed Mark Cohen's brand new book, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman, about the late parodist and comedian, Allan Sherman. 


TuckerSophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas
December, 2013
Walnut Street Theatre

Members and friends came together for a wonderful evening of song and comedy at the Walnut Street Theatre to see Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.  Tucker, an American Jewish actress and comedienne delighted generations. 

Following the performance, the group enjoyed a reception with Kathy Halenda, the actress who portrayed Tucker. 


Red Star LineRed Star Line: A Portrait of European Migration
December, 2013

Bram Beelaert, curator of the recently opened Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium gave Members an exclusive look at the stories of immigration, hope, hardship, and much more that are told both at NMAJH and the Red Star Line Museum.  We learned that of the more than two million European migrants on the Red Star Line from Antwerp to the New World, one in four was Jewish, including two of NMAJH’s Only in America inductees, Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein. Members stayed for a light reception where they were able to mingle with Mr. Beelaert to learn more.  


Members Only Orchestra Tripperlman violin
November, 2013 

Members joined together at the Philadelphia Orchestra as they present “Perlman Returns”, featuring legendary musician Itzhak Perlman as both conductor and violinist. The Museum has purchased a block of tickets in Tier 2 Center of Verizon Hall, and everyone enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with famed vionlinist Itzhak Perlman. 


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Members Mural Arts Program Bus Tour
October, 2013 
 

Members joined for a special morning as we enjoy the renowned, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s exclusive “Immigration and Jewish Landmarks Tour.” We took a trolley tour through several of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods to explore murals that discuss the early immigration of various ethnic groups. Along the way, we viewed many of Philadelphia’s – and particularly South Philadelphia’s – Jewish landmarks. The tour included a stop at The Little Shul, one of the oldest continuously used Orthodox synagogues. 

Click here to learn more about this mural


lubinFilm Premiere plus Exhibition Opening
September, 2013

Members joined us for an opening reception of NMAJH’s new exhibition installation, Now Showing: “Pop” Lubin’s Silent Film Empire followed by a Philadelphia premiere screening of the 1922 film, Breaking Home Ties.  This film was the last produced by Philadelphia’s – and Lubin’s – Betzwood Motion Picture Studio.  The film was accompanied by an original score performed live. 


A Taste of Opera: Nabucco Nabucco Image
September, 2013
At the Museum in the Dell Theater
 

Presented by Opera Philadelphia and NMAJH, this free one-hour program included selections from Verdi's first great opera, Nabucco, which opens Opera Philadelphia’s 2013-2014 Season. Recounting the biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar, Verdi’s rousing melodies, like the famous “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Va, pensiero),” moved the Italian states to unify as a nation.

Several cast members from Opera Philadelphia’s production of Nabucco performed, including two Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Winners, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa and bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana.


Day of the LocustMembers-only Book Club Discussion of Day of the Locust
September, 2013  

Members came together to discuss Nathanael West’s 1939 novel, The Day of the Locust. Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project will facilitate a sure-to-be-lively discussion.

West was born Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein in New York in 1903. He moved to Hollywood in 1933, where The Day of the Locust takes place.

For questions about the Book Club, contact Julie Howard Taylor at (215) 923-3811 x 104 or jtaylor@nmajh.org.


31 The Snowy Day - smallerExclusive Preview of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
July, 2013

Members saw the exhibition before it opened to the public, enjoyed the reception, and heard remarks from Museum leadership.

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats* is the first major exhibition in this country to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), whose beloved children's books include Whistle for Willie, The Snowy Day, and many others.

*The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is organized by The Jewish Museum, New York, from the collection of the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, The University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibition was funded at The Jewish Museum through a generous grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Joseph Alexander Foundation, the Alfred J. Grunebaum Memorial Fund, and the Winnick Family Foundation.


hannah arendtMembers-only preview screening of Hannah Arendt 
June, 2013

This brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt before the film’s June 28th opening at Philadelphia theaters.

Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmannand the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.” Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema.



Dreamers and Doers: Stuart Weitzman sw small
June, 2013

Entrepreneur and shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman kicked off NMAJH’s Dreamers and Doers speaker series on entrepreneurship. Weitzman told the story of the Stuart Weitzman company – a story of passion, vision, aspiration, and hard work to an audience of 250 people. Members took advantage of deeply discounted event tickets. 






Members-only Book Club Discussion of The Finkler Question the finkler question

June, 2013 

We had a full house to discuss Howard Jacobson’s Man Booker-Prize winning work, The Finkler Question. This controversial book made for thought-provoking discussion among our group. 

Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project facilitated a lively discussion.

Join us in September for the next of our Quarterly Members-only Book Club Discussions! We will announce the book selection shortly.





Curator’s Tour teddybear2005.2.1
May, 2013 

Members at the Sponsor level and above joined us for intimate guided tours of our exhibition with members of our Curatorial staff. Stay tuned for additional Curator’s Tours this Fall. 

Please note that the Museum’s docents offer public, guided tours nearly every day. Please visit http://www.nmajh.org/infoandfaq/ under “Guided Tours” for more information. 

Teddy Bear of Helga Weiss
National Museum of American Jewish History, 2005.2.1
Gift of Helga E. Milberg in memory of Rosa and Emil Weiss


 

 

Complimentary Members-Only Screening of Koch, the documentary koch
April 2013


A full house of Members joined us for a private screening of Koch before the documentary opened to the public at area movie theatres!

Controversial figure and former Mayor Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker. Ferocious, charismatic, and hilariously blunt, Koch, who died in February at the age of 88, ruled New York from 1978 to 1989 - a down-and-dirty decade of grit, graffiti, near-bankruptcy and rampant crime. First-time filmmaker (and former Wall Street Journal reporter) Neil Barsky has crafted an intimate and revealing portrait of this intensely private man, his legacy as a political titan, and the town he helped transform.



Exclusive Members-Only Book Discussion buudahinattic

March 2013 

  

We were pleased to host a Members-only Book Discussion of the 2013 Free Library of Philadelphia One Book, One Philadelphia* selection, Julie Otsuka's The Buddha in the Attic.  

Otsuka's work is a compelling account of Japanese "picture brides" and their experience in the United States.     

Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project facilitated the discussion.  Brown's professional teaching life has largely focused on gender issues like those discussed in Otsuka's book, and those elucidated in parts of NMAJH's core exhibition

 

Opening Reception for Jewish Artists in America 1925 - 1945: 
Selections from the Collection of Steven and Stephanie Wasser

February 2013blochemigrants

Join us for an invitation-only reception for our newest special exhibition, Jewish Artists in America 1925 -1945: Selections from the Collection of Steven and Stephanie Wasser

Enjoy light refreshments and a special program featuring collector Steven Wasser and Sharon Ann Musher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Director of M.A. in American Studies at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.   


Members-only Preview of Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges BSJCopening
January, 2013 

Members were invited to a preview of our special exhibition, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow, at which Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Dr. Josh Perelman revealed how NMAJH came to host an incredible exhibition that tells a little-known, extraordinarily moving, and entirely universal story.   

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World Premiere Screening of Broadway Musicals:  A Jewish Legacy Broadway_Musicals_Header 

December, 2012

Members at the Supporter Level ($180) and up attended a sneak peek screening of a new documentary film, an intimate conversation with the film’s producers and a festive reception. Broadway Musicals:  A Jewish Legacy, traces the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film aired nationally on PBS’s Great Performances in January 2013.