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Museum Musings

The Dish On Ptcha

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Grace Bello at Tablet wrote an interesting story on ptcha, which sounds, to me, like the sound I'd make trying to choke it down.  Check it out here:

 

ptcha 

 

-- Contributed by Jay Nachman

Public Relations Director

A Soldier Remembered

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This month, in recognition of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), we at the Museum are honoring the memory of a Philadelphia native.

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I am honored to have worked with Harriet and Mark Levin to install a special loan of artifacts on the Museum’s first floor: a beret and dogtags that belonged to their son Michael Levin, who, as a teenager, fulfilled his dream to make aliyah to Israel and serve as a paratrooper in the Israeli Defense Forces.


Levin portraitTruth be told, this was an installation I took more personally than most I work on. My family knew Michael well, and, like many Americans, we felt a personal loss when Michael died in battle six years ago at the age of 22. 


May Michael’s sacrifice inspire all of us to pursue our dreams as we celebrate Israel’s independence. And may his memory be for a blessing.

 

-- Contributed by Ivy Weingram

Assistant Curator
  

A Colleague Emerges As An Artist

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 Lopez 

 

On behalf of my fellow staff members, I want to congratulate our colleague, Linda Lopez, who works here as a membership associate, for her nomination by Ceramics Monthly magazine as a 2012 Emerging Artist. Steeped as we are here in the American Jewish experience, it’s nice to be able to step outside into the larger world and appreciate the art that surrounds us and the talents of our friends. We wish Linda continued success. Click on the link to see some of Linda’s work and learn about her process. You can also vote for her, if you like: http://ceramicartsdaily.org/contests/emerging-artist-2012-linda-lopez/  

 

-- Contributed by Jay Nachman

Public Relations Director

 

  

Fort Dix in the Museum Mix

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Soldiers 

 

The Museum was proud to recently welcome soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Walson Army Medical Support Element from Fort Dix, N.J. The trip was organized by Captain Warren Gross (top row, left) who recently donated objects to the Museum from the military service of his father, Sergeant Alfred Gross. Among the objects he donated are his father’s uniform, worn in Burma, China and India during World War II, dog tags and medals, and a phonograph letter Sergeant Gross made at a USO club operated by the Jewish Welfare Board (pictured below).

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-- Contributed by Jay Nachman

Public Relations Director