On Wednesday night, June 20, 27 individuals, representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds, became official Docents of the NMAJH. The graduation exercises were the culmination of an intensive weekly course which began in October 2011.
Over 30 weeks, the class was treated to a graduate level education on American Jewish history, with each session following the pathways of the Museum’s core exhibition. With lectures given by leading scholars in the field, together with gallery talks on the artifacts by members of the Curatorial Department, students received an integrated view on history and material culture.
At the graduation ceremony, comments on behalf of the class were delivered with wit and wisdom by docent graduates Madison Shelton, Rachel Hollander, Paul Woolf, Natalie Hess, and Yerach Daskal. Senior docents Beryl Dean and Adele Fine awarded the Docent pins. The new graduates and their guests exited the Dell Auditorium to a rollicking mix of Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” and Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” Champagne toasts followed. And of course, there was plenty to eat.
-Contributed by Linda Steinberg
Director of Education