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
Members-only Book Club Discussion of Overweight Sensation
Sunday, December 8, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Join us for another thought-provoking discussion facilitated by Shirley Brown, Co-Director of the Philadelphia Writing Project.
In December, we will discuss Mark Cohen's brand new book,Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.
Writer Mark Cohen will speak at the Museum the following Sunday for a public program. Please join us to discuss the book on December 8 and then follow up by hearing directly from the author on December 15.
RSVP to Elayna Tursky at email@example.com
Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas
Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30pm
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
We've booked the whole 80 seat theater for the night, so join your fellow NMAJH supporters for a night at the theater.
Click here to purchase member tickets for $36 each
Click here to purchase non-member tickets for $45 each
Past Member Events
Red Star Line: A Portrait of European Migration
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 Trip
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.
Members Mural Arts Program Bus Tour
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
Film Premiere plus Exhibition Opening
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
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.
Members-only Book Club Discussion of Day of the Locust
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exclusive Preview of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
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.
Members-only preview screening of Hannah Arendt
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
World Premiere Screening of Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
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.