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Exhibitions and Collections

Traveling Exhibitions

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American 

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is about the central role our national pastime has played in the lives of American minority communities as they sought to understand and express the ideals, culture, and behaviors of their homeland—or challenge them. It is the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of American sport, leisure, and national identity with the history of Jewish integration into American life.

A pop-up, freestanding panel version of Chasing Dreams is available for rent to museums and historical societies, libraries, JCCs and synagogues. To learn more about bringing the panel exhibition to your community, click here.

Current location of Chasing Dreams artifact exhibition:
April 12 – September 7, 2015 – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance, Beachwood, OH

Upcoming locations for Chasing Dreams artifact exhibition:
April 6 – October 30, 2016 – The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA


Upcoming locations for Chasing Dreams pop-up exhibition:
April 17– May 24, 2015 – New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA
June 14 – September 11, 2015 – The Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
September 17 – November 22, 2015 Temple Israel, Memphis, TN
April 14 
– JUly 7, 2016 – Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH
September 5 
– November 24, 2016 – Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, MI*

*a collaboration between the Detroit Historical Museum and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. The presenting venue will be the Detroit Historical Museum.



Past venues for the Chasing Dreams pop-up exhibition:
September – November 2014 – Temple Ohabei Shalom, Boston, MA
January 5 – February 27, 2015 – Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY








Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age

Presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History and Moving Traditions, this exhibition shows how bat mitzvah evolved from a radical innovation into a nearly universal American tradition. A fascinating story of how individuals shape and change ritual, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age offers a unique lens into the dynamism of Jewish life.

Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age is designed for easy travel and installation in small galleries, JCCs, and synagogues. To inquire about bringing the exhibition to your community, please contact Assistant Registrar Sasha Makuka.

Generous support for Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age is provided by The Streisand Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.batmitzvahcomesofage.com.




Past Venues:
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
April 21 - May 30, 2014

Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts
February 12 – March 28, 2014

Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, Oregon
October 9, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Dundwoody, Georgia
June 1 – September 19, 2012

Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, New York
October 2 – December 16, 2012

Janice Charach Gallery at the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
February 21 – March 29, 2013