The mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH is to inspire and involve the young professional community (ages 21-40) of Greater Philadelphia through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic programming celebrating American Jewish history and culture.
Join us as a Young Friends Member today!
Young Friend Individual Membership $40 / Young Friend Dual Membership $60
• Invitations for one adult to museum programs and events for ages 21 to 40 (two adults for Dual Membership)
• Email updates
• Quarterly cocktail receptions
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NMAJH Young Friends Board
Co-Chairs, David Abrams and Elijah Dornstreich
Events Committee Chair,Emily Gerstell
Outreach Committee Chair,Ken Greenberg
Young Friends Board Members at Large, Ali Cutler, Justin Groen, Rachel Hollander
Interested in joining a committee? Please email youngfriends (at) nmajh.org
Young Friends Curated Cocktails
Thursday, May 22, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Free for YF Members
$12 for Non-Members
(Includes hors d' oeuvres, wine and beer)
Join the Young Friends of NMAJH for a cocktail party and discussion of Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American with Associate Curator Ivy Weingram.
Masquerade Ball in Celebration of Purim
Over 350 people joined together for a festive Purim celebration, including a glamorous costume contest, music by DJ Bruce, specialty cocktails, live art demo, and a special tour of the exhibition.
Community Networking Happy Hour
Liberté Lounge, Sofitel at 120 South 17th Street
The Young Friends of NMAJH, Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia joined for a night of socializing and networking. Plus, it was a great chance to purchase discounted tickets to our Masquerade Ball in Celebration of Purim.
The Young Friends of NMAJH joined for a cocktail party and discussion as Exhibitions Coordinator Shira Goldstein provided an insider’s look into how the Museum’s exhibitions are designed and created.
Exclusive Dance Performance at Koresh Dance Company
NMAJH Young Friends joined the Company for a wonderful night in their new studio! Koresh’s choreography often blends dance styles from a variety of backgrounds and genres including ballet, modern dance, and jazz.
Branch Out! A Tu B'Shevat Happy Hour
At Public House, 2 Logan Square, Philadelphia
Young Friends of NMAJH and a variety of other organizations (see below) co-sponsored a great community happy hour, and an opportunity to learn about the various organizations' work and membership.
Co-Sponsoring organizations include:
The Collaborative, The Chevra, Grad Network, Interfaith Family, Moishe House Philly, The Renaissance Group, Repair the World: Philadelphia, Spectrum Philly, Victor Center, and Young Jewish Leadership Concepts
Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2nd floor East Balcony
Young Friends of NMAJH and a variety of other organizations (see below) joined together for an evening of networking for those interested in philanthropy and volunteerism.
Participating organizations include:
Curtis Institute of Music’s Crescendo Club
Fairmount CDC and Young Friends of Fairmount
The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Raven Society
The Friends of Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Young Friends
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Project NEXT
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia’s Millennial Members
Young Friends of The National Museum of American Jewish History
Annual Cocktails and Candlelighting Hanukkah Party
The Museum’s Young Friends gathered to celebrate Hanukkah in style. This year’s party included delicious latkes, vodka cocktails, gallery access, excellent company, and of course, the lighting of the menorah to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah.
Philly Film Premiere followed by Q & A with Director
The Young Friends of NMAJH joined the 20s/30s group of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival to see the Philly Premiere of My Awkward Sexual Adventure. After the film, Director, Sean Garrity engaged in a Q&A with the audience followed by a post-screening happy hour at a nearby venue.
An Evening with Alex Karpovsky and the Philly Premiere of RED FLAG
The Young Friends joined the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival to see the Philly Premiere of RED FLAG, a new film by acclaimed actor and director, Alex Karpovsky (of HBO’s GIRLS fame). After the premiere and director’s Q&A, the group joined Karpovsky and others for an after-party at Stratus Lounge.
The Young Friends of NMAJH hosted the inaugural CURATED COCKTAILS series, a chance to take a deeper look at the Museum's collection over cocktails and canapés!
We enjoyed the exhibit, kibitz*, drink, and nosh* as Curator Claire Pingel discussed NMAJH’s newest installation, "Now Showing: 'Pop' Lubin’s Silent Film Empire" about the incredible film pioneer, Siegmund “Pop” Lubin (ca. 1841 – 1923).
*kibitz - To chat; converse [Yiddish kibitsen]
*nosh - to eat a snack [Yiddish nashn]
Slow Down After Work Happy Hour: Drinks, Conversation and Information
The Young Friends joined the Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia to mingle with young professionals at Kite and Key before attending a FREE lecture at the Library at 7:30 pm with former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and journalist Larry Platt.
Center City Sips + Meet the Artists of Hemmed Up: Stories through Textiles
Sponsored by the Young Friends of NMAJH and the Jewish Graduate Student Network
After a cocktails at Crosswalk Cafe, we met the artists of Hemmed Up a stunning installation created by the Museum’s OPEN for Interpretation artists-in-residence, Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez. Enjoy a short film by Kevin Shields about Martinez and Johnston and their work on this fabric-based centerpiece. Following meeting the artists, we enjoyed complimentary snacks and drinks at the Museum.
"Young Professionals Night at Citizens Bank Park"
The Museum's Young Friends joined with the Federation's Renaissance Group, The Collaborative, InterfaithFamily and Moishe House at the Philadelphia Phillies for Jewish Heritage Night.
“A Midsummer’s Eve: Celebrating Life, Love, and Tu B’av”
The Museum’s Young Friends proudly presented “A Midsummer’s Eve,” an evening social. In celebration of Tu B’Av, commonly viewed as the Jewish holiday of love, the group enjoyed a beautiful night on our fifth floor and terrace.
Elements included: a DJ , beer, wine, enjoy 'blisstinis' by Neuro and cocktails utilizing Catoctin Creek Distilling Company's certified Kosher spirits including Roundstone Whiskey, Watershed Gin and Mosby's Spirit, fondue, and desserts. In keeping with the themes of Tu B'Av*, we encouraged attendees to dress in white attire. For more information on this inaugural event, see Facebook YoungFriends Nmajh.
* On Tu B'Av, which marked the beginning of the grape harvest in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, "the unmarried girls of Jerusalem dressed in white garments and went out to dance in the vineyards" (Babylonian Talmud, tractate Ta'anit 30b-31a).
A Midsummer’s Eve Host Committee Members:
David Abrams • Jennifer Birch • Ali Cutler • Elijah Dornstreich • Jessica Dubin • Elise Garber • Emily Gerstell • Ken Greenberg • Cody Greenes • Justin Groen • Rachel Hollander • Jackie Kaplan • Chad Levitt • Adam Naider • Jennifer Sherlock • Renaissance Group (Rachel Sigman) • Aaron Silverman • Jewish Graduate Student Network (Miriam Steinberg-Egeth) • Mole Street • Moishe House Philadelphia
Dreamers and Doers: Stuart Weitzman
Shoe mogul, Stuart Weitzman, wass the perfect fit to kick off NMAJH’s new Dreamers and Doers speakers series. He shared firsthand the story of the Stuart Weitzman company, an intergenerational one of passion, vision, and a quintessentially American spirit: courage and imagination, aspiration and hard work, leadership and service.
Young Friends Members were eligible to purchase discounted tickets.
20s/30s Opening Reception Jewish Music Festival (off-site at The Gershman Y)
NMAJH was proud to join The Gershman Y, Moishe House, Tribe 12, The Collaborative, and Federation's Renaissance Group for a special 20s/30s opening night reception of The Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival at The Gershman Y.
Saul Kaye: The Jewish Blues
The performance was proceeded by a private wine and cheese reception.
Saul Kaye. Photo courtesy of The Gershman Y.
Activism & Justice: An evening with the Inspiring Simon Deng
Young Friends of NMAJH came out for an enlightening talk by Mr. Simon Deng, a Sudanese ex-slave turned activist and survivor. On the heels of Passover and our discussion of the Exodus narrative, Simon shared his amazing story from kidnapped child to world-class swim champion to a beacon for human rights. The talk inspired audience members to take action by contacting their political representatives.
Purim Dance Party
Young Friends of NMAJH joined with the Gershman Y, Grad Network and Moishe House for a great celebration of Purim at World Cafe Live!
From the reading of the Megillah to hamentashen and dancing to costumed revelry, Saturday, February 23 was a night to remember!
Rage is Back (Author event with Adam Mansbach)
Presented by Young Friends of NMAJH and The Raven Society of the Free Library of Philadelphia
Bestselling novelist, Adam Mansbach returned to the Museum to discuss his new novel,
Rage is Back. Joining Adam were Blake "KEO" Lethem, graffiti artist and Rage is Back cover art designer, and moderator, James Braxton Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.
PJFF Screening: How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire and Vodka Tasting
Both conversation and vodka flowed freely as Young Friends of NMAJH enjoyed the Philadelphia Premiere of Dan Edelstyn’s How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire, at the Prince Music Theater. A talkback with the director and a vodka tasting (night) capped the event.
Cocktails & Candles
More than 150 Young Friends illuminated our Hanukkah-themed evening of holiday cocktails, good cheer, and guided gallery tours.
With potato latkes and cocktails, the Young Friends had a great time celebrating the festival of lights together.
Only In America Gala: “Generation to Generation”
Young Friends of NMAJH turned out in style to support the Museum’s annual fundraising Gala, held this year at The Horticultural Center. The elegant evening offered cocktails and mingling, a gourmet dinner, and dancing amidst the foliage, well into the night.
Can't wait till next year!
The Sway Machinery: Hidden Melodies
Young Friends of NMAJH celebrated the Jewish New Year with a music-infused cocktail reception featuring The Sway Machinery, a Brooklyn-based collective that blends Ashkenazi Jewish spiritual music, blues, afro-beat, and rock. We shared an unforgettable evening of live music from Hidden Melodies Revealed, a joyful concert that blurs the line between rock show and ritual, storytelling and the Cantorial music tradition. A new kind of New Year, maybe even a new tradition!
Steamy Summer Cinema Series
Wednesdays throughout July, Young Friends savored screenings of classic films, talks by the Philadelphia Inquirer Inky movie critic Carrie Rickey, and a little something to nibble. Series favorites included Marjorie Morningstar (USA, 1958), Dirty Dancing (USA, 1987) and A Walk on the Moon (USA, 1999).
Young Friends Camp Reunion
If you miss sing-a-longs around the campfire with your favorite summer friends, you would have loved our Young Friends Camp Reunion! We broke out the bug juice and s’mores and caught up on campy activities like arts n’ crafts, improv games and tall tales -- all with a grown-up twist.
Coming of Age in America
In honor of the 90th anniversary of the first American bat mitzvah, the Museum presented a two-day program featuring an intergenerational dialogue about ‘tweenhood and coming-of-age in America. Dr. Mayim Bialik, (also known as “Blossom” in the eponymous 1990s sitcom) gave a moving keynote speech, and signed books for fans after her talk.
Young, Jewish, and Activist – Panel Discussion
Six youthful Jewish activists – Rachel Howe, Laurel Klein, Benjamin Landau-Beispiel, Jacob Winterstein, and Eli Goldblatt led a rousing discussion on Jewish identity and social justice, and how their Jewish origins and identities shape their approach to activism.