The mission of the Young Friends of the Museum 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.
Young Friend Individual Add-on $18
(in addition to Individual membership dues)
Young Friend Dual Add- on
$36 (in addition to Dual membership dues)
• Invitations for
one adult to museum programs and events for ages 21 to 40 (two adults for Dual
• Email updates
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Dreamers and Doers: Stuart Weitzman
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm
Shoe mogul, Stuart Weitzman, is the perfect fit to kick off NMAJH’s new Dreamers and Doers speakers series. Join us as he shares 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 are eligible for discounted tickets.
Members-only presale begins April 22 and ends May 5; tickets during presale are $15.
Starting May 6, tickets are widely available to the public and Member tickets increase to $18
July Young Friends events
Please check back soon for information on the July Young Friends program.
Past Young Friends Events
20s/30s Opening Reception Jewish Music Festival (off-site at The Gershman Y)
May , 2013
NMAJH wasproud 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.
Private Wine and Cheese Reception
Saul Kaye*: The Jewish Blues
*International touring artist Saul Kaye is pioneering a new genre of music: The Jewish Blues. By taking Jewish stories and putting them to the blues, Saul is bringing something new to modern Jewish music and forming connections between the Delta and the Torah. Hear this unique take on The Jewish Blues at Opening Night of the Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival.
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
Friends of NMAJH joined with the Gershman Y, Grad Network and Moishe House for
a great celebration of Purim at World Cafe Live!
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
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
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.
More than 150 Young Friends illuminated our Hanukkah-themed
evening of holiday cocktails, good cheer, and guided gallery tours.
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.
Sway Machinery: Hidden Melodies
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
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).
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
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.