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Welcome to the press room of the National Museum of American Jewish History. This page was created for members of the media, but we invite all visitors to read about the Museum's exhibitions and programs. 

Contact information:
Jennifer Isakowitz, Public Relations and Digital Marketing Manager: 215.391.4666
Please email jisakowitz@nmajh.org to be added to our press list.



2017 Releases


Paul Waimberg
   
December 6, 2017
NMAJH APPOINTS PAUL WAIMBERG AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Waimberg as the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer. In this position, he will be responsible for overseeing all of the Museum’s financial and accounting operations and reporting...READ MORE


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December 5, 2017
WINTER 2017-2018 PROGRAMS

The National Museum of American Jewish History announces a variety of programs for all ages this winter. Just in time for the 30th anniversary of “Freedom Sunday”—the historic Washington, D.C. rally demanding rights for Soviet Jews—visitors can explore the panel exhibition Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews and attend a related program. Museumgoers can get in the holiday spirit....READ MORE


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December 1, 2017
NMAJH EXPLORES SUCCESSFUL HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN IN "POWER OF PROTEST: THE MOVEMENT TO FREE SOVIET JEWS"

The National Museum of American Jewish History presents Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new exhibition exploring one of the most successful human rights campaigns to date. The panel exhibition showcases Americans’ efforts in the late 1960s through 1990 to free refuseniks—Jews who lived in the Soviet Union and were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country due to their religion. It is on view December 6, 2017 through January 15, 2018...READ MORE


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November 7, 2017
NMAJH EXPANDS YOUNG FRIENDS BOARD LEADERSHIP

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has elected three new members to its Young Friends Board—Bryan Leib, Ellie Levy, and Shana Weiner. Additionally, two Young Friends Board Members have been elected to new positions: Jacob Markovitz will serve as Chair and Steven Share as Vice Chair. These individuals will support the mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH, which aims to inspire and involve the young professional community...READ MORE


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October 18, 2017
ARTIST BRUCE GENDELMAN DEPICTS SITES OF HOLOCAUST ATROCITIES IN "SIFTING THROUGH ASHES," AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces Sifting Through Ashes, an exhibition of works by artist Bruce Gendelman, who captures the unimaginable atrocities of the Holocaust through a series of nine large-scale, richly textural oil paintings and approximately twenty photographs. The exhibition will convey the unique and important role of contemporary art in educating new audiences about the Holocaust...READ MORE


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October 10, 2017
NMAJH ANNOUNCES THE SPECIAL EXHIBITION, "LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC," ON VIEW MARCH 16 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music, the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate the famed conductor and composer’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. The exhibition will feature approximately 100 historic artifacts—from Bernstein’s piano and conducting suit to family heirlooms—along with original films and immersive sound installations...READ MORE


Fall 2017 programs
   
October 6, 2017
FALL 2017 PROGRAMS

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces a variety of programs for all ages in Fall 2017, from the return of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival to NMAJH’s inaugural Signature Golf Classic benefitting the Young Friends of NMAJH. Beginning on October 27, Museum visitors can also experience artist Bruce Gendelman’s striking oil paintings...READ MORE


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September 27, 2017
GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE LAUNCHES DIGITAL COLLECTION CELEBRATING WEST SIDE STORY BY PARTNERING WITH FOUR MAJOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING NMAJH

Google Arts & Culture, in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH), Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Museum of the City of New York, has brought to life the history and production of the beloved musical West Side Story in a new digital collection...READ MORE


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September 20, 2017
NMAJH ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees: Philip Balderston and Brett Schulman. The Board is committed to supporting the Museum’s mission and ensuring the institution has a lasting impact for future generations—for all Americans and for all people who appreciate religious liberty and the freedoms to which Americans aspire...READ MORE


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September 14, 2017
ANNOUNCING RE:COLLECTION, A NEW DIGITAL PLATFORM FOR PRESERVING AND SHARING PERSONAL STORIES AND FAMILY HISTORIES THAT ILLUSTRATE JEWISH LIFE IN AMERICA

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) today announced the launch of Re:collection, an online and mobile experience that makes it possible for the public to collect, preserve, and share personal stories and family memories to illustrate Jewish life in America. Created by NMAJH in collaboration with Oakland-based technology company Enwoven, Re:collection expands the mission of the Museum beyond its four walls...READ MORE


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August 17, 2017
THREE NEW MEMBERS ELECTED TO NMAJH BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Laury Saligman, Michelle Singer, and Meredith Slawe. The Board is committed to supporting the Museum’s mission and ensuring the institution has a lasting impact for future generations—for all Americans and for all people who appreciate religious liberty and the freedoms to which Americans aspire...READ MORE


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August 2, 2017
NEH AWARDS $250,000 GRANT FOR THE FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION, "LEONARD BERNSTEIN: THE POWER OF MUSIC"

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $250,000 grant to the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in support of the forthcoming exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music. On view March 16 – September 2, 2018, the exhibition will celebrate the centennial birthday of one of the 20th century’s most influential cultural figures. It will feature more than 100 one-of-a-kind historic artifacts...READ MORE
    


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July 27, 2017
ARTIST PHILLIP RATNER’S SCULPTURES CAPTURING THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE ARE NOW ON VIEW AT NMAJH

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has recently acquired a series of sculptures by artist Phillip Ratner that bring to life the immigrant experience in America. Ten sculptures represent the millions of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. Approximately 24 inches tall, these works were created in the early 1980s and cast with metal from the interior of the Statue of Liberty following its renovation...READ MORE
    


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July 21, 2017
NMAJH ENGAGES EDUCATORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL EDUCATORS INSTITUTE

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) welcomed teachers from across the country to its second annual National Educators Institute, The Art and Science of Teaching Jewish History in America, from Sunday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 12. The first-of-its-kind Institute is a professional development program designed to empower secondary-level Jewish day school and Hebrew school teachers...READ MORE
    


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July 18, 2017
BIOCHEMIST GERTRUDE B. ELION NAMED 20TH INDUCTEE INTO THE ONLY IN AMERICA GALLERY/HALL OF FAME AT NMAJH

Visitors to the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) now have the
opportunity to learn about biochemist Gertrude B. Elion and her groundbreaking medical research in the Museum’s Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, located on the free-of-charge first floor. The gallery features several artifacts illustrating Elion’s Nobel Prize-winning work, which led to the development of medicines used to treat leukemia...READ MORE
    


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July 7, 2017
LAST CHANCE TO SEE "1917: HOW ONE YEAR CHANGED THE WORLD"

The special exhibition 1917: How One Year Changed the World is on view through July 16 at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH). The exhibition looks back 100 years to explore how three key events of 1917—America’s entry into World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the issuing of the Balfour Declaration, in which Great Britain indicated support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine—brought about political, cultural, and social changes that dramatically reshaped the United States’ role in the world...READ MORE
    


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May 26, 2017
NMAJH CELEBRATES LEGACY OF COMPOSER MARC BLITZSTEIN WITH A READING OF THE PLAY "IT’S ALL TRUE" ON MONDAY, JUNE 12

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) celebrates the legacy of
Philadelphia-born composer Marc Blitzstein with a reading of Jason Sherman’s play, It’s All True, about the true story behind Blitzstein’s famous musical, The Cradle Will Rock, on its 80th birthday. Held in partnership with InterAct Theatre Company, the reading will take place at NMAJH on Monday, June 12 at 7pm...READ MORE
    


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May 25, 2017
SUMMER 2017 PROGRAMS

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces a variety of programs for all ages in Summer 2017, from special free admission days to family activities to cultural performances. Visitors can explore the special exhibition 1917: How One Year Changed the World, on view through July 16. Co-organized by the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, 1917 is the first exhibition to examine how three extraordinary events...READ MORE
    


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May 1, 2017
JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH BEGINS TODAY, CELEBRATING CONTRIBUTIONS OF AMERICANS JEWS TO OUR NATION

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that Americans Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture, and society, begins today, May 1. This year, JAHM celebrates Americans Jews who have made a significant impact in the field of medical research. Now in its 12th year, JAHM encourages people of all backgrounds to learn about and draw inspiration from...READ MORE
    


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April 12, 2017
NMAJH HONORS DR. KATHY FIELDS IN THE ANNUAL SPEAKER SERIES, "DREAMERS AND DOERS"

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has named world-renowned dermatologist and co-founder of Rodan + Fields® and Proactiv Solutions, Dr. Kathy Fields, as the fifth honoree in its Dreamers and Doers Speaker Series, an annual program celebrating extraordinary entrepreneurs who have achieved remarkable success in their fields...READ MORE
    


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April 3, 2017
ANNOUNCING SPECIAL FREE ADMISSION DAYS THROUGHOUT THE RUN OF "1917: HOW ONE YEAR CHANGED THE WORLD"

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is offering free admission on select days throughout the run of its special exhibition, 1917: How One Year Changed the World, on view through July 16, 2017. Museum visitors can enjoy complimentary admission on the first Fridays of each month and on various momentous days in history related to the exhibition’s content...READ MORE
    


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March 29, 2017
NMAJH HOSTS ITS FIFTH ANNUAL "FREEDOM SEDER REVISITED" ON APRIL 5

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) will host its fifth annual Freedom Seder Revisited on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Inspired by the original 1969 Freedom Seder, where hundreds of people of all backgrounds gathered to explore and celebrate freedom in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, this communal event invites all to the Passover table for an evening of commemoration, stories, and a community exploration...READ MORE
    


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March 24, 2017
NMAJH—A WELCOMING SPACE FOR ALL—LAUNCHES FOREIGN-LANGUAGE VISITOR GUIDES

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is pleased to announce the launch of Visitor Guides in multiple foreign languages. The printed pamphlet is now available in Chinese, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, and Spanish, with additional languages in progress. The Visitor Guides provide general information about the Museum, details about each floor of the core exhibition, and a must-see guide for visitors...READ MORE
    


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March 3, 2017
SPRING 2017 PROGRAMS

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces an engaging variety of programs for visitors of all ages in Spring 2017. Several programs are presented in conjunction with the special exhibition, 1917: How One Year Changed the World, on view March 17 – July 16 at NMAJH. The exhibition, co-organized by the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, is the first to explore how three key events...READ MORE
    


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March 1, 2017
NMAJH ANNOUNCES FREE ADMISSION ON MARCH 2 TO COINCIDE WITH "STAND AGAINST HATE RALLY" ON INDEPENDENCE MALL

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) will offer free admission on Thursday, March 2 from 10am to 5pm to coincide with the Stand Against Hate event being held directly outside the Museum on Independence Mall. Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the rally is taking place in response to the recent vandalism of Mount Carmel Cemetery and the increase in hate crimes both locally and nationwide....READ MORE
    


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February 27, 2017
FOLLOWING DESECRATION, NMAJH LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO PRESERVE STORIES FROM MOUNT CARMEL CEMETERY

In response to the recent desecration at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia of more than 500 headstones, the National Museum of American Jewish History is embarking on a collecting project to preserve the stories of the people who are buried there. The Museum is asking those who have friends or loved ones interred at Mount Carmel Cemetery to share a picture of their loved one (and/or the headstone, if available) and a personal story...READ MORE
    


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February 1, 2017
NMAJH ANNOUNCES SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR MICHIGAN STUDENTS

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is pleased to announce a generous gift from the Eugene Applebaum Family Foundation to support two full-time Applebaum Family Interns for the Summer of 2017. The gift will provide funds to qualified applicants who reside in or attend a college or university in Michigan...READ MORE
    


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January 24, 2017
NMAJH TO OFFER FREE FEBRUARY ADMISSION

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announces free admission for all visitors to the Museum throughout the month of February, thanks to the support of Parkway Corporation. Not only will visitors be able to enjoy the entire core exhibition, but they will also get a chance to see the 1790 letter from George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island in which the nation’s first president proclaims “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance,”...READ MORE
    


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January 12, 2017
NMAJH IS OPEN AND FREE IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is open and free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate this American icon’s legacy. Visitors can partake in special family-friendly performances, arts and crafts, and spotlight talks about social justice, as well as explore the special exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution on its final day....READ MORE
    


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January 5, 2017
MARTHA GRAHAM CRACKER RETURNS TO NMAJH WITH A ROCK & ROLL CABARET ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

Groundbreaking diva Martha Graham Cracker returns to the National Museum of American Jewish History’s stage for the first time in two years with a rock & roll cabaret inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution (closing January 16). The renowned Philadelphia-based drag queen and her incredible band will perform the Martha “Bill Graham” Cracker Cabaret...READ MORE
    


2016 Releases

December 28, 2016

NEW SIGNAGE UNDERSCORES VALUES ON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED

December 20, 2016
BEING ___ AT CHRISTMAS PROVIDES CREATIVE CHOICE FOR FAMILY FUN ON DEC. 25

December 14, 2016
ONLY IN AMERICA GALA HONORING RON RUBIN ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 500 GUESTS ON TUESDAY, DEC. 13

December 7, 2016
WINTER 2016-2017 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

November 11, 2016
NMAJH EXPANDS YOUNG FRIENDS BOARD TO INCLUDE SEVEN NEW MEMBERS

November 9, 2016
RON RUBIN TO BE HONORED AT NMAJH'S ONLY IN AMERICA GALA

November 4, 2016
NMAJH IS OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION BY FILMMAKERS TIFFANY SHLAIN AND KEN GOLDBERG

November 1, 2016
NMAJH LAUNCHES A #GIVINGTUESDAY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATING STUDENT MUSICIANS

October 24, 2016
NMAJH ELECTS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES 


October 17, 2016
ARDMORE MUSIC HALL AND NMAJH TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF BILL GRAHAM AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD IN AN AFTERNOON "SNEAK PEEK" SERIES

October 6, 2016
NMAJH HONORS LARRY MAGID IN THE ANNUAL SPEAKER SERIES, "DREAMERS AND DOERS"

September 27, 2016
THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES AWARDS A $150,000 GRANT TO NMAJH

September 13, 2016
NMAJH PRESENTS "BILL GRAHAM AND THE ROCK & ROLL REVOLUTION," ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 - JANUARY 16, 2017

August 30, 2016
FALL 2016 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

August 17, 2016
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES AWARDS MAJOR GRANT IN SUPPORT OF THE EXHIBITION,
1917: GATEWAY TO THE 20th CENTURY

July 1, 2016
NMAJH GEARS UP FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION (DNC)


June 20, 2016
NMAJH IS OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION BY VISUAL ARTIST AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZER JJ TIZIOU

June 16, 2016
SUMMER 2016 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

May 27, 2016
NMAJH BRINGS BACK PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

May 18, 2016
MEL BROOKS GIVES HIS 11TH FINGER TO NMAJH
 
May 18, 2016
NMAJH TO CELEBRATE TRAILBLAZERS OF EDUCATIONAL PHILANTHROPY AT ONLY IN AMERICA GALA
 
May 13, 2016
NMAJH’S EGG-SELLENT NEW INSTALLATION, "LOCALLY GROWN: JERSEY'S JEWISH FARMS" EXPLORES RURAL ROOTS

April 1, 2016
SPRING 2016 PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
February 24, 2016 
NMAJH CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ON INDEPENDENCE MALL WITH EXPANSION OF CORE EXHIBITION, ROBUST PROGRAMMING, AND NEW TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

January 28, 2016
NMAJH TO OFFER FREE FEBRUARY ADMISSION

January 27, 2016
WINTER 2016 PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Pre-2016 Releases

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