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Traveling Exhibitions

Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews

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Soviet Jews posterThe personal stories of American Jewish activists and Soviet Jews – known as refuseniks – will be brought to life in Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new traveling exhibition created by NMAJH. It will explore the significance of this dramatic, risky, and emotionally fraught social justice movement, what The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has called "the most successful human rights campaign of our time." After World War II, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism, or leave the country. A worldwide human rights effort on their behalf brought together organizations, student activists, community leaders, and thousands of individuals – and reached the highest echelons of the American government. The exhibition will serve as a reminder of the unique promise of religious freedom and our continuing responsibility to preserve and protect that freedom.

Power of Protest is a small-scale, free-standing exhibition designed to travel to small galleries, libraries, synagogues, Jewish community centers, university campuses, and historic societies. To learn more about bringing the exhibition to your community, click here.

Upcoming location for Power of Protest:
Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue, Washington, DC: February 3 – 26, 2018
Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, March 8 – April 16, 2018
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford / Mandell Jewish Community Center, West Hartford, CT June 25 – August 31, 2018

This exhibition is supported, in part, through a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a government agency dedicated to advancing innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.


1917: How One Year Changed the World

1917 jacob lavinCalled "remarkably prescient" by The New York Times, 1917: How One Year Changed the World 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 and provoked its most stringent immigration quotas to date. The exhibition examined this consequential year through the eyes of American Jews, who experienced these events both as Americans and as part of an international diaspora community. The exhibition will be on view at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York, September 8 - December 29, 2017.

This exhibition was co-organized by the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) in New York. It has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Major support provided by Anonymous; David Berg Foundation; and Tawani Foundation. Additional support provided by: Linda and Michael Jesselson, Bryna and Joshua Landes.

Upcoming venues for the 1917 exhibition:

Presented as For Liberty: American Jewish Experience in WWI at the National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO, June 29 – October 28, 2018


Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American 

Chasing Dreams 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.

Missed the artifact exhibition? Enjoy a virtual tour of Chasing Dreams.

Upcoming venues for Chasing Dreams pop-up exhibition:
Milton & Betty Katz JCC, Margate, NJ, August 8 – September 20, 2018
Past venues for the Chasing Dreams artifact exhibition
April 7 – October 30, 2016 – The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
April 12 – September 7, 2015 – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance, Beachwood, OH

Past venues for the Chasing Dreams pop-up exhibition:
November 6 – December 15, 2017 – Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Providence, RI
July 30 – October 22, 2017 – Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH
April 6  – June 25, 2017 – Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
January 8 – March 2, 2017 – Congregation Ahabath Sholom, Fort Worth, TX
September 8 – November 27, 2016 – Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, MI ( Collaboration between Detroit Historical Museum and Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. Presenting venue was Detroit Historical Museum.)
April 14 – July 29, 2016 – American Jewish Historical Society, NYC
December 14, 2015 – March 24, 2016 – Historical Society of Palm Beach County, FL
September 17 – November 22, 2015 – Temple Israel, Memphis, TN
June 14 – September 7, 2015 – The Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
April 17– May 24, 2015 – New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA
January 5 – February 27, 2015 – Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, NY
September – November 2014 – Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, MA