Category Archives: Jewish Museums

New Vistas on Jewish History and Culture

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June 1, 2001

Avi Decter For each home ground we need new maps, living maps, stories and poems, photographs and paintings, essays and songs. We need to know where we are, so that we may dwell in our place with a full heart. – Scott Russell Sanders Whereas forty years ago there was but one Jewish museum of More »

Beyond the Artifact and Idea Storehouse

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June 1, 2001

Amy E. Waterman In his comments on the current state of Jewish museums, Avi Decter discusses several trends current in the museum field as a whole: continuing emphasis on interpretation, or contextualizing, of objects; the benefits of a team approach to exhibit and program development; and, foremost, an expanded definition of “museum” – beyond that More »

Museums in Cyberspace

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June 1, 2001

Karla Goldman Many Jewish museums today are seeking to extend their traditional mandate of preserving and transmitting Jewish experience by emphasizing the museum as a place, a real location where visitors can gather for the creation of identity and community. At the same time, museums and other educational initiatives are embracing advancing computer technology to More »

Harnessing Technology for Jewish Museums

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June 1, 2001

Miriam Ancis With the increasing availability of broadband access, the Internet revolution is now ushering in a new era of museum education that will permit Jewish museums to further their mission of preserving and transmitting Jewish experience. Jewish museums can reach out to communities of various nationalities and ages by launching innovative exhibits as a More »

Whither Jewish Museums?

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June 1, 2001

Mark E. Talisman Museums are dying. Attractions are taking over. The public is now drawn to interactive, elec-tronic, digitized displays that take little thought and little time to transverse. All too often museum directors seek only the so-called blockbuster exhibitions, trying to compete with the public extravaganzas in places like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Six More »

Museums as Cultural Centers and Educational Institutions

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June 1, 2001

Michael Berenbaum As a Holocaust historian, I was surprised to find myself recently in the uncharacteristic position of musing positively about the state of American Jewry and its “renaissance.” Scholarship is proliferating, and American Jews are creating new art, music, film, literature, and culture. Old institutions are being rejuvenated and new ones are being established More »