June 24, 2014
HER WORST childhood memory was of dogs eating dead bodies in the streets of her native Baghdad, Sara Abdulrasool tells me. Her worst childhood feeling was of being unsafe, subject to random car bombings or specific death threats from sectarian militias. Because of the sectarian violence, she prefers to identify herself as an "Iraqi Muslim," rather than either Shia or Sunni. As of Friday, she can identify herself as "an Iraqi- American Muslim" because she was one of 48 people from 24 countries to receive citizenship papers during a naturalization ceremony at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall.
March 12, 2014
A story Tuesday about the National Museum of American Jewish History misstated the job title of Josh Perelman. He is the museum's chief curator and director of exhibitions and collections.
November 7, 2013 |
What did the turkey say to the Maccabee? You think YOU got problems? Happy Thanksgivukkah! Nope, it's not yet another way to misspell Hanukkah. This holiday card greeting, written by Karen Coleman and sold at the National Museum of American Jewish History gift shop, was created for the once-in-a-lifetime (or, 700 lifetimes) phenomenon that has Thanksgiving and Hanukkah sharing the same table this month. Not only has the collision of menorahs and turkeys given rise to many a marketing opportunity - menurkeys, liberty & latke T-shirts, salutations ( Gobble tov!
August 23, 2013 |
Even now, 20 years after she left Ukraine as a refugee for religious freedom as a Jew in America, Yana Chernov's Russian accent ripples. At "Stories Worth Sharing," the first in a planned series of neighborhood conversations on immigration, held Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Chernov described the crib sheet she carried at first to make herself understood: "My name is Yana," she would say. "How can I get a bus?"...
June 25, 2013
"WITNESS: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" headlines Art Splash, a new, multishow, integrated, family-centric summertime exhibit at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pinkney's work joins "Candy Coated Wonderland," an environment of textiles from the museum's costume collection, alongside playful ceramics and geometric decals by ever-fun Philadelphia artist Candy Depew. "Family Portrait" offers a photographic view of families, while "All Dressed Up" is a side-by-side comparison of adult and children's fashion.
February 24, 2013 |
Phyllis Foster Yusem, 87, of Center City, a founding member of the pioneering YM-YWHA Arts Council in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Feb. 21, after being hospitalized for pneumonia. Mrs. Yusem was an adventurous world traveler, visiting more than 75 countries, including Cambodia and Yemen. She was born in Cape May and moved to Merion in the 1930s. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's College for Women in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. While at Penn, she met her future husband, Howard R. Yusem.
January 27, 2013
Museumgoers will have the opportunity to brush up on a lot of dramatic American history around town this spring, with major exhibitions and events covering the Civil War, U.S. spycraft, the countercultural epicenter of 1968, the antilynching writer Ida B. Wells, and the black presence on the Delaware River - as both cargo and seafarers. In addition, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, which originally blasted through town two years ago, is back for a month from the end of March to the end of April.
December 3, 2012 |
The National Museum of American Jewish History, whose enormous new facility on Independence Mall opened with much optimism and fanfare two years ago, is struggling to find its voice and its audience. With 126,000 visitors in 2011 and declines in this year's first quarter, attendance has not come close to original expectations of 250,000 annually. The flurry of grand-opening hoopla in late 2010 and early 2011 has faded, taking the attention of visitors and their dollars elsewhere.
June 29, 2012 |
One of the most significant documents in the history of Jews in the New World will go on display Friday at the National Museum of American Jewish History as part of the museum's first special exhibition, To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom. "What was at the forefront of 18th-century debate," said Josh Perelman, the museum's chief curator and director of exhibitions, "is still relevant today, a time when religion is a topic of wide civic discussion, a time when there is a Mormon presidential candidate.