September 4, 2016 |
These days, we take it for granted that a big outdoor show such as this weekend's Made in America Festival or an arena spectacle such as Barbra Streisand's recent "The Music . . . The Mem'ries . . . The Magic" will land with lots of high-tech eye candy. Think huge video close-up of the artists visible a half a mile away, plus abstract art flashed on LED screens. And woe to the flimsy pop darling or the electronic dance music DJ if the video system crashes. The "excitement" would deflate faster than a popped party balloon.
July 22, 2016 |
IN 1985, ROCK impresario Bill Graham was one of the producers of Live Aid in Philly. Now, 25 years after his death in 1991, The National Museum of American Jewish History here at 5th and Market Streets will host the East Coast premiere of "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" from Sept. 16 to Jan. 16, 2017. Graham was a holocaust survivor who fled Nazi Germany as a boy to come to America and become one of the most influential promoters of the rock era. If you were a big act from the 1960s to the 1980s - The Grateful Dead , Jefferson Airplane , Janis Joplin , Jimi Hendrix , Santana , Fleetwood Mac , the Who , Led Zeppelin , the Doors , Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young , Bob Dylan , The Band , the Rolling Stones - Graham had some role in your career.
March 17, 2014 |
At the end of July I had the unexpected pleasure of taking a river cruise in Russia with a friend. This was exciting - my mother was from Zvenyhorodka, a town north of Kiev in the Ukraine, my father from a suburb south of Kiev. The cruise started out in St. Petersburg and wound up in Moscow. On a scheduled bus trip in Moscow, we went to the Museum of the Jewish History in Russia, the only Jewish museum and Holocaust memorial in the country. When we got to the museum, the men were laying tefillin - wearing black boxes on their foreheads containing verses from the Torah that serve as a reminder of God's intervention during the Exodus from Egypt - so we were ushered upstairs to the balcony for the service.
April 11, 2013 |
You got a ball? A bat? A card? An autograph? A picture? Or maybe just a memory? The National Museum of American Jewish History wants to know about it for a major exhibition scheduled to open in March of 2014, "Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Jews in America. " The museum has set up a Tumblr site - http://chasingdreamsbaseball.tumblr.com - for the purpose of collecting materials for the exhibition and learning about the experiences of people everywhere. "Tumblr is a way to reach out to the fans," said the museum's associate curator, Ivy Weingram, who has been working on the exhibition for more than two years.
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.
April 19, 2012 |
The last time Torah No. 586 was read during services probably was a few days before the Jews from a small town in Czechoslovakia were rounded up and sent to a Nazi concentration camp. The sacred scroll was one of 1,564 left in Czech synagogues when the people who used them were taken away to die. But Thursday, the 130-year-old Torah from the town of Lipník nad Becvou will be rededicated at the Martins Run senior living community in Marple Township while a survivor who read from it during his bar mitzvah watches via Skype from the Czech Republic.
April 18, 2012 |
Alfred Weisskopf, age 16, died in Auschwitz in 1944. So did Eva Bulova, age 15. And Zuzana Winterova, who was just 11. But Dotan Yarden, Haley Weiss, and Dana Handleman are very much alive. Along with 23 other young actors in the play I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which will be performed Thursday at the National Museum of American Jewish History, they are capturing the voices of children who lived in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. Between 1941 and 1945, 15,000 children were transported to Terezin, created by the Nazis as a "model ghetto.
March 16, 2012 |
Michael Rosenzweig, president and chief executive of the National Museum of American Jewish History, will step down at the end of June. Ivy Barsky, museum director and chief operating officer, will become the museum's chief executive officer when Rosenzweig departs. Barsky joined the museum in July after serving as deputy director of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Ronald Rubin, cochair of the museum's trustees, noted that Rosenzweig shepherded the institution through capital fund-raising and construction to the opening of its new building at Fifth and Market Streets in November 2010.
September 28, 2011 |
Nearly a year after its celebrity-packed opening, the National Museum of American Jewish History has sharply reduced its attendance expectations and stepped up the call for donations to support its day-to-day operations. The slumping economy and a cold, snowy launch season combined to depress ticket sales at the $142 million gallery overlooking Independence Mall. In addition, officials say, the initial projection of 250,000 visitors annually was unrealistic. They have set a new benchmark of 125,000, which they anticipate reaching by the first anniversary on Nov. 26. The good news on the eve of the High Holidays - starting at sundown Wednesday with Rosh Hashanah - is that attendance has been trending up, according to museum chief executive officer and president Michael Rosenzweig.