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.
May 11, 2000 |
Charlotte E. Sommers Paul, 61, who as director of education at the National Museum of American Jewish History introduced Jewish personalities and their contributions to thousands, died of cancer Monday at her home in Wynnewood. Mrs. Paul started as a volunteer at the museum in 1976. Along the way, she organized a cadre of docents and an outreach program that elevated the small museum into a big-time repository of Jewish culture in America. A tireless worker, she also spent many weekends and evenings visiting churches, senior citizen centers, and other organizations to relate the contributions of early Jewish settlers, such as Haym Salomon, who helped finance the American Revolution.
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.
November 17, 2005 |
The National Museum of American Jewish History is expected to announce today that it has exercised an option to buy the KYW building at Fifth and Market Streets on Independence Mall in June. As soon as KYW vacates, the museum intends to raze the building to construct a new museum on the site. KYW has a lease to stay in the building until March 2007, said the museum's director, Gwen Goodman. The station is the only tenant, she said. "We hope to be in the new building by fall of 2009.
April 7, 2009 |
Philadelphia's Jewish museum has hired a corporate and securities lawyer as its next leader. Michael Rosenzweig, 57, has been named president and chief executive officer of the National Museum of American Jewish History. His last permanent job was with Johns Manville, a roofing products company in Denver, as senior vice president for corporate development and general counsel. Before that he was senior partner in the Atlanta office of the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. "I've never run a cultural organization, but I was founder of an educational institute, and I believe the museum at its core is an educational institution," Rosenzweig said.
August 25, 2011
Claudia Gould, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999, has been named director of the Jewish Museum in New York City. She will assume her new position this fall, succeeding Joan Rosenbaum, who is retiring after 30 years. ICA's budget has tripled under Gould, exceeding $3 million this fiscal year, with exhibition frequency and staff increases reflecting that growth. Gould has sought to strengthen ties between ICA and the rest of Penn, and has supported a number of artists early in their careers, giving their first comprehensive museum shows to Lisa Yuskavage, Karen Kilimnik, Charles LeDray, and others.
December 2, 1992 |
It's apt, if sadly so, that photographs of cemeteries should play such a central role in a new exhibition at the National Museum of Jewish History. The horrors of mass death, along with the preservation of memory and the responsibilities of the survivor, are inescapable themes of 20th-century Jewish history. But the Gratz College-sponsored show, "From Salonika to Curacao: A Sephardic Odyssey," also takes us back to a time when cemeteries connoted not extinction, but rootedness, tradition and communal ties.
July 20, 1986 |
Judaica, though a relatively new category at auctions, appears to have a growing market. Despite Sotheby's much-publicized sale two years ago of Hebrew manuscripts with clouded title, Judaica did very well at auction this season. Sotheby's sold $2.5 million worth of Judaica at sales in November, and, in March, Christie's, the other major New York auction house, sold nearly a million dollars worth of Hebrew books. Although Hebrew manuscripts have sold for more than $800,000, the most expensive Jewish ceremonial object sold at auction in recent years is a large, 18th-century Hanukah lamp, formed as a tree with pomegranate-shaped oil containers, which brought $110,000 at Sotheby's in June 1983.
May 15, 2004 |
Stephan H. Rollin, 78, founder of a local high-tech company whose parts helped Apollo 8 circle the moon in 1968, died of heart disease Wednesday in his Cherry Hill home. He started EMC Technology with two partners in Philadelphia in 1963, moved it to Cherry Hill in 1972, and sold it to investors for more than $20 million in 1998. EMC - which Mr. Rollin liked to joke stood for Eat Mother's Cookies - made tiny, highly engineered resistors, capacitors and attenuators for the aerospace, defense and cellular telephone industries.
October 12, 2006 |
Being a famous architect can't be easy when you've never managed to complete a building in your own country. Daniel Libeskind may be heralded as a poet of loss for his extraordinary Jewish Museum in Berlin and his Imperial War Museum in England, but he was virtually run out of New York after his poignant master plan for ground zero was caught up in the city's infamous tribal infighting. While that tragic site remains a maze of exposed cable and pipes, the Bronx-raised Libeskind has rescued his reputation by heading - like so many other frustrated architects - into the Great American West.