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‘Shalom, Make Yourself at Home!’: Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience to Open in New Orleans Fall 2020

New Museum Predicted to Draw Much more Than 35,000 Site visitors a Yr to City’s Museum District

Press Launch

current: Feb twelve, 2020 eighteen:04 CST

Officials with the Museum of the Southern Jewish Working experience (MSJE) announced the new museum will open up in slide 2020 in New Orleans. Displays will examine the ways Jews in the American South affected and had been affected by their communities, masking 13 states and additional than three hundred many years of background – including Colonial, Civil War, Planet War II and the Civil Rights Movement.

“This will be the only museum in the nation to focus solely on the background and lifestyle of Jews throughout the South,” claimed Jay Tanenbaum, museum chairman.

Multimedia exhibits will illustrate how Jewish immigrants and succeeding generations adapted to life in the South, forming bonds of deep friendship and local community with their non-Jewish neighbors. The Museum will also deal with troubles of race and anti-Semitism and the many ways that Southern Jews navigated them at diverse moments.

New Orleans was picked as the museum’s dwelling based mostly on the city’s vivid tourism economic system, lengthy Jewish history and historical connection to the broader southern region. MSJE will be located in the city’s “Museum District,” in proximity to the Nationwide WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Artwork and the Contemporary Artwork Heart.

The Museum’s collection of additional than seven,000 artifacts was transferred from the initial Museum of the Southern Jewish Working experience, recognized in 1986 at Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, and shuttered in 2012. Tanenbaum explained, “The museum’s mission altered and grew into the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Daily life, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. In buy to reimagine and develop, the museum separated from the Institute, supplying it the independence to grow to be a entire world-class attraction.”

MSJE is performing with Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum scheduling and design firm responsible for award-profitable encounters at scores of international jobs including the Nationwide Museum of American Jewish Record, the Nationwide College Soccer Hall of Fame and the Nationwide WWII Museum.

The Museum is predicted to appeal to a broad array of people. “You do not have to be Jewish and you do not have to be Southern to relate,” claimed govt director Kenneth Hoffman. “Our hope is that people occur absent with an expanded knowledge of what it indicates to be a Jew, what it indicates to be a Southerner and, eventually, what it indicates to be an American.”

Museum officers stimulate users of the public to contemplate donating artifacts to the collection, especially objects from early Jewish background (1800s), objects relevant to the stories of females and folks of color or any product with a solid connection to a individual tale of Southern Jewish life. Come across out additional about the artifact donation method at www.msje.org/our-collection.

These intrigued in supporting the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience should stop by www.msje.org/help.

Get hold of:         
Kacey M. Hill
Peter Mayer PR/Museum of the Southern Jewish Working experience
[email protected]
mobile: 504-858-7092

Resource: Museum of the Southern Jewish Working experience