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

New Museum Predicted to Draw Additional Than 35,000 Visitors a Year to City’s Museum District

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current: Feb 12, 2020 eighteen:04 CST


Officers with the Museum of the Southern Jewish Encounter (MSJE) announced the new museum will open in fall 2020 in New Orleans. Reveals will check out the means Jews in the American South influenced and ended up influenced by their communities, covering thirteen states and more than three hundred yrs of record – such as Colonial, Civil War, Earth War II and the Civil Legal rights Movement.

“This will be the only museum in the state to aim completely on the record and lifestyle of Jews across the South,” explained Jay Tanenbaum, museum chairman.

Multimedia reveals will illustrate how Jewish immigrants and succeeding generations adapted to daily life in the South, forming bonds of deep friendship and local community with their non-Jewish neighbors. The Museum will also address difficulties of race and anti-Semitism and the lots of means that Southern Jews navigated them at distinct instances.

New Orleans was picked out as the museum’s home centered on the city’s lively tourism overall economy, very long Jewish history and historical connection to the broader southern area. MSJE will be located in the city’s “Museum District,” in proximity to the Nationwide WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Artwork and the Present-day Artwork Center.

The Museum’s collection of more than 7,000 artifacts was transferred from the first Museum of the Southern Jewish Encounter, proven in 1986 at Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, and shuttered in 2012. Tanenbaum stated, “The museum’s mission improved and grew into the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. In buy to reimagine and develop, the museum separated from the Institute, offering it the independence to turn into a environment-class attraction.”

MSJE is functioning with Gallagher & Associates, an internationally regarded museum planning and design and style firm responsible for award-successful activities at scores of international projects such as the Nationwide Museum of American Jewish Historical past, the Nationwide Higher education Football Hall of Fame and the Nationwide WWII Museum.

The Museum is anticipated to attractiveness to a vast array of website visitors. “You don’t have to be Jewish and you don’t have to be Southern to relate,” explained govt director Kenneth Hoffman. “Our hope is that website visitors occur absent with an expanded understanding of what it means to be a Jew, what it means to be a Southerner and, eventually, what it means to be an American.”

Museum officers really encourage customers of the public to consider donating artifacts to the collection, particularly products from early Jewish record (1800s), products similar to the tales of girls and people today of color or any item with a strong connection to a individual story of Southern Jewish daily life. Find out more about the artifact donation system at www.msje.org/our-collection.

Those fascinated in supporting the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience should take a look at www.msje.org/guidance.