The Board of AEJM regret the recent resignation of Prof. Peter Schäfer as director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany. It is of great importance in today’s world that museums in general, and Jewish museums in particular, remain independent institutions. Museums should be ‘safe places for unsafe ideas’ and should not become the victim of the expectations that a variety of audiences, organisations or governments may have of their performance. Their exhibitions, programming and leadership may be criticised by society… | Read more »
Two new Board Members will be elected at the General Meeting of the AEJM in November 2018 in Budapest. This year, AEJM Board members Joanne Rosenthal and Bernhard Purin will step down from the Board. Candidates who wish to stand for a position can contact AEJM for further information. In order to provide members with information in advance of the AGM, the Board requests candidates to send their application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance, at the latest by 1 September, 2018…. | Read more »
The Jewish Museum Berlin and the New Synagogue Berlin – Centrum Judaicum Foundation invite you to attend a two-day international symposium on Stolen Judaica – Provenance Research in Israel and Germany. In specialist lectures, workshops, and an evening event, research exploring the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects (Judaica), exclusively in Israel and Germany, will take center stage for the first time. The symposium will take place in Berlin on 18 and 19 June . For more information and registration click here.
The second network meeting dealing with communications at Jewish museums in Europe took place in Warsaw in January. The exhibition Blood: Uniting & Dividing served as a case study for this study visit. Together with the staff of host POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, 12 museum professionals from Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany and Austria explored various dimensions of the exhibition in relation to visitors, ranging from visitors studies, to communication plans, to events and to special educational… | Read more »
The new online Handbook On Judaica Provenance Research: Ceremonial Objects is now available through the Claims Conference. This publication by Julie-Marthe Cohen, Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek and Ruth Jolanda Weinberger covers research of two different categories: classical provenance research, which deals with tracing an object at hand to its original owner, and research which deals with establishing the location of a lost object. One can download the full handbook or individual sections from the website of the Claims Conference. The handbook consists of four parts:… | Read more »