Friday, August 29, 2008
So now that we no longer have an influx of delectable sandwiches, does the staff shrivel up in culinary despair? Of course not! We have the Heritage Café where we can get "The Cookie." The Cookie™ is an ultimate good. It is a healthy portion of chocolately, melty, chewy, kosher amazing-ness that can be shared between two people with no lingering feelings of animosity over who ate more. There is no fighting around The Cookie™; it incites only euphoria. The Cookie™ is used by the staff to help themselves through a rough day and helps them realize that life is sweet. It is in that spirit that we do not jealously hoard all this deliciousness for ourselves: but we are happy to leave some for Museum visitors as well.
So, this Labor Day, I encourage you all to (in the words of Jerry Seinfeld) "Look to the cookie."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
"The fact that Suite Française was so popular has led us to a teachable moment," says museum spokeswoman Betsy Aldredge. "We think that we can provide historical context to this amazing writer's life and the time period in which she lived."
Couldn't have said it better myself, Betsy!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So go through your attics/basements/storage units/closets/grandparents houses! We are always eager to welcome new objects into our collection, especially when these items have a personal story that accompany them. (In addition to items described in the link, we are currently seeking items pertaining to Jews adopting children from other cultures and countries. We currently have items from adoptees from Asia, South America, and others.)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Another article from The Jewish Week takes a look at the future of Holocaust education. One of the models examined is none other than the Lipper Internship! (There's even a quote from yours truly...)
Friday, August 22, 2008
On the second day of the seminar, the teachers were ably led by Allison Farber, Museum Educator for New Media, who guided them through our Living Museum website. The seminar participants learned how as teachers, they could create the framework for their own online exhibition and how as students, they could add an artifact to the site. We look forward to hearing about their in-school Living Museums and viewing their online exhibitions.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
(Pictured: Roy Ben-Moshe and Jessica McCarthy engage in Lipper-ly discussion during a rare break.)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In case you haven't noticed, I figured now would be a good time to tell you that the Museum is really big into dialogue. Dialogue on historical figures, dialogue on political issues and, of course, interfaith dialogue. This week, the Museum is once again hosting Dialogues About Teaching Jewish/Christian Heritage and the Holocaust, a seminar for teachers in Catholic schools. Over the course of five days, teachers and administrators meet with educators from the Museum and distinguished speakers for an enlightening conference. They explore Jewish and Christian understandings of the Hebrew Bible, artifacts used in Jewish religious practice, and the impact of WWII and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe. I was able to sit in on a lecture by Sister Mary Boys of Union Theological Seminary last year about the historical relationship between Jews and the Catholic Church and it was truly fascinating.
This seminar is the result of the Museum's relationship with John Cardinal O’Connor--the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York from 1984 to 2000-- who made it a mission to heal Judeo-Christian relations. Part of his action plan? He mandated that a visit to the Museum be added to the curriculum of every high school student in the Archdiocese of New York. The Cardinal was a guest speaker at the Museum’s dedication in 1997, and something he said then resonates strongly with me today: “…I pray...that through this Museum, every Jew will be ever prouder to be a Jew and that those of us who call ourselves Christians will become ever prouder of our Jewish Heritage.”
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
While Julia Child is best known for making haute cuisine accessible to everyone, opening these files will let us all know precisely how (like the men and women featured in Ours to Fight For) one woman was able to make a difference in one of history's darkest hours.
We miss you, Chef! Bon Appétit!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Today, Blog from Battery Place features special guest writer Navpreet, this week's Communications intern! -JK
An important principal of the Museum of Jewish Heritage is Tikkun Olam—repair of the world. To make a difference in our community the 2008 HSAPs spent our last Tuesday together leaving a mark at Women in Need (WIN). WIN is a great organization whose goal is to help the homeless and provide them with better opportunities. With just a few weeks left until the beginning of school, we thought it was important for the children to have essential supplies and start the year on a positive note. After running a successful school supply drive in the Museum for two weeks, we departed for WIN (pictured above). Once there, we distributed school supplies, including over 300 pencils, over 100 glue-sticks, 3000 sheets of loose-leaf, over 200 notebooks, over 1,000 pens, 47 book bags, and organized a thriving book drive for people of various ages.
After preparing the children for school, we transformed into little kids ourselves. We raced into WIN’s incredible playground where we played sports and socialized with the kids. While watching and participating in the heated basketball, handball, and volleyball games, I realized the children could potentially be great athletes. Despite the kids’ scheming on how to keep us at WIN, we finally were able to say goodbye. Looking back, I hope that we have left the children at WIN with the prospect of a bright future. I’m really proud of the community service committee for choosing such a great organization to work with. I feel overwhelmed (in a good way) knowing that we helped so many kids get ready for school. These kids have the potential to be successful in life, but they need a little encouragement and motivation, which I hope we provided. Supplying the children with necessary materials for school (and receiving beautiful smiles in return), I think we possibly made a difference in their world. Sometimes, a little can go a long way.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Jamie Kenney (JK): What inspired you to write this play?
JK: You are the author of twelve books two of which, The Rothschilds and A Nervous Splendor, have been adapted for stage. But Commandant was written for stage. What inspired you to make this particular story a play?
FM: I knew the hero would be a stage person, so a stage vehicle made sense. I always new I would make it at the end of the Third Reich, but with flashbacks and I thought this might work better as a stage presentation. Though I don’t have much experience with it, I did write another play that was done in an experimental theater. But I felt more confident from the beginning with this one.
JK: Commandant premiered as a staged reading in your native Vienna--how do you think the audience reactions will differ between a European city and New York?
FM: It will be hard to tell. The first [American] test will be done at your theatre. [In Vienna] it was done in a small theater which ironically, had a room built for Hitler behind the main box, even though Hitler never came. The handling of the play over there was very complicated, though we did get a positive response, and that made us very happy. We had five small performances, but [the staged reading in New York] is its first exposure in a larger audience. In a sense, it may upset some people and be controversial since the victim who is also the hero isn’t very heroic, even though he is a genius.
JK: Why did you feel it was important to have the premiere at the Museum of Jewish Heritage?
FM: It's a very impressive place and a very important part of New York's cultural repertoire and of the Jewish cultural situation in New York. I believe part of Jewish heritage should include self examination, which is part of what I examine in the play.
Frederic Morton will be interviewed after the premiere of Commandant by Lewis Lapham, former Editor of Harper's. To purchase tickets, click here.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The film club will get together two weeks. I encourage everyone where to "join" us. Watch the movie and post your thoughts here. I will bring your comments to the book club so we can discuss. I have seen the movie and assure you, there is a lot to take in and a lot to think about. We'd love to know what you think!