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Past JAHM EventWhen Rabbis Bless Congress with Howard Mortman and Brian Lamb

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Original Date of Event: Tuesday, May 10 at 1 pm ETHoward MortmansWhen Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill is an unprecedented examination of 160 years of Jewish prayers delivered in the literal and figurative center of American democracy. With exhaustive research written in approachable prose, it tells the story of more than 400 rabbis giving over 600 prayers since the Civil War days. In this program Mortman will be joined in conversation by Brian Lamb, founder and former CEO of C-SPAN.Mortman and Lamb will discuss, and screen specially selected videos of the history from the C-SPAN archives. The two will take questions the audience during the last ten minutes of the program.About Howard MortmanHoward Mortman has been C-SPANs Communications Director since early 2009. He directs media outreach, corporate communications, and public relations efforts for the nations only public affairs cable television network. The Washington Post has recognized C-SPAN for its importance as a means of mass civic education without any taxpayer money. The Washington Post has also called C-SPAN "the channel that has achieved cult status among policy geeks."Mortman is responsible for planning and executing the strategic vision for extending the C-SPAN brand and content among traditional and social media. Critical to this effort is working with the next generation of journalists and new media outlets and platforms.Mortman's first book, When Rabbis Bless Congress: The Great American Story of Jewish Prayers on Capitol Hill" was published in October 2020. It is the first-ever academic and historical examination of a little-known tradition in Congress: opening each session of the House and Senate in prayer. Reporting on the research into rabbis who have prayed in Congress, the Washington Examiner calls his project "a remarkable history researched by Howard Mortman."About Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb is founder of the cable television network C-SPAN. He has been associated with the network since 1977, serving in various position, including CEO and Chairman of the Board. Lamb has been fascinated by Jewish history and Jewish stories throughout his life.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Original Broadcast Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 8:00pm - 9:00pm ETClick Below to Watch on Demand - $10 donation suggested

Join us for a fascinating conversation on uncovering world-class Jewish collections at public institutions across America. Featuring three leading experts in the field, the conversation will explore Jewish collections at New York Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The conversation will featureSimona Di Nepi, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Curator of Judaica at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Dr. Lyudmila Sholokhova, Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection at New York Public Library; and will bemoderated by Michelle Margolis Chesner, the Norman E. Alexander for Jewish Studies at Columbia University and President-Elect of the Association of Jewish Libraries.About the PanelistsMichelleMargolisChesneristheNormanE.AlexanderLibrarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She co-directsFootprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place,isthecreator of "Codex Conquest: Jewish Edition," and has curated various library exhibitions, both physical and virtual. She presently serves astheVice President/President-Elect attheAssociation of Jewish Libraries.Michelle's research includes early Jewish printing andthehistory of Judaic collecting and collections, as well astheintersection of Jewish Studies andthedigital humanities.Dr. Lyudmila Sholokhova is a Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection at the New York Public Library. She was the Director of the YIVO Library and Associate Director for External Relations in Eastern Europe and Russia from 2019 till January 2020. She was Head Librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research from 2011-2016, Acting Chief Archivist from 2013-2016, and Director of the YIVO Archives and Library from 2016 - 2019. From 1994 to 2001, she was a Research Associate at the Judaica Division of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. Dr. Sholokhova is the author of numerous publications on the history of Jewish music and Jewish bibliography.Simona Di Nepi is the Charlesand Lynn Schusterman Curator of Judaica at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,where she is responsible for buildingand displaying the collection ofJewish Art.Originally from Rome, Simona has also studied and worked in London and Tel Aviv for 25 years. She has filledcuratorial rolesin both decorative arts and Old Mastersat the Victoria andAlbert Museum, The National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London,where she cared for permanent collections and curated exhibitions. InIsrael,she worked as curator at Anu: the Museum of the JewishPeople, Lecturer in Italian Renaissance art at Reichman University(IDC Herzelyia), and Educator at the Nachum Gutman Museum of Art. Simona has published both in the fields of Old Masters and Judaica.


An official program of Jewish American Heritage Month and co-sponsored by the Association of Jewish Libraries

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 2:00pm ETStream on Zoom - $10 donation suggestedClick Here to RegisterThis JAHM event features Anne-Marie Grey, Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR and Sloane Davidson, founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor in conversation with Juliet Simmons, creator of the "What Would You Bring?" Refugee Storytelling Initiative and Noam Dromi, Managing Director of Reboot Studios. Together, They'll explore the ways in which the American Jewish community has taken an active role in refugee resettlement and support services and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.About the PanelistsAnne-Marie Grey is the Executive Director and CEO of USA for UNHCR. Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilizing efforts in support of the 82.4 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership fundraising and marketing positions. Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programs for the National Museum of Australia and held several roles at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.Sloane Davidson is the Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of recently resettled refugee families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives. Prior to starting Hello Neighbor, Sloane worked for fifteen years across the intersection of philanthropy and digital marketing. She has worked with nonprofits, NGOs and for-profit businesses in a wide range of capacities including branding, business development, capacity building, communications, corporate social responsibility partnerships and campaigns, event production and fundraising.Juliet Simmons is a Creative Producer with a background in marketing and event production. Based in London, she has worked with blue-chip clients around the world and now works across the creative industries with arts organizations and non for profits to help them make good things happen. She volunteers for a centre for refugees and asylum seekers and is a trustee of the Wellspring Project. Her grandfather was a refugee, moving from Vienna to London before the Second World War, and she often wonders what he did bring with him on that journey.Noam Dromi is the Managing Director and Executive Producer of Reboot Studios, the content production arm of the arts-and-culture nonprofit Reboot. He is an Emmy Award-winning veteran writer/producer, marketing executive and digital strategist, specializing in creative content, media production and brand development for entertainment companies, consumer brands and nonprofits. He won the first Primetime Emmy for VR in 2015 for his work as Producer of the Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience with the Fox Broadcasting Company. He was nominated again in 2018 for his work as Executive Producer of the AMC digital series The Walking Dead: Red Machete. He is an active member of the WGA, PGA, and Television Academy and serves as an adjunct screenwriting professor in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University.

An official program of Jewish American Heritage Month. Produced by REBOOT in Partnership with JAHM and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

Monday, May 16, 2022

 Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6pm ETRegistration Required - Suggested Donation to UJA Crisis in Ukraine FundIN PERSON Registration - Click HereCenter for Jewish History - 15 W 16th Street, New York, NYLIVESTREAM Registration - Click HereLive on ZoomUkraine at War is a program designed to inspire critical thinking and responsible analysis. Presented as a signature event of Jewish American Heritage Month, the presentation will create an opportunity for the public to engage with a topic that is at the center of world affairs and on the minds of Jewish Americans across the country. The history and contemporary manifestations of antisemitism underscore our collective commitment to educate and always remembera responsibility withenduring relevance for Jews and other minority groups who face persecution today.In person attendees will be required to present proof of vaccination for COVID 19 at the door and wear a face mask at all times while inside the building.More About The PanelistsAvital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, a first generation immigrant from Soviet Ukraine, is a journalist living in New York City. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Vox, Vogue, Salon, Glamour, Business Insider, Los Angeles Review of Books, Jewish Review of Books, and Religion & Politics, among others. Avital is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in Manhattan's Upper East Side.Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative ofUkraine tothe UN has served in this position since February 2020. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary maintained a distinguished career as a public servant as UkrainesDeputy Foreign Minister,Directorate-general for the United Nations and Other International Organizations of the MFA of Ukraine,Deputy Director-general of the Second Territorial Department,Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America, and many other notable roles, includingChair of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO, among others.Mark B. Levin Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, National Coaliltion Supporting Eurasian Jewry, is one of the Jewish communitys leading experts on national and international issues. Mr. Levin received the Order of Merit medal in 2008 from Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko, and served three times as a Public Member of the U.S. Delegation to meetings of the Organization on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and as a Public Advisor for the U.S. Delegation to the 2004 Berlin Conference on Anti-Semitism.Natan Sharansky born in 1948 in Donetzk, Ukraine and graduated from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow with a degree in computer science. After graduating, he became active in the human rights movement led by Andrei Sahkharov and very quickly became internationally known as the spokesperson for the Helsinki movement. At the same time he applied for an exit visa to Israel, which he was denied for "security reasons". In 1977, a Soviet newspaper alleged that Mr. Sharansky was collaborating with the CIA. Despite denials from every level of the U.S. Government, Mr. Sharansky was found guilty and sentenced to thirteen years in prison, including solitary confinement and hard labor. In the courtroom prior to the announcement of his verdict, Mr. Sharansky in a public statement said: "To the court I have nothing to say to my wife and the Jewish people I say "Next Year in Jerusalem". After nine years of imprisonment, due to intense international pressure, Mr. Sharansky was released on February 11, 1986, emigrated to Israel, and arrived in Jerusalem on that very day.Upon his arrival to Israel he became active in the integration of Soviet Jews and formed the Zionist Forum, an umbrella organization of former Soviet activist groups dedicated to helping new Israelis and educating the public about absorption issues. The final chapter of the historic struggle for the release of Soviet Jews was the historic rally of over 250,000 in 1987 during Gorbachev's first visit in Washington of which Natan Sharansky was is the initiator and driving force. In early 1994, he co-founded Peace Watch - an independent non-partisan group committed to monitoring the compliance to agreements signed by Israel and the PLO. From 1990 to 1996 Mr. Sharansky served as Associate Editor of "The Jerusalem Report". In 1996, ten years after arriving in Israel, Natan Sharansky founded the political party Yisral BAliya which means both Israel on the Rise and Israel for Immigration". The party was established to accelerate the absorption of the massive numbers of Russian immigrants into Israeli society and to maximize their contribution.From 1996-2005 Natan Sharansky served as Minister, as well as Deputy Prime Minister in all of the successive governments. In November 2006 Natan Sharansky resigned from the Israeli Knesset and assumed the position of Chairman of the newly established Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.Natan Sharansky was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He has continued to lead human rights efforts both through his writings as well as public activities since his release.In June 2009, Natan Sharansky was appointed Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Natan concluded his post at the Jewish Agency in July 2018.

An official program of Jewish American Heritage Month.Presented in partnership with the Center for Jewish History, Combat Anti-Semitism Movement, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, and Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday, May 19 at 12:30 pm ET (9:30 am PT)Presented by The White House Office of Public EngagementFree, registration required. CLICK HERE to register. 

In Conversation: Jews & Baseball

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm 1:15pm ET



John Thorn

Official Historian for Major League Baseball (MLB)

Justine Siegal

First Woman to Coach in Major League Baseball (MLB)

Shawn Green

Retired Major League Baseball (MLB) Player

Dr. Misha Galperin

President and CEO, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 4:00pm ETFree on Zoom, Registration RequiredClick Here to RegisterThis episode of America250's "Community Conversation" series will celebrate Jewish American and Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage Months. In this program we will explore American immigrant experiences from these groups, past and present challenges, as well as honor the influences that these groups had, and continue to have, on the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.The Community Conversation series is a place to connect, and to share the stories and histories that shape America. Its with your support that we can continue to have these conversations and explore themes important to our country.About the PanelistsNancy Yao Maasbach - As the President of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Nancy has the unique privilege of combining her experiences in managing organizations, promoting arts and culture as a bridge between peoples, and executing research focused on redefining the American narrative by examining the role of Chinese Americans in U.S. history. Prior to her time at MOCA, Nancy was the executive director of the Yale-China Association, one of the oldest non-profit organizations dedicated to building U.S.-China relations. At the Yale-China Association, Nancy led over 20 programs in the areas of arts, education, and health. These programs were lauded as best-in-class and models for bilateral engagement. Nancy has over twenty years of leadership experience at non-profit organizations and for-profit management, including staff and board positions at The Community Fund for Women & Girls, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Tessitura Network, Goldman Sachs & Co, Council on Foreign Relations, CNN, and more.Dr. Annie Polland is a public historian, author and President of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she served as Vice President for Programs & Education from 2009 to 2017. Prior to her return to the Tenement Museum she served as Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society. She is the co-author, with Daniel Soyer, of Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award. She received her Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, and served as Vice President of Education at the Museum at Eldridge Street, where she wrote Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University).U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.About America250

America250 is a multi-year effort to commemorate the semiquincentennial, or 250th anniversary, of the United States. The purpose of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, created by Congress, and the corresponding America250 Foundation, is to catalyze a more perfect union by designing and leading the most comprehensive and inclusive celebration in our countrys history. America250 represents a coalition of public and private partners all working to create initiatives and programs that honor our first 250 years and inspire Americans to imagine our next 250. The commemoration period began in 2020, culminates on July 4, 2026, and officially concludes in 2027.


An official program of Jewish American Heritage Month. Presented by America 250 in Partnership with JAHM and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 8:00pm ETFree on Virtual J, Registration RequiredClick Here to RegisterWe are thrilled to share that JFest: An Arts Festival for the JCC Movement continues this spring, with a very special film event, The Two Lives of Rube Goldberg.Legendary cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1886-1970), an American born son of German Jewish immigrant parents, was one of the great cultural icons and storytellers of the 20th Century. His drawings of unwieldy fantasy inventions became a fixture of American popular entertainment and cemented his reputation as one of the most influential satirists of The Machine Age. In The Two Lives of Rube Goldberg, director Geoffrey George (Rube Goldbergs youngest grandchild,) explores Rubes life, as well as the influence of his legacy, which inspires new generations of creative thinkers today.This 50-minute program will include a live chat feature with filmmaker Geoffrey George, and other special guests.About JFestJoin us for JFest: An Arts Festival for the JCC Movement a Jewish Arts festival that offers high quality cultural and educational content delivered to you on Virtual J. JFest transcends boundaries by delivering rich, Jewish cultural arts content on a continental level, online and in-person, and ignites storytelling, building resilience across all our communities. Throughout the year, JFest programs explores three core themes of storytelling: How to Tell Your Story, How Others Tell Our Story, and How History Tells Our Story. Through dynamic programs and partnerships with Artist-Educators from around the world, JFest invites you to tell your own story, and keep us connected even when were apart.


JFEST is a Signature Program of JCC Association of North America, and an official partner of Jewish American Heritage Month. All programs and events for JFest: An Arts Festival for the JCC Movement are made possible through funds granted by The Covenany Foundation, with additional support from The Pertzik Fund for Arts and Culture. This program is presented in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Thursday, May 26, 20227:30pm - 9:00pm ETIn person and OnlineClick here for IN-PERSON tickets$18, $15 MembersClick here for LIVESTREAM tickets$5 DonationJoin us online or in person for the concert celebrating the album Leila, the latest release from Joey Weisenberg. Flanked by a four piece ensemble featuring Deborah Sacks Mintz, Yosef Goldman, Daniel Ori, and Richie Barshay, Weisenberg will play through all the tunes from the new album in a rare Philadelphia performance, his first concert with an audience in more than two years.The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History is thrilled to host this event in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, and as the first public concert at the museum since 2019.In an effort to protect the most vulnerable members of our community we ask that all attendees ages 5 & older present proof of vaccination for COVID-19 upon entering the museum. Attendees will also be required to wear a face covering while in the theater.More about the ArtistsJoey Weisenberg has long occupied the nexus point between the old and the new, and he is known for reaching into the heart of the nigun, the wordless Jewish spiritual melody, and synthesizing it with the American soundscape and the passion of the blues bars he grew up playing in. As the Hadar Institute's longtime musician-in-residence and as the founder of Hadar's Rising Song Institute, where he teaches master classes in Jewish song and produces albums for Rising Song Records, Joey's prolific output of melodies has resounded throughout the Jewish world and beyond.For this concert in the theater of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Weisenberg will be accompanied by the inventive rhythm section of Richie Barshay (percussion) and Daniel Ori (bass), and multifaceted vocalists Deborah Sacks Mintz and Yosef Goldman.More about the AlbumSoul-igniting melodies, masterful improvisations, ethereal harmonies, acoustic meditations, and electric invocationsL'eila is a sonic journey of harrowing emotion and spiritual uplift, combining signature elements of musical virtuosity and grassroots folksong. The latest chapter of this yearslong musical project, the album takes its name from the iconic Kaddish prayer that describes the ultimate Source of sound as above all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations. With the same aspirational spirit, Weisenberg and his quintet aspire to create a transcendent musical experience for all who attend.

Live at The Weitzman101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th & Market)Philadelphia, PA 19106This program is presented by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in partnership with the Rising Song Institute and promotional partnership from CANVAS in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. 

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Monday, May 30, 2022

 Monday, May 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm ETFree - Stream on ZoomFrom the Revolutionary War through today, American Jews have served nobly in all branches of our countrys militaryand manyareamong our nations fallen heroes.It is incumbent upon Americas Jewish community, therefore,tomark Memorial Dayfor bothits nationaland itsJewish significance.During this years Jewish American Heritage MonthNational Jewish Community Observance of Memorial Day, wewill honor the multi-generational service and sacrifice of the Seixas family, hear from Gold Star Families, experience performances from the United States Naval Academy Glee Club, and hear prayers chanted by a Jewish military chaplain.DonationsShould you wish to make a donation in support of JAHM, please click here.To learn more about and support the work of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council and Jews in uniform, please click here.To learn more about and support the work of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, please click here.To learn more about and support the work of Operation Benjamin, please click here.

This program is organized by the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, Operation Benjamin, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, a signature program of the JCC Association of North America in partnership with Jewish American Heritage Month.

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