This August you’re invited to travel the Jewish museum world via Zoom in a multi-part webinar series organised by Jewish museums in Australia, England, South Africa and the United States of America.
This is a first-time collaboration between the SAJM and the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Jewish Museum of London, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Each country will host a presentation on their unique communities, traditions and histories.
Speakers & Topics:
Topic: Jewish Journeys: A History of Migration
Dates: 9 August at 7pm | 20 August at 11am
Discover the history of Jewish people in Britain. From a medieval mikvah telling the story of the first Jewish community in Britain to photographs belonging to children who travelled on the Kindertransport, this virtual tour will explore many periods of Jewish migration to Britain.
Speaker: Emma Crew; Engagement Officer
Emma Crew, Engagement Officer, has been at the museum for almost three years. She works on the Jewish Museum’s informal learning programme creating and delivering dementia-friendly workshops, autism-friendly mornings, family activities and museum tours. During lockdown she has been delivering tours, talks, quizzes and family activities via Facebook Live and Zoom. Emma has an MA in Medieval Studies and is particularly interested in the Medieval Jewish Community in London, the first stop on our tour of the Jewish Museum London.
Topic: South African Jewry: Before, During, After
Dates: 12 August at 11am | 16 August at 7pm
This presentation will provide a brief history of South African Jewry – a uniquely homogenous community within the Diaspora. From its Litvak roots, through the impact on South African commerce and politics, to current day urbanisation and migration from South Africa.
Speaker: Gavin Morris, Director SAJM
Gavin Morris has a BA degree in History and Jewish Civilization and MBA both obtained at the University of Cape Town. Following an early career in film and advertising, he became the director of the SA Jewish Museum in 2012 where he has overseen the development of numerous exhibitions, a digital social history archive, and educational and cultural diversity programmes.
Topic: American Jewish History Through a Baltimore Lens
Dates: 13 August at 7pm | 23 August at 4am
Baltimore’s Locust Point was once America’s second largest immigration port, only surpassed by Ellis Island. Discover the importance of Baltimore, Maryland in the story of America’s Jewish community, from waves of arrival, to fights for recognition and religious freedom, and eventual Americanization. Maryland reflects the broader history of America’s Jewish community, and today is home to an important symbol of that history, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the third oldest synagogue in the country.
Speakers: Marvin Pinkert, JMM Executive Director (13 August) & Tracie Guy-Decker, JMM Deputy Director (23 August)
Tracie Guy-Decker started at the Museum as the Associate Director for Projects, Planning and Finance in April 2015. In that role, she assists the Museum operations through administrative and infrastructure support, including project management, oversight of facilities maintenance and planning, and budgets and finance. Because most of her career has been spent in the marketing departments of non-profit organisations, Ms. Guy-Decker also oversees JMM’s marketing activities.
Prior to joining the JMM, Tracie led marketing departments at Johns Hopkins University and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (in Virginia Beach, VA). She has a BA in English and Religion from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Religious Studies (concentration: History of Judaism) from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Topic: Calling Australia Home
Dates: 23 August at 11am | 27 August at 1am
Take a trip to the Antipodes and uncover stories of Jewish excellence and everydayness in Australia, from 1778 until today. Learn about our richly diverse, ever-evolving community with Director & CEO Jessica Bram, then explore our flagship Calling Australia Home exhibition with Senior Curator & Collection Manager Eleni Papavasileiou.
Speakers: Jessica Bram – Director & Eleni Papavasileiou – Senior Curator
Jessica Bram brings 15 years’ experience across curatorial, creative and strategic thinking in museums and the arts/cultural sector. Joining the Jewish Museum team most recently from a position as Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Jessica is widely regarded as a leader and experienced in delivering blockbuster projects using state-of-the-art immersive technology as well as audience segmentation tools. She has extensive local and international connections via a range of museological and cultural networks.
Before migrating to Australia and joining the Jewish Museum of Australia, Eleni worked for many years in the UK at community-based galleries and museums. Most recently, she was at the award-winning SS Great Britain Trust in Bristol, where she was Head of Curatorial & Library Services. Eleni has a Master’s Degree in International Museum Studies – for which she wrote a thesis entitled ‘Migration & Diversity in the Museum: the Australian Example,’ and a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication / Photography.