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Coordinates: 39°57′01″N 75°08′55″W / 39.950288°N 75.148593°W / 39.950288; -75.148593

Location within Philadelphia

Established 1976 (1976)

Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Coordinates 39°57′01″N 75°08′55″W / 39.950288°N 75.148593°W / 39.950288; -75.148593

Type Jewish
Jewish
Museum

Collection size 20,000

Visitors 126,000 (2011)[1]

Director Ivy Barsky (CEO)

Curator Josh Perelman

Public transit access      5th Street

Website www.nmajh.org

The National Museum of American Jewish
Jewish
History (NMAJH) is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum at 101 South Independence Mall East (S. 5th Street) at Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. It was founded in 1976.

Contents

1 Building 2 Exhibitions 3 From the Core Exhibition in 2010 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Building[edit]

The new building in 2013

With its founding in 1976, the then–15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) museum shared a building with the Congregation Mikveh Israel.[2] In 2005, it was announced that the museum would be moved to a new building to be built at Fifth Street and Market Street on the Independence Mall. The site was originally owned by CBS' KYW radio and KYW-TV. The project broke ground on September 30, 2007.[3] The 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) glass and terra-cotta building was designed by James Polshek and includes an atrium, a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) area for exhibits, a Center for Jewish
Jewish
Education, and a theater.[4] The structural engineer was Leslie E. Robertson Associates. The project, including endowment, cost $150 million.[5] The opening ceremony was held November 14, 2010 and was attended by over 1,000 people, including Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell, and Rabbi Irving Greenberg.[6] The building opened to the public November 26, 2010.[6] Exhibitions[edit] Exhibits use pieces from the museum's collection which includes over 20,000 objects and ranges from the Colonial period to the present day.[7] Exhibits focus on Jews in America. Professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University
Brandeis University
led the development of the core exhibit for the museum. To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom From June 29 through September 30, 2012, the NMAJH held a special exhibition that featured one of the most important documents pertaining to religious freedom in the United States. The letter was written in 1790 to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, addressing the new country's religious freedom.[8] The letter expressed the new government's commitment for religious freedom and equality for all faiths. The exhibition included numerous artifacts as well as early printings of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.[9] From the Core Exhibition in 2010[edit]

Hanukkah lamp from Lodz, Poland, prior to 1881, silver

Hanukkah menorah, Russia, 1890, brass

Kiddush cup from Russia, engraved sterling silver

Portrait of Joyce Mears Myers by Edward Green Malbone, c. 1803, oil on ivory. No longer on view.

Silver menorah, William Gale and Sons, c. 1852

Torah finials, c. 1850, silver

Tzedakah (charity) box or Kupat Tzedakah, Charleston, 1820, silver

See also[edit]

National Museum of American Jewish
Jewish
Military History

References[edit] Notes

^ Salisbury, Stephan (3 December 2012). "Amid struggles, Jewish
Jewish
museum strives for broader appeal". Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Inquirer. Retrieved 26 March 2013.  ^ Rothstein, Edward (2010-11-11). "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Identity". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ "The Time has Come for a Groundbreaking Event". National Museum of American Jewish
Jewish
History. 2007-08-01. Archived from the original on 2010-11-19. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ Saffron, Inga (2010-11-14). "Building and message at odds". The Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ "Spielberg group gives $1M to Jewish
Jewish
history museum". Philadelphia Business Journal. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ a b Shapiro, Howard (2010-11-15). "Biden among notables attending opening ceremony of National Museum of American Jewish
Jewish
History". The Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ Hurdle, Jon (2008-01-12). "Alongside the History of the Nation, the Story of Jewish
Jewish
Immigrants". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-16.  ^ "Bigotry" on the Jewish
Jewish
Virtual Library website ^ "To Bigotry No Sanction" on the Museum website

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