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Jewish Museums Across the Seas: Australia

This event is part of our series of Jewish Museums Across the Seas tours. 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.

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Jewish Museums Across the Seas: South Africa

This event is part of our series Jewish Museums Across the Seas tours. 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.   

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Jewish Museums Across the Seas: Baltimore

This event is part of our series of Jewish Museums Across the Seas tours. 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. 

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Jewish Museums Across the Seas: London

This event is part of our series of Jewish Museums Across the Seas tours. Discover the history of the Jewish community in Britain. From a medieval mikvah telling the story of the very first Jewish community to photographs belonging to children who travelled on the Kindertransport, this virtual tour will explore many periods of Jewish migration to Britain.

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School Reunion with the Jewish Deaf Association

by Josie Roberts, Learning Officer Last Sunday the Learning Team went to Nightingale House in Wandsworth, former home of the Residential School for Jewish Deaf Children, where the Jewish Deaf Association were hosting possibly their last school reunion. The school itself closed in 1965. We attended the event to showcase some of our objects that […]

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#VolunteersWeek – Introducing Shannon and Yasmin

Shannon Shannon has been volunteering for under a year. She first thought of volunteering because she wanted to gain new experiences. “I’m going to study history at university so it seemed the perfect fit. It’s interesting to know what happened in the past and to learn about different cultures. I didn’t know much about Jewish […]

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To Save or not to Save? Lessons of Practical Salvage

by Emma Davies, Head of Volunteering Last week I attended the English Heritage ‘Emergency Planning and Practical Salvage’ Course. This three day course, in conjunction with the West Midlands Fire Service, was aimed at museum, gallery and historic property staff who hold responsibility for both creating and implementing an Emergency Plan. Every museum team’s worst […]

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Partnering with the Jewish Military Museum

Yesterday was a wonderful and historic day at the museum, as we agreed our partnership with the Jewish Military Museum. The Jewish Museum London will assume care and responsibility for the Jewish Military Museum’s entire collection of over 4,000 objects and its learning programme. (L to R): Roz Currie, Curator of the Jewish Military Museum; Rt […]

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Obscuratorial Finds – Oddities in the Archives

by Alice Quine, Curatorial Assistant With my last blog post focusing on the museum’s food related objects it seemed like a natural progression to move from goulash to ghouls. Some of the most interesting aspects of the collection are concerned with unusual historical practices which may now seem rather macabre. Dastardly Doctors – While many […]

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Obscuratorial Finds – Why do we have so many…?

by Alice Quine, Curatorial Assistant While the museum holds a lot of quirky and fun objects, it is also home to many items of great historical importance. Though a large proportion of this collection is comprised of paper documents, accounts and records, it is the unique aesthetics of the objects that I feel hold the […]

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