Meet 4 of Our Member Museums
JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE
Jewish Museum Milwaukee is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. The museum shares this story and the life lessons that come with it to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Jewish life and culture.
The museum's collections include letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, veterans' photos and stories, household records and cookbooks, school annuals and school work, business records, product designs, advertising media, audio and videotapes that help animate exhibitions like Stitching History from the Holocaust and Southern Exposure: The Jews of Argentina.
LEO BAECK INSTITUTE
Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to documenting and preserving the history and material culture of German-speaking Jews. As part of an international network with centers in Berlin, London and Jerusalem, LBI–New York documents and engages this legacy through its library, archival collections, and art collection. LBI's collections comprise millions of pages of archival documents, 80,000 volumes of books and periodicals, and a historical art collection of 8,000 objects. The LBI regularly organizes public lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.
Most LBI exhibitions draw on its rich collections - paintings, community histories, family papers, personal correspondence, genealogical materials, and business and public records - which touch upon virtually every aspect of the German-Jewish experience. Currently on display is Wissenschaft des Judentums: Jewish Studies and the Shaping of Jewish Identity . Previous exhibitions have included Facing History: Portraits from the LBI Art Collection and Modernism Meets Tradition, depicting the Jewish experience in World War I.
The Skirball Museum, affiliated with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America. The first stage in the museum's development began when Hebrew Union College (HUC) opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1875 and over time began accepting donations of Judaic objects and books. In 1913, the College's Union Museum became the first formally established Jewish museum in the United States. Collections expanded rapidly in the next decade with the acquisition of several significant private collections of Judaica.
Since 1990, the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati has been located in Mayerson Hall on the HUC-JIR campus. Its core exhibit, An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience, comprises seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical, and religious heritage of the Jewish people. In May 2015, HUC-JIR became the new home of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick collection of nearly 1,500 artifacts. The highlights of this distinctive collection are being revealed in a series of spotlight exhibitions beginning in October 2015.
SPERTUS INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
Spertus Institute offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. These are designed to enable personal growth, train future leaders, and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. In addition to graduate programs and professional workshops, public programs (exhibits, lectures, seminars, films, and concerts) are offered at the Institute’s Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.
The Spertus collections number more than half a million items, including artwork, Judaica, antique maps, archival items, books, films, and music. Explore a selection of treasures online with the newly-launched Spertus Collection Highlights Website, with stunning high-resolution photographs and engaging multimedia clips; and find out more about current exhibitions here.