CAJM Conference 2019
Los Angeles, California

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The Council of American Jewish Museums was honored to present its annual national conference, The Creative Challenge: Museums for the Next Generation, in Los Angeles, CA from March 3-5, 2019. Chairs for the conference were Bryan Davis, Executive Director of the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center in Tucson, and Gravity Goldberg, Director of Public Programs and Visitor Experience at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

The conference theme recognized the many purposes served by our member museums, which are centers for memory, knowledge, and discourse, as well as sites of inspiration, gathering, and creativity; and the inherent challenges they face: living up to complex responsibilities while delivering rich content and activating inventive, engaging approaches. 

The 2019 CAJM conference looked at “The Creative Challenge” from new vantage points. We heard from museum innovators, artists, designers, dancers, writers, and rabbis as we explored possibilities for a new museology.

See all details in our Conference Program.

Through our podcast partnership with Judaism Unbound, you may listen to a conference plenary session, Museums and the Creative Challenge, as well as stimulating conversations with Ivy Barsky ("Curating the Jewish Story"), Aaron Henne ("Creating Jewish Theatre"), Yishai Jusidman ("Painting the Unpaintable"), Lori Schneide Shapiro ("Open Temple"), and most recently, the episode "Judaism Illuminated" with author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Thank You to Our Conference Supporters
and Partners

The David Berg Foundation
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Soraya and Younes Nazarian
Albert & Lillian Small Foundation
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Rabbi Robert & Virginia Bayer Hirt
Rina Scott Cowan
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
American Jewish University
Skirball Cultural Center
The Broad
Museum of Tolerance
New Jewish Culture Network
theatre dybbuk
Judaism Unbound
Asylum Arts
NuRoots, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles