Combating Antisemitism

The Council of American Jewish Museums is proud to continue its new initiative on Combating Antisemitism. The next program will take place in Portland, OR from November 4-5, 2019 at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, open to all who register.

We are proud to announce that Eric Ward will be a featured keynote on the program.  See program details below.

1. To register and hold your space, complete this simple registration form.

2. Hotel: CAJM is holding rooms for November 3 and November 4 at the Hampton Inn in Portland’s beautiful Pearl District, just a short walk from the Oregon Jewish Museum. Reservations must be made by October 11 to receive the special rate of $159. To reserve, use the red link above, or call 503-222-5200 and reference “CAJM Symposium Guestroom Block.”

3. A limited number of competitive scholarships are available for current CAJM members to attend the program. Find out more here.

Session Lineup

Monday, November 4
9am Welcome
9:10 Museums in the Fight Against Hate
10:10 Understanding the Threats
11:00 Antisemitism - History, Definitions, Terms
11:40 Will Telling and Retelling Our Stories Make a Difference?
12:45 Lunch
1:45 Case Studies from Jewish Museums
3pm As Museums, What Influence Can We Exert?
4pm Training Sessions

Tuesday, November 5
9am Welcome
9:20 Keynote by Eric Ward on Antisemitism and White Nationalism
10:15 Antisemitism, New Realities
11:00 Strategies for Protecting Buildings and Visitors
12:00 Lunch
12:45 New Institutional Approaches
2pm Tabletop Exercises - Safety & Response
3pm Securing Our Material Heritage
4pm Funding Priorities & Strategies
5pm Summary

In summary, this program will:

-       Explore the programmatic implications of contemporary antisemitism on our work.  Sessions will look at: the challenges of antisemitism; the potential of our stories to fight hate; and the social impact of museums. Workshop sessions on fighting hate in communities will also be provided. This content made possible with support from the Leon Levy Foundation.

-       This program will also provide discussions and trainings on protecting our visitors, buildings, and artifacts from acts of hate.  Sessions will look at: being welcoming while being safe; new realities and threats; securing our material heritage; and tabletop exercises on preparedness.  This content made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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