JUSTEIN HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Morris & Sally Justein Heritage Museum in Toronto, Ontario is situated within Baycrest’s 22-acre campus. Baycrest is a global leader and innovator in long-term senior care. The Museum, a place for people of all ages to discover and enjoy the history and beauty of Judaic heritage, provides an enjoyable and accessible cultural experience for residents and families.
The Museum’s permanent collection of Judaica, numbering more than 900 items, preserves Jewish treasures for years to come, so that it can be enjoyed and admired by future generations. Exhibits are designed especially for members of the community. A Museum on Wheels program brings artifacts to individual bedsides, with artifact selection based on themes that are reflective of residents’ interests and prompt dialogue and reminiscence.
Baycrest is one of the first long-term care facilities to incorporate a museum on site. Board and staff believe that cultural programs are essential for seniors living in residential facilities, because they create an enriched, stimulating environment and help clients maintain a connection to their life-long traditions and learnings. They regard cultural legacy as an important factor in personal life journeys and a link to a shared community narrative.
LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH)’s two-fold mission of commemoration and education has remained constant since its inception in 1961. LAMOTH dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and those who survived by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust era. The Museum provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from under-funded schools and underserved communities. Each visit includes dialogue with a Holocaust survivor, a living embodiment of history.
Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust boasts the west coast's largest archive of documents, relics and other primary source materials from the Holocaust period (1933-1945). Exhibits present as many original artifacts as possible in a way that allows them to tell the individual stories they contain. The Museum’s architecture and layout play significant roles in visitor experiences, with rooms descending and decreasing in light as ones progress towards the darkest part of history and then ascends from it. Audio, video and interactive experiences throughout offer a variety of avenues into the complex and rich subject matter and offer perspectives on it.
The Mizel Museum is Denver’s Jewish art and culture museum. As a Jewish cultural institution, the Museum aims to illuminate the multiple perspectives that make up the Jewish experience. Its exhibits and programs use art and education to explore Jewish culture, history and viewpoints.
The museum’s permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, is a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and digital media that illuminates, narrates and celebrates Jewish history and culture, which is ultimately a celebration of both contemporary life and all humanity. The exhibit encourages an ongoing conversation about where we came from and where we’re going – no matter who we are.
The museum also offers several exhibitions and associated programming that serve as a catalyst for intercultural learning and dialogue in the school community, as well as offsite exhibitions in cooperation with community partners.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.
Building on the dynamic interaction between the Museum’s location on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the history and traditions of the Jewish people, and the broader national experience, the core exhibition highlights the diverse backgrounds, expectations, and experiences of Jews who came to and made their homes in the United States; the choices they faced; the challenges they confronted, and the ways in which they shaped, and were shaped by, their American home.
During the course of its history, the NMAJH has attracted a broad regional audience to its public programs, while exploring American Jewish identity through lectures, panel discussions, authors' talks, films, children's activities, theater, and music. The Museum has displayed more than a hundred exhibitions in its first three decades-plus of existence.