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Ongoing Virtual Programs
Due to Covid-19, JMM is not currently able to have onsite programs, which generate significant earned revenue. Your support ensures that JMM will use culture, art, and history to teach important stories, develop relevant social justice programs, and collaborate with diverse groups and individuals.
Sponsorship includes your name on our weekly e-blasts to 5,100 people, mention on Facebook to 3,600+ followers, mentions during the selected program(s) and on JMM’s website.
Museum Moments: JMM staff highlight archival collections, exhibits, and compelling stories in a live format twice per week. Highlights: Moments of Advocacy and Jewish Admission Quotas Metrics: Over 20,000 views; average viewership of over 500 people on Facebook
From the Archives: The Archives Director highlights a story in the Museum’s weekly e-blast from the JMM’s extensive collections and oral histories. Highlights: Oral histories; Civil Rights memorabilia; Artist, Annette Hirsh Metrics: Sent to over 5,100 households in museum e-blast, shared on Facebook and YouTube
Global Museum Passport: Virtual Home Edition: Explore the world from the comfort of your couch with Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s new online adventure series. We kicked off this series in August with a visit to the Galicia Jewish Museum. Upcoming venues include Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Yemen’s Sephardic Community led by the American Sephardi Institute, and Yad Vashem’s Art Collection. All programs include an exclusive tour by the museum’s staff and a live Q&A.
Virtual Tours / School Field Trips: JMM posted its virtual tour of The Girl in the Diary online two days after the Museum closed for the pandemic; over 1000 people have experienced this tour, some featuring live instruction with our Education Director. JMM has created a compelling virtual menu that will connect with Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Fine Arts curriculum, offering teachers and students an important way to connect with the Museum, even when it is closed to groups. JMM has expanded its partnership with The Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) to offer Holocaust-related professional development classes to educators from around the State to broaden the reach of Holocaust Education Statewide.
Sponsor 1 tour for $250 FIVE TOURS FUNDED! THANKS TO RUTH BRAUN, PHYLLIS LENSKY, ALLEN & PAT RIESELBACH, JUDY SAICHEK, AND LIBBY TEMKIN!
Building on its tradition of bringing thought-provoking and issues-driven exhibits to the community, JMM has a unique slate of exhibits scheduled for 2020-2021. Each exhibit costs between $80,000 to $120,000 and any contribution is important. All donors will be recognized on the JMM website and donor board. Gifts at $10,000 and above will be recognized in ads and major sponsors at $25,000 and above will be recognized on the large-scale building exhibit banner with over 4 million views annually.
To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, Winter-Spring 2021
Through 70 pieces of original art this exhibition highlights the life and works of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, a Czech Jewish painter whose promising career was shattered following the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. While imprisoned in Theresienstadt, Lichtblau-Leskly used art to express himself. His satiric, cartoonish representations of daily life juxtapose shocking scenes of banal brutality with an ironic style, exposing the absurdity of his experience while remaining jarringly human. Miraculously kept secret and saved by his wife, Lichtblau-Leskly’s originals are collected and displayed next to restored, detailed pieces created after the war.
SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Artistic Response to Inhumanity, Issues Surrounding Fascism
Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, Fall 2021
This exhibit tells the significant role that people, many of them Jewish immigrants, had in creating the scrap industry. It also tells the story of how almost everything that becomes worn, useless, or obsolete can be changed into something useful again. Through hands-on activities, visitors will experience the sights and sounds of one of America’s largest industries, its innovative technology, and the stories of the immigrant families that built it.
SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Environmental Action, Sustainability, Immigration
Then They Came for Me: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, Winter-Spring 2021
20,000 Japanese American citizens and legal residents were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled. The accounts in this multimedia exhibition illustrate the impact this unjust incarceration had on those who experienced it and the lasting effects on the generations that followed. Then They Came for Me contextualizes Japanese immigration to America, and the American legal and community response.
SOCIAL JUSTICE VALUES: Immigrant Rights, Challenges to Civil Liberties
Luba Lukova: Designing Justice, Fall 2020
Critical Conversation Starters Series: Building on the success of our Conversation Starter series, JMM will explore issues of equity and racism affecting our city and country amid a time of unrest and uncertainty in an expanded format.
Charlottesville and the Case Against White Supremacy: Integrity First for America (IFA) is holding hate groups accountable in federal court for the violence they brought to Charlottesville in 2017. Join IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick and a member of the legal team for an overview of this landmark case and the fight against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and racism. The program includes a screening of the short film, Reawakening, by Alexandra Horowitz in which rabbis and members of Charlottesville’s only synagogue voice responses to the 2017 Unite the Right rallies. FUNDED! THANK YOU, LESLIE HAYES!
The Evolving Role and Impact of Philanthropic and Non-Profit Organizations: The pandemic and protests against systemic racism have amplified disparities in employment, education, and transportation. Community non-profit leaders will detail their organizational responses and the resulting efforts. Panel participants include: Bader Philanthropies’ Frank Cumberbatch; Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Ian Bautista; and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Nicole Angresano.
Milwaukee Civic Response Economic Recovery Team: Explore the collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and local non-profit organizations that established an Economic Recovery Team. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color, who were struggling to access fundamental needs. The Team will address their response to urgent issues surrounding education and technology, mental and physical health, food, housing, and transportation.
To Paint is to Live: The Artwork of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly, Winter-Spring 2021
Ghetto Chronicles – Life and Death in the Łódź Ghetto: Join Sam Kassow, historian, and author of Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto, for an in depth look at the unique culture of ghettos and how Lodz fits into the broader history of ghettos including Terezin and the Warsaw Ghetto.
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Holocaust: Simone Schweber, Chair of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will lead an interactive workshop to develop how to talk to kids about the Holocaust. The workshop is designed to ensure we balance the competing pressures of protecting children’s idealism while being truthful about the historical harms of the past and implications for the present.
Fashion Metropolis Berlin: Something unique emerged in the heart of Berlin in the nineteenth century: a creative center for fashion and ready-made clothing. After 1933 most Jewish clothing industrialists were confronted with hatred and violence. Many of their companies were “Aryanized” while they were robbed, displaced, and murdered. Join author Uwe Westphal, as he brings to life Berlin’s fashionable past describing the rise and destruction of the Jewish fashion industry from 1836 – 1939.
Museum Interactives: JMM needs to update the interactive hardware in the Museum to ensure that it is supported and can continue to run smoothly. This equipment is twelve years old and a possible risk to our facilities.
FUNDED: $10,000 THANK YOU!
Website Upgrade: As more of JMM’s work lives in the virtual realm, we need to upgrade our website to match our peerless programming. The website poses the following challenges: it crashes if we attempt to incorporate new plug-in platforms to expand our work; there are no vehicles for audience response; the font and formatting are hard to read; and it is unresponsive on mobile devices. Our search engine optimization on Google has been downgraded, making JMM harder to find on the web.
This is an opportunity to expand our web presence by making our archives more accessible via an upgraded website. JMM looks for a funder to both update our website design and implement a new collections software that will make our archives available to the public outside of the Museum.
Most of the visitors to the JMM are not Jewish, and yet the museum strives to ensure every visitor can find his or her own story reflected in the narratives told in our exhibits. These narratives focus on humanity’s resilience, generosity, ingenuity, creativity, and connections to the natural world — human traits seen in cultures across the globe, as well as here at home. Our mission is to build steadfast bridges to soar above the deep divides dug by ignorance, intolerance, and hate.
Anneliese Dickman President, Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Help us meet the challenges of 2020, while expanding our impact. Support Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s 2020 and 2021 programs, exhibits, and educational initiatives. All donors will receive the following recognition including the items listed below the selected level.
Social Justice Champion: $25,000 – Listed on the outdoor building banner with 4+ million views per year Social Justice Crusader: $10,000 – Listed in all paid advertisements Social Justice Ally: $5,000 – Verbally thanked at events and programs Social Justice Advocate: $1,000 – Listed on postcards to events Social Justice Partner: $500 – Thanked on a Facebook post Social Justice Defender: $100 – Listed on the donor board at JMM Social Justice Backer: $25 – Listed on Jewish Museum Milwaukee website; receives Two “History Matters” bumper stickers
Social Justice Champion Sheldon and Marianne Lubar
Social Justice Ally Richard and Nina Edelman
Social Justice Advocate Anonymous Jane and Stephen Chernof Robin Cohen Howard and Eileen Dubner Joseph Gettinger Susan A Lubar Louise Stein Jody and Jeff Steren
Social Justice Partner Anonymous Anonymous Mort Blutstein Sharon and Richard Canter Michael Friedman and Joan Becker Friedman Leslie Hayes Audrey Laufman Karen Loeb Carl Mueller Betsy and Richard Rosenblum Nancy and Greg Smith Florence Steinberger
Social Justice Defender Steve and Judy Baruch Ann Becker Irving Becker Patti Berhens Joel and Gerry Biller Chad Blumenfield Ruth Braun Karen Clemins Congregation Shalom Sam and Peggy Dickman Sue Effron Annette and Ralph Evans Audrey Faber Rene Gratz Sharon Guten Barbara Halpin Steve Lampe Phyllis Lensky Sheri and Lloyd Levin Tee Gee Levy Rita Lewenauer Julie and Tedd Lookatch Paula and Mel Lorant Norm and Sherry Malmon Pat Martin Darryl Morin Cathy Nemerovski Elaine Nelles Richard and Lynne Pearson Barbara Peltin Beth Peterman Kimberly Redding Pat and Allan Rieselbach Judy Saichek Howard and Barabar Schnoll Victoria Schwartz Mided Wendy and Tony Selestow Shirley and Jonathan Slomowitz Eileen and Bernie Staller Libby Temkin June Wallace Leonard and Susan Weistrop Richard and Kay Yuspeh
Social Justice Backer Mary Avery Mel and Barbara Besman Rachel Dickman James Elsby Suzy Ettinger Shannon Evans Claire and Kenneth Fabric Nancy Freiman Denni Ann Gershaw-Smith Josh Gimbel Brittany Hager-McNeely and Peter McNeely Rachel and Dennis Hafemann Barbara Halpin Joanne Hepp Nancy Johnson Kerstin Lanser Grace LaRayne Arthur and Gloria Leon Barbara Lodde Katharine Loveland Jill Goodrich Judy and Charles Lerner Nancy May India McCanse and Lisa Randerson Tammy Mihalyi Nick and Janet Padway Ewa and Neal Pease Sheryl and Claudio Pelc Kim Perry Bonnie Rappaport Lin Reading Kathryn Reed Pat Rierson Lori Salinsky Charles Schudson Barbara and Al Simon Bea and George Strick Sharon Styler Bonnie Klein-Tasman and Marc Tasman Marvin and Barbara Tick Rodney and Dee Dee Ugent Danniel Wilke Mary Wurzburg Dean and Debbie Zemel