Community memories | NMAJH puts an end to its bankruptcy, the exhibitor is honored, more
NMAJH announces plans to exit bankruptcy this month
The National Museum of American Jewish History said it would come out of its Chapter 11 reorganization on or around September 15, citing a $ 10 million pledge from former administrator Mitchell Morgan and his family.
NMAJH said the commitment allows it to eliminate its debt and paves the way for stability.
NMAJH initially filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code on March 1, 2020; the reorganization plan was confirmed on September 1 by Chief Justice Magdeline D. Coleman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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“We live in a time that requires us to reflect on our values, and a time when our country needs institutions like the National Museum of American Jewish History that represent freedom and inclusiveness,” Morgan said. “We hope this will be a contribution that will encourage more people to play a role in the future of the museum by offering different perspectives on how immigrants and religious minorities have positively impacted our great nation for centuries. “
“Mitch is a mensch and a hero in the Jewish community,” said NMAJH CEO Misha Galperin. “We strive to carry the story of NMAJH into its next decade. Today we are full of energy for our bright future.
Under the terms of the engagement, the Morgan family will purchase the museum building on terms favorable to the museum, providing the necessary money for NMAJH to pay off its debt. The facilities will be re-let at a nominal price. The museum will have the possibility of buying back all of the installations at a later date.
NMAJH will continue to operate virtually while developing a reopening strategy.
Since its galleries were closed to the public, the NMAJH has said it has focused on strategic planning, including promoting its inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution. NMAJH said in its statement that 37 members of the United States House of Representatives and 23 senators have championed legislation encouraging the Smithsonian to explore a plan to acquire NMAJH.
Honored exhibitor at the journalism competition
The Jewish Exponent won second place in the Best Non-Daily Newspaper category in the 2021 Spotlight competition hosted by the Keystone State Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The exhibitor submitted their September 3, 2020 edition for review, which was conducted by the SPJ section of Washington, DC.
The Philadelphia Gay News ranked first in the category.
The SPJ Keystone Pro chapter covers most of Pennsylvania. It “promotes open government, freedom of expression and the practice of accurate, ethical, entertaining and informative journalism”.
Former Exponent reporter Sophie Panzer won the first place award for “History Lessons: A Jewish couple married at the cemetery to stop the 1918 influenza pandemic,” which was published on October 8, 2020. He was selected in the reportage, non-daily category. .
Former Jewish Federation CEO Naomi Adler chosen to lead Hadassah
Hadassah, the Zionist Organization of Women of America, has appointed former president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Naomi Adler, as the new CEO.
Adler will lead the country’s largest organization of Jewish women, with nearly 300,000 members, donors and supporters and a professional staff of 200.
Adler took office on September 1, 2021, succeeding Janice Weinman, who retired on June 30.
“A proven nonprofit leader with deep expertise in Jewish community work and an impressive track record in community engagement, fundraising and advocacy, she is the perfect person to draw upon. Hadassah’s past achievements, increase its global impact and bring Hadassah into the next phase of its growth, said Hadassah President Rhoda Smolow.
A former attorney and community advocate, Adler’s resume includes 13 years at the head of two United Way organizations in New York City, as well as six years with the Jewish Federation.
A native of Rochester, New York, Adler graduated from Mount Holyoke College and SUNY Buffalo School of Law before returning to her hometown to work first in private practice and then as deputy prosecutor for Monroe County.
Tackling Torah sponsors Yom Kippur, ax throwing event
Tackling Torah sponsors “Missing the Mark: Yom Kippur + Ax Throwing” from 5 to 7 p.m. on September 12 at Urban Axes Philadelphia, 2019 E. Boston St.
“The holiday season asks us to engage in a practice of seeing how we maybe ‘missed the mark’ over the past year,” the organization wrote. “Where are the places where? have our intentions and actions not aligned? We will combine Jewish thought / values with a very real action of using the metaphor of ‘missing the mark’ by throwing our sins with an ax at a target. “
Admission is $ 40 per person. For details, contact Rabbi Elyssa Cherney at [email protected] or visit tacklingtorah.com.