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What's Happening at the Cincinnati Skirball Museum?

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Guests at the Skirball Museum in CincinnatiThe Skirball Museum on the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has been part of the rich tapestry of Cincinnati artistic and cultural excellence since its earliest iteration as the Union Museum in 1912. The Skirball Museum has come a long way since then, and we are proud to share our successes with you:

Since 2015, the Skirball Museum has more than quadrupled its holdings, with the transfer of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museums collections; important gifts of works by John Aubery, Moses Jacob Ezekiel, Mark Podwal, Manfred Anson, Yaakov Agam, and Marvin Lipofsky; and a suite of stained glass windows by David Holleman.

The Skirball Museum boasts an active interfaith board, committees, and volunteers including docents and high school and college interns, as well as a vibrant membership. A campaign was launched in March of 2017, after more than a decade without Museum membership. The Museum now boasts more than 300 member units, providing more than $70,000 in operational support.

A two-year pledge of $75,000 from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation will increase the visibility of the Museum through technology, exhibitions, and public programs that will impact the greater Cincinnati community as well as elevate the quality of exhibitions with enhanced lighting and display cases. A four-year grant of $200,000 from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati has enabled the intake, photography, and cataloguing of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum’s collections. ArtsWave, the Cincinnati community arts campaign, has awarded the Skirball Museum a Catalyzing Impact Grant in the amount of $11,250 to support our upcoming fall exhibition, Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History by J. Miles Wolf. This exhibition is part of FotoFocus, the biennial regional celebration of lens-based art. The Skirball Museum also received a FotoFocus grant in the amount of $10,000 to support this exhibition.

Popular exhibitions such as Rembrandt and the Jews, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American; Mark Podwal: Drawing from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection, and Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts increased our total attendance by 50 percent!

For further information about the Museum, its exhibitions and programs, and membership, contact jmendelson@huc.edu or call 513.487.3098.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu