Jean Rosensaft

Senior Advisor to the President; Director, Dr. Bernard Heller Museum

Contact Information

department: Marketing and Communications, Museum
campus: National, New York

Jean Bloch Rosensaft is Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at the HUC/New York campus. She joined HUC-JIR after serving as Assistant Director of Education at The Jewish Museum in New York, where she curated the exhibitions Chagall and the Bible and Justice in Jerusalem Revisited: The Eichmann Trial. Prior to The Jewish Museum, she coordinated educational publications and school programs at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Rosensaft is a Founder and Vice-President of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and a Vice President of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants. She serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Collections and Acquisitions and Education Committees and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial Museum in Germany, where her exhibition Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950 is permanently installed. She served as Vice President of Park Avenue Synagogue, currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Moment magazine, served on the Editorial Board of Reform Judaism magazine, and is the Chair of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Panel on Art and Photography.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, Rosensaft pursued graduate studies in art history at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has written and lectured widely on the Holocaust, Jewish cultural history, and modern art, and is the author of Chagall and the Bible (Universe Books, 1987), editor of The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka (HUC-JIR Museum, HUC/NY, 2006), editor and contributor of essays for numerous exhibition catalogs, and author of essays and articles published in God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2014), CCAR Journal – The Reform Jewish Quarterly, and other publications.  

“Chagall and the Bible”

“Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950”

“Holy Sparks: Portraying 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate in Art”

“Holocaust Memory in Architecture”

Jewish History through Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (with Carole Balin)

Jewish History through Art and Music (with Carole Balin)