In a newsletter sent on Nov. 2, Eric Schindler, Board President and Michelle Blumenberg, Interim Executive Director shared a new name and clarified mission statement for Tucson’s Jewish History Museum:
After many months of deliberation, discussions and conversations with many stakeholders, the board of directors announces a new name for the museum: Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center. This slight tweaking of the former name makes it more succinct and immediately declares its physical location.
Along with the new name, the board has also adopted a clarified mission statement that reiterates its dedication to presenting the stories of – and collaborating with – community members from across Southern Arizona:
Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center
- Educates about the Holocaust and other genocides
- Explores the legacy of Jewish experiences in Southern Arizona
- Preserves the first synagogue built in the Arizona Territory
- Collaborates with Tucson’s diverse community to promote human rights
The new name and mission statement will inform their search for a permanent executive director. In October, they formed a search committee that includes board members and diverse members of the community, and contracted with Sageview Consulting, an executive search firm with decades of experience in both the Jewish and broader communities.
The past month has been a busy one for the staff and volunteers. The museum began holding open hours, with advance registration required, on Oct. 7. With the help of its wonderful docents, the museum hosted its first school group since before the pandemic on Oct. 21, welcoming 36 students and four teachers from Patagonia Middle School. Other schools are booking field trips for the 2021-2022 school year. They also introduced their Holocaust Education Curriculum with a Zoom workshop led by our Museum Teaching Fellows on Oct. 27.