A Message from Our Chairman

The following message appears in the Museum’s spring 2017 publication.

In keeping with Jewish tradition, spring at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust has proven to be a time of renewal and recommitment.

We welcomed Michael S. Glickman as our new President & CEO; gathered for a tribute to Elie Wiesel that became the largest public program in the Museum’s 20–year history; organized and presented New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance in observance of Yom HaShoah; launched compelling new installations and programs exploring Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust; and created new opportunities for testimony–based learning and scholarship.

As we enter this critical time in the Museum’s history, our responsibility has never been greater. The resurgence of anti-Semitism and risk of global discord have motivated the Museum to reinvigorate our mission and answer ignorance with education. This spring brought new programming from the Museum’s Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism spearheaded by Abe Foxman. In the months to come, we will continue to expand our commitment to exploring the history of anti-Semitism and addressing present-day concerns.

It is inspiring to work in view of a fast–approaching and important milestone for the Museum—our 20th anniversary. Our special anniversary events will begin in September 2017 and mark two decades of fulfilling our mission as New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget.

The accomplishments of the last few months have elevated what is possible for us as a place of memory and learning. Thank you for being part of the Museum community and supporting our crucial mission as we create the future of Holocaust education.

Bruce C. Ratner