Samira K. Mehta F'14
Public Fellows 2014
Department: Department of Religious Studies
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Appointed as Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust educates people of all ages and backgrounds about 20th and 21st century Jewish history, before, during, and after the Holocaust. The Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives – cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today. Multiple perspectives on modern Jewish history, life, and culture are presented in the Museum’s Core Exhibition and award-winning special exhibitions. Acclaimed public programs including discussions, films, plays, concerts, and innovative educational initiatives highlight the richness of Jewish culture and ideas. The Museum welcomes some 150,000 people, including 50,000 school children each year.
The Museum is in a particularly vibrant period of re-examining our activities, our role in the cultural landscape, and our relevance to multiple communities. The Manager of Strategic Initiatives will participate in helping us envision what shape the Museum will take in the next decade and how best to serve existing and new audiences. The Manager will support and build upon efforts already underway and spearhead new initiatives with an eye toward establishing programmatic sustainability. The position requires close collaboration with colleagues in all of the Museum’s program areas, as well as with staff in the Communications and Development departments.