An Evening at the New Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience with Executive Director Kenneth Hoffman

Tuesday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

The American tapestry is woven of many threads. A nation of immigrants, America’s promise has brought Jews to its shores for almost 400 years. Like others, Jews came seeking religious freedom, economic opportunity, even adventure, in the New World. Most came through and settled in the big northeastern port cities, where they found support and fellowship, their numbers being sufficient to form strong communities.

But what of Jews who came to the South, through Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, New Orleans, and Houston? What of the Jews who moved inland, peddling their wares from farm to farm through the Appalachian Piedmont and the Mississippi Delta? What of their children, grandchildren? What challenges did each generation face? And how did each strengthen America’s tapestry while maintaining their Judaism?

Join us for a fascinating evening with its Executive Director Kenneth Hoffman as we take a virtual tour of the museum in its new home in New Orleans.

Kenneth Hoffman was born in Houston and raised in Baton Rouge. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Tulane University, and spent a year studying history at the University of Bristol, in Great Britain. Kenneth has worked as a grant writer for the New Orleans Museum of Art and as the curator of the Louisiana State Museum. From 2004-06, Kenneth served as president of the Louisiana Association of Museums, leading the association through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He recently ended an eighteen-year tenure as director of education at The National WWII Museum, which he helped open on June 6, 2000. Kenneth is currently the executive director of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, which will open in New Orleans in 2021.

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