Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld show their support of the arts

The National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates the opening of its new national destination museum on Independence Mall in Philadelphia beginning Friday, November 12 with a symposium, followed by a Saturday nigh Gala November 13 featuring entertainers Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld.

“Standing directly across from the Liberty Bell, a block south of the National Constitution Center, and one block north of the birthplace of American liberty, Independence Hall, the Museum’s inspiring new home, will be a powerful testament to what all free people can accomplish, for themselves and society at large,” said Michael Rosenzweig, NMAJH president and CEO. “Since many other immigrant ethnic groups that came to this country faced similar challenges to those confronted by Jews, the museum will be a place for all Americans to explore.”

Night rendering of the new
National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall
Image © Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects)

The design of the National Museum of American Jewish History’s new building represents the idea that freedom is the essential humanizing value of American democracy and thus, central to the narrative of Jewish American life. Facing Independence Mall is a glass prism expressing the openness of America, as well as the perennial fragility of democracy.


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