We are excited to announce our new expansion, which will create the brand-new Southern Jewish Family Research Center on the third floor of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. This is YOUR Museum and YOUR new Center – Help Us Grow!


The Southern Jewish Family Research Center will be an incredible hands-on resource for researchers, family historians, Museum Members and visitors who are doing the important work of exploring and preserving Southern Jewish history. With an emphasis on the connections between Jewish families across the South, the Center will bring a distinctly Southern flavor to “Jewish Geography.” Comprised of five beautifully designed, named spaces, this Center extends the Museum’s mission of encouraging new understanding and appreciation for identity, diversity, and acceptance, and  expanding our appreciation for the American experience. Construction has already begun!

The build will include:

The Reference Library and Reading Room is the heart of the Southern Jewish Family Research Center and will serve as a repository for the materials donated to our growing research collection, including published works, Southern and Jewish reference materials, and most importantly, individual family genealogies and community histories.

This space will provide the museum with a facility to house our most important and sensitive archival materials, making them easily accessible to researchers, Museum members, and the public alike.

This is where museum staff will perform the important work of conservation, cataloging, digitizing, and preparing archives for study, online accessibility, and exhibition.

In this studio, we will record people’s oral histories, preserving the precious living memories of the Southern Jewish experience. This space will also serve as our Distance Learning studio, where we can videoconference these stories and others directly into classrooms across the country.

Our 900-square-foot Special Exhibition Gallery will give us the space to curate dynamic changing exhibits, as well as share popular traveling exhibits, expanding on and adding to the stories told in our core exhibitions.


Help us to preserve and share our Southern Jewish experiences with the world and empower Southern Jewish families to become the keepers of their family legacies by making a gift today.





In addition to regular contributions to the campaign, we also have several recognition opportunities available. Contact our Development Director Emma at emma@msje.org to learn more.


There are a limited number of naming opportunities within the Southern Jewish Family Research Center (see blueprint above for amounts). For more information about these opportunities, please contact our Development Director at emma@msje.org.


By check:

If you prefer to send a check, make it out to Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience and mail it to:

P.O. Box 15071
New Orleans, LA 70175

MSJE is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN: 82-3442378. Donors may be able to deduct contributions made to MSJE under IRC Section 170. Please consult your tax advisor and retain the thank-you letter that the Museum mails you for your tax records.

Gift of Securities:

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience accepts donations of stock*, IRA contributions, and designated and advised fund contributions. For more information on these easy and meaningful ways to support the Museum, please contact Emma Herr at emma@msje.org or 504-384-2480 extension 103.

*We have recently changed brokerage services. If you have donated stock in the past and wish to do so again, please contact us for the new account information.

IRA Gifts

Individuals 70½ or older may enjoy tax advantages if they donate from their IRA through a qualified charitable distribution. Please talk to your financial advisor to see if giving through your IRA is right for you.

Legacy Giving

Make your memory a continued blessing by including MSJE in your estate planning. Consult your lawyer or contact Emma Herr at emma@msje.org.