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MSJE Acquires its Oldest Artifact – Seventeenth Century Kiddush Cup Pre-Dates City of New Orleans by 41 Years

NEW ORLEANS, March 6, 2024 – The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is now displaying the oldest artifact in its collection: a silver kiddush cup made in the year… Read More

New Exhibit Shines Light on South’s Rosenwald Schools and Progressive Era-Partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington

Press Release NEW ORLEANS, October 26, 2023 –  A new Special Exhibition, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America,… Read More

Texas Painter Unites Religion and Art in Images Inspired by Jewish Life in the South

By John Pope / The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate Like any other artist, Maurice Schmidt has found inspiration wherever he goes — in landscapes, at rodeos, in depictions of farm… Read More


While most Jewish emigres to the US have wound up in large East Coast cities, the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience examines the lives of those who transited through predominantly Christian… Read More

The New York Times: A New Showcase for the Story of Jews in the South

By Claudia Dreifus / The New York Times Some of the artifacts may seem mundane for display in a museum: a steamer trunk, a peddler’s cart, a cash register from a… Read More

The Uncomfortable Truths of Jewish Life in the U.S. South

A New Orleans museum that opened last month sheds light on surprising aspects of Jewish life in the 13 Southern states since the mid-1700s An advertisement in North Carolina’s Wilmington… Read More

Inside the new New Orleans museum telling the stories of Southern Jews

Often excluded from the narrative of American Jewish life, Southern Jews finally get their due in a museum designed to welcome visitors of all faiths By Gabby Deutch When Jewish… Read More

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience to Open in Early 2021

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Earlier this year the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) announced that it would open in New Orleans in the fall of 2020. Due to construction delays… Read More

Jewish Telegraphic Agency Features Museum Move in Recent Article

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) picked up our latest news about the Museum’s 4,000-piece collection move from Jackson, MS, to New Orleans, LA. Reporter Josefin Dolsten interviewed our executive director,… Read More

Museum Moves Collection to New Orleans

MSJE moves its 4,000+ piece artifact collection to New Orleans in preparation of its 2020 opening. In June 2019, the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) officially moved our… Read More