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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 port towns, like New Orleans. Many started prosperous farms in the Mississippi Delta and Appalachian mountains and went on to win elections as mayors, sheriffs,… Read More

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

Some of the artifacts may seem mundane for display in a museum: a steamer trunk, a peddler’s cart, a cash register from a men’s clothing store. But they reflect the little-known 350-year history of Jews in America’s Southern states, which is the focus of the new $5.5 million Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience here…. 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 Journal in 1847 reveals a stain on local Jewish history. Ansley Davis, who came from Petersburg, Virginia, published the ad under the heading “Negroes Wanted.”… 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 immigrants first arrived in the U.S. from Europe, their first stop was Ellis Island — or at least that’s how the narrative goes. But for… 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 and a drastically slowed tourism economy from the effects of COVID-19, Museum officials have decided to push back plans to open until early 2021. “We… 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, Kenneth Hoffman, for an article focused on the Museum’s collection, mission, and goals for the future. Click here to read the full article!

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 collection to New Orleans from Jackson, MS, where it was under the supervision of its previous caretakers, the Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). Founded… Read More

Museum Appoints Senior Judaic Advisor

Nationally-recognized Jewish educator Rachel Stern to help craft unique gallery in the Museum’s soaring atriums. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience has contracted Rachel Stern to serve as its Senior Judaic Advisor to provide expertise and guidance in the presentation of Jewish beliefs and practices throughout the Museum’s exhibits. Rachel Stern holds master’s degrees… Read More

Museum Appoints Senior Historical Advisor

Award-winning historian Michael Cohen joins Museum’s efforts to create meaningful, accurate, and engaging exhibits. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience has contracted Dr. Michael Cohen to serve as its Senior Historical Advisor as it researches, designs, and installs its exhibits, ahead of its 2020 opening in downtown New Orleans. Cohen chairs Tulane University’s Department… Read More

New Website Launched

After months of hard work we’re proud to share the launch of our new website by New Orleans-based Web Developer Sideways Designs!  We look forward to adding new areas and functionality to the site in the months ahead.  Let us know what you think!