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.


Individual • Family • Sustainer • Student Curator’s Circle • Director’s Circle • Chair’s Circle • Young Patrons Circle

Members and Patrons help to support the MSJE’s ongoing work and enjoy special benefits.


The MSJE is conducting its founding Capital Campaign with a goal of raising $10 million. We have thus far raised $9 million in cash and pledges. HELP US REACH OUR GOAL!

CLICK HERE to make a contribution to the MSJE.

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


View a list of our growing family of Founding-level Donors, Mezuzah Society Members, and Supporters.


Building a museum is the work of many hands and many hearts. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is pleased to offer these leadership opportunities to help create this unique and important museum. Starting at only $18,000, becoming a Museum Founding Donor gives you a meaningful way to honor your family’s history, as well as the overall Southern Jewish Experience.

Founders-level gifts can be made as pledges to be paid off over several years.


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 or 646-279-3662.

*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.

Planned Gifts

To discuss other smart giving vehicles, including bequests and trusts, contact Emma Herr at or 646-279-3662.


All Donors of $1,800 and Higher

al m’zuzot beitecha uvish’arecha.
“On the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.”

For your role in helping to build the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in New Orleans, the Museum invites all donors of $1,800 or more to participate in our unique Mezuzah Society installation. Each donor will be asked to send the Museum a mezuzah of their liking to be affixed in an artful assemblage symbolizing their dedication to the Museum. accompanying finding index will allow visitors to locate individual Society members’ mezuzahs.

In return, each Mezuzah Society member will receive a specially designed, limited edition mezuzah, designed and hand-made by acclaimed Southern Jewish glass artist Andrew Jackson Pollack, to commemorate the opening of the Museum. We hope that all of our supporters will proudly display their MSJE mezuzahs in their homes in support of the Museum and in honor of the Southern Jewish experience.

Watch Andy work…

Why Mezuzahs?

The Hebrew word mezuzah means “doorpost.” Mezuzahs are affixed to the doorposts at the entrance to Jewish homes. Each mezuzah contains a small scroll of parchment on which is written two biblical passages. The first, Deuteronomy 6:4–9, makes up the beginning of the V’ahavtah prayer:

Hear, O Israel! The Eternal is our God, the Eternal alone. You shall love the Eternal your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

The Mezuzah Society exhibit stands as a beautiful and creative symbol of the founding of the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, and those who committed themselves to build and sustain a strong institution of history, tradition, culture, and education.