Podcast 30: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA

Interview Background

In January 2010, Sam Downie (Volunteer Producer/Assistant Station manager) took a vacation to San Francisco, USA to visit friends and company’s in Silicon Valley. During his visit, Sam had the opportunity in meeting with the CEO of The Contemporary Jewish Museum in the city. Listen to this exclusive podcast interview about this amazing popular museum in downtown San Francisco.

Listen to SAM DOWNIE talking to CONNIE WOLF, CEO, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco:

The Museum and its Mission

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has engaged audiences of all ages and backgrounds through dynamic exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.

To find out more about this fascinating museum in San Francisco, visit their website at:

www.thecjm.org

Museum Background

Throughout its history, the Museum has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.

In 1990, the success of the Museum prompted its leadership to plan for a more expansive facility to meet the growing interests of the local community. The Museum began formally exploring real estate options when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (1994-1995) invited the Museum to develop the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by architect Willis Polk.

In 1998, the Museum selected architect Daniel Libeskind to design its new home. Envisioned as a dynamic and welcoming space, the new 63,000-square-foot facility was planned to be a place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and — most importantly — other people. Daniel Libeskind’s design for the Museum does not simply house this programmatic vision; it enables and inspires it.

Podcast 28: Roots of Hatred “The Blood Libel” [part3]

This is the 3rd episode of our Roots of Hatred series, and is titled “The Blood Libel”. Hear from volunteer presenters Valerie Emmott, Danyal Laskar and Madge Dresser, as they continue their series on Radio Salaam Shalom.

With the recent rise of the far-right in the UK and European elections, what’s the uneasy balance between democracy, free speech and hate speech? Does this say anything about intolerances and scapegoats in our modern world? How far back does Islamophobia go? Did anti-Semitism start in similar ways? What’s the story of the Saracen’s Head? How does a piece of ceramics found in a 21st century city centre development reveal the respect earned by Muslim leader Saladin in 12th century Bristol?

Podcast 27: CEJI podcast from Brussels

RADIO SALAAM SHALOM RECENTLY MADE ITS FIRST LIVE BROADCAST FROM MAINLAND EUROPE


Presenters Carolyn Clitheroe and Danyal Laskar joined Jewish and Muslim participants from across Europe in a special live webcast from Brussels. It was the venue for a CEJI Seminar on Confronting Antisemitism and Islamophobia Through Media Literacy.

Jewish and Muslim youth leaders aged 18 – 35 worked with new training manuals addressing Antisemitism and Islamophobia developed by CEJI’s Religious Diversity education team together with the Jewish Muslim Cooperation Platform and EPTO (European Peer Trainers Organisation).

This seminar addressed antisemitism and islamophobia through media literacy as participants learned to confront antisemitism and islamophobia in the media, develop critical thinking skills to analyse the media and develop skills and techniques to develop their own media tools. At the end of the seminar, they worked with Radio Salaam Shalom’s team to produce a special internet broadcast to showcase the results of their time together.

The seminar has the generous support of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

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