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1654 Society

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Mark your calendar for the Inaugural 1654 Society Summit

Sunday, September 10 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Museum

Exclusively for 1654 Society Members, Legacy Society Members, and Special Guests. 

Get an insider’s first look at the Museum’s forthcoming original special exhibition, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

Event will feature:
• Lead Curator Ivy Weingram in conversation with Bernstein’s son, Alexander
• Up-close viewing of Leonard Bernstein’s personal artifacts
• Lunch and private performance by world-renowned musicians

For more information or to respond to attend this event, please contact Elizabeth Faranda at efaranda@nmajh.org or 215.923.3811 ext. 109.





1654 Society Members from across the country listed below. 
The impact of this group’s collective philanthropy is profound. 

Elie M. Abemayor and Judy Shandling
Tracy and Dennis Albers
Anonymous (3)
Lezlie and Richard Atlas
The Baelen Family
Pam and Larry Baer
Carol E. Baker and Mark E. Stein
Ivy L. Barsky and Randall Freed
Mr. and Mrs. Saul Berkowitz
Bryna and Fred Berman
Candace Bernard and Robert J. Glickman
Marcella and Stuart Bernstein
Eli and Edythe Broad
Don and Linda Brodie
The Julian A. & Lois G. Brodsky Foundation
Jeffrey and Michele Brotman
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
Civic Foundation, Inc.
D. Walter Cohen and Claire J. Reichlin
Louise and Robert Cohen
Stephen and Sandy Cozen
Curtis Family Foundation, Inc.
Phil and Betsy Darivoff
Richard and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation, Inc.
Ilana B. Dean
Marian and Kenneth Disken
Allan Domb
Chung Do and Frank Lindy
Peter and Silvia Dreyfuss
Gloria and Paul Fine
Phyllis and Gary Finkelstein
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Fishman
Judith R. Forman and Richard N. Weiner
Steven and Melanie Glass
Gail and Samuel Goldstein
Jane and Neil Golub
Gwen Goodman
Sylvia G. Gordon
Terry A. Graboyes
Martin J. Gross
Andy and Mindy Heyer
Andrea Hirschfeld
Ms. Carolyn Hirsh and Mr. Alan S. Lindy
Jane Barr Horstman and John Horstman
The Jacobson Family Foundation
The Deanne & Arnold Kaplan Foundation
Robert & Marjie Kargman Fund
The Eleanor M. and Herbert D. Katz Family Foundation Inc.
Jonathon and Rachel Levine
Leon L. and Fran Levy
Elaine Lindy
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Anne Welsh McNulty
Barbara and David Messer
Micklin Family
Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan
Robin Chemers Neustein and Shimon Neustein
Daniel Promislo
Susan and Evan Ratner
Joanna and Daniel Rose
Lyn M. Ross
Robin and Steven Rotter
Barbara Spiro Ryan and Robert Ryan
Robert Saligman Charitable Foundation
Evelyn Sandground / Bill Perkins in honor of Frank & Marta Jager
Savitz Family
Mimi and Allan Schneirov
Vivian C. Seltzer Ph.D. and William Seltzer
Rayman Solomon and Carol Avins
Joan and Bernard Spain
Marc and Diane Spilker
Carla Stern and Richard C. Goodwin
Meredith and Jon Stevens
Lynne L. Tarnopol
Connie and Sankey Williams 
Etta Z. Winigrad
Marian and Norman Wolgin
Renée and Joseph Zuritsky

List current as of July 25, 2017

A Leadership Annual Giving Society

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For more information on the below-listed benefits or to discuss membership in the 1654 Society, please call Megan Helzner at 215.391.4637. Or, to make your four-year pledge online and join right away, simply click here.

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Late in the summer of 1654
, 23 Jewish refugees arrived in America. They came from Recife, Brazil, and with the perfect mix of courage, tenacity, and determination, began their lives as Americans, building a community in what was then known as New Amsterdam.

It is in honor of those intrepid men, women, and children, the first Jews in what is now our nation, that the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has created the 1654 Society, our new annual leadership giving society.

1654 Society members agree to deepen their commitment to NMAJH by making a four-year pledge to the Museum of $1,800, $3,600, $5,400, or more, per year, a powerful statement about their commitment to the preservation and interpretation of American Jewish history.

Through the support of 1654 Society members the Museum is creating an ever-larger national presence so that more Americans will have a better understanding of the more than 360-year story of Jews in America.