This month I made my way over to The National Museum of American Jewish History! In May, my school will put on a production of Fiddler on the Roof so I went to the museum hoping to get some background information on the Yiddish community to help me research my character, Yente.
The National Museum of American Jewish History has you start your adventure on the 4th floor, then make your way back down to the 1st floor. By following this path, you explore the events and stories of Jewish life in America chronologically, starting in 1654 and ending with TODAY!
The 2nd floor was really helpful to me because part of it focused on Jewish comedians and performers. I’m now more familiar with performers like Gilda Radner and Barbra Streisand! In one of the rooms they had clips from movies and TV shows that featured Jewish actors and directors like Barbra Streisand in Yentl, Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride, Gilda Radner in Saturday Night Live, and Schindler’s List which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Watching and listening to the clips and audio recordings helped me get a feel for accents, language, context, and their appearances!
I would definitely recommend that you visit The National Museum of American Jewish History!
READY TO VISIT the National Museum of American Jewish History? Check out the NMAJH profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!
This post was written by Danielle Romano, a STAMP Teen Council member. Danielle attends Girard Academic Music Program.