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1654 Society

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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
Kim and David Adler
Nicole and Ranaan Agus
Tracy and Dennis Albers
Anonymous (3)
Lezlie and Richard Atlas
The Baelen Family
Carol E. Baker and Mark E. Stein
Ivy L. Barsky
Seth Berkowitz
Mr. and Mrs. Saul Berkowitz
Ilene and Steven Berman
Bryna and Fred Berman
Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman
The Honorable and Mrs. Stuart A. Bernstein
Marcella and Stuart Bernstein
Miriam Bernstein
Bruce Bierman and William Secord
Eli and Edythe Broad
Don and Linda Brodie
The Julian A. and Lois G. Brodsky Foundation
Merrill and Lloyd Brotman
Jeffrey and Michele Brotman
Sandy & Sid Brown
Joan Carter and John Aglialoro
Hedda and Hugh Chairnoff
Nancy and Irving Chase
Civic Foundation, Inc.
Louise and Robert Cohen
D. Walter Cohen z"l and Claire J. Reichlin
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
Chung Do and Frank H. Lindy
Allan Domb
Peter and Silvia Dreyfuss
Lynn and Arnold Feld
Gloria and Paul Fine
Phyllis and Gary Finkelstein
Dr. and Mrs. Steven and Allison Fisch
Marian and Elliot Fisher
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Fishman
Judith R. Forman and Richard N. Weiner
Doris and Arnold Glaberson
Steven and Melanie Glass
Rosalie and Harvey Goldberg
Gail and Samuel Goldstein
Jane and Neil Golub
Gwen Goodman
Sylvia G. Gordon
Terry A. Graboyes
Martin J. Gross
Hess Foundation, Inc.
Andy and Mindy Heyer
Andrea Hirschfeld
Carolyn Hirsh and Alan Lindy
Jane Barr Horstman and John Horstman
Patricia G. and Kenneth P. Hurd
The Jacobson Family Foundation
Deanne & Arnold Kaplan Foundation
Robert & Marjie Kargman Fund
Andrew and Jacqueline Klaber
Rae Krelitz

Ellen K. and Donald M. Legow
Ellen G. and Seth J. Lehr
Rachel and Jonathon Levine
Leon L. and Fran Levy
Elaine Lindy
Barbara M. and Christopher Matos
Barbara and David Messer
Micklin Family
Josephine Baskin Minow and Newton N. Minow
Steven and Stephanie Mitzner

Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan
Sharon Ann Musher and Daniel Mark Eisenstadt
Robin Chemers Neustein and Shimon Neustein
Barbara and Jerry Pearlman
Evelyn Sandground / Bill Perkins in honor of Frank & Marta Jager
Daniel Promislo
Susan and Evan Ratner
Joanna and Daniel Rose
Robin and Steven Rotter
Barbara Spiro Ryan and Robert Ryan
Savitz Family Foundation
Mimi and Allan Schneirov
Jennifer and Brett Schulman
Schwartz Creed Foundation
Bubbles M. Seidenberg
Vivian C. Seltzer, Ph.D. and William Seltzer
Rayman Solomon and Carol Avins
Joan and Bernard Spain
Marc and Diane Spilker
Rabbi Louis Stein

Jo and Rob Steinhart
Carla Stern and Richard C. Goodwin
Meredith and Jon Stevens
Lynne L. Tarnopol
Sharon and Paul Waimberg
Etta Z. Winigrad
Marian and Norman Wolgin
Renee and Joseph Zuritsky

A Leadership Annual Giving Society

1654 graphic 2Late 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.

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


Join NMAJH as a Charter Member of
the 1654 Society.

You will be entitled to a unique variety of exciting, special benefits shown below. Your commitment to the 1654 Society helps the Museum sustain our highest priorities.

Annual Giving Levels and Benefits
For more information, contact the Museum’s development staff at or 215.923.3811 x1131.

All 1654 Society Members receive the following benefits:

  • Invitation to the Annual 1654 Society Summit
  • On-demand guest pass service; the Museum will mail passes to friends or family at your request, anytime, for the duration of your four-year commitment
  • Access to up to four, curator-led museum tours
  • Concierge Service for program and event tickets
  • 20% off in the Museum Store
  • Reciprocal admission to more than 1,000 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museum and the Council of American Jewish Museums programs

$1,800 per year
All core benefits listed above

$3,600 per year
All of the $1,800 level plus

  • $90 Gift Certificate to the Museum Store

$5,400 per year
All of the $3,600 level plus

  • Invitations to select public programs with a special reception to meet the keynote speaker
  • Exclusive seating during Museum public programs
  • Opportunity to host a private reception at the Museum, once during 1654 Society four-year membership period, for a party of up to 100 at a 15% discount (a savings of up to $300)

$10,800 per year
All of the $5,400 level plus

  • $180 Gift Certficate to the Museum Store
  • Foursome at the NMAJH Signature Golf Classic

$18,000 or higher per year
All of the $10,800 level plus

  • 2 complimentary tickets to the Only In America Gala and recognition in the Gala Program Book 

Take a Seat Campaign

Show your support for the educational programming of the Museum with a named seat in the Dell Theater.

With a four year commitment of $1,800 or more per year, your name or the name of a person you would like to honor will be elegantly engraved on a plaque affixed to the back of a seat in the Dell Theater.

Dell TheaterNaming a Seat is a great way to:

  • Pay tribute to your support and commitment to the Museum
  • Give a unique gift
  • Honor a loved one
  • Commemorate a special occasion
  • Celebrate the arrival of a child or grandchild

All new 1654 Society Members (who join before June 1) will receive a named seat.

Anyone who renews their 1654 membership will receive a named seat.

To complete your order form, click here.

Can I pick my seat?

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do our best to accommodate your requested seating location; however, we reserve the right to assign plaques by availability.

Will I be able to sit in my seat(s) at performances?

The “Take-a-Seat” campaign does not include a personal seat license and we cannot guarantee that named seat(s) will be available for use during ticketed performances.