Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) has hired Ori Tsameret as Programming & Education Director.
A recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Ori comes to TJMHC with an impressive background in educational, cultural, and museum work. His focus areas in both his academic and extracurricular life included social justice, marginalized communities, and Jewish and general education, all of which he will expand upon in his work at TJMHC.
Ori’s relevant experiences are too numerous to list. Here is a small selection:
- Research assistant at Tulane’s Grant Center for Jewish Studies, where he assisted in the creation of a Jewish-American queer literature bibliography
- Archival intern at Middle American Research Institute, including curating an online exhibit
- Steering committee member at Judaism on Our Own Terms, an alternative Jewish programming organization that encompasses students and groups across North America
- Community engagement advocate at Tulane Center for Public Service
- Hebrew and religious teacher at Temple Sinai New Orleans
On a deeply personal note, Ori is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, and his grandfather’s experiences cast a long shadow over his family. Ori is keenly aware that “the collective memory of the Holocaust is a very complicated thing,” at once hyper-visible in popular imagination and yet sometimes misused and abused. Institutions like TJMHC, he says, are crucial not only for setting the record straight, “but also for giving us the time and space to grieve as a community and to work through that collective memory and preserve it.”