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At Lunch with Gemma Birnbaum
Author and journalist Julie Salamon (Wall Street Journal and NY Times) sits down with influential cultural leaders in the Jewish American Community; we'll hear their thoughts about working in this present moment, current projects, and what they have to say about their Jewish identity.
Grab your lunch and tune in for our first episode of season 2 with Gemma Birnbaum, the new Executive Director of AJHS!

Sep 30, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The letters A J H S for the American Jewish Historical Society
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Julie Salamon
Author, Journalist, & Host
Julie Salamon is an American author, critic and storyteller. She worked at The Wall Street Journal for five years first as a commodities and banking reporter before spending eleven years as the paper's film critic. Later she became a staff journalist at The New York Times where she was a TV critic and arts reporter. Later she gained fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and became a Kaiser Media Fellow. She has written both fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children-- and produced articles for magazines that include The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bazaar, and The New Republic. Her books have received wide critical and popular attention, she has just completed "Unlikely Friends," a memoir now available on Audible Original.
Gemma Birnbaum
Executive Director @AJHS
Originally from Queens, NY, Gemma Birnbaum holds a Bachelor’s in History and Judaic Studies from New York University and a Master’s in the History of Labor and Civil Rights. Prior to joining AJHS, she spent 10 years at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, where she oversaw media production and mission-driven website content, distance learning, K-12 and community engagement programs, and interpretation, serving as administrator of the Museum’s online Master’s Degree in World War II Studies with Arizona State University and executive producer of the hit podcast series, “To the Best of My Ability.” Prior to her time at the Museum, Gemma worked in digital marketing and customer relationship management for museums and tourist attractions for 5 years, and served as an experiential educator at Heifer International and a Lipper intern at the Museum of Jewish Heritage -- A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where she first got her start in public history.