Jewish Holocaust Centre greets new Museum Director

December 17, 2018 by Danielle Kamien
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In Melbourne, The Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) co-Presidents, Pauline Rockman and Sue Hampel, and the Board have announced that Acting Executive Director, Jayne Josem, will be appointed into the new leadership position of Museum Director.

Jayne Josem

After almost 18 years leading the museum as Curator and Head of Collections, with the last 10 years as an integral part of the management team, this is a natural progression. She has proved in the last five months as Acting Director that she has the skills to lead the museum into the future.

Sue Hampel said: “I’m excited to welcome Jayne Josem to this crucial role. She has a wealth of experience in terms of running the Centre and we have complete confidence in her ability to lead the JHC.” 

The Board has expressed its gratitude to outgoing Executive Director, Warren Fineberg, for his wonderful service over the last eight years, which has put the Centre in a strong position for the future.

Jayne Josem has established a network of connections in museums across the globe and is in the midst of redeveloping the permanent museum for the second time. She understands both the needs of visitors coming for education programs or for exhibitions as well as the needs of our volunteers, particularly the core group of survivors who come each week to deliver testimony to the public.

Jayne is keen to bring all these people, as well as the community at large, along with her through the JHC’s planned redevelopment phase, driven by the ever-increasing number of school students visiting the Centre.

New Museum Director Jayne Josem said: “I am honoured and privileged to take up this important role – to lead the JHC at this pivotal moment. I want to thank the Board for their support and belief in me to lead the Centre. We have a clear vision for the next decade and beyond – to take the foundational work of the survivors and build on it exponentially to ensure their legacy is in safe hands well into the future.” 

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