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About the Smithsonian initiative

A bipartisan, bicameral coalition in the U.S. Congress is championing an effort to establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience.

Introduced in the House by U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-25), and co-led by U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (OH-10), Brendan Boyle (PA-02) and Max Miller (OH-07), and led in the Senate by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), S.4001/H.R.7764 “Commission to Study the Potential Transfer of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to the Smithsonian Institution Act,” will create a Commission of Inquiry led by nine individuals with relevant expertise to study the feasibility of transferring the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia to the Smithsonian Institution.

Original co-sponsors in the Senate include Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Fetterman (D-PA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV). The growing list of co-sponsors as of May 16, 2024 includes:

H.R.7764
Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY-25)
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5)
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1)
Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY-15)
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9)
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-52)
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY-11)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5)
Rep. Daniel S. Goldman (D-NY-10)
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ-1)
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-2)
Rep. Michael Lawler (R-NY-17)
Rep. W. Gregory Steube (R-FL-17)
Rep. Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-2)
Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA-7)
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-26)
Rep. Thomas Kean (R-NJ-7)
Rep. Don Davis (D-NC-1)

S.4001
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Read the press release to learn more about this exciting development.

Encourage others to write to their lawmakers

We appreciate your support in encouraging your legislators to endorse the formation of a commission to explore the transfer of The Weitzman to the Smithsonian. Please share this link with friends, family, and colleagues so they can write to their legislators, too. 

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The Weitzman’s educational programming

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Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Glodstein, Chief Development Officer, at jglodstein@theweitzman.org or 215-391-4645.

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