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Philadelphia's National Museum of American Jewish History

Join Jill as she interviews Dr. Josh Perelman, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programs and Collections, and Michael Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History. They discuss the founding of the museum, the role it plays as the country's only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the still-unfolding story of Jews in America, and the importance of its status as a Smithsonian affiliate institution.

Several musicians, composers, lyricists and conductors are represented including Benny Goodman, George and Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, Aaron Copland, Michael Feinstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Irving Berlin. The Museum tells their stories through artifacts such as sheet music, films, photographs, and hand-written lyrics.

Here are bios of some of the Jewish Americans recognized in the Museum for their achievements in music and the arts.