Press release sent out December 10, 2020 (First night of Chanukah)
As the lights of Jewish holiday of Chanukah begin to shine December 10, the board of the Augusta Jewish Museum has extra reasons to celebrate. Thanks in part to grants from several regional and local organizations, the museum is on track to open next year. Work on its two historic Telfair Street buildings is progressing well, according to AJM board president Jack Weinstein.
Recent grants include $50,000 from the Watson-Brown Foundation to begin restoration of Augusta’s original 1869 synagogue building; $15,000 from the Community Foundation of the CSRA and Masters Tournament for museum operations; $4,000 from the Georgia Historic Records Advisory Council for archival activities; and $1,000 from Southern Jewish Historical Society for the AJM’s online virtual museum. An anonymous local donor also funded the purchase of Past Perfect, a museum collection and donor management software program. “We are delighted to receive such generous community support to the help open our doors next spring,” Weinstein said.
As a result of the press release the AJM was featured on News Channel 6, WJBF