2018 has been a year of big changes and progress at the Museum at Eldridge Street – we opened our first building-wide art exhibition featuring work by Kiki Smith, we hosted our first opera in the building’s main sanctuary, and we’re gearing up for our 18th annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas summer festival. Amidst all that excitement, we’ve welcomed several new members to the Eldridge Street team. We want you to get to know them! So today I’m introducing you to our new Director of Cultural Programs, Yael Amit.
Yael joined us in March of this year. Prior to joining the staff, Yael spent over a decade building and managing cultural and academic programs around the world. She just moved back to Brooklyn after spending six years in Singapore! She was the Managing Director of the Singapore-Hebrew University of Jerusalem Alliance for Research and Enterprise (SHARE), an international research center in Singapore. Yael worked closely with a diverse community in Singapore to make cultural and programmatic connections between cultures. Before packing off to Singapore, Yael served as Program Director at the Vancouver Hillel Foundation, where she moved after growing up in Israel. She’s also managed leadership and board relations at the American Jewish Committee in New York, and served as International Relations Coordinator at the Herzliya Conference in Israel.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Yael has created and served on a number of cultural organizations, including the Singapore Jewish Business Forum, which she co-founded. Yael has received a Master in Public Administration from the National University of Singapore; Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Queen’s University; and a BA in History from the University of British Columbia.
Here at Eldridge Street, Yael conceives and administers all public programs at Museum at Eldridge Street. She manages our invaluable crew of yearly interns, including a longstanding summer partnership with Grinnell College in Iowa. Yael’s international experience has given her a unique perspective on the potential of multicultural connections. Which makes her a perfect fit for the Museum! As Yael dives into the history and culture of our Chinatown synagogue, her boundary-crossing creativity is sure to shine.
Yael is busy these days planning her first Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas festival, with the help of her predecessor Hanna Griff-Sleven. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Yael to the team!