Meet our staff and learn what they love about the Mizel Museum and the Mizel Institute!

Courtney Mizel

Founding Board Member

As Jews, we are taught “to be a light unto the nations” (Isaiah 49:6 ). For me, this has always meant a personal responsibility to promoting social justice for all people. To this end, the Mizel Museum promotes the concept of Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world” through its exhibits and programs which confront contemporary issues of racism, hatred and injustice while incorporating the history and struggles of the Jewish people. The goal of the museum and its programs is to unite people of all backgrounds and empower individuals to make a difference.

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Melanie Pearlman

President and CEO

Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Mizel Institute has been dedicated to addressing the most pressing issues facing society today. Through our unique educational and cultural programming, we work to create dialogue and influence social change in an effort to improve our world.

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Director of Education

The Holocaust is a profound and difficult subject to cover but is the most gratifying part of my job. I get to see genuine emotional connections made between survivors and students that may lead to increased adherence to the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Operations and Projects Manager

I really appreciate how our Bridges of Cultural Understanding traveling exhibit enables us to bring elements of the museum to the students in their schools. The exhibit not only teaches students about respecting and appreciating different cultures, but it also allows them to interact with a museum exhibit and museum objects in a meaningful and tactile way.

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Communications Manager

I love how the Mizel Museum’s core exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, illuminates Jewish culture, making it accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The exhibit also is a launching point for conversations about social justice and cultural identity, as well as many other relevant issues.

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Elizabeth Delaney
edelaney@mizelmuseum.org

Database & Administrative Assistant

I love the museum’s Movies That Matter and Miryam Brand Film Series in that these films inspire audiences to be a catalyst for positive change in their communities. The films not only address critical social justice issues and the impact of the Holocaust, but also the importance of standing up for one’s beliefs and not remaining silent when others are persecuted for theirs.

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