Shana Penn

An Overlooked Renaissance

On one of my recent trips to Poland, a young Jewish man studying at Warsaw University asked me: “Why do you American Jews send your children on death camp tours of Poland? Why choose only death when you could show life?”He had a point. Each year, more than 20,000 Jewish youth from the United States and Israel come to Poland

Bay Area Museum Chairs Stepping Down

SAN FRANCISCO — The co-chairs of the board of the Magnes Museum, formed by last year’s merger of two Bay Area Jewish museums, unexpectedly resigned on Monday, shocking Jewish communal leaders and provoking the 65 remaining board members to explore the option of separating the two institutions.Warren Hellman and Daniel

Bay Area’s Museum Merger: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

SAN FRANCISCO — From the outset, few expected that last year’s merger of two Bay Area Jewish museums would go off without a hitch.But following a second round of cost-reducing staff cuts by the combined institutions’ CEO and a flood of angry letters and comments in the local media, the merger of the venerable Judah L. Magnes Museum