Friday, April 5, 2013

WIRTW #268 (the “… in a box” edition)

Wall_plaques_Irish_Jewish_museumOne of the stops my wife and I made when we honeymooned in Ireland was the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin. Because Ireland is not necessarily known for its rich Jewish history, I joked before our trip that all we’d find at the museum was a small Plexiglas box, and that I would become the exhibit, locked inside until the next unsuspecting Jew stopped by to visit. 

Little did I know how prescient I was. The Today Show is reporting that the Jewish Museum Berlin has opened a new exhibit that is being called “Jew in the Box”:

To help educate postwar generations, an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin features a Jewish man or woman seated inside a glass box for two hours a day through August to answer visitors’ questions about Jews and Jewish life. The base of the box asks: “Are there still Jews in Germany?” “A lot of our visitors don’t know any Jews and have questions they want to ask,” museum official Tina Luedecke said. “With this exhibition we offer an opportunity for those people to know more about Jews and Jewish life.”

Yes, our country has a problem with discrimination, a lot of which is tied to some deep historical baggage. In other words, we are no different than the rest of the world.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:


Social Media & Workplace Technology

HR & Employee Relations

Wage & Hour

Labor Relations

Photo credit: RustyTheDog (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons