JMM Insights: Jews & Science Fiction
With the opening of Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit at the Museum coming this fall, we thought this was a perfect opportunity to give our friends and family some sneak peeks into the exhibit, along with a great series of live stream programming, and a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities to get excited about the wonders of space.
In this edition of JMM Insights, we’re highlighting Jews and science fiction!
Here are a few of our favorite sci-fi themed activities:
We’ll be exploring the challenges of space travel and what astronauts have chosen to take into orbit to remind them of home. From dreidels to dinosaurs to guitars, selecting your special objects can be nearly impossible.
After, we hope all our participants will create a piece of art about the objects they would bring to space and submit them to the Museum for our Jews in Space exhibit. More info here.
Exhibit Sneak Peek!
While most people know this as the Vulcan salute, the history goes back much further! Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock and inventor of the salute, was inspired by the Cohanim blessing hands, which you can see on this bookplate from the 1860s.
Bookplate from a diary of Jacob da Silva Solis-Cohen. Image used by permission of the American Jewish Historical Society.
A Name to Know
Gernsback immigrated to the US from Luxembourg. In addition to being an inventor and a writer, he also founded Amazing Stories, the first science fiction magazine, in 1926.
His magazine featured writers who would become some of the most influential and best-known science fiction authors of all time.
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