Update on Maltz Museum Closure due to COVID-19

Amid this international pandemic, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage seeks to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. As such, the museum will be closed and public programs will be suspended indefinitely to align with precautions outlined by the CDC and other local mandates. This includes the cancellation and postponement of two flagship events, the Stop the Hate Award Ceremony and the Maltz Heritage Award Dinner.

The 12th Annual Stop the Hate Award Ceremony, celebrating the voices of student upstanders, has been postponed with the goal of identifying a date later in the academic calendar year when we are able to safely bring finalists and judges together for a private event that can be shared with a public audience via livestream. The most current information will be shared as it becomes available.

The Maltz Heritage Award is presented to a person and/or organization that demonstrates leadership in the Northeast Ohio community and whose values align with the mission of the Museum – to build bridges of tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds.

This year’s award recognizes Richard K. Smucker and the J.M. Smucker Company for their leadership in creating a culture of inclusion and diversity in the community. Past award recipients include: Beth E. Mooney (2019), Christopher Connor (2018), Audrey and Albert Ratner (2017), Barbara Snyder (2016), Milt and Tamar Maltz (2015), Sandy Cutler (2014), and Toby Cosgrove (2013). The Maltz Heritage Award was scheduled to be presented to Mr. Smucker at a fundraiser dinner held on Monday, May 11, 2020, and will instead be shared via website on that same date.

The public is invited to hear remarks from Mr. Smucker, join in watching a tribute video, and celebrate the many donors and sponsors who support the work of the museum through the Maltz Heritage Award by visiting www.maltzheritageaward.org on or after May 11.

The Maltz Museum is busy working to transform content so the public can:

· participate in digital mini-tours,

· enjoy online lectures and discussions,

· and access curated cultural resources via a new e-newsletter.

Staff continue to work remotely and can be reached via the museum’s website:  www.maltzmuseum.org