“Baseball was a kind of secular church that reached into every class and region of the nation and bound millions upon millions of us together in common concerns, loyalties, rituals, enthusiasms, and antagonisms. Baseball made me understand what patriotism was about.” — Philip Roth, My Baseball Years
Welcome Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American Exhibit
On Display at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC NOW – September 18, 2018
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is about the central role our national pastime has played in the lives of American minority communities as they sought to understand and express the ideals, culture, and behaviors of their homeland—or challenge them.
The pop-up style exhibit, exploring the central role that our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority groups will run from August, 2018 through September 18, 2018 in the Main Lobby of the Milton & Betty Katz JCC in Margate, NJ.
Both the pop-up version of and the large-scale exhibition, from on which it is based were created by Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History and will feature photos, original films and digital interactives that tell the story of how Jews and other immigrants and minorities navigated American culture and addressed the ongoing challenges of life in the U.S., through the lens of baseball.
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American not only celebrates the on and off the field accomplishments and contributions of legendary Jewish ballplayers such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax but illuminates other barrier-breaking iconic players like Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Roberto Clemente.
Major support provided by:
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
Funding has been made possible in part By the Jewish Community Foundation and the Annual Campaign Of Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties