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History and Mission - The Breman Museum

Mission Statement

The Breman celebrates and commemorates the Jewish experience and the universal themes of diversity and human dignity. This is accomplished by collecting, preserving, interpreting and teaching Jewish values, culture and history. All of this is inspired by the dedication and courage of the Jewish people. As such, the museum desires to have an impact on behavior and promote mutual respect and understanding.

By presenting the complex relationship between minority and majority communities within a culture, The Breman strives to underscore the need for every individual to make moral choices for the benefit of the entire society.

History

1983
The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta organizes an exhibition entitled “Jews and Georgians: A Meeting of Cultures, 1733-1983.”
The exhibition displays memorabilia and artifacts from Jewish families, businesses, synagogues, and organizations across the state of Georgia.
The success of the exhibition highlights the need for a permanent space dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the Southern Jewish Experience.

1984-1992
A matching grant from the National Historic Records and Publications Commission and the Atlanta Jewish Federation establishes The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History.
A three-person staff works out of a closet at the Atlanta Jewish Federation to create:
o A community archive
o An oral history project
o A number of special exhibitions
o A series of educational programming 
o The Holocaust Resource Center
The Holocaust Resource Center is housed in the basement of the Jewish Community Center, between the Mizrachi Women’s Canteen and the swimming pool.

1985-1995
The staff collects material from the local Atlanta area, including the personal papers of Rabbi Harry H. Epstein, who presided over Ahavath Achim Synagogue for over 50 years.
Edward M. Kahn, former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, places the federation’s records under the nascent museum’s care. 

Early 1990s
Bill Breman gives a generous gift to the Atlanta Jewish Federation in the hopes of establishing a Jewish heritage museum. 

Summer 1996
The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum officially opens inside the Selig Center, just in time for the Summer Olympics.

1999
The museum starts collecting historic materials around the state of Georgia due to a grant from the Georgia Historic Records Preservation Commission.
The minute books of the Hebrew Ladies’ Benevolent Society are found in a clothes closet. 
o The books date back to 1878.
Also discovered are the papers of Rabbi Isaac Marcuson on the dirt-floor basement of Temple Beth Israel in Macon. 
o The deteriorating papers had sat untouched for over 50 years.

Today
The Breman Museum continues to celebrate the Jewish experience, particularly the lessons and memories of the Holocaust as well as the history of the Jewish people in the southern United States. 
The museum remains dedicated to promoting the universal values of diversity and human dignity through the preservation of Jewish values, culture, and history.  

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ADMISSION & HOURS

Guests are welcome at the Breman Sunday - Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

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EXHIBITIONS

From our educational permanent exhibitions to our award winning temporary exhibitions, there is always something new to see at the Breman!

The Breman Museum1440 Spring Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309678-222-3700
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