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JUL 13, 2011

L.A. MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST RECEIVES CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL TO OPEN DOORS ON SATURDAY


•    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust received unanimous approval from Los Angeles City Council to open doors on Saturday

•    Saturday hours will allow the Museum of the Holocaust to welcome hundreds of more visitors per week

•    City Council approval follows approvals from Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee and Board of Commissioners of Department of Recreation and Parks

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 8, 2011 –  Los Angeles – The City Council this week approved an amendment to the lease between the city and Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust that will allow the Museum to expand its visitor schedule to include Saturdays.
July 16 will be the Museum of the Holocaust’s first Saturday of operations.
In 2008 the Museum of the Holocaust signed a 50 year lease for city-owned land in Pan Pacific Park.. The Museum premiered a world-class, award winning permanent home for its exhibits on the history of the Holocaust last October. The Museum has been open every week day except Saturdays, due to a stipulation in the lease.  


The Council’s vote came in a unanimous consent motion that approved the Museum of the Holocaust’s lease amendment along with several other items before the Council. The lease amendment had previously passed unanimously out of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, and the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Recreation and Parks also approved the amendment unanimously.

“Sunday is our most popular day for visitors,” according to Mark Rothman, Museum of the Holocaust Executive Director. “Our Board quickly realized if we really wanted to serve the city of Los Angeles as fully as possible, we needed to be open on Saturdays as well.”

The Museum of the Holocaust welcomes an average of 183 visitors on Sundays.

One of the reasons the Museum of the Holocaust had agreed to be closed on Saturdays was to respect the Jewish shabbat or day of rest, which begins Friday night at sundown and ends after sundown Saturday night.  There are several ways the Museum will continue to respect the Shabbat. First, as admission is always free, no one will have to transact business or handle money, activities that are prohibited to observant Jews on Shabbat. Jewish staff members and volunteers will not be scheduled to work on Saturdays. In addition, the actual experience of walking through the Museum’s would not necessarily violate the restrictions of Shabbat.


About Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors founded the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed.  
Today a nationally-renowned institution locating in a distinct building in Pan Pacific Park, the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free.  Visit us on-line at www.lamoth.org.