Darsie Alexander

Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator

Darsie Alexander is the Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum. Previously she held curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, Baltimore Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York. Alexander has curated numerous exhibitions focusing on postwar American and European art, notably International Pop (2015-2016); The Spectacular of Vernacular (2011); Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008 (2008); and SlideShow (2005). She maintains an interest in interdisciplinary practice stemming from her work on the Merce Cunningham Dance Archive. Alexander has served on various boards and foundation panels. She is a graduate of Bates College and earned her graduate degree from Williams College.

Cindy Caplan

Chief Counsel & Talent Officer

As the Chief Counsel & Talent Officer, Cindy is responsible for all legal matters that implicate the Museum and for recruiting and developing the Museum’s talented staff. Cindy is an experienced attorney who has focused her career on media and cultural institutions, including working in the Counsel’s office at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cindy grew up in Montreal, Canada where she earned her law degrees from McGill University.

Elyse Buxbaum

Deputy Director of Development

As Deputy Director of Development, Elyse Buxbaum is responsible for implementing fundraising strategies and overseeing efforts to raise support for program funding, annual fund gifts, and major gifts.  With nearly two decades of experience in the cultural field, Elyse has worked for numerous institutions including the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution (New York, NY), and CUNY Creative Arts Team. She holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

Nelly Silagy Benedek

Senior Director of Education

Nelly Silagy Benedek, Director of Education from 2004 until 2017 and currently Senior Director of Education, oversees the development and implementation of innovative programming for schools, families, and adult audiences including teachers, university students, and the general public with a special focus on accessibility. She is also involved in exhibition planning and interpretation, coordinates the Docent and Volunteer Program, and teaches in the Museum’s galleries and online. Ms. Benedek previously served as Director of Education at the American Federation of Arts and prior to that was Associate Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for sixteen years where she developed educator workshops, taught afterschool classes for teens and families, coordinated volunteer training, and supervised the High School Apprenticeship Program. Her publications include the teacher resources Auguste Rodin: The Burghers of Calais (2000) and Examining Identity in Contemporary Art and Photography (2005). Ms. Benedek holds a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University where she was a College Scholar and majored in Art History, English, and Near Eastern Studies.

David Goldberg

Chief of Staff

David Goldberg is Chief of Staff to Claudia Gould, the Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum. Prior to joining the Jewish Museum, Goldberg served as Vice President of Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase and Director of Correspondence at the Office of Former President William J. Clinton. He holds a BA, an MBA, and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Sarah Supcoff

Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications

Sarah Supcoff joined the Jewish Museum as Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications in 2016. Having worked exclusively in non-profit arts organizations for 15 years, Supcoff has experience in all aspects of external affairs, including audience development, branding, fundraising strategy, event design, and customer relationship management. Past roles include Managing Director of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance, Development Director of Public Art Fund, Branding and Strategy Consultant at LaPlaca Cohen, and Associate Director of Membership at the The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has a B.A in art history from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Modern Art, Critical Studies, from Columbia University, and an M.P.A in nonprofit management from New York University.

Joseph Rorech

Deputy Director, Finance and Administration

Joseph Rorech joined the Jewish Museum in 2002 as Director of Finance and has been Deputy Director, Finance and Administration since April 2011. In this role, he oversees the Museum’s finances, information technology, human resources and operations, as well as the shop and café. Prior to joining the Jewish Museum, Rorech was with the United States Tennis Association for seventeen years as Assistant Controller and Controller. He graduated from the New York Institute of Technology.

Claudia Nahson

Morris and Eva Feld Curator

Claudia J. Nahson is Morris and Eva Feld Curator at the Jewish Museum, with a concentration in Judaica. In her twenty-three years at the Museum she has curated a number of shows, including four exhibitions on Jewish artists who are acclaimed authors and illustrators of children’s books: The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats (2011); Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey (2010); From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of the William Steig (2007) and Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak (2005). She also organized the 2012-2103 Jewish Museum presentation of Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries. A native of Uruguay, she studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem focusing on Jewish and medieval Christian art. ​

Mason Klein

Senior Curator

​Mason Klein is a critic, art historian, and curator at the Jewish Museum, where he has organized numerous exhibitions, among them the Museum’s centennial exhibition, Modigliani: Beyond the Myth (2004), Alias Man Ray (2009), and The Radical Camera: The Photo League 1936 – 1951 (2011). His work at the Museum has received a number of honors, including awards from the National Jewish Book Award, International Association of Art Critics, the New England Book Festival, the ForeWord Book of the Year, the San Francisco Book Festival, the Dedalus Foundation, and Choice Outstanding Academic Title. He has written catalogue essays for the Wexner Center for the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Folk Art Museum and other institutions, and has published essays on a wide range of American and European artists, including Joseph Beuys, Ross Bleckner, Marcel Duchamp, Leon Golub, Ray Johnson, Yves Klein, Man Ray, Nancy Spero, Michael Snow, and Joan Snyder. Dr. Klein has a BA from Bennington College and a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, C.U.N.Y.

Susan L. Braunstein

Senior Curator

Susan L. Braunstein is primarily responsible for the collections of historical and contemporary Judaica, antiquities and numismatics. She joined the staff in 1980 as a Research Associate after working at the Brooklyn Museum in the Department of Egyptian, Classical and Near Eastern Art. Dr. Braunstein has created numerous exhibitions for the Jewish Museum, including Israel in Antiquity: From David to Herod (1982); Jewish Life in Tsarist Russia: A World Rediscovered (1994); The Dead Sea Scrolls: Mysteries of the Ancient World (2008); As it were, So to speak: a Museum Collection in Dialogue with Barbara Bloom (2013); and Repetition and Difference (2015). Her specialties include the archaeology of Israel and Hanukkah lamps; in 2004 she published a catalogue of the Museum’s entire collection of 1,022 Hanukkah lamps. Dr. Braunstein has a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University.​ Most recently, she was the coordinating curator for the museum’s newly installed collection display, Scenes from the Collection, which opened in January 2018

Claudia Gould

Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, The Jewish Museum

Claudia Gould became the Jewish Museum’s Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director in early 2012. As a curator and museum director, she has been noted for her commitment to outstanding original programming and an expansive interdisciplinary approach to exhibitions, education, and public outreach. Prior to joining the Jewish Museum, Ms. Gould was Daniel W. Dietrich II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2011. She served as Executive Director of Artists Space, the landmark New York City alternative exhibition space, from 1994 to 1999, and was the first Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. She has also been an independent curator of numerous international contemporary art installations.

Ruth K. Beesch

Deputy Director, Program Administration

Ruth K. Beesch is Deputy Director, Program Administration at the Jewish Museum, overseeing the management of education programs, collections, and temporary exhibitions. Prior to joining the Jewish Museum in 1997 Beesch was the Director of the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro from 1989 to 1997 and the Acting Director of the University Gallery at the University of Florida from 1986 to 1989. She serves as a liaison for curatorial matters with the development department and is part of the senior management team at the Museum. Beesch is a member of ArtTable and serves on the AAM’s Accreditation Visiting Committee. She has an MFA in Museum Studies from the University of Florida.