Welcome to the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

Welcome to The Jewish Museum of Maryland, America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community, located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from the Inner Harbor. Here at the JMM, visitors can uncover the roots of Jewish history in our landmark historic sites – the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Our Museum Campus includes three exhibition galleries featuring fascinating and diverse exhibitions that explore in depth, the Jewish American experience. The Museum offers a wide range of programs and special events for children, adults, and families as well as a research library and family history center.  We invite students of all ages to experience the rich vitality of Jewish culture and heritage on and off-site through our education programs. 

JMM On National Television:

Check out CBS SUNDAY MORNING’s “Mah Jongg Madness” Segment 

  And keep your eyes peeled at 01:56 for our appearance!

Upcoming Event:


1996062004Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm

Included with Museum admission

The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century.  Marvin promises new insights for game mavens and novices alike.

Mark Your Calendars:

From Poverty to Culture: The Refugee Community in Shanghai During World War ll

2004.043.002The eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration

Sunday May 18th 2pm

Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208

The Risch memorial program is our largest and most important annual event in our calendar year.  Each year we focus on a different aspect of the topic of immigration.  This year, as JMM looks at cultural ties between the Chinese and the Jewish communities through its Project Mah Jongg exhibit, we have invited a very special expert on the Jews of East Asia to be our featured speaker.  Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan and author of the Fugu Plan, will deliver the keynote presentation

On the Blog:

Did the Jewish Defenders of Fort McHenry Eat Kosher?


Among the defenders at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814 were several Jewish militiamen, including members of Baltimore’s elite Jewish families, the Cohens and Ettings. The Cohens arrived in Baltimore in 1807 when Judith Cohen, a widow with seven children, moved the family from Richmond in search of better economic opportunities. Three of her sons – Jacob, Philip, and Mendes – joined a volunteer company charged with the defense of Baltimore, Nicholson’s Artillery Fencibles, under the command of Capt. Joseph Nicholson, Chief Judge of Baltimore County…. continue reading.