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At the Jewish Museum of Maryland, we are storytellers.

We’re also storyfinders, storykeepers, and storyprotectors.

Our tales are stored in 12,000 objects, more than 68,000 photographs, 850 oral histories, two historic synagogues, and three exhibit galleries.

We are finding new stories all the time, and the stories we keep will make you question, make you laugh, make you think and feel deeply—no matter who you are—because it is stories that make us human.

From poignant to whimsical, comfortably familiar to downright bizarre, we find, tell, and protect the stories of Maryland’s Jewish communities.

JMM connects everyone to Jewish experiences and the Jewish community to its roots. Help us navigate this uncertain time with a monthly donation we can rely on. We’ll get through this, together.


Statement from JMM on the death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests

In April and May, Baltimore marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed his death in police custody. The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) marked the anniversary, the yahrzeit, with a look back at the Uprising and an exploration of its root causes. Sadly, this week, the country was reminded that those root causes have not been resolved: systemic and structural racism, disparities in access to resources, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly behaves as though black lives do not matter. Read more.


Drag Queen Story Hour

Live Stream Event
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
Register for this live stream program here.

Listen to stories, sing songs, and join in activities that celebrate acceptance and inclusivity. This program is open to all, and the activities are perfect for children ages 3-8.

After Munich

Virtual Screening
Monday, June 8 – Wednesday, June 10, 7:00pm to 7:00pm EST
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Intrigue, tragedy, reconciliation, love, and death – After Munich is more than the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics and the terrible events that unfolded. This documentary looks through the eyes of four women forever changed by that day – an athlete, a widow, a high-level Mossad agent, and a reluctant assassin.

The Lost Family

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Speaker: Libby Copeland, author
Register for this Live Stream Event here

In her acclaimed new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are (Abrams, 2020), Copeland investigates the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing through the story of Alice Collins Plebuch and the discovery of a lost Jewish heritage.

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On the Blog:

JMM Insights: What We’re Reading

Whether on your night table or in your hammock or on the beach (six feet apart from other beachgoers); whether it’s e-reader, hardcover, or paperback; there has never been a better time to exercise your mind by reading. Our library at JMM may be closed but our ever-expanding selection of ideas for reading is open for the summer season.

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In the Shadow of Statues

In May of 2019, I attended the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums in New Orleans. One of the keynote speakers was Mitch Landrieu, the city’s mayor. To be honest, I don’t remember much of what he spoke about, but I must have been impressed, because I bought his book, In the Shadows of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. I finally got around to reading it.

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Exploring Jewish Art

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage month? This month we’re using our weekly family activity packets to highlight different aspects of Jewish American history, inspired by our collections. This week’s activities focus on art, looking at just a few examples from what makes up the vast category of Jewish art.

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