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.
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Theater, Self-reflection and Dialogue about the Immigration and Refugee crisis
Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00pm
There are more than 65 million refugees and displaced people on our planet fleeing war, poverty and other threats to their safety, survival, and quality of life. Some of them are here in Baltimore. During this year’s Light City Festival, inspired by the communal and introspective steps of the Passover Seder, we’ll take a moment to reflect, through theater, on our own family’s journey. Our goal is to shine a light of considered and empathetic conversation about immigrants in our local community, the nation, and the world.
Following the performance please join us for our Walk of Remembrance and Refuge.
On the Blog:
Have you noticed our obsession with top ten lists? Our tendency to pay attention to something when it’s the first, or the newest, or the largest?
Museums have a long pedigree in displaying the rare and exceptional, but there is an inherent distortion of history in an exclusive focus on the “most important.” In the 21st century, in an era of shared authority between visitor and curator, we need to re-learn the art of elevating the ordinary – of making the lives of everyday folks as compelling as the extraordinary.
On the recent trip to the Council of American Jewish Museums conference in Massachusetts, I found two institutions doing just that. Neither would describe itself as a “museum” per se, but both are worthy of a visit….continue reading.