Museum Matters: March 2013

Posted on March 1, 2013 by

Purim Pandemonium 

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Every year the Museum throws a themed Purim costume party to celebrate the story of Esther and bring young people together at the Museum.  This year marked the JMM’s seventh annual Purim Pandemonium. Targeted at the 21-40 crowd, this is often our largest young adult event of the year and this was no exception! Over 160 people came out to enjoy the party, dancing and drinking the night away. The Museum’s lobby was festooned with streamers and balloons in blue and silver, along with little touches like classroom signs and championship sports banners to evoke the feel of a high school gym – the perfect atmosphere for a prom-themed Purim party! That’s right; this year’s party was Purim PROMdemonium: Prom on the Big Screen. Party planners and guests alike turned to a variety of Hollywood films for inspiration, taking a night to live out Prom experiences from the world of movies.


This successful (and entertaining!) event would not have been possible without the help of many people, particularly our Purim Planning Committee. Committee members represent a broad spectrum of young adult Baltimoreans, from the residents of Moishe House to BIYA to members of the Museum’s own Board of Trustees. The committee also boasts members from the general community! We’d like to use this opportunity to thank our committee members for all their hard work culminating in the party of the season!

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And the thanks don’t stop there – Purim Pandemonium would not be as great as it is without our sponsors. Naron Chocolates provided the kosher butter creams and nonpareils that gave the evening a touch of sweetness. Charm City Ice made sure everyone’s drinks stayed frosty, and our marketing efforts would not have reached nearly so far without the dedicated assistance of Changing Media, BIYA, and Moishe House. We also have to thank all the volunteers who came out and helped with the evening, including the decorating leading up to the party!

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Make sure to check out our Facebook page for more photos from Purim Pandemonium and start thinking about themes for next year!

Super Spring Programs at the Jewish Museum of Maryland 

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Rachel Cylus: (410) 732-6400 x215 /

Retro TV Day: Sunday, March 10, 2:00pm, free with Museum admission

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Wonder Woman #1, Summer 1942. Publisher: DC Comics. Collection of Michigan State University Libraries.

Watch the hit 1970s Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter. Popcorn, candy and soft drinks included. Dress up optional!

Up, Up and Oy Vey: Sunday, March 17, 2:00pm, free with Museum admission

upupoyvey300_colorRabbi Simcha Weinstein, recently voted “New York’s Hippest Rabbi,” discusses his bestselling book, Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero. Rabbi Weinstein has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been profiled in the New York Times, Miami Herald, and The Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for the Jerusalem Post, JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many other agencies. He chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at the Pratt Institute in New York.


Family Fun Day: Sunday, March 31, free with Museum admission

Join us for a full-day of comic book and superhero fun for the whole family. Children will learn how to create their own superheroes and write and illustrate their own comic books with Lisa Perrin. And then in the afternoon, Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman will reveal the startling bombshells he uncovered during his research, including one that may change our understanding of pop culture history.

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11:00am: Create your own comic book workshop with illustrator Lisa Perrin (Workshop space is limited – RSVPs are requested.)


2:00pm: Jewish Superhero Creators, Jaw-Dropping Backstories with children’s book author, Marc Tyler Nobleman


A special thanks to The David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation for their generous support of the exhibit ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 – 1950, and affiliated programs.

Learn more about JMM programs at or contact /   410-732-6400 ext. 215

Save the Date: The Annual Risch Program on Immigration, “Songs of Arrival/Stories of Refuge,” will take place on Sunday, April 14th at 4pm at the Langsdale Auditorium at the University of Baltimore (1420 Maryland Avenue)

“Songs of Arrival/Stories of Refuge” features live music from Colombia, Turkey, and Uganda followed by an address by Mark Hetfield, CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and a performance by Yiddish musician Susan Leviton reflecting on the experiences of Jewish immigrants to the US at the turn of the century.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



Check out the website of our neighbors at B’nai Israel Congregation ( for more fun and learning for all ages.



Current exhibitsExhibits currently on display at the JMM include ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950; Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore; and The Synagogue Speaks! 

Suburbia brochureJews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 is currently on view (through March 10) at the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201). On March 11, it opens at Beth El Congregation (8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208). 

1996021007March’s Featured Exhibit in our lobby will highlight the Museum’s Passover related collections items. 



The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

Please note that the Museum will close early at 3:00pm on Monday, March 25. We are also closed the following days in observance of Passover: Tues. March 26, Weds. March 27, Mon. April 1, and Tues. April 2. 



Baltimore is fortunate to have not just one but two Jewish museum experiences within a 50 mile radius.  With this edition of Museum Matters the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington are launching an information exchange – keeping all of our members up to date on events and exhibits hosted at both museums.

dctourDid you know that there were 6 kosher restaurants downtown Washington during the Civil War?

Plan a visit to the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington’s Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum to learn about the immigrant community that lived, worked and worshipped in the historic 7th Street neighborhood—now home to a burgeoning rebirth centered on the Verizon Center.

The Museum is housed in the oldest Jewish house of worship in the capital city. It’s special claim to fame: President Ulysses S. Grant became the first American president to attend a synagogue service when he attended the building’s dedication in 1876.

Historic 1876 synagogue, Washington, D.C.

Historic 1876 synagogue, Washington, D.C.

Book a group walking tour for your synagogue, sister or brotherhood, chavurah, or community group to see the synagogue and trace the Jewish past on one of our downtown walking tours—including four former synagogues in four blocks. Contact David McKenzie at or (202) 789-0900 to schedule! Tours cost $200 per group of up to 15, $15/person thereafter and are 1 ½ hours in length.

For more information, visit our website.   



Now that we are open more hours, we are looking for additional volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or 



We have officially launched our new membership program. Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families. Check out the membership page of our website for more info: http:///

All members will receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street. Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or

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