Museum Matters June 2013

Posted on June 7, 2013 by

The Museum World Comes to Baltimore

_RWK8225They were the largest kosher heroes I had ever seen, stretching from one end to the other of our arts tables.  But these sandwich heroes were just the forshpeis, the synagogues and exhibits were the real show at “Heroes:  Real and Imagined” – an evening event held in conjunction with the 104th meeting of the American Alliance of Museums held in Baltimore.  The event was a continuation of our partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History, linking their exhibit on the work of illustrator Brian Collier with our exhibit, Zap! Pow! Bam! 

_RWK8250This fabulous evening introduced 90 museum professionals from around the world to the work of the JMM.  Our guests included Ford Bell, the President of the American Alliance of Museums.  In addition to the usual tours we offered snippets of performances of our new Bessie Bluefield living history character and an opportunity for everyone to go home with a photo of themselves dressed as a hero._RWK8345

The festivities at JMM were just one small piece of our engagement with the AAM convention.  More than 5,000 museum folk were drawn to this city to share ideas with colleagues and talk about the latest developments in the field. The theme of the convention was “story telling”, a topic that was an easy fit with our museum.  In addition to Tuesday night’s party we hosted a smaller “onsite insight” event on Monday morning – using the Lloyd Street Synagogue as a case study for how what’s old can be made new again.  We looked at what had been done with the Mikveh and the Synagogue Speaks exhibit and then speculated on how technology (pinpoint audio, iPad apps or augmented reality) might reshape the future interpretation of the space.   AAM is a great place to see the latest gizmos and inventions for museums, from state-of-the-art sound systems to 3D printing.  _RWK8460

But the heart of the convention were the sessions that examine the trends and solutions that we share in common as museum enterprises.  Professional tracks for discussion ranged from “collections stewardship” and “education” to “leadership” and “financial stability”.  Demand for some sessions was so high that there were lines waiting to get in.  Not sure what significance to draw from the fact that one of the most over-subscribed sessions was entitled “Mistakes Were Made.”_RWK8208

Several members of the JMM staff volunteered as hosts at AAM and we actively participated in a lively discussion at the Council of American Jewish Museums’ breakfast on the potential for growing the market for Jewish museums.  It was a hectic three and a half days – but well worth it.


Annual Meeting

We can’t share all that we learned at AAM, but we can offer a taste of the latest thinking from last month’s convention.


Please join us for the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Annual Meeting taking place Sunday, June 9 at 4:00pm. Our Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker is Philip M. Katz, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research for the American Alliance of Museums. Dr. Katz will share the results of his research into future trends and their impact on museums through his talk “Comfy chairs and virtual dinosaurs, is this the future of museums?” JMM is very pleased to offer what promises to be a lively presentation by Dr. Katz.

At the meeting we will also vote on our FY14 slate of trustees and officers for the JMM’s Board of Trustees as well as pay tribute to retiring trustees: Larry Caplan (president), Manuele Wasserman (vice president), Barry Isaac (treasurer), Carol Sandler, and Ron Weitzman. We are most appreciative of the service of each of these individuals and for all of their work on behalf of the Museum.  We will also be presenting a Special Service Award to Dr. Barry Lever for his long service on the development team of JMM.

The slate of nominees for FY 13 to the JMM Board of Trustees is as follows:


Ira Papel, MD, President

Jeffrey Dreifuss, Vice President

Robert Keehn, MD, Vice President

Donald (Duke) Zimmerman, Vice President

JL Reischer, Treasurer

Sarah Manekin, Ph.D., Secretary

Larry Caplan, Immediate Past President


Carol Glusman

Toby Gordon, Sc.D.

Allan Hirsh III

Crystal Watkins Johansson, MD, Ph.D

Larry Kamanitz

Gary Perolman


Sheldon Bearman, MD

Robert Gehman

Saralynn Glass

Gerald Macks

Jonathan Mogol

Lindsay Thompson, Ph.D

Leonard Weinberg II


*Jennie Gates Beckman

Beth Blauer

*Jay Goldscher

*Ira Malis

Lee Rosenberg

Irene Russel

Theodore Segal, Esq.


Arnold Fruman


*Indicates new nominee


Upcoming Programs 

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 / For more information on JMM events please visit


Clark Kent’s Bar Mitzvah Party

Sunday, June 16, 1-4:00pm

$5 member individuals, $10 non-member individuals

$13 member families, $18 non-member families

Superboy becomes Superman!  Celebrate the opening of the new Man of Steel movie with a coming of age party of heroic proportions.  Enjoy music, food, games, prizes and crafts to reminisce about Clark Kent’s childhood and help him have a day no one will forget.


“Through the Eye of the Needle: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” – film screening

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30pm

This program is free and will take place at the Myerberg Senior Center

3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, MD 21209 

More than 40 years after the Holocaust, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating fabric collage and embroidery panels to tell her story of survival.  Esther’s daughter, Bernice Steinhardt, will screen and discuss the award winning documentary, Through the Eye of the Needle, and the book, Memories of Survival, chronicling her mother’s experiences and artwork.

Through the Eye of the Needle is a film by Nina Shapiro-Perl and is a production of Art and Remembrance.


Comic Themed Super Art Fight

Sunday, June 30, 1:00pm

Program is free with Museum admission

Super Art Fight is a mixture of live art, pro-wrestling style characters and storytelling and a dash of hilarious, improvised commentary, which makes for a show unlike anything else in the world today.  Take part in a special ZAP! POW! BAM! themed Super Art Fight.


Opening the Gates: Celebrating Gwynn Oak Amusement Park 50 Years Later

Sunday, July 7, 1:00-7:00pm

Free Admission

Taking place at Gwynn Oak Park

Honor the courageous acts of those who struggled for Civil Rights in Maryland, and especially those who in 1963 actively pursued and achieved the desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. Entertainment includes: Motown band The Spindles, Ronnie Dove in concert, Baltimore Klezmer Band and more. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will unveil an historical marker at the site of the protests.

For more information, contact



Baltimore is fortunate to have not just one but two Jewish museum experiences within a 50 mile radius. In each month’s Museum Matters, we are pleased to share with you programs taking place at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington.

News from DC

Summer Author Talk Series: Dr. Allan Lichtman, FDR and the Jews

FDR and the Jews

Join JHSGW to learn about this fascinating new book. FDR and the Jews draws upon extensive new research to offer a portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt contrasting with prevailing views about his priorities during World War II.

Thursday, June 27, Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 Third Street, NW (corner of Third & G Streets, NW)

To learn more and to RSVP, visit JHSGW’s website:!

Be on the lookout for JHSGW’s other summer author talks:

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.: Beth Kanter, Washington, DC Chef’s Table

Wednesday, August 7, Noon – 1:00 p.m.: Faye Moskowitz, And the Bridge is Love



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! 


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.



The JMM is looking for 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.

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



Father’s Day is Around the Corner! The JMM Museum Shop has that Special gift for the Special Guy…

jewelry Supes Merch

Museum Members receive 10% discount on your purchase

In the JMM Museum Shop, we will gift-wrap and mail!

 Call Esther Weiner, 410-732-6400, extension 211


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