Museum Matters – September 2013

Posted on September 13, 2013 by

Good News for a New Year

We are thrilled to announce that the JMM just received notification that we are the recipient of a prestigious grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) of $150,000 in support of our upcoming exhibition Jews, Health, and Healing scheduled to open in Spring 2015. The JMM was among a select group of institutions (only 30% of applicants received awards). This is, indeed, a wonderful start to the New Year.

Opening October 12-13!

Opening October 12-13!

In other news, our staff is hard at work on our next exhibition, Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War which is scheduled to open to the public on October 13. This exhibition comes to us from Yeshiva University Museum and includes additional materials that tell the riveting stories of Jewish Marylanders’ experiences during the war. We hope you will join us at our members’ preview on Saturday evening October 12 that features a curator-led tour of the exhibit as well as the launch of a brand new tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that takes visitors back in time to the 1860s. The public opening takes place the next day on Sunday, October 13 (see below for more details).

All of us at the JMM wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and sweet new year! We look forward to seeing you at the JMM in the months ahead.


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 Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / For more information on JMM events please visit

With Bessie Bluefeld

With Bessie Bluefeld

Living History Salon and Tea

Sunday, September 22, 4:00pm

Free event for Premium members at the Living History Level and Above


Join us for this special premium member’s event featuring a performance by Terry Nicholetti who portrays the most recent addition to our roster of living history characters that are part of our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk.  Meet Bessie Bluefeld, an immigrant from Russia who arrived in Baltimore with so little, and with the assistance of her husband, Charles, and children established Bluefeld Catering, a beloved Baltimore institution. Following the performance, there will be a question and answer session with Terry and refreshments, including apple strudel, Bessie’s signature dish.

Our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk program is made possible through the generous support of the Leo V. Berger Fund.

For more information about our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk program or to schedule a performance, please contact Abby Krolik at (410) 732-6400 x235 /

For more information about our premium membership levels, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 /

Late Night on Lloyd Street

Late Night on Lloyd Street

Late Night on Lloyd Street- Sukkot at the JMM

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 -9:00pm

Free Admission

Co-sponsored by BIYA at B’nai Israel


Celebrate the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot at the JMM. Participate in a sukkah designing competition, get some ideas for what to make from your leftover etrog, and, of course, enjoy drinks and snacks inside B’nai Israel’s sukkah. We will also take the time to help those who are less fortunate and who have to sleep under the stars by making sandwiches for a local mission.

Late Night on Lloyd Street is made possible through the generous support of the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.


Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm

Exclusive Members Only Preview  – FREE for all current JMM members


Be the first to see the JMM’s newest exhibition at this event featuring live performances of Civil War music, a special Curator Tours of the exhibit and the premier of our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.


Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Sunday, October 13, 10am-5pm

Free with Museum Admission / Members are Free

Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp at 1:00pm


Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibit which includes appearances by Civil War re-enactors.  Guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish Historical Society, one of the creators of the exhibit, will share his expertise on Jewish involvement in the Civil War. An “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue will be offered at 11am and 3pm.

More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat visit or or check out BIYA on facebook.



Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks!

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 travels next to the Reisterstown Road Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (6310 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215) where it will be on display September 16 – October 21. This exhibition explores the suburban exodus of the Baltimore Jewish community and has been created through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums & Society through a generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hours and Tour Times


The JMM Campus

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 JMM will be closed the following dates:

Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 (administrative offices) (Sukkot)

Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 (administrative offices) (Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret)

Get Involved

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

Gift Shop

L’Shana Tovah from the Museum Shop! Our best wishes to everyone!


Chanukah is just around the corner this year…we will have a fabulous pre-Chanukah sale, starting November 1, 2013!  Make your plans now to visit the Museum Shop at the JMM and take advantage of our Big Sale!

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1 Comment

  1. Ival Kovner, MS, MFA says:

    I am interested in learning more about the Jewish Museum & belong to B’nai Israel Temple in Southbury, CT. where I teach painting to all ages – and offer “on location” painting trips.
    My husband works in DC area and graduated from Johns Hopkins – we are interested in the Baltimore Area and the museum in particular. I would hope to someday offer a show and/or instruction for watercolor at the museum.

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