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Explore the Civil War You Never Knew

Opening October 12-13!

Opening October 12-13!

It’s almost here.  The Feldman Gallery is bustling with exhibit installers, the packages of education props arrive daily, the docents are learning new scripts and the store is getting new bunting.  In just nine days, Passages through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War opens at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  But as a JMM member you only have eight days to wait!  Our exclusive member’s preview starts at 7:30pm on Saturday night, October 12.  The evening features period music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, along with tours of the exhibit and an “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Ken Burns tells us that “the Civil War was fought in 10,000 places.”  This fall we remind visitors to Baltimore (and residents alike) that one of those places where the battle of ideas took place 150 years ago was right here.  In the Jonestown neighborhood, in a deeply divided Jewish community, there was an epic struggle for hearts and minds.  Through the lens of our Jewish experience will be casting a new light on the debate over slavery and indeed, on the impact of the entire conflict.

The core exhibit comes to us from the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum.  These organizations gathered and curated an extraordinary collection of rarely seen Civil War artifacts, documents and images drawn from the Jewish community.  The exhibit also features interviews with leading scholars on the important trials for Jewish values, before, during and after the War.

JMM has augmented the exhibit with evidence of the Maryland story and new family activity stations.  We are also incorporating our largest Civil War artifact, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and we will be offering special daily tours of that building that focus on life in the Baltimore Jewish community in the 1860s and the way in which the War changed the future of Jewish life here.

The exhibit, which will be on view through February 28, 2014, will also be a jumping off point for a great program schedule.  In addition to Jonathan Karp (opening day, Oct. 13) and Barry Steelman (in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, Oct. 20), each of the subsequent months will feature a program subtheme.  In November we’ll have programs on the role of women; in December on the impact of the chaplaincy controversy and Jewish-Christian relations in the War; in January our focus will be on immigration and the Civil War; and in February we celebrate the Jewish relationship with Abraham Lincoln (and honest Abe, himself, will be joining us).  Even our December 25th Mitzvah Day activity – honoring veterans – draws its inspiration from the exhibit.

This is a great exhibit to share with neighbors or co-workers who may have a passion for American history but are unfamiliar with Jewish participation in that history.  If your level of membership entitles you to free passes to the exhibit, it’s time to pull those passes out of the junk drawer and invite your friends to join you for a visit.  You both can explore the Civil War you never knew.


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


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Opening Soon!

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Exclusive Members Only Preview  – FREE for all current JMM members

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm

Members are treated to an exclusive first look at our brand new exhibit. Featuring live performances of Civil War music by 2nd South Carolina String Band, special Curator Tours of the exhibit and debuting our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

The Carolina String Band

The 2nd South Carolina String Band

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Public Opening – Free with Museum Admission / Members are Free

Sunday, October 13, 10:00am-5:00pm

Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp , 1:00pm

Join us as for the grand opening of Passages Through the Fire. Special appearances by Civil War reenactors.  Featured guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish Historical Society offers his insights into the topic with “The War that Helped Make Jews Americans”. “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue offered at 11am and 3pm.


Standing By Their Flags

Speaker Barry Steelman

Sunday, October 20, 1:00pm

This is a FREE FALL BALTIMORE event – Admission is FREE.

THEIR FLAGNo war in American history has divided the Jewish people as did the Civil War. There were civilian and military Jewish leaders on both sides of this conflict. In some cases, families were split with brothers and fathers fighting against one another. In his talk, Barry Steelman will explore the response of the Jewish communities of America, both North and South, including those that fought to protect THEIR FLAG as well as the individuals and groups that made other significant contributions to their side of this bloody four year period in our history. Learn how Jews fought proudly and with dignity and valor to protect their personal ideals throughout this major struggle.

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Let’s Talk About It

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This is a Free Fall Baltimore event! Admission to the Museum and this program are free. Remember, members are free everyday – become a member today!

Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Story of Alan Schafer: Complicating the Jewish Southerner

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Author Nicole King, Ph.D. Department of American Studies, UMBC

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00pm


At this month’s Late Night on Lloyd Street learn about Alan Schafer.  This Baltimore born Jew led a fascinating life and left the popular attraction South of the Border, with its record breaking sombrero, as part of his legacy. As with all Late Nights there will be plenty of beer, wine, snacks and conversation.

Nicole King author of Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolinas Tourism Industry will be on hand to tell us about Alan Schafer and the significance of his legacy, including how he came to create both South of the Border and Confederateland.

Generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage*

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Speaker Doris Hamburg

Sunday, October 27, 1:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

The JMM is pleased to host National Archives’ Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg who will speak about NARA’s latest exhibition Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve and make these materials available online.

*Please note if the government shutdown is still in effect at this time the program will be canceled.

It All Started with a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street with author M. Hirsh Goldberg

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Sunday, October 27, 4:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

Join us at to hear from M. Hirsh Goldberg, award-winning author of five nationally published books.  His latest book It All Started with a Deli, tells a remarkable story of business and family success. The Attmans name is synonymous with Jewish Baltimore, their deli one of the last remaining on Corned Beef Row, just across the street from the JMM.

It All Started With a Deli charts the history of the Attman family from when the first deli was opened in 1915 by Harry Attman. It shows how the values of hard work, ethical conduct, religious principles and concern for others, instilled by Harry Attman and his wife Ida, into their three sons and future generations have created an astonishingly close, vibrant family whose members have founded major businesses while always giving back to the community.

 “Few families have contributed so much to our City and State… The Attman story is one worth telling and sharing.” -Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland. 

Following the talk, M. Hirsh Goldberg will sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase in the JMM gift shop.


More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation.


Sunday, October 20th, 11am-1:30pm

Riverside Park Pavilion (1800 Covington St.)

Suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family

Join B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue for a fun and relaxed family BBQ at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Kosher food for you, moon bounce and more for the kids! Rain or shine! Please RSVP here by Tuesday Oct. 15.

This program is generously supported by The Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.


B-more Shabbat with Dr. Dan Gincel

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

Friday, Oct 18, 6:30pm

Cost: $8

What is Shabbat without friends and community? Come help us welcome Shabbat, students back to Baltimore, the new Repair the World Community Fellows to Baltimore, and all of our new residents to the awesome community that is BIYA and city that is Baltimore with special guest speaker Dr. Dan Gincel. More info here on Facebook.

This program is funded in part by a grant from The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education through its Jewish Education Enhancement Project.



Thursday, Oct 24 6:30PM-9:00PM

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

FREE to attend

Come join BIYA as we explore the new Joy of Kosher Cookbook on Thursday, Oct 24 and try a few of the recipes to prepare for Shabbat. Space is limited to 10! RSVP to Sara at to reserve a spot!



Every Sunday in October, 10:45-11:30am

The Pagoda in Patterson Park

Cost: $5/class, pay in advance here.

Be sure to fill out this online assessment form before your first class!


For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on facebook. 


Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks! Our newest exhibition, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War opens Sunday, October 13 and is on display through February, 28, 2014.

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 travels next to the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom JCC (3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117) where it will be on display October 21 – November 15. 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 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. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. Beginning on October 14, this tour will be offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).

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


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 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. Memberships can be purchase online! For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or

Gift Shop

Civil War Memorabilia has taken over the JMM Museum Shop!  In preparation for the opening of Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War, we have books, games, and historical items for visitors of all ages.

Coming November 3, 2013!  Mark your calendars for our Special Chanukah Sale!

All members of the JMM receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop. 

Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in our shop support the mission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.


Esther P. Weiner

Museum Shop Manager

410-732-6400, ext. 211 /





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