Museum Matters: March 2014

Posted on March 10, 2014 by

Flower Tiles

Had enough winter? Well the flowers are on their way.

This month we open Project Mah Jongg, the exhibit that answers the question “how did a game for Chinese men become a pastime for Jewish women?”  Look for details on making plans to visit and play below.

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


March 2014

102513_mishmash_book-200x300Front Stoops in the Fifties: Legends Come of Age with author Michael Olesker

Sunday, March 9, 1:00pm

Program free with Museum admission


Author and journalist, Michael Olesker shares his perspectives on Baltimore in the 1950s, an era he believes ended on Nov. 22, 1963, with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The talk will focus on Baltimore’s Jewish community, and those whose lives touched the entire country – including Barry Levinson, Kenny Waissman, Jerry Leiber, and attorney Leonard Kerpelman who took Madalyn Murray’s crusade against prayer in public schools all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Front Stoops in the Fifties is Olesker’s sixth book, following a 40-year career in journalism in which he wrote award-winning columns for the Baltimore Sun and delivered nightly commentaries for WJZ’s Eyewitness News. Among Olesker’s other books is Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe, a Holocaust memoir written with survivor Leo Bretholz. That book has now been published in numerous countries around the world.


Following the talk, copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.

Purim picPurim Pandemonium: Art Comes Alive

Saturday, March 15, 9:00pm – 1:00am

Admission $15 for members, $20 for non-members


Join us for this costume party like no other! The sky is the limit for creativity with this year’s theme. Become a Pollock or a Warhol, be Dali, Kahlo or Van Gogh (though please, no missing ears)!

Once you’ve started getting creative you won’t be able to stop – so help us fill out empty canvasses at the museum! You will be surrounded by inspiration and by the end of the night we’ll have created an art show no one will forget!

Guests 21+ (I.D. required). Enjoy dancing to DJ Matt Statler, open bar (essential for any struggling artist?), refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online:


Late Night on Lloyd Street: Game On!

Thursday March 27th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free Admission

Joins us for a night of game playing. Get ready for our new exhibit and learn how to play Mah Jongg or pick from a selection of other games, including Sid Sackson’s No Game. As with all Late Night on Lloyd Streets there will be plenty of snacks and drinks.

Late Night on Lloyd Street programs are FREE thanks to generous support from the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund

postcard frontProject Mah Jongg Grand Opening

Sunday, March 30

11:00am-12:00pm: Exclusive Members opening with light breakfast

12:00pm: Exhibition opens to the public

12:30pm: Mah Jongg Mania: American Beginnings, talk by exhibition curator (and former JMM Curator), Melissa Martens Yaverbaum

Opening is Free for Members

Join us for the Grand Opening of our latest exhibit Project Mah Jongg, developed by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. Curator Melissa Martens Yaverbaum will trace the evolution of the mysterious Chinese game that became an American sensation in the 1920s and today remains a beloved institution in Jewish communal, personal, and cultural life.

Tables are available for visitors to play mah jongg and staff will be on hand to explain the rules for any novices (please note that table space is limited).

During the run of Project Mah Jongg, visitors interested in playing can reserve up to five tables in advance at no additional charge by contacting Abby Krolik, JMM’s Visitor Services Coordinator, at (410) 732-6044 ext. 235 or Reservations are for two hour periods during regular museum hours Sunday to Thursday 10am to 5pm. Space is limited so hurray up, gather your group, and make that reservation now!


Layout 1Deadly Medicine, Creating The Master Race

A United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Traveling Exhibit

Teacher Training Workshop

Wednesday, April 2, 10:00am-12:00pm

There is no charge to attend

For more information and to register, contact Phyllis Gwynn at or (410) 542-4850

Exhibit tour and presentation by USHMM curator, Susan Bachrach, Ph.D.

This program takes place at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, 601 Lombard Street, Baltimore.

Program co-sponsored by Baltimore Jewish Council , the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland.


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, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on facebook.


Purim Puppet Show and Megillah Reading

Saturday, March 15  (

7:00pm PUPPET SHOW – featuring all of your favorite Purim characters!

8:00pm MAARIV & MEGILLAH READING – megillah reading with child-friendly video accompaniment and a special guest appearance by Elmo!


Annual Purim Parade and Seuda at Max’s

Sunday, March 16 (

Join us following morning services and megillah reading (8:30am) for our Annual Purim Parade starting at B’nai Israel and ending at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point!

Our Purim Parade will feature the Charm City Pedal Mill, rollerblading dancers, & floats from AVAM’s kinetic sculpture race! Come by foot or with your favorite bicycle, scooter, roller blades, or Segway! Costumes encouraged.

Festive meal & Purim party will follow at Max’s Taphouse, 737 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231. $15/person. RSVP here:


Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland Meeting

Sunday, March 23 at 1:00pm

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland will be held on March 23 from 1:00-3:00pm in the chapel of Ner Tamid Synagogue (6214 Pimlico Rd, Baltimore). Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, will present “Calling All Readers: A Literary Trove for Jewish Genealogists.” Program is free for JGSMD members and $5 for non-members.


Coming Soon:

Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared

Yom Ha’Shoah Baltimore Jewish Council 2014 Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, April 27, 5:00pm

Beth Tfiloh Congregation (Rosen Art Center), 3300 Old Court Road

Featuring Key Note Speaker, Menachem Rosensaft

For more information, contact 410-542-4850 or rsvp to



Current exhibits


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

Project Mah Jongg opens on Sunday, March 30 (see details above) and will be on view through June 29.

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945 – 1968 travels to Beth Israel Synagogue (3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills) where it will be on display March 31-April 11.


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.


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

The JMM is very pleased to represent Haim Amir with a few of his magnificent fused and fired glass artworks, some of which are shown here.  In addition to his fused glass art pieces, Amir is a world-renowned sculptor, working with stone, marble and granite of different colors.  He was recently commissioned by Temple Isaiah in Columbia to create a large menorah for their new building which received much critical acclaim. Professor Natan Zach, Curator at the Open Museum in Tefen, Israel, says this about Amir, “Haim Amir’s uniqueness as a sculptor consists not only in his remarkable mastery of his materials, a mastery which does not betray any signs of effort; rather, it resides in the sense of an unusual dialogue taking place here between man and stone.”

Home Blessing Fused GlassHome Blessing – Fused Glass

Haim Amir uses vibrant colors of deep red, gold and orange, fused together on white glass, to create this warm and welcoming piece.


Price: $160      Member price $144

Crossing the Red SeaCrossing the Red Sea – Fused Glass

In this powerful fused glass artwork, the waters of the Red Sea part, both the Hebrew and English of the text are fused into the glass.


Price:  $160     Member price $144 

Blessing for the HomeBlessing for the Home – Fused Glass

Amir fired and fused homes onto the glass, with an overlay of colorful roofs. He uses “brick” pavers from clay brought from Israel to create the pathways from each of the homes.  Amir works with Israeli clay to fashion the miniature pots adding another dimension to his work.  The blessing for the home, both in English and Hebrew, define the work.

Price:  $196     Member price $176.40

Celebration of PassoverCelebration of Passover

In this striking fused glass piece, Amir uses some of the symbols of the Seder, the wine goblets, the matzoh on the table, and bringing in the flowers of the coming of Spring.


Price:  $196    Member price 176.40

We are very excited to have the work of Haim Amir in the JMM Gift Shop.  Call for further details or information. Esther Weiner, Gift Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 /


The Museum Shop will be a fun place to shop for your favorite Mah Jongg must-have pieces…your game will be on-game!   These are only a SAMPLE of what you will find!  See you at the tables!



Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 /


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