Museum Matters: April 2014

Posted on April 7, 2014 by


Last spring it was Zap! Pow! Bam!  This spring it is Crack! Dot! Bam! Project Mah Jongg is officially open for business.  Come down and let the beautiful 1920s games inspire you and then let yourself play.  What a great way to share a bit of Jewish cultural history with your friends and neighbors!  The exhibit will be open through June 26th.
(And guys… I am talking for a minute to just the guys here … Mah Jongg was originally played by Chinese MEN [and still is]… there couldn’t be a better time to reclaim our heritage and learn to play this game.  Anyone who wants to participate in an evening program for “Men Mastering Mahj” should contact Trillion Attwood at the e-mail account 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

Late Night on Lloyd Street: Hungry for Charoset
Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Our next Late Night on Lloyd Street!

Our next Late Night on Lloyd Street!

Time to get ready for Passover. Create, enjoy and devour charoset, the iconic holiday treat that is a signature element of the Seder plate and meal. Traditionally made with honey, apples, wine and walnuts- this tasty treat is sure to please and we encourage visitors to think beyond traditional ingredients (avocado, banana, and agave nectar, anyone?)  Participants will also design a spring-themed placemat to donate to Meals on Wheels.

Family Game Day
Sunday, April 20, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Program free with Museum admission

Fun for the whole family!

Fun for the whole family!

Join us for a fun day of gaming for the whole family! We will have a whole range of games waiting to be played suitable for any age. Play one of the old favorites or learn something new as a family.

In honor of our newest exhibition, Project Mah Jongg, staff will be on hand to teach the game to novices. For younger players, we will teach our slightly adapted version, still plenty of fun but not quite as confusing!  Feel free to bring the whole family or come on your own, as there will be opponents ready and waiting!

Beyond Dreidel: The Games We’ve Played 
Sunday, April 27, 1:00pm
Speaker: Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Maryland
Program free with Museum admission 

A dreidel from our own collections, 1996.062.004.

A dreidel from our own collections, 1996.062.004.

The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, JMM executive director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century.  Marvin promises new insights for game mavens and novices alike.

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

Save The Date

The Eight Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program
From Poverty to Culture: The Refugee Community in Shanghai During World War II
Sunday, May 18, 2:00pm
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Admission is free



The Risch Memorial program is the largest and most important annual event in our calendar year.  Each year it focuses on a different aspect of the topic of immigration.  This year, as JMM looks at cultural ties between China and the Jewish Community through its Project Mah Jongg exhibit, we have invited a very special expert on the Jews of East Asia, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, to be our featured speaker.  Rabbi Tokayer is the former chief rabbi of Tokyo and author of the Fugu Plan. You won’t want to miss this powerful evocation of how the 20,000 Jews of Shanghai struggled against impossible odds to not only survive, but thrive in this unexpected site of refuge.

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.

MATZA FACTORY: A Hands-On Matza-Baking Demonstration
Sunday, April 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm
B’nai Israel, 27 Lloyd St., 21202

Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland Meeting
Sunday, April 27, 1:00-3:00 pm
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg JCC, 5700 Park Heights Avenue
Tammy Hepps presents “Trees and Stories on” Program is free for JGSMD members and $5 for non-members. For more information, check out

Current exhibits


Get your very own Mah Jongg set!

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Project Mah Jongg (on display through June 29),Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East BaltimoreThe Synagogue Speaks!

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

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

Gift Shop

Pick up a Mah Jongg set of your very own!

Pick up a Mah Jongg set of your very own!

The Museum Shop is the 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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