Museum Matters: October 2015

Posted on October 2, 2015 by

Last Minute Paul Simon Update

It’s almost here (and I’m not referring to Hurricane Joaquin).  Most of the exhibit is installed and we’re making final preparations for opening weekend.  We’ve had an enormous response to our Members Opening concert and there are now only a few dozen seats left.  If you want to secure a seat, I urge you to e-mail our reservations box soon… before they all go “slip-sliding away.”

We anticipate large crowds on opening day, Oct. 11th, so if you want to attend either the Paul Simon birthday celebration at 11 or the 2:30 lecture by Scott Benarde, we suggest that you come early.

The high level of demand has also inspired us to come up with an option for advanced ticketing, tickets available for Oct 12th through January 18th.  We will be selling a limited number of timed tickets to the exhibit through Tixato ( This service is provided as a convenience.  Members will not need to purchase advance tickets for themselves – entry is guaranteed at all times.  However, on especially crowded days, priority will be given to members and those purchasing advance timed tickets, with others admitted as space is available.  If you have a large group you want to bring to the Museum we suggest you contact Graham Humphrey, our visitor services managers ( to set up the visit.

Hope you all find some time to join us in three of the most exciting months in the history of JMM.



Upcoming programs

All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.
The Guthrie Bros.Members Opening with The Guthrie Brothers

Saturday, October 10, 7:45 p.m.

Members Exclusive Event

 Join us for the members opening of our new exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. We are very pleased to be welcoming the Guthrie Brothers to perform their tribute act Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience.  Remember, this event is free for members but you need to reserve a place (and space is running out so contact us soon for seats)


Happy BirthdayPublic Opening: Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Included with Museum admission

Help us celebrate Paul Simon’s 74th birthday and the official opening of our latest exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music. Celebrations include plenty of cake, a Simon Sing Along and a very special game of “Simon Says” where you can test your Paul Simon knowledge for a chance to win some great prizes!


Stars of David Rock and Roll coverStars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories

Sunday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Scott R. Benarde

Included with Museum admission 

This music-, photo-, and anecdote-filled program provides a fascinating look into how Judaism influenced the makers of popular music over the past fifty years.


Photo from flyerA Lost Love: One Family’s Forgotten History

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville

Free Admission but registration is required:

For questions contact 202-488-0422 /

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Years after her grandparents passed away, journalist Sarah Wildman discovered a cache of love letters sent to her grandfather by a former lover in prewar Vienna. In her debut book, Paper Love, Wildman details her search to discover information about the mysterious woman, her family’s escape from Nazi persecution and all that was left behind. Wildman will discuss the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s important role in her research as she pieced together the story of a woman who was desperate to escape Europe and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.


Cantors CombinedJews and the Folk Revival: When Change was in the Air and the Music Mattered

Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Cantor Jeff Klepper and Cantor Robbie Solomon

Included with Museum admission

Using audio, video and live demonstration Cantor Klepper and Cantor Solomon will explore the influence of the 1960’s folk music revival on various aspects of Jewish community.


Monster Mash CoverFree Fall Baltimore

Still Crazy After All These Years: Classic Musical Monster Mashes

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, UMBC


Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!

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The Black-Jewish Century of Music

Sunday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston

Included with Museum Admission

Explore the complicated ways that Jewish Americans—as songwriters, producers, theater owners, and performers—have been crucially involved with the production of what has been understood as “Black” music.


Under African SkiesFolk Movie Festival: Under African Skies

Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


simon-and-garfunkel-the-dangling-conversation-columbia fb“Can Analysis be Worthwhile?” Joining Paul Simon’s “Dangling Conversation”

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts

Included with Museum Admission

Explore how throughout American history popular music has been used to process American identity as a nation, as communities and for individuals.


A mighty windFolk Movie Festival: A Mighty Wind

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


Another little piece Book coverPaul Simon and the Birth of Folk Rock

Sunday, November 15, time TBD

Speaker: Richard Goldstein

Included with Museum Admission

 Focusing on Paul Simon’s early career we will explore how his sense of pop music, combined with his erudition, played a crucial role in the transition from folk to rock, and thereby formed the basic parameters of 60s music.


Inside Llewyn DavisFolk Movie Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


Woody_Guthrie smallHoly Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection

Sunday, November 22, time 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Nora Guthrie

Included with Museum Admission

Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, discusses the artistic implications of Woody’s relationship with his Jewish mother in law, Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt.


Phil Ochs FortuneFolk Movie Festival: Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune

Tuesday, November 24, 6:30 pm

Included with Museum Admission


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.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland October Meeting

Sunday, October 25, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance) New Sources, New Ways to Search

Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks 

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to for more information.



JMM Museum Shop

The JMM Museum Shop welcomes visitors for the exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music!

Our shop has great must-have pieces from deconstructed Paul Simon vinyls, a stunning bowl, amazing clock, and yes, magnets!

The catalog, Paul Simon, Words and Music, is a fabulous book for you and a gift for your Paul Simon fan and friend.  All this plus our hand-picked jewelry and Judaica for you and that special gift.

Every purchase made in the JMM Museum Shop supports the mission and programs of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

JMM Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases, except as noted.


For further information, please call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211.







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