Big Finish to 2017!

Posted on December 8, 2017 by

Museum Matters: December 2017

Everyone joined in with the dancing at our celebration of Iraqi Jewish culture on Sunday!

This has been a great year for JMM.  Three wonderful exhibits – Remembering Auschwitz, Just Married!, and Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage – more than sixty public programs, record-setting school programs (both on-site and in the schools), and hundreds of pieces of Baltimore Jewish history added to our collection.  Overall attendance for the first eleven months of 2017 is up by 26% over 2016.  My thanks to you for helping us grow.

The best part is that 2017 isn’t quite over.  Nearly 220 people came to our Dec. 3 Talmud to Tik celebration of Iraqi Jewish culture.  But if you missed it you have two more opportunities for family-oriented fun this month:  this Sunday’s “Very Sephardic Hanukkah” and our Dec. 25 Mitzvah Day plus a movie (details below).  And if you haven’t seen the Iraqi Jewish heritage exhibit, it will be open every day the museum is open until Jan. 15.  Be part of the grand finale to a great year.


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


Downtown Dollar Day

A Very Sephardic Hanukkah
Sunday, December 10, All Day
Admission just $1 – Get your discount tickets now!
JMM Members – let us know you’re coming!

Perfect for families, this special day will feature kids’ activties throughout the day, including multiple story times and storytellers who will share Sephardic Hanukkah stories.

Mitzvah Day 2017
Monday, December 25th, 10am

Spend this Mitzvah Day at the JMM helping less fortunate members of our community. This year we are pleased to partner with Asylee Women Enterprises, to create care parcels for women and their children currently seeking asylum in the Baltimore area.  To make the day a success we need your help! Please join us to pack and decorate parcels throughout the morning.

National Treasure

Lemon Juice, Hair Dryers, and the National Treasure

Monday, December 25th, 1pm
Talk and Film Screening

The National Archives and its most famous document, the official Declaration of Independence, achieved stardom in the 2004 adventure classic National Treasure. Though he doesn’t look a bit like Diane Kruger, the actual director of the National Archives museum at that time was our own Marvin Pinkert.  So this December 25th we’ll not only show the movie, but also get the inside scoop on the real story behind both the treasure and the film.


Sephardi Voices

Iraqi Jewish Voices: Narratives of Memory and Identity
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 14th, 1pm
Speaker: Dr. Henry Green
Reserve Your Seats!

Iraqi Jewish Voices tells the story of the last generation of Iraqi Jews displaced in the wake of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel through dramatic contemporary and historical photography, film, and personal narrative.

Pinkas (Communal Record Book) of the Hevra Lomde Shas (Learners of the Talmud Society) in Lazdijai, a town in southwestern Lithuania, 1836.
Courtesy of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York. Getty Images, Thos Robinson.

YIVO and the Lost Jewish Library of Vilna

Sunday, January 21st, 1pm
Speaker: Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director

Learn about a collection of 170,000 pages saved from the Nazis and recently found in the basement of a LIthuanian church. The collection includes works by Yiddish novelist Chaim Grande, Sholem Aleichem, and Marc Chagall

I Missed My Train

I Missed My Train
Sunday, January 28th, 3:30pm
Film Screening and Talk with Filmmakers
MEMBERS ONLY – Reserve Your Seats

A special preview screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of the documentary film, I Missed My Train featuring Dutch Holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen on a journey to revisit his experiences as a hidden child during the war.

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Also of Interest
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.

Esther’s Place

Hanukkah at Esther’s Place!

Only 5 days left until the first night of Hanukkah! Are you ready? Esther’s Place can help. From fidget-spinner dreidels to handcrafted menorahs, we have something for everyone!

Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits on display include Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage, Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks.

Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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