Better Than Chocolate: Museum Matters May 2018

Posted on May 4, 2018 by

Just ten days until Mother’s Day and I know that many of you are still looking for that last minute gift (and many of you are hinting to spouses or kids what might make a nice treat). But before you jump to that high caloric alternative, let me suggest what JMM has to offer.

First, we have great programs by (and about) distinguished women…like your mother. There are still tickets available for Sunday’s discussion of “Justice and Faith” with Judge Chaya Friedman. It’s also not too early to make a reservation for our Annual Meeting on May 17th, featuring a pair of biographers of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You can pick up a signed copy of My Own Words for your mother and I Dissent for your kids.

But if you can’t make the programs maybe you just want to come down to see Amending America before it moves on at the end of the month. Trivia note: President Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day in May 1914, six years before the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote – perhaps a more tangible way to honor his mother. We will be open on Mother’s Day and both the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, but don’t try to visit on Sunday/Monday of May 20/21 as we close up shop for Shavuot.

Finally, if you need something you can wrap, stop by the shop – we have books for kids to illustrate called “Amazing Mom” and “Grandma is a Superhero” (and you can get a jumpstart on Father’s Day with “Dad Can Do Anything”); every type of Mah Jongg merchandise you can imagine (except actual Mah Jongg sets); and I’m delighted to report that last month’s sell-out book The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss is back in stock. You can always put a piece of chocolate on top of the wrapping.


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


Sunday, May 6th

The Intersection Between Justice and Faith
Sunday, May 6th at 1:00pm
Speaker: Judge Karen “Chaya” Friedman
Get Tickets Now (JMM Members, reserve your seats)

Wednesday, May 9th

Myth vs. Reality:
The Maryland Jew Bill in Historical Context
Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00pm
Speaker: Author Dr. Eric Goldstein
Get Tickets Now (JMM Members, reserve your seats)

Thursday, May 17th

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Across the Generations
JMM 2018 Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speakers:
Authors Mary Hartnett and Debbie Levy
FREE – Register to Reserve Your Seats

>>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.

Wednesday, May 23rd

Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Marylanders Know?
Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD   21117

While media around the United States provided frequent and vivid accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans tended to focus inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with Museum and local experts to explore headlines and artifacts from that time period, including news articles from around Maryland unearthed by volunteer citizen historians.

Sunday, May 6th

Sefardi Kirtan: Devotional Song
Creative Alliance at B’nai Israel
Sunday, May 6th at 4:30pm
Location: B’nai Israel Synagogue
Get Tickets Now

Esther’s Place

Mother’s Day is coming!

Celebrate your Mom, Mama, Ema, Mommy, Grandma, Bubby, or Nana with a gift from Esther’s Place. From mom-themed mugs and activity books to photo frames to jewelry and more, Esther’s Place can help you make Sunday, May 13 just right for the special mother in your life.

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