Finding the Light

Posted on November 2, 2018 by

Museum Matters: November 2018

It has been a very dark week for the Jewish community all across America.  We join all our colleagues in the Associated system in mourning the horrendous loss of lives in Pittsburgh. We condemn the vile hatred that instigated this act and we are inspired by the empathy of our neighbors (the first two people to reach out to me with condolences to our community were Zubair Ansari of the Islamic Society of Baltimore and Dwight Warren of the McKim Center).

As individuals and organizations, all of us are struggling with how we respond to these events.  JMM made the determination that we would not let madmen or thugs deter us from fulfilling our mission. Last Sunday, we went ahead with our plans for Houdini family day… because we felt that people needed a feeling of connection more than ever. 144 attendees came. We are donating all of the admission fees for that day to HIAS, as a small gesture that murder does not produce rewards.  Last night we held the 91st official Houdini séance and the room was filled to capacity.

At the same time, we know that your safety is paramount. We are working with the Associated and the Baltimore Police Department to enhance our security. I want to publicly thank the BPD for being so responsive to our request for additional coverage at public events after hours.

We are counting on your willingness to join us in our outstanding programs in the month to come, as together we seek to find the light that will bind our wounds and help us fight back the darkness.


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.


Talk and Film!

Houdini in Hollywood and The Grim Game
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:00pm
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JMM 1998.35.12.13 (crop)

Veteran’s Day: The Jewish Legion
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm
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Now a New York Times best seller!

We Were the Lucky Ones
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Part of the 2018 Festival of Jewish Literature!

The Eddie Cantor Story
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Includes chocolate tasting and book signing!

History of the Jews and Chocolate
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Esther’s Place

Join us at Esther’s Place as we celebrate the joys of the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. Discover Macubby our featured Macca Bean, dreidels perfect for play or display, Chanukah candles in numerous colors and styles, menorahs as unique as your holiday celebrations, and new products that make special gifts. From November 8 to November 11, visit us at the Strathmore Museum Shop Holiday Market for these items and more.

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.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Services begin at 9:30am

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue invites all for services this coming Saturday morning as part of a national effort to #ShowUpForShabbat as an act defiance against anti-Semitism and of solidarity with Pittsburgh. More info.

Bluegrass on the Bimah:

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 4:30pm
More info and tickets here.

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