Saying Good-bye to the Bard of Baltimore

Posted on December 20, 2018 by

By now most of you have learned of the passing of Gil Sandler.  This is a melancholy day for all of Baltimore, readers of the Baltimore Sun, and listeners to WYPR… but it is an especially sad day for the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

JMM has become accustomed to celebrating people with singular talents – there will never be another Henrietta Szold or Harry Houdini.  I think it is fair to say that there will never be another Gil Sandler.

Thirteen months ago, we recognized his singular contribution when we celebrated Gil’s legacy with our Glimpses of Gil Sandler public program. That night we acknowledged his contributions to the Museum and the community through his work as editor of Generations magazine, author of the 2012 JMM publication Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore, and his service as friend, consultant and mentor to at least two JMM directors.  Gil often served as a speaker at JMM over the years, including one of his final public appearances last spring when he introduced the launch of On Middle Ground, the JMM-sponsored history of Jewish Baltimore.

It is our good fortune that Gil left behind such a rich treasure trove of writings and recordings that his memory will endure for many years to come.

And of course, he shared one more thing with JMM – that hat – that will be featured in the Fashion Statement exhibit this spring. It is an enduring reminder that Gil’s choices, whether sartorial or narrative, were unique and that’s what makes his stories worth telling and re-telling.


Remembering Gil Sandler

Baltimore Sun: Gilbert Sandler, story spinner of old Baltimore, dies at 95

JMore Magazine: Gilbert Sandler, the Bard of Jewish Baltimore, Dies at 95

Roughly Speaking podcast: Gil Sandler’s 10 most memorable Baltimore moments 

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