JMM Insights: Pandemic Edition #1

Posted on March 20, 2020 by

Welcome to the first of our JMM Insights: Pandemic Edition newsletters. This weekly post will include status updates as well as highlight ways you can keep interacting, learning, and exploring with us here at JMM – the email version goes out on Thursday mornings at 10:00am and the blog post will go up here on Fridays at 8:00am.

Each week we will bring you a special feature, point to new content on our blog posts, offer recommendations for online events, share what we’re reading, and much more. Starting next week we will also be adding family activities with our new Wondernauts program.

We also encourage you to follow us on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr) because we will continue to share highlights from our collections, behind-the-scenes photos, and other great content there as well.

While we can’t wait for the day that our status bar reads OPEN again, we promise to keep up your spirits with fascinating storytelling.



Did you know that our original exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America is available as a virtual tour? 

Step inside the gallery and get up close and personal with this exhibit that explores not just history, but the impact medicine has on our lives today. An appropriate topic for kicking off our Pandemic series, don’t you think?

Once you’ve explored the gallery exhibit, we invite you to check out the Explore section of the Beyond Chicken Soup website for even more great content that didn’t quite fit into the exhibit gallery.

Some of my personal favorites include the “What’s On Your Plate” and “Fitness Fads” series. If you’re looking for a few deeper reads, you can also check out excerpts from the Beyond Chicken Soup catalog! 

If you want to get your own copy of the full catalog, reach out to Chris Sniezek at Esther’s Place and he can get a copy in the mail to you!

And who could forget about our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off?

You can find some of the winning recipes HERE. Let us know if you cook up a pot and share a photo!


Feeling housebound? Become an armchair adventurer and Travel with Grace!


We’ve been serializing the diaries of Grace Hecht, Baltimore socialite, as she travelled across the globe in the 1930s and 40s. The most recent addition to the series finds Grace in Colorado. But if you haven’t had the time until now to read the series, this would be a great week to binge blog.


Eugene Onegin
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 7:30pm

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

A Bend in the Stars
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
at 8:00pm

Enjoy a virtual book talk with author Rachel Barenbaum about her novel A Bend in the Stars, presented by JWA and Judaism Unbound!

Jonathan Biss, piano
Thursday, March 26, 2020
at 7:30pm

“One of his generation’s most serious musical thinkers” (The New York Times), Jonathan Biss brings his rich insight and commanding technique to Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas.


Director Marvin Pinkert just finished Food Fights and Culture Wars. He says it contains a number of amazing pieces of food history – from carp to cannibalism – but suggests that it’s not a book you want to read before dinner.

At the recommendation of Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker, Marvin is also making his way through The Price of Whiteness, a critique of Jewish identity in America especially with respect to race. You may recognize the author, Dr. Eric Goldstein as the co-author of On Middle Ground.

For those of you who can’t get to a library…and that’s all of you… Marvin reports that both books are available on Kindle. We also recommend you check out the Library Extension app for your browser, which will show you what e-books are available through your public library!

What are you reading this week? Let us know in the comments or over on Twitter or Facebook!


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