Once Upon a Time…05.22.2015

Posted on February 9th, 2016 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org


2011029064Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  May 22, 2015


PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.029.064


Status:  Identified! Abe Kostick, Executive Director of Levindale


Special Thanks To: Jean G. Loeb, Rick Glaser, Gloria Harris, anonymous


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Volunteer Spotlight on Barbara Ezratty!

Posted on February 8th, 2016 by

Barbara Ezratty has been volunteering at the JMM for over 11 years. She works in the Museum Shop.  She always enjoyed attending programs at the Museum and agreed to volunteer in the Shop when she was recruited by former Shop Manager, Esther Weiner.

Barbara in "Esther's Place."

Barbara in “Esther’s Place.”

Barbara grew up in Baltimore but moved to New York with her family following her junior year at Western High School.  She then moved to Puerto Rico when she married Harry Ezratty, and they lived there for 25 years.  Harry occasionally volunteers at the JMM too, as a speaker. He is currently teaching courses at CCBC in Owings Mills, one on Jewish Art and one on the Spanish Inquisition. The Ezrattys returned to Baltimore because they missed their family, who were all living in the United States. They made a list of all the places they’d like to live on the East Coast and Baltimore prevailed, with its long list of cultural events and activities; similar to New York City but on a much smaller and more affordable scale.

While in Puerto Rico, Barbara was a newspaper reporter. She concentrated on the Features section first, and then transferred to the Food section, which became a weekly.  After working at the newspaper for 12 years, she started a magazine, Tables Magazine: Puerto Rico’s Guide to Great Dining.  It began as a bi-annual publication, and then tapered to annually.  She wrote it for 15 years and a version of it is still found online.  Then Barbara became a book publisher. She got her start when publishing a synagogue cookbook, next she published a cookbook for a hotel, and then for a chef.  She has also published children’s books and books that Harry has written.  She penned an oral history of Puerto Rico and published it as a book, Puerto Rico, an Oral History 1898 – 2008.

Puerto Rico: An Oral History

Puerto Rico: An Oral History

When not busy working, Barbara likes to travel. She especially likes to visit her children and grandchildren; between she and Harry they have 6 children altogether.  She is also very fond of cruising. Her very favorite journey was a re-positioning voyage, from Barcelona to Puerto Rico, for 14 days. Her calendar stays very busy with family events – from B’nai mitzvot to family reunions, all over the country.

Barbara enjoys spending time at the Museum. Being in the Shop provides her the opportunity to meet people from over the world.  She particularly likes making connections with others and playing Jewish geography. It seems to her that many New Yorkers she meets grew up near Harry and went to his same schools.  She’s met people who live near her family in California and others who have mutual friends in Puerto Rico.  She still thinks it’s funny that when Baltimore natives ask what “school” she went to – that they are referring to high school, while when others ask that, they refer to college. She appreciates the social aspects of volunteering in the Museum Shop at the JMM. While Harry may think she comes mainly to do her own shopping, she is glad to assist others with theirs too. Just the other day, she received a lovely thank you note from a friend, who she sent a museum purchased gift to. Whether buying or selling, attending lectures, or special programs and events, Barbara enjoys spending her time at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. Every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Museum Matters February 2016

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by


Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in AMerica logo, shades of green with a stethoscope as the ampersand.

The walls are going up in the Feldman Gallery.  It’s a sure sign that the opening of our next major exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup:  Jews and Medicine in America” is just around the corner.  The exhibit offers a cure for the snowbound and dreary – featuring a lively combination of original artifacts and papers (including documents from the Friedenwald Collection of the National Library of Israel), immersive environments, interactive experiences and explorations of important questions of medical ethics.  The space will be packed! – and you don’t have to have a prescription to enjoy it.

While a prescription isn’t needed, a reservation for our member’s exclusive opening night program (March 12) is highly recommended.  Come to hear doctor and comedian, Bill Miller offer his take on why “humor is the best medicine” followed (or preceded) by a chance to be among the first to view the new exhibit.  The Museum will open at 7p.m., the program, in the Lloyd Street Synagogue, will start at 8pm, with seating starting at 7:40p.m. We will keep the exhibit and store open for your convenience until 10:30p.m.  This members-only event is, of course, free and this is a great time to invite your friends to become JMM members so that they can join you for this special evening.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.

dad in uniformWorld War II: The Rescue of Europe’s Plundered Wealth

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture

Sunday, February 14, 1:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Fisher Sullam

Hear from Baltimore native, Susan Fisher Sullam, as she shares the story of her father’s experiences as one of the Monuments Men.


Bright-color-illustrations-vector-3Peabody at the JMM

Sunday, February 21

10:00 am for ages 5 and under

11:00am for ages 8 and under

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Peabody Institute

Join us for this musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood Dr. Eric Rasmussen.

Registration is required, please email: reservations@jewishmuseummd.org


Kurt-Singer-conducting-220x170Playing For Life: Art Under Tyranny

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture

Sunday, February 21, 1:00 pm

[Please note that this program has been rescheduled from January 31]

Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project

The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group plus other contemporary artists living around the world.  We will explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom and response to unjust control and repression


event-1779Discovering A Nazi Legacy: One Family’s Story

Monday, February 29, 7:00-9:00 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

RSVP by Monday February 22: http://www.ushmm.org/online/calendar/eventDetails.php?event=MAPPTEEGEBALT0215

For more information, contact Courtney Campbell in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, 202-314-7877 / Campbell@ushmm.org

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Chizuk Amuno Congregation


Mark Your Calendar for the Opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America

Bill Miller pic-8-13-2Humor is the Best Medicine with comedian Dr. Bill Miller

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Members’ Opening  

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 pm

Free for JMM Members 

Join us for an evening of laughter with comedian Dr. Bill Miller as we mark the opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. A curator-led tour of exhibit highlights will follow the program.

This is a members only event – become a member today!


MaimonidesBeyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Public Opening  

From Maimonides to Modern Medicine: An Introduction to the History of Western Medicine

Speaker: Mary Ellen Leuver, Yale University

Sunday, March 13, 1:00 pm

Western medicine has transformed during the past two and a half millennia, yet some principles of healing have remained with us through religion, culture, and daily practice. In this brief history of Western medicine, witness the major medical transformations since the writing of the Torah and the beginnings of the medical profession in Greek antiquity.

Plus, be among the first to see our new exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup!


1991.203.003The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Hospital 

Speaker: Dr. Edward Halperin, New York Medical College 

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm 

From the mid-19th century to the latter third of the 20th century, there were more than 110 Jewish hospitals which played an important role in the American health care system. Most are no longer still in existence. Dr. Halperin will discuss how these hospitals came into existence, what role they filled, and why they have largely disappeared.

More Programs

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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore


Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland December Meeting

Sunday, February 28, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Getting Started with JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy

Speaker: Avraham Groll

 The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to www.jgsmd.org for more information.



Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

Mark your calendars for our next exhibition opening. We are pleased to announce the opening of a major original landmark exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America on Sunday, March 13. Our Members’ Opening will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00pm. (See above for more details.)

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

Please note we are open on President’s Day, Monday, February 15.

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.  We offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue (our current specialty tour is Sounds of the Synagogue), Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.


Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street.

Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchased online! http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

JMM Museum Shop

In the shop, Tucker Hager, our new gift shop manager, has been busy rearranging and revamping the displays to make room for new and exciting merchandise we anticipate receiving over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and visit so you can see for yourself!




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