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Once Upon a Time…08.23.2019

Posted on July 1st, 2020 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 by email at

JMM 1996.63.176

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: August 23, 2019

PastPerfect Accession #: 1996.63.176

Status: Partially identified – Dr. and Mrs. Vogelstein with others at the dedication of the Blaustein Building, Sinai Hospital, circa 1985. Left to right: unidentified; Ned Rosenberg; Debbie Vogelstein; Daniel Hirschhorn; Dr. Vogelstein.

Thanks To: Debbie Vogelstein; Teri Mantell


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Expressing Identity

Posted on June 30th, 2020 by

While the museum is closed the JMM team is coming together to bring some of our favorite activities from our recent family programs direct to your homes. Each collection of materials will be inspired by either one of our exhibits, Jewish History, or a Jewish holiday.

All of the activities we share are designed for families to complete together and use supplies you are likely to already have in your home. The activities we offer include crafts, games, scavenger hunts, online story times, and more. You can check out previous activity packs here!

~The JMM Programs Team

This week, inspired by Pride month, we are thinking about identities. Image via.

For all of us, our identity can include many elements, the things we choose to express and the things that society sees within us. Our identity can include our ethnic heritage, nationality, and religion which we often share with our family. Our identity can also include skills, interests, passions and political beliefs. It takes all of these elements to create each of our unique identities. With the activities in this packet, think about your own identity and what makes you who you are.

Pride month celebrates the members of our community who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual), an umbrella term used by some to describe their sexual orientation and gender identities. Individuals who identify as part of this group often face significant challenges across the world, including within our Baltimore community. It is for this reason that coming together every June to mark Pride month is so important, whether or not we personally identify as part of this group.

Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying our crafts and activities on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Tumblr pages and use #MuseumFromHome.

Download the full Expressing Identity activity packet as a single pdf here.

Wear It With Pride

One great way to express your identity is through your clothing. This activity is inspired by our Fashion Statement exhibit and will help you think about the power of what we choose to wear.

Supplies‌ ‌needed:‌ ‌

A printed copy blank t-shirt

A printed copy of our t-shirt icons


Download Instructions for Wear It With Pride

Eating Your Heritage

For many, food is a great way to celebrate their heritage. Perhaps you and your family enjoy turkey for thanksgiving or matzah for Passover. Inspired by our Chosen Food exhibit, in this activity, create a plate of food that represents your heritage.

Supplies‌ ‌needed:‌ ‌

A printed copy of our sample place setting, paper or a paper plate.


Download Instructions for Eating Your Heritage

Pride Buttons

Rally button, JMM 1987.208.3; Chizuk Amuno Tikun Olam button, JMM 2003.60.1; Barack Obama campaign button, JMM 2008.78.1; March on Washington button, JMM 1992.103.1.

Buttons and pins are a great way to show your support of different causes. They can be almost any size, shape, or color. In this activity, you can design and create a button to support the LGBTQ community. Use these same instructions to create buttons that support other causes that are important to you.

Supplies‌ ‌needed:‌ ‌

Recycled cardboard


Craft Supplies

Safety Pin


Download Instructions for Pride Buttons

Pride Flag

Flags have historically been a great way to show your support, continue your support of the LGBTQ community by creating a Pride flag.

Supplies needed:



Chopstick, skewer, or paint stirrer


Download Instructions for Pride Flag

Keep‌ ‌Discovering‌ ‌

‌ ‌If you enjoyed designing a t-shirt to express your identity, why not experiment with tie dye. Express your individuality and creativity by tie-dying t-shirts.

Art is a great way to express your identity and individuality. Try making a collage that expresses your identity.

Think about aspects of your identity you want to represent- your religion, heritage, personality, likes, dislikes, hobbies, groups and communities you belong to, and values. Then, draw your own silhouette or use a template. Fill it with magazine pictures, words, and drawings that express your personal identity.

Listen to readings of two books about expressing your identity. In Chik Chak Shabbat, hear about how food can express our personal and familial identities:

In Be Who You Are celebrate the many ways we can express ourselves and our uniqueness:

Ready for more? Explore the resources published by Keshet, an organization dedicated to working towards LGBTQ equality in Jewish life!


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An Update from Esther’s Place

Posted on June 29th, 2020 by

A blog post by Chris Sniezek, Manager (Esther’s Place).  To read more posts from Chris, click here.

Hello everyone! It’s shop manager Chris again.

A lot has happened since my last blog post in May. In my personal life, I decided that after five years of dating I would propose to my girlfriend. I enlisted several of our college friends to help me and we all met up in Gettysburg, PA, (the site of where we first met) and after a quick socially distanced rendezvous with them, I asked her if she would marry me. She said yes! Even among all the stuff going on, there are still some happy moments. It was a nice and relaxing weekend otherwise.

I’ve enjoyed spending a little more time with my family when possible (both my parents are highly susceptible to the virus due to underlying conditions and age) and spending more time outside. I’ve gone on more walks and bike rides since quarantine began than I have in almost three years. These activities have become more important for me recently because they keep me active. Usually it is my hobbies which keep me active, but since they are all cancelled, I have a lot less activity in my life. Most reenactments have been cancelled or postponed (the Gettysburg reenactment, which usually runs the first week of July, has been pushed back until the last week of August rather than outright cancelled. Most other small events which don’t make up a large portion of the area’s tourist industry have been cancelled through at least the rest of summer) so there hasn’t been much activity for me outside. I’m very much looking forward to getting back out into the field again! I miss the smell of wood smoke and sulfur, feeling the ground under my blanket roll, the heat being trapped by the wool uniform, the ability to cook over an open fire, and the comradery of stories around the fire.

In work life, things are going well. The Museum’s gift shop is online, and I’ve seen a lot of people looking at our items on the eCrater site.

There have been some additions to the site such as our Jewish penicillin mugs (I bought one and I use it pretty much every day. I don’t use it for soup or coffee, but instead tea and juices) which are a highly sought-after item as well as a new jewelry line.

This jewelry line comes from the creator Emilie Shapiro who creates jewelry pieces out of recycled metals and uncut gems.

Emilie sources her materials directly from gem traders so costs are lower, and each piece is unique. What makes her work special, besides the use of recycled materials, is her technique for making each piece. Each item is hand-made, and the molds are individually carved out of hardened wax to hold the melted materials.

As the Museum entered phase I of the reopening process, we have been trying to figure out what works for keeping the most people (ourselves and you) safe. Since the Museum was in phase one, I have been able to pick up and go into the museum. Here I found the Emilie Shapiro jewelry waiting to be added to the store page, a new shipment of 120 “Oy Vey” mugs (coming to the online shop soon!), and all of the penicillin mugs waiting to be added to the shop. I still need to add the price tags to these items, but for now, I’ll just stick to the basics. Since I hadn’t been in the shop for several months, there is plenty to move around, putting away the items for Purim and ensuring the shop isn’t cluttered. On top of these responsibilities, I’ve also been assigned a position as visitor/member outreach. Now, for donations or membership renewal, I get an email alert notifying me and I reach out (via phone) to say thank you.

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