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Goodness Baked In

Posted on December 6th, 2019 by

Museum Matters: December 2019

In the mood for something good? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The celebration of being good starts with this Sunday’s family craft activities using recycled materials to make menorahs for the holiday.

Our celebrations continue on the 15th with goodies you can eat; and come to a grand finale on Mitzvah Day (the 25th) with creating fun toys for dogs at the Baltimore Humane Society and Maryland SPCA, as well as cheerful owls to accompany Meals on Wheels deliveries, followed by a screening of my favorite scrap yard animated film, Wall-E.

All this sounding too sweet for you? Looking for something just a little bit naughty this holiday season? Come join us for a screening of The Mamboniks: Seduced by the Sounds of Cuba – the first program we have offered with “seduced” in the subtitle! It’s all good at the JMM.


Image: Afternoon playgroup baking snacks, December 1981. Jewish Community Center Collection, JMM 2006.13.2182.

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.


Downtown Dollar Days
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11:00am-4:00pm
Admission: $1
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:30pm
Speaker: Lex Gillespie
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December 15, 2019 at 1:00pm
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 1:00pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

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 or check out their facebook page.

Esther’s Place

Need to finish up your Hanukkah shopping? End of the year birthdays have you stumped? Esther’s Place is here to help with ALL your gift-giving needs.


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Jewish American History is American History

Posted on December 5th, 2019 by

A blog post by Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker. Read more posts from Tracie by clicking HERE.

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the opening event for the Maryland Historical Society’s latest original exhibit,  Spectrum of Fashion.

This beautiful show is arranged not chronologically, but by color, as the title might suggest. It features parts of MdHS’s textile collection that were lost to memory for nearly 30 years and rediscovered only in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

That fact alone makes for a fascinating story, and what they rediscovered is incredible.

I had the luxury of walking through the gallery with my colleague, Joanna Church, who is able to correctly identify the decade of origin of dresses based on the shape of their bustle. I, on the other hand, merely gawked, open mouthed, exclaiming things like “pretty!” “wow!” and occasionally, “how did she sit down?”

Wandering the exhibit with Joanna, we also took note of names of original owners we recognize from our own collections. From the Hutzler family to our dear friend Barbara Katz, there were many names on the MdHS labels that also appear in our collections. Joanna and I had repeated conversations where we asked one another why we don’t have that artifact at the JMM, and, upon checking the label, we realized the artifact had been in the collection of MdHS from before the JMM or even the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland existed.

And as we came around to the last platform in the exhibit (at least the way we walked it), there was a banyan from the 1780s worn by Solomon Etting.

On the label copy for the artifact, the curator notes “Etting is often remembered for his championing of Jewish civil rights. He fervently fought for the ‘Jew Bill,’ an act passed in 1826 that overturned Maryland legislation responsible for prohibiting Jewish men from holding public office. Shortly after the bill’s ratification, Etting successfully ran for Baltimore City Council and became one of Maryland’s first Jewish men to hold an elected office.”

I admit, at first, I was just plain jealous. I wanted this artifact of Maryland Jewish history to be in our collections at JMM. “Why should MdHS have it instead of us?” I thought. Then I looked closely at the label. The accession number 1918.06.58 indicates this article of clothing was received by the Historical Society in 1918. When Etting’s heirs gave it to the Society, the Lloyd Street Synagogue still housed Shomrei Mishmores HaKodesh, and the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland and its daughter, the JMM, weren’t even a twinkle in Wilbur Hunter’s eye.

Quickly, my jealousy turned to awe which turned to gratitude.

I was experiencing the push and pull that Jewish individuals and institutions so often feel in American society: we want to be wholly American, just like everyone else, while at the same time celebrating and protecting that which makes us different.

Though I still would love it if the JMM held artifacts of Solomon Etting’s life in our collections, I am also so happy and grateful his story is told through the holdings and exhibits of the Maryland Historical Society. At JMM we regularly make the case that American Jewish history is American history. By including Etting and the Hutzlers and other Jewish Marylanders in their collections and in their exhibits, the MdHS proves the Maryland corrollary: Maryland Jewish History is Maryland History. As a JMM staffer and a Maryland Jew, I am grateful for the reminder.

JMMers Paige, Rachel, Joanna and me, Tracie, all had a great time!


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Once Upon a Time…02.08.2019

Posted on December 4th, 2019 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 2003.53.170

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: February 8, 2019

PastPerfect Accession #: 2003.053.170

Status: Unidentified – do you recognize this fashionable member of the Kraus family, c. 1915?


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