Posted on November 17th, 2015 by Rachel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: February 27, 2015
PastPerfect Accession #: 2011.029.116
Status: Unidentified! Do you know these three knitters, all residents of the Levindale Hebrew Home & Infirmary, 1950?
Posted on November 13th, 2015 by Rachel
As you probably know by now, our staff is gearing up to open a new original exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. The exhibit, scheduled to open March 13, 2016, explores the intersection of religion and science through the lens of Jewish involvement in medicine.
JMM staff members are hard at work reviewing design schematics from our designers at Steve Feldman, Inc, writing text panels and developing a companion website and educational curriculum as well as editing chapters for the accompanying catalog. After much discussion about how to make the exhibit relevant for audiences of diverse backgrounds in addition to our interest in tackling contemporary topics, we decided to integrate a media component that will provide an extra element of interactivity. The resulting activity, developed by Amuze Interactives (for examples of similar project that they have developed for museums, check out amuze-interactive.com/DialogSystem.html), consists of three touch screen kiosks that will be stationed in the exhibit and will provide opportunities for visitors to give feedback to questions relating to medical ethics on such topics as genetic screening and medical authority. Each question is followed by a series of multiple choice responses; some answers result in a follow up questions. After questions are answered, visitors will see a results page where they can see how their response compares to others who have answered the same question.
Here’s where you come in. In a similar fashion to how we conducted visitor surveys in our initial phase of exhibit development to determine what specifically about Jews and medicine resonated with you, our visitors, we are now asking you to help test this interactive media feature and let us know how/if you think it can be improved. We have installed a touch screen monitor in our lobby where we plan on displaying questions similar to what will be asked on monitors in the exhibit. By taking a few minutes to answer questions and complete a brief survey about whether or not you think the questions are clear of if they need additional clarification, you will help us develop a dynamic tool that will engage visitors in thinking about important issues related to health.
Visitor Services Coordinator, Graham Humphrey, tests the new computer activity.
Posted on November 13th, 2015 by Rachel
In this month’s Performance Counts, we’ve asked Tracie Guy-Decker, Associate Director for Projects, Planning and Finance to give you the inside scoop on JMM museum membership.
In 1982, I became a member of the Wonder Woman fan club. The benefits of membership were few, and I delighted in them: a membership card, bearing my name and the beloved red, white and gold WW that was synonymous with the Amazonian super hero; signed photos from Lynda Carter; bragging rights.
I was six years old. Bragging rights were enough.
Who wouldn’t wear this pin with pride?
Members of the JMM certainly have bragging rights. JMM is the leading museum of regional Jewish history, the site of the oldest synagogue in Maryland, the third oldest in the country. We are innovative programmers, award-winning exhibit designers and an increasingly popular destination. Most importantly, we contribute to the well-being of our community through educational activities that complement the classroom and inspire inquiring minds.
Perhaps being a part of all of this should be enough to convince people to join the JMM. But there is more!
Membership to the Jewish Museum of Maryland comes with some pretty nifty privileges and benefits over and above the feel-good, bragging-rights results.
What’s more, we have multiple membership levels: not only does each level increase those feel-good vibes, but it also brings additional tangible benefits.
*Members get free entry to as many of our great programs as they choose (and there are a lot to choose from!). We had a dozen new members sign up for the opening weekend of Paul Simon – just to take part in the exclusive members only concert.
Just take a look, at what we’ve got coming up! I’m particularly excited about Holy Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection, a talk by Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the SONiA disappear fear concert in January. And mark your calendars, there is another members’ exclusive event coming up on the evening of March 12 for Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, details to follow in upcoming newsletters.
*Our premium members (Lombard Street Club and above) receive discounts on the most famous corned beef in the city at Attman’s Deli across the Street.
*Premium members also receive reciprocal discounts or admission at local history museums and Jewish museums around the country. Check out the full list of participating museums here.
*Members at the Living History Circle Level and above receive a Museum-selected publication each year. This year you’ll enjoy the beautiful catalogue, produced by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul Simon: Words + Music. It contains facsimiles of key artifacts in the exhibit, and complements the story of the iconic singer-songwriter. (As a side note, if you read my blog post about the Paul Simon exhibit you won’t be surprised that I’m giving this catalogue as a gift to both myself and my sister this Hanukkah.)
Take a look at all of our membership levels and their perks here.
If you’ve been thinking about joining, or about upgrading your membership, now’s the time. If there’s someone in your life who isn’t yet a JMM member and ought to be, consider a gift membership for the holidays. There are some bragging rights that are too good to keep to yourself!