Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Rachel
I have a fixed lunch date on Sunday afternoons at 1pm with my machatonim (in-laws). As much as we—or at least I—would much rather come to the JMM for one of your many, fabulous lectures and programs at that time, skipping these lunches is just not a negotiable matter. Sadly, it seems that all of your programs are at 1pm on Sundays. It’s very frustrating! Can’t you ever have them at a different time or day?
Dear Filial Obligations,
The good news is that we do, in fact, offer public programming at times other than 1pm on a Sunday afternoon. The bad news is that, yes, the majority of our programs do take place on Sunday afternoons because we’ve consistently gotten the best attendance at those programs. It’s probably because they are on a weekend afternoon when people are likely to want to do something fun downtown.
However, we do periodically host events at other times, including our quarterly Late Night on Lloyd Street events, which are typically on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, from 6pm-9pm. We even have a lecture coming up on May 7th that everyone should mark on their calendars! This is the Sadie B. Feldman lecture; we present this lecture annually, and this year it features professor of History and Jewish Studies, Pam Nadell, who will speak about the lives of early Jewish American women such as Judith Cohen (Mendes Cohen’s mother).
Also, this summer we will host several outdoor movie screenings in our back lot in conjunction with the upcoming exhibit, Cinema Judaica. More information about that will be arriving in the next few months—so stay tuned, folks!
Hypothetically speaking, if an extremely wealthy person were to be inspired by a few ghostly visions of the past and future—which demonstrated to said person the errors of his or her miserly and uncharitable ways—to donate a vast fortune to the JMM, how would that person go about it?
Thank you for your assistance.
Asking for a “Friend”
Dear Asking for a “Friend,”
Hypothetically speaking, if a person were to decide to donate any sum of money to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, that person should speak to Sue Foard, our administrative assistant who handles monetary donations (not to be confused with Joanna Church, our collections manager, who handles object donations). Sue will be happy to lead you through the process.
Thank you very much for your generosity! As a relatively small non-profit organization, we appreciate any gift, small or “vast”!
I read in one of your earlier columns that you answered the question of how to schedule an adult group tour (6/21/14 “The Fairest Housekeeper of Them All”); could you tell me how do I arrange a visit for my students?
I’m a very unconventional, hands-on kind of educator. I prefer for my students to really get inside the subject that we’re learning—whether it’s the digestive system or outer space, I make sure my students have a magical learning experience! I’ve heard from other teachers that the JMM has a similar approach to learning, and I’d love to learn more about what my students can do at your museum.
Is it true that you can offer transportation to and from the museum to school groups? If it is, then that’s a very generous offer, but thankfully, I have my own trusty school bus that we use for everything. How much is the admission for school groups? Is there a minimum or maximum for how many students I can bring?
The Teacher with the Magic School Bus
Come down for a visit!
Dear Magic School Bus,
We would love for you to bring your students to the JMM, and I’m sure we can find activities that will complement their studies in a very immersive way! It’s true that our Education Department prides itself on developing educational programming that builds multiple, core skills while also teaching content. For example, students from 2nd to 8th grade can put on their archaeologist’s hats while learning about the early history of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. Many—if not most—of our exhibit activities involve practicing critical thinking skills that are easily adapted for different grades and abilities.
To schedule a group visit, you will need to contact our Visitor Services Coordinator, who is in charge of the museum’s calendar. She will tell you which dates and activities are available to you—it’s best to contact her at least three weeks in advance. It helps if you describe what it is your students are currently studying, so we can find the best match of activities that will deepen your students’ knowledge and their museum experience.
The maximum number of students that we can accommodate at one time is 55. If you have 100 students, this means that we could, potentially, serve 50 of them in the morning and 50 in the afternoon. We require that each group have at least one adult chaperone (a teacher, a parent, etc.) per ten students.
For private schools, we charge only $2 per student and $3 per non-teacher chaperone. Teachers accompanying school groups to the Museum are always free!
For all Maryland public K-12 schools, we are happy to waive the admission fee and to provide up to one free school bus (which typically holds 44 passengers). We know this makes a big difference for many public schools. For schools that are coming from farther away than Baltimore County, we ask that the teacher find a bus charter company that is local to their area, and we will still pay for it.
Once you have scheduled a visit with the Visitor Services Coordinator, she will send you a confirmation form to fill out and return as soon as possible. Then, two business days before the scheduled field trip, each teacher is required to contact the JMM—by phone or email—to confirm the number of students and chaperones coming. This may sound redundant, but it is really helpful for us to have a final head count ahead of the visit! The numbers almost always change between the time of booking and the visit itself, and we need to know how many educators and materials we need for the group. We also need to know that the school group is prepared with the right number of chaperones.
I look forward to speaking with you in more detail about bringing your class on a field trip here!
Posted on April 15th, 2015 by Rachel
Nothing gives me the “warm fuzzies” more than receiving a package filled with “thank you” notes from students that visit the Jewish Museum of Maryland on school field trips. I love the way children express themselves… they allow the reader to know exactly how they feel… using emotion, honesty and humor. Please enjoy some of the precious notes from third graders from The Calverton School in Calvert County and fourth graders from Temple Adas Shalom from Havre de Grace in Harford County.
A Warm Fuzzy!
“Dear Jewish Museum,
Thank you for the amazing tour. I thought the synagogues were awesome. Hebrew is an amazing language. I also loved the scavenger hunt. Thank you for everything.
Sincerely, Kylie” – The Calverton School
“Dear Jewish Museum,
Thank you for showing me all about immigrants. I loved the synagogue and scavenger hunt. When you showed me the church, I lit up! Thank you Jewish Museum!”
Check out that artwork.
“Dear Jewish Museum,
Thank you for taking us into a synagogue. Also, thank you for showing us matza. Thank you for having us wear a yarmulke. Sincerely, Steven” – The Calverton School
“Dear Jewish Museum,
Thank you for letting my school come to your interesting museum. I liked the scavenger hunt. I also liked when Ida Rosen came. Things got super, duper interesting. Love, Baliee” – The Calverton School
A Whole Passel of Warm Fuzzies!
“Dear Jewish Museum,
Thank you for showing us the synagogues. Thank you for showing us the actor Ida Rosen. That was a great act. Thank you for letting us have a scavenger hunt in the museum. It was fun experiencing more about immigrants.
Love, Damani” – The Calverton School
“Thank You So Much! Thank you so much for showing us around the two synagogues. They were really cool and interesting and pretty! That was the best field trip ever!
From, Eliana J.“ – Temple Adas Shalom
A blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.
Posted on April 14th, 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: August 8, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 1993.059.069
Status: Identified! Camp Airy office staff summer of 1983: back row, L-R: 1. Ruth Cohen 2. Karla McGonagle 3. Minnie Goldklang 4. Helen Chernak 5. [Ms.] Silverman 6. Irene Wenglin 7. Ann Loucas. Front row, L-R: 1. unidentified 2. Sandy Rosenstein 3. Phyllis Cohen 4. unidentified
Special Thanks To: Irene Wenglin