Museum Matters: What’s Cooking at the JMM?

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by

Well you are, we hope!

The most important news in this month’s bulletin is the announcement for entries in the Great Chicken Soup Cook Off on October 9th.  It is not too late to sign up in one of our three competitive categories and this event will be more fun as a participant than a spectator.  If you think you are a spectacular cook, or an “unusual” cook, or if you can just boil water this is the event for you.  Chicken Soup – it may not be the cure for every disease, but as they say in the old gag “it couldn’t hurt”.  Show us your brand of “Jewish penicillin” and sign up here:

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.



National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine

They’ve got WHAT? Historical Collections at the National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 11, 11:00am

Speaker Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine

Included with Admission

Take a fascinating journey through the collection of the National Library of Medicine—one of the richest biomedical library collections in the world! Through this illustrated journey, you’ll learn about the NLM collection, what’s included, and how they helped with the research and formation of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

They say Laughter is the Best Medicine

They say Laughter is the Best Medicine

Is There a ‘Doctuh’ in the House? Jewish Physicians in American Comedy

Sunday, September 18, 1:00pm

Speaker Dr. Ted Merwin

Included with Admission

From the early 21st century Matt Groening creation Futurama and its crustacean alien Dr. Zoidberg all the way back to the “Doctor Kronkheit” of 1920s’ vaudeville fame, the Jewish doctor has been a staple of American humor. Learn and laugh in this multimedia exploration of some fascinating examples, some of which are featured in Beyond Chicken Soup.

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The Many Faces of Henrietta

Henrietta Szold Living History Character: World Premiere
September 22, 6:30pm
Included with Museum Admission

Travel through time with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and be the first in the 21st century to meet Henrietta Szold (1860-1945).  Before “community organizing” had a name, there was Henrietta Szold – the rabbi’s daughter who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement. Her tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.

Hear her story in her own words.

The Henrietta Szold: Living History Character was made possible through the generous support of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, Inc., a supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Educational opportunities were made possible by the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.

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Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM

Sketching the Collection: Selections from the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Sunday, September 25, 6:30pm

Instructor Matthew Adelberg

Included with admission

Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.

No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.



The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off

Sunday, October 9, 1:00pm

Included with Admission

Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! You already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now help us find the best chicken soup in Maryland.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies are invited to participate in this important statewide search.

Bullet: Dr. Edward Curtis dislodged this lead bullet from President Lincoln’s brain during autopsy. It was fired by John Wilkes Booth with a .44 caliber Deringer pistol. M-981.00322 (Disclosure: This image has been cropped, and portions of this image have been masked to emphasize the subject.) (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo illustration by Matthew Breitbart/ Released)

Bullet: Dr. Edward Curtis dislodged this lead bullet from President Lincoln’s brain during autopsy. It was fired by John Wilkes Booth with a .44 caliber Deringer pistol. M-981.00322 (Disclosure: This image has been cropped, and portions of this image have been masked to emphasize the subject.) (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo illustration by Matthew Breitbart/ Released)

Free Fall Baltimore

Collecting, Preserving and Exhibiting: Exploring the Collections of the Nation’s Medical Museum

Sunday, October 30th, 1:00 pm

Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, National Museum of Health and Medicine


In the first year of the Civil War, on May 21, 1862, Surgeon General William Hammond established a “Military Medical Museum” to collect and study specimens of morbid anatomy, both medical and surgical. Since that time, military needs and the effects of war have continued to push the limits of medicine. Today, over 150 years since its founding, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) continues to collect, preserve and exhibit both historical and contemporary collections related to anatomy and pathology.

Inspired by JMM’s current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America we are excited to welcome NMHM staff to Baltimore for an exploration of their collections. We will discover how NMHM transformed from a “cabinet of curiosities” into a vital resource, contributing to scientific collaborations and public appreciation of the value of military medicine to the nation.


Esther’s Place: The Shop at JMM can help make your new year even sweeter!

Available at Esther's Place!

Available at Esther’s Place!

Rosh Hashanah is less than a month away now, and Esther’s Place is stocked up on new and interesting items to help you celebrate! From a Michael Aram gift set of an apple shaped honey dish that comes with a jar of artisanal Italian honey to a sweet, family-friendly melamine dish to a variety of interesting and unusual shofars, we can help you bring in year 5777 in style! Remember, JMM Members get a discount EVERY DAY at Esther’s Place.


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  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.


Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!


Hours and Tour Times

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.

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Once Upon a Time…12.25.2015

Posted on August 30th, 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 by email at

2010020139Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  December 25, 2015

PastPerfect Accession #:  2010.020.139

Status: Partially Identified! Attendees of a Sinai Nursing alumnae banquet, 1970: fifth man from left, back row: Morton Mower, MD. Right in front of him is his wife Toby Kurland Mower, RN. Photo by Jerry Esterson.

Thanks to: Eileen Lesser

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Unobtrusive Observations: Evaluating Beyond Chicken Soup

Posted on August 29th, 2016 by

For the past month, we have begun doing evaluations of our Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America exhibit. We have been tracking, or completing “unobtrusive observations” of visitors, where data is collected about what attracts and holds the attention of our guests in the exhibition. We have also been completing short interviews where we ask visitors questions about their experience after leaving the exhibit. We hope to conduct between 70-100 evaluations before the exhibit closes in mid-January and have already completed about 25, due in large part to the work of our fabulous summer interns and volunteers.

"Its All Greek to Me" interactive.

“Its All Greek to Me” interactive.

I received a sneak peek at the data we have collected. I learned that the average stay was 30 minutes. The audience type was a mix between seniors, adults and young adults and many seemed to deeply engage with the exhibit content. When visitors were asked to sum up one “take away” message from the exhibit, one mentioned the long historical contribution of Jews to the progression of medical knowledge and practice. While some listed discrimination and stereotyping of Jewish doctors as a prominent theme, others remarked how so many Jewish immigrants were able to succeed, despite all the obstacles, in medicine. Still others were struck by eugenics or how modern medicine has come a long way since the early 1900s.

The Doctor's Office

The Doctor’s Office

Visitors seemed to enjoy the doctor’s office and the old medical instruments. They also enjoyed learning about local Baltimore history, including the spotlight on Sinai Hospital, and seeing the 15th century medical books collected by Harry Friedenwald and on loan to the JMM from the National Museum of Israel. Almost all visitors exclaim “eww!” when they read in our Pharmacy window that a dead mouse was once considered medicine for the treatment of diabetes.

Check out all those post-it notes!

Check out all those post-it notes!

Visitors have also been continuing to add post-it notes to the comment board. One visitor commented that the exhibit is amazing for kinesthetic learners because of all the interactive parts. We got another slightly humorous comment from a Dr. Berman who explored the exhibit and got slightly panicked each time the “paging Dr. Berman” sound clip went off in the hospital section.

GrahamA blog post by Graham Humphrey, Visitor Services Coordinator. To read more posts by Graham click HERE.

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