It’s a Perfect Match!

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by

Museum Matters June 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

June + Weddings … they’ve been going together forever and this June we tie the knot at JMM.  Our new exhibit Just Married!: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland celebrates more than a century of the material culture of Jewish nuptials in the state (including gowns, tuxes, invites, ketubas…and even the caterer’s bill). It also examines the challenges of the wedding day – a day when few people are “just” married.

Our exclusive member’s preview on June 15 is actually a double ceremony.  Not only June + Weddings, but also JMM + Baltimore Center Stage.  The 7pm performance of “Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim:  A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater” at the Lloyd Street Theater will anchor the evening. Guests are invited to view the new exhibit either before the performance at 6pm or during the post-performance reception.  We are expecting a good crowd so we are encouraging our members to reserve their free tickets in advance.  To reserve your space visit or call 443-873-5167.

See you under the chuppah.



Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


Six Day War: 50 Years On

Slide 1

Sunday, June 11, 1:00pm

Speakers: Jay Bernstein and Mitch Gold; Moderator: Dr. Neil Rubin

Get Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats!

This exciting program marks the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War. We will explore the significance of this conflict upon America’s Jewish community, the international Jewish community and Israel as a whole. Join us for a light reception following the presentation, served in observance of dietary laws.

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Israel Coalition, FIDF, and BZD


Members’ Opening: Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Baltimore


June 15, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

Featuring the premiere of Love, Laughter, and L’chaim presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Register here

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage—from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through the highs and lows of marriage in a dynamic hour-long excursion through theatrical highlights from the past century.

Performance takes place in the Lloyd Street Synagogue and is followed by a reception at the Museum


Honeymooning in the Borscht Belt, America’s Jewish Vacationland

borscht belt book cover smallSunday, June 25, 1:00pm

Speaker: Marisa Scheinfeld

Get Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats

Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she talks summer vacations, family getaways, and, most importantly, honeymoons in the Borscht Belt.

The Borscht Belt: Revivisting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland will be available for purchase at Esther’s Place, the Museum gift shop. Ms. Scheinfeld will sign books after her talk.



From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:

1999.030.0001The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry

Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Dr. Barry Lever

Buy Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seats!

The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.


‘If Every Word Was Love':

2004013053Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community

Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm

Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University

Get Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seat!

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.


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.


Esther’s Place

Interns at Inventory!

Interns at Inventory!

Esther’s place is just finishing up some spring cleaning and renovating! We decided to use the timing of our annual physical inventory as an opportunity to add some new furniture, add a fresh coat of paint, and unveil some new merchandise! Come by next to see an all new Esther’s Place!Ongoing at the JMM



Exhibits on display include Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Maryland (opening Sunday, June 18 with a special members’ only opening in the evening on Thursday, June 15 – see above for details), 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.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times



Make it official! Become a Member of the JMM.

Learn More about membership.

Already ready? Join Here.


Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers! Click Here to learn more.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times


Posted in jewish museum of maryland

Welcome 2017 Summer Interns!

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by

We are so pleased to welcome this summer’s Interns to the Museum! This cohort hit the ground running – their first day was Monday and amid the regular orientation activities they got right to work, helping prepare invitations to our upcoming members-only preview for Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland. (Have you reserved your seats yet? Don’t delay, space is going fast!) You’ll be hearing from them every Thursday throughout the summer as they explore the world of Museums and the Jewish Museum of Maryland in particular. Below they have introduced themselves in their own words.

Jillie Drutz, Exhibitions

Jillie Drutz, Exhibitions

My name is Jillie Drutz and I am very excited to be working as an intern with the exhibitions department at JMM. Born and raised in Reisterstown, MD, I graduated from the George Washington University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Anthropology knowing that I wanted to work in a museum. Then, I came back home and I did! I worked in museums! I was so lucky to be able to have worked at the National Aquarium and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History doing a variety of work.

Checking out an old school card catalog.

Checking out an old school card catalog.

I believe in museums and their extraordinary ability to connect people. I am passionate about research and making it accessible to everyone. And museums are really amazing places to do that. I have gained a lot of museum education and educational management experience, but I really wanted to be a part of research and exhibition development, which was why I was interested in an exhibitions internship. But, specifically why I wanted to intern with the JMM—well there was a much more personal reason.

Jewish history in Maryland has a very special place in my heart. Visiting the Jewish Museum of Maryland, I feel like I am learning about my own family. And now interning here, I have the privilege to help others do the same.


Ryan Mercado, Exhibitions

Ryan Mercado, Exhibitions

Bonjour/Hi, my name is Ryan Mercado! The greeting in English and French is the “unofficial way” people in the City of Montreal generally greet each other since the city is half English and French, but more on that later. Where to begin? I am 22 years old and I just finished up my undergrad career at UMBC in May! I graduated with a BA in History and Political Science, as well as a Minor in Judaic Studies. My journey to this Museum is different than most. To be more specific, my journey to Judaism is different than most. I grew up in a traditional Catholic family in Olney, Maryland, about an hour south from here. It was a good childhood but when I got older I realized I just didn’t feel spiritual and connected in Catholicism. In my Sophomore Year I took a class called “Ancient Israel” and was first introduced to the discipline of Judaic Studies. Eventually after some soul searching and some delicious challah bread, I decided to convert to Reform Judaism. I am currently in my conversion process and hope to be finished by next year.

Dressed for the chill

Dressed for the chill

What fascinates me most about Judaism is its vast history and culture. After that initial class I filled the rest of my undergrad career with Jewish history and culture classes. I knew from then on I wanted my career to focus on Jewish history and culture in some way. I found my way to the UMBC Campus Hillel where I met Ms. Alana Hayes, the Peer Educator here at the Museum, she told me about this internship and I decided to apply and take it! My goal in these 10 weeks is to learn how Museums operate, how exhibits are run, and how history and culture intertwine to create an exhibit. Hopefully, my time as the Exhibition Intern will provide me with that! Currently I am getting ready to move to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where I will begin my Master’s studies in History at Concordia University. During my undergrad career, I studied abroad in Montreal, learned French, and fell in love with the city. While I was in Montreal, I started my conversion at the synagogue there and delved into the history of Jewish Montreal. I hope that this internship will give me the skills to understand and incorporate Jewish Montreal, as I will do with Jewish Maryland. As for the rest of the summer, well, let’s just say I have a lot of planning and packing to do before my big move! Come by and say hello! I’m sure I can tell you a story about my time in Canada!

À bientôt!/See you soon!


Tirza Ochrach-Konradi, Exhibitions (Oral History)

Tirza Ochrach-Konradi, Exhibitions (Oral History)

Hello! I’m Tirza!

I was born in Athens, Ohio but I moved to Towson when I was five and have lived there since. I’m currently working toward a double major in Sociology and Fine Art at Scripps College in southern California. I have recently been terrorizing my mother by baking excessive batches of cookies, and in my other free time I enjoy reading fiction, playing board games with my brother, and talking to our cat.

What a cutie!

What a cutie!

I am one of three Exhibitions interns for this summer. In this role I will be focusing on an oral history collections project for which the JMM is collaborating with Beth Am Congregation. The opportunity to do interview work is a major part of what drew me to this job because these skills are very important for qualitative sociology work. Additionally a lot of art theory has to do with collecting, preserving, and understanding art objects. Working in exhibitions will give me the opportunity to dig into how the JMM does these things with their collections. I’m excited to be with the museum this summer and have this opportunity!


Joelle Paull, Collections

Joelle Paull, Collections

Hi! I’m Joelle. I am working as a collections intern this summer. I’m from Los Angeles, but recently graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I majored in Art History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies. This summer I am looking forward to learning about the Jewish community in Maryland and exploring the museum’s collections. Museums have always held a special place in my heart and I am really excited to be working at the Jewish Museum. I am hoping to go into museum or non-profit administration and eventually pursue either a law or museum studies degree. The JMM internship appealed to me because it offers incredible experience working with objects and insight into how museums function behind the scenes.

Enjoying the great wide world

Enjoying the great wide world

When not at work, I try to spend as much time outside as possible – hiking, camping, etc. I love music, going to concerts, and already miss my college radio station. Ever since returning from studying in Italy, I have been known to spend time tracking down good aranchini.

Erin Penn, Education & Programs

Erin Penn, Education & Programs

Hi! My name is Erin and I’m from Baltimore, MD. During the school year, you can find me in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with horse and buggy’s.  There, I am studying Art History and Religious Studies. When I’m not in class or studying in the library, I love watching the latest romantic comedy on Netflix, keeping up with celebrity gossip, and capitalizing on the student discount at Good Life Ice Cream.

I am so excited to be interning this summer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Here, I look forward to experiencing the behind the scene aspects of a museum. I am very interested in museum operations and am considering working in a museum as a career. I especially am excited to help plan the events and work with the schools through the education department.

Sara Philippe, Education & Programs

Sara Philippe, Education & Programs

My name is Sara Philippe and I am a summer 2017 Education Intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I’ve lived in the Baltimore area my whole life and graduated from the Park School of Baltimore in 2015. I am a rising junior at Wesleyan University where I’m majoring in History and Romance Languages. I love learning languages and recently began to learning Italian and Arabic. I love to travel, explore new places, and eat good food. I’m really passionate about all different kinds of history and love to read and write about it, as well as teach and share it with others.

A photo I took today as I observed my first student tour of the museum and synagogues!

A photo I took today as I observed my first student tour of the museum and synagogues!

I have always loved teaching and working with students, but I have never worked in a museum before, so I decided working in a museum in any capacity would be an important experience for me because of my interest in pursuing a history-related career. I have always deeply valued the work that museums do in providing the public with access to valuable information and preserving history that could otherwise be forgotten. The history of Baltimore and its Jewish community is also especially interesting to me as someone who is a descendant of Jewish immigrants to Baltimore, so I look forward to the opportunity to engage with this history further. This summer, I am excited about gaining an understanding about some of the work that goes into museums in general, as well as engaging with people outside of the museum through tours and other educational programs. I can’t wait to being of as much service as possible to the museum staff and to getting to know the other interns!

Amy Swartz, Collections

Amy Swartz, Collections

My name is Amy Swartz and I am a Collections intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer. I am from Reading, Pennsylvania and am going into my senior year at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola I major in History and double minor in Art History and Political Science.

My ultimate goal is to become a museum curator or director. This goal has led me to intern at a few great museums. My first internship was at my city’s archive library, where I became familiar with archiving and filing documents. My second internship was at Baltimore’s very own Evergreen Museum, where I made room guides, documenting all of the artifacts in the museum. This summer I found my way here, at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. I want to learn more about the museum field and I am so excited to begin learning about working with artifacts and collections this summer.

Checking out the interactives in "Voices of Lombard Street"!

Checking out the interactives in “Voices of Lombard Street”!

Some fun facts about me: I love to sing and have been doing so since I was a child. I am in Loyola’s all-female a cappella group – the Loyola Belles – so if you are ever in the Baltimore area, you should see our great show each semester! I also love theater and have been in shows since 5th grade so when I’m not spending my money on food (yes I am a foodie) I’m saving up to see Broadway shows. I also just finished a semester abroad in Copenhagen!


Stay tuned for more missives from the interns – every Thursday they’ll be sharing their responses to a vareity of prompts. In addition, each intern will share two individual blog posts over the next 10 weeks – follow the tag “interns” to keep up-to-date with all their goings-ons!


Posted in jewish museum of maryland

Family Fare: Baltimore Jewish Food Businesses Side Bar 4

Posted on June 7th, 2017 by

Article by Jennifer Vess. Originally published in Generations 2011 – 2012: Jewish Foodways

Side Bar: Gordon Salganik: “People in Washington didn’t know what to do with a brisket”

Missed the beginning? Start here.

Polish women making sausage at Wolf Salganik & Sons, c. 1930. JMM 2004.27.4

Polish women making sausage at Wolf Salganik & Sons, c. 1930. JMM 2004.27.4

“My grandfather started with a butcher shop…on the corner of Lombard and Exeter.  It was a retail butcher shop…[and] they lived above the store…. Then a company was formed….[named] Consolidated Beef and Provision Company, also known as CeeBee…. [The property ran] down Lombard street towards Wartzman’s bakery and then along, up Exeter Street to the middle of the block.  Initially, I believe…their property [was] 104, 106 South Exeter Street where the first plant was built, loading right from the street….  The first floor was where they handled the beef.  The second floor was where they handled processing, manufacturing of all kinds of meat products – bolognas, sausage, meatloafs, curing hams.  Course the curing was done in the basement.  And on the third floor is where another area where the…manufacturing of the meat products took place…[and] where they smoked the meats.

I, as a kid, went in there on Saturdays and worked around the plant…. The building expanded [and] my grandfather eventually gave up the butcher shop… My grandfather…would go out to the stockyards and buy the cattle.  And, of course the cattle were killed right there…off of Brunswick Street and Wilkens Avenue.  Cattle were brought in from the country and sold on the spot there, and around the stock yards you had several abattoirs…and…the cow would be led into one of their plants and that’s where they slaughtered the cow, and my grandfather would have some slaughtered Kosher, some were un-Kosher….  Course then it was trucked into the plant at Lombard and Exeter, and that’s where they operated and sold the beef from.

My Uncle Lewis was more or less the one in charge of the beef and the beef sales….  My Uncle Isadore took care of the manufacturing for all the meat products.  And I suppose it was 1936 or ‘37 approximately that my Uncle Jerome came into the business.  He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and he took over responsibilities in the office…. My dad Maurice was a salesmen and sold to some accounts in Baltimore, but many accounts in Washington.  Traveled over to Washington just about every day.  And one of the things he would do in Washington would be to visit all the meat houses in Washington and purchase plates [a cut of meat] and briskets.  In those days the people in Washington didn’t know what to do with a brisket or a plate.  And they were in excess over there, anxious to get rid of them.  And the trucks…would deliver orders to various stores in Washington and would pick up plates and briskets to carry back so they had a load going over and a load coming back.

Polish women making sausage casing at Wolf Salganik & Sons, c. 1930. JMM 2004.27.2

Polish women making sausage casing at Wolf Salganik & Sons, c. 1930. JMM 2004.27.2

I’m not sure, but I think…my Uncle Isadore [was]…one of the first ones to cure corned beef in the city. …The briskets…were cured, put in sweet pickle and processed …for…corned beef.  The plates…were boned and then…rolled – pastrami…. I remember my uncle going into various loaves – meatloaves …pepper loaves and things, just processing a loaf.  Well, it’s a bologna, glorified bologna with various ingredients added to it and cured in a different way or smoked in a different way, cooked in a different way.  And they cooked hams, smoked hams, cured bacon and…smoked bacon.  And we sliced the bacon and sold it to many of the stores in the city….Consolidated… was one of the biggest suppliers of meat products…Course all this was processed right there on Lombard and Exeter Street.”

~Excerpted from Oral History 318, Gordon Salganik, n.d.

~The End~

Posted in jewish museum of maryland

« Previous PageNext Page »