What’s Hot at JMM?: Museum Matters, January 2018

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

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Helen, Ruth, and Martin Weinberg bundle up – they won’t let winter keep them in the house, and neither should you! JMM 1996.127.23.55a

The dropping temperature and bitter winds closed JMM on Thursday, but we’ll be open to visitors again on Sunday.  So don’t give in to the temptation to hibernate! The next 30 days are a great time to make your first visit of 2018.

>Hot tickets

You have just 10 more days to see Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage here in Baltimore (on display through Martin Luther King Day, January 15). Don’t miss our January 14 program with Dr. Henry Green as he describes his efforts to create a permanent record of the last generation of Jews to live in the lands of the Middle East (outside Israel) and North Africa.

>Hot topics

Iraq isn’t the only place where a trove of records of the Jewish community was recently discovered. You read the news stories in October about the Yivo Institute’s new finds in Lithuania. Now you can hear directly from the Institute’s director about the context for understanding this legacy.

>Hot off the presses

We’ve had a last minute addition to our exhibit schedule. At the invitation of the Israeli Embassy we will be presenting Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, a panel show on the diplomats recognized as “Among the Righteous of the Nations” by Yad Vashem. The exhibit will open to the public at JMM on February 4, just days after its American premiere on Capitol Hill.

Getting warmer? Details below!


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


Iraqi Jewish Voices

Iraqi Jewish Voices: Narratives of Memory and Identity
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 14th, 1pm
Speaker: Dr. Henry Green
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Iraqi Jewish Voices tells the story of the last generation of Iraqi Jews displaced in the wake of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel through dramatic contemporary and historical photography, film, and personal narrative.

Digitized by Smooth Solutions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.

YIVO and the Lost Jewish Library of Vilna
Sunday, January 21st, 1pm
Speaker: Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Learn about a collection of 170,000 pages saved from the Nazis and recently found in the basement of a LIthuanian church. The collection includes works by Yiddish novelist Chaim Grande, Sholem Aleichem, and Marc Chagall

Members Only

I Missed My Train
Sunday, January 28th, 3:30pm
Film Screening and Talk with Filmmakers
MEMBERS ONLY – Reserve Your Seats

A special preview screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of the documentary film, I Missed My Train featuring Dutch Holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen on a journey to revisit his experiences as a hidden child during the war.

Over the course of six weeks, our lobby will be transformed into a theatre as we host staged readings, living history dramatic shows, musical performances, movies and author talks that explore a variety of topics and genres – from Yiddish Theatre to punk – and are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.


You can view all the programs in the JMM Live! series HERE.

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

Soul to Soul
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $26 in advance, $31 at the door
Location: The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Zalmen Mlotek, an internationally recognized Yiddish folk music expert and Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, teams up with Broadway veterans and a klezmer jazz band for this memorable evening. More info.

Esther’s Place

We are constantly getting new and interesting merchandise at Esther’s Place!

This month, our newest arrivals include a series of products featuring our bespoke image of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and new work from acclaimed designer Michael Aram. Stop by and check it out!

Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits on display include Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage (don’t delay, exhibit closes January 15th!), 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


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Once Upon a Time…04.07.2017

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 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 jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

JMM 2002.2.17

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: April 7, 2017

PastPerfect Accession #: 2002.002.017

Status: Identified! This c. 1945 bride is Winnie Levin,a friend of Philip and Lee Kramer.

Thanks To: Paul and Janet Kramer


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Hanukkah Clean-Up 2017/2018: The Oven Method

Posted on December 28th, 2017 by

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

I know people overuse the phrase “it changed my life,” especially at this resolution-time of the year, but I can honestly say that when I learned the oven-method of hanukkiah wax removal, it greatly increased my enjoyment of the festival of lights! Before I learned this method, I used to spend hours with a fork or a toothpick or sometimes a chopstick chipping away at wax our menorahs. I would scrape and poke and curse and then start the cycle over again. It was as far from Hanukkah joy as you could get. Now that I use the oven method, even the clean-up of the holiday feels like a blessing.

To share the added joy, I wanted to walk you through it.

First, a glimpse of my house on the final night of Hanukkah:

We light 9 menorahs at the Guy-Decker household each year. Why? Because we can.  On the final night, the heat off of the 81 candles is palpable, and the light is truly joyous.

The wax is a bi-product of the joy. The greater the joy, the higher the wax build-up.

For this demonstration, I’m going to show you the oven-method on this brass menorah that belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Its “before” picture is particularly intimidating with that thick barrier of blue and white wax build up.

To remove this build-up I followed these steps:

1. Pre-heat the oven to between 180 and 200 degrees.

2. Break off any wax that will come off easily and discard. Do not work at this: if it doesn’t come off easily, leave it.

3. Cover a cookie sheet in aluminum foil. Make sure the foil overlaps the edges of the sheet so you don’t end up with waxy cookie sheets.

Place the menorah face down (or as face-down as you can manage—the key is that the candle cups are oriented downward so that liquefied wax will poor out).

4. Place the cookie sheet into the oven for approximately 20 minutes

5. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and carefully (it’s hot!) remove the menorah from the cookie sheet (you might want to have prepared another piece of foil if you’re worried about removing wax from the counters, too). You should be leaving a puddle of wax on the foil on the cookie sheet.

If you’re not, and the wax is still mostly on the menorah, put it all back into the oven for another 5 minutes, or until you have puddling.

6. Carefully (it’s still hot!) wipe the liquid wax from the menorah with a clean rag. (Use a thicker rag so the heat doesn’t bother your hands.)

a. Fold the rag after each wipe so that you’re not just moving wax around.

b. If your menorah has small nooks and crannies, you can use a q-tip or other small tool to wipe out the liquid wax (I used my rag around a kabob skewer to get into the openings in the star points).

c. If you have a very ornate menorah, you might need to put it back into the oven for a few minutes if your detail work in one area allows the wax to cool too much in another area.

7. Discard the foil and the rag.

8. Voila! You’re ready for next Hanukkah.

So, what do you think? Life changing? Ok, so maybe it’s not on par with falling in love or finding your dream home, but I hope that it does make your dream menorah more of a possibility for you. Come down and see us at Esther’s Place. I bet you’ll be looking at our fancy and fanciful hannukiot in a new light now that you know the oven method!

P.S. Even with the oven method, I recommend sticking with white and/or beeswax candles for the really ornate menorahs out there. I would also note that in my experience, cheaper candles make more wax.

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