Calendar of Events

Oct 15th

From a Flooded Basement in Baghdad: The True Story of the “Iraqi Jewish Archive”

Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm


Speaker: Doris Hamburg, Former Director for Preservation Programs at the National Archives


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Materials drying outside the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters.

Materials drying outside the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters.


Over 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. This remarkable trove provides a written record of Iraqi Jewish life and an unexpected opportunity to better understand the Iraqi Jewish community, which flourished in Iraq for more than 2,000 years.


In a richly illustrated presentation, Ms. Hamburg will tell the story of the rescue of these treasured books and documents and how the National Archives preserved and has made them accessible worldwide. She will also introduce JMM’s new exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritagewhich is drawn from the collection of rescued books and documents and explores the rich traditions and history of the Iraqi Jewish community.


Oct 12th – Oct 13

Oct 8th

The Great Kugel Cook Off!

October 8, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 3:15 pm

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 What Is Kugel?!?


Kugel Postcard crop


Inspired by the success of our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage another culinary championship! This year’s star is everyone’s favorite Jewish side dish – Kugel! Once again we invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search: The Great Kugel Cook Off of 2017!



Even if you choose not to compete we encourage you to join us at the JMM for a day dedicated to kugel with tastings, tips from professionals and the announcement of Maryland’s greatest kugel. We’ll also have hands-on activities for the family, including building model sukkahs and creating pasta-based stained glass art!


The Judges


Amy Simon, Events Coordinator for Eddie’s of Roland Park

Simone Ellin, Associate Editor of JMORE

Mark Davis, Executive Chef for CinéBistro

Sam Gallant, WTMD

Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland (Director’s Choice Award only)

and, of course, YOU! All attendees are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Best Kugel Recipe!




The cook off will consist of three separate categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category plus an overall “Best Kugel” winner.


Sweet – From Yerushalmi to Sweet Potato, these Kugels can be made with noodles, vegetables, or any other Kugel classics you can think of. Just make sure it hits the sweet spot and is good enough for dessert!

Savory – Onion, Salt and Pepper, and Potato are some of the favorites in this category. Show us your Bubbie’s recipe or your own interpretations.

Nontraditional– This category can include things like vegan or gluten free kugel but it also includes any type of unconventional kugel your mind can come up with.




Kugel Champion

Best Sweet Kugel

Best Savory Kugel

Best Nontraditional Kugel

Under 16 Champion