Calendar of Events

Apr 30th

The Mitzvah Project: A Dramatic Presentation

The Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and The Jewish Museum of Maryland present:

The Mitzvah Project: A Dramatic Presentation

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.

Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, College of Liberal Arts, Room 2110

The Mitzvah Project


A one-man play and lecture featuring Roger Grunwald, New York City actor, playwright and child of a survivor. How could hundreds of Jewish soldiers end up serving in Hitler’s army? Who were these people known as the “Mischlinge?”


Join Roger Grunwald as he presents an array of characters who will take you on an emotionally horrifying trip through Nazi German as you discover the world of the “Mischlinge.”


RSVP at or 410-542-4850

Apr 26th

The 9th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration


In partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Presents:



Maryland Premiere

Sunday, April 26, 2015 • 3:00pm

USA 2014; Documentary; Director: Michael Drob

Language: Russian with English subtitles, 86 min.


Showing at The Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts

3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue

Owings Mills, MD 21117


In the late 1980’s, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988, American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy.



Michael Drob, Director of Stateless

Lev Golinkin, Author of A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Cases of Vodka: A Memoir

Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS


Support for the Risch Memorial Program is provided by Frank and Helen Risch through the Risch Memorial Endowment Fund at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.


Apr 19th

A 19th-Century American Jew Visits the Holy Land: Mendes Cohen in Jerusalem


Speaker Deborah Weiner


Sunday, April 19th, 1:00 P.M.


Included with Museum Admission



Travel to the Holy Land with Mendes Cohen, early 19th century adventurer and proud citizen of the young American republic. Cohen’s account of his Middle Eastern journey, entertainingly recorded in his letters home, paints a fascinating portrait of the Jewish community of Palestine and offers a remarkable glimpse into one man’s evolving American Jewish identity.

Panel 14.Biblical Journey


Deborah R. Weiner is former Research Historian and Family History Coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. She is currently co-writing a book on the history of the Jews of Baltimore.