Calendar of Events

May 19th

Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin

Book Talk & Signing with Author Marlene Trestman

Thursday, May 19th from 6:30 pm

Included with Museum Admission

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Copies available at signing.

Copies available at signing.


Author Marlene Trestman, former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, will discuss her biography of her mentor and friend, Bessie Margolin. Margolin, who grew up in New Orleans Jewish orphanage, championed the wage and hour rights of millions of Americans. Although she considered herself a reluctant feminist, Margolin helped to found the National Organization for Women, was the nation’s top fighter for equal pay for women, and opened courtroom doors for countless women lawyers. Trestman’s personal relationship with Margolin grew from common childhood experiences. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


May 15th

Carvalho’s Journey: A documentary film by Steve Rivo

Sunday, May 15, 1:00pm
Movie Screening and Talk with Director Steve Rivo
Included with Admission




A real life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist and pioneer in American history.


Attendees will also receive a free Carvalho book, while supplies last!


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May 1st

Vilna to New York, Jewishkayt and Yiddishness, Abraham of Ur and Avrom Sutzkever Meet in One Baltimorean

Sunday, May 1st at 4:00pm

Speaker: Zackary Sholem Berger, author of One Nation Taken Out of Another 

Included with Museum admission

One Nation book cover

As the author of two books of poetry which combine English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, written from the point of view of the poet himself; Biblical characters; dead literary titans; and [batting cleanup] The Almighty, Berger presents a one-of-a-kind monologue-cum-performance, a polylingual ventriloquy bringing the past and present together for a dance to the music of language.

His newest book, One Nation Taken Out of Another, is a joyride through the Five Books of Moses on the back of a strange chimeria — with an American head, a Yiddish heart, and all manner of multicultural, bassackward, and wandering limbs grafed on to the whole. It’s midrash and whimsy, Bible, tradition, exile, and mystery.
On the way, many questions will be asked – and some of them even answered. How does a non-ultra-Orthodox guy from a Conservative Jewish background come to be a Yiddish poet and translator? Is he a complete fluke, or a harbinger of some baffling microtrend? How did Baltimore become an unlikely mini-capital of secular Yiddish culture? And is it true what they say about Old Bay?


Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, translator, and short story writer in Baltimore. He writes in Yiddish and English, and sometimes Hebrew, appreciating the fruitful predicament of being a minority-language poet very late (or surprisingly early) in Jewish history. He speaks Yiddish to his wife and three children. And sometimes they answer.