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Jul 9th

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image: The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry

Speaker Dr. Barry Lever


Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm


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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.



Dr. Barry S. Lever, a native of Baltimore, served as the WZO appointed Volunteer Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Final Voyage of the President Warfield/Exodus 1947 from 1992 – 1998. From 2002 – 2013, Dr. Lever served the JMM as its Special Project Consultant. Barry and his wife of 61 years, Sandee Lever, are the proud parents of three children and their spouses and seven grandchildren.

Jul 4th

Jun 25th

Honeymooning in the Borscht Belt, America’s Jewish Vacationland

Sunday, June 25th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Marisa Scheinfeld, author of The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland

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In conjunction with the exhibit Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland, the Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a book talk by photographer Marisa Scheinfeld. Scheinfeld’s new book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, presents a contemporary view of dozens of Borscht Belt hotels and bungalow colonies, taking the viewer deep into the heart of the lost world of the beloved region.


A Catskill native, Scheinfeld spent many a summer day swimming in the pools and lakes of Ulster and Sullivan counties. At the Museum, Marisa will discuss the history of the Borscht Belt and detail its rise, fall and impact. She will discuss her connections to the region and the layered meanings behind the photographs. Her talk will also illustrate the Borscht Belt’s significance as a destination for many honeymooners, including that of her maternal grandparents.



Her book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information visit