Calendar of Events

Aug 30th

Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience, 1939-1971

Sunday, August 30th at 1:00 p.m.

Lecture by Dr. Kerri Steinberg, Otis College of Art and Design

Included with Museum Admission

From the promotion of patent medicines to World War II war bonds, and from El Al air travel to Israel to the United Jewish Appeal’s rescue and redemption of Jews from the Levant and North Africa, advertising has recorded and shaped the experience of Jews for the past 150 years. Selling patriotism to American Jews during war times, and Israeli products in the aftermath of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, advertising has waged pivotal ideological campaigns through the Jewish press.

Jewish Mad Men book cover

Dr. Kerri Steinberg, author of the recently published book, Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience, will focus on advertising aimed at a Jewish audience between 1939-1971 to demonstrate how it both packaged and sold the American dream while reinforcing a unique sense of Jewish pride and purpose.

Aug 23rd

JMM Features: Gentleman’s Agreement

Sunday, August 23rd at 8:00 p.m.


Screenings take place in the public parking lot across from the Museum entrance on Lloyd Street

Gentleman's Agreement OS, NM

Join us for the last feature in our FREE movie series, JMM Features. First released in 1947, Gentleman’s Agreement follows a reporter (Gregory Peck) who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. Based on Laura Hobson’s novel of the same name. Also featuring Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm, directed by Elia Kazan.

This is an outdoor screening, so please BYOC (bring your own chair!)

Aug 23rd

From The Jazz Singer to Alvy Singer: The Depiction of Jews in Hollywood Film from Al Jolson to Woody Allen

Sunday, August 23rd at 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Greg Metcalf, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Included with Museum Admission

Dr. Greg Metcalf will present an overview of the changing image of Jews in American film from the immigrant outsider, religious and secular, through periods of assimilation, anti-Semitism, co-option and self-questioning. Key films he will discuss include The Jazz Singer (1927), the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers (1930), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), The Pawnbroker (1964),The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Annie Hall (1977).

Dr. Greg Metcalf teaches the Jewish American Experience on Film and Jewish Humor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Judaic Studies Program.