Calendar of Events

Jun 10th

Finding Your Unknown Ancestors – and the Living Relatives of Mendes Cohen

Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30 p.m.



Interested in learning more about your family history? Join us as we welcome Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland (JGSM) to the JMM for this exciting program. Learn how to succeed in this fascinating process, where to start, helpful resources and some tricks form the experts! JGSM will demonstrate the process of tracing your family using a very familiar character as inspiration – Mendes Cohen.


Following the presentation JGSM will help several individuals commence their search.

Jun 7th

JMM Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2015

Sunday, June 7, 1:00p.m.

Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker: Ben Cardin, United States Senator

Admission is Free



The JMM is very excited to welcome Senator Cardin as our keynote speaker for our 2015 Annual Meeting. Senator Cardin has enjoyed a long career in American politics. He was the youngest elected speaker in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1979 – 1986 and today serves as one of Maryland’s representatives to the United States Senate.  Senator Cardin will draw upon his personal experiences to discuss what it means to be a Jewish politician today, the significance of his strong Jewish roots and how they have impacted his political career.


The program begins at 1:00pm with a presentation of the FY 15 slate of nominees to the JMM’s Board of Trustees for election by the Museum’s membership. The lecture will follow.


Refreshments will be served.

May 31st

Playing Jewish Geography in the Nineteenth Century: Mendes I. Cohen’s Travels to Europe and the Middle East, 1829-1835

Speaker Prof. Daniel B. Schwartz, George Washington University

Sunday, May 31st at 1:00 p.m.

Panel 46.Travel Stories

What might a Jew sailing from America to explore Jewish life in Europe and the Middle East in the nineteenth century likely have discovered in his travels? In this talk, Prof. Daniel B. Schwartz (George Washington University) will follow on the heels of Mendes I. Cohen’s voyage to and through the “Old World,” leading the audience on a tour of some of the major sites visited by Cohen from 1829 to 1835, and providing a mini-history of Jewish society in an age poised between tradition and change.


Daniel B. Schwartz teaches Jewish history at George Washington University, where he is an associate professor of history and the director of the Judaic Studies program. He is the author of The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image (2012), which was a co-winner of the Salo Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of history. He is currently writing a history of the word ghetto from when it was first used with reference to Jews in sixteenth-century Venice to the present, as well as editing a documentary reader of Jewish responses to Spinoza.