Calendar of Events


June 8, 2014

Mah Jongg: More than just a Game of Chance

Sunday, June 8th, 1:00pm

Speaker Robert Mintz of The Walters Art Gallery

This talk explores the Chinese roots of the popular game. With special focus on the designs and symbols that found their way from traditional Chinese decorative traditions to the surfaces of the game pieces, we will explore the meanings that underlie the distinctive floral patterns found on many mah jongg tiles. From bamboo and orchid to dragons and directional characters, the symbols found on most mah jongg tiles have both literal and associative meanings anchored in Chinese belief and folklore. Knowledge of the associations present in these symbols serves to enhance the experience of playing the game by bringing Chinese thought into the social experience of play.


robheadshot_02_crop01Robert Mintz is Chief Curator at the Walters Art Museum. He joined the Walters in 2006 as Assistant Curator of Asian Art, with expertise specifically in the study of 18th century Japanese painting.  While at the Walters he has developed exhibitions and installations exploring points of intersection between Eastern and Western art.


For more information or to register for any of the programs please contact Trillion Attwood on 410-732-6400 ext.215 or email





Start: June 8, 2014 1:00 pm
End: June 8, 2014 3:00 pm

June 1, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

Will Our Grandchildren be Jewish? The Future of American Jewry

Sunday, June 1st, 1:00pm

Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker: Dr. Len Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University.

Admission is Free


The recently released Pew Research Center report, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” has unleashed a veritable tsunami of commentary.  The results of this study have been interpreted in so many ways. According to some, the American Jewish community is dissolving, while others maintain that the community has never been larger. The lecture will assess competing views of the state of American Jewry and the prospects for future decline or growth.  The perspective will be one of optimism: How Pew’s findings should be regarded as positive and how understanding the data can help the American Jewish community address challenges.


Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Brandeis University where he directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute.


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.


Start: June 1, 2014 1:00 pm
End: June 1, 2014 3:00 pm

May 22, 2014

Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Wheel and the Star: Do the Shapes Fit?: Buddhism and Judaism Meet in the Modern World

Thursday May 22, 2014

6:00 to 9:00 pm

Admission is Free


Did you know the first American to convert to Buddhism on American soil was Jewish?  Charles Strauss converted in 1893 at an exposition on world religions. Join us for this panel discussion on the connections between Judaism and Buddhism.
As with all Late Night on Lloyd Streets there will be plenty of snacks and drinks.


The three participants are:


Don O’Rourke has been meditating for twenty-five years with the Theravada Forest tradition.  His teacher is Ajahn Amaro who is a student of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho.  He tries to do at least an annual retreat at Amaravati (a Buddhist Monastery in Hemel Hempstead, England) where Ajahn Amaro is now the abbot. He has also done retreats at the Theravadian Bhavana Society Retreat Center in High View, West Virginia. The Abbot there is Bhante Gunaratana. Don is now retired but was previously a high School teacher at a Public School in Baltimore.


Joshua Rothschild is a teacher of yoga and meditation in Baltimore.  He first found meditation in 2000, when he was suffering from what had been a long and deep depression.  With the support of learning meditation, his depression lifted, and he was hooked on a new spiritual practice.  After 7 years of practice, Josh went to an ashram and was certified as a teacher of both yoga and meditation.  For  4 years he taught the practices full time in classes, seminars, workshops, and one on one coaching sessions.  In that time he taught yoga and meditation in diverse areas such as jails, homeless shelters, corporate offices, retreat centers and yoga studios.  In the past three years, Josh has been a full time Baltimore city 2nd grade teacher and has integrated the practices into his classroom.  He also continues to teach yoga and meditation to adults in classes and retreats on the weekends.  In addition to teaching the practices, Josh continues as a student as well, primarily learning in the zen lineage from his teacher, Sensei Bruce Blackman.  Josh grew up Jewish in Pikesville, and still celebrates the Jewish holidays with his family.


Chava Evans is a student at Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy. Graduates of the Yeshiva are conferred the title “Maharat,” a Hebrew acronym for Manhiga Hilkhatit Rukhanit Toranit, one who is teacher of Jewish law and spirituality. Chava was  born in Boston MA, and grew up in rural Vermont.  She holds a dual B.A. in Illustration and Religious Studies from Rhode Island School of Design and  Brown University. She is a recipient of the James Manning Medal for Excellence in Religious Studies and a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the Jerusalem Studio School, Hebrew University, and the Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study. She holds an M.F.A from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and worked for many years as a freelance illustrator.

Late Night on Lloyd Street programs are FREE thanks to generous support from the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

Start: May 22, 2014 6:00 pm
End: May 22, 2014 9:00 pm