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February 23, 2014

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture: Kaddish for Lincoln

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture: Kaddish for Lincoln


Sunday February 23rd at 1:00pm


Speaker: Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art


By tradition, Abraham Lincoln was the first American gentile for whom Jews said Kaddish–the Hebrew prayer for the dead. The story may approach the realm of legend, but reverence for Lincoln among many Jews of his time was real, and the mass national mourning after his assassination reached not only the church but the synagogue. In this discussion of Jewish attitudes toward Lincoln–and Lincoln’s evolving attitude toward Jews, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer explores the 16th president’s legal decisions and personal attitudes on Jews and Jewish issues during the Civil War, and assesses whether the Great Emancipator deserved the name many contemporaries gave to him in the 19th Century: American Moses.


Harold Holzer is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, official successor organization of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years, appointed by President Bill Clinton.  Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 46 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America (2012), the official young-adult companion book for the Steven Spielberg film, for which he served as script consultant. In his full-time professional career, Holzer serves as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has spent the last 21 years.


This program takes place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Contact Trillion Attwood 410-732-6400 x215/ for more information or visit


Call Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6400 x215 or email for more information.

Start: February 23, 2014 1:00 pm
End: February 23, 2014 2:30 pm
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February 22, 2014

Farewell Cotillion

Farewell Cotillion

Saturday February 22nd from 8pm


cotillion ticket buttonJoin us for an evening of dancing and fun as we send our exhibit Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War off in true Civil War-era style. Chorégraphie Antique, the dance history ensemble from Goucher College will be on hand to demonstrate and teach us the most popular dances on the time period. We will also enjoy live music provided by  Brad Kolodner & Friends! Check out Brad’s website


While costumes are not required there will be prizes for the most impressive outfits of the evening. This is your chance to channel your inner Scarletts & Rhetts! So pull out those hoop skirts, polish up your genteel manners and enjoy an evening you won’t soon forget.



Punch and provisions included, as well as alcoholic beverages for those guests 21 and over. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Top Tier Premium members (Living History Circle, Lloyd Street League, 1845 Society) will receive 2 free tickets by mail. Lombard Street Club Member tickets will be held at the door.


The Cotillion will take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Contact Trillion Attwood 410-732-6400 x215/ for more information or visit

Start: February 22, 2014 8:00 pm
End: February 22, 2014 11:00 pm
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February 20, 2014

An Imagined Civil War: Geraldine Brooks’ March and Civil War Fiction,

An Imagined Civil War:  Geraldine Brooks’ March and Civil War Fiction

a book discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks

Discussion leader Anne Sarah Rubin MHC

Location: Enoch Pratt Library, Light Street Branch

February 20th at 6:00pm



The second in our book discussion series, hear from Anne Sarah Rubin as she discusses the Pulitzer Prize winning March by Geraldine Brooks. The discussion will consider the relationship between March and Little Women, some of the biographical connections to Louisa May Alcott and he way in which the novel reflects an alternative civil war experience.


Register for this talk today so you have a good read ready for the cold winter months. Copies of the book can be borrowed from the museum, until the discussion, starting now! Participation is free but seats are limited, so contact or call 410-732-6400 x215 ASAP!


Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Rubin is currently President of the Society of Civil War Historians.

Start: February 20, 2014 6:00 pm
End: February 20, 2014 7:00 pm