Upcoming Events

Aug 14th – Aug 16

Summer Teachers Institute 2017

Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century


August 14 – 16, 2017


Includes a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


Presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education





Monday, Augst 14th at the Jewish Museum of Maryland


Tuesday, August 15th at the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum (transportation provided)


Wednesday, August 16th at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation


Please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon at 443-873-5178 or email STI@jewishmuseummd.org with questions.


The Summer Teachers Institute is made possible by the generous support of Judy and Jerry Macks.

Aug 20th

Sephardic Weddings: Traditions of Yesterday and Today

Sunday, August 20th at 1pm

Speaker Dr. Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Included with Museum Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

JMM Members – Reserve Your Seats!

A bride in traditional Yemenite Jewish bridal vestment, in Israel 1958. Photo by Ba'Asor Le'Israel. Masada Publishing, Jerusalem, 1958. Via.

A bride in traditional Yemenite Jewish bridal vestment, in Israel 1958.
Photo by Ba’Asor Le’Israel. Masada Publishing, Jerusalem, 1958. Via.


Sephardim (Jews of Spanish or Arabic descent) lived in numerous diverse environments and developed practices that were infused with local flare and distinct from those of the Ashkenazim (Jews of European descent). This talk will discuss wedding traditions followed by different groups of Sephardim in the past, as well as those still practiced today by some communities. The presentation will pay attention to music, dress, and minhagim (customs), and introduce some Ladino (the Sephardic language analogue to Yiddish) proverbs and sayings that relate to this festive occasion.

Aug 27th

The Myth of the “Authentic Jewish Wedding”

Sunday, August 27th at 1:00pm


Speaker Dr. Vanessa Ochs, University of Virginia


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JMM Members – Reserve Your Seat!




What is an “authentic” Jewish wedding? Whether you are getting ready for your big day or are a cultural anthropologist at heart, learn about the surprising history of iconic Jewish wedding practices such as the chuppa, ketubah, and the breaking of a glass. Jewish wedding practices have long derived from the cultures in which Jews have lived. This reality might shed light on new wedding rituals in our time.