Upcoming Events

The Jew Bill

February 22, 2015

How Jews Entered American Politics: The Curious Case of Maryland’s “Jew Bill”


Sunday, February 22nd, 1 p.m.


Rafael Medoff, The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies



During Maryland’s first decades, a “Christians Only” policy applied to those seeking public office. Dr. Rafael Medoff, a noted scholar of Jewish involvement in American politics, will take a candid look at the Maryland legislature’s debates in the early 1800s over political rights for Jews and other non-Christians –a controversy that sheds fascinating light on the process by which Jews entered the American political arena.



Dr. Rafael Medoff is the author of 15 books about American Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust, including a textbook, Jewish Americans and Political Participation, which was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2003” by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine. Dr. Medoff has taught Jewish history at Ohio State University, Purchase College of the State University of New York, and elsewhere, and has served as associate editor of the scholarly journal American Jewish History.

Start: February 22, 2015 1:00 pm
End: February 22, 2015 2:30 pm

March 12, 2015

My Family Story Exhibition

Thursday, March 12


 7:00 – 9:00pm




Join the JMM for an evening celebrating/honoring Jewish family history. Over the past few months, the JMM has worked with middle school students from Beth Tfiloh on an exciting and creative education program, My Family Story. In this inspiring program, students work with museum staff to investigate their family roots and discover deeper connections to larger issues of American Jewish history, community, Jewish identity and Israel. Their exploration culminates in an artistic expression that creatively represents their family’s history. The JMM is greatly looking forward to showcasing all of the students’ work on the evening of March 12th and invites the community to join us.

Start: March 12, 2015 7:00 pm
End: March 12, 2015 9:00 pm
Panel 43.Egypt.JohnsHopkins

March 29, 2015

What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them—and Why

Speaker Dr. Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University


Sunday, March 29th, 1:00 p.m.


Included with Museum Admission



Mendes Cohen spent several months travelling in Egypt building a wonderful collection of antiquities that would later go on to form the basis of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. We are very excited to be welcoming museum director Prof. Betsey Bryan to talk about the collection Mendes developed and the Egypt Mendes would have encountered during his travels.



Selections from the Mendes Cohen Egyptological Collection – on loan from the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum.

Start: March 29, 2015 1:00 pm
End: March 29, 2015 2:30 pm