Upcoming Events

Oct 15th

From a Flooded Basement in Baghdad: The True Story of the “Iraqi Jewish Archive”

Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm


Speaker: Doris Hamburg, Former Director for Preservation Programs at the National Archives


Materials drying outside the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters.

Materials drying outside the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters.


Over 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. This remarkable trove provides a written record of Iraqi Jewish life and an unexpected opportunity to better understand the Iraqi Jewish community, which flourished in Iraq for more than 2,000 years.


In a richly illustrated presentation, Ms. Hamburg will tell the story of the rescue of these treasured books and documents and how the National Archives preserved and has made them accessible worldwide. She will also introduce JMM’s new exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritagewhich is drawn from the collection of rescued books and documents and explores the rich traditions and history of the Iraqi Jewish community.


Oct 19th

Religious communities under attack: What can you do to end hate in Baltimore?

Presented by the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies


Thursday, October 19 from 7:00-8:30 pm


FREE: Registration Link Coming Soon


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What do we do when religious communities are under attack? In the past months, Anti-Semitic incidents have increased. FBI data reveals anti-Muslim assaults have reached 9/11-era levels. Churches that publicly decry hate have been threatened and vandalized.


This program will explore ways that we, in our religious communities, can confront and challenge these trends. We must get to know our neighbors and build interreligious networks if we are going to be successful. In partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, we invite you to join us for a community discussion with Baltimore religious leaders.

Oct 22nd

Abraham to Ezra: Israel’s Earliest Encounters with Ancient Iraq

Sunday, October 22nd at 1pm


Speaker Dr. Barry M. Gittlen, Towson University


Included with Admission – Get Tickets Now!


JMM Members – Reserve Your Seats!



Biblical narratives locate Iraq as the origin of the first patriarch, Abraham.  As history unfolds, Iraq (then known as Assyria and Babylonia) plays a major role, sometimes friendly but mostly quite unfriendly.  Yet following the return of exiles from Babylon under the leadership of Ezra, many Jews remained in Iraq and generations later some were the compilers of the Babylonian Talmud.  This illustrated presentation will introduce the impact ancient Iraq had on the development of ancient Israel and Judaism.