Upcoming Events

Women playing mah jongg in the Catskills, c. 1960.
Collection of Harvey Abrams

April 27, 2014


Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm


Speaker Marvin Pinkert, Museum Director


Included with Museum admission


The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century.  Marvin promises new insights for game mavens and novices alike.

Start: April 27, 2014 1:00 pm
End: April 27, 2014 2:30 pm

May 18, 2014

From Poverty to Culture: The Refugee Community in Shanghai During World War ll

The eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration


Speaker Rabbi Marvin Tokayer


Sunday May 18th 2pm


Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208



The Risch memorial program is our largest and most important annual event in our calendar year.  Each year we focus on a different aspect of the topic of immigration.  This year, as JMM looks at cultural ties between the Chinese and the Jewish communities through its Project Mah Jongg exhibit, we have invited a very special expert on the Jews of East Asia to be our featured speaker.  Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan and author of the Fugu Plan, will deliver the keynote presentation From Poverty to Culture: The  Refugee  Community in Shanghai During World War ll.


You won’t want to miss this powerful evocation of how the 20,000 Jews of Shanghai struggled against impossible odds to not only survive, but thrive in this unexpected refuge. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will bring to life this unique immigrant story.


Rabbi Marvin Tokayer served as United States Air Force Chaplain in Japan, upon his discharge he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish community of Japan. He wrote 20 books in Japanese, including several bestsellers; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki; contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica; acted as a bridge for many travelers between East and West; served the needs of his congregation; and became spellbound by the threads of a story which he began piecing together.  Rabbi Tokayer’s new book, Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East, co-authored with Dr. Ellen Rodman, has just been published.


Start: May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 18, 2014 4:00 pm

June 1, 2014

Annual Meeting 2014

Sunday, June 1st, 1:00pm


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


More details TBD.

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