Upcoming Events

Oct 14th


Wednesday, October 14 at 7pm

Speakers: Suzy Snyder, curator, Arts and Artifacts, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Sarah Wildman, author of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

Location: Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, Maryland

Sarah Wildman’s grandfather and his lover, featured on the book cover of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. Courtesy of Sarah Wildman, design by Grace Han.

Sarah Wildman’s grandfather and his lover, featured on the book cover of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. Courtesy of Sarah Wildman, design by Grace Han.


Years after her grandparents passed away, journalist Sarah Wildman discovered a cache of love letters sent to her grandfather by a former lover in prewar Vienna. In her debut book, Paper Love, Wildman details her search to discover information about the mysterious woman, her family’s escape from Nazi persecution, and all that was left behind. Wildman will discuss the Museum’s important role in her research as she pieced together the story of a woman who was desperate to escape Europe and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at ushmm.org/events/lost-love-md. For questions, contact the Museum’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 202.488.0420 or ccampbell@ushmm.org.


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Oct 18th

Jews and the Folk Revival: When Change was in the Air and the Music Mattered

Sunday, October 18th

Time: 1:00pm

Speakers Cantor Jeff Klepper and Cantor Robbie Solomon

Included with Museum admission

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Cantors Jeff Klepper and Robbie Solomon will present a program tracing the influence of the 1960’s Folk Music Revival from the streets of Greenwich Village to Jewish summer camps to the contemporary synagogue. The program will include audio and visual recorded material as well as live demonstrations by Jeff and Robbie, whose own compositions have become part of the standard repertoire in progressive synagogues and beyond.


Cantor Robbie Solomon of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is internationally known as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem “Leaving Mother Russia”, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He has since authored dozens of songs of Jewish content, including “World of Our Fathers”, “Falasha Nevermore”, Peace by Piece,” and is well known as a performer/song writer with the popular Jewish music group SAFAM.   In addition to over ten original CD’s with SAFAM, and several of his own production, Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world. A recent project was writing a song-cycle for his adorable grandchildren and their parents.


Although Robbie spent most of his career in the Boston area, he grew up here in Baltimore, where during high school at City College, he was president of the Folk Song Club. Cantor Solomon was part of a jug band (Uncle Jack’s Rompin’ Stompers) at City and at Gettysburg College (The Tiber River Ragtime Band) where he earned his undergraduate degree. While studying at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Robbie played in a folk duo with a harmonica player, with whom he began writing original music. Cantor Solomon plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and flute.


Cantor Solomon and his wife, Helen, live in Towson, MD. The Solomons have two sons, Byron and Sam, a daughter-in-law, Kristy, and two grandsons, Nicolas and Leo.


Cantor Jeff Klepper is a widely respected and influential musical figure in the North American Jewish community. Composer of hundreds of Jewish songs, his melody for “Shalom Rav,” (co-written with Rabbi Daniel Freelander in 1973) is sung throughout the world. Beginning in the 1970s Klepper, along with the late Debbie Friedman and others, created a new style of synagogue music called, “American Nusach.” Up to that time, Reform worship music was led by a cantor or choir, with organ accompaniment, without congregational participation. By the end of the 20th century, American Nusach had largely eclipsed that model, using guitars and original folk-style tunes that allowed worshippers to sing along with the prayers.


While in college, Jeff met Dan Freelander, who would become his partner in the group Kol B’Seder for more than four decades. One of their early songs, “V’yashvu Ish,” won first-prize in a 1976 song contest, sponsored by the Jewish Welfare Board. They sang with Shlomo Carlebach in Central Park for Israel’s 30th birthday, and in December 1987 they performed between speeches at Freedom Sunday in Washington D.C. Kol B’Seder’s songs, including such favorites as “Modeh Ani” and “Lo Alecha,” have appeared on hundreds of recordings and in dozens of song collections. They have been honored by the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE).


Jeff was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a Masters in Music from Northeastern Illinois University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from HUC-JIR in 2005. He co-edited the song section in the Reform prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, and co-founded (with Debbie Friedman) the annual Hava Nashira song-leader workshop.


Jeff has released three solo CDs (Yom Chadash, In This Place, and Jewish Music for the Masses) and Volume 1 of The Jeff Klepper Anthology: Shabbat Evening Music. His articles have appeared in Sh’ma, Musica Judaica, CCAR Journal, JUF News, Learn Torah With…, Keeping Posted, and The Jewish Men’s Torah Commentary. He lectures on the Jewish involvement in folk, rock and popular music, with special attention to what he calls, “Bob Dylan’s Jewish blues.”


Jeff has served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Chicago. Since 2003 he has been cantor of Temple Sinai of Sharon, Massachusetts, and a member of the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton. He is married to Deeana Copeland Klepper and they have two daughters, Rachel and Liora.


Oct 25th

Still Crazy After All These Years: Classic Musical Monster Mashes

Free Fall Baltimore!

Sunday, October 25th at 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, UMBC


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Novelty songs have always occupied a quirky corner of our collective pop culture, and Halloween is the best time of year for cool and creepy ditties that celebrate all the monstrous mayhem. Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg as he takes you on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!


ARNOLD T. BLUMBERG is the “Doctor of the Dead” and “The MCU guru” – a world-renowned zombie expert and authority on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he teaches courses in those and many other media subjects at the University of Baltimore). He spent 15 years in the comic book industry and owns small press ATB Publishing (Doctor Who essay collections Outside In and Outside In 2). He has appeared in film (Doc of the Dead, The Walkers Among Us, The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen, the forthcoming Marvel Renaissance) and contributed to books like Triumph of the Walking Dead, Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies, and The Undead and Theology. His podcasts – Doctor of the Dead, The G2V Podcast, Who’s Talking, and The MCU Review – are all available at iTunes.com/G2V. Find Arnold on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg, @DoctoroftheDead, @G2VPodcast, and @WhosTalkingCast.