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JMM Insights: The Wonders of Space in Maryland

Posted on July 31st, 2020 by

This week’s JMM Insights, the last in our space-focused series celebrating the anniversary of the first moon landing, is all about Maryland.

Did you know the Space Telescope Science Institute was established in Baltimore? This community-focused science center was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

You might be surprised to discover just how many Maryland connections there are to the exploration, discovery, and research of space. From the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt to the International Latitude Observatory in Gaithersburg, Marylanders are committed to the Wonders of Space!

Image: The Hubble Space Telescope, with Earth in the background, in a photo taken by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on May 19, 2009. Courtesy of NASA. 

In case you missed it or want to share the experience with friends and family, here’s the recording of last week’s dive into all the questions, big and small, about How to Be Jewish in Space.

In case you missed it or want to share the experience with friends and family, here’s the recording of last week’s dive into all the questions, big and small, about How to Be Jewish in Space. And we’ll have the recording for last night’s ultimate behind-the-scenes event with Tracie Guy-Decker and Trillion Attwood up soon!

Most importantly: Keep your eyes on the calendar for the official opening of Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit! This exciting exhibit will open for public visitation in September. We can’t wait to see you.

For this week’s hands-on feature, we want to build on your role as Citizen Scientists!

First, ask yourself: Why Do We Explore? Create your own explorer’s journal to capture your observations and adventures discovering the world and skies around you.

Then try the highlighted activities below focused on our own Maryland skies:

Bonus: Learn about space probes in this video from National Geographic, then try your hand at designing a probe of your own!

Exhibit Sneak Peek:

Don Engel and Marianne Cheportes were married in Baltimore on June 12, 2011.

“My wife and I (being physicists) made our ketubah together using deep space imagery. Our ketubah has an infinity in the foreground which the constellation Orion inside it and has the Orion nebula in the background. It’s tri-lingual because my wife is a Sephardic Jew from France, so we have English, French, and the traditional Aramaic.”

Ketubah, 2011. On loan from Don and Marianne Engel. JMM L2020.6.1.

A Name to Know:

“The Mother of Hubble,” astronomer Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018), has strong Maryland ties: not only did she live in the DC suburbs as an adult, but she also attended Baltimore’s Western High School, graduating in 1943.

Roman was the first woman executive at NASA, serving as Chief of Astronomy in NASA’s Office of Space Science at Goddard, among other positions during her long career.

LEGO version of Nancy Grace Roman, with the Hubble Telescope and an image of a planetary nebula, 2017. On loan from the Church family. JMM L2020.3.2.


Celebrate Maryland and Baltimore with a new book or some custom swag! All purchases help support the Museum.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at and let us know.


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Exploring History at Home Part IV – JMM Volunteers Share Stories

Posted on July 30th, 2020 by

From sculptures to Seder plates to sewing boxes, every object has a story to tell. This month, JMM Volunteers shared objects that are tangible reminders of loved ones. I hope that these stories encourage you to reflect on the special people in your life and the memories that you share with them.

In case you missed them, you can enjoy past Exploring History at Home blog posts from our volunteers in Part IPart II, and Part III.

-Paige Woodhouse, Project Manager

To read more posts from Paige, click here!


“Devil on Ice Skates”

Here is a photo of a sculpture carved by Louis Rosenthal. It is named, “Devil on Ice Skates.” The sculpture was presented to my grandfather, Isaac Potts, honoring his presidency of The Baltimore Board of Jewish Education from 1947 to 1951.

Rosenthal was known for creating miniature sculptures. Towson University has an extensive collection of his works. JMM also has a page documenting his history here.

– David Scher


Special Seder Plate

Special Seder Plate

This seder plate belonged to a smart, funny, kind friend of the family who died in upsetting circumstances. He joined the bustle of my family decades ago, participating in our mitzvahs and holidays. We feel his absence. Thankfully, his seder plate was available to me for this year’s video-conferenced seder. Because I spent every pre-pandemic Passover at my parents’, sister’s, or friend’s home, I never needed a seder plate of my own. This year, I was on my own. I appreciated having a tangible reminder of our friend, and the friends and family members who joined our online seder enjoyed seeing it be used.

– Rachel


Cherished Sewing Box

My paternal grandmother, Anne Salganik, always seemed to be working on a knitting or crocheting project. Along with the sweaters and scarves that she made me, I inherited her many knitting needles and crochet hooks.   What I don’t remember seeing her use were threaded needles, but yet, one of my cherished possessions from my grandmother, is her wooden sewing box. I display it on a table in my hallway.  The wood is scratched, all but one door hinge broken.  It looks heavily used, but yet the objects in it, don’t support that statement.  In it are a few cardboard spools of white thread, a pin cushion with just a few straight pins buried in it, an almost complete pack of sewing needles in a “Food Fair” grocery store pack, a few skeins of embroidery floss, a used dress zipper, a partially used packet of purple hem tape, a cuff taken from a dress… All evidence that the items were used to mend, not to create fashions as her father, David Adler, a tailor of fine women’s clothing did. I wonder if the box was always hers, or did she inherit it?  Or did it just age with her – she lived into her mid-nineties. I wish I had thought to ask her.

– Wendy


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Once Upon a Time…10.04.2019

Posted on July 29th, 2020 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at

JMM 2003.47.33

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: October 4, 2019

PastPerfect Accession #: 2003.047.033

Status: Unidentified – Do you recognize this friend or colleague of Jack Levin, Baltimore, circa 1960?


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