Quiet on Set…Now Recording in the West Wing of the JMM!

Posted on July 24th, 2017 by

Blog post by education intern Sara Philippe. To read more posts from JMM interns, past and present, click here.

When I began interning at the JMM this summer, I never expected to find myself in the recording studio during my time here, but this past week co-intern Erin and I became the voices of the JMM’s new, soon-to-be downloadable Henrietta Szold audio guide. Erin and I spent time, under Museum Educator Alex’s leadership, recording a script that outlines Henrietta Szold’s Baltimore for people interested in exploring this fascinating historical figure and the city when it was her home in the late 19th century. The audio guide describes Szold and other characters in a manner that emphasizes their humanity, bringing them to life as real-life people, while maintaining a focus on the larger events and movements that influenced her.

Our signed tour scripts

Our signed tour scripts

Szold is known as the founder of the global women’s organization Hadassah, and for her role in laying the groundwork for the founding of the state of Israel, and the tour acknowledges this, while making the choice not to stray from her formative years in Baltimore. As you listen, you will discover how Szold’s experiences observing Eastern European Jewish immigrants arrive on Baltimore’s shores and providing services to these people, was a major influence on the Zionist ideology she would grow to devote herself to. But you will also get snippets of insight into her relationship with her sisters and her unfailing dedication to her father Rabbi Benjamin Szold. It is through these detailed, honest portrayals that each stop of the tour becomes alive and personal, maintaining the important historical significance of the diverse locations on the tour’s thirteen stops.

The once Eutaw Place Temple, a stop on the tour

The once Eutaw Place Temple, a stop on the tour

By releasing this audio tour, the JMM is expanding to new media, areas, and audiences, participating in an effort to make the vital work it does in preserving and teaching history and culture accessible in new and exciting ways. The museum prides itself on its particular focus on Jewish history in the state of Maryland, and by creating a tour such as this one, it does an excellent job of extending its efforts at preservation beyond the walls of the museum. As most of the buildings included as stops on the tour no longer serve the purposes they did in Szold’s lifetime, the tour does the important work of reviving old meanings and forgotten histories. The audio guide is a perfect opportunity not only to learn about Szold’s early life in Baltimore, but also to explore the city itself in a new way, gaining knowledge about other important figures and events in Baltimore Jewish history. Ranging from the harbor where Szold’s family and many other immigrants first arrived in Baltimore, to locations that once housed synagogues and department stores, to the JMM itself, the audio tour will take you on a unique tour of Baltimore that will leave you hungry to know more.

Download the izi.TRAVEL app and be sure to check out the JMM’s new audio tour! You won’t want to miss hearing rising vocal stars Sara and Erin’s debut!

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Greetings Graham: Just Married edition

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by

Greetings Graham,

I’m in Baltimore for the summer and I need things to do! I grew up here but I haven’t been back since I was a kid and I want to make the best of the time I have. What do you recommend I see?

~Busy Bee

We are so glad you are coming back to Baltimore this summer! We just opened Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland  which explores how Jewish Marylanders have navigated the multitude of options to create a meaningful ceremony, from what they wear to who officiates to whether and what they use for a chuppah.

Yemenite bride, 1958. via.

Yemenite bride, 1958. via.

We have several Sunday programs coming up such as Sephardic Weddings: Traditions of Yesterday and Today on August 20th or The Myth of the “Authentic Jewish Wedding” on August 27th.

September 17th!

September 17th!

If you are still around on September 17th, I would recommend coming to the JMM where you can hear true personal stories about the wonder and wackiness of weddings from people. Please note that Stoop Stories is a premium program and everyone, including members (at a special discount rate), will need to purchase tickets.


 

Greetings Graham,

My best friend is getting married soon and I am trying to find a wedding gift. Do you have any suggestions?

~Lazy Susan

You have come to the right place! Devan Southerland, our shop Assistant, would be more than happy to help find the perfect wedding gift. We have intricately crafted silver candlesticks, traditional and fun mezuzahs, playful tzadakah boxes, beautifully designed Spode china wedding cups, framed prints for the home and even teacups which form a heart shape. We also have plenty of picture frames to choose from to capture the memories of your friend’s special day. I am confident you will not leave Esther’s Place emptyhanded!

Marrying Maryland

Marrying Maryland

After your friend’s wedding, feel free to share pictures on our Marrying Maryland Tumblr page. Just go to https://marryingmaryland.tumblr.com/ and click “Submit a post” to get started.


 

Greetings Graham,

I am a social studies teacher and would like to show my students some of the different cultures of the world. I know the Middle East has rich Jewish history, but I don’t where to go to find out more about it. Can you recommend anything?

~Re-energized teacher

Dear Re-energized teacher,

The JMM’s upcoming exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive is a wonderful place for you to start your journey! The exhibit features recovered Iraqi Jewish artifacts such as a Torah case, the Babylonian Talmud, and documents and photographs from everyday life at the turn of the century in Iraq. Be sure to come by the JMM to take in all the exciting elements of the Iraqi Jewish Archives, starting October 15 and ending January 15. You will not want to miss this.

If you would like to plan a field trip, please get in touch with our Visitor Services Coordinator, Graham Humphrey  at ghumphrey@jewishmuseummd.org, and he would be more than happy to arrange your visit. In addition to our current temporary exhibit, we have a full range of educational programs including synagogue tours, archival explorations and living history performances. We hope to see you at the JMM soon!

Opening October 2017.

Opening October 2017.


 

Greetings Graham,

I deeply enjoyed the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit this past spring and was looking for any additional opportunities relating to the Holocaust.

JMM Member

Dear JMM Member,

Thank you for your continued support! We rely on members like to support our exhibits, programming and general operating expenses. We are glad you were able to see the Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust and Humanity exhibit.

Starting on August 14th, we will be offering our annual Summer Teacher’s Institute. The theme this year is “Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century.” It promises to be an exciting three days of learning, discussion and even includes a field trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington ,D.C.  Don’t worry if you are not a teacher. This program is open to everyone and the cost is only $25! If this looks of interest to you, please fill out and return the application.

2017 Summer Teachers Institute

2017 Summer Teachers Institute

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Hitting the Road

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by

Blog post by Collections Intern Joelle Paull. To read more posts from JMM interns, past and present, click here.

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Music, family or friends, scenic views are all part of the quintessential road trip experience. But every good road trip requires planning and packing. So what happens when JMM exhibits travel? This fall, the JMM’s recent exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, will be traveling to the Maltz Museum in Cleveland. The exhibit, which examines the role of Jews in Medicine and its impact on Jewish culture and practices, features everything from surgical instrument and doctor’s coats to pharmaceutical tools and medicine bottles (many of which are still full of remedies and oils.)

The past week the collections department has been preparing the exhibit for travel. What does this entail? First we find the objects that have been put back on their shelves after the exhibit closed in January. Then, condition report, condition report condition report! Each object gets photographed and condition reported so that we can ensure everything comes back the way it left. Lastly, everything gets packed safely into boxes and then the objects in the exhibit are ready to hit the road. Over the course of the week, I have gotten pretty familiar with the objects in the exhibit, some proving harder to inventory and pack than others. Not having seen the exhibit, it has been fun to have the chance to read the catalogue and explore the objects. Here are some of my favorite and some interesting things that have been packed so far!

What did doctors and pharmacists in the early 20th century use to treat a variety of ailments? Every bottle we pulled off the shelf helped answer that question. The bottles, dark blue or brown glass contain things like lactic acid or a variety of oils. There are also jars and tins full of seeds and powders, like the jar of fennel seeds. Fennel has been used to treat stomach issues and is often used as flavoring in medicines. The jar belonged to Dr. Adolph (Ed) Baer who owned and operated Fisher’s Pharmacy in Hagerstown, Md.

Jar of Fennel Seeds (K2014.003.106)

Jar of Fennel Seeds (K2014.003.106)

The exhibit gives us a glimpse of tools and medicine used over decades, but it also shows us what Doctors and Nurses have worn. One of my favorite items in Beyond Chicken Soup is the nurse’s uniform, completed with the bright blue wool cape. The cape was made by Stein Uniform Co. of Baltimore and is lined with gold wool.

Nurse’s Cape (JMM 2009.092.010)

Nurse’s Cape (JMM 2009.092.010)

Although it looks real, the ring featuring a large molar is made out of plastic. Dental student, Edmund Kahn, around 1904 to propose to his girlfriend, Gertrude Fried. He later gave her a real ring and the pair were married in 1907.

“Tooth” Engagement Ring (1991.035.024)

“Tooth” Engagement Ring (1991.035.024)

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