Museum Matters: November 2014

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / For more information on JMM events please visit


Lloyd Street Synagogue Anniversary

Sunday, November 9, 10:00am to 5:00pm


1:00 pm Lecture: Mendes’ Baltimore: The Industries That Built a City

Speaker: Jack Burkert, Baltimore Museum of Industry

3:00pm Tour: Technology in the Temple

Both Programs Free with Museum Admission 

Help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rededication of the Lloyd Street Synagogue with a lecture and the launching of our newest specialty tour, Technology in the Temple.

Jack Burkert, a museum educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, will discuss the industries and technology that played a vital role in the growth and development of Baltimore during Mendes Cohen’s lifetime.  Jack joined the Baltimore Museum of Industry as a Museum Educator in 2010 and has made a specialty of adding content and background to his work through research into the history of Baltimore, its port, businesses, people and immigration. A 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jack graduated with honors with a degree in history and education. His working life, some 40+ years, was spent in various educator roles.

Following the lecture at 3:00pm, join us for our newest specialty synagogue tour, Technology in the Temple. Inspired by our latest exhibit, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen, the tour will delve into how the technological innovations of Mendes’ lifetime led to the development of this historic landmark. This tour will also become part of our regularly scheduled synagogue tours and will be offered during our Sunday and Monday 3pm tours for the duration of The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen which is on display through June 14, 2015.

In addition, we have a special display set up in our lobby all day. In commemoration of Kristallnacht, we are honored to welcome Martin Levin Artistic Creations to the Museum for a display of his Kristallnacht Synagogues series. Levin has meticulously recreated the facades of many historic European synagogues that were destroyed during Kristallnacht in miniature format. Also on view are two new additions to his series of historic synagogues, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel.


Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland

Monday, November 10, 7:00pm

Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. RSVP at
For more information, contact Courtney Campbell at the Museum’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 202.488.0420 or

Through his new book, Three Minutes in Poland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2014), writer Glenn Kurtz traces his remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s home movie from 1938. Featuring rare images of a small Jewish town in Poland, the film now serves as a memorial to an entire culture that was annihilated in the Holocaust.
Hear about the extraordinary discoveries made when Kurtz donated his grandfather’s home-movie footage to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. By making these haunting, candid images available on its website, the Museum helped create unexpected family connections that transcend war and time.

Featured speakers include: author Glenn Kurtz and Leslie Swift, Chief, Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound (USHMM).

This program is co-sponsored by Beth El, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the JMM and The ASSOCIATED.


A Tribute to Vivienne Shub

Thursday, November 13

Doors open at 6:30pm / Program starts at 7:00pm


Join us as we remember and celebrate the life of renowned Baltimore actor, Vivienne Shub. This special evening will feature some of Vivienne’s closest friends and family sharing their fondest memories of this wonderful lady. There will be an opportunity to view some rarely seen footage of Vivienne performing, along with a lobby display in the museum displaying photographs and mementos from the JMM collections as well as Vivienne’s family. This is an evening not to be missed for any theatre lover.

Light kosher refreshments will be served.


Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission


Premium Members Reception


Free to Premium members


See history come alive with this performance of our newest Living History character and subject of our recently opened exhibit, performed by actor Grant Cloyd. Learn more about this fascinating character as he recounts some of his most captivating anecdotes, including his experience as a defender at Fort McHenry and his time spent traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East.  This occasion marks the first full performance of “The Ghost of Mendes Cohen” at the JMM.

Our premium members (Living History  Circle, Lloyd Street League and 1845 Society) are invited to join us after the scheduled performance of The Ghost of Mendes Cohen at 1pm for a reception and behind-the-scenes look how this dramatic performance was created. Grant Cloyd, the actor who portrays Mendes and Harriet Lynn, our director, will both be joining us for conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are not a premium member but would like to join us for this event please contact Sue Foard or call her at 410-732-6402 x220 to upgrade your membership. The reception will take place in the Museum’s Rosen-Salganik Board Room.


Downtown Dollar Day

A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Sunday, December 7, 2:30pm

Admission: $1

Set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family Chanukah concert with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights! Bring home a piece of the festivities with Chanukah themed crafts.

A versatile artist, Joanie Leeds is a gifted musician with a soulful voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy.  In addition to her secular popularity, Joanie tours the country playing synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish museums. Her Jewish music can be found on the PJ Library’s compilation.


Maryland Jewish Book Festival

Sunday, December 14, 11am to 4pm

Program free with museum admission

Still looking for the perfect Chanukah gift? You are certain to find something here as we invite some of the region’s best Jewish authors to talk about and sign their books.


Late Night on Lloyd Street: DIY Olive Oil? ImPRESSive!

Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Center

Venue the Jewish Museum of Maryland


The miracle of Chanukah: Oil for one day of lighting the ancient temple lasted a full 8 days!… but why did it take 8 days? Get excited for a night of pitting, pressing and processing olives into olive oil with the Pearlstone Center Farm staff. Bring “Olive” your questions… Like why is olive oil so important to the Jewish community? And is olive oil really good for you? What can I do with it besides light ancient Menorahs and fry latkes? Finally, have the chance to make your own olive oil creations such as infused oil using herbs from Pearlstone’s farm, or dyed decorative Channukiah oil to take home. They also make great gifts!

As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Please be aware this event has a maximum number of places available so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Contact Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email with questions!


Mitzvah Day

Thursday, December 25

10:00 a.m. to 1:00pm: Mitzvah activities

1:00 p.m: Speaker, Gilbert Sandler

Program Free with Museum Admission

Join us again this year as we participate in Mitzvah Day, where we will be helping to make life a little easier for some of the children in our community. Mitzvah activities will be suitable for all ages and is a great way to bring the family together!

Following the Mitzvah activities we welcome Gilbert Sandler who will discuss Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. Mr. Sandler will share the story of how Jewish Baltimore got started. Exploring the institutions the earliest immigrants founded that helped bring them into mainstream of America. Then how those institutions leaders arose from the newly-formed Jewish community to wider leadership and prominence and wealth and influence—and at long last become American!


More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on facebook:


Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland November Meeting

Finding a Family’s Town: A Case Study / Beyond It Isn’t All Online

Sunday, November 23, 1:30-3:30pm

Pikesville Library’s Meeting Room (1301 Reisterstown Road)

Program is free for JGSM members; $5 for members

For more information, check out


Maryland Historical Society:

Images of a Vanished Baltimore:
The Art of Jacob Glushakow

The Maryland Historical Society proudly announces the opening of a new exhibition on Thursday, November 13, 2014 featuring the art of Jacob Glushakow (1914-2000). Glushakow painted the everyday of Baltimore, the people, the neighborhoods, the harbor, the markets and, perhaps most significantly, the vanishing urban landscape of the city. An opening reception will take place from 6-7:30 PM. All are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, call 410-685-3750 Ext 377.

About Jacob Glushakow

The first child of Russian Jewish immigrants, Esther and Abraham Glushakow, Jacob entered the world at sea on the ship Bradenburg traveling from Bremen, Germany to Philadelphia. The family, after fleeing the beginning of World War I, settled in East Baltimore. Jacob graduated from City College in 1933 and attended the Maryland Institute of Art. Until the end of his life, he sketched and painted the city he loved. He described his powerfully rendered images to The Baltimore Sun as “emotion recollected in tranquility.”

In his vivid compositions, often painted with electric turquoises, saturated oranges and rusty browns, Glushakow found importance in the humdrum, the noble in the quotidian. His eye transformed people sitting in a park, workman lounging at the harbor, even the interior of a tailor’s shop resonate with visual significance. He made the common place scenes and objects of life tell stories. Today, his work provides a glimpse of a largely vanished Baltimore and reminds us that the urban landscape of the city changed profoundly throughout the twentieth century.

About Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow

In 2014, thanks to the generosity of the Glushakow family and Helen Glushakow in particular, the Maryland Historical Society received a gift of paintings, drawings and oil sketches by the artist. From touching family portraits to more jarring scenes of urban renewal at work, Glushakow’s art explores the human experience with sensitivity, honesty, and sometimes, humor. On November 13, 2014, the Maryland Historical Society will open “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow,” exhibition which will highlight this important acquisition and celebrate the significance of this Baltimore artist’s work.

“Jacob’s dream was to have his paintings at the Maryland Historical Society,” remarked Helen Glushakow, his sister. Glushakow’s work intersects seamlessly with the museum’s other 20th century holdings of paintings and photography. “This gift of Glushakow’s paintings and drawings offers us so many opportunities to interpret life in twentieth-century Baltimore. His art provides glimpses of the everyday, but it tells big stories about this city’s history. His work “puts the viewer on the ground” in this city as it looked in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s…” Alexandra Deutsch, the museum’s Chief Curator observes. “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow” will remain on view until March, 2015.



Exhibits currently on display include The A-mazing Mendes Cohen (on display through June 14, 2015), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!


Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  We will offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.  On November 9 we will introduce a new Lloyd Street “1845: Technology and the Temple” tour at 3:00pm and the tour will be available every Sunday and Monday at 3:00 until The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen closes next June.

Please note we are closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27 as well as Friday, November 28.


Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or




Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street.

Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchased online! For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or


Gift Shop

Chanukah is around the corner!  First candle is lit December 16, 2014…and we have an amazing selection of candles, all made in Israel, and a gorgeous range of colors. We have Menorahs for the young, and the young at heart; a magnificent hand-blown menorah, Israeli stone and crystal imports, fun and funky menorahs.  Our dreidle collection is known for its variety of choices, from sterling to hand-painted wood, to fine china. Games and books for all ages!  Our jewelry is chosen with care for the discriminating buyer; we cheerfully gift-wrap and will mail your purchases for you.

Merchandise purchased in the Museum Shop directly benefits the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Members receive a 10% discount on JMM Shop purchases.

For information, call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 or email at



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Once Upon a Time…02.28.2014

Posted on November 4th, 2014 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 at 410.732.6400 x236 or email


1995114004001fDate run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  February 28, 2014


PastPerfect Accession #:  1995.114.004.001f


Status:  Partially identified! Do you recognize anyone else from this HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) trip to Annapolis, June 9, 1984 Left to Right: 1. Unidentified 2. unidentified 3. unidentified 4. Sandy Tour


Special Thanks To: Sandy Tour


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An engagement ring of a different color, 1904

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by

Happy Halloween, blog readers!  I’d thought of featuring some of our photograph collections in honor of the holiday, but many great images of costumed Halloween celebrants were posted last year – so instead I’ll go in a different direction, with a seemingly costume-y (or even frightening) artifact that actually has a sweet story behind it.

Edmund Kahn (1881-1955), from Centreville, Maryland, attended the University of Maryland dental school in the early 1900s.  According to family stories, Edmund the student was dating a young woman from Baltimore, Gertrude Fried (1882-1954). When the time came to pop the question, he was unable to afford a traditional engagement ring; instead, he made one himself, representative of his future profession: a small ring of red Plasticine with a gleaming fake molar in place of a gemstone.

JMM 1990.191.024

JMM 1990.191.024

Eventually, the story continues, Edmund proposed again with a ‘real’ ring. He graduated from dental school in 1904; he and Gertrude were married at the Madison Avenue Temple, Baltimore, on December 22, 1907.  Dr. Kahn went on to practice dentistry in West Baltimore – sharing an office with his brother Howard, a physician – for over fifty years.

Left: Edmund Kahn, 1904 (JMM 1990.191.011). Right: Gertrude Fried with her brother Hiram, 1889 (JMM 1990.191.008).

Left: Edmund Kahn, 1904 (JMM 1990.191.011). Right: Gertrude Fried with her brother Hiram, 1889 (JMM 1990.191.008).

In his 1904 graduation portrait, above left, Edmund Kahn’s expression is serious and studious – not necessarily the kind of guy you’d expect to give his girlfriend a handmade novelty ring.  Gertrude Fried, however (above right in Atlantic City, NJ, 1889), has the rather mischievous, ready-to-be-amused look of someone who might enjoy showing off a molar ring to her friends.

The ring is well-crafted; even if there was a convenient model tooth lying around after class, time and effort went into making the band itself. In other words, this wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment creation or gift. Perhaps the idea was based on an inside joke the two shared, or maybe it was a complete surprise.  We don’t know how the proposal(s) went down, or if Gertrude ever really wore the ring. Nonetheless we know it was important enough that the family saved it, and the story that went with it, for many years.  Eventually Janice Kahn Friedman, Edmund and Gertrude’s daughter, donated the ring to the JMM, along with other family pieces.

…This post got away from the intended Halloween-factor pretty quickly.  Let’s bring it back: First, why is the ring that nice reddish color? Take a look at its cousin, a small partial plate also made by Edmund Kahn, for the answer: gum-colored Plasticine was easily to hand, apparently.

Left: JMM 1991.035.023; right: JMM 1991.035.024

Left: JMM 1991.035.023; right: JMM 1991.035.024

And here’s a detail view of a rather macabre photograph from our collections, showing Edmund Kahn’s dental school class posed around an (occupied) autopsy table in 1904. For the occasion, the students added a cheerful skull-and-crossbones motif to the fronts of their smocks, and someone has caused the lab’s anatomical skeleton to strike a pose. Edmund is at the far right; in this setting, he looks more like a person who would make his girlfriend a tooth ring.

Detail view of JMM 1991.035.020e

Detail view of JMM 1991.035.020e

Still not scary enough for you? Try an internet image search for “antique teeth” or “partial plate.” And then call your dentist.

JoannaA spooky blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts from Joanna click HERE. To read even more posts about our collections click HERE.


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