Educational Program Offerings

At JMM, we tell stories of Jewish Maryland. Our exhibits, collections, and programs share stories that will make students question, laugh, think, and feel deeply – no matter who they are – because it is stories that make us human and connect us as a community of learners.

Your students will immerse themselves in an interactive learning experience igniting their curiosity and fostering personal connections.

You can work directly with our education team to build an experience for your students that will enrich their classroom learning. Programs can take place at both the Museum or your school.  

To make reservations for a school program or to get more information, please contact Marisa Shultz at mshultz@jewishmuseummd.org


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JMM Education Programs Online

 

Virtual Visits

Have a JMM Educator visit your virtual classroom to facilitate a presentation with your students. We are happy to tailor a presentation to your class’ learning needs. To book a visit, complete our Virtual Visit Request Form. Questions? Contact Marisa Shultz at mshultz@jewishmuseummd.org 

We are currently developing new, engaging programs and look forward to continuing to support you and your students. Download our 2019-2020 JMM Education Brochure

 

Downloadable Resources

We have a number of resources to support students. Please explore our Educator’s Guides listed below that complement programs such as Introduction to Judaism and The Immigrant Experience.

We also have online exhibits with corresponding education materials. We have been releasing new resources in our educator e-newsletters released weekly. See past e-newsletters here. 

Wondernauts 

Inspired by the exhibit Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, we will dive into challenges about everything from ancient star patterns to famous firsts in space science, to the imaginings of writers and artists picturing a distant future. We’ll even be observing our own skies! Throughout our journey we will face challenges and tasks that will ask us to think hard, think creatively, and consult the world around us. This entire website has informal learning resources great for teachers and parents! 

The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen

Mendes Cohen was born in Richmond in 1796, moved to Baltimore with his family when he was 12 years old, and died at age 84 in 1879. As you explore this website, you will learn about the world of Mendes Cohen, meet Mendes’ family and join him on many adventures. Educator resources here. 

The Holocaust Memory Project

The 91 stories presented here, put human faces on one of the most tragic chapters in modern history, the Holocaust. Each post is dedicated to a single story that has been told through the medium of collage. Educator resources here. 

GRAY In Black and White 

On the fifth anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising that followed Freddie Gray’s death in police custody in April 2015, the Jewish Museum of Maryland is proud to host a collaboration between two Baltimore photographers, J.M. Giordano and Devin Allen. Through this collection of photographs from the Uprising, Giordano, who is white, and Allen, who is black, collaborate to shed light and insight on their fellow Baltimoreans. Educator resources here.


School Partnerships:
If you are interested in becoming a Partner School with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, for details! She can be reached at (443) 873-5178 or at idackmanalon@jewishmuseummd.org.


Changing Exhibitions Gallery

  • Offered For: Grades 1 – 12
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite

Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling 

Participate in an experiential program that connects our special exhibits’ themes through history, social science, English language arts, math, or science. This exhibit tells the important role that people, many of them Jewish immigrants, had in creating the scrap industry. It also tells the story of how almost everything that becomes worn, useless, or obsolete can be changed into something useful again. Through hands-on activities, students will experience one of America’s largest industries and the stories of immigrant families that built it. 

Middle School 

Download our Middle School Educator’s Guide with Public School Curricular Connections or our Middle School Educator Guide with Jewish Curricular ConnectionsThis guide has background information, activities for your classroom, a glossary, curricular connections, and resources to support your visit to the Museum.

Download our Job in a Jobs in a New Home Archival Exploration Resource Packet for our Middle School Educator Guide.

Download our Globalization in the Scrap Industry Resource Packet for our Middle School Educator Guide.

Elementary School 

Download our Elementary School Educator’s Guide with Public School Curricular Connections or our Elementary School Educator’s Guide with Jewish School Curricular ConnectionsThis guide has background information, activities for your classroom, a glossary, curricular connections, and resources to support your visit to the Museum.

Download our Job in a Jobs in a New Home Archival Exploration Resource Packet Grades 3-5 for our Middle School Educator Guide.


Tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue

Explore the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the first synagogue built in Maryland, through one of the following programs:

(A) Introduction to Judaism

  • Offered for: K to Grade 12
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite

This program is designed to give non-Jewish students an overview of Jewish history religion and culture through an exploration of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue. Step inside a Jewish house of worship and learn about Jewish customs and traditions.  Learn about the three groups that worshipped in the building and compare Judaism to other world religions.

To learn more and prepare for your visit explore our JMM Educator Guide Introduction to Judaism. 

Students from Van Bokkelen Elementary School with a Museum Educator in Lloyd Street Synagogue

(B) The Immigrant Experience

  • Offered For: K to Grade 12
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite

Learn about the different immigrant groups that worshipped in the Lloyd Street Synagogue and explore how Jewish immigrants brought their own unique culture and traditions with them to the United States.

To learn more and prepare for your visit explore our JMM Educator Guide Immigrant Experience.

Students from Kreiger Schechter Day School visiting the Lloyd Street Synagogue


Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore

  • Offered For: K to Grade 12
  • Length: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite

Walk through an immersive exhibit featuring the Jonestown neighborhood and experience tenement houses, sweatshops, and the sights and sounds of Lombard Street to learn about the immigrant families that called this neighborhood home.

Voices of Lombard Street materials available thanks to Judy and Jerry Macks in memory of the Macks, Kravetz, Goldstein, and Wagenheim Families – “Their voices are part of the story.”

Students from School of the Cathedral participating in the Voices of Lombard Street Program


Synagogue Speaks: Archaeology Program

  • Offered For: 3rd to 5th Grade
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite

Piece together objects found during the archaeological excavation of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and learn about the different immigrant groups that worshipped in the historic building.

Students working together as archaeologists to make discoveries about the Lloyd Street Synagogue


Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Offered For: 4th to 12th Grade
  • Length: Available as 30 minutes or 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite

Explore the historic Jonestown neighborhood and see the streets from the perspectives of the people that lived here in the early 1900’s.


Chanukah Program

  • Offered For: Preschool to Grade 3
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite and at School

Using immersive storytelling, hands-on activities, and music, students are introduced to the story of Chanukah.


Preschool Immigrant’s Trunk 

  • Offered For: Preschool to Grade 1
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite and at School

Using immersive storytelling, music, and props, preschoolers learn the story of a teenage girl, Ida Rehr, who makes a big journey from Ukraine to her new home in Baltimore.


Living History Performances

Explore the life of a Jewish immigrant through a dramatic living history performance. The performances incorporate reproductions of artifacts, photographs, and documents from the collections and include opportunities for audience interaction. For many, living history performances resonate in powerful ways and the feedback we receive is universally positive. Available characters include:

Ida Rehr: A Ukrainian immigrant who worked in Baltimore’s garment industry.

Henrietta Szold: A rabbi’s daughter who impacted Jewish immigration to Baltimore and Israel in the 20th century

Harry Houdini: Before he was the world’s most famous magician, he was Erik Weisz, a Hungarian immigrant.

Click here to learn more about our Living History Programs for Schools. 


Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945

  • Offered For: 5th to 12th grades
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite or Offsite

Interpret how the Holocaust reverberated in Maryland by exploring the experiences of refugees who settled here in the 1930s and 40s using primary sources, including archival photographs, documents, and film.

This program has a cost of $25 per session.


Archival Exploration

  • Offered For: 5th to 12th Grade
  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite

Analyze authentic historical documents and photographs from our archives to learn about a variety of topics, such as early Maryland Jewish history and immigration history.

Students exploring the Archives at the Jewish Museum of Maryland


Home School Groups

The JMM is the perfect place for Homeschool Families. Homeschool Days are special days designed for homeschoolers of all ages to participate in our thematic, hands-on experiences centered around the Museum’s exhibits. Students are encouraged to work together, ask questions, and think critically. Registration is required.

Check back for our 2020-2021 Homeschools Days. 


Holocaust Survivor Speaker

Interested in having a Holocaust survivor speak to your students? Learn more by contacting Jeanette Parmigiani from the Baltimore Jewish Council at jparmigiani@baltjc.org


My Family Story

This project is in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.  

Through rigorous research and inspiring creativity, young Jewish students from local Jewish schools produce art pieces illustrating a personal exploration into their family roots and connections to the greater story of the Jewish people.

These students are not alone in the adventure – students and teachers from Israel and around the Jewish world conduct their own family explorations, with the best projects from each school to be entered into Beit Hatftsot’s international competition.

Interested in having your school become part of this amazing program? Contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, at idackmanalon@jewishmuseummd.org or 443-873-5178.

 


To make reservations for a school program, to confer with Jewish Museum of Maryland education staff, or to get more information, please contact Marisa Shultz at mshultz@jewishmuseummd.org

Complete a visit request form here. 

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