Educational Programs at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
About Scheduling Your Visit
The Immigrant Experience: a Tour of Two Historic Synagogues
Introduction to Judaism
Maryland Jewish Life History Kits
Living History: The Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk
The Synagogue Speaks
Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore
If you are interested in becoming a Partner School with the JMM, please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, for details! She can be reached at (443) 873-5178 or at email@example.com.
Introduction to Judaism:
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.
We are able to offer limited free admission and transportation subsidies to schools participating in this program thanks to generous grant support from the Maryland State Department of Education, the Hoffberger Foundation, the Maryland Historical Trust, and M&T Bank.
Introduction to Judaism: Judaism Revealed Pre-Visit Curricular Material
Introduction to Judaism: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Pre-visit Curricular Material
The Immigrant Experience: Tour of Two Historic Synagogues
Through a dynamic tour focusing on the different immigrant groups that built and worshipped in our synagogues, students learn about an exciting period in American Jewish history and the impact of immigration on the development of Baltimore’s Jewish community.
Immigrant Experience Pre-visit Curricular Material
The following program(s) take place in conjunction with our current exhibition(s):
Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore
Chronicling the neighborhood surrounding the JMM from 1900 to today, this immersive exhibition will introduce students to the hustle and bustle of Corned Beef Row, life in tenement houses, and a medley of immigrant voices.
Pre-Visit Curricular Material for Voices of Lombard Street
Pre-Visit Curricular Material Images
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.”
The Synagogue Speaks: Archaeology Activity
3rd-12th grades (15-30 minutes)
The Synagogue Speaks Archaeology Activity brings to life the work of a real archaeologist as students piece together and date reproduced fragments of objects that were found around the Lloyd Street Synagogue during its archaeological excavation.
Current Exhibition (30 minutes)
Tours of our current exhibitions are available while the exhibits are installed. These tours include activities that connect to the exhibit’s themes through history, literature, art, math, or science.
The following program takes place in our Anne Adalman Goodwin Library
5 th – 12 th grades; 45 minutes
Teachers can take advantage of the rich primary sources that are housed in our archives to enrich lesson plans. Students analyze authentic historical documents, photographs, oral history interviews and more, as they learn about a variety of topics such as early Maryland Jewish history, immigration history, and Jewish life cycle events.
Archival Activity Topics:
• America Bound!: 19th century Immigration and Citizenship
• BLEWS (Black and Jewish Relations)
• Historical Neighborhoods: Park Heights Avenue
• Kesher Kits (Maryland connections to Israel)
• Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore ‘s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945
• Paving Our Way: Early Maryland Jewish History, 1632-1845
• Rabbis, Slavery, and the Civil War
The Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk
(Can be on or off-site)
For Preschool – 1st Grades:
Through the use of immersive storytelling, visuals, and music, preschoolers learn the story of a teenage girl, Ida, who makes a big journey all by herself from her parents’ home in the Ukraine to her new home in Baltimore. The trunk, with photo reproductions, props, and song sheets, can also be sent to your classroom. There is also a similar trunk for Saul Bernstein, a peddler who became an artist whose work is featured in the Baltimore Museum of Art permanent collection. Please call Graham Humphrey for details and scheduling at 443.873.5167 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrant’s Trunk For 2nd-12th grades:
Discover the lives of actual Jewish immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the twentieth century through dramatic living history performances. Professional actors interpret the lives of Ida Rehr—a Ukrainian immigrant who worked in the garment industry—and Saul Bernstein—a Lithuanian peddler who became a professional artist—and Bessie Bluefeld—a Russian immigrant entrepreneur who started the beloved kosher catering company, Bluefeld Catering.
Teachers can also rent a trunk based on the lives of Ida or Saul. Each trunk contains reproduced photographs, documents, letters, and objects from the Museum’s collection that students explore. A curricular guide within the trunk provides teachers with instructions for classroom facilitation.
The cost for the Living History program is $100 plus mileage reimbursement at $0.50/mile. We can offer this program for free to our Partner Schools. If you are interested in becoming a Partner School, please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education, at (443) 873-5169, or email her at email@example.com. The cost of a three-week rental is $60 per trunk, which includes one-way shipping to your school. There is an additional $25 fee for a staff facilitator plus round-trip mileage reimbursement. Each school is responsible for the cost of return shipping.
The Museum is able to offer program subsidies to all schools in the Maryland Public School System as well as Archdiocese affiliated schools thanks to the generous support of the Maryland State Department of Education, the Leo V. Berger Fund, and the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation.
The Leo V. Berger Immigrants Trunk – Bessie Pre-Performance Materials
The Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk – Ida Pre-Performance Materials
The Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk – Saul Pre-Performance Materials
Clip of Immigrant’s Trunk: Ida Rehr (played by Katherine Lyons)
Visit the website of actress Katherine Lyons, who portrays Ida Rehr here.
Maryland Jewish Life History Kits
Bring the JMM to your classroom! The following kits are archival activities that can be used either at the museum (see Archival Activities), or they can be downloaded and printed for your classroom. Each history kit includes lesson plans for hands-on learning, reproduced primary sources, bibliographies, and glossaries.
Paving Our Way: Early Maryland Jewish History, 1632-1845,
Explore the roots of Maryland ‘s Jewish community through reproduced primary sources, art projects, games, role plays, and more. This comprehensive curriculum includes sections on Everyday Life, the Toleration Act of 1649, and the Jew Bill of 1826. Students learn about life in colonial and federal era Maryland through the lens of its first Jewish settlers.
Paving Our Way Curricular Materials
“Are We There Yet? Game Board
Are We There Yet? Game Cards
Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore ‘s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945
4 th -12 th grades
Students learn how the Holocaust reverberated in Maryland , as they explore the experiences of the refugees who settled here in the 1930s and 40s. Activities include photograph exploration, creative writing, and examining the evolution of U.S. immigration policies.
Lives Lost, Lives Found Curricular Materials
Lives Lost, Lives Found: Images for Lesson Plan I
Lives Lost, Lives Found: Images for Lesson Plan III
Learn more about Holocaust resources available through the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore by clicking here.
Interested in having a Holocaust survivor speak to your students? Learn more by contacting Jeanette Parmigiani at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Neighborhoods: Park Heights Avenue*
What are the building blocks of a neighborhood? Students investigate the diverse community of Upper Park Heights Avenue using maps, photos, oral histories, and more. Whether they live in this neighborhood or elsewhere, students are encouraged to make connections with their own communities.
Historical Neighborhoods: Park Heights Avenue Curricular Materials
America Bound!: 19th century immigration and citizenship
Students will learn about the immigrant’s journey, from the reasons for leaving his or her homeland to 19th century reactions to immigration, and to the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, by analyzing primary documents and participating in role-playing games. Lesson plan also includes a chance to compare the issues that surrounded 19th century immigration to those that surround 21st century immigration.
America Bound! Curricular Materials: Coming Soon!
*Free to rent from either the Museum or the Center for Jewish Education. There is a $20 fee for a staff facilitator.
How to Schedule Your School Visit: Contact Graham Humphrey at 443.873.5167 or e-mail email@example.com to book your visit. A packet of pre-visit materials, along with a confirmation letter and directions will be sent to you in advance of your visit.
Dates and Times: School programs are offered year-round Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Length of Visit: Tours generally last 90 minutes to 2 hours but can be tailored to meet your needs.
Group Size: With groups larger than 30, teachers are asked to divide their students into smaller groups of no more than 25-30.
Chaperones: Chaperones are required in a ratio of 1 adult per 10 students. The role of chaperones is to encourage students to ask questions, make personal observations, and provide supervision.
Fees: The admission fee is $2 per student; $3 per accompanying adult, teachers free with group. Supplemental $2 per student fee for archival exploration programs, art projects, writing workshops, and other special programs. Maryland Public Schools are free and we can provide one complimentary bus.
Photos: We will post all photos from a group’s visit to the JMM on our Education Facebook page here. Please let us know if you are not comfortable with our staff taking photos of your group as they go through the museum.
Accessibility: The Museum entrance, galleries, and restrooms are fully accessible. With advance notice, the Museum is happy to provide additional assistance for groups in need of special accommodations such as sign language interpreters. It is necessary to climb stairs to enter the main sanctuaries of both historic synagogues.
Food Service: The Museum can provide space for eating bagged lunches if arrangements are made in advance of the visit. Please note that there is no food service on site at the Museum, nor is there refrigerated storage for lunches.
Visit Other Museums: The Museum can help you create a field trip package that includes a visit to other nearby museums and historic sites. The Jonestown neighborhood, where the Museum is located, is home to several historic sites including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, the Carroll Mansion , and the Shot Tower. The Museum can help you plan a multi-site visit. Please inquire about this option when making your reservation. Note that you will be responsible for paying separate admission fees for each stop on your itinerary. We are happy to work with you to design a special program. Teachers are welcome to visit the Museum any time during open hours (Sun-Thurs 10a.m.-5p.m.) at no charge, with an advanced reservation. The Jewish Museum of Maryland is a Star Attraction along Baltimore’s Heritage Walk. Visit www.heritagewalk.org for more information.
To make reservations for a school program, to confer with JMM education staff, or to get more information, please contact Graham Humphrey, Visitor Services Coordinator at 443.873.5167 or email firstname.lastname@example.org