Upcoming Exhibitions

The Book of Joseph
April 22 – June 3, 2018

Inescapable: The Life
and Legacy of Harry Houdini
June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019

Educational Program Offerings

The Jewish Museum offers a variety of programs and tours for school groups, camps, youth groups, college and university students, home schools, and after-school programs. We provide both on-site field trip opportunities and outreach services. A listing of current school programs is provided below.

To make reservations for a school program, to confer with Jewish Museum of Maryland education staff, or to get more information, please contact Paige Woodhouse, Visitor Services Coordinator at 443.873.5167 or email pwoodhouse@jewishmuseummd.org

Download a School Visit Form here: Jewish Museum of Maryland School Visit Form

For Information about Scheduling a Visit click 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.

School programs generally last 90 minutes to 2 hours but can be tailored to meet your needs. You can combine multiple programs to create a package.


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. As part of the program, students tour the synagogue, learn about the significance of Jewish customs and traditions as they handle Jewish ritual objects, and discuss how Judaism compares to other world religions that they have studied.

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


The Immigrant Experience: Tour of Two Historic Synagogues

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

Through a dynamic tour focusing on the different groups that built and worshipped in the historic synagogues; students will learn about an exciting period in American Jewish history and the impact of immigration on the development of Baltimore’s Jewish community.

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 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite

This exhibit documents how the neighborhood surrounding the Museum has served as home to many different immigrant groups and how members of these ethnic and religious groups interacted.  This immersive exhibition will introduce students to life in tenement houses and sweatshops, to the hustle and bustle of Lombard Street, and to a medley of immigrants’ voices.

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 8th Grade
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Delivered: Onsite

Students learn about the history of the Jonestown community and the different immigrant groups that used the Lloyd Street Synagogue building for worship. This program brings to life the work of a real archaeologist. Students piece together and date reproduced fragments of objects that were found around the Lloyd Street Synagogue during its archaeological excavation.

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


Changing Exhibitions Gallery

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

Tours of our changing exhibitions are available. These tours include activities appropriate for school-age students that connect to the exhibit’s themes through history, literature, art, math, or science.


Archival Exploration

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

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. They learn about a variety of topics, such as early Maryland Jewish history, immigration history, and Jewish life cycle events.

Archival Activity Topics:

  • 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
  • Injustices Throughout Time
  • BLEWS (Black and Jewish Relations)

The following program takes place in our Anne Adalman Goodwin Library.

Students exploring the Archives at the Jewish Museum of Maryland


Chanukah Program

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

Through the use of immersive storytelling, hands-on activities, and music, students learn the story of Chanukah.


Living History Programs

Immigrant’s Trunk

  • Offered For: Preschool to 1st Grade
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite or Offsite

Through the use of immersive storytelling, visuals, and music, preschoolers learn the story of a teenage girl, Ida Rehr, who makes a big journey all by herself from her parents’ home in the Ukraine to her new home in Baltimore. The trunk includes photo reproductions, props, and song sheets. This program can also be sent to your classroom (Please see Immigrant’s Trunk: Rental Option).

The cost of this program is $25. If the program is delivered offsite, there is an additional mileage reimbursement of $0.50/mile.

Exploring the Immigrant’s Trunk in the Voices of Lombard Street Exhibit


Immigrant’s Trunk: Living History Performance

  • Offered For: 2nd to 12th Grade
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite or Offsite

Discover the lives of actual Jewish immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the twentieth century through a dramatic living history performance. Professional actors interpret the lives of:

Ida Rehr – a Ukrainian immigrant who worked in the garment industry.

Henrietta Szold – a rabbi’s daughter who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement.

Bessie Bluefeld – a Russian immigrant entrepreneur who started the beloved kosher catering company, Bluefeld Catering.

The cost for the Living History program is $300 plus mileage reimbursement at $0.50/mile. For Baltimore City Public Schools, the 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 Learning and Visitor Experience, at (443) 873-5178, or email her at idackmanalon@jewishmuseummd.org

Visit the website of actress Katherine Lyons, who portrays Ida Rehr here.


Immigrant’s Trunk: Rental Option

Teachers can also rent a trunk based on the life of Ida Rehr. 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 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.


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

  • Offered For: 4th to 12th grades
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Delivered: Onsite or Offsite

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.

This program has a cost of $25 per session.


Home School Groups

Please contact the Museum about setting up a program with your home school group. We are happy to work with your group to set up a hands-on program that compliments your curriculum. For more information, please contact the Visitor Services Coordinator, at pwoodhouse@jewishmuseummd.org.


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 Learning and Visitor Experience, 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 Paige Woodhouse, Visitor Services Coordinator at 443.873.5167 or email pwoodhouse@jewishmuseummd.org

Download a School Visit Form here: Jewish Museum of Maryland School Visit Form

For Information about Scheduling a Visit click Here.