RTN Teachers are invited to join us on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the next RTN teachers’ workshop, “Jewish and Muslim Refugees in Baltimore: Connecting past to present.”
In this workshop, teachers will learn about the history of Jewish refugees in Baltimore. We will also meet Muslim refugees, hear their stories, and discuss the current situation for Muslim refugees in our city. Teachers will explore opportunities for their students to build relationships with local refugees.
Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202)
RSVP:Registration is required. Contact Alison Kysia, ICJS Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-494-7161 x116 to register
Dr. Uta Larkey and Goucher College students present projects from their course Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory. This course focuses on the history of the Holocaust through personal testimonies. Central to this course is the examination of interviews that Goucher students conducted in previous years with local Holocaust survivors as well as other Oral History video collections, letters, diaries, and artistic representations.
Join us for an inside glimpse into the historic initiative underway in Israel – establishing the National Library of Israel. Head of collections at the National Library, Dr. Aviad Stollman will lead a presentation and discussion.
Founded in Jerusalem in 1892, the National Library of Israel (NLI) has a distinct dual mandate, serving as the national library for both the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Its vast holdings tell the historical, cultural and intellectual story of the Jewish people, the Land of Israel and the State of Israel throughout the ages. The National Library has recently embarked upon an ambitious initiative to transform itself into a cutting-edge global center at the forefront of knowledge dissemination and cultural creativity. This transformative renewal process is being driven by the principle of open access and is taking place in the realm of content, with a wide range of cultural, educational, and technological initiatives already under way, as well as in the physical realm, with the construction of a new landmark facility in the heart of Jerusalem adjacent to the Knesset.
Following the lecture light refreshments will be served in accordance with dietary laws. To reserve you space please contact Trillion Attwood at email@example.com.
What place in 21st century life do ancient purity laws governing menstruation have? Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Jewish women, in particular, have increasingly turned to the use of the mikveh (ritual bath) to mark major life transitions, from menarche to menopause or fertility challenges to hysterectomies. Dubbed the Modern Mikveh Movement, there has been a proliferation of community mikveh projects to facilitate meaningful, embodied, spiritual experiences, either in conjunction with or independent of the traditional observance of niddah (the laws surrounding menstruation). This talk, based on ethnographic field research in Jerusalem, Boston, and New York, will explore how Jewish women are integrating the mikveh into a variety of medical treatments, especially those related to reproduction.
Don’t miss this final opportunity to tap your inner artist and explore a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels welcome – our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so bring your entire family for a day of relaxation and creation.
Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, Public Programs Manager, National Museum of Health and Medicine
Military medicine – past, present and future – is featured in the exhibit “Advances in Military Medicine” at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Md. The exhibit features challenges overcome by military medicine during the past 200 years, with artifacts drawn from across the museum’s collections. Items on display include medical and surgical kits, facial reconstruction masks, the floor of an Air Force tent hospital from Balad, Iraq and more. (Courtesy of National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Md.)
On May 21, 1862, Surgeon General William Hammond established a “Military Medical Museum” to collect and study specimens of morbid anatomy, both medical and surgical. Over 150 years later, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) continues to collect, preserve and exhibit both historical and contemporary collections related to anatomy and pathology as well as artifacts and archival materials that inspire and promote an understanding of medicine—past, present and future—with a special emphasis on American military medicine. Join museum staff for a look at how the NMHM has transformed from a “cabinet of curiosities” into an invaluable repository that contributes to scientific collaborations as well as a public appreciation of the value of military medicine to the nation.
Andrea Schierkolk currently serves as the Public Programs Manager of the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, M.D. Previously, she served as the Assistant Administrator of the N.C. State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. Schierkolk holds a B.A. in History from Meredith College.
Free Fall Baltimore is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts made possible by presenting sponsor BGE, with generous support from The Abell Foundation, Atapco Properties, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.
Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! We already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now we want to find the best chicken soup in Maryland. We invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search.
Even if you choose not to compete we encourage you to join us at the JMM for a day dedicated to Chicken Soup with tastings, activities for the whole family, tips from professionals and the announcement of Maryland’s greatest chicken soup.
and, of course, YOU! All attendees are invited to vote for the “Audience’s Choice Best Chicken Soup!
*Taste the soups and vote!
*Take Home Gardens: We are thrilled to welcome Josh Rosenstein of Edible Eden Baltimore Foodscapes llc to lead us in creating mini-herb gardens to take home! We will be planting rosemary and dill in a soup bowl filled with potting soil and learning about how to grow, cook with, and enjoy culinary herbs. Edible Eden is a local backyard farming and edible landscaping business offering services to homeowners, businesses and schools.
*Decorate your own soup bowl to take home!
*Q and A with Tom Lovejoy about how to perfect your own chicken soup!
*Illustrate your “perfect bowl” of soup!
Call for Entries IS NOW CLOSED
Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! We already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now we want to find the best chicken soup in Maryland.
We are now accepting entries on a first come, first served basis from amateur cooks throughout Maryland. Spots are limited, so early registration is recommended. Registration will close at 5:00pm on Friday, September 30th. Due to limited space we ask that individuals only enter one category. One place in each category will be held for entrants 16 years of age a younger who will be eligible to win a separate award.
The cook off will consist of three separate categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category plus an overall “Best In Soup” winner.
Traditional – Just like Bubbie makes, the classic Chicken Soup made with either noodles or matzo balls.
Alternative – A reinterpretation of this classic dish, maybe pan-asian or perhaps a with a Mexican twist, the only limit is your imagination.
Free From – Remove at least one of the traditional ingredients, perhaps gluten free chicken soup, maybe vegetarian or even vegan ‘chicken’ soup.
This competition is open to all amateur cooks residing in Maryland.
One available space in each category will be reserved for an entrant under 16 years of age, if this place is not filled it will be offered to a cook on the waiting list.
Each entrant should provide at least one gallon of their soup – the more you provide the better your chances of winning the People’s Choice Award.
All soup should be brought to the museum warm and ready to serve, electrical outlets are not available.
All entrants should be in the museum by 12:30pm on the day of the competition, ready to serve by 1pm.
Winners for each category, plus an overall winner, will be announced at 3pm.
Entrants must stay with their soup throughout the judging period to serve and answer questions.
We know there are no limits to creativity, but we do ask that contestants refrain from the use of pork or shellfish in their soups.
Sketching the Collection: Selections from the Jewish Museum of Maryland Sunday, September 25th from 6:30pm Instructor Matthew Adelberg Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!
Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections.. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.
No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.
Travel through time with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and be the first in the 21st century to meet Henrietta Szold (1860-1945). Before “community organizing” had a name, there was Henrietta Szold – the rabbi’s daughter who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement. Her tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.
Hear her story in her own words.
We developed the Henrietta Szold living history character original script in conjunction with Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, an exhibit that explores the ways that science and culture have together shaped health care. Find out more at www.chickensoupexhibit.org.
Henrietta Szold: Living History Character was made possible through the generous support of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, Inc., a supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Educational opportunities were made possible by the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.
Residents and stakeholders along the Central Avenue corridor are invited to the JEwish Museum of Maryland to learn about and discuss Public Art for Central Avenue Streetscape proposals by FGLA public artists Graham Coreil-Allen and Falon Mihalic. The artists will present renderings for three public art concepts they have developed based on site visits and stakeholder input gathered over the summer.
Community members are invited to provide feedback to the artists on the proposals before the Baltimore City Public Art Commission meets the following day.
Public Art for Central Avenue Streetscape is a percent-for-art commission managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
This multimedia lecture centers on the depiction of the Jewish doctor in twentieth-century American humor. In the early part of the century, the idea of the trusted Jewish caregiver was inherently comical, in that Jews were scorned in society. But as Jews became progressively more acculturated in the postwar era, becoming a physician represented the pinnacle of success for a Jewish child, and Jewish doctors were charged with saving their patients from overindulgence and the anxieties of affluence. Ultimately, though, as the century came to a close, Jewish doctors were seen as no longer commanding the cachet that they once had enjoyed, questioning their relationship to their heritage, and sometimes even struggling to make ends meet.
Among the clips that we will discuss: Joe Smith and Charlie Dale’s classic 1920s vaudeville routine, “Doctor Kronkheit,” Groucho Marx as the bumbling but acerbic Dr. Hugo Hackenbush in the 1930s film, “A Day at the Races,” Dr. Murray Banks’ 1960s stand-up routine, “How to Live With Yourself, or What to Do Until the Psychiatrist Comes,” Rob Morrow as Dr. Joel Fleishman in the 1990s TV series, “Northern Exposure,” and Matt Groening’s turn of the millennium animated series “Futurama” with its crustacean alien doctor, Zoidberg.
Speaker Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine
Included with Admission
The National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest biomedical library with a collection of over twelve million books, journals, manuscripts, audiovisuals, and other forms of medical information. The collection includes material from the eleventh century to the present, and stands amongst the richest of any institution in the world. This illustrated presentation will introduce these vast collections to the audience, including how NLM was able to assist the Jewish Museum of Maryland in mounting its current exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.
Stephen J. Greenberg received his doctorate in Early Modern History from Fordham University with a dissertation on early printing and publishing. After teaching for several years, he returned to school and earned his library degree from Columbia University, specializing in Rare Books and Archival Management. Since 1992, he has worked in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, where he is currently Coordinator of Public Services. He is also an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland (College Park), where he lectures on the history of authorship, printing, and publishing.
In partnership with the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America we welcome to the JMM Dr. Martin Victor, author of Doctor in Blue. Dr. Victor will discuss his time as an air force doctor, and how his faith impacted that time. Following his presentation Dr. Victor will be joined by other armed service medical professionals for a discussion of their shared experiences.
This program is part of our “In the Service of Health” series, a celebration of the work of public sector providers of care.
We have something for everyone as we honor our first responders!
From 11am to 1pm we welcome to the JMM both a modern and vintage firetruck for you to explore plus crafts inspired by the firetrucks.
At 1pm William Roulett, Education Director at The Fire Museum of Maryland joins us for his presentation The History of the American Fire Service as Seen through the Eyes of the Collection of the Fire Museum of Maryland. William Roulett has been Education Director at the Fire Museum of Maryland since May 2015. Prior to that, he was Education and Interpretation Director at the Camden County Historical Society and a Park Guide at Valley Forge National Historical Park. William received his MA in History from Rutgers University and serves in the Army Reserves.
This program is part of our “In the Service of Health” series, a celebration of the work of public sector providers of care.
Pencil drawing of the exterior of the Lloyd Street Synagogue by Louis Rix. JMM 1988.26.1
Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. Sessions will take place throughout our campus, both inside and outside. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.
No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email email@example.com or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.
Most projects take at least two hours to complete, so we recommend arriving within the first hour of the program. All artists will be invited to display their art in a lobby display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland later in the year.
Additional Events in this Series include:
Art class at the Golden Age Center, March, 1957. JMM 2002.107.58
Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City, will be speaking about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health because the well-being of a community is critical to its ability to thrive. She is working to make the Baltimore City Health Department a national model for a future where it is standard practice for public health leaders to collaborate with medical providers, businesses, schools, and almost every other sector to promote health and wellness.
As Baltimore City’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Wen leads the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the U.S., with over 1000 employees. Her transformative approach to public health involves engaging hospitals and returning citizens in violence prevention and launching an ambitious opioid overdose prevention program that is training every resident to save lives. Following the civil unrest in April 2015, she directed Baltimore’s medical access and trauma recovery efforts.
A board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Wen received her medical training at Washington University and Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard, a consultant with the World Health Organization, and a professor at George Washington University. She has been published over 100 articles including in The Lancet, JAMA, and Health Affairs. The author of When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen’s work is regularly featured on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Her TED talk on transparency in medicine has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times.
This program is part of our “In the Service of Health” series, a celebration of the work of public sector providers of care.
The Baltimore Jewish Council, The Jewish Museum of Maryland
and the Maryland State Department of Education present:
Holocaust Remembrance Through the Arts
August 1, 2016 – Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville, Maryland 21208
August 2, 2016 – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
August 3, 2016 – The Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Speakers Include: Deborah Batiste, Project Director, Echoes and Reflections Sean Langberg, Policy Assistant, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bernice Steinhardt, Executive Director, Art and Remembrance
Registration fee: $25.00 (includes breakfast and lunch on Monday and Wednesday and bus trip to USHMM)
Sunday, July 31, 10:00am-1:00pm, The Jewish Museum of Maryland
Join us for a workshop dedicated to creating a visual story through the art of collage. Participants bring family mementoes including photographs and documents from before, during and after the Holocaust that highlight their experiences. Photocopies of these materials are then arranged into a beautiful collage that will become part of an art installation at the JMM in Spring 2017.
Speaker: Roger Horowitz, author of Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food
How did Coca-Cola become Kosher? Why was Manischewitz the first kosher product to win-over non-Jewish consumers? Learn the answers to these questions and more with Roger Horowitz, joining us fresh from the Smithsonian to share the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system, as told in his new book Kosher USA.
We invite interns throughout Baltimore to join us for an evening of networking, socializing and discovery. Enjoy all the JMM has to offer while meeting interns from institutions and businesses throughout the city. We will be offering food and drink, served in observance of dietary laws, plus the opportunity to win some great goodies. You can also help us to help others as we produce peanut and butter jelly sandwiches for Our Daily Bread.
Free parking is available in the lot directly in front of the museum, we are also a stop on the Charm City Circulator Orange Route.
We invite our members and any intern supervisors to share this event.
Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, and the energy of Artscape, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. Our first session will be a plein air (i.e. outside) focusing upon the exterior of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation. No experience necessary!
Bring your own supplies or use ours for a small fee. Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. All artists will be invited to display their art in a lobby display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland later in the year.
Join for this exciting program in connection with The All American Synagogue that is part lecture, part workshop. Learn the basic steps of creating a Torah scroll, including how the letters are written and the rules governing the making of a Torah. Plus enjoy a hands on inspection of a Torah, mezuza and Tefillin. Finally, put into practice all you have learned by attempting to write in “Torah font” with a calligraphy pen.
Survivors and their families are invited to participate in a series of workshops led by California-based artist, Lori Shocket, that will culminate in an art installation that will be on display at the JMM beginning in March 2017 in conjunction with our Remembering Auschwitz exhibits.
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker Dr. Jay Perman, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm
In 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a report with this essential line: “Scientists have found that the conditions in which we live and work have an enormous impact on our health—long before we ever see a doctor.”
“The conditions in which we live and work …” In Baltimore, these conditions are often bleak—often deplorable. These are the conditions that perpetuate yawning gaps in health care access and efficacy and in large-scale community health outcomes.
In this talk, Dr. Perman will address the social determinants of health—education, economic stability, personal and public safety, housing and transportation, social supports and cohesion. He’ll discuss how anchor institutions—like the University of Maryland, Baltimore—can help remediate the grave disparities we see in the health of populations.
Three great new neighbors are coming to Jonestown. The National Aquarium, Living Classrooms and Ronald McDonald House have all announced that they are building new facilities on Baltimore and Fayette streets in the next couple of years.
Welcome to the New Neighbors!
The cultural institutions of Jonestown are hosting an old-fashioned block party at the Jewish Museum of Maryland to welcome the newest additions to Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood. – we’re offering a day of FREE activities including performances, activities and presentations to entertain the whole family.
Get patriotic with the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, explore design with the Carroll Mansion, put together lamps for the Phoenix Shot Tower, and crafts with the Zion Church of the City of Baltimore. Chat with a ranger from Baltimore Heritage and stop by the McKim Center and Reginald F. Lewis Museum tables. We’re also featuring a live animal encounter with the National Aquarium until 2:30 pm and our neighbors at Port Discovery will be stopping by for story telling at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30.
And the icing on the cake… will be icing on an anniversary cake – marking 355 years since David Jones, the settler (rather than Davy Jones, the Monkee or Davy Jones, the locker owner) built his home here, giving his name to the falls, the expressway, and Baltimore’s newest attraction: Jonestown.
A Day at the Races and Young Frankenstein: Two films released 37 years apart but united by remarkably similar senses of humor fueled by a uniquely Jewish perspective on mad doctors and mad love. The central characters of both movies blend predictable feelings of persecution with a healthy irreverence for convention and a disregard for stuffy authority. Join another Jewish Doctor named Arnold T. Blumberg as he fills you in on some of the fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes that make the Marx Bros.’ A Day at the Races and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein two of his all-time favorites in the annals of Jewish movie medicine.
Author Marlene Trestman, former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, will discuss her biography of her mentor and friend, Bessie Margolin. Margolin, who grew up in New Orleans Jewish orphanage, championed the wage and hour rights of millions of Americans. Although she considered herself a reluctant feminist, Margolin helped to found the National Organization for Women, was the nation’s top fighter for equal pay for women, and opened courtroom doors for countless women lawyers. Trestman’s personal relationship with Margolin grew from common childhood experiences. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Sunday, May 15, 1:00pm Movie Screening and Talk with Director Steve Rivo Included with Admission
A real life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist and pioneer in American history.
Attendees will also receive a free Carvalho book, while supplies last!
Speaker: Zackary Sholem Berger, author of One Nation Taken Out of Another
Included with Museum admission
As the author of two books of poetry which combine English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, written from the point of view of the poet himself; Biblical characters; dead literary titans; and [batting cleanup] The Almighty, Berger presents a one-of-a-kind monologue-cum-performance, a polylingual ventriloquy bringing the past and present together for a dance to the music of language.
His newest book, One Nation Taken Out of Another, is a joyride through the Five Books of Moses on the back of a strange chimeria — with an American head, a Yiddish heart, and all manner of multicultural, bassackward, and wandering limbs grafed on to the whole. It’s midrash and whimsy, Bible, tradition, exile, and mystery.
On the way, many questions will be asked – and some of them even answered. How does a non-ultra-Orthodox guy from a Conservative Jewish background come to be a Yiddish poet and translator? Is he a complete fluke, or a harbinger of some baffling microtrend? How did Baltimore become an unlikely mini-capital of secular Yiddish culture? And is it true what they say about Old Bay?
Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, translator, and short story writer in Baltimore. He writes in Yiddish and English, and sometimes Hebrew, appreciating the fruitful predicament of being a minority-language poet very late (or surprisingly early) in Jewish history. He speaks Yiddish to his wife and three children. And sometimes they answer.
Join us as we mark the start of our All American Synagogue celebrations, in association with the MADE: In America and Carroll Mansion, this years’ All American Home. Throughout the day enjoy hands-on activities and exploration examining the skills and techniques used in the construction of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. Activities will be perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.
Bell, Book and Candle: At 3pm become a JMM history detective! Explore the material culture of Maryland’s oldest synagogue including some unanswered questions about its most important ritual objects.
On April 27th, 2015, Baltimore experienced its worst civil unrest in over forty years. Though images of fire and destruction often punctuated national media coverage, the unrest raised issues of persistent inequality and racial discrimination to the forefront of local and national discourse. A year later, the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University seeks to host a series of community conversations to reflect on the historical and contextual origins of this unrest. This is “Redlining,” a place to reflect and act on the geographies of exclusion in Baltimore City.
The “Redlining” series aims to expose and interrogate the institutional past and present of segregation in Baltimore City. It will launch a future-focused conversation about systems of inequality reproduced by segregation, and the ways American cities might disrupt these systems. It will provide a platform for an intellectual conversation about timely social issues, and put forth a call for better research about the real and metaphoric exclusion of Redlining. The series will bring together academics, civil servants, community organizations, and local artists and musicians to start a conversation about what exclusions means to Baltimore, and what we as a community can do to address it.
The American Jewish community showed deep interest in the birth control movement of the first few decades of the twentieth century. Jewish women were “early adopters” of contraception and notable activists for the cause, as well as playing a significant role as doctors and nurses. Despite a healthy internal debate over the religious, ethical, and social, and medical ramifications, overall American Jewish culture supported the early birth control movement in ways that empowered Jewish women and influenced the shape of Jewish family life for generations to follow.
Photographs by Jeremy Kargon and Poems by Zackary Sholem Berger
From the Artist:
In the summer of 2012, I had the good fortune to visit Istanbul, a center of world politics for almost 1700 years. The city is also famous, of course, for its religious monuments. Since its founding as the capital of the first Christian empire, Istanbul (then Constantinople) has been the site of diverse religious enthusiasms, each vying for patronage or protection according to the fluctuating circumstances of power, wealth, and demographics. The city’s material record, including buildings and monuments, is outstandingly intact. In a related fashion, Istanbul’s spiritual record is acutely legible to residents and visitors alike.
Not surprisingly, the amazing diversity of Istanbul’s religious history challenges everyone’s own religious identity: to be Christian in the seat of Muslim power, to be Muslim among (until recently) a Christian majority, or to be Jewish in the residual spaces between those larger communities. Religious belief appears to exist in relation to others’ beliefs – to understanding of them, partial or full; to accommodation of them, genuine or tactical; or to rejection of them, in the traditionally exclusive spirit of all three Abrahamic faiths, not to mention secularism. Theologians of all stripes demand their audience’s full spiritual focus, but Istanbul (more than other cities) inspires spiritual diffraction.
Asked plainly, what does one “see” when one experiences the holy site of a faith not one’s own? How can one experience the “sanctity” of another? Can we perceive others’ religious faith in the materials, colors, and acoustics of their environments? Can we sense foreign spiritual aspiration in the weight of stone or loft of space? Do we measure others’ beliefs against our own, or do we exclude one or the other in our ecumenicalism? For a secular person, do these questions even matter?
These questions are different but related. They lie at the core of multicultural sensitivity and, more importantly, civic coexistence. This is as true abroad as in Maryland, where the British colonies’ second religious toleration act was passed in 1649 (and revoked in 1654). To live together we may need not shared beliefs but a common willingness to see ourselves and others with openness. But categorical observations about faith – about our own or about others’ – are rarely mutually satisfying. Accordingly, this modest exhibit explores such themes elliptically, through allusive words and fragmentary images. In complementary ways, Dr. Zackary Berger and I have hoped to illustrate (with healthy self-consciousness) the Sanctity of Others.
Writer/performer Stephanie Satie gives voice to four extraordinary women in her award-winning solo play. How do cataclysmic events affect personal lives? Based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust, Silent Witnesses paints an uplifting portrait of human resilience shaped through the eyes of children and infused with the wisdom of the adults they’ve become. Winner of Best Documentary Script from the United Solo Festival in New York, and recipient of the Women in Arts and Media Coalition Collaboration Award.
Following the performance join us for a talk back session with performer Stephanie Satie and Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS.
The Maimonides Society invites all health professional to explore ethical, social, and scientific issues central to modern American Jewish identity through this unique museum exhibit; in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Howard County and The Associated’s Maimonides Society.
We take a step back in time and welcome Dr. John de Sequeyra, a Sephardic Jew of Portuguese extraction, who was born in London in 1712. Dr. de Sequeyra moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1745 where he resided until his death in 1795. During his lifetime he was known for being the first visiting physician to the first institution in America for those that were mentally ill, plus President Thomas Jefferson credited him with introducing the eating of the tomato to Virginia.
Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in Nazi occupied France in 1943. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance. Meyerowitz will join us to talk about his grandfather’s fascinating experience, including his eventual return to America, that is told in more detail in his recently published book The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France.
Following the presentation Meyerowitz will be signing copies of his book.
Seth Meyerowitz, the grandson of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, is a web entrepreneur and the president of a global online marketing company. After traveling the United States speaking on behalf of Google for its Get Your Business Online program, his web and marketing savvy allowed him to unearth the declassified saga of his grandfather.
From the mid-19th century to the latter third of the 20th century, there were more than 110 Jewish hospitals which played an important role in the American health care system. Most are no longer still in existence. Dr. Halperin will discuss how these hospitals came into existence, what role they filled, and why they have largely disappeared.
Edward C. Halperin received a BS degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, MD from Yale University, and MA from Duke University. He was a resident at Stanford University Medical Center and the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Halperin was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Duke University, Vice Dean of Duke Medical School, and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. He is currently Chancellor/CEO of the New York Medical College of the Touro College System. He is the author of >210 articles and several textbooks concerning pediatric cancer, adult brain tumors, the history of medicine, medical ethics, and higher education.
Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Public Opening
Speaker: Dr. Alan Kraut, American University
Sunday, March 13, 1:00pm
Included with Museum Admission
Physicians on Ellis Island in New York Harbor check the eyes of immigrants for signs of trachoma, c. 1910. Courtesy of The National Library of Medicine
In 1914, during a peak era of immigration to the United States, E.A. Ross, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin insisted that the “foreign blood being injected into the blood of ‘our people’ is ‘subcommon.’ He scoffed at the unassimilable foreigners, taking aim at Southern Italians, Slavs, and Eastern European Jews. Others targeted Latinos and Asians. Newcomers and their advocates disagreed. Foreign bodies became contested terrain in the battle over whether newcomers’ bodies were fit for America. Because migration has been and continues to be so central to the America’s peopling, the subsequent process of integrating newcomers into American society has been an essential and recurring aspect of the American narrative. However, in every era there have been those who doubt that foreign bodies can be assimilated. This presentation demonstrates how in the period from 1890 to 1945 physicians, many of them immigrants themselves, became cultural mediators in the assimilation negotiation, encouraging newcomers to forge robust bodies even as their respective ethnic or religious groups organized and supported healthcare institutions responsive to both newcomers’ medical requirements and cultural preferences, a pattern that remains a dimension of the current dialogue over assimilation of the foreign-born.
Join us for an evening of laughter with comedian Dr. Bill Miller as we mark the opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. Following the program join us for a curator-led tour of the new exhibit.
and Other Activists in the Role of Women’s Voting Rights Movement
Learn about the historic — and dramatic — roles that women have played in their fight to get the vote. Sadie Jacobs Crockin was a key figure in Baltimore’s Jewish community and in the women’s rights movement of the early 1900s. She led the Baltimore chapters of the League of Women Voters and Hadassah, achieving prominence as a tireless organizer and social reformer.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4 at Noon.
Baltimore City Hall
100 N. Holliday Street
Board of Estimates Room (Second Floor)
The lectures begin at noon and end around 1 pm. Feel free to bring lunch.
Photo ID is necessary to enter Baltimore City Hall.
Sadie Jacobs Crockin.
Presenter: Roberta Sharper is a member of the League of Women Voters of Maryland’s board and is appointed to the Governor’s Commission for the Commemoration of the Adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment. Roberta is a retired Baltimore City Public Schools biology teacher and was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1987 and Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1989. She won an African American Lutheran Award in 2000 and a Humanitarian Award from Roots of Scouting in 2005. She has worked with the Lutheran World Relief in East Africa and was a People to People Ambassador to China in 2007.
Lecture Sponsors: The Jewish Museum of Maryland, The League of Women Voters of Maryland, and the Governor’s Commission for the Commemoration of the Adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment.
Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Included with Museum admission
The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group plus other contemporary artists living around the world. We will explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom and response to unjust control and repression.
As founding executive producer and project director of the Jüdische Kulturbund Project, Gail brings to this project a deep and first-hand understanding of the Kulturbund’s spirit and recognizes that their issues of living under tyranny continue with artists around the world today. Her interviews with the survivors form the basis of her passion and vision for this project, which is rooted in the Kulturbund’s strong regard for music and the performing arts. In 2001 Gail started researching and gathering material about the Kulturbund. Several years later she has brought together select talent, partners, and like-minded supporters to make this project possible. Her hope and dream is that the project will serve as a beacon of inspiration to all people.
Through her Meteopa Productions, Gail produces independent projects focusing on advocacy, art, human rights, international, and music themes. Gail also serves on the board of The Welders, the newly formed DC-based playwrights’ collective. For the last 20 years, Gail has written, produced, and directed a broad range of media projects in film, multimedia, books, and exhibitions for Banner Health’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, the New America Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trust, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Time-Life Books, and Glaxo-Wellcome.
Gail holds a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science-Applied Art from the University of Wisconsin.
Join Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of early childhood music at the Peabody Preparatory, for a playful, fun, educational, and interactive music program designed for you and your child. Come and listen to and sing fun songs, dance to various styles of music, and connect musically with your family and community. Dance with colorful scarves, shake egg shakers, and tap rhythm sticks to some great music you’ll want to move to. Most of all, come to laugh and learn. We look forward to seeing you here!
Hear from Baltimore native Susan Fisher Sullam as she shares the story of her father’s experiences as one of the Monuments Men.
Joel Fisher of the Monuments Men
The story of the Monuments Men is only part of a much larger story. In 2013, at the urging of a historian, Baltimore resident Susan Fisher Sullam uncovered hundreds of pages of top secret and classified files that had belonged to her late father detailing the final, harrowing months of World War II. As a member of General Eisenhower’s staff, Joel Fisher, who spent his early childhood in Baltimore, had kept the memos and papers detailing how Americans located and secured billions of dollars’ worth of gold, silver and currency plundered by the Nazis from the treasuries of occupied Europe. Her father never discussed it with her, but she was able to piece the story together, which was published in the Washington Post Magazine in June 2014.
The JMM is very pleased to welcome SONiA disappear fear to perform in Lloyd Street Synagogue on the final weekend of our current exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
From the Opera House in Sydney to the bomb shelters in Israel to the Woody Guthrie Festival multiple first round Grammy nominated singer-songwriter SONiA disappear fear continues to inspire audiences in the USA and around the world. Performing with her SONiA Santa Cruz guitar, piano, harmonica or a full band she is frequently described as the ‘Female Dylan’. SONiA (Rutstein) sings and writes in Hebrew, Spanish, English and Arabic .Her songs are drawn from rock to blues to reggae to folk to Latin to Judaic to pop and country brimming with stories of passion and hope.
SONiA has recently shared the stage with some of her heroes including Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Chris Thiele. Two of her proudest moments were singing with Peter, Paul and Mary at the Lincoln Memorial in 2002 and in 2012 receiving the Coin of Honor from the United States Army for her humanitarian songs while on tour in Germany. SONiA has received the highest number of awards for her positively proud songs and more than any other Gay or Lesbian Musician including Female Artist of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Music American Music Awards. She also has appeared with Idan Raichel, Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, Emmy Lou Harris, John Fulbright, Moe, and many more. “One of the greatest interpreters of Phil Ochs,” says Sonny Ochs about SONiA.
Michael Lisicky and Sandra Gerster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra introduce the members of the oboe family through humorous interactive demonstrations and short musical examples. Designed for young children, this captivating program emphasizes the descriptive elements in “ program” music while introducing and explaining basic musical concepts in an entertaining and enjoyable manner.
Praised for “exemplary bravura” (New Haven Register), and “expressive animation” (Baltimore Sun), Sandra Gerster Lisickyis a busy musician who has served as Principal Oboist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra for twenty years.
Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Gerster performs regularly with the Baltimore, Annapolis, and Maryland Symphonies, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. John’s, and Annapolis Opera. A founding member of the acclaimed oboe trio, Trio La Milpa, she performs with members of the Baltimore Symphony oboe section in venues throughout the US. As a founding member of the Soni Fidelis Quintet, Ms. Gerster made an acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1989 and worked with celebrities such as Susan Saint James and Captain Kangaroo. Ms. Gerster has collaborated with the New World, Franciscan and Cavani String Quartets, and in 1998 she participated in a special chamber music concert in London for Prime Minister Tony Blair and designated members of his Cabinet. She currently serves on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Baltimore High School for the Arts.
Oboist Michael Lisicky has been performing with the Baltimore Symphony since 2003. A native of Southern New Jersey, Mr. Lisicky has been praised by critics for his “magical nuances” (Baltimore Sun), “tonal purity” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), and “quite wonderful musicianship” (Boston Globe).
Before coming to Baltimore, he was a member of the Richmond Symphony. While in Richmond, Mr. Lisicky served on the faculty of the University of Richmond and performed as a soloist with the RSO on six occasions. He is also a former member of the Savannah Symphony.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory, he has studied with Alfred Genovese, John deLancie, Peter Bowman and Marion Norcross. Mr. Lisicky has performed on occasion as Principal Oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and the Taipei Philharmonic.
He is also an English hornist and founding member of Trio La Milpa, an oboe trio comprised of himself, BSO Principal Oboist Katherine Needleman and his wife, oboist and teacher Sandra Gerster. In August 2007, the trio became the first American ensemble to tour the country of Greenland. This tour was followed by a residency on Smith Island, MD in September 2007. The trio maintains a web site at www.TrioLaMilpa.com.
Mr. Lisicky currently lives in Fell’s Point with his wife, daughter and dog. He currently serves as the community’s ‘Towne Crier’ and gives weekly tours through Fell’s Point sponsored by the local Preservation Society. In his spare time he researches the histories of American department stores of the past, especially Baltimore’s famed ‘Hutzler’s.’ He also participates in an “Ask the Expert” column on www.departmentstorehistory.net with noted author and historian Jan Whitaker.
Welcome two musicians from the BSO as we explore the world of woodwinds.
Monday, December 28th through Thursday Dece,ber 31st, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Included with museum admission
Looking for some family fun over winter break? Join us as we continue to celebrate Paul Simon with musical arts and crafts suitable for all ages. Come learn how to make percussion and string instruments, even a shofar!
Speaker Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Maryland
Reached your Jingle Bells limit? Join Marvin Pinkert for an exploration of the influence of people of Jewish heritage on the American folk revival. Marvin spent his summer vacation uncovering connections for our pop-up exhibit – An American Tune, and is taking us on an armchair journey through his adventure. Music by Jewish composers on Dec. 25 – it’s not just White Christmas!
Marvin Pinkert has been executive director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland since June 2012 and has spent 27 years in museum management including eleven years each at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and the National Archives Experience. He has had the occasional pleasure of co-curating exhibits (“Mazes and Puzzles” at MSI, “Treaty of Kanagawa” at the National Archives and “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen” at JMM). His BA is from Brandeis, with Masters degrees from Yale in Japanese Studies and Northwestern in management.
Friday, December 25th Activities 10am to 12pm A Triple Play Family Program Included with Museum Admission
Join us for Mitzvah Day in partnership with Jewish Volunteer. Bring your family and give back to our community with thousands of other volunteers across Baltimore.
This year we take inspiration for our current exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Help us to make musical gifts for children spending the holidays in The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital. Activities are suitable for all ages and artistic abilities are not necessary.
At 1:00 p.m. JMM Executive director will be delivering his talk Celebrating Jewish Folk (a “carol-free” zone for Dec 25). Marvin makes his own kind of music, sharing the story behind The American Tune pop-up exhibit and discoveries he made researching the connection between folk music and artists/entrepreneurs of Jewish heritage. More info here.
Business and consumer trends in New York reshaped the folk music industry from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, transforming the genre from an art form largely associated with leftist politics to a popular craze with mass appeal nationwide. The era saw the wild success of the Weavers, a groundbreaking quartet that showed the lucrative potential of folk music. The period also witnessed the establishment of numerous record companies and other commercial music institutions and the increasing embrace of the genre by an expanding middle class with greater disposable income. Some of the record labels were Folkways, founded by Moses Asch in 1948; Vanguard, by Maynard and Seymour Solomon in 1950; Elektra, by Jac Holzman in 1950; and Riverside, by Orrin Keepnews in 1953. Other developments included the birth of Sing Out! magazine, co-founded by Irwin Silber in 1950, and the opening of the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village by Izzy Young in 1957. To be sure, these were all modest organizations at first, targeted at a niche audience. But they nourished folk music in different ways and created a groundswell of interest, by recording a variety of artists, producing albums, sponsoring concerts, and stimulating provocative debates about the role of songs in politics and culture writ large.
The expansion of the folk music industry also illuminated the increasing entrepreneurial presence of Jews in the city. Asch, the Solomons, Holzman, Keepnews, Silber, Young, and other folk music businessmen and journalists, such as Harold Leventhal, Art D’Lugoff, and Robert Shelton, were all Jewish, though they were hardly a unified group and in fact often competed with each other and clashed about prevailing trends in the industry. On this level, they demonstrated the values of dissent and argumentation that typified postwar Jewish culture in New York. For the most part second-generation in background, they also reflected a creative and sometimes paradoxical blend of the capitalist economic spirit and progressive political commitment that characterized Jewish culture in the city. Despite all their differences, folk music captivated them. Their allegiance was profound and intense. Their institutions made New York the epicenter of the nationwide revival by the late 1950s.
We are very excited to welcome back to the JMM Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, help us to set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family concert!
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.
A young New York radio engineer Moses Asch (1905-1986) ran a small radio repair shop in New York in the 1930s. His family had fled Poland and settled there. He found that his customers were asking for Jewish recordings that none of the existing labels could provide. He soon found himself in the record business recording two sisters, the Bagelman (later Barry) Sisters singing in Yiddish. About the same time he went with his father, the novelist Sholem Asch, to see the elder Asch’s friend, Albert Einstein in Princeton. When Einstein asked Moe, what he wanted to do with his life, he replied he wanted to document all the world’s sounds in a sonic encyclopedia. Einstein told him “you’re just the guy to do it” That started his journey into Folkways Records and over 2000 titles in the next 40 years.
This very special lecture coincides with Moe Asch’s 110th birthday!
Jeff Place is the senior archivist and curator for the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He has been at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since January 1988. He has been a collector of traditional music for over 45 years.
Join us at the JMM as we participate in the National Day of Listening with StoryCorps. We invite you to bring your friends and family to the museum to participate in this national project that records, shares and preserves the stories of our lives.
All stories will be uploaded to the American Folk life Center at the Library of Congress and saved in the JMM archives. We will also ensure that all participating groups receive their own copy of their story. Stories can be on any subject, but we would especially like to hear your memories of Jewish Baltimore or Folk Music and Paul Simon.
We will provide all of the necessary technology for your interviews, however space is limited so registration is essential. To reserve a session please contact Trillion Attwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is part of our new “Triple Play Pass” for families. For more information on the Triple Play pass, please contact Trillion Attwood, email@example.com / 410-732-6400 x215.
Join us Tuesday evenings in November for our Folk Film Festival. “From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. In this biographical documentary, veteran director Kenneth Bowser shows how Phil’s music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Not one to pull punches, Ochs never achieved the commercial success he desperately desired. But his music remains relevant, reaching new audiences in a generation that finds his themes all too familiar.”
Woody Guthrie’s daughter and President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Nora Guthrie, hosts a multimedia program highlighting the artistic impacts of her father Woody’s relationship with his Jewish mother-in-law, Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt. Ms. Guthrie will present photographs, music—including excerpts from the Klezmatics’ Wonder Wheel and Happy Joyous Hanukkah—writings, and artwork that illuminate that extraordinary personal and creative relationship.
Nora Guthrie graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1971. Following a successful career in modern dance Nora began working with her father’s materials in 1992. Based on her intimate connection to her father’s ideas and ideals, Nora brings a refreshing interpretation of his work and a new understanding of his legacy.
In the 1960s, several writer/performers changed the structure and style of American pop music. One was the team of Lennon and McCartney—aka The Beatles or simply the Fab Four. The other was Bob Dylan. The Beatles added instrumentation from other cultures and set their songs to sounds from the past and the future, from high and low culture alike. Dylan combined the richly allusive lyrics of blues with the poetics of the French Symbolists and the Beats. The result was the modern rock song: eclectic, exotic, and self-consciously artful. In the shadow of these innovators a number of lyricists were inspired to express the full range of their imaginations. One of the most influential of them was Paul Simon.
Simon is one of the greatest living American songwriters, his best work commensurate with the most ambitious cultural achievements of the past 50 years. In his writing, the commonplace power of metaphysical poetry is combined with the spare insight of rocker Buddy Holly. But in the early ‘60s, Simon was present at the creation of that formative hybrid style known as folk-rock. To understand its origins in the folk movement of that era, and its its fusion with the rhythmic strategies of rock n’ roll, it’s essential to explore Simon’s oeuvre. This lecture will attempt to do just that, focusing on Simon’s earlier career with Art Gurfunkel as the top-40 duo Tom &Jerry, and tracing their development through their breakthrough hit “The Sound of Silence” and the album that followed. We will see how Simon’s sense of pop music, combined with his erudition, played a crucial role in the transition from folk to rock, and thereby formed the basic parameters of 60s music. It’s especially interesting to note that Simon belongs to the tradition of Jewish pop-song artists (e.g. Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and of course Dylan) who apotheosized and expanded the American musical tradition.
At the ripe age of 22, Richard Goldstein became the first widely-read rock critic. His column in the Village Voice allowed him to get close to many major players in the culture of the ‘60s, from Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix, to artists such as Andy Warhol and political radicals such as Abbie Hoffman and the Black Panthers. He is the author of “The Poetry of Rock,” “Reporting the Counterculture,” and the recently published memoir, “Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the ‘60s.” He served for many years as executive editor of the Voice, and his writing on gay rights earned him a GLAAD award as columnist of the year. He has taught at five New York colleges, and he is currently an adjunct professor at Hunter College, where he teaches a course on understanding the ‘60s.
Join us Tuesday evenings in November for our Folk Film Festival. This “mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.”
There are many ways to talk about the history of American popular music—as an interlocking set of businesses, as a major engine of technological innovation, as a central element of artistic life in the United States and as a crucial, if disorganized source of news and opinion. Given all the ways popular music has functioned in American life, it is no surprise that for hundreds of years now it has served as a major site for some of the most consequential conversations everyday Americans have held about a stunning range of topics—from racial identity, to war, to labor issues, to immigration, to shifting gender roles, police brutality, and various financial crises.
These conversations are not an accidental byproduct or collateral effect of the making of popular music in the United States: a central function of the production of popular music in the United States is to provide opportunities, locations, and vocabularies for speaking about the pressing matters of the moment. While it seems unlikely that in 1984 many people would head down to their local bar and announce that they were concerned about the state of American masculinity in wake of the devastation wrought by the Vietnam War, it is almost certain that plenty of people talked about Bruce Springteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” to do just that work.
This talk outlines a few important case studies when popular songs have been used to process American identity:
Aretha Franklin’s version of Otis Redding’s “Respect” as a meditation on women’s empowerment in the midst of the African American Civil Rights movement
Paul Simon’s work with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (and other South African musicians) on Graceland as an opportunity to talk about global politics, cultural appropriation and celebrity privilege
John Anderson’s “Shutting Detroit Down” as an incisive critique of the recent banking crisis and the fallout surrounding deindustrialization.
The discourse surrounding popular music is almost always unruly and unpredictable. The complexities of audience response to songs guarantees that American popular music will continue to serve as a venue for significant acts of personal, community, and national identification.
Rachel Rubin is Director of the Center of Humanities, Culture and Society at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she has taught for nearly two decades in the American Studies Department and is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship Award. Rubin has published widely in a cultural history, with books on immigration and American popular culture, the history of the Renaissance Faire, Jewish gangsters, Southern radicalism, and American popular music. She is currently completing a book to be called 60 Revolutions Per Minute, a collection of critical interviews with artist/activists, and is also writing a book on the American country music artist Merle Haggard. Rubin has also appeared regularly as a popular culture commentator on Boston’s NPR station.
Join us Tuesday evenings in November for our Folk Film Festival. Our premier film is Under African Skies, a documentary where “Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.”
No history of American popular music in the Twentieth Century can be written without African Americans and Jews at the center of the narrative. From the early days of Tin Pan Alley, through the heyday of Brill Building pop in the 1960s (with which Paul Simon was associated early in his career), and up through the hip hop explosion of the 1980s and 1990s, African Americans and Jews have been complexly and productively connected. In this talk, Professor Melnick will outline this history, with a special focus on the complicated ways that Jewish Americans—as songwriters, producers, theater owners, and performers—have been crucially involved with the production of what has been understood as “Black” music. With a cast of characters including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sophie Tucker, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday Jerry Wexler, and the Beastie Boys, this presentation will engage the audience in a consideration of the difficult politics surrounding the Jewish involvement in African American music.
Jeff Melnick is Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts, where he specialize sin teaching about immigration and cultural history. His books include A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song, Black-Jewish Relations on Trial: Leo Frank and Jim Conley in the New South, and, most recently, 9/11 Culture: America Under Construction. Professor Melnick served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies for many years and has lectured widely on American popular culture. He is currently writing a book provisionally titled Creepy Crawling with the Manson Family.
Novelty songs have always occupied a quirky corner of our collective pop culture, and Halloween is the best time of year for cool and creepy ditties that celebrate all the monstrous mayhem. Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg as he takes you on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!
ARNOLD T. BLUMBERG is the “Doctor of the Dead” and “The MCU guru” – a world-renowned zombie expert and authority on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he teaches courses in those and many other media subjects at the University of Baltimore). He spent 15 years in the comic book industry and owns small press ATB Publishing (Doctor Who essay collections Outside In and Outside In 2). He has appeared in film (Doc of the Dead, The Walkers Among Us, The 50 Best Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen, the forthcoming Marvel Renaissance) and contributed to books like Triumph of the Walking Dead, Braaaiiinnnsss!: From Academics to Zombies, and The Undead and Theology. His podcasts – Doctor of the Dead, The G2V Podcast, Who’s Talking, and The MCU Review – are all available at iTunes.com/G2V. Find Arnold on Twitter at @arnoldtblumberg, @DoctoroftheDead, @G2VPodcast, and @WhosTalkingCast.
Cantors Jeff Klepper and Robbie Solomon will present a program tracing the influence of the 1960’s Folk Music Revival from the streets of Greenwich Village to Jewish summer camps to the contemporary synagogue. The program will include audio and visual recorded material as well as live demonstrations by Jeff and Robbie, whose own compositions have become part of the standard repertoire in progressive synagogues and beyond.
Cantor Robbie Solomon of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is internationally known as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem “Leaving Mother Russia”, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He has since authored dozens of songs of Jewish content, including “World of Our Fathers”, “Falasha Nevermore”, Peace by Piece,” and is well known as a performer/song writer with the popular Jewish music group SAFAM. In addition to over ten original CD’s with SAFAM, and several of his own production, Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world. A recent project was writing a song-cycle for his adorable grandchildren and their parents.
Although Robbie spent most of his career in the Boston area, he grew up here in Baltimore, where during high school at City College, he was president of the Folk Song Club. Cantor Solomon was part of a jug band (Uncle Jack’s Rompin’ Stompers) at City and at Gettysburg College (The Tiber River Ragtime Band) where he earned his undergraduate degree. While studying at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Robbie played in a folk duo with a harmonica player, with whom he began writing original music. Cantor Solomon plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and flute.
Cantor Solomon and his wife, Helen, live in Towson, MD. The Solomons have two sons, Byron and Sam, a daughter-in-law, Kristy, and two grandsons, Nicolas and Leo.
Cantor Jeff Klepper is a widely respected and influential musical figure in the North American Jewish community. Composer of hundreds of Jewish songs, his melody for “Shalom Rav,” (co-written with Rabbi Daniel Freelander in 1973) is sung throughout the world. Beginning in the 1970s Klepper, along with the late Debbie Friedman and others, created a new style of synagogue music called, “American Nusach.” Up to that time, Reform worship music was led by a cantor or choir, with organ accompaniment, without congregational participation. By the end of the 20th century, American Nusach had largely eclipsed that model, using guitars and original folk-style tunes that allowed worshippers to sing along with the prayers.
While in college, Jeff met Dan Freelander, who would become his partner in the group Kol B’Seder for more than four decades. One of their early songs, “V’yashvu Ish,” won first-prize in a 1976 song contest, sponsored by the Jewish Welfare Board. They sang with Shlomo Carlebach in Central Park for Israel’s 30th birthday, and in December 1987 they performed between speeches at Freedom Sunday in Washington D.C. Kol B’Seder’s songs, including such favorites as “Modeh Ani” and “Lo Alecha,” have appeared on hundreds of recordings and in dozens of song collections. They have been honored by the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE).
Jeff was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a Masters in Music from Northeastern Illinois University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from HUC-JIR in 2005. He co-edited the song section in the Reform prayer book, Mishkan T’filah, and co-founded (with Debbie Friedman) the annual Hava Nashira song-leader workshop.
Jeff has released three solo CDs (Yom Chadash, In This Place, and Jewish Music for the Masses) and Volume 1 of The Jeff Klepper Anthology: Shabbat Evening Music. His articles have appeared in Sh’ma, Musica Judaica, CCAR Journal, JUF News, Learn Torah With…, Keeping Posted, and The Jewish Men’s Torah Commentary. He lectures on the Jewish involvement in folk, rock and popular music, with special attention to what he calls, “Bob Dylan’s Jewish blues.”
Jeff has served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Chicago. Since 2003 he has been cantor of Temple Sinai of Sharon, Massachusetts, and a member of the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton. He is married to Deeana Copeland Klepper and they have two daughters, Rachel and Liora.
Sarah Wildman’s grandfather and his lover, featured on the book cover of Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. Courtesy of Sarah Wildman, design by Grace Han.
Years after her grandparents passed away, journalist Sarah Wildman discovered a cache of love letters sent to her grandfather by a former lover in prewar Vienna. In her debut book, Paper Love, Wildman details her search to discover information about the mysterious woman, her family’s escape from Nazi persecution, and all that was left behind. Wildman will discuss the Museum’s important role in her research as she pieced together the story of a woman who was desperate to escape Europe and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at ushmm.org/events/lost-love-md. For questions, contact the Museum’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 202.488.0420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This music-, photo-, and anecdote-filled program provides a fascinating look into how Judaism influenced the makers of popular music over the past fifty years. Inspired by a backstage conversation with David Lee Roth during which the star revealed he first learned to sing preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, Benarde spent six years investigating the Jewish contribution to rock music. Benarde was determined to find out how Judaism influenced rock music and the people who created it. The result was his book Stars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories. This presentation leads audiences on an insightful and revealing journey illustrating the Jewish influences in the work of many of the best-known (and vital, but not so well known) musical stars of our time.
Scott R. Benarde has an M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and is the former rock music columnist for the Palm Beach Post and the Fort Lauderdale News / Sun Sentinel. As a freelance journalist, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Musician, Billboard, Variety, and a host of Jewish publications. He lives with his wife, Mindi, and two children, Michael Dov and Shirah Beth, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and currently serves as the Director of Communications at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.
Help us celebrate Paul Simon’s 74th birthday and the official opening of our latest exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Festivities include plenty of cake, a “Simon Sing-along” and a very special game of “Simon Says”! Test your Paul Simon knowledge for a chance to win some great prizes.
On View October 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016 Raised in Queens. Enshrined in Cleveland. Loved in Baltimore. This October the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music, which celebrates the life of one of America’s greatest singer/songwriters, will make Baltimore its first stop on a nationwide tour. READ […]
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Join us for the members opening of our new exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. We are very pleased to be welcoming the Guthrie Brothers to the JMM. In addition to being musicians in their own right the Guthrie brothers are a superb Simon and Garfunkel tribute act. They will help us open the exhibit in true rock and roll style with a performance of their act Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience.
Following the performance we invite you to join us to explore the exhibit and enjoy a light kosher reception.
Jeb and Jock Guthrie headed east from their home state of Wisconsin after being bitten by the music bug. Growing up in Brillion, Wisconsin, they sang together at school and church gatherings and family get-togethers. First stop in their travels was upstate New York, where they honed their craft in the club scene, and then later relocated to New York City. After a few years the Guthries were signed in 1995 to Next Horizon record, their CD, The Guthrie Brothers, was released nationally in June of 1996.
The Guthrie Brothers continue to write, record and perform, their music has evolved from the roots rock flavor of their first record to a more eclectic mix that leans toward rock, folk, and pop. With movie soundtrack placements and their songs recorded by other artists over the years, Jeb and Jock continue to create music not bound by conventional radio formats that sizzles with stellar harmonies.
With support from the France Merrick Foundation and the Goldseker Foundation, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has worked with the Jonestown Planning Council and Historic Jonestown, Inc. to build a coalition including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the McKim Community Center, the Carroll Museums, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, Helping Up Mission, St. Vincent DePaul’s Church, and local residents and businesses, to reimagine the Jonestown neighborhood—what it’s been, what it is, what it can be.
We invite you to join us for an exploration of the results of this two-year visioning process, including an unveiling of the neighborhood’s new brand, a brief walking tour of key development sites, and a short presentation.
Lecture by Dr. Kerri Steinberg, Otis College of Art and Design
Included with Museum Admission
From the promotion of patent medicines to World War II war bonds, and from El Al air travel to Israel to the United Jewish Appeal’s rescue and redemption of Jews from the Levant and North Africa, advertising has recorded and shaped the experience of Jews for the past 150 years. Selling patriotism to American Jews during war times, and Israeli products in the aftermath of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, advertising has waged pivotal ideological campaigns through the Jewish press.
Dr. Kerri Steinberg, author of the recently published book, Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience, will focus on advertising aimed at a Jewish audience between 1939-1971 to demonstrate how it both packaged and sold the American dream while reinforcing a unique sense of Jewish pride and purpose.
Screenings take place in the public parking lot across from the Museum entrance on Lloyd Street
Join us for the last feature in our FREE movie series, JMM Features. First released in 1947, Gentleman’s Agreement follows a reporter (Gregory Peck) who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. Based on Laura Hobson’s novel of the same name. Also featuring Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm, directed by Elia Kazan.
This is an outdoor screening, so please BYOC (bring your own chair!)
Speaker: Dr. Greg Metcalf, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Included with Museum Admission
Dr. Greg Metcalf will present an overview of the changing image of Jews in American film from the immigrant outsider, religious and secular, through periods of assimilation, anti-Semitism, co-option and self-questioning. Key films he will discuss include The Jazz Singer (1927), the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers (1930), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), The Pawnbroker (1964),The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and Annie Hall (1977).
Dr. Greg Metcalf teaches the Jewish American Experience on Film and Jewish Humor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Judaic Studies Program.
Second in our FREE movie series JMM Features is An American Tail. This classic animation follows the story of Fievel a young Russian mouse, who while emigrating to the United States, gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Join us before the feature to try your hand at creating your own cartoon.
Screenings take place in the public parking lot across from the Museum entrance on Lloyd Street
In connection with our latest exhibit Cinema Judaica we bring you JMM Features, a series of free movie screenings. Our first movie is The Great Dictator, a Charlie Chaplin classic featured in our current exhibit Cinema Judaica. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.
This is an outdoor screening, so please BYOC (bring your own chair!)
Charlie Chaplin was the most important film maker in Hollywood, when he decided to parody Adolph Hitler in The Great Dictator. Little did he know that he was entering into the most controversial chapter of his life, a controversy that would eventually drive him from the United States.
Dr. Ward graduated from Hanover College in southern Indiana and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Tulsa. He has taught film and Literature in both Oklahoma an Pennsylvania for over 40 years and is now happily retired.
Every summer, the JMM, in conjunction with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Maryland State Department of Education, hosts a three day workshop on Holocaust education that focuses on giving educators the tools to help their students understand the Holocaust. Through lectures, discussion, and analysis, the teachers learn how to interpret this difficult time period for their students. This is a wonderful opportunity for teachers from all over the region to gain insight and inspiration for their classrooms.
This program is approved for 1 CPD credit from MSDE and for all Baltimore City teachers.
Celebrate the golden age of movie-going with Baltimore photographer and author Amy Davis as she presents photographs from her upcoming book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” The integral role of Jews in Baltimore cinema, as theater owners, operators and moviegoers will be explored. The collection of vintage and new photographs in Flickering Treasures tells a fresh story of Baltimore through the cultural prism of film exhibition. Share your reminiscences after traveling in time back to your favorite movie houses.
Photojournalist Amy Davis has garnered many national awards since joining the staff of The Baltimore Sun in 1987. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union informs her documentary approach. Her photographic work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, and is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.
Creative Alliance, a lively non-profit arts organization based in the Patterson Theatre in Highlandtown, is the fiscal sponsor for Flickering Treasures.
How Harry Warner, Ernst Toller, and Alvin York Helped Win “The Great Debate” for American Interventionists
Thursday, July 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Ken Sutak, author and curator
Ken Sutak, author of Cinema Judaica: The War Years, will explore how three unexpected men influenced the outcome World War II. Harry Warner, president of Warner Bros, Ernst Toller émigré Prussian-Jewish playwright and Alvin York, the immortal Sergeant York of WW I fame, who later became the most important interventionist spokesperson during “The Great Debate.” These three men were in the forefront of those who managed to change popular American opinion regarding World War II and help prepare the country for war.
*a members only cocktail reception will be held prior to the presentation, details TBD
This unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters and memorabilia from 1939 to 1971 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. In the years following World War II and the creation of the State of Israel, Jewish-themed films, along with the bold advertising that accompanied them, had a major influence on the way that the Jewish people and the State of Israel were viewed. The epic films of this era promoted an image of the Jewish people that counteracted the imagery of mass victimization during the Holocaust.
Schnapps with Pops: The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey
Sunday, June 21st from 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker Ried Mitenbuler, author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey
Admission $10, includes whiskey tasting
The frontier iconography of countless American whiskey brands, particularly bourbon labels, captures many popular myths about the rise of this nation. Of course, the reality behind these labels is more complicated, and more interesting. Many were started by Jewish entrepreneurs who formed a prominent part of this quintessentially American industry well after the frontier was settled. Their involvement–and occasional efforts to downplay that role for political and economic reasons–is a story that illuminates the American experience as much as any of the marketing myths.
Taste your way through this history, samples of a number of the whiskeys explored are included in the program admission.
Reid Mitenbuler is the author of Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey (Viking). His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Whisky Advocate, among other publications.
2:00 p.m. National Archives Tour, 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC – FREE
6:00 p.m. Schnapps with Pops at the JMM – $10
Join us to celebrate Father’s Day with a two-part exploration of the history of alcohol in America. First, visit the National Archives’ latest exhibit Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History with JMM executive Director Marvin Pinkert. Marvin will take you on a tour of this must-see exhibit at the institution he one called home.
Then come back to the JMM for a whiskey tasting and talk, “The Forgotten Jewish Heritage of American Whiskey.” More info HERE.
RSVPs required for the visit to the National Archives and preferred for the evening at the JMM. Transportation is not included. It is not necessary to attend both programs.
The American flag currently on display at the JMM is unique in several ways: made of Egyptian cotton, at a time when American flags were always made of wool, 13 paper stars, and only 11 stripes, but why?
Explore the story of how this mysterious flag came into the collection of the JMM, and what techniques have been used to exhibit it safely at the Museum. You will have a chance to pose questions to the Collections Manager, and to the Textile Conservator who made this flag to make it available for viewing today.
Michele Pagan is a Conservator in Private Practice, and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She has been conserving textiles since 1984, with clients such as the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National Museum of American History, the Valentine Museum in Richmond VA, and the State of Vermont, where she conserved the Civil War Flag collection. She practices conservation in Washington DC and Brookfield Vermont.
Help us bid a fond farewell to The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen this Flag Day. We will have something for everyone with flag related activities throughout the day. Test your knowledge on our state flags, design your own flag and make your own star spangled banner to fly this Flag Day. Then at 1:00 p.m. Michelle Pagan, will be delivering her presentation Thirteen Paper Stars: What it Takes to Display a Two Hundred Year Old Flag. Read more about Pagan’s program here.
Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30 p.m. Free Interested in learning more about your family history? Join us as we welcome Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland (JGSM) to the JMM for this exciting program. Learn how to succeed in this fascinating process, where to start, helpful resources and some tricks form the experts! JGSM will demonstrate the […]
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker: Ben Cardin, United States Senator
Admission is Free
The JMM is very excited to welcome Senator Cardin as our keynote speaker for our 2015 Annual Meeting. Senator Cardin has enjoyed a long career in American politics. He was the youngest elected speaker in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1979 – 1986 and today serves as one of Maryland’s representatives to the United States Senate. Senator Cardin will draw upon his personal experiences to discuss what it means to be a Jewish politician today, the significance of his strong Jewish roots and how they have impacted his political career.
The program begins at 1:00pm with a presentation of the FY 15 slate of nominees to the JMM’s Board of Trustees for election by the Museum’s membership. The lecture will follow.
Speaker Prof. Daniel B. Schwartz, George Washington University
Sunday, May 31st at 1:00 p.m.
What might a Jew sailing from America to explore Jewish life in Europe and the Middle East in the nineteenth century likely have discovered in his travels? In this talk, Prof. Daniel B. Schwartz (George Washington University) will follow on the heels of Mendes I. Cohen’s voyage to and through the “Old World,” leading the audience on a tour of some of the major sites visited by Cohen from 1829 to 1835, and providing a mini-history of Jewish society in an age poised between tradition and change.
Daniel B. Schwartz teaches Jewish history at George Washington University, where he is an associate professor of history and the director of the Judaic Studies program. He is the author of The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image (2012), which was a co-winner of the Salo Baron Prize for the best first book in Jewish Studies and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of history. He is currently writing a history of the word ghetto from when it was first used with reference to Jews in sixteenth-century Venice to the present, as well as editing a documentary reader of Jewish responses to Spinoza.
The Puzzle Project: Israel Celebration at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
May 17, 2015
Students attending local Jewish day school and after school programs are participating in a creative art project that will be on display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
The Puzzle Project, inspired and created by New York artist, Tim Kelly, allows art to be easily accessible to anyone that wants to create personally meaningful artwork. Students participating in the program are expressing themselves individually and collectively on their shared vision on what Israel means to them on blank white, 18’’by 18” puzzle pieces.
According to Kelly, the goal of the project is to give each participating artist the confidence to believe in their own ideas and to help make the ideas come to life on a puzzle piece. “In the beginning each of the pieces is the same, but by the end, every single one of the thousands of pieces in the big jigsaw installation is different… just like all of us. The unique message created on so many puzzle pieces both fascinates and inspires me to keep the project going and growing.”
This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Center for Jewish Education and the Embassy of Israel.
Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and take a closer look into the life of Mendes’ A-Mazing mother, Judith Cohen. Pamela Nadell of American University will be exploring what it meant to be a Jewish woman and mother during the 18th and 19th centuries. In this lecture, as we learn more about the first Jewish women to make homes in America, we will also discover the wider world of Judith Cohen’s son, “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen.”
Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and is Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. Her books include Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her new book, co-edited with AU Professor Kate Haulman, is Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (New York University Press, 2013). Her consulting work for museums includes the Library of Congress and the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Admission is Free Learning Your Letters: Braille Art, presented by the JMM and the Braille Art Gallery, features braille drawings by artists of all ages and all abilities, to promote braille literacy. The exhibit will be open to the public in the lobby of the […]
The Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and The Jewish Museum of Maryland present:
The Mitzvah Project: A Dramatic Presentation
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, College of Liberal Arts, Room 2110
A one-man play and lecture featuring Roger Grunwald, New York City actor, playwright and child of a survivor. How could hundreds of Jewish soldiers end up serving in Hitler’s army? Who were these people known as the “Mischlinge?”
Join Roger Grunwald as he presents an array of characters who will take you on an emotionally horrifying trip through Nazi German as you discover the world of the “Mischlinge.”
In the late 1980’s, on the brink of the collapse of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Soviet Jews were finally allowed to leave the USSR. What these people did not expect was that their final destination, America, no longer welcomed them with open arms. In 1988, American policy suddenly changed and thousands of Soviet Jews were stranded in Italy.
PANEL DISCUSSION WITH:
Michael Drob, Director of Stateless
Lev Golinkin, Author of A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Cases of Vodka: A Memoir
Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS
Support for the Risch Memorial Program is provided by Frank and Helen Risch through the Risch Memorial Endowment Fund at THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Speaker Deborah Weiner Sunday, April 19th, 1:00 P.M. Included with Museum Admission Travel to the Holy Land with Mendes Cohen, early 19th century adventurer and proud citizen of the young American republic. Cohen’s account of his Middle Eastern journey, entertainingly recorded in his letters home, paints a fascinating portrait of […]
Learning Your Letters: Braille Art ispresented by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Braille Art Gallery. The exhibit features braille drawings by artists of all ages and all abilities, to promote braille literacy.
The exhibit will be open to the public in the lobby of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, from April 15, 2015, through May 3, 2015.
For additional information, please contact the Museum at 410-732-6400.
Speaker Dr. Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University Sunday, March 29th, 1:00 p.m. Included with Museum Admission Mendes Cohen spent several months travelling in Egypt building a wonderful collection of antiquities that would later go on to form the basis of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. We are very excited to be […]
Using the Life of the Amazing Mendes to Help Foster Your Child’s Unique Identity Sunday, March 22, 2105 2:00 – 4:00pm FREE Pre-registration preferred* He’s a little bit Forrest Gump, a little bit Indiana Jones, and 100% real. The Jewish Museum of Maryland and Jewish Community Services invite you on a journey to put […]
During the Passover Seder, we don’t just hear the story of Exodus; we see, smell, feel and taste liberation. Prepare for this multi-sensory experience with a night of wine tasting and matzah making! Matzah and wine are both central Passover symbols. Join us as we learn about the significance of matzah with Rabbi Levi Druk of Chabad Downtown and sample a variety of mevushal wines from Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits. Finally, have the chance to make your own matzah to share with friends and family for the holiday!
As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Contact Carolyn Bevans at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email at email@example.com with questions!
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Bolton Street Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for a fantastic Shabbat evening specially designed for families with young chidlren. Got Shabbat is an enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration at a different synagogue each month. The evening includes Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for young […]
Over the past few months, the JMM has worked with middle school students from Beth Tfiloh on an exciting and creative education program, My Family Story. In this inspiring program, students work with museum staff to investigate their family roots and discover deeper connections to larger issues of American Jewish history, community, Jewish identity and Israel. Their exploration culminates in an artistic expression that creatively represents their family’s history.
In 2014, 15 African American and Orthodox Jewish girls ages 10-14 participated in a series of workshops that enabled them to learn about each other’s perspectives living in their northwest Baltimore City community. They learned to use a camera, take quality photos and most importantly, got to know one another while gaining an understanding of each other’s life experiences. The photos in this exhibit feature their view points and are truly one of a kind.
In 2014, 15 African American and Orthodox Jewish girls ages 10-14 participated in a series of workshops that enabled them to learn about each other’s perspectives living in their northwest Baltimore City community. They learned to use a camera, take quality photos and most importantly, got to know one another while gaining an understanding of each other’s life experiences. The photos in this exhibit feature their view points and are truly one of a kind.
The exhibit has been sponsored by CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. in partnership with Wide Angle Youth Media. This project has been generously supported by: David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, The Fund for Change at The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation, The Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund, and The Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg Fund.
The exhibit will be on display February 23-March 8, 2015.
During Maryland’s first decades, a “Christians Only” policy applied to those seeking public office. Dr. Rafael Medoff, a noted scholar of Jewish involvement in American politics, will take a candid look at the Maryland legislature’s debates in the early 1800s over political rights for Jews and other non-Christians –a controversy that sheds fascinating light on the process by which Jews entered the American political arena.
Sunday, February 15th, 1:00 P.M. Tina Sheller, Goucher College When Israel I. Cohen died in Richmond, Virginia in 1803, his wife, Judith, packed up her belongings and moved herself and her children to Baltimore. Why Baltimore? That is the question that this talk will explore. It will examine the eighteenth-century roots […]
Sunday, February 8th, 2:00 p.m. Zachary Paul Levine, Curator at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Included with Museum admission The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (JHSGW) needs input from as many people as possible on our new regional Jewish museum (projected opening 2020). As part of that […]
Speaker Dr. Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Sunday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m. Included with museum admission Explore Ladino, a Jewish language that developed in the wake of the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 as new Jewish communities settled in the Ottoman Empire. […]
Speaker Shiri Sandler, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Sunday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. Included with Museum Admission The town of Oświęcim – today in Poland – has been called by different names, in different languages, at different times. Though it has a long […]
Speaker Dr. Ronnie Perelis, Yeshiva University Sunday, January 18th at 12 p.m. Included with Museum Admission Before there were thriving Jewish communities in cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston and Savannah, most Jews in the Americas lived in the Caribbean. They were part of a dynamic Sephardic network of […]
Thursday, December 25th 10:00 a.m. to 1:00pm Mitzvah activities 1:00 p.m. Speaker Gilbert Sandler Included with Museum Admission Join us as we participate in Mitzvah Day in partnership with Jewish Volunteer Connection. Bring your whole family and spend part of your day giving back to our community […]
Thursday, December 18th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. With Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Center FREE The miracle of Hannukah: 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 […]
Sunday, December 14th, 11am to 4pm Included 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. We have something for the whole family, including children book […]
A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds Sunday, December 7th, 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 […]
Sunday, November 16th, from 2pm We would like to invite our premium members (Living History Circle, Lloyd Street League and 1845 Society) to join us after the scheduled performance of The Ghost of Mendes Cohen at 1pm to an exclusive reception. Grant Cloyd, the actor who portrays Mendes and Harriet Lynn the director, […]
Sunday, November 16th, 1pm With Actor Grant Cloyd Included with Museum Admission See history come alive with this performance of our newest Living History character, Mendes Cohen. Mendes, the focus of our newest exhibit The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen, developed in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society, if possibly the […]
Thursday, November 13th, doors open at 6:30pm. Free Join us as we remember and celebrate the life of Vivienne Shub. This special evening will include 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 […]
Sunday, November 9th, 1pm Speaker Jack Burkert 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. Plus after join us for our newest synagogue tour Technology in […]
November 9th 10am to 5pm Kristallnacht display 1pm Baltimore Museum of Industry Presentation 3pm Technology in the Temple Help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rededication of the Lloyd Street Synagogue with a day that will reveal unexplored sides of the synagogue. We have developed a new tour of […]
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Zola, American Jewish Archives This event is for JMM Members* and by invitation only Just over five decades ago the Jewish community came together to save the crumbling Lloyd Street Synagogue and lay the foundation for the Jewish Historical Society of […]
November 4, 11 am – 2 pm Admission: $5/family Discover what it means to be a citizen on Election Day! Join us for interactive tours and hands-on activities that inspire a deeper understanding of citizenship. * Meet Ida Rehr, a Ukrainian immigrant to Baltimore in the 20th century, through our Leo V. […]
Sunday, October 26th, 1pm Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg Free Fall Baltimore Program! These days, you don’t have to wait for Halloween to find horror – and especially the living dead – in every corner of pop culture. But where are the Jewish zombies? The mythical golem is an artificially […]
Free Fall Baltimore October 26th 10am to 5pm Enjoy a day of FREE admission to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, fun for the whole family. Visit our latest exhibit The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen which tells the story of the most fascinating Baltimorean you have never heard of, part Indiana Jones and part Forrest Gump, 100% […]
Living, Working, Growing Together The 7th Baltimore Immigration Summit will take place Friday, October 24 from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore, 5750 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215. The summit is a one-day event which brings together academics, service providers, activists, community leaders, and others working […]
Sunday, October 19th, 1pm With Author Dr. Ralph Eshelman Included with Museum Admission We are pleased to be welcoming to the JMM Dr. Ralph Eshelman, an expert on Maryland history, who will explore the many 1812 Chesapeake stories from the “Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail” that he has collected […]
Sunday, October 12, 1:00 p.m. Author Tovah Yavin Included with Museum Admission Explore the Jewish experience at Fort McHenry with children’s author Tovah Yavin, learn about the importance of Jewish participation in the Battle of Baltimore Harbor that helped to win the War of 1812. Participants will discover the connection between Jewish Baltimore, […]
Sunday, September 21st, 1pm Performed by Baltimore School for the Arts Included with Museum Admission Help us welcome BSA to the JMM for a performance of their latest student production, Citizen Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814. Students have worked with Maryland Historical Society and National Park Service to develop three short […]
Sunday, September 14, 5:00pm Just for members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and members of our partner The Maryland Historical Society we have a special *free* insider’s evening at the maze. This will be a chance to not only meet our living history character and explore the exhibit, but also to […]
Mendes Cohen was there. At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American […]
Join us on the opening day of our latest exhibit, explore the story of Mendes Cohen through this great new exhibit developed in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society. For this opening day we will have available some great family activities so you can take a bit of Mendes home.
Sunday, August 24th, 1:00pm with author Rachel Ament The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much By Our Moms is a hilarious, and heartfelt essay collection about Jewish mothers, featuring essays by prominent writers and entertainers including The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik. Whether the essay features a mom […]
Wednesday, August 13th, 6pm – 9pm FREE! If you still haven’t visited the Electrified Pickle this is the prefect opportunity! Come and visit the museum after hours, explore the experiments in the exhibit and play with some of our favorite experiments from our Sunday programs. This of course includes electrifying Pickles! We will […]
Sunday, August 10, 3:00pm Speaker Dr. David Hatch From James Bond to Bletchley Circle, Code Makers and Breakers Inspire the Imagination Hear the Real Stories Behind 4 Jewish Code Breakers From Navajo Windtalkers to the women of Bletchley Circle, the mysterious world of codes, ciphers and those who make and break them […]
Sunday, August 10, 11:00am – 3:00pm Explore the secret world of coding and decoding past and present. Learn about encryption, decryption, bar codes and ciphers. We will be welcoming Barcoding Inc. who will reveal the secrets of barcoding and teaching us how this common but mysterious code works. Then create your own secret code […]
Thursday, August 7, 6:00pm Speaker Professor Benveniste Natan FREE! Refreshments provided Can rockets be “green?” You might expect rocket scientists to be more concerned with the atmosphere of space than the environmental challenges here on Earth! But Technion scientists aren’t turning a blind eye to what they can do to improve […]
Sunday, August 3 11:00am – 3:00pm See the world of tomorrow as the JMM is taken over by robots! We will have robots of all shapes and sizes at the museum, learn hands-on some of the intricacies of robotics with the slightly simpler models. Experts will be on hand to help you […]
Sunday, July 27th at 3:00pm Speaker Paul Glenshaw Included with Admission As part of our Fly This! day we will be hearing from Paul Glenshaw about Arthur “Al” Welsh the first Jewish-American pilot, and one of the first pilots, period. He was the second student of Orville Wright himself. Welsh was […]
Sunday, July 27, 11:00am – 3:00pm Have you got what it takes to get off the ground? Future Makers will be at the JMM to test your flight credentials! Learn about how the science of wind resistance and flight through cool hands-on experiments. No one leaves empty handed!
Sunday, July 20, 11:00am – 3:00pm From block printing theater posters in the 19th century to the 3-D printing of today, The Electrified Pickle explores the fascinating evolution of printing. Get a feel for this history with hands-on displays provided by Maryland Rubber Stamp and Direct Dimensions. Try your hand at some printing of your […]
Sunday, July 13, 5:00– 7:00 pm 5:20 pm Extreme Jean Science Show 6:30 pm Mosaic Makers FREE A special evening for our neighbors that is completely free! Extreme Jean will wow us with her wacky science experiments that have kept audiences’ eyes glued and anticipating the next wonder. We’ll also be calling […]
Beginning July 13, 2014, the JMM kicks-off The Electrified Pickle! Designed to appeal to budding scientists, DIY-ers and anyone curious to learn about how things work as well as Jewish innovators in the fields of arts and science, this five week experience is not to be missed. With help from our partner, the National Electronics […]
Power This! – Girl Power! Sunday, July 13, 11:00am – 3:00pm Join us for Opening Day as we explore the world of power with some exciting experiments. We will electrify pickles (learn how these tasty treats can be transformed into light bulbs), create batteries, use potatoes as batteries and create circuits using special play-doh. Special thanks […]
Tuesday, July 1st 6pm to 9pm Free In preparation for the Electrified Pickle we couldn’t resist the opportunity to do some pickling. The experts from Pearlstone will be on hand to teach us the fine art of pickling. Everyone will leave with the fruits of their labor in a handy jar! […]
Sunday, June 29th, 1:00pm Speaker Stan Silverman The discussion will explore attributes of luck and its various influences in our lives. Excerpts from research for Stan Silverman’s second book, Mazel, will provide the basis of this lecture. Topics will include definitions of luck, numerology, cultural and religious symbols of luck, luck vs. […]
Sunday June 22nd, 2014 Due to under-subscription the Museum will NOT be holding a formal tournament this Sunday. However! There will still be plenty of Mah Jongg play to be had. We’ll also have staff on hand to teach any newbies who want to learn how to play. For more information, […]
Sunday, June 8th, 1:00pm Speaker Robert Mintz of The Walters Art Gallery This talk explores the Chinese roots of the popular game. With special focus on the designs and symbols that found their way from traditional Chinese decorative traditions to the surfaces of the game pieces, we will explore the meanings that underlie the distinctive […]
Will Our Grandchildren be Jewish? The Future of American Jewry Sunday, June 1st, 1:00pm Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker: Dr. Len Saxe, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Admission is Free The recently released Pew Research Center report, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” has unleashed a veritable tsunami of commentary. The […]
Thursday May 22, 2014 6:00 to 9:00 pm Admission is Free Did you know the first American to convert to Buddhism on American soil was Jewish? Charles Strauss converted in 1893 at an exposition on world religions. Join us for this panel discussion on the connections between Judaism and Buddhism. As with all Late […]
The eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration Speaker Rabbi Marvin Tokayer Sunday May 18th 2pm Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208 *THIS IS A FREE EVENT, NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY* The Risch memorial program is our largest and most important annual event […]
May 11th, 11:00am to 4:00pm Join us for this mother’s day like no other. We are holding a day of Mah Jongg Madness, and everyone is welcome to join! Bring the whole family, every generation is invited to play together. Learn a new game as a family, or the pros in the family can […]
Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm Speaker Marvin Pinkert, Museum Director Included with Museum admission The die is cast. In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia. See some of […]
Sunday, April 20th 11:00am to 3:00pm Join us for a fun day of gaming for the whole family! We will have a whole range of games waiting to be played suitable for any age. Play one of the old favorites or learn something new as a family. We will of course have Mah Jongg available, […]
Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 6:00pm FREE Come hangout and get hungry for charoset at the Jewish Museum of Maryland! Create, enjoy and devour your very own seder samplings. Done devouring your charoset creation? Design a spring-themed placemat that will be donated to Meals on Wheels. Charoset is a signature part of the […]
Thursday April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Beth Israel Congregation 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Historians call it a “suburban exodus.” In a single generation, Baltimore’s Jewish community left older neighborhoods for greener pastures along Liberty Road, Reisterstown Road, Park Heights, and Greenspring Avenue. Were you or your family part of […]
Sunday March 30th 11:00 to 12:00pm Exclusive Members opening with light breakfast 12:00pm Exhibition opens to the public 12:30pm Mah Jongg Mania: American Beginnings , talk by Melissa Marten Yaverbaum, exhibit curator Join us for the Grand Opening of our latest exhibit Project Mah Jongg, developed by Museum of […]
Tiles clacking, players chatting and laughing, exclamations of “Two bam!” “Three crack!” and “Four dot!” … these are the memories shared by women who gather together to play the Chinese game of mah jongg. Project Mah Jongg, an exhibition exploring the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American culture, was […]
Thursday March 27th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm Free Joins us for a night of game playing. Get ready for our new exhibit and learn how to play Mah Jongg or join in one of a selection of other games, including Sid Sackson’s No Game. As with all Late Night on Lloyd Streets there will […]
Let’s paint the town as Purim Pandemonium 2014 sees Art Come to Life! Saturday, March 15th at 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 members, $20 non-members, click HERE to purchase! This is your chance to release your inner artist t the sky is the limit. Turn yourself into a Pollock or a Warhol! Style […]
Book Talk: Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age with author Michael Olesker March 9, 2014 1:00pm Program included with Museum admission Join us as author Michael Olesker discusses his newest book, “Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends Come of Age,” which takes us back to America’s post-war years, a […]
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture: Kaddish for Lincoln Sunday February 23rd at 1:00pm Speaker: Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art By tradition, Abraham Lincoln was the first American gentile for whom Jews said Kaddish–the Hebrew prayer for the dead. The story may approach the realm of legend, but […]
Farewell Cotillion Saturday February 22nd from 8pm Join us for an evening of dancing and fun as we send our exhibit Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War off in true Civil War-era style. Chorégraphie Antique, the dance history ensemble from Goucher College will be on hand to demonstrate and teach us […]
An Imagined Civil War: Geraldine Brooks’ March and Civil War Fiction a book discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks Discussion leader Anne Sarah Rubin MHC Location: Enoch Pratt Library, Light Street Branch February 20th at 6:00pm Free The second in our book discussion series, hear from Anne Sarah Rubin as she discusses the Pulitzer […]
Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Dating Game *RESCHEDULED* Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00pm FREE Join us for this “romantic” Late Night on Lloyd Street as we play our very own version of the Dating Game! Test your knowledge of Jewish Baltimore History and our collections, and a very special bonus round […]
Family Day: Lincoln Comes to Baltimore With Special Living History Performance at 1:00pm Sunday, February 16th at 11:00 to 3:00 Entrance with Museum Admission Celebrate President’s Day weekend with an Abraham Lincoln themed family day. Actor Jim Getty will bring Lincoln to life. In this unique living history […]
Lecture: Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s city Sunday February 9th at 2:00pm Speaker: Laura Apelbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington In Washington you can literally walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln. Learn how the nation’s capital was transformed during the Civil War and the role of […]
Late Night on Lloyd Street: Best Yiddish Workshop Ever Wednesday, January 29, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Free Admission Why Yiddish? Why not?! The thousand-year old Jewish language traveled from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the new world. For one fun evening the mame-loshn will be making a stop at the JMM. Join us as we […]
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is proud to play host to a new exhibition, Jewish Life in Mr. Lincoln’s City. This exhibition was created by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and will be on display in the lobby throughout the month of February. Don’t miss your chance to see this great exhibition! An excerpt from […]
Whose side are you on? Baltimore’s Immigrants and the Civil War Sunday January 26th at 1:00pm Speaker Nicholas Fessenden Entrance with museum admission Maryland was deeply divided during the Civil War, and Baltimore was the scene of the conflict’s first casualties on April 19, 1861. Baltimore’s immigrants, Germans, Irish, and Jews, and their children, composed […]
Faith and Freedom in the Civil War Sunday, January 19th at 1pm Entrance included with Museum Admission Join Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director of the newly-opened Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, as she explores how the religious foment, innovation and change wrought by the Second Great Awakening influenced thinking about moral issues of […]
The Second American Revolution and Broadening Concepts of American Citizenship, 1850-65: Book discussion of America’s War: Talking About the Civil war and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries edited by Edward L. Ayers Discussion leader John Matsui. MHC book talk at the Myerberg Senior Center January 12th at 11:00am Free Join us for the first […]
Mitzvahs and Monuments: Remembering Our Veterans at the Jewish Museum of Maryland! Wednesday December 25th, 10am to 2pm Program included in museum admission 1:00pm Special Guest Speaker Michael Kurtz Community Mitzvah Day, a concept supported by the Jewish Volunteer Connection, is coming to JMM this December 25th. This is on opportunity for […]
A Rabbi at Gettysburg: Chaplain Ferdinand Sarner, German Jews, and the Civil War Speaker Rabbi Joseph S. Topek Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00pm Program included with Museum admission Did you know there were no Jewish Chaplains in the American Military before the Civil War? The establishment of a Jewish military chaplaincy was a significant […]
Sunday, December 15th at 9:00am, doors open 8:30am at The Jewish Museum of Maryland
Led by Maryland Civil war expert Daniel Carroll Toomey
Cost: $48, $40 for members
Join the cavalry! (we’ll provide the “horse”)
Baltimore Civil War Bus Tour
Learn Baltimore’s Civil War history first hand with this exclusive bus tour led by prominent Maryland historian and author Daniel Carroll Toomey. We will explore both well-known and forgotten Baltimore sites and discover the ways in which this war has been memorialized in our “Monument City.” The tour will include stops at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Society for guided tours of two special Civil War exhibits.
Daniel Carroll Toomey is the author of several books on Maryland and the Civil War and is currently the Guest Curator at the B&O Railroad Museum.
Tickets for this exclusive, one-time bus tour are $48 a person ($40 for members), which includes entrance to both museums and kosher lunch. Seats are limited, so book your ticket early! For more information and to register for the tour, contact Trillion Attwood at firstname.lastname@example.org / 410-732-6400 x215.
Late Night on Lloyd Street: Esther Fest 2013 Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00pm FREE! Like any good Jewish museum the JMM has its own bubbe. Come this December to meet our latke-making best gal, Esther Weiner. She’ll be cooking, chatting, and keeping you laughing all night. Believe us, you don’t want to […]
Civil War Photography Family Day Sunday December 1st, 11:00am to 3:00 pm Family activities 11:00am to 2:00pm Ross Kelbaugh speaking at 2:00pm The American Civil War brought photography into homes like never before. Continue the holiday togetherness with a day of engaging activities for the whole family to learn about photography before […]
Late Night on Lloyd Street: “The Crowd Was Hushed to Silence:” Lincoln, Gettysburg and the Power of Presidential Address Tuesday November 19, 6 – 9pm Don your best stove pipe hat and trim your chin curtain beard! Come and play Lincoln with us as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. Participate in […]
November 18, 2013 Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am Phone: 410-735-5015 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.cjebaltimore.org/pjpals Join your PJ Pals for Gobbles, Gelt and Grattitude at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, co-sponsored by the Downtown Baltimore JCC and PJ library. Enjoy storytime, crafts and snacks for Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Meet and make new friends. Explore the Jewish Museum of Maryland. […]
Special Living History Performance Sunday, November 17th at 1:00pm Join us at the JMM for a special performance by Living History Character Clara Barton. Hold your breath as the “Angel of the Battlefield” trods amidst the most dangerous and violent conflicts of the war to provide solace and hope to boys wounded in the […]
Kosher Southern Belles and Yankee Bubbies Confront America’s Greatest Crisis: Jewish Women and the Civil War Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:00pm At the end of the Civil War, Jewish community leaders and historians rushed to document the bloody sacrifices made by “men of the Hebrew faith” to the nation’s greatest struggle. However, the contributions […]
It All Started with a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street with author M. Hirsh Goldberg Sunday, October 27th at 4:00pm Program included with Museum admission Join us at the museum to hear from M. Hirsh Goldberg, author of It All Started with a Deli, about this remarkable story of business and family success. […]
Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage Sunday, October 27th at 1pm Program included with Museum admission Free for Members On Sunday, October 27th, the Jewish Museum of Maryland will host National Archives Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg who will speak about NARA’s latest exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The […]
Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Story of Alan Schafer: Complicating the Jewish Southerner Author Nicole King, Ph.D. Department of American Studies, UMBC Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00pm FREE At this months late night on Lloyd Street learn some of the story of Alan Schafer: this Baltimore born Jew led a fascinating life and […]
Standing By Their Flags: The Two Sided Jewish American Experience During the Civil War Sunday, October 20th at 1pm No war in American history has divided the Jewish people as did the Civil War. It caused brother to fight brother and put fathers against sons. There were civilian and military Jewish leaders on both […]
Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War Sunday, October 13, 10am-5pm Public Opening – Entrance with Museum Admission Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp at 1:00pm Join us as for the grand opening of Passages Through the Fire. Special appearances by Civil War reenactors. Featured guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish […]
There are many dividing lines in this nation’s most bitter struggle – at Gettysburg, Manassas, Antietam… and Baltimore Street? The Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a sesquicentennial exhibition and tour marking the war that not only divided the nation but split our community. A Groundbreaking Exhibition The exhibition, Passages through the Fire: Jews […]
Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm Exclusive Members Only Preview – FREE for all current JMM members Featuring live performances of Civil War music, special Curator Tours of the exhibit and debuting our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. Come get the first look at our brand new exhibit! This exhibit, […]
Have you ever wondered what a sukkah is? Do you wonder why people sleep outside and see the stars? This is your chance to learn about all things Sukkot. You will have the opportunity to design your own sukkah, learn a cheeky recipe for what to do with your leftover etrog, and of course have […]
Sunday August 18th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm It’s your last chance to see Zap! Pow! Bam! before it flies off forever! Come and bid a fond farewell to this super exhibit – we will celebrate with a day of superhero activities, including crafts to help chill out in the summer sun. And if […]
Wednesday August 14th, at 6:00 pm Sarah Edelsburg returns to the JMM to share the history and development of visual art in both Jewish and Israeli contexts. Sarah will challenge us to answer the question: what is Jewish art? She will use a variety of entertaining examples to illustrate the development of this genre. […]
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 9:00am Buses will depart from the Myerberg Senior Center at 9am. Spend the day at one of Washington DC’s newest top attractions. Explore seven levels of galleries, exhibits and theater space showing the behind the scenes of how and why news is made as well as five centuries of the […]
The Jewish Museum of Maryland Presents Late Night on Lloyd Street! The first workshop for Late Night on Lloyd Street, “The Most Fun Hebrew Workshop Ever!” will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street) and will be led by Sarah Edelsburg, a fluent Hebrew […]
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 1pm Local artists and long-time friends Tom Chalkey and Craig Hankin discuss COMICS as an art form and medium for storytelling. They’ll discuss and share work from their current project, “Novelty Record” (working title), a memoir in graphic novel form.
How to Create Your Own Superhero with Children’s Book Artist and writer K. Michael Crawford Learn step-by-step skills in creating a Super Hero complete with super powers that bring the character to life. Bring your imagination and learn how to draw like a comic book artist. All ages accepted. Cost included in admission to […]
A super boy will become Superman, and all of Baltimore is invited to join in the festivities at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM). In honor of our current exhibit, ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 – 1950, the JMM is throwing a party to celebrate an American icon, Superman.
With the American economy in deep Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, a group of young, largely Jewish, artists began to create illustrated stories of superheroes and provided the nation with an optimistic antidote to a growing sense of despair and helplessness. Featuring superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, and video interviews with the creators of superheroes, offers visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Golden Age of comic books.