Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968


First one family moved, then a second and a third. Soon hundreds of Jewish families had relocated from their city row houses to the ranch houses and split levels of the postwar suburban frontier, as Baltimore Jews joined in the national rush to suburbia that began after World War II.

By the late 1960’s, some four out of five Jews lived in a single section of the metro area: greater northwest Baltimore, from Upper Park Heights deep into the suburbs of Baltimore County. And that ratio holds true to this day.

Such a sudden and long-lasting change could only have happened as a result of powerful forces coming together at once.

Jews on the Move will be on view at: 

1. Johns Hopkins University: October 17 – December 17, 2012

2. Chizuk Amuno: December 17, 2012 – January 28, 2013

3. Enoch Pratt Main Branch: January 28 – March 11, 2013

4. Beth El Congregation: March 12 – May 6, 2013

5. Myerberg Senior Center: July 19 – August 19, 2013

6. Jewish Museum of Maryland: August 22 – September 15, 2013

7. Enoch Pratt Library Reisterstown Branch: September 16 – October 21, 2013

8. Owings Mills Jewish Community Center: October 22 – November 15, 2013 

Jews on the Move is a collaborative project of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and students in the Program in Museums and Society at the Johns Hopkins University. The project was made possible through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.