The Jewish Museum of Maryland is one of the country’s leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture.

The Museum has 3 exhibition galleries – two in the Main Museum building, and a new one in the lower level of the Lloyd Street Synagogue, that host changing exhibits of local and national interest. We combine art, rare objects, historical photographs, oral histories, videos and hands-on activities in engaging, informative exhibitions. Each exhibit created or hosted by the Museum reveals new perspectives on the Jewish experience in Maryland and beyond.


Cinema Judaica

Caption: The cover of the companion book to the exhibit. Some of the films featured on the cover, like Confessions of a Nazi Spy were shown in Baltimore. Image courtesy of ccarnet.org.

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.

Caption: The cover of the companion book to the exhibit. Some of the films featured on the cover, like Confessions of a Nazi Spy were shown in Baltimore. Image courtesy of ccarnet.org.