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Jews In Space

May 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Members of the Tribe in Orbit


On View May 24 – December 31, 2020



Jews In Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit was a year and a half in the making and debuted at the Center for Jewish History in New York in partnership with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. We are moonstruck to bring this unusual and entertaining exhibit to JMM.


Walk through the exhibit hall and you’ll find items as rare as 18th and 19th century rabbinic tomes on astronomy in Hebrew, German and Yiddish, and items as idiosyncratic as science fiction memorabilia.  The first Jewish American astronaut, Jeffrey Hoffman’s dreidel, Torah pointer, traveling menorah and other religious artifacts that traveled with him into space will all be on display.  The exhibit also features mementos from other Jewish space travelers and a detailed timeline of Jewish accomplishments in astronomy and spaceflight.



With a title that pays homage to Mel Brooks the exhibit content originally drew inspiration from some rare rabbinical astronomy texts. Curators incorporated these ancient Jewish surveys of the cosmos, along with modern science fiction and pop culture references, and included some science and information about actual space programs.


As a part of our mission to connect Jewish Maryland to its roots and the rest of Baltimore—resident and visitor alike—to the Jewish experience, JMM is creating “Marylanders Feel the Wonder of Space” as a companion to Jews in Space. As a history museum, we do our job best when we teach history by connect people to people. By interviewing contemporary Baltimore- and Maryland-based space scientists (Jewish and non-Jewish) about their paths to their current positions, we will highlight scientists’ early moments of wonder and curiosity, and feature objects that represent those stories. By telling these stories of wonder—and where it led, we hope you’ll recognize some of your own path-changing moments, from the past and present.


Interested in supporting the Jews in Space exhibit? Contact Tracey E. Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5165.



The upcoming appearance of the Jews in Space exhibit in Baltimore in May 2020 is possible in part through the generous challenge grants made by the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds and Miriam Winder Kelly in memory of Patrick J. Kelly Jr., pro-Space Activist & Baltimore Science Fiction Society founder.


Additional funding for this exhibit comes, in part, from:

The Kaplan-Kronsberg Family Charitable Fund

Kutler Family Philanthropic Fund

Gift Honoring the Memory of Jim Guy

Greif Family Fund

Emilie Schwab & Family in Memory of James Schwab

Annette and Michael Saxon Fund

Harriet Stulman



May 24, 2020
December 31, 2020