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PUBLIC OPENING – Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

October 13, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 Historical Society offers his insights into the topic with “The War that Helped Make Jews Americans”. “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue offered at 11am and 3pm.


This exhibit, originated by the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum, examines the way the Civil War changed American Jewish life.  Passages uses rarely seen objects, photographs and letters, as well as three original short films, to offer a unique lens on this period in our history.  We have added four hands-on activity stations to the exhibit and it is perfect for the whole family to discover and learn together.   JMM is also reinterpreting its largest Civil War “object”, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, revealing the role it played in the debate over slavery.


Jonathan Karp is Associate Professor in the Judaic Studies and History Departments at Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the author of The Politics of Jewish Commerce in Europe, 1638-1848 (2008) and co-editor with Adam Sutcliffe of Philosemitism in History (2011) and the Cambridge History of Judaism in Early Modern Times (forthcoming 2014), all published by Cambridge University Press. From 2010-2013 he was the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, where he helped create the exhibition Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War.


For more information, contact Program Manager Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215 or email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org.


Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War is generously supported in its Maryland edition by Whiting-Turner, Willard Hackerman;  the Morris Schapiro + Family Foundation, Barbara Katz; the Eliasberg Family Foundation;  the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation; the Richard and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation; and the Gottesman Family Fund


October 13, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm