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Museum Matters: October 2015

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by

Last Minute Paul Simon Update

It’s almost here (and I’m not referring to Hurricane Joaquin).  Most of the exhibit is installed and we’re making final preparations for opening weekend.  We’ve had an enormous response to our Members Opening concert and there are now only a few dozen seats left.  If you want to secure a seat, I urge you to e-mail our reservations box soon… before they all go “slip-sliding away.”

We anticipate large crowds on opening day, Oct. 11th, so if you want to attend either the Paul Simon birthday celebration at 11 or the 2:30 lecture by Scott Benarde, we suggest that you come early.

The high level of demand has also inspired us to come up with an option for advanced ticketing, tickets available for Oct 12th through January 18th.  We will be selling a limited number of timed tickets to the exhibit through Tixato ( This service is provided as a convenience.  Members will not need to purchase advance tickets for themselves – entry is guaranteed at all times.  However, on especially crowded days, priority will be given to members and those purchasing advance timed tickets, with others admitted as space is available.  If you have a large group you want to bring to the Museum we suggest you contact Graham Humphrey, our visitor services managers ( to set up the visit.

Hope you all find some time to join us in three of the most exciting months in the history of JMM.



Upcoming programs

All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.
The Guthrie Bros.Members Opening with The Guthrie Brothers

Saturday, October 10, 7:45 p.m.

Members Exclusive Event

 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 perform their tribute act Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience.  Remember, this event is free for members but you need to reserve a place (and space is running out so contact us soon for seats)


Happy BirthdayPublic Opening: Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Included with Museum admission

Help us celebrate Paul Simon’s 74th birthday and the official opening of our latest exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music. Celebrations include plenty of cake, a Simon Sing Along and a very special game of “Simon Says” where you can test your Paul Simon knowledge for a chance to win some great prizes!


Stars of David Rock and Roll coverStars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories

Sunday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Scott R. Benarde

Included with Museum admission 

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.


Photo from flyerA Lost Love: One Family’s Forgotten History

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville

Free Admission but registration is required:

For questions contact 202-488-0422 /

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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 US Holocaust Memorial 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.


Cantors CombinedJews and the Folk Revival: When Change was in the Air and the Music Mattered

Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Cantor Jeff Klepper and Cantor Robbie Solomon

Included with Museum admission

Using audio, video and live demonstration Cantor Klepper and Cantor Solomon will explore the influence of the 1960’s folk music revival on various aspects of Jewish community.


Monster Mash CoverFree Fall Baltimore

Still Crazy After All These Years: Classic Musical Monster Mashes

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, UMBC


Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!

FFB Logo. 2014





The Black-Jewish Century of Music

Sunday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston

Included with Museum Admission

Explore 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.


Under African SkiesFolk Movie Festival: Under African Skies

Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


simon-and-garfunkel-the-dangling-conversation-columbia fb“Can Analysis be Worthwhile?” Joining Paul Simon’s “Dangling Conversation”

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts

Included with Museum Admission

Explore how throughout American history popular music has been used to process American identity as a nation, as communities and for individuals.


A mighty windFolk Movie Festival: A Mighty Wind

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


Another little piece Book coverPaul Simon and the Birth of Folk Rock

Sunday, November 15, time TBD

Speaker: Richard Goldstein

Included with Museum Admission

 Focusing on Paul Simon’s early career we will explore how his 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.


Inside Llewyn DavisFolk Movie Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission


Woody_Guthrie smallHoly Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection

Sunday, November 22, time 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Nora Guthrie

Included with Museum Admission

Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, discusses the artistic implications of Woody’s relationship with his Jewish mother in law, Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt.


Phil Ochs FortuneFolk Movie Festival: Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune

Tuesday, November 24, 6:30 pm

Included with Museum Admission


More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on facebook.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland October Meeting

Sunday, October 25, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance) New Sources, New Ways to Search

Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks 

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to for more information.



JMM Museum Shop

The JMM Museum Shop welcomes visitors for the exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music!

Our shop has great must-have pieces from deconstructed Paul Simon vinyls, a stunning bowl, amazing clock, and yes, magnets!

The catalog, Paul Simon, Words and Music, is a fabulous book for you and a gift for your Paul Simon fan and friend.  All this plus our hand-picked jewelry and Judaica for you and that special gift.

Every purchase made in the JMM Museum Shop supports the mission and programs of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

JMM Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases, except as noted.


For further information, please call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211.







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Recognizing and Responding to Injustice: Using the Lessons of the Holocaust as a Tool for Combating Contemporary Intolerance in Our Communities Today

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by

During my summer internship at the JMM, I had the opportunity to work on a pop-up exhibit in connection with the JMM’s Annual Summer Teachers Institute that focuses on best practices in Holocaust Education. After I learned how to use the museum software Past Perfect and learned about the JMM’s extensive collections, I was inspired to develop an exhibit.  The exhibit focuses on recognizing and responding to injustices in our community. It relates to the 2015 Summer Teachers Institute’s theme: Auschwitz 70 Years Later, What have we Learned? I wanted to put some of the JMM’s collections on display and give teachers an opportunity to see what objects and materials we have in the collections that relate to topics they are teaching about the Holocaust in their classrooms.

Falicia stands in front of the lobby display she created.

Telling the teachers about my exhibit.

In recent years there have been many instances of injustices in our communities: locally, nationally, and worldwide. My hope is that by examining injustices during the Holocaust we can be inspired to recognize and respond to injustices in our communities today. I encouraged the teachers to reflect on this question: How can we teach our students to recognize and become “upstanders” or activists against injustices in our communities and society?

The exhibit consisted of photographs, objects, and documents about the Holocaust. Preparing for the exhibit was a lot more complex than I originally thought it would be. Some of the objects in the exhibit include: pieces of a chandelier from a desecrated synagogue during Kristallnacht, and an uncut Star of David.  The exhibit also included archival materials…

Mass Meeting Flyer

This is a Mass Meeting flyer announcing a meeting for Jewish people in Baltimore to learn about what was happening to the European Jews.

Baltimore Jewish Council booklet

The Baltimore Jewish Council booklet was established in 1939 to create a united front against Anti-semitism during World War II and provide resources on Jewish issues.

These are pictures of the Nazi and Confederate flags to show how flags represent different things to people, and can have painful associations and connections to injustices.

These are pictures of the Nazi and Confederate flags to show how flags represent different things to people, and can have painful associations and connections to injustices.

I had a lot of support from several staff members and interns including: Ilene, Joanna, Deborah, Karen, and collections intern Kaleigh who helped me pick appropriate objects, reviewed my labels, and helped me with the installation process. I really felt like I had the support of the staff in developing my first exhibit.

Falicia and Collections Manager Joanna in the library cutting out exhibit text.

Joanna and I are cutting out texts for the exhibit.

Falicia arranging the objects in the display case.

And here I am arranging the objects in the display case.

When I installed the exhibit I was not sure how many people would be able to see it and what they would think. On Monday August 3rd over 30 teachers came to the museum for the Summer Teachers Institute. Ilene told them about my exhibit and in between workshops educators came and looked at my exhibit.

Page of handwritten comments about the display.

Teachers wrote comments about the exhibit.

I enjoyed telling the teachers about my exhibit. It was also great to hear some of the conversations they had about the exhibit and the connections they were making about injustices of the Holocaust and forms of injustice they see today. It was great to hear comments and dialogue between the teachers about what was in the exhibit and many of them were interested in seeing what else we had in our collections.

Falicia EddyA blog post by Education and Programs Intern Falicia Eddy. To read  more posts from interns click HERE.

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Three Days Later and This is What I Learned

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by

Yesterday afternoon, Rachel Kassman (Development and Marketing, Intern Wrangler, and Official Candy Provider), asked me to write a final blog about the Summer Teachers Institute (STI) that occurred a few days ago. In a nutshell, the STI is an annual workshop that provides educators the tools and resources to teach the Holocaust to their own students. The topic changes, and this year, the focus was on Auschwitz. I helped prepare for it by doing administrative tasks such as making copies and folders for each participant, but this is really our Deputy Director, Deborah Cardin’s baby.

Summer Teachers Institute Flyer 2015

This year’s Summer Teachers Institute flyer

In the last 24 hours, I began thinking about all the things I could ramble about and decided to keep the spotlight on the purpose of this workshop: the educators and their students. One of my post-STI duties was to go through the teacher evaluations and analyze the results. The evaluation was in the form of a survey broken down by each session with attendees marking a 1 for the lowest score to a 4 for the highest score. Here are some statistics for you:

*100% of the participants gave Louise Géczy, the Senior Project Coordinator at The John Carroll School, the highest score citing her presentation to be “valuable” and “eye-opening.”

*100% of the participants gave the highest score in their overall experience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the tour of their permanent exhibit.

*95% of the participants gave the two highest marks (3 or 4) on all the sessions on the first day, 92% of the participants gave the two highest marks on all the sessions on the second day, and 89% of the participants gave the two highest marks on all the sessions on the last day.

*When responding to survivor testimonies and what participants saw at the USHMM, the words “powerful,” “moving,” and “touching” were commonly used.

*When responding to speakers, the words “informative,” “knowledgeable,” and adjectives such as “wonderful” and “fascinating” were commonly used.

Image of entrance sign at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“At first, I thought this would be relatively simple, as I’ve visited before and studied the Holocaust rather extensively. But touring the exhibits brought me to pieces emotionally, and I can definitely relate to my students’ upheavals in studying the Holocaust.”

To end this blog post, here’s a short anecdote for you:

On the second day of STI, the location of the workshop was being held at the USHMM. STI provided buses at two stops, but I chose to meet the group at the museum since I would be staying in DC after. On that particular morning, I either forgot to set my alarm or slept through it, waking up late and scrambling out of my house. By the time I arrived two hours late sweating, and rushing through the metal detector, a very nice security officer pulls me aside and simply states he needs to do a random inspection. Instinctively, I start opening my purse, but he says it’s not necessary. Instead, he grabs a special piece of paper, rubs it on my red Rebecca Minkoff, and feeds it through a machine.

“Can I ask what that does?” I ask timidly.

“It checks your bag for explosive residues, which yours does not have,” he says as he’s reading the results.

I don’t think much of it as I hurriedly searched for Deborah in the lobby. During lunch, I tell the other interns about what happened, knowing I feel something but unsure of what that emotion exactly is. Someone jokes, “It’s because you’re Asian! None of us got randomly inspected.” But what I felt wasn’t a race issue- I’m used to being stereotyped. As the interns approached the main entrance of the museum to re-enter after lunch, I notice two security or police officers walking around outside and three more managing the security inside. That’s when I knew what that feeling was.

Photo of the interior of the Permanent Exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Permanent Exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In all of the museums I’ve visited, none has a tighter security than the USHMM. I felt such sadness and disheartenment that this place of education and living memorial has to be strict in security due to antisemitism that still occurs today, 70 years after the end of World War II. At the same time, I felt hopeful that I was attending a workshop with dedicated and passionate educators who were spending three days out of their summer vacation to learn how to better teach their students.

So, to Rev. Robert Albright, Judith Cohen, Louise Géczy, Dr. Lauren Granite, Josh Headley, Heller Kreshtool, Shiri Sandler, Rabbi Josh Snyder, Joseph White, and every single educator who attended at least one day of this year’s STI: thank you, thank you, thank you, for loving our younger generation. To me, you’re not just teaching about the pain and atrocity that occurred years ago, but you’re fighting antisemitism, and teaching kids how to be compassionate and kindhearted.

For other educators who could not join us this year, here are some resources from this year’s Summer Teachers Institute:

Centropa: Where Jewish history has a name, a face, a story

USHMM: Resources for Educators

Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Graphic Novels recommended by Josh Headley:

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Moving Pictures by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco

Palestine by Joe Sacco

Jerusalem by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Dauvillier, Greg Salsedo, and Marc Lizano

Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv by Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem, and Koren Shadmi

IMG_0993A blog post by Education Intern Eden Cho. To read more posts by interns click HERE.

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