Posted on March 17th, 2016 by Rachel
I love to visit area schools and I felt such joy over the past two weekends visiting three local religious school programs that are participating in the My Family Story project, an initiative from Beit Hatfutsot’s International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies which has been funded and supported by the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education. The students participating in this project have embarked on a journey to the past, an exploration of heritage, and a project that goes beyond the usual family tree. This journey has connected students to their personal stories, their family stories and to their story within the greater story of the Jewish People. These students are not alone in this adventure. Students and teachers throughout the Jewish world and Israel have also been on their own family explorations and are participating in this project.
During the 1990’s, a prominent psychologist at Emory University, Dr. Marshall Duke was tasked with researching the nature of “myth and ritual in American families.” From his research, Dr. Duke discovered that one of the most important things a family can do is to develop a strong family narrative. There was a lot of research at the time into the dissipation of the family. Duke was more interested in what families could do to counteract those forces. Dr. Duke set out to help families build and talk about their history; it proved to be quite a breakthrough. Digging deeper in his research, Duke said, “children who have the most self-confidence have what he calls a “’strong intergenerational self”. They know they belong to something bigger then themselves. Leaders in other fields have found similar results, many groups use what sociologists call sense-making, the building of a narrative that explains what the group is about.
In speaking to the students from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Bolton Street Synagogue and Beit Tikvah, these children really seem to have a sense of pride about their stories that they shared with me. They learned about places throughout the world where their ancestors emigrated from along with stories that hopefully they will pass on to future generations. One of the students told me that one of her ancestors shared in a pail of beer with President Lincoln… How cool is that!!!
The projects will be judged at the My Family Story Exhibition that will take place on Thursday evening, April 7 at the JMM. Projects will be judged based on a rubric in areas of, Jewish peoplehood, depth of research, aesthetics and creativity. The projects will be scored and two winners will be picked and sent to Beit Hatfutsot in Israel along with other projects from students participating throughout the world. The staff at Beit Hatfutsot will pick 40 winners and those winners will receive a free trip to Israel in June and meet with the international winners who also won from their communities.
The students have been really working hard on their projects….. Hope you’ve enjoyed this sneak peek at some of their works in progress…….. We hope you will make your way to the JMM to see the creativity of area students and the interpretations of their family narratives. Want to learn more about this awesome project? Contact Ilene Dackman-Alon, Director of Education; firstname.lastname@example.org
A blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.
Posted on March 1st, 2016 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email email@example.com
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: June 19, 2015
PastPerfect Accession #: 2011.029.242
Status: An unidentified Levindale resident participates in an art project, ca 1960s.
Posted on February 5th, 2016 by Rachel
Happy Friday! We thought you might like this sketch by Jacob Glushakow as an option for your Valentine’s Day cards!
Download as a PDF here: JMM Valentine PDF
Here’s some samples JMM friends & family produced to show our love!
Aren’t they beautiful?
and here’s the original: