Posted on June 14th, 2012 by Rachel
Shalom, my name is Leslie McNamara, and I am an archival intern at the JMM. In the second week of my internship, I have already started processing incoming collections which means that I organize and provide a description of archival collections to help aid potential researchers. I am currently working on a collection that contains a significant amount of material on Beth Shalom Congregation inFrederick,Md. While processing this collection, I have learned that until the early 1920’s, the members of Beth Shalom did not have a synagogue of their own to fulfill their religious and communal needs until the donation of a building that had previously been an Elks Lodge by Leo Wineberg, a prominent lawyer of Frederick, Md.
Also, I am completing inventory of over-sized archives such as magazines, drawings or paintings, and legal documents. While doing inventory, I found an anti-semetic illustration from May 11, 1881 entitled “A Hint to the Hebrews” which depicts a floating island of Jewish vacationers staying at the “Hotel du Jerusalem,” just off theshoreofAmericawhich has hotels discriminating against Jews.