CATALOGS: Exhibitions from the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Posted on November 4th, 2012 by

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America


Table of Contents:

Foreword by Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Maryland

Strangers And Healers: The Jewish Immigrant Body and Healthcare’s Role in the American Assimilation Experience by Alan M. Kraut

“The Profession of Medicine has a Great Call Upon the Jews:” American Physicians & the Jewish Contribution to Medicine by Mitchell B. Hart

Chicken Soup: Women and the Making of the Modern Jewish Home and Nation by Cara Rock-Singer

My Son (or Daughter) the Doctor: Jewish Physicians in American Popular Culture by Ted Merwin

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America is presented by The Herbert Bearman Foundation with additional generous support from National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Peter and Georgia Angelos Foundation, and LifeBridge Health.

Additional support is provided by Sue and Dr. David Liebman, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, GBMC HealthCare, Sheldon and Saralynn Glass, Lowell and Harriet Glazer Family Foundation, Benno and Elayne Hurwitz Family Foundation, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Carol and Robert Keehn Family Philanthropic Fund, MedStar Health, Mercy Health Services, PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., The University of Maryland Medical System Foundation & The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Carroll and Charlotte Weinberg Charitable Foundation, The Harry L. Gladding Foundation and Neal and Winifred Borden, Dr. Ira and Leslie Papel, In Memory of Hugo Dalsheimer from his Family, Arnold and Susie Davidov, Dr. Howard and Maureen Davidov, Michael and Eleanor Pinkert, Kelly and Associates, Nurses’ Alumnae Association of Sinai, Myra Framm, and Phyllis Neuman,Kelly and Associates, and The Taylor Foundation.

Cost: $35

Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture, and American Jewish Identity

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Avi Y. Decter and Juliana Ochs Dweck
Contemporary Voices: Cholent Traditions from Around the Globe by Elizabeth Alpern
“Our Parents Were Hungry and We Are Sated”: The Immigrant World of American Jewish Food by Hasia R. Diner
Contemporary Voices: Expanding the Definition of Jewish Food by Ruth Abusch-Magder
Cuisine and Companionship: Eating Out Jewish in America by Ted Merwin
Contemporary Voices: Giving New Meaning to “Less is More” by Dorothy Lipovenko
From Beef a la Mode to Guacamole Latkes: A Genealogy of American Jewish Cookbooks by Lara Rabinovitch
Contemporary Voices: What Belongs on the Plate at a Sustainable Jewish Wedding? by Elisheva Margulies
“Who Can Cater a Bris in Queens?”: Circumcision Meals in Contemporary America by Juliana Ochs Dweck
Contemporary Voices: Shabbat Meals: At Home, Away from the War by Molly Birnbaum
Passover Bunny Cakes: Negotiating Jewish and Gentile Identities in the Passover Season by Carol Harris-Shapiro
Contemporary Voices: Eco-Glatt by Yael Greenberg
Ethical Eating: The New Jewish Food Movement by Mary L. Zamore
Contemporary Voices: A Grandmother’s Chicken Paprikash by Shulamit Seidler-Feller
Beyond Kashrut: Six Jewish Food Rules by Vanessa L. Ochs
Contemporary Voices: Kasha Recipes Get a Modern Makeover by Louisa Shafia
Jewish Foodways:  Choosing Food, Making Meaning by Carole M. Counihan
Reflecting on Chosen Food by Stephen J. Whitfield

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

National Endowment for the Humanities
The Herbert Bearman Foundation, Inc.
Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Inc.
Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
Maryland State Arts Council
Betsey and Philip Kahn Publications Endowment
Louis and Frances B. Booke Research Endowment

Cost: $20.00

Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore

Table of Contents:

Foreward by Deborah R. Weiner, Anita Kassof, and Avi Y. Decter
The Local and the Global: Lombard Street and the Modern Jewish Diaspora by Hasia Diner
A Different Kind of Neighborhood: Central European Jews and the Origins of Jewish East Baltimore  by Eric L. Goldstein
“We Were Poor and We Didn’t Know It”: Growing Up in Old East Baltimore by Anita Kassof
“Keeping Peace in the Family”: The Jewish Court of Arbitration, 1912-1945 by Melanie Shell-WEiss
“Tutto il Mondo e Paese”: Baltimore’s Little Italy as Immigrant Hometown by Melissa Martens
Public Notions, Private Lives: The Meanings of Place in an Inner City Neighborhood by Deborah R. Weiner
See Change: A Visual Journey through the Urban Landscape by Dean Krimmel

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

Henry & Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Maryland Historical Trust

Cost: $20.00

Enterprising Emporiums: The Jewish Department Stores of Downtown Baltimore

Table of Contents:

Forward by Mark Neumann
Memory and Meaning in Baltimore’s Jewish-Owned Department Stores by Avi Y. Decter
Merchant Princes and Their Palaces: The Emergence of Department Stores in Baltimore by Dean Krimmel
White Sales: The Racial Politics of Baltimore’s Jewish-Owned Department Stores, 1935-1965 by Paul A. Kramer, Johns Hopkins University
Expressions of Jewish Identity in Baltimore’s Downtown Department Stores by Melissa J. Martens

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
Maryland Historical Trust
Maryland State Arts Council

Cost: $15.00

Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Avi Y. Decter
The Third Wave: German Jewish Refugees Come to Baltimore by Deborah R. Weiner
To Leave a World Behind?: German Jews Confront the Onset of Nazism by Sonat Hart, Baltimore Hebrew University
Knocking at the Door: The German Jewish Refugees and U.S. Immigration Policy by Anita Kassof
Matters of Public Knowledge: The Baltimore Jewish Times and Nazi Germany’s War Against the Jews, 1933-1942 by Dirk Bonker, University of North Florida
Germany’s Loss is Baltimore’s Gain: Jewish Youth from the Third Reich Remake Their Lives in Baltimore by Chana R. Kotzin
In Their Own Words: The Experiences of Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees by Robin Z. Waldman

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

The Ingber Family RAM Foundation
In honor of Erich Oppenheim, our father, grandfather, and great grandfather
The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation

Cost: $18.00

We Call This Place Home: Jewish Life in Maryland’s Small Towns

Table of Contents:

Forward by Mark Neumann
Introduction by Avi Y. Decter
The Jewish History of Small-Town America by Lee Shai Weissbach, University of Louisville
Beyond Lombard Street: Jewish Life in Maryland’s Small Towns by Eric L. Goldstein, Emory University
In the Belly of the Whale: Staying Jewish in Maryland’s Small Towns Today by Karen Falk

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
Henry and Elizabeth Lehmann Philanthropic Fund
National Endowment for the Humanities
Maryland Historical Trust
Maryland State Arts Council

Cost: $15.00

The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish American Dream

Table of Contents:

Forward by Avi Y. Decter
Vacation Days: Jews in the American Landscape by Judith E. Endelman
Baltimore’s Backyard: Jewish Vacations in Maryland by Deborah R. Weiner
A Place in the Sun: Jewish Vacationers in Atlantic City, 1890-1945 by Melissa Martens
A Movable Community in the Catskills by Phil Brown
Miami Beach: Like Strawberries in Winter by Deborah Dash Moore
Visiting Vanished Worlds: Reflections on Jewish Heritage Tourism by Rebecca Kobrin

Publication of this catalog was made possible with generous support from:

The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities
Maryland Hostircal Trust
Maryland State Arts Council
Willard and Lillian Hackerman
 Cost: $15.00

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From Cookbooks to Comic Books

Posted on October 31st, 2012 by

A blog post by Curator Karen Falk.

We are getting ready to say farewell to our exhibition, Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture, and American Jewish Identity. After 14 months on display in the Feldman Gallery, it will be moving in January to The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta. You have two more months to get in that visit you planned—make sure to see it before it goes!

In its place, we will be displaying Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950, a wonderful look at Superman’s and Batman’s Jewish roots in an exhibition created by the Breman Museum.

Zap! Pow! Bam! will open at the JMM on January 27 and remain on display through August 18. With it, this curator will have to turn her attention from food to a different kind of fun. And just as I began the Chosen Food project with little knowledge of culinary history (other than the ability to cook a Jewish holiday meal for my family—received wisdom I used to take for granted), I begin this new project by studying whole new subject. As a kid, I didn’t pay much attention to the superheroes (I liked the social dramas of Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica), didn’t need to hide them from my parents, didn’t know Marvel from DC, wasn’t spending my allowance on the newest issue. So now I’m catching up, and I don’t mind it one bit!

What have I learned so far? First, that most of the writers, artists, and publishers of the early superhero comics were Jewish. Actually, Michael Chabon introduced most of us to that idea years ago in his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Picador, 2000). I’ve also learned that many writers on the topic, and the Zap! Pow! Bam! exhibit, take as given that these Jewish artists and writers couldn’t help but inject their Jewish concerns into their stories: fighting for the downtrodden, helping the cause of justice, seeking an America where they could feel at home. Finally, I’ve read that many of these same writers and artists denied that they deliberately populated their stories with crypto-Jews. Most simply wanted to tell a great story.

Detective Comics #71. Cover art by Jerry Robinson. © 1942 DC Comics. Batman, Robin & The Joker ™ and © DC Comics. All rights Reserved. Used with Permission. From the collection of Jerry Robinson.

At the JMM, we hope that the story told by Zap! Pow! Bam! —which was curated by the late Jerry Robinson, who conceived and drew Batman’s nemesis, The Joker, and the artist after whom Batman’s sidekick, Robin was named—will surprise you. But even if you are an educated aficionado of Golden Age comics, it is sure to entertain you and your family, with a drawing studio where you can try your hand at cartooning, take a ride in a child-sized Batmobile, and watch clips of superhero TV and movies. We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

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Moving Out

Posted on October 18th, 2012 by

A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin.

On October 17, 2012, the JMM opened our newest original exhibition, Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945 – 1968. Exploring a seminal period in American Jewish history – the exodus of Jews from urban centers to newly established suburbs – Jews on the Move interprets the motivations and factors that led to Jewish settlement in the Northwest suburbs of Baltimore County in the post-war years.


Irene Siegel with children, 1959

In the years following WWII, Baltimore Jews, like so many other Americans, left behind close-knit urban neighborhoods in pursuit of the “American dream.” Within the span of a single generation, the Jewish community swiftly reconfigured itself and experienced a fascinating social, economic and cultural transformation. Jews on the Move explores the local angle of a national story of suburbanization through the eyes of developers, real estate agents, community institutions and organizations, synagogues, and of course the families who helped establish the suburbs of Northwest Baltimore.

Gilbert and Leslie Polt, c.1960

Louise’s Pizza, Liberty Road, 1963

Park Heights JCC, Jewish institutions followed the exodus out of the city. The opening of a suburban JCC on Park Heights Avenue in 1960 – in addition to the move of synagogues – helped families recreate Jewish enclaves in the suburbs.

What makes this exhibit project especially exciting is an innovative collaboration that resulted in its creation.  Jews On The Move was developed through a partnership between the JMM and The Johns Hopkins University (JHU). With generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The JHU Program in Museums and Society partners with local museums to take undergraduate students out of the classroom and give them hands-on museum experience. The JMM was delighted to be invited to participate in this program, and in the spring of 2012, staff and consultants from the JMM taught a course at JHU that involved students in the creation of “Jews on the Move.”

Because of our partnership with JHU, the exhibit opened on its Homewood Campus. In order to prepare for the opening, on Wednesday morning, several JMM staff members in addition to exhibit designer, Ken Falk, installed the panel exhibition in Hodson Hall. The exhibit consists of vinyl banners that are attached to collapsing metal poles that connect to one another making it easy to transport and install.

Exhibit designer Ken Falk unrolling the exhibit banners

JHU faculty member Elizabeth Rodini watches as Karen Falk and student Molly Martell raise the exhibit panels

At the exhibit opening on Wednesday pm, Katherine S. Newman, James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, welcomed guests. JHU students who participated in the course talked about their experience in researching and designing the exhibit. Guests mingled, enjoying refreshments and an opportunity to view the exhibit and share their own reminiscences of their family’s move to the suburbs.

Jews on the Move has been designed as a traveling exhibit and is available at no charge to hosting institutions. If you are interested in hosting this exhibit, contact Rachel Cylus at (410) 732-6400 x215 / Also, be sure to check out the exhibit website where you can send in your own suburban stories and photos.

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