Performance Counts March 2014: Declaring Victory

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by

The gallery has cleared.  The artifacts are on their way home.  Now we can assess the impact of Passages Through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War.  How shall we measure the value of these last eighteen weeks?

Cutting a fine figure on the dance floor at our Farewell Cotillion.

Cutting a fine figure on the dance floor at our Farewell Cotillion.

One is always tempted to start with attendance.  More than 4700 visitors came to the exhibition.  This is a pace consistent with the museum’s strongest previous exhibition, despite the fact that nearly half the run of the exhibit took place in January and February (we suspect you will recall that the weather made outings more challenging in those months).  The category showing the biggest year-over-year increase was “walk-in” visitors, people coming just to see the exhibit numbered more than 1000 during the period.  Right behind, at 967, were visitors coming to our Sunday and evening programs.

Of course, attendance numbers aren’t the whole measure.  We received both formal and anecdotal feedback to the exhibit and associated education programs.  We had some very positive responses, ranging from one of the exhibit’s creators in New York praising our additions to the project, to reenactors appreciating our offering of an unusual chapter of Civil War history, to a young visitor whose mother told me he couldn’t stop talking about the 1861 tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Students from John Ruarah explore our photography interactive station.

Students from John Ruarah explore our photography interactive station.

As a manager, I feel obliged to mention that the exhibit was delivered on time and on budget.  We have many people to thank for that but special kudos go to curator Karen Falk and researcher Todd Neeson who burned the midnight oil to prepare a quality product.  I also think its remarkable that we reached our fundraising goal in spite of a late start, raising over $108,000 in just six months.  Former Board president Barbara Katz and our development team (Clair Segal, Susan Press, Rachel Kassman and Deborah Cardin) deserve a lot of credit here.

A visit with Mr. Lincoln

A visit with Mr. Lincoln

And I would be remiss if I didn’t single out programs as a special area of achievement.  Newcomer Trillion Attwood presented 22 programs between October and February, 15 of these on the Civil War itself.  These demonstrated an enormous range of subjects – from photography to woman’s history, and wide variety of formats – living history, family days, author lectures and even dance!  The strength of these offerings showed how many dimensions of discourse we could find in one exhibit’s content.

Curator Karen Falk removes wall text in preparation for our next exhibit - Project Mah Jongg!

Curator Karen Falk removes wall text in preparation for our next exhibit – Project Mah Jongg!

So on the whole, I would say we won the battle… but the war to take JMM to the next level continues and with many fields of combat ahead (Mah Jongg tables, pickle barrels and puzzle mazes among them) we will continue the fight.  With your help, victory will be ours.

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Museum Matters: March 2014

Posted on March 10th, 2014 by

Flower Tiles

Had enough winter? Well the flowers are on their way.

This month we open Project Mah Jongg, the exhibit that answers the question “how did a game for Chinese men become a pastime for Jewish women?”  Look for details on making plans to visit and play below.

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

 

March 2014

102513_mishmash_book-200x300Front Stoops in the Fifties: Legends Come of Age with author Michael Olesker

Sunday, March 9, 1:00pm

Program free with Museum admission

 

Author and journalist, Michael Olesker shares his perspectives on Baltimore in the 1950s, an era he believes ended on Nov. 22, 1963, with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The talk will focus on Baltimore’s Jewish community, and those whose lives touched the entire country – including Barry Levinson, Kenny Waissman, Jerry Leiber, and attorney Leonard Kerpelman who took Madalyn Murray’s crusade against prayer in public schools all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Front Stoops in the Fifties is Olesker’s sixth book, following a 40-year career in journalism in which he wrote award-winning columns for the Baltimore Sun and delivered nightly commentaries for WJZ’s Eyewitness News. Among Olesker’s other books is Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe, a Holocaust memoir written with survivor Leo Bretholz. That book has now been published in numerous countries around the world.

 

Following the talk, copies of the book will be available for purchasing and signing.


Purim picPurim Pandemonium: Art Comes Alive

Saturday, March 15, 9:00pm – 1:00am

Admission $15 for members, $20 for non-members

 

Join us for this costume party like no other! The sky is the limit for creativity with this year’s theme. Become a Pollock or a Warhol, be Dali, Kahlo or Van Gogh (though please, no missing ears)!

Once you’ve started getting creative you won’t be able to stop – so help us fill out empty canvasses at the museum! You will be surrounded by inspiration and by the end of the night we’ll have created an art show no one will forget!

Guests 21+ (I.D. required). Enjoy dancing to DJ Matt Statler, open bar (essential for any struggling artist?), refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online: jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Late Night on Lloyd Street: Game On!

Thursday March 27th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Free Admission

Joins us for a night of game playing. Get ready for our new exhibit and learn how to play Mah Jongg or pick from a selection of other games, including Sid Sackson’s No Game. As with all Late Night on Lloyd Streets there will be plenty of snacks and drinks.

Late Night on Lloyd Street programs are FREE thanks to generous support from the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund

 
postcard frontProject Mah Jongg Grand Opening

Sunday, March 30

11:00am-12:00pm: Exclusive Members opening with light breakfast

12:00pm: Exhibition opens to the public

12:30pm: Mah Jongg Mania: American Beginnings, talk by exhibition curator (and former JMM Curator), Melissa Martens Yaverbaum

Opening is Free for Members

Join us for the Grand Opening of our latest exhibit Project Mah Jongg, developed by the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. Curator Melissa Martens Yaverbaum will trace the evolution of the mysterious Chinese game that became an American sensation in the 1920s and today remains a beloved institution in Jewish communal, personal, and cultural life.

Tables are available for visitors to play mah jongg and staff will be on hand to explain the rules for any novices (please note that table space is limited).

During the run of Project Mah Jongg, visitors interested in playing can reserve up to five tables in advance at no additional charge by contacting Abby Krolik, JMM’s Visitor Services Coordinator, at (410) 732-6044 ext. 235 or akrolik@jewishmuseummd.org. Reservations are for two hour periods during regular museum hours Sunday to Thursday 10am to 5pm. Space is limited so hurray up, gather your group, and make that reservation now!

 

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A United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Traveling Exhibit

Teacher Training Workshop

Wednesday, April 2, 10:00am-12:00pm

There is no charge to attend

For more information and to register, contact Phyllis Gwynn at pgwynn@baltjc.org or (410) 542-4850

Exhibit tour and presentation by USHMM curator, Susan Bachrach, Ph.D.

This program takes place at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, 601 Lombard Street, Baltimore.

Program co-sponsored by Baltimore Jewish Council , the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland.

 

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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

 

Purim Puppet Show and Megillah Reading

Saturday, March 15  (https://www.facebook.com/events/700303633323654/)

7:00pm PUPPET SHOW – featuring all of your favorite Purim characters!

8:00pm MAARIV & MEGILLAH READING – megillah reading with child-friendly video accompaniment and a special guest appearance by Elmo!

 

Annual Purim Parade and Seuda at Max’s

Sunday, March 16 (https://www.facebook.com/events/700303633323654/)

Join us following morning services and megillah reading (8:30am) for our Annual Purim Parade starting at B’nai Israel and ending at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point!

Our Purim Parade will feature the Charm City Pedal Mill, rollerblading dancers, & floats from AVAM’s kinetic sculpture race! Come by foot or with your favorite bicycle, scooter, roller blades, or Segway! Costumes encouraged.

Festive meal & Purim party will follow at Max’s Taphouse, 737 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231. $15/person. RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/BnaiPurimSeuda2014

 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland Meeting

Sunday, March 23 at 1:00pm

The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland will be held on March 23 from 1:00-3:00pm in the chapel of Ner Tamid Synagogue (6214 Pimlico Rd, Baltimore). Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust, will present “Calling All Readers: A Literary Trove for Jewish Genealogists.” Program is free for JGSMD members and $5 for non-members.

 

Coming Soon:

Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared

Yom Ha’Shoah Baltimore Jewish Council 2014 Holocaust Commemoration

Sunday, April 27, 5:00pm

Beth Tfiloh Congregation (Rosen Art Center), 3300 Old Court Road

Featuring Key Note Speaker, Menachem Rosensaft

For more information, contact 410-542-4850 or rsvp to bjcrsvp@baltjc.org

 

Exhibits

Current exhibits

 

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, The Synagogue Speaks!

Project Mah Jongg opens on Sunday, March 30 (see details above) and will be on view through June 29.

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945 – 1968 travels to Beth Israel Synagogue (3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills) where it will be on display March 31-April 11.

 

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

 

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

 

Membership

Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street. Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchase online! http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Gift Shop

The JMM is very pleased to represent Haim Amir with a few of his magnificent fused and fired glass artworks, some of which are shown here.  In addition to his fused glass art pieces, Amir is a world-renowned sculptor, working with stone, marble and granite of different colors.  He was recently commissioned by Temple Isaiah in Columbia to create a large menorah for their new building which received much critical acclaim. Professor Natan Zach, Curator at the Open Museum in Tefen, Israel, says this about Amir, “Haim Amir’s uniqueness as a sculptor consists not only in his remarkable mastery of his materials, a mastery which does not betray any signs of effort; rather, it resides in the sense of an unusual dialogue taking place here between man and stone.”

Home Blessing Fused GlassHome Blessing – Fused Glass

Haim Amir uses vibrant colors of deep red, gold and orange, fused together on white glass, to create this warm and welcoming piece.

 

Price: $160      Member price $144

Crossing the Red SeaCrossing the Red Sea – Fused Glass

In this powerful fused glass artwork, the waters of the Red Sea part, both the Hebrew and English of the text are fused into the glass.

 

Price:  $160     Member price $144 

Blessing for the HomeBlessing for the Home – Fused Glass

Amir fired and fused homes onto the glass, with an overlay of colorful roofs. He uses “brick” pavers from clay brought from Israel to create the pathways from each of the homes.  Amir works with Israeli clay to fashion the miniature pots adding another dimension to his work.  The blessing for the home, both in English and Hebrew, define the work.

Price:  $196     Member price $176.40

Celebration of PassoverCelebration of Passover

In this striking fused glass piece, Amir uses some of the symbols of the Seder, the wine goblets, the matzoh on the table, and bringing in the flowers of the coming of Spring.

 

Price:  $196    Member price 176.40

We are very excited to have the work of Haim Amir in the JMM Gift Shop.  Call for further details or information. Esther Weiner, Gift Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 / eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

PROJECT MAH JONGG COMING!  MARCH 30, 2014!

The Museum Shop will be a fun place to shop for your favorite Mah Jongg must-have pieces…your game will be on-game!   These are only a SAMPLE of what you will find!  See you at the tables!

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Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 / eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

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Museum Matters – January 2014

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

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How did it get to be 2014 already?  It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the opening of Passages Through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War and now there are just 58 days remaining in its run at JMM.  We had large audiences over the holidays – more than 100 came on December 25th alone – and we continue to get great feedback on the exhibit and our 3pm “1861 Tours” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.  If you’ve been procrastinating about visiting, move us up your list of New Year’s resolutions.  In fact, a rigorous 1861 Tour can be used in lieu of that daily commitment you made to visit the gym.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

 

JANUARY 2014

The Second American Revolution and Broadening Concepts of American Citizenship, 1850-65

Book discussion of America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, edited by Edward L. Ayers

Discussion facilitator: John Matsui

Sunday, January 12, 11:00am

Free Admission

This Maryland Humanities Council Book Talk takes place at the Edward A. Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

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Join us for the first of two Civil War related book discussions. This discussion will use Ayers’ Anthology primarily consisting of original documents to explore some of the key themes relating to the Civil War including the debates over slavery, succession, emancipation and immigrant rights.

Register for this talk today so you can have a good read ready for the cold winter months. Copies of the book are available and can be borrowed at no cost from the Museum.

Conversation facilitator, John H. Matsui graduated from Princeton.  His current research focuses on conflicting political ideologies in Civil War America and their effect on Union military occupation policies in Virginia. His current post as Assistant Professor of History at the Virginia Military Institute – near the tombs of Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson – is most ideal.

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

 

Faith and Freedom in the Civil War

Sunday, January 19, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

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Join Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director of the newly-opened Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, as she explores how the religious foment, innovation, and change wrought by the Second Great Awakening influenced thinking about moral issues of war and slavery, and how Americans of all faiths who met at Gettysburg grappled not only with life and death, but with divergent ideas of faith and freedom that would shape the nation’s future.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Barbara Franco has worked in museums and historical organizations throughout her career.  She is currently Executive Director of the Seminary Ridge Museum, which opened on July 1, 2013 on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg — one of the lasting legacies of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.

 

Whose side are you on? Baltimore’s Immigrants and the Civil War

Sunday, January 26, 1:00pm

Speaker Nicholas Fessenden

Program Free with Museum Admission

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Maryland was deeply divided during the Civil War, and Baltimore was the scene of the conflict’s first casualties on April 19, 1861. Baltimore’s immigrants, Germans, Irish, and Jews, and their children, composed 35% of the city’s population. Nevertheless, histories of Maryland’s Civil War make scant mention of this important segment of the community. While there were divisions among the immigrants themselves, their majority support of the Union was a factor in keeping Maryland on the Union’s side during this critical period.

Nicholas Fessenden, a Philadelphia native, was educated at Yale and Columbia University in history. He taught History at Friends School of Baltimore from 1972 to 2010 and also on an adjunct basis at Towson University and Maryland Institute of Art. Since retirement, he has focused on Baltimore’s immigration history and has been working with the group Baltimore Immigration Memorial to establish a small immigration museum in Locust Point.

 

Late Night on Lloyd Street: Best Yiddish Workshop Ever

Wednesday, January 29, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Free Admission

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Why Yiddish? Why not?!

The thousand-year old Jewish language traveled from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the new world.  For one fun evening the mame-loshn will be making a stop at the JMM.  Join us as we celebrate the chutzpah, the herring, and the zaftik humor of this extraordinary language with music, film, interactive games. The great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem once wrote: lakhn iz gezunt, doktoyrim heysn lakhn, laughter is healthy, doctors prescribe laughter. For one freylikh evening we will explore tsuzamen, together the ways Yiddish can make us become a better mentsh.

Adi Mahalel is a visiting Instructor of Yiddish Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Adi earned a joint degree in Hebrew Literature and in Humanities through the Ofakim honor’s degree program at Haifa University. Adi’s other areas of interest include Yiddish poetry, Jewish American theater and Israeli Yiddish literature. He has taught courses in Yiddish language and culture. Adi is also a regular contributor to the Yiddish Forward and other Yiddish publications.

As with all Late Night on Lloyd Streets there will be plenty of snacks and drinks.

This program is generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

 

February 2014

Reading Your Way Through the Civil War, Part Two: “March” by Geraldine Brooks

An Imagined Civil War:  Civil War Fiction Book discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks
Discussion leader: Anne Sarah Rubin

Thursday, February 20, 6:00pm
Free Admission
This Maryland Humanities Council Book Talk takes place at Enoch Pratt Library, Light Street Branch

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Anne Sarah Rubin leads our second book program as she discusses the Pulitzer Prize winning March by Geraldine Brooks. The conversation will consider the relationship between March and Little Women, some of the biographical connections to Louisa May Alcott, and the way in which the novel reflects an alternative Civil War experience.

Register for this talk today, so you can have a good read ready for the cold winter months. Copies of the book are available and can be borrowed at no cost from the Museum. Register now with Trillion Attwood tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or 410-732-6400 ext.215

Anne Sarah Rubin is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She received her AB from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Dr. Rubin is currently President of the Society of Civil War Historians.

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

 

Family Day: Lincoln Comes to Baltimore 
Sunday, February 16, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Abraham Lincoln living history performance at 1:00pm
Program Free with Museum Admission

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What better way to celebrate President’s Day weekend then by joining us for an Abraham Lincoln themed day filled with family fun activities.  Actor Jim Getty will bring Lincoln to life in this unique living history performance. JMM Program Manager, Trillion Attwood will interview the 16thPresident about his recollections of the role that Jews played in the Civil War.

 

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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

 

Exhibits

Current exhibits

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, The Synagogue Speaks! and Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War on display through February, 27, 2014.

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. This tour is offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

Membership

Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street. Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchase online! http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

Gift Shop

Check out our amazing variety of books on the Civil War in the JMM Museum Shop.

Civil War books

Call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, for details.  Your copy can be mailed to you or to a recipient as a gift. Remember, JMM members receive a 10% discount on each order.

 

 

 

 

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