JMM Insights December 2014: Dear Abby, the Holiday Edition!

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by

Our “Dear Abby” feature gives us a chance to answer commonly asked questions about how to get the most satisfaction out of your JMM visit.  These questions are often asked of our Visitor Services Manager, Abby Krolik, thus, the name! (Any resemblance to a syndicated feature with a similar name is purely coincidental.)

 

1) Dear Abby,

Time flies so fast, and I’ve just realized that winter break is right around the corner! I love my kids, but the thought of having all three of them home at once, with nothing to do, for a week and a half, fills me with dread. What can I do with them to keep them from each other’s throats and to keep me from tearing my hair out? Oy vey!  There’s only so many times in a row that I can watch Frozen before “Let It Go” becomes permanently stuck in my head.

Please, please, please tell me that the JMM is open during the holidays!

 

Sincerely,

Avoiding Cabin Fever

 

Dear Cabin Fever,

We will be open for much of the holiday season, but with a few exceptions to allow our staff to enjoy some time with their families. We will be open at our regular hours except for New Year’s Day, when we will be closed completely, and we will have early closings December 24th (closing at 3pm), December 25th (closing at 4pm), and December 31st (closing at 3pm).

As always, there is something to do here at the JMM for all ages! Kids and the young at heart have delighted in the maze in The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit (while the adults at heart enjoy the content), and the Voices of Lombard Street and The Synagogue Speaks exhibits have several hands-on portions. In addition to our interactive exhibits, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on our programs calendar, which you can find on our website, on Facebook, and on many local online calendars (such as The Baltimore Sun and The Jewish Times). We strive to have programming for all ages, from lectures for adults, to the rocking Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights concert we had for kids just a couple of weeks ago!

We’ve got you covered this winter break (and every school break) when it comes to entertaining your family!

 

Best Wishes,

Abby

 

2)  Dear Abby,

I’m the kind of man who thrives on staying busy—especially if it’s a task that will bring a smile to a kid’s face. I’m a real sucker for a kid’s big, toothy grin. Right now, I’ve got a great job in a factory up north that’s going through its annual crunch time this season. I love it! The only problem is that our only day off from work is Dec. 25, when everything is closed. And I know what you’re going to say—why don’t you go see a movie and have some Chinese food? Those are always open on Christmas Day. But like I said, I enjoy being busy, and watching a movie or devouring chicken lo mein doesn’t count as busy in my book.

I happen to be pretty close to my boss, so I was telling him about my problem, and he told me that he and the missus often come to your museum on Dec. 25 because you’re one of the few places open, and that you guys always have a great program. It sounds like a good idea to me, but I thought I’d check in and see what exactly you guys are doing that day.

 

Happy Holidays,

Your Friend from the Great North

 

Dear Great North,

It’s always nice to hear that someone had such a good time at our museum that they recommended us to a friend. Please tell your boss that we would really appreciate it if he and his wife could leave us a review on our TripAdvisor page. You should do write one too, once you’ve come to visit us!

We do have a fantastic program planned for December 25th, a.k.a “Mitzvah Day.” We are collaborating with Jewish Volunteer Connection to participate in the city-wide Mitzvah Day program. From 10:00am to 1:00pm, we will be decorating puzzles and putting together fun gift packages for children who have to stay in Sinai Hospital over the holidays. Sounds like a perfect fit for you!

If you’re wondering why puzzles, it’s because of our current special exhibition, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen. Mendes Cohen spent much of his life trying to piece together his complex identity, much like putting together a puzzle. And who doesn’t love puzzles, anyway?

Then, at 1:00pm, our renowned local historian, Gil Sandler, will further explore the topic of identity building in his talk, Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. He will share the story of how many early Jewish Baltimoreans got their start.

It should be a great day, and we would love for you to join us!

Best Wishes,

Abby

See you on the 25th!

See you on the 25th!

3) Dear Abby,

I’m from out of town, but my son lives in Baltimore, and I’ll be visiting him during Chanukah.  Since you work at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, you must know everything there is to know about Jewish Baltimore! The first and most important thing I must know is …where is the best place to go for Chanukah shopping? I still have several people left on my holiday gift list—which brings me to my next question. My husband is a dreidel enthusiast. He collects dreidels of all kinds. I’d like to buy one for him to add to his collection, but every time I see some in the stores, I realize he has at least one of each kind there. I need to find him a unique dreidel. Is there some kind of dreidel emporium in Baltimore?

The next important thing I need to know is…which is the best deli in Baltimore? Is it Attman’s, Lenny’s, or Weiss’s?

 

Happy Hanukkah!

Mrs. Dreideleh

 

Dear Mrs. Dreideleh,

I see you have your priorities straight! I’m more than happy to answer your questions—and the first one in particular. It just so happens that the best place in Baltimore to go to for all of your Chanukah shopping needs is…the JMM! We are currently having a Chanukah Madness sale, which means that everything in the shop that is Chanukah related is 25% off until the end of December.

Joseph's Coat Menorah

Joseph’s Coat Menorah

Do you need a menorah in the shape of a trolley car? We’ve got it! Do you need Chanukah candles? We’ve got it! Do you need more gelt than you can possibly eat in a life time? We’ve got it! We also, of course, have our usual array of Jewish books, art, games, and jewelry that are perfect for that special someone on your holiday gift list.

Safed Candles from Israel

Safed Candles from Israel

Which brings me to your second question: do we have a supply of not-your-everyday dreidels? Of course we do! We have metallic dreidels, wooden dreidels, and we have plastic dreidels that you can fill with candy. We also have a whole case full of decorative dreidels that come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. I couldn’t possibly describe them all, so you’ll just have to come down here yourself to take a look.

And while you’re down here, you can sample the three delis of Corned Beef Row and decide for yourself which one is best.

 

Happy Shopping,

Abby

 

4) Dear Abby,

I hate winter.  I hate the snow and the slush and the cold winds. I especially hate driving in this weather—people are just crazy when the weather turns bad! The whole season makes me wish I were a bear with lots of fur and nice warm cave to hibernate in. But if I can’t sleep the season away, I might as well keep myself entertained, and I do enjoy the exhibits and programs that you have at the JMM.

However, the last thing I want to do is battle the elements and idiotic drivers to get to the museum only to discover that it has closed because of the weather.  How do I find out ahead of time whether the museum has decided to close or open late (or close early)?

 

Sincerely,

Waiting for Spring

 

Dear Waiting for Spring,

I’m glad you asked that question because it’s a very important one. There are times when the weather outside is frightful and we do have to close the museum. The first place you can always check for this kind of information is our website:  www.jewishmuseummd.org .  If we have plans to close the building, it will be posted on the middle of the front page.  We try to make sure we’ve posted our decision by 9am so that you can make plans accordingly.  If it’s a weekday, our policy for the first day of any weather event is to go along with whatever the Baltimore City Schools are doing. After the first day, however, we make the decision ourselves based on the conditions of the roads and on the ability of the folks who clear the sidewalk and secure the building to make it to Lloyd Street.

We’re a hardy group, so we try not to close unless it is really necessary!

 

Best Wishes,

Abby

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Museum Matters: December 2014

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by

Wrapping Up a Great Year

If you weren’t able to make it to the opening weeks of the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen because of the busy High Holiday season or the start of school, if you couldn’t come in October because you wanted to enjoy fall foliage, if you didn’t visit us in November because of the Ravens games – stop procrastinating!  There couldn’t be a better time of year to renew your acquaintance with our one-of-a-kind museum.  Outstanding exhibits, specialty tours of the synagogues at 3pm on Sundays and Mondays, dollar days, family concert, messing with olive oil and  best of all – last minute/belated holiday gifts hand-selected by Esther, our maven of good taste.

On these shortest days of the year, we’re still open 10 to 5 on Sunday through Thursday (except for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 – close at 3; Dec. 25 – close at 4; and Jan 1 – closed).  Still plenty of time to bring out-of-town relatives to see this Baltimore highlight.  We’ll have a warm welcome waiting.

~Marvin

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.

 

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A Family Chanukah Concert with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Sunday, December 7, 2:30pm

Admission: $1

Set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family Chanukah concert with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights! Bring home a piece of the festivities with Chanukah themed crafts.

A versatile artist, Joanie Leeds is a gifted musician with a soulful voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy.  In addition to her secular popularity, Joanie tours the country playing synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish museums. Her Jewish music can be found on the PJ Library’s compilation.

 

books imageMaryland Jewish Book Festival

Sunday, December 14, 11am to 4pm

Included with museum admission

Join us for a day of book talks and author signings. Meet some of the region’s best Jewish authors and maybe find the perfect Chanukah gifts to finish your shopping! Authors will be talking about a fascinating range of topics including Jewish resistance in the Shoah, Sephardic history in the Caribbean, Baltimore’s wicked history and a reflection on a life spent giving back to the city.

We also have readings for the youngest members of the family with Chanukah selections, plus plenty of arts and crafts to keep everyone entertained.

Schedule:

11:00am: Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal with author Lauren Silberman 

As home to Edgar Allan Poe’s body, the acerbic wit of H.L. Mencken and Fells Point’s nest of pirates, Baltimore revels in the deliciously dark side of its history. Local author Lauren R. Silberman leads readers through the horrors of slave pens, the chaos of the Pratt Street Riots and the backroom speakeasies of Prohibition to reveal the sinister and scintillating face of Charm City. 

12:00pm: Interview on Measure of a Life with author LeRoy Hoffberger 

Writing “Measure of a Life” started out as a test of the author’s long term memory. Hoffberger, through his philanthropic activities has had a significant impact not only in the Baltimore community, but worldwide. He has tremendously influenced the arts field as co-founder of American Visionary Art Museum and MICA’s LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting. His efforts, through a Johns Hopkins scientific community based study program have helped make possible huge strides in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. He established the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Studies, which has advanced the understanding of Hebrew scripture around the world. Hoffberger has shaped the events of his life into a resonant and inspiring narrative. 

1:00pm: To Save a Life: Jewish Humanitarian Resistance in France during the Shoah with author Nancy Lefenfeld

Until recently Jewish resistance during the Shoah has received little attention. Even now, images in popular culture focus almost exclusively on armed resisters but unarmed Jewish resisters thwarted the objectives of Nazi oppressors not by striking back at them physically but by saving Jews targeted for arrest, deportation, and death. Less easily recognizable than their armed counterparts, these humanitarian resisters worked illegally, clandestinely, and at the risk of their own lives. Many lost their lives because of the work they did and had no opportunity to tell their stories after the end of the war. This brief presentation introduces the concept of Jewish humanitarian resistance and features archival black and white photos preserved in the collection of the Mémorial de la Shoah.

1:00 p.m.  CJE Library Story Time 

CJE librarian Rebecca Levitan will be joining us for a specially themed Chanukah story time. Plus join us before and after for some great arts and crafts suitable for any age. 

2:00pm Hanukah Moon with author Deborah da Costa (children’s book) 

When Isobel is invited to Aunt Luisa’s for Hanukkah, she is not sure what to expect. Aunt Luisa has recently arrived from Mexico. Isobel’s days at Aunt Luisa’s are filled with fun and surprises a new camera, a dreidel piñata filled with sweets, and a mysterious late night visit to welcome the luna nueva, the new moon that appears on Hanukkah. An unusual Hanukkah story with a multi-cultural focus, this title celebrates a little-known custom of the Latin-Jewish community. 

3:00pm 500 Years in the Jewish Caribbean: The Spanish & Portuguese Jews in the West Indies with author Harry A. Ezratty

Long before the Jewish settlements in North America, Sephardic Jews came to the Caribbean, first as crew members on Columbus’s ships. By the 1600s, they had commercialized the sugar, rum and tobacco industries and won civil liberties that became the standards aspired to by colonial North American Jewry. This is their story, island by island, in Volume I of the author’s trilogy, The Jews in the New World.

 

olive oilLate Night on Lloyd Street: DIY Olive Oil? ImPRESSive!

Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Center

Venue the Jewish Museum of Maryland

FREE

 

The miracle of Chanukah: Oil for one day of lighting the ancient temple lasted a full 8 days!… but why did it take 8 days? Get excited for a night of pitting, pressing and processing olives into olive oil with the Pearlstone Center Farm staff. Bring “Olive” your questions… Like why is olive oil so important to the Jewish community? And is olive oil really good for you? What can I do with it besides light ancient Menorahs and fry latkes? Finally, have the chance to make your own olive oil creations such as infused oil using herbs from Pearlstone’s farm, or dyed decorative Channukiah oil to take home. They also make great gifts!

As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Please be aware this event has a maximum number of places available so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Contact Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org with questions!

 

Mitzvah Day

Thursday, December 25

10:00 a.m. to 1:00pm: Mitzvah activities

1:00 p.m: Speaker, Gilbert Sandler

Program Free with Museum Admission

Join us again this year as we participate in Mitzvah Day, where we will be helping to make life a little easier for some of the children in our community. Mitzvah activities will be suitable for all ages and is a great way to bring the family together!

Following the Mitzvah activities we welcome Gilbert Sandler who will discuss Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. Mr. Sandler will share the story of how Jewish Baltimore got started. Exploring the institutions the earliest immigrants founded that helped bring them into mainstream of America. Then how those institutions leaders arose from the newly-formed Jewish community to wider leadership and prominence and wealth and influence—and at long last become American!

 

January

The Sephardic Atlantic: Mendes I. Cohen and the Story of Early American Jewry

Speaker Dr. Ronnie Perelis, Yeshiva University

Sunday, January 18th at 12 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

Before there were thriving Jewish communities in cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston and Savannah, most Jews in the Americas lived in the Caribbean. They were part of a dynamic Sephardic network of trade and culture which connected major metropolitan centers such as Amsterdam and London to colonial ports such as Curacao and Kingston. The first American Jews were connected through their Atlantic connections. We will explore how early American Jews such as Mendes I. Cohen were a part of this global Jewish community.

Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair and Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His research explores the connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods.

 

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Memorial Program: A Town Known As Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community

Speaker Shiri Sandler, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Sunday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. 

The town of Oświęcim – today in Poland – has been called by different names, in different languages, at different times. Though it has a long and varied history, the town is known for one thing: Auschwitz. Yet for centuries prior to World War II, Jews and non-Jews lived side by side in Oświęcim and called it home. Join Shiri B. Sandler, U.S. Director the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, Poland, to gain insights into the history of the formerly Jewish town that has become known as the symbol of the Holocaust.

Shiri Sandler runs the AJC’s programming for American students, including Holocaust and ethics programming for US military students. Formerly Shiri was the Manager of International Programs at the Museum, where, in addition to being the liaison for the Auschwitz Jewish Center, she coordinated the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, a series of ethics programs for law, medical, business, seminary, and journalism students. Shiri received a Master’s degree in Modern European History from Brown University and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

 

February

Ladino, a language of the Jewish Diaspora

Speaker Dr. Adriana Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Sunday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m.

Included with museum admission

Explore Ladino, a Jewish language that developed in the wake of the expulsion of Jews from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 as new Jewish communities settled in the Ottoman Empire. Professor Brodsky will introduce the history of this language, and present examples of the Ladino in early 20th Century America, as well as old and modern ladino songs.  Although many argue that Ladino is ‘dead,’ especially after the extermination of entire ladino-speaking Sephardi communities during the Holocaust, this talk shows that, in fact, this Jewish language is alive and well.

Adriana M. Brodsky, Associate Professor of Latin American History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, obtained her PhD from Duke University in 2004.  She has published on Sephardi schools in Argentina, and on Jewish Beauty Contests.  Her new project explores the experiences of Argentine Sephardi youth in the 1960s-1970s.

 

Help Make a Museum: Audience Workshop for the Core Exhibition of DC’s New Jewish Museum

Sunday, February 8th, 2:00 p.m.

Zachary Paul Levine, Curator at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

Included with Museum admission

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (JHSGW) needs input from as many people as possible on our new regional Jewish museum (projected opening 2020). As part of that process, we are turning to the community for thoughts on stories for the new museum’s core exhibition.  This workshop will include a series of activities designed to get participants thinking, talking, and sharing their counsel for this new project.  We’ll look at a handful of objects and stories, and discuss how, together, they tell the unique story of Washington’s Jewish community.

 

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

 

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland December Meeting

Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Pikesville Library’s Meeting Room (1301 Reisterstown Road)

Program is free for JGSM members; $5 for non-members

For more information, check out www.jgsmd.org

 

Exhibits 

Exhibits currently on display include The A-mazing Mendes Cohen (on display through June 14, 2015), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

 

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  We will offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.  On November 9 we will introduce a new Lloyd Street “1845: Technology and the Temple” tour at 3:00pm and the tour will be available every Sunday and Monday at 3:00 until The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen closes next June.

Please note our holiday hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, December 24, Museum closes at 3:00pm
  • Thursday, December 25, JMM is OPEN from 10am-4:00pm
  • Friday, December 26, Museum is closed
  • Wednesday, December 31, Museum closes at 3:00pm
  • Thursday, January 1, Museum is closed

 

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 purchased 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: Chanukah Madness 

Joseph's Coat MenorahChanukah is around the corner!  First candle is lit December 16, 2014…and we have an amazing selection of candles, all made in Israel, and a gorgeous range of colors. We have Menorahs for the young, and the young at heart; a magnificent hand-blown menorah, Israeli stone and crystal imports, fun and funky menorahs.  Our dreidle collection is known for its variety of choices, from sterling to hand-painted wood, to fine china. Games and books for all ages!  Our jewelry is chosen with care for the discriminating buyer; we cheerfully gift-wrap and will mail your purchases for you.

Electric Menorah, Low VoltageMerchandise purchased in the Museum Shop directly benefits the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Members receive a 10% discount on JMM Shop purchases.

For information, call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 or email at eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

 

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Museum Matters: August 2014

Posted on August 8th, 2014 by

How to Avoid Regret

Next week you will receive our JMM Insights newsletter.  It will contain photos of the great activities, artifacts and speakers we had during the five weeks of Electrified Pickle.  Some of you will look at the newsletter and think, “gee, I really wanted to see that.”

Well, here’s my tip:  it’s not too late.  We have one more week of the Electrified Pickle, and we are going out with a double-header.  Come by this Sunday and enjoy “Code This!”, and, as Hercule Poirot would say, “exercise those little grey cells” – ciphering, deciphering and bar coding.  We will have an enigma machine on site and an expert on WWII codes, Dr. David Hatch, who will speak at 3pm on “Kosher Cryptology”.  On next Wednesday night we torture our pickles one last time for your education and enjoyment – electrifying them, freezing them and who knows what else.  It’s mad science night at JMM.

Don’t wake up next Friday with post-Pickle remorse.   Be a part of this one-of-a-kind tech fair.

And for even less regret – mark Sept 14 on your calendar now.  You have the chance to be among the first to “lose yourself” in the Mendes Cohen maze and discover a whole new world of 19th century Maryland.

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.

Code This!
Sunday, August 10, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Explore the secret world of coding and decoding past and present.  Learn about encryption, decryption, bar codes and ciphers. We will be welcoming Barcoding Inc. who will reveal the secrets of barcoding and teaching us how this common but mysterious code works. Then create your own secret code and deliver messages with invisible ink.

We also welcome the National Cryptologic Museum and Dr. David Hatch who will demonstrate the uses of the Enigma Machine used in the twentieth century for enciphering and deciphering messages.

Eavesdropping On Hell
Sunday, August 10, 3:00pm
Speaker Dr. David Hatch

From Navajo Windtalkers to the women of Bletchley Circle, the mysterious world of codes, ciphers and those who make and break them has proven fertile ground for the imagination, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and television producers to tell their stories. This Sunday join us at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as Dr. David Hatch shares some of the true stories about the minds behind America’s efforts in cryptology surrounding World War II.

 

Late Night on Lloyd Street: After Hours Mad Pickle Science!
Wednesday, August 13th, 6pm -9pm

If you still haven’t visited the Electrified Pickle this is the perfect opportunity! Come and visit the museum after hours, explore the experiments in the exhibit and play with some of our favorite experiments from our Sunday programs. This of course includes electrifying Pickles! We will also be welcoming Mad Science, with their show Bubbling Potions, essentially lots of dry ice plus freezing pickles.

As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Please be aware this event has a maximum number of places available so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Book Talk: The Jewish Daughter Diaries
Sunday, August 24th, 1:00pm
Author Rachel Ament

The Jewish Daughter Diaries: True Stories of Being Loved Too Much By Our Moms is a hilarious, and heartfelt essay collection about Jewish mothers, featuring essays by prominent writers and entertainers including The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik. Whether the essay features a mom impersonating her daughter on Jdate, a mom who makes half her daughter’s bed while her daughter is still sleeping in the other half, or a mom who takes her camp‐hating daughter on a visit to a “summer camp consultant,” the book is sure to strike a familiar chord in anyone who has been loved too much by their moms.

SAVE THE DATE

Members Opening: The Making of The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen
Sunday, September 14, 5:00pm

MC_Exhibit Assets_v2Just for members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and members of our partner The Maryland Historical Society we have a special insider’s evening at the maze.  This will be a chance to not only meet our living history character and explore the exhibit, but also to here from the creative voices who turned a little-known 19th century soldier, businessman and adventurer into a physical experience.  Our panel of experts will delve into the decisions that drove the development of the maze and character – and reveal some of the stories and anecdotes that had to be sent to the “cutting room floor.”  It’s a chance to go behind the scenes of the exhibit process for people who love museums.

 
MENDES COHEN WAS THERE:

At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American tourist; in Annapolis when arguments raged over fugitive slaves; on the board of the nation’s first railroad.

But who was Mendes Cohen?

A soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist… a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority… a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, a proud Jew?

Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of! The Jewish Museum of Maryland and The Maryland Historical Society invite you on a journey to put together the puzzle of one man’s identity and in the process discover something about identities we share.  It’s a journey full of twists and turns and missing clues.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland is offering a very different perspective of the Battle of Baltimore and its aftermath.  A new exhibit opening September 14 follows the life of one of the most interesting characters in the fort, artilleryman Mendes I. Cohen.  The museum has turned the many twists and turns of this real life adventurer into a maze.  Visitors follow Cohen from his rescue of the gunpowder during the battle, to his life in the family lottery business (did you know that the Washington Monument was built with funds from lottery sales?), to the struggle to give Jews the right to hold office, to his visit with the Pope, to his journey down the Nile and his status as the first American tourist in Palestine.  That’s just the first half of his life!

The exhibit connects Cohen’s journey to what was happening to Jews across America, Europe and the Middle East in the early 19th century.  It explores how Cohen, as one individual, created a personal identity and it allows visitors to reflect on how they are forming their own identities.  Younger visitors will enjoy a series of hands-on experiences, but older visitors will also appreciate some of the new discoveries they will make about the 19th century and authentic artifacts and letters from the Cohen family that are embedded in the maze.

The maze exhibit will be open through June 14, 2015. 

Citizen Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814
Sunday, September 21st, 1pm
Performed by Baltimore School for the Arts

Help us welcome BSA to the JMM for a performance of their latest student production, Citizen Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814. Students have worked with Maryland Historical Society and National Park Service to develop three short plays about the battle that led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  The plays explore different experiences for Baltimoreans in the lead up to war. One play is especially important to us as there is a character not dissimilar from Mendes Cohen. September 14 to June 14 2015 – The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen
 
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.

The Jewish Genealogy Society of MD will hold its next program in the Pikesville Library’s meeting room on Sunday, August 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Throughout the past year, we’ve featured entertaining and informative presentations by speakers, but now it’s time for our group members to take a turn. Please join us at the meeting and bring something to share! For more information contact contact Susan Steeble at ssteeble@gmail.com

Exhibits
Exhibits currently on display include The Electrified Pickle through August 15, Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, The Synagogue Speaks!

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 purchased 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
After you visit The Electrified Pickle, keep the experiments going! Check out our new additions in the shop.

On the Blog:

Here’s some great posts you might have missed on the JMM blog!
Top 3 Things – Summer Intern Arielle shares her favorite JMM experiences. 
Volunteer Spotlight – this month we profile volunteer Robyn Hughes!
The War to End War” Marvin Pinkert on the anniversary of World War I.

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