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JMM Insights: Father’s Day

Posted on June 19th, 2020 by

This week, in honor of Father’s Day I will be indulging in two of my passions (and they both involve “ties”!).

Tonight’s indulgence is my passion for museums. I’ll be a part of a panel discussion with colleagues at the other JMM (the Jewish Museum Milwaukee) for a behind-the-scenes look at how (and why) temporary exhibits and traveling shows happen. I will, of course, be wearing my Harry Houdini tie.

On Sunday my kids (my adult kids) are indulging me in another passion, board games.  It won’t be on a table top (the kids are located in Ann Arbor and Boston), but we’ll use a website dedicated to board games. My kids are pretty good players, so the best I can hope for is a tie…cue rimshot.

Whether or not you can be with your dad on Sunday, I’m wishing you an inspiring Father’s Day.


JMM Board Voting Goes Virtual!

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org.

VOTE NOW!


Dad, Father, 亲, Pops, Viejo, Abba, Foter, אב

Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, Cousins, Family Friends – this weekend is a time to celebrate, honor, and remember the father figures who play important roles in our lives. Just like there are lots of ways to be a mom, there are just as many ways to be a dad. In today’s JMM Insights, we’re sharing our personal dad-stories, diving into the collections for dad-related fun, and even suggesting some ways to celebrate that go behind the…ahem…traditional tie.

We hope you, too, will take this opportunity to share your Father’s Day thoughts and memories. Post as a comment on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter – use the hashtag #JMMDads so we’ll be sure to see it.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories shared by JMM Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman:

My dad has many names. You can tell when in his life someone met him – childhood friends and family call him Butch (because of the haircut) or Eddie from is early adulthood days, to Ed for more recent acquaintances (though I don’t think I’ve EVER heard anyone call him Edward). But mostly, to me, he’s just my dad. And I like him just the way he is.

You can enjoy the rest of our JMM Dad stories here.


Pictured, left to right: Ferdinand Lobe with his daughter Klare, 1907. Gift of Marjorie Scott, JMM 2002.45.14. Jacob Simon with his daughter Rita, Braddock Heights, 1929. Gift of Rita Simon Gordon, JMM 2007.53.14. Leonard Weinberg with his son James Henry, 1915. Gift of Jan L. Weinberg, JMM 1996.127.23.69.

Ready for a look at some of the dads in our collections? Joanna went searching through the archives to select just a few of our finest father photos to share with you here!


Looking for a less stereotypical way to let your father-figure know how much they mean to you? We’ve got a couple of suggestions:

Certificate for the Jewish National Fund – Tree Fund, “In Honor of Aaron Gesben by Sura, Sherman and Abbe Gesben” on the occasion of Father’s Day, n.d. Gift of Mary Gesben, JMM 1997.143.60.

Make a donation in their honor! Whether it’s a local museum (hint, hint), an important charity, or even a favorite small business, this is a great way to let Dads know you’re thinking of them without adding any clutter to their lives.

If they are a lover of stuff, why not purchase a gift from Esther’s Place, like an exclusive mug, reusable water bottle, or even a new history book?

We won’t be able to ship your purchase in time for Father’s Day, but if you leave us a note with your order and include your dad’s email, we’ll send him a message to let him know a special gift is on its way!

Although, there ARE some pretty cute tie options out there if you’re a gift traditionalist!

Kewpie neckties, handpainted for L. Manuel Hendler. Museum purchase. JMM 1996.148.1, 2.


(left) Envelope for valentine’s day card to Albert D. Hustzler, Sr. from his daughter. JMM 1991.26.21. (right) Family portrait by Weller- Lewis, Baltimore, MD, c.1921; left to right- Albert D. Hutzler, Jr., Richard H. Hutzler, Gretchen H. Hutzler, Caroline Hutzler (Bernstein), Albert D. Hutzler, Betty Hamburger, Florence Austrian (standing), Max Hochschild, Janet Austrian, Dr. Charles Austrian (standing), Lina Hochschild, Robert Austrian, JMM 1991.226.3.


JOIN US – LIVE!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join us for a special Covid 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
at 7:30pm EST

Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented. Join us for this magical performance with magician David London as he takes us back in time to truly discover the world’s first superstar.

Register for this Live Stream Event here


WONDERNAUTS: What Would You Eat in Space?

Have you ever wondered what astronauts eat when they are in space? It’s probably a lot better than you think!

Explore what astronauts eat and design your own space menu in this new Wondernauts activity.


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!

Dad won’t mind a belated Father’s Day gift if it’s as nifty as a JMM ballcap!

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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JMM Insights: An Invitation Backstage

Posted on June 12th, 2020 by

On Monday I entered the Museum for the first time since March 17th. The experience reminded me of Prince Phillip entering Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Everything, including the mess on my desk, seemed frozen in time.

Although every room was silent, I remembered the echoes of the hundreds of students and their families who attended the opening reception of the My Family Story project, the rapturous applause at a public program, the laughter of volunteers gathered in the lunchroom . . . I am confident that all these sounds and more will be heard again here. But now is a time for patience.

While we wait, I’m inviting you behind the scenes of JMM.

Usually, our job is to make each exhibit seem effortless, appearing in the gallery as if by magic. Like Harry Houdini we try to make the impossible seem simple. Unlike Houdini, however, who never revealed his secrets, JMM is willing to show you the tricks of the trade.

~Marvin


JMM BOARD VOTING GOES VIRTUAL

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org

VOTE NOW!


THE DIGITAL MUSEUM: BEHIND THE SCENES

In this edition of JMM Insights, we invite you to take a peek behind the curtain in a few different ways:

What does it take to create an exhibit? In this special live stream event we’re partnering with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee to give you a behind-the-scenes, expert look at all the parts of creating a museum exhibit that happen before the doors open.

Join us for Backstage: The Making of Exhibits on June 18th!

Hungry for more insider info on exhibits at JMM? Here’s a few of our favorite blog posts:

Creating an Exhibit Logo

Working with Fragile Objects

Getting Ready for Travel

Installing the Exhibits:

Passages Through the Fire

Cinema Judaica (plus some last minute Finishing Touches)

The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen

America’s first superstar, Harry Houdini, is a figure shrouded in myth and legend. As we like to say, Houdini wasn’t born – he was invented.

On June 25th, we invite you to join David London, magician, performer, and curator of Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, for a special live stream performance of our Harry Houdini Living History Character. From humble beginnings to a global sensation, follow along as Jewish immigrant Erik Weisz creates the man known as Houdini.

And for the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience: become part of an exhibit!

As our JMM family already knows, we’re committed to collecting, preserving, and sharing stories from our communities in all our exhibits, programs, and digital endeavors. From your COVID-19 experiences to your wedding stories to your opinions, we’re always hoping you’ll share with us.

Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit is no different! Inspired by the Personal Preference Kits packed by astronauts traveling to the International Space Station, we are inviting all kids (and their favorite adults) to ponder traveling to space. 

Using this downloadable template, work with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends to create a unique artwork by drawing, painting, taking photos, or creating a collage to creatively respond to the question: “What would you bring with you to space?”  Send us their contribution to be featured in the Jews and Space exhibit!

For inspiration, here’s a few fantastic entries we’ve already received!

Left: Tucker, Age 7 – Tucker wanted to bring things from his bedroom that would make him feel comfortable. He chose his blanket and pillow, stuffed dog, Spiderman alarm clock, and slippers. With the help of his mom, Tucker took a photo with his items. He cut and glued shapes to make the sky for his rocket ship.

Center: Aliceanna, Age 4 – Aliceanna chose to bring her favorite noodles, swirly noodles; a beautiful dancing dress because she likes to be fancy; and a glue stick. She also packed her best friend Monsieur Croc and the bear, Aloysius, “to keep Monsieur Croc company.” She (with a little help from her mom) used glue, construction paper, and crayons.

Right: Azreal, Age 10 – “I would want to bring my blanket and my stuffed animal to keep me comfortable. I would bring my camera, diary, and music player.” Azreal used lot of materials in creating her packing list. She used markers, glitter, yarn, paint, and pencil.

And, just for fun, we think you’ll love these two behind-the-scenes videos:

Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther from Jewish Museum of Maryland on Vimeo.


JOIN US: LIVE!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
at 2:00pm EST

We’re teaming up with 60 museums and cultural institutions around the world to present a free program celebrating resilience, resistance, and hope.

More info here.

Sunday, June 14, 2020
at 3:30pm EST

Honor and learn about refugees and immigrants ahead of World Refugee Day 2020 through world music, story time, and other activities. This program is best suited to children ages 3 to 8.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join us for a special Covid 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
at 5:30pm EST

Reflect on an unprecedented year and enjoy secial appearances by Barry Levinson, Marc Platt, Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, HaZamir Baltimore and more.

More info here.


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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JMM Insights: Searching for Social Justice

Posted on June 5th, 2020 by

Yahrzeit candle, c. 1935. JMM 1991.122.1; Remembrance pin. JMM 2002.111.5; Yom Hashoah candle, c.1960-2009. JMM 2009.40.4533.

We all wish it was over – the Pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 people, a disproportionate number of whom are black or brown or poor; the Economic Slump that has put 40 million people out of work, again, disproportionately affecting people of color and those who can least afford to be out of work; and now the Uprisings that tear at the fabric of nearly every American city. We all know that it is not over, and we know that no amount of “wishing” will end them.

This week JMM takes some tiny steps toward looking past the Pandemic, readying for a partial reopening later this summer. We’re doing our best to keep a small segment of Baltimore’s tourist industry viable. But we know that full restoration of both the Museum’s operations and the local economy won’t be possible until a vaccine is available, and our guests can feel comfortable gathering in large groups again.

But what is true for the Pandemic and the Economic Slump unfortunately does not apply to the Uprisings. There is no vaccine on the horizon to address the systemic racism that has plagued this nation for four hundred years. There is no medicine to ameliorate the impact of racial disparities on nearly every aspect of our society. The only “cure” that is possible is to really listen to the voices of others, and to ask ourselves what would an upstander do to address this existential challenge for our community.

I need to confess that back in the pre-COVID period, when we made the decision to host the photo exhibit Gray In Black and White, I was mistaken on two counts. First, I had thought it would be physically displayed in our lobby during the fifth anniversary, something the virus made impossible. Second, and certainly something I now regret, I thought of it as marking an event in our past. I lost sight of the fact that the root causes of the Uprising weren’t over. Our attention had been deflected by other conflicts and tragedies, but as our guests at the second live program we presented in conjunction with the project (a program that aired just three days before George Floyd lost his life while in police custody), little has changed in our society since the death of Freddie Gray.

This week we invite our readers to reflect on both the online exhibit and accompanying live programs. What role are we willing to play as individuals and as influencers on our communities to help support real change?

One hundred and fifty-nine years ago, Rabbi Einhorn of Baltimore’s Har Sinai wrote of his colleagues who endorsed the position of the Confederacy from their pulpits: “who are these rabbis who thank G-d each morning for their deliverance from Egypt and in the evening sanction slavery from the highest pulpit”.

If “never again” is a meaningful phrase, surely it does not apply to Jews alone.  How can we look away from Freddie Gray and George Floyd or the many others who have died unnecessarily in the hands of those who had a duty to protect them and not imagine our own parents or grandparents in a different time and place.

~Marvin


THE DIGITAL MUSEUM: SEARCHING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

The Jewish communities of Maryland are no strangers to the search for social justice.

Ten years ago, we published a special, double-length edition of Generations Magazineexploring issues from labor activism to Rabbis and slavery on the eve of the Civil War, from Freedom Riders to ethical housing practices.

Five years ago, JMM hosted a small pop-up exhibit in response to the Baltimore Uprising called In Every Generation

And in the past five years, we have explored social and racial justice on our blog, including this week’s post from Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker, exploring Jewish connections and obligations for racial justice. 

This year we marked the anniversary with our exhibit Gray in Black and White, highlighting the photography of J.M. Giordano taken during the Uprising, along with a curatorial statement from photographer Devin Allen and an introduction from Evan Serpick, former City Paper editor and current communications director of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.

This year’s exhibit also included two live programs produced in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with support from the Open Society Institute-Baltimore (delivered virtually of course).

We’ve made recordings of both these programs available:

Uprising + 5: A Conversation with J.M. Giordano and Devin Allen –

Follow Giordano’s work documenting current events here.

Follow Allen’s work documenting current events here.  

Uprising + 5: Activists, a Discussion with Tawanda Jones, Megan Jenny, and Lisa Snowden-McCray

Follow Tawanda Jones’ work here

Follow Megan Kenny’s work here

Follow Lisa Snowden-McCray’s work here

We’ve also put together a selection of activities for families to explore being Upstanders together with their kids.

But these are only starting points – to quote our statement on the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and the continued struggle to fight inequality, inequity, and injustice on our lives:

We urge all of our fellow Americans, regardless of race, to take a hard look around them—and within their own hearts and minds—at the evidence of inequality and inequity. We must educate ourselves. We must listen, truly listen, to the voices of people who don’t look or live or worship as we do. We must commit to being upstanders, not bystanders. We will only change the story if we change ourselves.

In that light, we direct your attention to just a few of the many organizations doing the important work here in Baltimore and encourage you to seek out more voices to listen to and learn from:

Open Society Institute-Baltimore

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

SURJ Baltimore

Jews United for Justice


JOIN US – LIVE!

with Bambi Galore
Sunday, June 7, 2020
at 3:30pm EST

Listen to stories, sing songs, and join in activities that celebrate acceptance and inclusivity. This program is open to all, and the activities are perfect for children ages 3-8.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm
through Wednesday, June 10
at 7:00pm EST

Intrigue, tragedy, reconciliation, love, and death – After Munich is more than the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics and the terrible events that unfolded.

Buy Virtual Tickets Now

Presented in partnership with the 32nd Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

Thursday, June 11, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join award-winning journalist Libby Copeland and author of The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are as she shares her work on the stunning implications of home DNA testing and the discovering of lost heritages.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
at 3:30pm EST

Honor and learn about refugees and immigrants ahead of World Refugee Day 2020 through world music, story time, and other activities. This program is best suited to children ages 3 to 8.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!


WONDERNAUTS 2020: WHY DO WE EXPLORE

Humans have always had the need to explore.

Prehistoric people may have stood at the mouth of a cave and gathered their courage to explore the inside. Perhaps they wondered what was over the next hill or on the other side of a mountain. People might have looked up to the skies and wondered about exploring places beyond what their eyes could see.

Join us in exploration and create your own travel journal!


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount
by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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