JMM Insights: November 2014

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by

This week’s edition of JMM Insights highlights the work of two of our volunteers, Martin Buckman and Vera Kestenberg, who have been diligently compiling a database of Jewish Times birth records. This important genealogical resource can be accessed from the JMM website along with other important databases such as burial listings and circumcision and midwife records.

Marty and Vera have been working on an ongoing project that lists all births that were announced in The Baltimore Jewish Times starting with the March 1928 edition. From these newborn notices, they have created a database that now contains pertinent information about more than 10,000 births. It should be noted that while this database is not a complete record of all the births that occurred within the greater Baltimore Jewish community (because not all new arrivals were routinely reported to The BJT) it is probably a good representation.

We are thrilled to report that the database has surpassed 10,000 listed births, a major accomplishment. In recognition of this important milestone, I asked Marty and Vera to share some insights that they have learned from their work on this project and here are some of their thoughts regarding the popularity of names:

Marty & Vera

Marty & Vera

Marty Buckman:

I thought it would be interesting to learn which given names were the most popular in the Baltimore Jewish community during three distinct eras: the initial period of 1928 through 1941; the World War II years of 1942 through 1945; and the post-war years from 1946 through 1954.

The ten most popular female names from the 14-year era beginning in 1928 were (in descending order) Barbara, Elaine, Phyllis, Judith, Beverly, Lois, Harriett, Marcia, Ruth and Linda. The list of favorite male names was headed by Howard, David, Stanley, Robert, Louis, Barry, Edward, Richard, Joseph, Marvin, and Stuart or Stewart. Most of the reported hospital births took place at Sinai Hospital; to a much lesser degree, Women’s Hospital, University Hospital, Church Home and West Baltimore General Hospital followed.

During the four war years 1942 through 1945, Barbara was still the leading female name but the rest of the list changed somewhat to follow with Harriet, Susan, Linda, Ellen, Judith, and Marcia or Marsha. For the males, David moved to the top of a list that was sprinkled with some newcomers- Alan, Stephen or Steven, Michael, Richard, Barry, Howard, Robert, Harvey and Ronald. The top three hospitals remained the same: Sinai, Women’s, and University followed by Franklin Square and West Baltimore General.

After World War II, from 1946 through 1954, Susan rose to the top to become the favorite female name, followed by Barbara, Judith, Linda, Deborah or Debra, Ellen, Sharon, Nancy and Carol or Carole. Male names were dominated by Stephen or Steven, followed by Mark or Marc, Alan or Allan or Allen, Michael, David, Robert, Richard, Jeffrey, and Howard. Sinai and Women’s remained the favorite hospitals, followed by West Baltimore General which became Lutheran Hospital , University and Johns Hopkins.

When we reach our 15,000th name, we will take another look at our database to see if and how preferences have changed.

Additional Comment by Vera Kestenberg:

One interesting thing to note is that many announcements do not list the mother’s name, just Mr. and Mrs. (husband’s first name followed by last name). It gives the appearance that the mothers have nothing to do with the birth!

 

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Performance Counts: November 2014

Posted on November 14th, 2014 by

Reflections on Finance

susanThis week’s edition of Performance Counts has been written by Susan Press, our Vice President for Administration and Finance. After seven years of working at the JMM, where she has headed up all finance-related duties in addition to oversight of development, marketing, gift shop, facilities maintenance and human resources, Susan will be leaving us at the end of the month. She is taking a new position at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine at the Department of Biomedical Engineering as Senior Administrative Manager. Thanks to Susan’s impressive efforts these past seven years, she leaves the Museum with a solid infrastructure of financial and accounting systems, not to mention several years of clean audits. She has provided leadership in many areas and she will be missed by everyone. We wish Susan all the best in her new position.

~Marvin

The finance department here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is responsible for all the budgeting, accounting and financial reporting of the institution. We record all accounts payable and receivable, payroll and all other financial elements. We then review the results of the organization by department and as a whole, compare results to our budgeted goals to determine our financial position. This allows management to make informed business decisions and run the organization effectively.

Every year brings with it a new set of challenges and goals. Last year we were able to plan for a balanced budget and we were pleased to report that we met all our goals. This year we have also planned for a balanced budget but the challenges ahead are even greater than in the last cycle. We have been working hard on growing attendance and thereby increasing both our program and shop income. This year’s budget includes a very aggressive development goal on top of the generous allocation and subsidized services provided to us by the Associated.

A review of our first quarter financials shows that we are currently running close to budget. We have currently raised approximately 60% of our development goal for the year (when funds carried forward are put into the mix). However, the remaining 40% will be a much tougher road, since much of our annual sources of revenue, including the Board Leadership Campaign, is heavily weighted towards the first quarter.

Expenses to date contain two small anomalies.   Due to employee and benefits changes, our salary and benefits line is currently $20,000 under budget projection. However, the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit ran over budget by approximately $10,000.

We know that our donors and members want their investments in JMM to be spent wisely and so we will continue to monitor our income and expenses throughout the year, making adjustments as necessary to achieve our program and financial objectives.

 

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Museum Matters: November 2014

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by

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.

 

Lloyd Street Synagogue Anniversary

Sunday, November 9, 10:00am to 5:00pm

 

1:00 pm Lecture: Mendes’ Baltimore: The Industries That Built a City

Speaker: Jack Burkert, Baltimore Museum of Industry

3:00pm Tour: Technology in the Temple

Both Programs Free with Museum Admission 

Help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rededication of the Lloyd Street Synagogue with a lecture and the launching of our newest specialty tour, Technology in the Temple.

Jack Burkert, a museum educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, will discuss the industries and technology that played a vital role in the growth and development of Baltimore during Mendes Cohen’s lifetime.  Jack joined the Baltimore Museum of Industry as a Museum Educator in 2010 and has made a specialty of adding content and background to his work through research into the history of Baltimore, its port, businesses, people and immigration. A 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jack graduated with honors with a degree in history and education. His working life, some 40+ years, was spent in various educator roles.

Following the lecture at 3:00pm, join us for our newest specialty synagogue tour, Technology in the Temple. Inspired by our latest exhibit, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen, the tour will delve into how the technological innovations of Mendes’ lifetime led to the development of this historic landmark. This tour will also become part of our regularly scheduled synagogue tours and will be offered during our Sunday and Monday 3pm tours for the duration of The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen which is on display through June 14, 2015.

In addition, we have a special display set up in our lobby all day. In commemoration of Kristallnacht, we are honored to welcome Martin Levin Artistic Creations to the Museum for a display of his Kristallnacht Synagogues series. Levin has meticulously recreated the facades of many historic European synagogues that were destroyed during Kristallnacht in miniature format. Also on view are two new additions to his series of historic synagogues, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel.

 

Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland

Monday, November 10, 7:00pm

Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. RSVP at ushmm.org/events/3minutes-baltimore.
For more information, contact Courtney Campbell at the Museum’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 202.488.0420 or ccampbell@ushmm.org.

Through his new book, Three Minutes in Poland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2014), writer Glenn Kurtz traces his remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s home movie from 1938. Featuring rare images of a small Jewish town in Poland, the film now serves as a memorial to an entire culture that was annihilated in the Holocaust.
Hear about the extraordinary discoveries made when Kurtz donated his grandfather’s home-movie footage to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. By making these haunting, candid images available on its website, the Museum helped create unexpected family connections that transcend war and time.

Featured speakers include: author Glenn Kurtz and Leslie Swift, Chief, Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound (USHMM).

This program is co-sponsored by Beth El, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the JMM and The ASSOCIATED.

 

A Tribute to Vivienne Shub

Thursday, November 13

Doors open at 6:30pm / Program starts at 7:00pm

FREE

Join us as we remember and celebrate the life of renowned Baltimore actor, Vivienne Shub. This special evening will feature some of Vivienne’s closest friends and family sharing their fondest memories of this wonderful lady. There will be an opportunity to view some rarely seen footage of Vivienne performing, along with a lobby display in the museum displaying photographs and mementos from the JMM collections as well as Vivienne’s family. This is an evening not to be missed for any theatre lover.

Light kosher refreshments will be served.

 

Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

 

Premium Members Reception

2:00pm

Free to Premium members

 

See history come alive with this performance of our newest Living History character and subject of our recently opened exhibit, performed by actor Grant Cloyd. Learn more about this fascinating character as he recounts some of his most captivating anecdotes, including his experience as a defender at Fort McHenry and his time spent traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East.  This occasion marks the first full performance of “The Ghost of Mendes Cohen” at the JMM.

Our premium members (Living History  Circle, Lloyd Street League and 1845 Society) are invited to join us after the scheduled performance of The Ghost of Mendes Cohen at 1pm for a reception and behind-the-scenes look how this dramatic performance was created. Grant Cloyd, the actor who portrays Mendes and Harriet Lynn, our director, will both be joining us for conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are not a premium member but would like to join us for this event please contact Sue Foard or call her at 410-732-6402 x220 to upgrade your membership. The reception will take place in the Museum’s Rosen-Salganik Board Room.

 

Downtown Dollar Day

A Family Chanukah Celebration 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.

 

Maryland Jewish Book Festival

Sunday, December 14, 11am to 4pm

Program free with museum admission

Still looking for the perfect Chanukah gift? You are certain to find something here as we invite some of the region’s best Jewish authors to talk about and sign their books.

 

Late 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 attattwood@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!

 

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 November Meeting

Finding a Family’s Town: A Case Study / Beyond Ancestry.com: It Isn’t All Online

Sunday, November 23, 1:30-3:30pm

Pikesville Library’s Meeting Room (1301 Reisterstown Road)

Program is free for JGSM members; $5 for members

For more information, check out 222.jgsmd.org

 

Maryland Historical Society:

Images of a Vanished Baltimore:
The Art of Jacob Glushakow

The Maryland Historical Society proudly announces the opening of a new exhibition on Thursday, November 13, 2014 featuring the art of Jacob Glushakow (1914-2000). Glushakow painted the everyday of Baltimore, the people, the neighborhoods, the harbor, the markets and, perhaps most significantly, the vanishing urban landscape of the city. An opening reception will take place from 6-7:30 PM. All are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, call 410-685-3750 Ext 377.

About Jacob Glushakow

The first child of Russian Jewish immigrants, Esther and Abraham Glushakow, Jacob entered the world at sea on the ship Bradenburg traveling from Bremen, Germany to Philadelphia. The family, after fleeing the beginning of World War I, settled in East Baltimore. Jacob graduated from City College in 1933 and attended the Maryland Institute of Art. Until the end of his life, he sketched and painted the city he loved. He described his powerfully rendered images to The Baltimore Sun as “emotion recollected in tranquility.”

In his vivid compositions, often painted with electric turquoises, saturated oranges and rusty browns, Glushakow found importance in the humdrum, the noble in the quotidian. His eye transformed people sitting in a park, workman lounging at the harbor, even the interior of a tailor’s shop resonate with visual significance. He made the common place scenes and objects of life tell stories. Today, his work provides a glimpse of a largely vanished Baltimore and reminds us that the urban landscape of the city changed profoundly throughout the twentieth century.

About Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow

In 2014, thanks to the generosity of the Glushakow family and Helen Glushakow in particular, the Maryland Historical Society received a gift of paintings, drawings and oil sketches by the artist. From touching family portraits to more jarring scenes of urban renewal at work, Glushakow’s art explores the human experience with sensitivity, honesty, and sometimes, humor. On November 13, 2014, the Maryland Historical Society will open “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow,” exhibition which will highlight this important acquisition and celebrate the significance of this Baltimore artist’s work.

“Jacob’s dream was to have his paintings at the Maryland Historical Society,” remarked Helen Glushakow, his sister. Glushakow’s work intersects seamlessly with the museum’s other 20th century holdings of paintings and photography. “This gift of Glushakow’s paintings and drawings offers us so many opportunities to interpret life in twentieth-century Baltimore. His art provides glimpses of the everyday, but it tells big stories about this city’s history. His work “puts the viewer on the ground” in this city as it looked in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s…” Alexandra Deutsch, the museum’s Chief Curator observes. “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow” will remain on view until March, 2015.

 

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 we are closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27 as well as Friday, November 28.

 

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 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.

Merchandise 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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