The Tale End of the Year

Posted on August 3rd, 2018 by

Museum Matters, August 2018

I write to you smack in the middle between the end of our fiscal year (June 30) and the end of the Hebrew calendar year (September 8). This is typically a time of introspection – what have we accomplished? who have we touched? who has enabled our success? what work remains unfinished?

It is fitting that this is also the time of year when we publish our annual report to the community.  Members – your copy should arrive in your mailbox shortly.* Each year we set a theme for the report; this year’s theme is “storytelling,” a fundamental part of JMM’s identity.

Some of these stories should be very familiar to you – they are about YOU, as visitors, members, donors and volunteers. But my best guess is that if you read the report cover-to-cover you will find at least one or two stories that will surprise you.

That’s why I want to encourage you to not only read the report but pass it on to a friend. If you don’t want to part with your physical copy (it really is beautiful!), you can direct your friends to our website.

Have a great finish to your summer.

~Marvin

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Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.

​August

August 6 – August 8, 2018

Summer Teachers Institute 2018
Lessons of the Shoah: Primary Sources in the Classroom
August 6 – August 8, 2018
Register Here

Welcome to the land of freedom – An ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the steerage deck / from a sketch by a staff artist. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924
Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, Baltimore Immigration Museum
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Special FREE Preview Screening

Operation Finale
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
FREE: REGISTATION REQUIRED

Book signing after program!

My Shtetl Baltimore
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Eli Schlossberg, author of ​My Shtetl Baltimore
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SEPTEMBER

Book signing after program!

The Pursuit of Conjurors
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Ian Flinn, author of Conjuring Curiosity
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


Also of Interest
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.


Esther’s Place

At Esther’s Place, we have some beautiful and thought-provoking new products to inspire reflection as the fall holiday season approaches. Explore your intellectual side with challenging new reads such as A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture and Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.

Enjoy our evolving holiday Judaica displays as they roll out over the next month. Or support art and social justice initiatives with the purchase of one of our new, Humanitarian Mezuzahs by The Human Element Project; each unique painted art piece honors a Holocaust survivor.

 

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Coming to America

Posted on July 6th, 2018 by

Museum Matters: July 2018

Happy 5th of July.  I don’t mean to take anything away from the 4th (hope you saw some awesome fireworks) but just to point out that there is always a day after. The 5th reminds us that the American experiment wasn’t completed in a single day ( in fact even the Declaration wasn’t completed in a day – the official copy is actually signed on August 2).

This summer we use the story of Houdini as a platform for examining the struggles of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Even before the concept of “illegal immigration” was invented with the Chinese Exclusion Act, life for newcomers was no picnic. On the 15th of July David Saltman speaks about the Weiss family’s journey to America and the forces that shaped the life of young Ehrich, the boy who would become Harry Houdini. On the 19th of August, Nicholas Fessenden zooms out to look at the Weiss story in the context of the great wave of immigration at the turn of the century.

So let’s join our neighbors in celebrating Jefferson, Adams and Washington but also set aside some time this summer to acknowledge Brandeis, Szold, Einstein, and even Houdini — all a part of our “nation of nations” — who helped build American justice, science and culture.

~Marvin


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.

JULY

Sunday, July 15th at 1:00pm

Houdini Unbound
Speaker: David Saltman, author of ​Houdini Unbound
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Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm

Mrs. Houdini: The Woman Behind the Magician
Speaker: Victoria Kelly, author of ​Mrs. Houdini
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​August

August 6 – August 8, 2018

Summer Teachers Institute 2018
Lessons of the Shoah: Primary Sources in the Classroom
Register Here

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, Baltimore Immigration Museum
Get Tickets Now

Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00pm

My Shtetl Baltimore
Speaker: Eli Schlossberg, author of ​My Shtetl Baltimore
Get Tickets Now

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


Also of Interest
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.

​Creative Alliance at B’nai Israel

World Acappela: Iberi Choir of Georgia
Thursday, July 25th at 7:30pm
Location: B’nai Israel Synagogue
Get Tickets Now


Esther’s Place

The whole city has Houdini fever, including Esther’s Place! We’ve got simple magic tricks to astound your friends, thoughtful biographies, blank books to capture the stories of your own amazing challenges, mugs that capture those haunting eyes, and even a cut-out greeting card of the master escape artist himself. Come cool off in our well-air-conditioned gallery, and then visit us in Esther’s Place to take a reminder of your experience with you.

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Meet The New Trustees

Posted on June 15th, 2018 by

Performance Counts: June 2018

This month’s edition of Performance Counts comes from Development Director, Tracey Dorfmann.

~Marvin


As a newcomer to the JMM team, one of the delightful things I have discovered is the exceptionally dedicated JMM Board. This group of 30 talented women and men help the staff behind the scenes and sometimes right out front.

Just a few of our excellent board members!

Together they give over a thousand hours of service by sharing their wisdom and expertise at meetings, helping us raise money for projects, weighing in on many topics, and adding to our strategic visioning conversations. Several of our board Members also volunteer in many other capacities of the Museum such being docents and aiding in our collections department and attending relevant meetings outside of our building.

Board members at work

Last month we elected six officers, Board President Dr. Robert Keehn; Vice Presidents Nancy Kutler, Jeff Scherr, and Len Weinberg; Treasurer Jerry Macks; and Secretary Arnold Fruman. All of our officers have devoted years of their lives to this museum – recruiting new friends, engaging in our programs and enabling our success. In addition to electing these officers, we also added several new faces to fill vacancies and I would like you to get to know them.

This year we welcome five new Trustees. They are: Robert (Bob) Manekin, Robyn Schaffer, Angela Wells-Sims, Stuart Rosenzwog, and Steven Hawtof. These individuals infuse our leadership with a wide range skills, knowledge and interests. Respectively they represent the following professions: Commercial Real Estate, Health Administration, Healthcare Finance, Building Materials Distribution, Business and Real Estate Law.

Four – Bob, Angela, Stuart, and Steven are Baltimore natives. One (Robyn) was born in Schenectady, NY but has called Baltimore home since 1999.  One of our new board members (Bob) was a JAGC Officer on active duty stationed in Hawaii. Cumulatively, at different points in their lives they have lived in four states and in one other country, Israel. They all have children. The JMM staff hopes to meet all 14 school-aged and adult children from these five families.

Some favorite films include Amadeus, Annie, and The Wizard of Oz.  Favorite books include A World Undone, and Excellence by John Gardiner. Their passions include: family, Judaism, connecting the discourse between health and education, growth and change, and appreciating life.

What they Love about Baltimore:

“It’s home”

“a large Orthodox Jewish population and many Kosher restaurants”

“Historic Architecture, Public Parks, Great Food, Innovative and Talented People”

“History and Diverse Ethnicity”

Every one of them loves Maryland because of its location and particularly because of the diversification of lifestyles and geography: urban, rural, beach, and mountains.

In total we have 21 Trustees who are volunteering for three-year terms: Sheldon Bearman, Erica Breslau, Neri Cohen, Alan Dorenfeld, Roberta Greenstein, Saralynn Glass, Toby Gordon, Lola Hahn, Steven Hawtof, Bonnie Heneson, Skip Klein, Abram Kronsberg, Suzanne Levin-Lapides, Ira Malis, Robert Manekin, Judy Pachino, Lee Rosenberg, Stuart Rosenzwog, Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, Claire Tesh, and Angela Wells-Sims. We have two Trustees volunteering for a one-year Presidential Appointment: Robert Gehman and Robyn Schaffer

We are looking forward to a vibrant and productive year with our terrific Board of Trustees.

~Tracey

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