JMM Insights: The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by

As you read this, The JMM is preparing for our first Great Chicken Soup Cook Off.  We are in search of Maryland’s best chicken soup. We’ve invited   aspiring chefs–from newbies to bubbies–to show us their culinary skills in a bid to receive the coveted title of Maryland’s Chicken Soup Champion.

The cook off tasting will take place at the JMM on Sunday, October 9th from 1 to 3pm. It is inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, and a certain televised baking contest. We have held various food related programs over the years at the JMM (including the ever- popular Gefiltefest, a gefilte fish cook-off), and we’re aiming to continue this successful tradition.

The Soups

The competition has been divided into three categories: Traditional, Alternative and Free From. Unsurprisingly the traditional category filled up quickly with eager participants. We are looking forward to trying a variety of traditional chicken soups including Grandma Esther’s Golden Delicious Soup and Beverly’s Bewitching Soup.

Entries in the Alternative category also sound really tasty.  They   include a Chicken Soup Maryland Style (don’t worry this doesn’t include any crabmeat) and a Lemongrass Chicken Soup. In the Free From category we are looking forward to trying a No Chicken “Chicken Soup”.

For those of you who think you’ve got what it takes to win the coveted prize,  there are still spaces available in the Free From and Alternative categories, so enter here TODAY!

The Awards

Trophies & More!

Trophies & More!

Participants are eligible for a variety of awards beyond the overall Chicken Soup Champion. Prizes will be awarded for the best soup in each category, plus an under 16 award, director’s choice and the all-important people’s choice award.

The Tasting Judges

We need you!

We need you!

Our team of tasting judges all work in the Baltimore metropolitan area. We will be joined by Tom Lovejoy, executive chef at Eddie’s of Roland Park, Mark Davis from Michael’s Café and Sam Gallant of WTMD. However we need your help!  For the people’s choice we need you to taste test all of the yummy soups, then vote for your favorite. This is a great opportunity to help choose the Chicken Soup Champion, and you get to taste lots of delicious soups.

 Everything Else

The soups will be the stars of the day but there is plenty more to do while you are at JMM after you have cast your vote. In addition to visiting our exhibits and historic synagogues, we have lots of chicken soup inspired activities. This includes chef demonstrations of their own twists on this classic dish, hopefully inspiring you to try at home.  Plus, to help in your future culinary endeavors, a chance to plant your own herb garden, specially designed for making chicken soup! We’re even planning a special kids craft project to decorate their own special chicken soup bowl to take home.

The cook off is certain to be a great day for the whole family so buy your tickets here!

~Trillion Attwood, Programs Manager

P.S. If you can’t attend, you can recreate the day at home! We will be making all of the recipes available online after the event with the help of Beyond Bubbie. We’ll also share our specially created playlist on Spotify, featuring all of the greatest chicken inspired songs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

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Performance Counts: Ten Years of the Summer Teachers Institute

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by

If you ask the education department at the JMM, they will tell you that the end of the summer is officially over after the Summer Teachers Institute (STI) takes place in early August.  For the past 10 years, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore Jewish Council have partnered in planning this annual event. We just finished up another successful program, Holocaust Remembrance Through the Arts, the 10th Annual Summer Teachers Institute in early August.

A lot of planning goes into this program each year.  While initially conceived in 2006 as a two day program, our annual Summer Teachers Institute has expanded to encompass three full days. The planning staff from the JMM and BJC meets throughout the year to conceptualize and develop the program.  It takes quite a bit of phone calls and meetings to organize this event. This year the program took place at Beth El Congregation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the JMM.

Summer Teachers Institute 2016

This year’s program with 43 people in attendance was one of our largest in recent years.  While we did engage repeat participants, the majority of registrants (29) were first time attendees. We appreciated having the opportunity to introduce the JMM to so many educators, many of whom indicated an interest in returning with their students.

The following is a breakdown of attendance:

19 public schools (14 Baltimore City, 3 Baltimore County, 1 Harford County, 1 Frederick County)

7 Catholic school

1 Independent school

3 college professors (Towson)

2 retired Baltimore City teachers

1 homeschool teacher

4 Jewish congregational school

2 students (1 college, 1 middle school who attended with her mother)

4 community leaders (including two JMM volunteers)

Total: 43 participants

The Summer Teacher’s Institute has been such an important education initiative and professional development opportunity for educators over the past 10 years and it is interesting to see just how this program has impacted teachers and the community over the past ten years.

Total Number of Teachers Participating in STI for the past 10 years – 429

Total Number of Presenters Participating in STI for the past 10 years – 86

Total Number of Teachers Teaching in Public School Programs over the span 10 years – 220

Total number of Teachers who Teach in Parochial Schools over the span of 10 years – 64 (50- archdiocese; 14-Jewish)

Total Number of non-k-12 educators who attended the program in the past 10 years – 145  (Including university professionals, agencies, funders, private schools, homeschools etc.)

Summer Teachers Institute 2010

A further breakdown of teachers by district:

Archdiocese – 50

Jewish Schools – 14

Baltimore City – 102

Baltimore County – 46
Harford County – 21

Howard County – 10

Frederick County – 8

Carroll County -15

Garrett County -1

Cecil – 2

Prince Georges County 7

Montgomery – 2

Calvert County – 1

Anne Arundel County -5

Summer Teachers Institute 2006

A closer look over the past 10 years indicates that we have partnered with many agencies and organizations to ensure the success of this important program including:

Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany


Robert H. & Ryda Levi Center for Community Relations

Center for Jewish Education

Jewish Community Center

Red Cross of Central Maryland

Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University 

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation  

Chizuk Amuno

Beth Tfiloh


Anti-Defamation League

Hillel at Goucher College

The Shoah Foundation

Beth El Congregation

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Maryland State Department of Education

Echoes & Reflections

The Jan Karski Foundation

We are especially grateful to our program sponsors, Judy and Jerry Macks and the Klein Sandler Family Fund for their sustained generosity and support of this important education initiative.Evaluation of the Summer Teacher’s Institute is crucial and every year we ask teachers for their feedback.Many teachers receive continuing education credits through MSDE through written reflections outlining how they will incorporate workshop content into their lessons. A review of these reflections provides a window for understanding its impact on participants in terms of increasing their confidence in teaching the Holocaust and other challenging topics as well as on their own personal growth. In the words of one participant:

“So many stories go untold. We have such a responsibility to share these stories, these people, with this generation. I am so grateful for the work done to restore these memories and tireless effort to prevent future genocide. I only hope my effort of partnership through education helps that cause.”

Summer Teachers Institute 2015

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Museum Matters: What’s Cooking at the JMM?

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by

Well you are, we hope!

The most important news in this month’s bulletin is the announcement for entries in the Great Chicken Soup Cook Off on October 9th.  It is not too late to sign up in one of our three competitive categories and this event will be more fun as a participant than a spectator.  If you think you are a spectacular cook, or an “unusual” cook, or if you can just boil water this is the event for you.  Chicken Soup – it may not be the cure for every disease, but as they say in the old gag “it couldn’t hurt”.  Show us your brand of “Jewish penicillin” and sign up here:

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.



National Library of Medicine

National Library of Medicine

They’ve got WHAT? Historical Collections at the National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 11, 11:00am

Speaker Dr. Stephen Greenberg, National Library of Medicine

Included with Admission

Take a fascinating journey through the collection of the National Library of Medicine—one of the richest biomedical library collections in the world! Through this illustrated journey, you’ll learn about the NLM collection, what’s included, and how they helped with the research and formation of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.

They say Laughter is the Best Medicine

They say Laughter is the Best Medicine

Is There a ‘Doctuh’ in the House? Jewish Physicians in American Comedy

Sunday, September 18, 1:00pm

Speaker Dr. Ted Merwin

Included with Admission

From the early 21st century Matt Groening creation Futurama and its crustacean alien Dr. Zoidberg all the way back to the “Doctor Kronkheit” of 1920s’ vaudeville fame, the Jewish doctor has been a staple of American humor. Learn and laugh in this multimedia exploration of some fascinating examples, some of which are featured in Beyond Chicken Soup.

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The Many Faces of Henrietta

Henrietta Szold Living History Character: World Premiere
September 22, 6:30pm
Included with Museum Admission

Travel through time with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and be the first in the 21st century to meet Henrietta Szold (1860-1945).  Before “community organizing” had a name, there was Henrietta Szold – the rabbi’s daughter who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement. Her tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.

Hear her story in her own words.

The Henrietta Szold: Living History Character was made possible through the generous support of the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation, Inc., a supporting foundation of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Educational opportunities were made possible by the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.

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Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM

Sketching the Collection: Selections from the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Sunday, September 25, 6:30pm

Instructor Matthew Adelberg

Included with admission

Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, this series of artist-led workshops will introduce you to a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation.

No experience necessary! Spots are limited, and registration is strongly encouraged. Email or call 443-873-5177 to reserve your spot today.



The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off

Sunday, October 9, 1:00pm

Included with Admission

Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! You already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now help us find the best chicken soup in Maryland.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies are invited to participate in this important statewide search.

Bullet: Dr. Edward Curtis dislodged this lead bullet from President Lincoln’s brain during autopsy. It was fired by John Wilkes Booth with a .44 caliber Deringer pistol. M-981.00322 (Disclosure: This image has been cropped, and portions of this image have been masked to emphasize the subject.) (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo illustration by Matthew Breitbart/ Released)

Bullet: Dr. Edward Curtis dislodged this lead bullet from President Lincoln’s brain during autopsy. It was fired by John Wilkes Booth with a .44 caliber Deringer pistol. M-981.00322 (Disclosure: This image has been cropped, and portions of this image have been masked to emphasize the subject.) (National Museum of Health and Medicine photo illustration by Matthew Breitbart/ Released)

Free Fall Baltimore

Collecting, Preserving and Exhibiting: Exploring the Collections of the Nation’s Medical Museum

Sunday, October 30th, 1:00 pm

Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, National Museum of Health and Medicine


In the first year of the Civil War, on May 21, 1862, Surgeon General William Hammond established a “Military Medical Museum” to collect and study specimens of morbid anatomy, both medical and surgical. Since that time, military needs and the effects of war have continued to push the limits of medicine. Today, over 150 years since its founding, the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) continues to collect, preserve and exhibit both historical and contemporary collections related to anatomy and pathology.

Inspired by JMM’s current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America we are excited to welcome NMHM staff to Baltimore for an exploration of their collections. We will discover how NMHM transformed from a “cabinet of curiosities” into a vital resource, contributing to scientific collaborations and public appreciation of the value of military medicine to the nation.


Esther’s Place: The Shop at JMM can help make your new year even sweeter!

Available at Esther's Place!

Available at Esther’s Place!

Rosh Hashanah is less than a month away now, and Esther’s Place is stocked up on new and interesting items to help you celebrate! From a Michael Aram gift set of an apple shaped honey dish that comes with a jar of artisanal Italian honey to a sweet, family-friendly melamine dish to a variety of interesting and unusual shofars, we can help you bring in year 5777 in style! Remember, JMM Members get a discount EVERY DAY at Esther’s Place.


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  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.


Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!


Hours and Tour Times

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.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times



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