Performance Counts: Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by

While we often devote the content of Performance Counts to analyzing numbers, this week’s edition instead highlights the personal stories that are at the heart of one of the most sobering statistic that we often discuss, the six million Jews (not to mention millions of others) who were murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices during the Holocaust.

In March 2017, JMM will open a new exhibition, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity that brings together diverse projects that highlight different aspects of Holocaust history. The exhibition will be displayed in our Feldman Gallery where the visitor experience begins several centuries prior to the Holocaust when Ozwiecim, the town that eventually became known as Auschwitz, served as a site for a thriving Jewish community (A Town Known As Auschwitz from the Museum of Jewish Heritage). The community’s fortunes, however, changed significantly with the occupation of Poland by the Nazis in 1939 and visitors next examine the impact of the Nazi occupation through a display of blueprints and other documents that focus on the construction of the death camp that is now firmly associated with the town (The Architecture of Murder from the American Society for Yad Vashem). Dispersed throughout the gallery will be contemporary photographs of the camp by photographer, Keron Psillas, as well as related artifacts from the JMM collection and on loan from community members.

As plans for Remembering Auschwitz began to crystallize, it became clear that we were missing one key component, the individual stories that are central to understanding the Holocaust’s impact. We, therefore, decided to include an art installation that serves as the exhibition’s conclusion and provides an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the experiences of the people whose lives were upended by Nazi atrocities. The Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project is composed of individual plaques honoring the experiences of our local community of Holocaust survivors. This project was brought to JMM by artist, Lori Shocket and the Human Element Project. In the middle of June, Lori and her husband Neal spent two weeks in Baltimore helping facilitate workshops for Holocaust survivors, their descendants and family members. Participants were invited to bring photographs and documents that highlighted their experiences from before, during and after the Holocaust along with a personal statement. The materials that they brought were photocopied and integrated into collages on 10” x 10” canvasses. Working from photographs of the collages, Lori will then create plaques honoring each individual story that will be hung in our gallery.

Five workshops took place both at JMM and at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC. We were honored to meet nearly 20 Holocaust survivors who took part in the workshop themselves, sometimes with spouses, children, grandchildren and friends as their willing assistants. Many other children and grandchildren made collages in memory of family members who are no longer alive, some of whom perished during the Holocaust, others who survived but who have died in more recent years. Thanks to the assistance of more than a dozen volunteers, several of whom were new to JMM volunteer corps, we collected 47 beautiful collages that will be integrated into our art installation.

It was truly a privilege sorting through stacks (and sometimes bags, boxes and suitcases) of family treasures including photographs and documents and listening as participants shared stories of their beloved family members – some of whom did not survive. One thing that is clear from the collages we collected is that the experiences of our local community of Holocaust survivors are diverse. We counted more 10 countries of birth including Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Greece, Lithuania, Russia and Romania. Some collages honor the experiences of refugees whose families left Europe in the 1930s. Others experienced the horrors of confinement in camps and ghettos, while still others were hidden either alone as children or with other members of their families by generous and courageous non-Jews. We heard incredible and daring stories of escape, of survival in forests and close calls that almost resulted in arrests. By the end of each workshop, close relationships were often forged between JMM staff and volunteers and participants many of whom shared their appreciation for being given the opportunity to participate.

Although Lori and Neal returned to California, we are still holding additional workshops in an effort to collect more stories and collages. This Sunday, July 17, we will be at the JCC of Greater Washington at 12:00pm. We have timed the workshop to coincide with a monthly meeting of Montgomery County Holocaust survivors. We are also holding another workshop at JMM on Sunday, July 17 at 10:00am. JMM staff is also happy to make individual appointments so that people can come and make a collage at a time that is more convenient. For more information or to sign up for a workshop, please contact me at (443) 873-5165 /

We are grateful to the many individuals and institutions that have partnered with us on this special project including: Lori and Neal Shocket and the Human Element Project, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, the JCC of Greater Washington, the Center for Jewish Education and Jewish Community Services. And a huge thank you to the many wonderful volunteers, staff, board members and interns who assisted with the collages. We look forward to celebrating with everyone at the exhibit’s opening on March 5, 2017.

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Museum Matters: A Day at the Beach

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


It’s truly summer.  For some of you, this means a looong ride down I-50 to the ocean.  But for those of us looking to relax right here in the city, there couldn’t be a better choice for OUTDOOR fun than JMM.  Yes, JMM is taking to the streets again this month – this time with sketch pad and brushes in hand.  Art instructor, Matthew Adelberg leads a special workshop on plein air art centered on exterior views of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.  This is your opportunity to release your inner Rembrandt or Picasso.  When your neighbors ask what you did last summer, you can say “I made a drawing that went on display at the Museum.”  (And if you want to draw the Synagogue with a beach in the background, who are we to interfere with your natural creativity?)

Our “beach” comes with lifeguards… er, well, at least people who guard your life!  As July turns to August we’ll be featuring a series of Sunday programs dedicated to those who serve in public health.  We are delighted to be able to kick off this series with a presentation by Baltimore’s own City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen on August 7.  From fire trucks to the front lines, details on all the August programs can be found below.

So avoid the traffic on the bridge and make a turn onto Lloyd Street for an ocean of fun.

You’ve Got Our Number

We’re updating our phone system here at the JMM – don’t worry, our main number (410-732-6400) is staying the same, but we’re all getting direct dial numbers to make reaching the right member of staff even easier. Here’s how you can find the following staff members:

Trillion Attwood (Programs)                                               443.873.5177
Deborah Cardin (Deputy Director)                                    443.873.5165
Joanna Church (Collections)                                               443.873.5176
Ilene Dackman-Alon (Education)                                      443.873.5169
Karen Falk (Curator)                                                             443.873.5164
Sue Foard (Membership/Volunteers)                               443.873.5162
Tracie Guy-Decker (Projects, Planning, Finance)           443.873.5161
Graham Humphrey (Visitor Services/Public Safety)      443.873.5167
Rachel Kassman (Development/Marketing)                    443.873.5163
Marvin Pinkert (Executive Director)                                  443.873.5160
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.



Paint With the JMM: Invite Your Inner Artist Outside

Sunday, July 17th from 10:30 am

Instructor Matthew Adelberg

Included with admission

Inspired by the beautiful Lloyd Street Synagogue, and the energy of Artscape, 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. Our first session will be a plein air (i.e. outside) focusing upon the exterior of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. All skill levels are welcome, so please bring your entire family for a day or relaxation and creation. No experience necessary! Read More


 Intern Night at the JMM

Wednesday, July 20th from 4pm


We invite interns throughout Baltimore to join us for an evening of networking, socializing and discovery. Enjoy all the JMM has to offer plus meet interns from institutions and businesses throughout the city. Read More


Kosher USA

How Kosher became Safer, Cleaner and Better

Sunday, July 24th at 1:00 pm

Speaker: Author Roger Horowitz

Included with Admission

How did Coca-Cola become kosher? Why was Manischewitz the first kosher product to win-over non-Jewish consumers? Learn the answers to these questions and more with Roger Horowitz, joining us fresh from the Smithsonian to share the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system, as told in his new book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food.


Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project

An Invitation to Holocaust survivors, their Descendants and Family Members

Sunday, July 31, 10:00am-1:00pm


 Join us for a workshop dedicated to creating a visual story through the art of collage. Participants bring family mementoes including photographs and documents from before, during and after the Holocaust that highlight their experiences. Photocopies of these materials are then arranged into a beautiful collage that will become part of an art installation at the JMM in Spring 2017.

For more information and to register, contact Deborah Cardin, 4443-873-5165 /

Space is limited – registration is required.



Summer Teachers Institute 2016: Holocaust Remembrance Through the Arts

Presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education

Monday, August 1st to Wednesday August 3rd

Download Registration Form

For more information and to register, please contact Ilene Dackman-Alon at 443.873.5169 /


In the Service of Health:

A Celebration of Public Health Care Providers

This August, in conjunction with Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, JMM salutes the men and women who are government health care professionals at the city, state and federal levels.  On three Sundays in August our programs highlight the work of public health professionals, fire department first responders and medical officers in the uniformed services.  We are delighted to offer free admission to these health care heroes on Sundays during the month of August.


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Sunday, August 7, 11:00am

Speaker Dr. Leana Wen

Included with Admission

Dr. Leana Wen, Commissioner of Health in Baltimore City, will be speaking about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health because the well-being of a community is critical to its ability to thrive. Read More


Fire Museum logoFirst Responders Day

Sunday, August 14 from 11:00am

Included with Admission

We have something for everyone as we honor our first responders. From 11am to 1pm we welcome to the JMM both a modern and vintage firetruck for you to explore. Then at 1pm William Roulett, Education Director at The Fire Museum of Maryland joins us for his presentation The History of the American Fire Service as Seen through the Eyes of the Collection of the Fire Museum of Maryland.

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Uniformed Services Day

Sunday, August 28, 1:00 pm

Included with Admission

In partnership with the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America we welcome to the JMM Dr. Martin Victor, author of Doctor in Blue. Dr. Victor will discuss his time as an air force doctor, and how his faith impacted that time. Following his presentation Dr. Victor will be joined by other armed service medical professionals for a discussion of their shared experiences.


Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

If you haven’t been in lately, you don’t know what you’re missing! In support of Beyond Chicken Soup, Esther’s Place has some really fun and STEM-related toys and games for kids. People are really enjoying the vintage feel of our science and medicine inspired kitchen and home goods, including vases and decanters that look like lab beakers and coasters and plates adorned with vintage anatomy diagrams.


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.


Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland March Meeting

Sunday, July 24, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: What We Know vs. What We Can Prove”

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to for more information.


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Performance Counts: JMM Board of Trustees FY2017

Posted on June 17th, 2016 by


At the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday evening, we reflected on this past year’s successes (and there were so many good things to celebrate), gave our members a taste of some of the exciting events taking place in the year ahead and conducted one of the most important items of business of the year, the election of trustees and officers to the JMM Board of Trustees for FY 17.

Each year, our nominating committee convenes several times to discuss board recruitment and we are most grateful to the members of this committee, under the leadership of JMM past president, Ira Papel, for the many hours they put into their thoughtful deliberations.

Ira Papel takes the stage. Photo by Jim Berger.

Ira Papel takes the stage. Photo by Jim Berger.

We are delighted to announce the results of Tuesday’s board election which included the re-election of all of our officers:

Duke Zimmerman – President

Robert Keehn – Vice President

Toby Gordon – Vice President

Saralynn Glass – Vice President

Bruce Hoffberger – Treasurer

Arnold Fruman – Secretary

Trustees elected to a three-year term include:

Sheldon Bearman

Dr. Neri Cohen

Roberta Greenstein

Nancy Kutler

Suzanne Levin-Lapides

Len Weinberg

We are especially thrilled to invite five new members to our board including Dr. Neri Cohen, Nancy Kutler, Suzanne Levin-Lapides and Presidential appointees, Claire Tesh and Jeffrey Katz. Lee Rosenberg returns to our board as a presidential appointee.

A selection of our wonderful trustees! Photo by Jim Berger.

A selection of our wonderful trustees! Photo by Jim Berger.

Our elected board members bring a diversity of skills and experience to the JMM including marketing, real estate development, program development, fundraising and community relations. They also help us extend our reach into important constituencies and geographic areas such as Howard County and young families living downtown. We enthusiastically welcome our new board members and look forward to working with them, as well as all our returning board members, in the year ahead.

Of course, the Annual Meeting also presents us with the opportunity to thank and extend our deepest appreciation to those whose terms are ending. This year Robert Keehn, speaking on behalf of the Board, paid tribute to departing members, each of whom has contributed so much to our institution.

Robert Keehn sings the praises of our departing trustees. Photo by Jim Berger.

Robert Keehn sings the praises of our departing trustees. Photo by Jim Berger.

Jennie Gates Beckman – Jennie served as a member of our board for three years and provided much valuable guidance as a member of our marketing committee. We were so sorry to say goodbye to Jennie and her family who have recently moved to Nebraska.

Beth Blauer – Beth chaired our marketing committee for several years and also played an important role advocating on behalf of the JMM with our state legislators in Annapolis.

Irene Russel – As a member of the JMM board for six years, Irene has provided valuable input on our collections committee. An avid mah jongg player, Irene was a terrific resource when we hosted the mah jongg exhibit.

Aimee Adashek – Thanks to her day job at the Baltimore Office of Promotions, Aimee has been a strong advocate on behalf of the JMM in Baltimore’s arts community. We are grateful to Aimee for her two years of service.

Jay Goldscher – As chair of the JMM’s Marketing Committee, Jay took a leading role in helping the JMM raise our visibility through a variety of new initiatives. Jay also served as a Museum ambassador helping spread the word about our exhibits and programs to fellow Howard County residents.

Patti Neumann – As a board member this past year, Patti, too, provided much needed support on our marketing committee, and helped us increase our social media presence.

Barbara Katz – It is truly not possible to acknowledge all of Barbara’s many contributions to the JMM these many years. A past board president, Barbara has filled just about every important role. We were so delighted when Barbara rejoined our board in an active capacity several years ago and we have greatly benefited from her renewed engagement and support. While we take comfort in knowing that her legacy lives on with the election of her son Jeffrey to our board, there is no replacing Barbara.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to our board members, past and present, who work tirelessly on our behalf for all their work developing policies, overseeing our finances, raising much needed funds, providing counsel and promoting JMM events, exhibitions and membership within our community.


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