Museum Matters: October 2016

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by

Don’t Forget to Vote this Month!

(for the best chicken soup)

(for the best chicken soup)

Sunday will be another debate… but before we consider the merits of tax returns or e-mails, let’s sink our teeth (or at least our tongue) into a debate that is actually in good taste.  We’ll be deciding who makes the best chicken soup in Maryland and your vote counts!  No one can have a beef with any of our candidates (in fact some of our soups don’t even have a chicken).  Our soups may not cure all of America’s ills but they couldn’t hurt.  In addition to soup tasting there will be hands-on activities for the whole family.  The cook-off is indoors and will take place rain or shine.  So if you’re looking for real “schmaltz” you don’t have to wait for the evening’s histrionics, we’ll be pouring it out starting at 1pm at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

By the way, you can also cast your other vote this month.  Early voting in Maryland begins October 27th.  For a list of locations click 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.




Sunday, October 9th from 1:00pm

The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off

Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

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! We already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now we want to find the best chicken soup in Maryland. We invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search.

Wednesday, October 19, 6:35pm

Wednesday, October 19, 6:35pm

Film Screening: Denial

Charles Theater

For information contact Jill Max,

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and the Baltimore Jewish Council

The film tells the true story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. Dr. Hana Bor, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor at Towson University, will introduce the film and facilitate a talk back immediately following the screening.

This event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the Charles Theater box office for the 6:35 PM showing of the film on Wednesday, October 19th.

Bonus: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt will speak about the film at Towson University on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM in the College of Liberal Arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00pm

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00pm

Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice

Location: Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required HERE.

Co-sponsors: Baltimore Jewish Council, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

How can we seek justice for Holocaust victims whose property was taken and lives were torn apart? In her new book, former BBC investigative journalist Dina Gold describes the Nazi seizure of her family’s stately six-story building and her extensive battle to reclaim it and rebuild their legacy.

Join us to learn about the ongoing challenges of restitution and the Museum’s resources that individuals like Gold have used to research the fate of family members and that others have used to build legal cases, including the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database and the International Tracing Service archive.

Sunday, October 30th, 1:00 pm

Sunday, October 30th, 1:00 pm

Collecting, Preserving and Exhibiting:

Exploring the Collections of the Nation’s Medical Museum

Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, National Museum of Health and Medicine  


Join us as we welcome The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) staff to Baltimore for an exploration of their collections. Explore 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.

*This program is a part of Free Fall Baltimore



Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30pm

Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30pm


The Past & Future of Healthcare in Maryland

Speakers: Katie Wunderlich, Vinny DeMarco, and Michelle A. Gourdine

Presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council


An engaging conversation on new healthcare initiatives in Maryland. The talk will be followed by a tour of the Museum’s special exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.” For more info or to RSVP please contact Madeline Suggs at (410) 542-4850 or email


Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am

Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am

Sketching inside B’nai Israel Synagogue
Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
Instructor Matthew Adelberg
Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!
Don’t miss this final opportunity to tap your inner artist and explore 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.

Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm

Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm

Our Bodies Our Health: Jewish Women’s Healing Rituals

Speaker Cara Rock-Singer, PhD Candidate Columbia University

Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!

What place in 21st century life do ancient purity laws governing menstruation have? Join author Cara Rock Singer on an exploration of ways in which 21st century Jewish people (women, in particular) have increasingly turned to the use of the mikveh (ritual bath) to mark major life transitions, from menarche to menopause or fertility challenges to hysterectomies.

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.

Please note that the Museum is closed the following dates for Jewish festivals:

–Wednesday, October 12

–Monday, October 17

–Tuesday, October 18

–Monday, October 24

–Tuesday, October 25

We will be closing early at 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 11

Click Here for complete hours and tour times.


Esther’s Place

Raven's Pride!

Raven’s Pride!

There are so many new things at Esther’s Place, it’s hard to know where to start! A few of our favorites include “Jewish Penicillin” soup bowls in support of this weekend’s Great Chicken Soup Cook Off, mugs and trays and water bottles sporting skulls and skeletons (in support of Beyond Chicken Soup, but just in time for a certain spooky October holiday), playsets that promote STEAM play (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) in the 5 – 12 year old set, gorgeous new Judaica and home goods from acclaimed designer, and not least of all, a selection of fun new Judaica in Ravens’ colors. Stop in or call for all of your gift giving needs. Yes, we’ll ship it!



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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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