Museum Matters: March 2016

Posted on March 4th, 2016 by

 

Surprising, provocative, informative… I am clearly not describing a presidential campaign, I am talking about Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.  More than a catalogue of community achievements, our new exhibit takes a closer look at the places where “who we are” meets “how we feel”, the intersections of culture and science.

Our family-friendly immersive experience, incorporates hands-on activities, multimedia effects, and more 200 artifacts, documents, and images – ranging from rare historic manuscripts collected by Dr. Harry Friedenwald here in Baltimore to rules for personal hygiene from the Hebrew Industrial School (pledge to take a bath once a week!).   When you visit the exhibit you’ll see our everyday experiences of health and healthcare through a very different lens.

If you just can’t wait for next weekend to come visit, you’ll find a preview at our special website: www.chickensoupexhibit.org.

But nothing beats seeing it in person.  If you are a JMM member your first opportunity will be Saturday night, March 12.  In addition to being among the first to see the exhibit, you’ll get to enjoy our special guest, doctor and stand-up comedian Bill Miller.

For more details on opening events take a close look at the programs below.

In addition to Beyond Chicken Soup programs we have several very special events lined up in the next sixty days.  Be sure to mark your calendars for April 10.  This year’s Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration (held at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation) features a live performance by Stephanie Satie in her one-woman play, “Silent Witness.”  This is Stephanie’s second performance in the Risch-sponsored series.  Her first show attracted a huge crowd.

 

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.
Humor is the Best Medicine with comedian Dr. Bill Miller

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Members’ Opening  

Saturday, March 12, 8:00pm

Free for JMM Members 

Join us for an evening of bedside humor with physician/comedian Dr. Bill Miller as we mark the opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.  The good news:  Injuries due to prolonged laughter lasting more than forty minutes are treatable!  We assure you there will be a “doctor in the house.”  This program will be held in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

If you tour the exhibit after the program, the curator and other members of the exhibit team will be on hand to answer questions in the exhibit.  If you prefer to get a head start, the Museum doors will open at 7pm that evening for exhibition viewing prior to the program.

 

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Public Opening  

Caring for Foreign Bodies: Healthcare’s Role in Immigrant Assimilation, 1890-1945
Speaker: Dr. Alan Kraut, American University

Sunday, March 13, 1:00pm

Included with Museum Admission

In 1914, during a peak era of immigration to the United States, E.A. Ross, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin insisted that the “foreign blood being injected into the blood of ‘our people’ is ‘subcommon.’ He scoffed at the unassimilable foreigners, taking aim at Southern Italians, Slavs, and Eastern European Jews. Others targeted Latinos and Asians. Newcomers and their advocates disagreed. Foreign bodies became contested terrain in the battle over whether newcomers’ bodies were fit for America. Because migration has been and continues to be so central to the America’s peopling, the subsequent process of integrating newcomers into American society has been an essential and recurring aspect of the American narrative. However, in every era there have been those who doubt that foreign bodies can be assimilated. This presentation demonstrates how in the period from 1890 to 1945 physicians, many of them immigrants themselves, became cultural mediators in the assimilation negotiation, encouraging newcomers to forge robust bodies even as their respective ethnic or religious groups organized and supported healthcare institutions responsive to both newcomers’ medical requirements and cultural preferences, a pattern that remains a dimension of the current dialogue over assimilation of the foreign-born.

 

The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Hospital 

Speaker: Dr. Edward Halperin, New York Medical College 

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm 

Included with Museum admission 

From the mid-19th century to the latter third of the 20th century, there were more than 110 Jewish hospitals which played an important role in the American health care system. Most are no longer still in existence. Dr. Halperin will discuss how these hospitals came into existence, what role they filled, and why they have largely disappeared.

 

Author Talk and Signing –

The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France by Seth Meyerowitz

Sunday, March 27, 1:00pm

Included with Admission

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in Nazi occupied France in 1943. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance. Meyerowitz will join us to talk about his grandfather’s fascinating experience, including his eventual return to America, that is told in more detail in his recently published book The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France.

Following the presentation Meyerowitz will be signing copies of his book.

 

April

A Sephardic Jewish Doctor in Colonial America

Sunday, April 3, 1:00pm

Performer: Doug Cohen

Included with Admission

We take a step back in time and welcome Dr. John de Sequeyra, a Sephardic Jew of Portuguese extraction, who was born in London in 1712. Dr. de Sequeyra moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1745 where he resided until his death in 1795. During his lifetime he was known for being the first visiting physician to the first institution in America for those that were mentally ill, plus President Thomas Jefferson credited him with introducing the eating of the tomato to Virginia.

 

Network and Explore “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America” 

Wednesday, April 6, 7:00pm 

Admission $10 per person

The Maimonides Society invites all health professional to explore ethical, social, and scientific issues central to modern American Jewish identity through this unique museum exhibit; in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Howard County and The Associated’s Maimonides Society.

For reservations or more information please contact Juliya Sheynman at jsheynman@associated.org

 

The 10th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration:

Silent Witness

Sunday, April 10, 3:30pm

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, 21208

Free

We are pleased to celebrate the 10th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration. Stephanie Satie will perform her one-woman play Silent Witness, based upon interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust.

 

Redlining Series – Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline

Wednesday, April 20, 5:30pm

Free

On April 27th, 2015, Baltimore experienced its worst civil unrest in over forty years. Though images of fire and destruction often punctuated national media coverage, the unrest raised issues of persistent inequality and racial discrimination to the forefront of local and national discourse. A year later, the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University seeks to host a series of community conversations to reflect on the historical and contextual origins of this unrest. This is “Redlining,” a place to reflect and act on the geographies of exclusion in Baltimore City.

The “Redlining” series aims to expose and interrogate the institutional past and present of segregation in Baltimore City. It will launch a future-focused conversation about systems of inequality reproduced by segregation, and the ways American cities might disrupt these systems. It will provide a platform for an intellectual conversation about timely social issues, and put forth a call for better research about the real and metaphoric exclusion of Redlining. The series will bring together academics, civil servants, community organizations, and local artists and musicians to start a conversation about what exclusions means to Baltimore, and what we as a community can do to address it.

 

 

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 March Meeting

Sunday, March 27, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Movement Between Towns in Eastern Europe (a.k.a Ancestral Towns May Not Have Been So Ancestral)

Speaker: Lara Diamond

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

 

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

Mark your calendars for our next exhibition opening. We are pleased to announce the opening of a major original landmark exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America on Sunday, March 13. Our Members’ Opening will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00pm. (See above for more details.)

 

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 offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue (our current specialty tour is Sounds of the Synagogue), Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

 

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.

 

Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

In support of Beyond Chicken Soup, Esther’s Place has some really fun and funky medical- and lab-themed housewares, including stainless steel water bottles adorned with skeletons, apothecary-style glass canisters for the kitchen, “chemistry lab” notebooks, bud vases shaped like laboratory equipment, and much more. Also, just in time for the opening, the original exhibition catalog will be available for sale. If you attend the opening day lecture, you can have your copy signed by one of the authors, Alan Kraut.

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JMM Insights: Not Just for Anniversary Years

Posted on February 19th, 2016 by

Last year to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz we presented a program with Shiri Sandler on the exhibit developed by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York titled A Town Known as Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community. Shiri shared the story of town in which Jews had resided for centuries that has come to be known as a symbol of the Holocaust. While we wanted to create a special program for the anniversary year, JMM’s commitment to Holocaust education and fostering a deeper understanding of the impact of that history on our community and wider world is ongoing.

Fron the Kulturebund

Fron the Kulturebund

For the past ten years we have partnered with the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) in leading a highly successful collaborative Holocaust professional development opportunity. Our annual Summer Teachers Institute is a workshop teaching best practices in Holocaust education. Presenters are invited from around the country to share their knowledge and resources with our local educators. This year STI is planned for Monday, August 1st thru Wednesday, August 3rd and will focus on the art of the Holocaust. While the program is geared for educators, it is open to anyone interested in participating. For more information please contact Deborah Cardin at dcardin@jewishmuseummd.org.

Book Cover

Book Cover

This February we decided to offer three programs highlighting personal dimensions of the Holocaust story.  Last week Susan Sullam shared the story of her father Joel Fisher ,who following the war worked as a Monuments Man locating goods plundered by the Nazis. This Sunday at 1:00pm we have our rescheduled lecture with Gail Prensky titled Playing For Life: Art Under Tyranny, exploring the story of a group of Jewish musicians and artists who survived Nazi Germany. Then next week, in conjunction with Chizuk Amuno, we welcome Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past for her presentation Discovering A Nazi Legacy: One Family’s Story. You can RSVP for Jennifer’s presentation here.

with Stephanie Satie

with Stephanie Satie

We are also in the process of planning one further program in remembrance of the Holocaust for later this year, again in partnership with BJC plus Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. We are very pleased to welcome Stephanie Satie back to Baltimore to perform her one woman show Silent Witness. This performance marks our 10th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration taking place on Sunday, April 10th at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue. The performance draws upon conversations and interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust and paints an uplifting portrait of human resilience.

Jakob Enoch Rosenbaum Bar Mitzvah from A Town Known as Auschwitz.

Jakob Enoch Rosenbaum Bar Mitzvah from A Town Known as Auschwitz.

And we have begun planning for next February when we will bring together three exhibits connected to the remembrance of this tragic period in our history. First, the project that Shiri Sandler spoke about last year, second, from Yad Vashem Auschwitz Album: The Story of Transport. This exhibit contains the only surviving visual evidence of the process of mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which comes for a collection of photos taken in 1944 by either Ernst Hoffman or Bernhard Walter, two SS men stationed at the camp. Third, a project combining art and family history. Artist Lori Shocket will join us this summer to help facilitate a series of workshops where Holocaust survivors and their families are invited to develop collages reflecting their individual experiences .The pieces will be combined to create a powerful installation, showing that even in the midst of great physical destruction, the human spirit has the ability to transcend.

 

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Museum Matters February 2016

Posted on February 5th, 2016 by

 

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in AMerica logo, shades of green with a stethoscope as the ampersand.

The walls are going up in the Feldman Gallery.  It’s a sure sign that the opening of our next major exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup:  Jews and Medicine in America” is just around the corner.  The exhibit offers a cure for the snowbound and dreary – featuring a lively combination of original artifacts and papers (including documents from the Friedenwald Collection of the National Library of Israel), immersive environments, interactive experiences and explorations of important questions of medical ethics.  The space will be packed! – and you don’t have to have a prescription to enjoy it.

While a prescription isn’t needed, a reservation for our member’s exclusive opening night program (March 12) is highly recommended.  Come to hear doctor and comedian, Bill Miller offer his take on why “humor is the best medicine” followed (or preceded) by a chance to be among the first to view the new exhibit.  The Museum will open at 7p.m., the program, in the Lloyd Street Synagogue, will start at 8pm, with seating starting at 7:40p.m. We will keep the exhibit and store open for your convenience until 10:30p.m.  This members-only event is, of course, free and this is a great time to invite your friends to become JMM members so that they can join you for this special evening.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland and are included with Museum admission unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.
February

dad in uniformWorld War II: The Rescue of Europe’s Plundered Wealth

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture

Sunday, February 14, 1:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Fisher Sullam

Hear from Baltimore native, Susan Fisher Sullam, as she shares the story of her father’s experiences as one of the Monuments Men.

 

Bright-color-illustrations-vector-3Peabody at the JMM

Sunday, February 21

10:00 am for ages 5 and under

11:00am for ages 8 and under

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Peabody Institute

Join us for this musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood Dr. Eric Rasmussen.

Registration is required, please email: reservations@jewishmuseummd.org

 

Kurt-Singer-conducting-220x170Playing For Life: Art Under Tyranny

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture

Sunday, February 21, 1:00 pm

[Please note that this program has been rescheduled from January 31]

Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project

The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group plus other contemporary artists living around the world.  We will explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom and response to unjust control and repression

 

event-1779Discovering A Nazi Legacy: One Family’s Story

Monday, February 29, 7:00-9:00 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

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

RSVP by Monday February 22: http://www.ushmm.org/online/calendar/eventDetails.php?event=MAPPTEEGEBALT0215

For more information, contact Courtney Campbell in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office, 202-314-7877 / Campbell@ushmm.org

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Chizuk Amuno Congregation

 

Mark Your Calendar for the Opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America

Bill Miller pic-8-13-2Humor is the Best Medicine with comedian Dr. Bill Miller

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Members’ Opening  

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 pm

Free for JMM Members 

Join us for an evening of laughter with comedian Dr. Bill Miller as we mark the opening of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. A curator-led tour of exhibit highlights will follow the program.

This is a members only event – become a member today!

 

MaimonidesBeyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America – Public Opening  

From Maimonides to Modern Medicine: An Introduction to the History of Western Medicine

Speaker: Mary Ellen Leuver, Yale University

Sunday, March 13, 1:00 pm

Western medicine has transformed during the past two and a half millennia, yet some principles of healing have remained with us through religion, culture, and daily practice. In this brief history of Western medicine, witness the major medical transformations since the writing of the Torah and the beginnings of the medical profession in Greek antiquity.

Plus, be among the first to see our new exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup!

 

1991.203.003The Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Hospital 

Speaker: Dr. Edward Halperin, New York Medical College 

Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm 

From the mid-19th century to the latter third of the 20th century, there were more than 110 Jewish hospitals which played an important role in the American health care system. Most are no longer still in existence. Dr. Halperin will discuss how these hospitals came into existence, what role they filled, and why they have largely disappeared.

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 December Meeting

Sunday, February 28, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Getting Started with JewishGen and Jewish Genealogy

Speaker: Avraham Groll

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

 

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

Mark your calendars for our next exhibition opening. We are pleased to announce the opening of a major original landmark exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America on Sunday, March 13. Our Members’ Opening will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00pm. (See above for more details.)

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

Please note we are open on President’s Day, Monday, February 15.

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 offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue (our current specialty tour is Sounds of the Synagogue), Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

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.

JMM Museum Shop

In the shop, Tucker Hager, our new gift shop manager, has been busy rearranging and revamping the displays to make room for new and exciting merchandise we anticipate receiving over the coming weeks. Be sure to stop by and visit so you can see for yourself!

 

 

 

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