Performance Counts: Welcoming New Staff

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by

Though we’ll be saying goodbye to Paul Simon this month, we’re also saying hello to two new staff members!

Tucker Hager

Tucker joins the JMM this month as the new manager of the JMM shop Esther’s Place. Tucker brings to the JMM extensive experience in museum retail establishments. In fact, Esther’s Place makes the fifth (!) museum store Tucker has managed, and his tenth retail establishment. A member of the Museum Store Association, Tucker has served as a consultant for other small Museum shops. Even more fortunate for us, all of that experience and expertise comes with a great sense of humor and a cheerful disposition!

Michael McCoy

Michael replaces our longtime custodian, Darrell Monteagudo, who recently retired. We are most grateful to Darrell for his many years of dedicated service to the JMM, for keeping our facilities clean and well organized and we wish him all the best with his future plans.

The Museum building and the historic synagogues have an able caretaker in our new custodian. Mike brings a decade and half of cleaning and maintenance experience to the Museum. He has experience both in keeping spaces hospital-clean (Kennedy Krieger Institute) as well as the demands of the hospitality industry (Suburban Club). His can-do, problem-solving attitude is already improving things at JMM: in his two weeks with us so far, he’s found new and better ways to organize and schedule our maintenance needs.

Stop by the Museum soon and help us make Tucker and Mike feel welcome!

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Museum Matters: January 2016

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by

The Final Countdown

Just ten days to go in the run of our special exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music, and then its back on the road with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But we will finish with a bang:  The SONiA disappear fear concert on Sunday, January 17.  Baltimore’s own Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sonia Rutstein, plays at the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 4pm.  SONiA is not only an outstanding artist in her own right, but a living link to Phil Ochs and the classic era of folk and folk/rock.  You can find out more about SONiA disappear fear at her home page:  We urge you to use our reservations e-mail to save a place at this event.  The concert is free with JMM admissions (and for our members, completely free!)

We will be open for one last day of Paul Simon on Martin Luther King Day (January 18).  It’s a great day to bring your kids or grandkids and talk with them about the entwined histories of Jewish and African-American culture.

And though Paul Simon is leaving the building, our programs that connect to music continue.  Our Sadie B. Feldman Family lectureon January 31, tells the extraordinary story of survival against all odds in recounting the experience of Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany.  Our concerts for kids – starting with the Jan. 17thprogram with the BSO  continues in February with a visit to JMM from the Peabody.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.


Night at the Museum with IMPACT
Tuesday, January 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Free Admission
More info at:
Co-sponsored by IMPACT and The Associated

Drink, snack and gain exclusive access to Paul Simon: Words and Music.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the JMM
Sunday, January 17
10:00am for children aged 5 to 7
11:00am for children aged 8 to 10
Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

We welcome musicians Michael Lisicky and Sandra Gerster Lisicky from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to help us explore the world of woodwinds.

Registration is required:

SONiA disappear fear at the JMM
Sunday, January 17, 4:00pm
Included with Museum Admission

The JMM is pleased to welcome SONiA disappear fear to perform in Lloyd Street Synagogue on the final weekend of our current exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Musicdeveloped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Reservations are required.  To reserve

Playing for Life:
Art Under Tyranny

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 31, 1:00pm
Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project
Included with Museum Admission

The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. Explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom.


Got Shabbat
Friday, February 5, 5:30pm
JMM at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, 21208
$25 per family

The JMM is pleased to participate in this enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration. The evening includes Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for your children.

For more information or the register please visit here –

World War II: The Rescue of Europe’s Plundered Wealth
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, February 14, 1:00pm
Speaker: Susan Fisher Sullam
Included with Museum Admission

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

Peabody at the JMM
Sunday, February 21
10:00am for ages 5 and under
11:00am for ages 8 and under
Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Peabody Institute
Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

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

Registration is required:

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


Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks! Paul Simon: Words and Music (on display through January 18, 2016).

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.

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


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! For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220

JMM Museum Shop

Deck yourself out in style with our new Jewish Museum of Maryland Ball Cap!

*SALE* Get your Paul Simon: Words and Music catalog, now only $29.95.

We’ve got plenty more from gifts to games to books – and remember, JMM members get a 10% discount.

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JMM Insights: Greetings Graham!

Posted on December 18th, 2015 by

Regular readers of this newsletter may recall that our former visitor services manager Abby Krolik wrote a quarterly “Dear Abby” column to answer questions about JMM operations that we just knew were on your mind.  Our current manager, Graham Humphrey, is reviving this tradition and so we bring you “Greetings Graham.”
Greetings Graham,
I was planning on coming to see the Paul Simon exhibit – because I have a thing about Paul Simon.  Problem is that I’m coming from a galaxy far-far-away and don’t want to discover that all the tickets have gone over to the dark side.  Is there a way to buy tickets in advance?  May the force be with you.


Yes, there is! We have started an online ticketing program for the Paul Simon exhibit. You are not required to buy tickets in advance, but we have set up a system for the convenience of our visitors. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you can visit this link ( and choose which day and time you would like to visit. After you pay securely on our website, please either print out your confirmation or have it readily available on your phone when you visit the Museum. Don’t worry if you cannot come during the timeslot you picked; you can use the ticket anytime you please.

Greetings Graham,

I just got back home from a great trip to the chocolate factory and saw on TV your Director, Marvin Pinkert, talk about the Paul Simon exhibit.  How can I arrange for my friends to come visit?

Mike Teavee

We would love to have you and your friends visit our Paul Simon exhibit! Please either call me at 410-732-6400 ext. 235 or send an email to In your message, please include what dates/times works for your group, how many people you expect to attend and any special needs you may have. Don’t postpone calling or writing as dates are filling up quickly. Also remember that the exhibit closes on January 18th!

Greetings Graham,

I came to the Museum a few Sundays ago at 2pm, but found out the program began at 1pm. I thought you always have programs at the same time on Sundays?

Frustrated Anne

NO! We sometimes change program times to take into consideration big city wide events, such as Ravens games. It is thus very important you read the event information carefully to ensure you don’t miss a fabulous program.

Greetings Graham,

My grandchildren are visiting and love to create music by banging their hands on my table and stomping their feet to create some beats. I don’t think my table can survive another week. Oy vey! Do you have any suggestions of a program that they could attend at the Museum?

My antique table can’t handle it

Yes! Christmas Day is Mitzvah Day at the Jewish Museum and we will be having a host of programs including a children’s activity in the morning where your grandchildren can make musical gifts for other children spending the holidays in the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital. For our adult visitors, our Executive Director, Marvin Pinkert, will be talking about the influence of people of Jewish heritage on the American Folk Revival at 1 pm. Please clink on this link ( for more information. Remember too that the Museum will be open from 10 am-3 pm on Christmas Day and on New Years Eve.

Greetings Graham,

I overheard that you will be doing a chicken soup exhibit. I have won multiple awards for my Matzah ball soup. Would you like my recipe?


Starting on March 13th, we will be opening our next original exhibit, “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.” ( While the exhibit will be focused more on the interplay between culture, religion and the practice of medicine, we will be doing a cook off sometime next year where you can share your Matzah ball soup recipe with the community. Please watch out for more details.

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