Once Upon a Time…09.12.2014

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2002107100Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  September 12, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2002.107.100

Status:  Partially Identified! Leisure Lounge volunteer facilitating a discussion n.d. The gentleman in front, with his hands folded in his lap, is Nathan Caplan (d. 1975). It is thought that this picture shows an English class for Russian immigrants at the Jewish Community Center.

Special Thanks To: Selma Sherman

 

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Warm Fuzzy Notes!

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by

Nothing gives me the “warm fuzzies” more than receiving a package filled with “thank you” notes from students that visit the Jewish Museum of Maryland on school field trips. I love the way children express themselves… they allow the reader to know exactly how they feel… using emotion, honesty and humor.  Please enjoy some of the precious notes from third graders  from The Calverton School in Calvert County and fourth graders from Temple Adas Shalom from Havre de Grace in Harford County.

A Warm Fuzzy!

A Warm Fuzzy!

“Dear Jewish Museum,

Thank you for the amazing tour.  I thought the synagogues were awesome.  Hebrew is an amazing language.  I also loved the scavenger hunt.  Thank you for everything.

Sincerely, Kylie”   – The Calverton School

 

“Dear Jewish Museum,

Thank you for showing me all about immigrants.  I loved the synagogue and scavenger hunt.  When you showed me the church, I lit up!  Thank you Jewish Museum!”

Check out that artwork.

Check out that artwork.

“Dear Jewish Museum,

Thank you for taking us into a synagogue.   Also, thank you for showing us matza.  Thank you for having us wear a yarmulke.  Sincerely, Steven”   – The Calverton School

 

“Dear Jewish Museum,

Thank you for letting my school come to your interesting museum.  I liked the scavenger hunt.  I also liked when Ida Rosen came.  Things got super, duper interesting.  Love, Baliee” – The Calverton School

A Whole Passel of  Warm Fuzzies!

A Whole Passel of Warm Fuzzies!

“Dear Jewish Museum,

Thank you for showing us the synagogues.  Thank you for showing us the actor Ida Rosen.  That was a great act.  Thank you for letting us have a scavenger hunt in the museum.  It was fun experiencing more about immigrants.

Love, Damani” – The Calverton School

 

“Thank You So Much!  Thank you so much for showing us around the two synagogues.  They were really cool and interesting and pretty!  That was the best field trip ever!

From, Eliana J.“  – Temple Adas Shalom

 

ileneA blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creativity in Museums: A Rewarding Workshop

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 by

On March 10, 2015, two museum educators and a visitor services coordinator ventured to Edgewater, Maryland for a workshop called “Creativity in Museums.”  This rewarding and inspiring workshop was hosted at the Historic Londontown and Gardens. Linda Norris presented this workshop based on her new book, Creativity in Museum Practice.  We discussed the importance of looking outside your work for inspiration either in a physical setting, the media, or professionals from different museums.  To get the creative juices flowing we did a brainstorming activity.  We started with a problem and wrote down a solution on a piece of paper.  Then the paper was passed to the person next to you.  This activity allowed for all voices to be heard, but also challenging because it made you think outside the box.

 Tenement House

Tenement House

Failure is inevitable in life and often occurs in the workplace.  This can be damaging to our psyche and our creative process, but is necessary.  In a small group we discussed an instance in our careers where we had failed and had to choose the best story.  Linda called this activity “Failure Olympics.”  The importance of failure is how we overcome and learn from it.  We cannot assume what our audience will like or feel about a program or an exhibition, but gathering and testing out ideas will hopefully allow us to create something interesting and meaningful.

Participants of the Failure Olympics.

Participants of the Failure Olympics.

Historic London Town and Gardens was the next subject of an activity called SCAMPER.  Each letter represented a word such as Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to Other Uses, Eliminate and Rearrange or Reverse.  We explored the campus answering various questions for each word at different locations.  It was not the best activity for March as the ground was wet and soggy from the snow and rain, but it was not an overall failure.  SCAMPER helped us to re-imagine and re-purpose the space being used while learning about this history of this organization.  “Creativity in Museums” permitted us to bring fresh and creative ideas back to the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  We hope to apply these practices to future exhibitions and programs.

 William Brown House

William Brown House

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