Hello, my name is Alex Malischostak, I am a new part-time educator at JMM. I have lived in Baltimore for a year now and am originally from Detroit, Michigan. I love American Jewish history and am honored to be able to share some Baltimore Jewish history with visitors to the museum.
I also love how connected and intertwined the Jewish community is not just in Baltimore but across the country. Whenever I meet someone new from another city, I can’t resist playing “Jewish geography” to see if we know any of the same people. Sometimes, really special connections can form when we meet someone who knows the same people that we do.
This week, I led a synagogue tour for three gentlemen from Miami Beach. When I found out where they were from, I casually mentioned that I have family in that area and my great-uncle was a well-known Rabbi in North Miami Beach. Well of course, not only did they all know my great-uncle Max, one of the gentlemen, Mr. Glazier, told me that Rabbi Max was the Rabbi who Bar-Mitzvahed him in the 1960s! At the end of the tour, he showed me pictures on his phone from his Bar-mitzvah and there was my great-uncle! Thanks to this serendipitous meeting, I have some very special photos that I am able to share with my family in Detroit, and Miami. I am so fortunate to have made this special personal connection at the museum in my new hometown!
My great-uncle, Rabbi Max Lipschitz (Z”l), with his hands around Mr. Glazier at Mr. Glazier’s brother’s Bar-Mitzvah. Beth Torah, Miami, FL
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:
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.”
Last week, the JMM held its 11th Annual Summer Teachers Institute (STI) in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Maryland State Department of Education. STI is a professional development opportunity for teachers in the area of Holocaust Education. The goal of the program is to give educators the opportunity to meet with scholars and experts who are in the trenches of teaching best practices of Holocaust education. The topic of the Holocaust is so vast, and over the years we have touched on topics of Persecution to Liberation, Rescue and Resistance and Propaganda. This year’s topic was Art and Remembrance-and teachers learned how the Arts were such an integral part of how many survived through the dark period of WWII and the reign of the Nazis.
Summer Teachers Institute 2016
We had phenomenal presenters this year at STI. Our last day of the seminar included a presentation by Bernice Steinhardt, Executive Director of Art and Remembrance, who spoke about the beautiful tapestries made by her mother Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. We heard testimony from Mrs. Golda Kalib and we had master teachers in area schools share lessons on the Holocaust they use in their own classrooms.
My favorite presentation on Wednesday was from Gail Prensky and Sarah Baumgarten, and The Jüdische Kulturbund Project. From 1933-1941, the Jewish Kulturbund (Jüdischer Kulturbund), consisting of thousands of members at its peak, performed in 42 theatres across Germany. When the Kulturbund closed, some members emigrated or went into hiding; most were sent to the camps. This is a little-known story of the power of music, resiliency of the human spirit, and will to survive. The Jüdische Kulturbund Project work with educators and music specialists to produce materials and engaging experiences for the classroom.
Gail and Sarah facilitated a very engaging session for teachers. The mood and scene that these educators set for teachers was tremendous. For more than 30 minutes, the JMM sounded like a classroom of students, engaged and having fun exploring their environment. The intention of the program was to explore issues resulting from the choice artists make everyday living under oppression. The goals of the program was to encourage discussion amongst the teachers about social and cultural history, theatre, and music- and encouraging educators to think of how the story the Jüdische Kulturbund is relevant today.
Following the session, Gail shared the video that she took of the teachers having a terrific time engaged in learning. Enjoy.
A blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.