Posted on February 24th, 2016 by Rachel
Walking into the Krieger Schechter Day School on a dreary and snowy February day, my colleagues Trillion, Joanna and I felt as though we had traveled back in time. Students wearing poodle skirts and letter jackets roamed the halls and the sounds of rock and roll played in the background. We had come to participate in the middle school’s Learning Festival, a three-day break from normal academics when the entire student body immerses itself in the study of a specific theme through speakers, field trips and a variety of hands-on activities. This year’s theme, “The 1950s: From Prosperity to Protest”, was an especially rich topic, one that was clearly embraced by students and teachers alike.
The JMM was thrilled to be invited to participate. To help shed light on an important 1950s trend, suburbanization, we installed our traveling exhibition, Jews on the Move, which examines the history of the move of Baltimore’s Jewish community from the city to the suburbs from 1945-68. The exhibition was on view for two weeks in a hallway near Chizuk Amuno’s sanctuary where it was enjoyed by both the school community as well as by synagogue congregants.
Jews on the Move was developed as a collaborative project with The Program in Museums and Society at the Johns Hopkins University. It was originally installed in 2012 at the Johns Hopkins University. It has since been featured at many additional venues including the main branch of the Enoch Pratt Library and several synagogues.
In addition to having the exhibit on view, Trillion and I led two workshops for students during which they had an opportunity to look for photos and stories in the exhibit (bonus points for finding a 1960s photo of Chizuk Amuno!).
Students viewing the exhibit.
Students viewing the exhibit.
They then worked together in groups to review 1950s era advertisements from real estate companies that ran in the Jewish Times that tried to entice suburban home buyers. Students were asked to identify what features were highlighted to appeal to potential buyers (spacious floor plans, new and modern appliances, yards, etc) and how the use of images and typography helped make the case.
Ads like this one from the Jewish Times in 1960 appealed to families looking to move out of crowded homes in the city.
After they had analyzed their photos, students then designed their own ad for a 1950s-era suburban development that they shared with classmates. We loved the enthusiasm with which the students tackled this assignment and were even treated to an advertising jingle and dance by one of the groups.
A blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
Posted on December 25th, 2015 by Rachel
At a quick glance looking at the December school group numbers, the education department was busy engaging with over 550 students (Pre K-Grade 11) from 15 schools throughout the area that took advantage of JMM education programs on site as well as outreach programs. These students came from Jewish, Catholic and public schools from Frederick County, Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
At the beginning of the month, eighth graders from Windsor Hills Middle School (one of the JMM’s museum/school partnership schools) came to the JMM to participate in activities relating to Paul Simon: Words and Music. The students also helped us pilot a new education program that we recently developed looking at injustices (women’s rights, housing, slavery, civil rights, anti-Semitism etc.) that have occurred throughout our history. The students were so engaged in the archival exploration activity and used great critical skills in trying to understand the images and documents. They enjoyed sharing their finding with their classmates.
A beautifully decorated bulletin board!
The education department went to Matthew A. Henson Elementary School and celebrated the holiday of Hanukkah with over 60 preschoolers. We were delighted to see the lovely Hanukkah bulletin board in the hallway outside of the classrooms. The children loved learning about miracle of Hanukkah through puppets and also learned how to spin dreidels. The students honed their one to one correspondence skills by matching the Hebrew letter on the dreidel to the work mat made by our education department. The children also loved learning how to play Hanukkah dominoes and matching symbols of the holiday.
Learning the dreidel
Last week, over 55 kindergartners from Highlandtown Elementary School visited the JMM in connection with their study of World Cultures and celebrations. Students learned about the life of Ida Rehr and the Preschool Immigrant’s Trunk program. Students loved learning about Ida’s brave voyage to ‘The Golden Land” and spent time role playing how Ida might have lived on Lombard Street during the 1920’s in the Voices of Lombard Street exhibit. The students also loved exploring the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
Yesterday, students and parents from Bolton Street Synagogue kicked off the My Family Story project that is generously funded by the Hilda & Jacob Blaustein Enrichment Fund for Jewish Education. My Family Story offers an opportunity for students and their families to delve into their family history and create an art installation that represented their family ancestry. This year students and their families are participating in the My Family Story project from three local congregational schools, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Beit Tikvah Congregation and Bolton Street Synagogue. Bolton Street students and their families gathered and enjoyed an Immigrant’s Trunk performance with Ida Rehr. We are looking forward to seeing all of the projects that are being made in connection with the My Family Story project later this spring in April.
We look forward to working with students from area school after school resumes after New Year’s!
A blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.
Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Rachel
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: April 3, 2015
PastPerfect Accession #: 1992.142.008
Status: Beth Tfiloh High School class of 1990: The class was fully identified by two classmates. Top row, l to r: Adam Spector, Jason Broth, Abe Finkelstein, Robby Lowenstein, David Mitnick, Josh Karlip, Erik Bleich, Josh Blass, Ezra Lightman, Adam Cohen, Joel Rubenstein. front row l to r: Ruth Rotenberg, Nina Sznajderman, Alicia Katznelson, Batsheva Genut, Dee Dee Macklin, Denise Tanhoff, Liza Hutter, Rhonda Schnitzer, Tanya Bunich, Sharon Fischer, Sherry Ershler. (originally ID’d, and published in the JT, as 1992, many respondents noted the correct date of 1990.)
Special Thanks To: Linda Crusoe, Helen Mashbaum, Searle Mitnick, Layne Lowenstein, Adam Cohen