Once Upon a Time…04.03.2015

Posted on December 22nd, 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

 

1992142008Date 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

 

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Celebrate Arts Education

Posted on September 17th, 2015 by

Did you know that this week marks the fifth anniversary of National Arts Education Week? This is something that I recently learned by reading the weekly update of the area arts and culture scene distributed by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.  Study after study highlights the importance of exposing children of all ages to the arts in all its many forms. Local families and schools are fortunate to have access to such an incredible variety of museums where the arts come to life in such dynamic ways.

Given this important anniversary, I thought I’d take the opportunity to promote the JMM’s educational programs and resources and to highlight how they foster multidisciplinary connections between social studies, English language arts and fine arts.  While the JMM is traditionally thought of as a history museum, our education team is exceptionally talented at using our exhibits, collections and historic sites as springboards for activities and resources that integrate the arts.

City Spring students participate in a field trip to the JMM.

City Spring students participate in a field trip to the JMM.

This summer, JMM docent Robyn Hughes created an art program for campers with visual impairments from the Maryland School for the Blind in which students toured Voices of Lombard Street and then built neighborhoods out of art supplies.

This summer, JMM docent Robyn Hughes created an art program for campers with visual impairments from the Maryland School for the Blind in which students toured Voices of Lombard Street and then built neighborhoods out of art supplies.

A good example of this is our Immigrant’s Trunk program that explores immigration history through the lens of personal stories. Each of our Immigrant’s Trunk program brings the experience of a real life Jewish immigrant to life through reproduced photographs, documents and objects. The trunks come with a full set of lesson plans that integrate primary source analysis as well as creative writing assignments, storytelling and art activities. Teachers can also opt to schedule living history performances by professional actors who dramatize significant moments from each immigrant’s life.

Actor Terry Nicholetti brings to life the story of Bessie Bluefeld, a Russian immigrant who established Baltimore’s beloved Bluefeld’s catering business.

Actor Terry Nicholetti brings to life the story of Bessie Bluefeld, a Russian immigrant who established Baltimore’s beloved Bluefeld’s catering business.

Some of our programs have strong visual arts components, including a new initiative that encourages middle school students to interpret family history through multimedia art installations. Last year, JMM education director Ilene Dackman-Alon piloted My Family History Project through a partnership with Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv and the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore. As part of the program, students immersed themselves in genealogical research. They then went above and beyond the traditional family tree assignment by creating amazing visual representations of some aspect of their family’s experiences. The student artwork was displayed in the JMM as we hosted an evening reception for families. Everyone was amazed by the creativity and diversity of the artwork on display and how the students incorporated a variety of media as they highlighted something unique about their own family’s history. We are delighted to embark on the second year of this project and Ilene is expanding the initiative to work with additional schools.

An example of the art work on display in the My Family History Project.

An example of the art work on display in the My Family History Project.

Another piece of art created for the My Family History Project.

Another piece of art created for the My Family History Project.

Visual arts, drama, creative writing, storytelling…these are all art forms that can easily be integrated into JMM educational resources. The one medium that has not been as easy to incorporate is music, but I am excited to announce an exciting new educational offering this fall in conjunction with the opening of Paul Simon: Words and Music (on display October 11, 2015-January 18, 2016). Our education team has developed a curriculum that ties in with music education standards and exposes students to the worlds of music theory and the history of folk music. For all the educators out there, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Field trips can be scheduled by emailing our visitor services coordinator, Graham Humphrey at ghumphrey@jewishmuseummd.org.

Click here for more information about these and other JMM educational programs.

So take advantage of the wealth of cultural resources available locally and find time to visit a nearby museum. You’ll be glad you did!

deborahA blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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New Girl Scouts of Maryland program, Immigration: Past and Present

Posted on September 10th, 2015 by

Our Education summer intern, Falicia Eddy transformed the Immigrant Trunk outreach program into a new program for the Girl Scouts of Maryland called Immigration: Past and Present.  One part of the program is the Immigrant Trunk which tells the story of Ida Rehr, an immigrant from Ukraine who came to Baltimore for a better life in the late 19th century.  She worked in a factory and took night classes in order to learn English.  In the trunk, the Girl Scouts will be able to look at photographs of Ida and her family and use critical thinking skills to answer questions.  They will also be able to interact with objects such as a cast iron pan, a menorah, and an iron.

A photograph of Ida Rehr and her family

A photograph of Ida Rehr and her family

To update the Immigrant Trunk, Falicia researched contemporary immigration.  The Girl Scouts will answer questions and participate in a Q&A from a refugee from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Baltimore.  This discussion will enable the Girl Scouts to learn about the true struggles of an immigrant today.  The Girl Scouts will also visit our historic synagogues and participate in a scavenger hunt in our Voices of Lombard Street exhibit.

Here I am at the Girl Scouts of Maryland headquarters  waiting to talk with troop leaders.

Here I am at the Girl Scouts of Maryland headquarters waiting to talk with troop leaders.

Falicia has since returned to school (We miss you Falicia!) and as an educator at the JMM, I took on her project. On Saturday, August 29th I traveled to the Girl Scouts of Maryland headquarters.  In a quick thirty minutes, I met with troop leaders who were very interested and excited to learn about Immigration: Past and Present.  There were some leaders who had never heard of our museum, but were excited about the opportunity to their troops here.  The Jewish Museum of Maryland is participating with the Girl Scouts for the first time this year.  We are thrilled to educate, inspire, and encourage the Girl Scouts to take on this relevant topic of immigration and hopefully this program with encourage them to research their own immigration story or help their community.

Kelly SuredamA blog post by Museum Educator Kelly Suredam Potter. To read more posts about our education programs click HERE.

 

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