Dear Abby 1.3

Posted on November 21st, 2013 by

Dear Abby gives some solid advice for what to do with the family on Thanksgiving weekend in this installment!


Dear Abby,

Because of “Thanksgivvukah”, the entire family is descending on our house for the holiday this year for a whole five days. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, and I’ll be happy to see them on Thursday, and maybe Friday. But by Sunday, there’s no doubt that our house will be a wreck and my husband and I will be certifiably insane! Please tell me that your museum will be open the Sunday after Thanksgiving and that there will be things to interest all ages! My daugher-in-law doesn’t think this is a good idea because she thinks her kids are too young to learn about the Holocaust. I reminded her that this is not the Holocaust Museum, but she insisted that I write to you to ask—just in case. That’s mechotenem for you, right?

Anyway, it’d be great to know that, any time the family comes for a too-long visit, we have a place to which we can reliably turn for entertainment.


B-more Bubby Gone Bonkers


Dear B-more Bubby,

A Bubby gone bonkers can’t make the batches and batches of latkes that are needed for Chanukkah, and we can’t have that! It’s exactly for that reason that the JMM is always open on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. In fact, it’s usually a special Family Day Sunday, with activities for kids and adults. This year is no different; we will be having a “Civil War Photography Family Day” in honor of our Civil War exhibit. For the kids, we’ll have hands-on activities that will allow them to learn about photographic processes that don’t involve pixels—including making their own stereoscopes to view 3D images! For the adults, there will be a lecture at 1:00pm by Russ Kelbaugh, an expert on early photography and Jewish photographers during the Civil War. To find more information about these and upcoming programs, you can always check out our events calendar online here:

Just one of the many child friendly activities in our exhibits!

Just one of the many child friendly activities in our exhibits!

Although we don’t have Family Day every day, we do always have activities for all ages. Each of our exhibits—besides being fascinating in and of themselves—contain stations that provide hands-on engagement for children as well as those who want an immersive experience of the exhibits. From listening in on conversations through the ages in “Attman’s Deli”, to understanding the physical evolution of the Lloyd Street Synagogue through movable wooden blocks, to creating your own care package for a wounded Civil War soldier, there are so many ways for people of all ages to learn together and to partake in the Jewish Museum of Maryland experience!

I hope this is enough information to convince your daughter-in-law that it is always a good idea to bring the family to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, no matter the age or occasion!

Yours Truly,


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Even superheroes have to come-of-age…

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by

Yesterday, we witnessed Clark Kent celebrating his transformation into a super bar mitzvah—a son of the commandments.  Now it is your turn to witness the celebrations through a few photos from the event!

Tune in tomorrow for a full report on the festivities, through the eyes of our new Education and Programs Intern cracker jack reporter at the Daily Globe, Trillion  Breman!

Superman bar mitzvah 1

Guest MC Josh Fruhlinger treats us to a Superman Retrospective!

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Superman asked his guests to help light the candles on his Bar Mitzvah cake!

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Though he lit the first candle himself!

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How cute is this?

Superman bar mitzvah 3

Dancing the Hora!

abby krolik copyA blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik.

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A Highlight from our Museum Shop!

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by

Lunchbox $10.99

Lunchbox $10.99

In honor of Clark Kent’s Bar Mitzvah Party AND Father’s Day THIS SUNDAY,

we thought: why not highlight a few SUPER gifts available at the shop!?

Superman Mug (2)

Mugs 9.95

Are you seeing MAN OF STEEL this weekend?

If you bring in your ticket stub on Sunday, you can get $2 admission!

Wonder Woman Shopper Tote (2)

Bag 5.98

Also, all fathers will get a special gift if they come and celebrate with us!

So grab your dad and head on over for a Super Sunday at the JMM!


estherEvery Thursday we’ll be highlighting one of the great items in our shop, managed by the lovely Esther Weiner. We hope you’ll come in and take a look! And remember, Museum members get a 10% discount! Interested in making a purchase or just have questions about our inventory? Give Esther a call 410-732-6402 x211 or drop her an email at

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