Once Upon a Time…08.14.2015

Posted on April 19th, 2016 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

 

1994189001Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: August 14, 2015

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  1994.189.001

 

Status:  Unidentified – do you recognize anyone in this 1911 Har Sinai confirmation class?

 

 

 

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A slice of Baltimore life, 1910-1911

Posted on February 17th, 2016 by

Cover of "The Hired Girl."

Cover of “The Hired Girl.”

I don’t normally walk around telling everyone about the last book I read, but this one seems appropriate for a mention here: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz.  It’s an historical fiction young adult novel about a servant who works in Baltimore, which means it might as well have “ATTN: JOANNA” on the cover. (Since it doesn’t, I’m glad Rachel, our dedicated social media content discoverer, posted about it on the JMM’s Facebook page for me.)

 An unidentified couple on Eutaw Place, circa 1910.  Donated by Stanford C. Reed. JMM 1987.19.32


An unidentified couple on Eutaw Place, circa 1910. Donated by Stanford C. Reed. JMM 1987.19.32

Book reviews are a bit out of our purview, perhaps, but for what it’s worth I very much enjoyed this story of Joan, an exuberant, open-hearted farm girl who winds up working as a housemaid for the Rosenbachs, a well-to-do Jewish family.  I would have enjoyed it anyway – as previously mentioned, this kind of thing is right up my alley – but it was even better since, like the heroine, I too have been learning about Jewish Baltimore in the early 20th century. Though her characters are fictional, Schlitz (who teaches at the Park School) was careful to place them in the physical and social context of 1911 Baltimore; for example, the Rosenbachs own a department store, attend Har Sinai, and live on Eutaw Place. The author has said “I tried to make it as accurate as possible, but I took full advantage of the magical powers with which all storytellers are endowed” – in other words, ‘stop trying to find an exact match for everything, local historian!’ Nonetheless, every reference to the Phoenix Club or the Harmony Circle or even “Mr. Rosenbach’s friend the ophthalmologist”* gave me a happy moment of “Oh! That’s the thing that I just learned about,” and sent me to our database for images to help illustrate the world in which Joan and the Rosenbachs spent their days.

Hannah Mann’s 65th birthday celebration at the home of Joe Wiesenfeld, Eutaw Place, 1911.  Donated by Joseph Wiesenfeld. JMM 1990.2.49

Hannah Mann’s 65th birthday celebration at the home of Joe Wiesenfeld, Eutaw Place, 1911. Donated by Joseph Wiesenfeld. JMM 1990.2.49

William and Beatrice Levy with their children, 1911.  Donated by Janet Fishbein, Ellen Patz, Ruth Gottesman & Vera Mendelsohn Mittnick. JMM 2002.79.338

William and Beatrice Levy with their children, 1911. Donated by Janet Fishbein, Ellen Patz, Ruth Gottesman & Vera Mendelsohn Mittnick. JMM 2002.79.338

A member of the Weinberg family, with the family dog, in Druid Hill Park, 1910.  (The park’s flock of sheep play a role in the book.)  Donated by Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.50.27k.6

A member of the Weinberg family, with the family dog, in Druid Hill Park, 1910. (The park’s flock of sheep play a role in the book.) Donated by Jan L. Weinberg. JMM 1996.50.27k.6

The Har Sinai confirmation class of 1911. (The book’s protagonist is glad to learn that the Rosenbach family’s laundry is sent out, so she won’t have to do more than iron; take a look at these nice white dresses and you’ll understand her relief!) Donated by Audrey Fox. JMM 1994.189.1

The Har Sinai confirmation class of 1911. (The book’s protagonist is glad to learn that the Rosenbach family’s laundry is sent out, so she won’t have to do more than iron; take a look at these nice white dresses and you’ll understand her relief!) Donated by Audrey Fox. JMM 1994.189.1

Interested in learning more about the book?

Here’s an interview with the author courtesy of the Jewish Book Council.

The Hired Girl recently won two awards for its portrayal of Jewish life: the Sydney Taylor Book Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries, and the National Jewish Book Award (Young Adult), presented by the Jewish Book Council.  On the other hand, it is also enjoying lively discussion online due to some negative descriptions of Native Americans; that debate is summarized (and presented with both links and opinions) by the editor of the Horn Book, and discussed more thoroughly at American Indians in Children’s Literature.

All in all, both the book itself and the response to its characters and themes are, I think, worth your time. And that’s your unofficial bookclub recommendation for February!

*I have convinced myself that this is a reference to Dr. Harry Friedenwald, though I suspect I’m too immersed in “Beyond Chicken Soup” preparations and am seeing Friedenwalds where none exist.

JoannaA blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts by Joanna click HERE.

 

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MS 46 Sidney D. Cohen Collection

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by

Thanks to JMM archives volunteers we are getting every closer to our goal of having complete finding aids for every one of our 212 manuscript

Sidney D. Cohen, 1896-1987

Collection, n.d., 1911-1987

?MS 46

Jewish Museum of Maryland

Har Sinai Congregation confirmation class, taken by Bachrach & Bro., 1911. Part of the Sidney Cohen Collection. Sourtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.1

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ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Sidney D. Cohen Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland in 1994 as accessions 1994.189 by Audrey Fox. The collection was processed at an unknown date and a finding aid was written by Sidney Rankin in 2012.

Access to the collection is unrestricted and is available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.? Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection.? Papers may be copied in accordance with the library?s usual procedures.

Sidney Cohen with the Real Estate Board, Baltimore, c. 1952. Courtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.2

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Sidney D. Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1896, and was educated in the city public schools and Baltimore City College.? He entered the real estate business in 1924 and subsequently was elected President of B. Howard Richards, Inc in 1933, retiring in 1967.? He was President of the Real Estate Board of Baltimore from 1953-1954.? In addition he served on a number of city committees and commissions and was Chairman of the Downtown and Traffic Committee of the Real Estate Board of Greater Baltimore.? He was appointed by President Eisenhower as a member of the National Committee on Safety as a representative of the real estate industry of the State of Maryland.? Cohen was a member of both the Chizuk Amuno and Oheb Shalom Congregations.? He served on the real estate committee of the Associated Jewish Charities, was a Vice President of the Suburban Club, and also was active in the St. John Lodge of the Masons.

Charles Center Theater Building site, sign describing project, before anything was built, 1960-1965. Courtesy of Audrey Fox. 1994.189.3

SCOPE AND CONTENT
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The collection contains programs, certificates, correspondence, booklets and other documents related to his work with real estate, his participation in Jewish organizations including synagogues and the Suburban Club. The collection is organized alphabetically by folder title.

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