Happy Halloween from the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

Posted on October 31st, 2013 by

Enjoy these spooky images from our collections!

Bureau of Recreation's Halloween Winners, taken at the Latrobe House on October 31, 1956. Jacob Fisher is presenting the awards to the winners.

Bureau of Recreation’s Halloween Winners, taken at the Latrobe House on October 31, 1956. Jacob Fisher is presenting the awards to the winners.

Rose Kornblatt w/ 11 students dressed in Halloween costumes.

Rose Kornblatt with students dressed in Halloween costumes. Don’t you just love those little skeletons?

Halloween 1920 - 1732 E. Baltimore Street, the "Autrie" Club.

Halloween 1920 – 1732 E. Baltimore Street, the “Autrie” Club.

A National Council of Jewish Women member helps out at a Halloween party at Sinai Hospital.

A National Council of Jewish Women member helps out at a Halloween party at Sinai Hospital.

A National Council of Jewish Women member helps out at a Halloween party at Sinai Hospital.

National Council of Jewish Women members help with pumpkin carving at a Halloween party at Sinai Hospital, 1970.

Costumes behind the counter at Caplan's Delly!

Staff behind the counter get into the Halloween spirit at Caplan’s Delly, c. 1988!

 

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Chag Sameach

Posted on September 18th, 2013 by

Sukkot, which begins this evening, is one of my favorite holidays. I love this time of year when the weather changes from summer to fall. School has just begun and our weekends are beginning to fill up with soccer games, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, play dates, girls’ scout outings, and more. I love the idea of having an excuse to gather as a family (actually it’s my husband whose the driving force in this endeavor but the rest of us pitch in) to help build, decorate, and eat in our sukkah.

For more information about the holiday, check out http://www.aish.com/h/su/

In celebration of this year’s festival, I share with you some photos from the JMM collections:

1994.206.001 – This is one of our earliest Sukkot related photos taken in 1904 of the Lutsky Family eating in their sukkah.

1994.206.001 – This is one of our earliest Sukkot related photos taken in 1904 of the Lutsky Family eating in their sukkah.

2001.040.017 – This photo from 1959 depicts members of the Ladies of the Holiday Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Welfare Board serving wine and cake in a sukkah to Jewish troops of the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

2001.040.017 – This photo from 1959 depicts members of the Ladies of the Holiday Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Welfare Board serving wine and cake in a sukkah to Jewish troops of the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

2003.104.003 – Samuel D. Miller standing inside the sukkah behind Beth Sholom in Frederick

2003.104.003 – Samuel D. Miller standing inside the sukkah behind Beth Sholom in Frederick

2006.013.004 – In this undated photo, we see a group of people enjoying a meal inside a sukkah. The table is set with fruit bowls. Sukkot celebrates the harvest holiday and it is fun coming up with creative meals that tie into the concept. For an abundance of holiday recipes, check out www.joyofkosher.com/holiday/holiday-sukkot/

2006.013.004 – In this undated photo, we see a group of people enjoying a meal inside a sukkah. The table is set with fruit bowls. Sukkot celebrates the harvest holiday and it is fun coming up with creative meals that tie into the concept. For an abundance of holiday recipes, check out the blog Joy of Kosher!

2006.013.1062 – In this photo from 1974 women decorate a sukkah at the JCC. Looking for creative decorating ideas – check out these fun project ideas: pinterest.com/kosheronabudget/sukkah-decorating-ideas/

2006.013.1062 – In this photo from 1974 women decorate a sukkah at the JCC. Looking for creative decorating ideas – check out these fun project ideas!

Late Night on Lloyd Street

Late Night on Lloyd Street

The JMM will be celebrating Sukkot at our monthly Late Night on Lloyd Street program on September 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. For more information, check out our website. We are grateful to the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff for their support of the program. We hope you will join us and all the best wishes for a joyful and meaningful holiday.  

A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts by Deborah, click here.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to take a trip through our collections to see what kinds of things I could find that related to the topic of mothers. I started by typing in the word “mother” into our collections database. 1,087 records appeared. And with that I was off and running as I pulled up record after record of objects, photographs, and archival documents that captured an array of fascinating stories.

So what wonderful treasurers did I unearth? Many letters written from family members (usually sons) documenting travels and other important news such as engagements and births. I found one letter from “Mosie” (Moses Rosenfeld) to his mother written in July 26, 1899 (1968.22.13) and postcards from artist Reuben Kramer sent to his mother while he was traveling in Greece (1994.84.224). Some letters document sadder occasions reflected in one (1963.43.3) sent to Jacob Moses in October 1921 from the Keren Hayosod Committee offering condolences on the loss of his mother.

Mothers also show up in our art collection as the artist’s subject including works by noted Baltimore artist, Herman Maril. One painting, “My Mother’s Bread” (1955) (1989.125.1) depicts a glass of wine and loaf of challah. Another work, an ink drawing “Mistress of the House,” (1992.279.1) is of his mother Cecilia Maril Baker.  Clearly his mother was influential in his life!

[photo of lithograph – 1975.022.002 - My search also turned up a beautiful lithograph that was used as an advertisement for Vienna Yeast from around 1897 and shows a mother, father, and son gathered around the Shabbat table.]

Looking through the object records, I found many artifacts that paint a story of women’s domestic life in the early 20th century including sewing machines, dishes, and silver. They also reflect the importance of objects owned by mothers as family heirlooms such as the silver Kiddush cup brought to the US that belonged to her mother by Rose Goldberg after World War II (1988.77.1). One of the more poignant items in our collection is a tombstone from Russia and dates to around 1910 that has this inscription, “In memory of dear mother, Mrs. Yutta, daughter of Reb Pinchas Kashan, passed away on the 18th of Elul, 5667 (August 28, 1907). I’d love to learn more about the journey of this object from a western Russian cemetery to the JMM’s storage room!

Much of my time, of course, was spent looking through our photograph collection. Here are some of my favorites:

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

By the time I had finished (and I have to confess that I did not actually have the time to look through all 1,087 records), I felt as though I had come away with a crash course on the impact of women in the lives of Maryland Jews spanning a course of two centuries and running the gamut from birth to death. Plus a much better understanding of the breadth and variety of our collections!

To learn more about our collections, feel free to check out our free on-line database!

So to all the mothers out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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