Thanksgivukkah

Posted on November 24th, 2013 by

Last Thursday evening, people all over the United States gave thanks and celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends.  In addition to the Thanksgiving celebrationJews also lit a candle for the celebration of Hanukkah.  Thanksgivukkah is a pop-culture name given to the convergence of the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Thursday, November 28, 2013.

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This week Time Magazine mentions five (5) things that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have in common.

  1. 1.      Both holidays are a great excuse to stuff yourself silly. 
  2. 2.      Both are rooted in religion.
  3. 3.      Both were started by groups who found refuge in America.
  4. 4.      Both are all about being thankful
  5. 5.      Both are a reason to go home.

 

Read more: Thanksgivukkah: Five Things Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Have in Common | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/11/25/happy-thanksgivukkah-five-things-thanksgiving-and-hanukkah-have-in-common/#ixzz2lmcroWYh;

 

So, as you gather around your holiday dinner table with family and friends, reflect on all of our blessings and even get a little silly with this little ditty… (tune to My Little Dreidel)

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
Come light the menurkey
Let’s have a party
With latkes and turkey.
Maccabbees and Pilgrims
Americans and Jews
Thankfulness and freedom—
The lessons we choose.

Chorus:
So come spin the dreidel,
And lighting the candles we gloat.
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we’ll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we’ll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A joyous occasion
Everyone join in
This rare celebration
Lift up high your voices
With songs and with cheers.
The next one won’t be coming
For 79 thousand years. (Chorus)

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A marvelous yuntiff
Bringing together
The rebbe and pontiff.
Blending our traditions
Can give quite a shock:
Nays gadol hayah sham

At Plymouth Rock (Chorus)

 

Hag Sameach!  Happy Holidays!

How did you celebrate Thanksgivukkah? Send us your stories and photos!

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The Bells of the 16th Street Baptist Church

Posted on November 6th, 2013 by

ileneOur excellent Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon has guest blogged for AASLH (the American Association for State and Local History)!

Last month, I attended the AASLH annual meeting in Birmingham.  I had the opportunity to enjoy Southern hospitality at its finest, as well as meet other professionals that work in historic houses, museums, libraries, etc. from around the world. (I met professionals from South Africa too at the conference!)  I attended thought provoking sessions with noted scholars, educators and historians and took back ideas to implement in our education programs at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  I also had the opportunity to meet the other members of Religious History Affinity Group at the conference and I look forward to working with them in moving the group’s mission of providing a forum in which history of all faiths may be shared, understood and appreciated.

Read the rest of her post here: http://blogs.aaslh.org/the-bells-of-the-16th-street-baptist-church/

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Another Farewell to Zap! Pow! Bam!

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by

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Getting a little reading in at the exhibit.

There are many times that the development and education departments work together to write grant proposals to seek funding for various education initiatives.   As a thank you to the funder, we usually write a final report detailing how many students came to the Museum, and where the students resided in the state of Maryland.   We also like to report about the educational activities that students participated in.  In addition, to these statistics we like to include the comments that teachers included in their evaluation of their field trip experience.

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Going onto the moving truck.

Last weekend, we said goodbye to Zap, Pow, Bam- The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950.  It struck me as I was culling through the evaluations of  Zap, Pow, Bam, that the comments were very interesting- and they surely would provide good fodder for a blog post.

  • “I really liked the set-up of the Superhero exhibit.  It was very spacious and neatly organized.  The students seemed very interested to learn that Superman had parents, the names of the various comic book publishers.”  It was also important for them to learn that by achieving greatness- you also have great responsibilities.”  The students also love seeing the artifacts.
  • “The students really like the diversity of the exhibits, and the hands-on learning they were able to do.
  • “Fascinating, new information!  Great connections between pop culture and history to Judaism.”
  • “They enjoyed discovering new comic heroes. The references to Hitler and WWII were perfect this is what the students are studying now in middle school.”  (pix of students by wall)
  • “It was a wonderful experience, all of the hands-on learning activities and the wealth of knowledge from the guides.”  (pix of students with masks drawing)
  • “It’s important for students to learn about all cultures.  The Museum gives them a unique perspective, and helps the students to recognize the differences as well as the similarities to their own cultures.
  • “Our second graders just finished studying Helen Keller, so seeing the Braille comic book – AMAZING! “  (girl reading reading comic book)
A school group enjoys our hands-on "artist studio."

A school group enjoys our hands-on “artist studio.”

It is wonderful that teachers recognize the Museum as a place for active learning and engagement.  We look forward to reading more informative notes from teachers in the next few months with the opening of our next exhibition, Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War which opens on October 13, 2013.

Young gentlemen from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day school enjoy the displays.

Young gentlemen from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day school enjoy the displays.

ileneA blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more post by Ilene, click here.

 

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