Once Upon a Time…05.06.2011

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 by

The BaltimoreJewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museumof Marylandeach week. Click here to see the most recent photo on their website. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or jzink@jewishmuseummd.org.

Date(s) run in Baltimore Jewish Times: May 6, 2011
PastPerfect Accession #: 1995.189.511

Status: Partially Identified. Jessica Sitnick is kissing the cheek of an elderly resident at Levindale during a BIE Intergenerational Program.

Special thanks to: Simone Ellin

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Once Upon a Time…

Posted on July 19th, 2011 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 Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or jzink@jewishmuseummd.org

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: April 8, 2011

PastPerfect Accession #: 1995.128.079D.16

Status: Identified! Standing back row (L-R): 1. Mrs. Russell 2. George Russell OR Allan Quinn 3. Albert Haar 4. Selma Haar 5. Bernard (Bernie) Potts 6. Frieda (Hochman) Potts Seated dais table (L-R) 1. Harriet Resnick 2. Alleck Resnik 3. Rose Levy 4. Herb Levy 5. Florence Liss 6. Judge Sol Liss Seated, left table 1. unknown 2. unknown Seated, right table 1. Jerry Gulach 2. unknown

Special Thanks: Anonymous, Bill Lewis, Bev, Honey Lipman, Freddie Silverman, David Marganstein, Bernie Kiewe, Gerald Damons, Al Singer, Eunice Schreider, Gil Zemlak, Mollie Goldstein, Bernie Kiewe, Betty Schneider, Tillie (Hochman) Caplan, Dorothy Paul, Len Shenker, Al Singer, Leon Siegel, Debbie Tyrangel, Ann Gulach, Gordon Salganik, Marian Paul, Judith Lubovsky, Matte Scheinker

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A Baltimore Jewish Riot?

Posted on May 25th, 2011 by

One of the most fun parts of my job involves delving into the museum’s archives to research topics related to our exhibitions and publications. Right now, I’m deep into research for a new book on the history of the Baltimore Jewish community, which allows me to pretty much look in any direction I want to. I enjoy uncovering examples of “bad behavior”—let’s face it, it’s just more interesting, especially when the behavior goes against stereotypes of Jews or the official, rather staid version of history that is usually promoted by a community’s leaders (of course, this applies to any community, anywhere). I thought I’d share an interesting story line I came across recently.

A typical raid during Prohibition (from melblancproject.wordpress.com)

It’s well known that Jews were not big fans of Prohibition in the 1920s, but I was still a bit surprised to come across incidents of Jews engaging in spontaneous acts of violence against prohibition agents—in fact, at least twice in a single year. In January 1922, according to the Baltimore Sun, “An attack was made upon the agents and police at the place of Abraham Levine, 140 North Exeter Street.” As the police uncovered “a quart bottle of whisky and 25 barrels of fruit wine,” a sergeant “was struck over the head by an alarm clock thrown by a woman supposed to be Mrs. Levine.” The couple’s twelve-year-old son, “in a towering rage,” told the officers that “if he had a pistol he would shoot him.” More than 1,000 people gathered to witness the raid in the Jewish immigrant neighborhood of East Baltimore, and their sympathies were not with the police.

The sentiment in Fells Point (from prohibitionbaltimore.blogspot.com)

The following June, in an article headlined “Crowd Threatens To Beat ‘Dry’ Agent,” the Sun reported what happened when the car of a prohibition agent named Barton collided with a truck operated by Abraham Lazarowitz of East Fayette Street. “Lazarowitz, it is alleged, jumped from the truck and struck Barton in the face. Barton drew a blackjack.” When bystanders learned that Barton was a prohibition agent, some of them “offered to help beat him.” The arrival of reinforcements saved Barton from the angry mob, and Lazarowitz was arrested. When his lawyer asked the judge to reduce his bail, the judge refused. “I am going to do my duty in stopping unprovoked attacks against Government officers, even if they are prohibition agents.”

Two gents in Prohibition-era Baltimore. JMM 1989.211.6.23

Apparently prohibition agents were universally unpopular, and Jews were far from the only ones spoiling for a fight. The Lazarowitz incident was only the “latest in a series of attacks” against agents, the first occurring during the raid of an Irish saloon.

Baltimore Jewish Times ad for Champagne (ginger ale, that is), 1928.

Next month… Baltimore Jewish juvenile delinquents, perhaps, or champion golfers…


A blog post by Research Historian Deb Weiner.

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