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JMM Insights: It’s Officially Summer!

Posted on June 26th, 2020 by

Minnie Black and Ruth Smith enjoy the summer heat, 1942. JMM 2010.20.296. Hand-tinted photo of Nathan and Rose Rifkin, Miami Beach, c. 1940s. JMM 1996.54.10. Julia Friedenwald relaxes on a family vacation to Atlantic City, c. 1920s. JMM 1984.23.628.

If there is a lesson to be taken from the last week, it’s the danger of predicting the size of a crowd. But assuming that JMM has not yet drawn the attention of K-Pop pranksters, tonight should be a record-breaker. Hundreds of guests have signed up for David London’s live performance as Harry Houdini.

But that is just one of the treats for you and your family covered in this edition of JMM Insights. This week we’re providing an update on our digital resources for kids, perfect for social distancing summer fun.  But for those whose tastes run towards weighty subjects rather than summer frivolity, I strongly recommend joining JMM and BJC next Tuesday for the beginning of a three-part conversation about race.


JMM Board Voting Goes Virtual!

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org.

VOTE NOW!


Schools are officially done for the year. The weather has turned hot, muggy, stormy, and sunny by turns. This weekend saw the longest day (and shortest night) of the year. The signs are clear – summer has officially begun. With so many of our usual summer plans on hold, we thought everyone might be looking for some fun things to do, learn, and see.

Here are some suggestions for the whole family to enjoy together!

The activities below are hands-on, great for a variety of ages, and include crafts, videos, games, and more.

Wondernauts 2020 – 25+ different hands-on activities to explore the wonders of space, past, present, and future, perfect for a variety of ages!

A Hands-On Houdini Day – in preparation for tonight’s Houdini Comes Alive program, these are some fantastic hands-on activities to get everyone excited for America’s first superstar.

Exploring Jewish Artwe hope you’ll sit down and create some of your own art after learning a bit about some of the Jewish artists and creatives in our collections.

Travel with the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen and more Amazing Activities – If you’ve explored the online exhibit, you know how many fascinating things Mendes Cohen saw and did. These activities will help you imagine similar exciting adventures!

These are just a few suggestions for sitting down with the family and getting creative. We’ve got even more ready for you to try out, on topics right here in Baltimore, like the Lloyd Street Synagogue to those from all across America, like Jewish American Women’s History, to all the way across the ocean, like the Iraqi Jewish Archives. Check out all the great activities we’ve put together here.

Looking for some more #MuseumFromHome suggestions? Here are a couple of great resources available to explore!

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums – a large collection of “Museum From Home” activities from Museums all over the region.

Color Our Collections – Museums from around the world have shared from their collection, curate your own “ultimate coloring book”!

If you haven’t taken advantage of our growing library of recorded programs, may we suggest a few to start with? If you loved our Scrap Yard exhibit, check out Secondhand Travels of a Global Scrap Man or Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America. Current events more your speed? Take a look at our two Gray in Black and White programs. You can view a complete list of our available recorded programs here.

And don’t forget about all our online exhibit experiences! From serious to light-hearted, we’re sure you’ll find something to learn and enjoy in our digital exhibit offerings. Plus, did you know you can schedule a group virtual tour of the Scrap Yard exhibit with the fabulous Talia Makowsky? More info here!


JOIN US – LIVE! 

Connecting Generations: Difficult Conversations About Race

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00pm EST

Using the wisdom, experiences, and perspectives of different generations within the Jewish community to deepen our understanding of race and racism within Jewish and broader American contexts.

Register for this free virtual series here – Registration is required at least 48 hours before each session, and space is limited.

A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:00pm EST

Join author Lisa Cooper as she discusses the family stories captured in her book A Forgotten Land. Based on recorded conversations Lisa Cooper’s father had with his mother, Pearl, about her early life in Ukraine, A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war.

Register for this Live Stream Program!


WONDERNAUTS 2020

Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the moon landing with this fun family program!

Explore the challenges of space travel and what astronauts have chosen to take into orbit to remind them of home. From dreidels to dinosaurs to guitars, selecting your special objects can be nearly impossible. Weight, size, shape – all have to be considered.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
More info here.


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!

These gorgeous pieces were designed and created by artisan Emilie Shapiro, combining recycled metals and rough gemstones to create wearable art.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.

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JMM Insights: Father’s Day

Posted on June 19th, 2020 by

This week, in honor of Father’s Day I will be indulging in two of my passions (and they both involve “ties”!).

Tonight’s indulgence is my passion for museums. I’ll be a part of a panel discussion with colleagues at the other JMM (the Jewish Museum Milwaukee) for a behind-the-scenes look at how (and why) temporary exhibits and traveling shows happen. I will, of course, be wearing my Harry Houdini tie.

On Sunday my kids (my adult kids) are indulging me in another passion, board games.  It won’t be on a table top (the kids are located in Ann Arbor and Boston), but we’ll use a website dedicated to board games. My kids are pretty good players, so the best I can hope for is a tie…cue rimshot.

Whether or not you can be with your dad on Sunday, I’m wishing you an inspiring Father’s Day.


JMM Board Voting Goes Virtual!

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org.

VOTE NOW!


Dad, Father, 亲, Pops, Viejo, Abba, Foter, אב

Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, Cousins, Family Friends – this weekend is a time to celebrate, honor, and remember the father figures who play important roles in our lives. Just like there are lots of ways to be a mom, there are just as many ways to be a dad. In today’s JMM Insights, we’re sharing our personal dad-stories, diving into the collections for dad-related fun, and even suggesting some ways to celebrate that go behind the…ahem…traditional tie.

We hope you, too, will take this opportunity to share your Father’s Day thoughts and memories. Post as a comment on the blog, on our Facebook page or on Twitter – use the hashtag #JMMDads so we’ll be sure to see it.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories shared by JMM Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman:

My dad has many names. You can tell when in his life someone met him – childhood friends and family call him Butch (because of the haircut) or Eddie from is early adulthood days, to Ed for more recent acquaintances (though I don’t think I’ve EVER heard anyone call him Edward). But mostly, to me, he’s just my dad. And I like him just the way he is.

You can enjoy the rest of our JMM Dad stories here.


Pictured, left to right: Ferdinand Lobe with his daughter Klare, 1907. Gift of Marjorie Scott, JMM 2002.45.14. Jacob Simon with his daughter Rita, Braddock Heights, 1929. Gift of Rita Simon Gordon, JMM 2007.53.14. Leonard Weinberg with his son James Henry, 1915. Gift of Jan L. Weinberg, JMM 1996.127.23.69.

Ready for a look at some of the dads in our collections? Joanna went searching through the archives to select just a few of our finest father photos to share with you here!


Looking for a less stereotypical way to let your father-figure know how much they mean to you? We’ve got a couple of suggestions:

Certificate for the Jewish National Fund – Tree Fund, “In Honor of Aaron Gesben by Sura, Sherman and Abbe Gesben” on the occasion of Father’s Day, n.d. Gift of Mary Gesben, JMM 1997.143.60.

Make a donation in their honor! Whether it’s a local museum (hint, hint), an important charity, or even a favorite small business, this is a great way to let Dads know you’re thinking of them without adding any clutter to their lives.

If they are a lover of stuff, why not purchase a gift from Esther’s Place, like an exclusive mug, reusable water bottle, or even a new history book?

We won’t be able to ship your purchase in time for Father’s Day, but if you leave us a note with your order and include your dad’s email, we’ll send him a message to let him know a special gift is on its way!

Although, there ARE some pretty cute tie options out there if you’re a gift traditionalist!

Kewpie neckties, handpainted for L. Manuel Hendler. Museum purchase. JMM 1996.148.1, 2.


(left) Envelope for valentine’s day card to Albert D. Hustzler, Sr. from his daughter. JMM 1991.26.21. (right) Family portrait by Weller- Lewis, Baltimore, MD, c.1921; left to right- Albert D. Hutzler, Jr., Richard H. Hutzler, Gretchen H. Hutzler, Caroline Hutzler (Bernstein), Albert D. Hutzler, Betty Hamburger, Florence Austrian (standing), Max Hochschild, Janet Austrian, Dr. Charles Austrian (standing), Lina Hochschild, Robert Austrian, JMM 1991.226.3.


JOIN US – LIVE!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join us for a special Covid 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
at 7:30pm EST

Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented. Join us for this magical performance with magician David London as he takes us back in time to truly discover the world’s first superstar.

Register for this Live Stream Event here


WONDERNAUTS: What Would You Eat in Space?

Have you ever wondered what astronauts eat when they are in space? It’s probably a lot better than you think!

Explore what astronauts eat and design your own space menu in this new Wondernauts activity.


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!

Dad won’t mind a belated Father’s Day gift if it’s as nifty as a JMM ballcap!

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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JMM Insights: An Invitation Backstage

Posted on June 12th, 2020 by

On Monday I entered the Museum for the first time since March 17th. The experience reminded me of Prince Phillip entering Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Everything, including the mess on my desk, seemed frozen in time.

Although every room was silent, I remembered the echoes of the hundreds of students and their families who attended the opening reception of the My Family Story project, the rapturous applause at a public program, the laughter of volunteers gathered in the lunchroom . . . I am confident that all these sounds and more will be heard again here. But now is a time for patience.

While we wait, I’m inviting you behind the scenes of JMM.

Usually, our job is to make each exhibit seem effortless, appearing in the gallery as if by magic. Like Harry Houdini we try to make the impossible seem simple. Unlike Houdini, however, who never revealed his secrets, JMM is willing to show you the tricks of the trade.

~Marvin


JMM BOARD VOTING GOES VIRTUAL

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at tdorfmann@jewishmuseummd.org

VOTE NOW!


THE DIGITAL MUSEUM: BEHIND THE SCENES

In this edition of JMM Insights, we invite you to take a peek behind the curtain in a few different ways:

What does it take to create an exhibit? In this special live stream event we’re partnering with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee to give you a behind-the-scenes, expert look at all the parts of creating a museum exhibit that happen before the doors open.

Join us for Backstage: The Making of Exhibits on June 18th!

Hungry for more insider info on exhibits at JMM? Here’s a few of our favorite blog posts:

Creating an Exhibit Logo

Working with Fragile Objects

Getting Ready for Travel

Installing the Exhibits:

Passages Through the Fire

Cinema Judaica (plus some last minute Finishing Touches)

The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen

America’s first superstar, Harry Houdini, is a figure shrouded in myth and legend. As we like to say, Houdini wasn’t born – he was invented.

On June 25th, we invite you to join David London, magician, performer, and curator of Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, for a special live stream performance of our Harry Houdini Living History Character. From humble beginnings to a global sensation, follow along as Jewish immigrant Erik Weisz creates the man known as Houdini.

And for the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience: become part of an exhibit!

As our JMM family already knows, we’re committed to collecting, preserving, and sharing stories from our communities in all our exhibits, programs, and digital endeavors. From your COVID-19 experiences to your wedding stories to your opinions, we’re always hoping you’ll share with us.

Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit is no different! Inspired by the Personal Preference Kits packed by astronauts traveling to the International Space Station, we are inviting all kids (and their favorite adults) to ponder traveling to space. 

Using this downloadable template, work with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends to create a unique artwork by drawing, painting, taking photos, or creating a collage to creatively respond to the question: “What would you bring with you to space?”  Send us their contribution to be featured in the Jews and Space exhibit!

For inspiration, here’s a few fantastic entries we’ve already received!

Left: Tucker, Age 7 – Tucker wanted to bring things from his bedroom that would make him feel comfortable. He chose his blanket and pillow, stuffed dog, Spiderman alarm clock, and slippers. With the help of his mom, Tucker took a photo with his items. He cut and glued shapes to make the sky for his rocket ship.

Center: Aliceanna, Age 4 – Aliceanna chose to bring her favorite noodles, swirly noodles; a beautiful dancing dress because she likes to be fancy; and a glue stick. She also packed her best friend Monsieur Croc and the bear, Aloysius, “to keep Monsieur Croc company.” She (with a little help from her mom) used glue, construction paper, and crayons.

Right: Azreal, Age 10 – “I would want to bring my blanket and my stuffed animal to keep me comfortable. I would bring my camera, diary, and music player.” Azreal used lot of materials in creating her packing list. She used markers, glitter, yarn, paint, and pencil.

And, just for fun, we think you’ll love these two behind-the-scenes videos:

Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther from Jewish Museum of Maryland on Vimeo.


JOIN US: LIVE!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
at 2:00pm EST

We’re teaming up with 60 museums and cultural institutions around the world to present a free program celebrating resilience, resistance, and hope.

More info here.

Sunday, June 14, 2020
at 3:30pm EST

Honor and learn about refugees and immigrants ahead of World Refugee Day 2020 through world music, story time, and other activities. This program is best suited to children ages 3 to 8.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
at 7:00pm EST

Join us for a special Covid 19 inspired writing workshop where we will come together to record our experiences for future generations.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
at 5:30pm EST

Reflect on an unprecedented year and enjoy secial appearances by Barry Levinson, Marc Platt, Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, HaZamir Baltimore and more.

More info here.


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!

Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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