Posted on December 26th, 2014 by Rachel
Last Thursday evening was Olive fun at the JMM. We hosted a DIY Olive Oil workshop led by Pearlstone Center farms. The night started off with light refreshments. We then had a rather theatrical explanation of the life of an olive tree – their resilience and strength in the face of harsh weather conditions. We also learned that Israel is home to some of the oldest olive trees in the world, dating back several hundreds of years.
We then moved into the messy and fun process of pitting the olives, which involved rolling them with highly technical equipment – a wooden stick – until the flesh separated from the pit. During this process, many participants discovered that un-cured olives are rather bitter and taste awful. After the pitting process, the flesh was collected and dumped into a large press in the middle of the room. Did you know that 5 lbs of olives only yields approximately .75 oz of oil? That means an average 51 oz bottle of oil requires 340 lbs of olives!
We also learned about a more modern method of exacting the oil via a centrifuge. We explored the physics of this method by grabbing a partner and spinning quickly in a circle together to mimic how a centrifuge spins the olive liquid swiftly until the oil separates from the pulp. We then moved into making our own herb infused olive oils using fresh sage and rosemary from Pearlstone’s farm. As museumgoers were crafting, Laura retold the story of Hanukah and reiterated the importance of oil during the season. All and all, the evening was a blast!
Showing off rosemary-infused olive oil
A blog post by Carolyn Bevans, Museum Educator and Programs Associate. To read more posts from Carolyn, click HERE.
Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Rachel
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.
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
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!
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.
Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Rachel