Performance Counts November 2015: The Benefits of Membership

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by

In this month’s Performance Counts, we’ve asked Tracie Guy-Decker, Associate Director for Projects, Planning and Finance to give you the inside scoop on JMM museum membership.


In 1982, I became a member of the Wonder Woman fan club. The benefits of membership were few, and I delighted in them: a membership card, bearing my name and the beloved red, white and gold WW that was synonymous with the Amazonian super hero; signed photos from Lynda Carter; bragging rights.

I was six years old. Bragging rights were enough.

Who wouldn't wear this pin with pride?

Who wouldn’t wear this pin with pride?


Members of the JMM certainly have bragging rights. JMM is the leading museum of regional Jewish history, the site of the oldest synagogue in Maryland, the third oldest in the country. We are innovative programmers, award-winning exhibit designers and an increasingly popular destination. Most importantly, we contribute to the well-being of our community through educational activities that complement the classroom and inspire inquiring minds.

Perhaps being a part of all of this should be enough to convince people to join the JMM. But there is more!

Membership to the Jewish Museum of Maryland comes with some pretty nifty privileges and benefits over and above the feel-good, bragging-rights results.

What’s more, we have multiple membership levels: not only does each level increase those feel-good vibes, but it also brings additional tangible benefits.

Consider these:

*Members get free entry to as many of our great programs as they choose (and there are a lot to choose from!). We had a dozen new members sign up for the opening weekend of Paul Simon – just to take part in the exclusive members only concert.

Just take a look, at what we’ve got coming up! I’m particularly excited about Holy Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection, a talk by Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the SONiA disappear fear concert in January.  And mark your calendars, there is another members’ exclusive event coming up on the evening of March 12 for Beyond Chicken Soup:  Jews and Medicine in America, details to follow in upcoming newsletters.

Not to be missed!

*Our premium members (Lombard Street Club and above) receive discounts on the most famous corned beef in the city at Attman’s Deli across the Street.

*Premium members also receive reciprocal discounts or admission at local history museums and Jewish museums around the country. Check out the full list of participating museums here.

*Members at the Living History Circle Level and above receive a Museum-selected publication each year. This year you’ll enjoy the beautiful catalogue, produced by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul Simon: Words + Music. It contains facsimiles of key artifacts in the exhibit, and complements the story of the iconic singer-songwriter. (As a side note, if you read my blog post about the Paul Simon exhibit you won’t be surprised that I’m giving this catalogue as a gift to both myself and my sister this Hanukkah.)

A fine looking catalog.

Take a look at all of our membership levels and their perks here.

If you’ve been thinking about joining, or about upgrading your membership, now’s the time. If there’s someone in your life who isn’t yet a JMM member and ought to be, consider a gift membership for the holidays. There are some bragging rights that are too good to keep to yourself!

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Only a few weeks left to see AVAM’s “Storytelling” exhibit

Posted on August 1st, 2013 by

This is a special guest post from the folks over at the American Visionary Art Museum! They thought our readers might be interested in their current exhibit, The Art of Storytelling, and we agree! Make sure to check it out, as the exhibit closes soon – plus they’re offering a discount on admission to all JMM members! 

Members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland may be interested to know that the American Visionary Art Museum’s 18th original exhibition of embroidery, diorama, sculpture, film, graffiti, and PostSecret confession, The Art of Storytelling: Lies Enchantment Humor & Truth, will turn its final page on September 1, 2013. This yearlong exhibit, which opened in October 2012, explores the impact of story via visual narratives created by 30+ visionary artists, each expressive of some personal aspect of tale telling. Their intuitive creations include Mars Tokyo’s amazing micro-stories in her superbly detailed “Theaters of the 13th Dimension;” Vanessa German’s mighty “Power Figures;” Debbie & Mike Schramer’s whimsical “Fairy Tree Houses;” and a major highlight: the inspiring, 36-piece, embroidered holocaust survival story of visionary artist Esther Krinitz.

Esther Krinitz, Depths Of The Forest No. 23, 1994, Embroidery and fabric collage, Courtesy of Art & Remembrance (

Esther Krinitz, Depths Of The Forest No. 23, 1994, Embroidery and fabric collage, Courtesy of Art & Remembrance (

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (1927-2001) first began her series of fabric pictures in 1977 at the age of 50. The first two works depicted the beauty and happiness of her rural childhood home in Poland, and were presented as gifts for her two adult daughters, Bernice and Helene. Although trained as a dressmaker and highly skilled in needlework, Esther had no training in art and no conception of herself as an artist. Yet, her first embroidered pictures were so well received by her family and friends and so personally satisfying that she would later create 34 other pieces, unveiling a sequential narrative series of increasing complexity. With the addition of text, Esther’s art became an exquisite embroidered testimony to her true story of survival during World War II. Esther’s story, complete with biographical and personal details from her life, is accompanied in the exhibit by the award-winning documentary Through The Eye of The Needle by filmmaker Nina Shapiro-Perl.

In celebration of the last month of this exciting show, AVAM invites current members of The Jewish Museum of Maryland to tour the exhibit before it comes to a close on Labor Day weekend. Current JMM members can take advantage of a special $2 off our regular admission price when you show your member card at AVAM’s desk, now through September 1, 2013. For more information on AVAM or the exhibit, visit To find out more about artist Esther Krinitz, visit


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Membership at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Posted on January 11th, 2013 by

It’s the New Year, and among the resolutions and celebrations we’re introducing our brand new Membership program! Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members will receive our monthly e-newsletter Museum Matters (what you’re reading right now!), along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street.

One of the major changes is the addition of two new individual categories of membership. The first is our Student, Teacher, and Active Military Membership.  This special discount membership receives all the benefits listed above for $25. We’re also offering a “four year scholarship” program, which includes four years of membership for students with ID for $75 – the perfect gift for your favorite student! Students should be enrolled in an accredited community college, 4 year college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student. Please note the Museum will continue to be a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day for active duty service people and their families.

The second new individual membership is our Senior Member (65+). This $35 membership includes all the regular benefits of membership along with a $5 discount for special programs. We are also introducing our “Wednesday Friends-Day” special – Senior Members are invited to bring a friend to the Museum for free every Wednesday!

Our regular Individual Membership, $50, includes free general admission to the Museum, a $5 discount for special programs, and two (2) free one-time admission passes. Our Family Membership, $75, includes free general admission for up to six family members plus a 50% discounted admission for additional family members. This membership also includes a $5 discount for special programs and two (2) free one-time admission passes.

You might have noticed a new phrase above – “special programs.” Most programs at the JMM are included free with the price of admission (which means totally free for our members). Some examples of our regular programs include our popular author talks, like our recent program with Michael Lisicky and his Department Stores book, and our Family Days, full of crafts and activities especially designed for families with young children. Special programs are those with an additional fee. One example is our annual Purim Pandemonium event, a late-night themed dance party that includes a DJ, open bar, and access to the exhibits. Tickets for Purim Pandemonium are regularly $20. Members (starting at the regular Individual Membership level) will be able to purchase tickets for $15.

The other major changes to our membership program are in our Premium Memberships. The Museum will now offer four (4) categories of premium membership – the Lombard Street Club, the Living History Circle, the Lloyd Street League, and the 1845 Society.  All members at the premium levels receive reciprocal admission to a number of Jewish museums across the nation, including the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, the Jewish Museum and Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Ohio. Premium level members also receive reciprocal admission to a variety of history museums located in Baltimore, including the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the Carroll Museums, the Homewood House Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. See our website for complete lists of participating museums.

The Lombard Street Club, $150, includes all the benefits of the Family Membership, the reciprocal admission cards and free admission for two (2) to one special program. Lombard Street Club members also receive special discounts at neighboring delis Attman’s and Lenny’s.

The Living History Circle, $250, includes all the benefits of the Lombard Street Club as well as one Museum-selected publication every year, free admission for two (2) to two special programs and two (2) seats at an exclusive annual living history performance followed by a conversation with the actor.

The Lloyd Street League, $500, receives all the benefits of the Living History Circle as well as free admission for two (2) to all special programs and two (2) seats at the exclusive annual Lloyd Street League tea with feature speaker. Lloyd Street League members receive a “sponsored day at the Museum,” and will be recognized in the Museum’s Annual Report.

What is a “sponsored day” at the Museum? Inspired by the long standing day sponsorship program on public radio, the Sponsored Day program is a way for Lloyd Street League and 1845 Society members to select a day the Museum is open to the public and be acknowledged – or honor someone else. Members select a date and personalized message that will be displayed in the Museum lobby and on-line at the Museum’s website. Messages will need approval from our Director, but we’re happy to help Members compose their messages. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a wedding or bar mitzvah, honor a loved one’s memory, or just share your support for the Museum.

The 1845 Society, $1000, receives all the benefits of the Lloyd Street League as well as two “sponsored days at the Museum,” recognition in the Museum’s Annual Report and a private tour for up to 20 people, personally led by the Museum’s Director.

Questions about our Membership program can be directed to Sue Foard at, 410-732-6402 x220.

*Originally published in Museum Matters, January 4, 2013.

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