Better Than Chocolate: Museum Matters May 2018

Posted on May 4th, 2018 by

Just ten days until Mother’s Day and I know that many of you are still looking for that last minute gift (and many of you are hinting to spouses or kids what might make a nice treat). But before you jump to that high caloric alternative, let me suggest what JMM has to offer.

First, we have great programs by (and about) distinguished women…like your mother. There are still tickets available for Sunday’s discussion of “Justice and Faith” with Judge Chaya Friedman. It’s also not too early to make a reservation for our Annual Meeting on May 17th, featuring a pair of biographers of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. You can pick up a signed copy of My Own Words for your mother and I Dissent for your kids.

But if you can’t make the programs maybe you just want to come down to see Amending America before it moves on at the end of the month. Trivia note: President Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day in May 1914, six years before the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote – perhaps a more tangible way to honor his mother. We will be open on Mother’s Day and both the Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, but don’t try to visit on Sunday/Monday of May 20/21 as we close up shop for Shavuot.

Finally, if you need something you can wrap, stop by the shop – we have books for kids to illustrate called “Amazing Mom” and “Grandma is a Superhero” (and you can get a jumpstart on Father’s Day with “Dad Can Do Anything”); every type of Mah Jongg merchandise you can imagine (except actual Mah Jongg sets); and I’m delighted to report that last month’s sell-out book The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss is back in stock. You can always put a piece of chocolate on top of the wrapping.

~Marvin


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.

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Sunday, May 6th

The Intersection Between Justice and Faith
Sunday, May 6th at 1:00pm
Speaker: Judge Karen “Chaya” Friedman
Get Tickets Now (JMM Members, reserve your seats)

Wednesday, May 9th

Myth vs. Reality:
The Maryland Jew Bill in Historical Context
Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00pm
Speaker: Author Dr. Eric Goldstein
Get Tickets Now (JMM Members, reserve your seats)

Thursday, May 17th

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Across the Generations
JMM 2018 Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speakers:
Authors Mary Hartnett and Debbie Levy
FREE – Register to Reserve Your Seats

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


Also of Interest
The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 23rd

Americans and the Nazi Threat: What Did Marylanders Know?
Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD   21117

While media around the United States provided frequent and vivid accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans tended to focus inward in the 1930–40s. Step back in time with Museum and local experts to explore headlines and artifacts from that time period, including news articles from around Maryland unearthed by volunteer citizen historians.

Sunday, May 6th

Sefardi Kirtan: Devotional Song
Creative Alliance at B’nai Israel
Sunday, May 6th at 4:30pm
Location: B’nai Israel Synagogue
Get Tickets Now


Esther’s Place

Mother’s Day is coming!

Celebrate your Mom, Mama, Ema, Mommy, Grandma, Bubby, or Nana with a gift from Esther’s Place. From mom-themed mugs and activity books to photo frames to jewelry and more, Esther’s Place can help you make Sunday, May 13 just right for the special mother in your life.

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In Honor of Mother’s Day

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by

I get “geeked out” looking at old things, stuff, history. I could spend hours looking through the JMM’s extensive collection that includes more than 11,000 objects, 55,000 photos and thousands of boxes of archival documents that tell the stories of more than two hundred years of everyday Jewish life in Maryland.

Being that Mother’s Day will be here this weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a search through the collections, and see what kinds of cool stuff I find about mothers.

Sepiatone photograph of Ella Gutman Hutzler with her two sons, Albert D. Hutzler and Joel Hutzler c. 1898, JMM 1991.26.9

Sepiatone photograph of Ella Gutman Hutzler with her two sons, Albert D. Hutzler and Joel Hutzler c. 1898, JMM 1991.26.9

Here is an image of one of the matriarchs of the famed Hutzler family, Ella Gutman Hutzler -wife of David Hutzler. Ella Gutman Hutzler (1855-1942) was the daughter of Joel Gutman, of Joel Gutman and Co., the first downtown department store (1852) located on Eutaw Street. Hutzler Brothers Company was founded in 1858 by Abram G. Hutzler, son of German-Jewish immigrants when he took over a small shop operated by his brother in-law, Elkan Bamberger. The original store dealt mainly in laces, fine fabrics and fancy goods, the majority of which were imported from Europe.

Ruth Greensfelder Frank, JMM 2010.60.12

Ruth Greensfelder Frank, JMM 2010.60.12

This is a lovely photograph taken in 1918 of Ruth Greensfelder Frank with her daughter Carol Jean Frank as a baby. .I was struck by the beauty of the mother and the simplicity of the photograph of mother and baby. How sweet!

JCC Collection, JMM 2006.13.430

JCC Collection, JMM 2006.13.430

This black and white photograph is from the JCC Collection. The photo is taken at a desk in the lobby at the Park Heights JCC in 1972. In this shot, there is a mother, her children, a stroller, along with other people. Our records indicate that there are many unidentified people in the photo. Can we be like the Baltimore Jewish Times- Can You Identify This Picture? If so, please contact Joanna Church, the JMM’s Collections Manage. Joanna’s email – jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

AMIT Women’s Chapter Collection, JMM 2000.128.26

AMIT Women’s Chapter Collection, JMM 2000.128.26

This little gold pendant is has the Hebrew word on it – EMA or mother. The pendant belonged to Sylvia Simmie/Sima Ziegler Schneider and was a symbol for the women’s group AMIT – American Mizrachi Women. AMIT is an American-based religious Zionist organization that was established in 1925. They first created vocational schools for religious girls in Palestine and have helped shape the educational and social welfare landscape in the State of Israel for nine decades.

Small Yellow Pin, JMM 2007.2.5

Small Yellow Pin, JMM 2007.2.5

I thought that this was so perfect for Mother’s Day! What nice Jewish kid does not want to support their own Jewish mother!

Barbara Levy Dackman, JMM 2017.6.1

Barbara Levy Dackman, JMM 2017.6.1

Finally, I could not finish this blogpost without including my own beautiful mother, Barbara Levy Dackman. Here she is posing on her wedding day (February 4, 1951), the portrait was taken by Bachrach Photographers which was founded here in Baltimore in 1868. The studio’s founder, David Bachrach, took the only photograph at Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This painting of my mother now hangs in my brother’s home.

You can see this beautiful painting along with other things about brides, weddings and marriages starting on June 18th, at the JMM’s next original exhibition, Just Married! Wedding Stories From Jewish Maryland. The exhibit will be on display from June 18th through September 17th.

Happy Mother’s Day!

ileneA blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more posts by Ilene click HERE.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to take a trip through our collections to see what kinds of things I could find that related to the topic of mothers. I started by typing in the word “mother” into our collections database. 1,087 records appeared. And with that I was off and running as I pulled up record after record of objects, photographs, and archival documents that captured an array of fascinating stories.

So what wonderful treasurers did I unearth? Many letters written from family members (usually sons) documenting travels and other important news such as engagements and births. I found one letter from “Mosie” (Moses Rosenfeld) to his mother written in July 26, 1899 (1968.22.13) and postcards from artist Reuben Kramer sent to his mother while he was traveling in Greece (1994.84.224). Some letters document sadder occasions reflected in one (1963.43.3) sent to Jacob Moses in October 1921 from the Keren Hayosod Committee offering condolences on the loss of his mother.

Mothers also show up in our art collection as the artist’s subject including works by noted Baltimore artist, Herman Maril. One painting, “My Mother’s Bread” (1955) (1989.125.1) depicts a glass of wine and loaf of challah. Another work, an ink drawing “Mistress of the House,” (1992.279.1) is of his mother Cecilia Maril Baker.  Clearly his mother was influential in his life!

[photo of lithograph – 1975.022.002 – My search also turned up a beautiful lithograph that was used as an advertisement for Vienna Yeast from around 1897 and shows a mother, father, and son gathered around the Shabbat table.]

Looking through the object records, I found many artifacts that paint a story of women’s domestic life in the early 20th century including sewing machines, dishes, and silver. They also reflect the importance of objects owned by mothers as family heirlooms such as the silver Kiddush cup brought to the US that belonged to her mother by Rose Goldberg after World War II (1988.77.1). One of the more poignant items in our collection is a tombstone from Russia and dates to around 1910 that has this inscription, “In memory of dear mother, Mrs. Yutta, daughter of Reb Pinchas Kashan, passed away on the 18th of Elul, 5667 (August 28, 1907). I’d love to learn more about the journey of this object from a western Russian cemetery to the JMM’s storage room!

Much of my time, of course, was spent looking through our photograph collection. Here are some of my favorites:

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1985.046.003 – Two women standing in front of cherry blossoms in Druid Hill Park, 1953 with the inscription “mother and Irene”

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1987.019.038 – Phil and Ralph Levin standing with their mother

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.075.009 – the Katz Family – mother is on the far right

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

1988.12.9 – I love this photo – Miriam Rothschild her daughter Edith on a ship wearing pirate costumes

By the time I had finished (and I have to confess that I did not actually have the time to look through all 1,087 records), I felt as though I had come away with a crash course on the impact of women in the lives of Maryland Jews spanning a course of two centuries and running the gamut from birth to death. Plus a much better understanding of the breadth and variety of our collections!

To learn more about our collections, feel free to check out our free on-line database!

So to all the mothers out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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