Weddings as a Participatory Sport

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by

Museum Matters July 2017

My guess is that just about everyone reading this newsletter has attended a wedding.  Many of you have participated as a bride or groom (some more than once).  This means that most of you qualify to be an entrant in our spectacular finale for the Just Married! exhibit.

JMM is partnering with The Stoop, Baltimore’s well-known storytelling impresarios for an afternoon of true (or at least mostly true) tales about wedding days.  It will be fun to be in the audience but even more fun to be on stage – I’ve tried it, so I can speak from experience.  The performance will be at 2pm on September 17.

To be a story teller all you need is a funny or poignant or romantic or surprising story from your wedding day and its preparations.  The focus here is on weddings, we know you have stories about the married life that came after, but that’s for another stoop.  Our colleagues at The Stoop will offer coaching on how to make your story memorable to others.  All you need to get started is to apply!

You can do that by contacting Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org.  But don’t procrastinate, the application period closes on July 14.

~Marvin


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

JULY

The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:
The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry
Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm
Speaker Dr. Barry Lever
Buy Your Tickets Now

The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

JMM 2004.13.53

JMM 2004.13.53

‘If Every Word Was Love':
Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community
Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm
Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University
Get Your Tickets Now

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.

JMM CP 2017.4.4

JMM CP 2017.4.4

LGBTQ and Under the Huppah: A Panel Discussion
Monday, July 17, 6:30pm
Get Your Tickets Now!

Whether you identify as LGBTQ+, or care about someone who does, come and learn about the unique set of wedding challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. With our current exhibit Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland as a backdrop, this panel will explore the specific set of challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community and their families from a variety of perspectives— from the couple themselves to family to clergy.

 

Free slices and great prizes!

Free slices and great prizes!

Pizza, Prizes and Puzzles: Intern Trivia Night at the JMM
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30pm
FREE

Know a summer intern here in Baltimore? Please invite them to our Intern Trivia Night! More Info Here

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Preserving Your Wedding
Sunday, July 30, 1:00pm
Speaker: JMM Collections Manager, Joanna Church
Get Your Tickets Now!

You’ll have your memories forever—why not make sure your stuff lasts (almost) as long? From wedding dresses to flowers to photographs, if you think it’s worth saving, it’s worth saving!  Whether it happened 50 years ago or hasn’t happened yet, learn tips and tricks for preserving those memories for future generations.

View August Programs Here


Esther’s Place

July 16!

July 16!

On Sunday July 16, Esther’s Place is holding its first-ever yard sale! We are making room for new inventory, and marking select items down between 50% and 90%. The yard sale will take place in the front courtyard (weather permitting) from 10 AM to 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

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It’s a Perfect Match!

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by

Museum Matters June 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

June + Weddings … they’ve been going together forever and this June we tie the knot at JMM.  Our new exhibit Just Married!: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland celebrates more than a century of the material culture of Jewish nuptials in the state (including gowns, tuxes, invites, ketubas…and even the caterer’s bill). It also examines the challenges of the wedding day – a day when few people are “just” married.

Our exclusive member’s preview on June 15 is actually a double ceremony.  Not only June + Weddings, but also JMM + Baltimore Center Stage.  The 7pm performance of “Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim:  A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater” at the Lloyd Street Theater will anchor the evening. Guests are invited to view the new exhibit either before the performance at 6pm or during the post-performance reception.  We are expecting a good crowd so we are encouraging our members to reserve their free tickets in advance.  To reserve your space visit http://jewishmuseummd.org/single/members-only-love-laughter-and-lchaim/ or call 443-873-5167.

See you under the chuppah.

~Marvin

 

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

JUNE

Six Day War: 50 Years On

Slide 1

Sunday, June 11, 1:00pm

Speakers: Jay Bernstein and Mitch Gold; Moderator: Dr. Neil Rubin

Get Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats!

This exciting program marks the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War. We will explore the significance of this conflict upon America’s Jewish community, the international Jewish community and Israel as a whole. Join us for a light reception following the presentation, served in observance of dietary laws.

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Israel Coalition, FIDF, and BZD

 

Members’ Opening: Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Baltimore

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June 15, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

Featuring the premiere of Love, Laughter, and L’chaim presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Register here

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage—from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through the highs and lows of marriage in a dynamic hour-long excursion through theatrical highlights from the past century.

Performance takes place in the Lloyd Street Synagogue and is followed by a reception at the Museum

 

Honeymooning in the Borscht Belt, America’s Jewish Vacationland

borscht belt book cover smallSunday, June 25, 1:00pm

Speaker: Marisa Scheinfeld

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Members: Reserve Your Seats

Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she talks summer vacations, family getaways, and, most importantly, honeymoons in the Borscht Belt.

The Borscht Belt: Revivisting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland will be available for purchase at Esther’s Place, the Museum gift shop. Ms. Scheinfeld will sign books after her talk.

 

JULY

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:

1999.030.0001The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry

Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Dr. Barry Lever

Buy Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seats!

The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

 

‘If Every Word Was Love':

2004013053Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community

Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm

Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University

Get Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seat!

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.

 

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.

 

Esther’s Place

Interns at Inventory!

Interns at Inventory!

Esther’s place is just finishing up some spring cleaning and renovating! We decided to use the timing of our annual physical inventory as an opportunity to add some new furniture, add a fresh coat of paint, and unveil some new merchandise! Come by next to see an all new Esther’s Place!Ongoing at the JMM

 

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Maryland (opening Sunday, June 18 with a special members’ only opening in the evening on Thursday, June 15 – see above for details), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks

 

Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

Membership

Make it official! Become a Member of the JMM.

Learn More about membership.

Already ready? Join Here.

 

Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers! Click Here to learn more.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

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Museum Matters: May 2017

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

When we began planning for our current exhibition, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity, it was important to our staff that we develop an exhibit that didn’t just display a familiar narrative of Holocaust history but rather presented visitors with new insights about what it means to remember the events of the past today. As we move into the exhibit’s final weeks, it has been gratifying to see how the exhibit has resonated with visitors of all backgrounds (particularly with the hundreds of school children who have visited since March) and also by the many conversations that have been sparked through exhibit tours and related programs about how the lessons of the Holocaust inform our lives today.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the exhibit, I encourage you to visit in the next few weeks as the exhibit closes on May 29 (yes, we are open on Memorial Day!) There’s still plenty of time to participate in one of our wonderful programs taking place the next few weeks.  I would especially draw your attention to our Annual Meeting on May 25. In addition to welcoming a new class of board members, we will be hosting best-selling author, Steven Roberts whose timely talk We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees connects the historical experience of Jewish immigration, including the experience of those fleeing Germany, to the plight of refugees today.

While the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit leaves us soon, JMM remains committed to Holocaust education and commemoration endures, ensuring that the stories of our local community of Holocaust survivors are not forgotten.

Programs:

May

Stories of Survival

Stories of Survival: Golda Kalib
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00pm
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Born in Bodzentyn, Poland, Golda Kalib was very young at time of Nazi invasion. While initially hidden with a Christian family, she experienced the horrors of the Holocaust in a labor camp and Auschwitz. Hear her storiy in her own words.

Unexpected

The Unexpected Generation:
Polish Jews Discovering Their Roots, A Personal Story

Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Agi Legutko, Columbia University
Buy Tickets Now

Imagine discovering—as a teenager or young adult—that your parents or grandparents hid their identity for their (and your) safety. How would you feel? What would you do? Ever since the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989, when Jewish matters stopped being a taboo subject, more and more people have discovered their Jewish roots. Click here for more info.

Still from Steven

Tuesday Night Film Series
Steven
Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm
Speaker: Film Maker Jim Vogel
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Steven is a video documentary  of the life of Steven Vogel, as narrated by Steven himself.  The video recollections describe life growing up in Budapest, Hungary in a religious Jewish home,  the experience of  seeing Nazi troops enter Budapest, Gestapo coming  to his home to arrest him and his mother and being taken to Auschwitz  in a cattle car where he and his mother  came face to face with Joseph Mengele.  The video describes his liberation and the cunning maneuvers that lead to Steven Vogel being the first Hungarian citizen to receive a US immigration visa  following the war.

Destination Unknown

Tuesday Night Film Series
Destination Unknown
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
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Lessons of the Holocaust Today
Sunday, May 21st at 1:00pm
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Reflections on Holocaust remembrance and commemoration.

JMM 2017 Annual Meeting

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker:
Steven Roberts, journalist and author
Thursday, May 25 at 6:30pm
FREE – Reserve Your Seat

Immigrants have provided a continuous source of vitality and ingenuity to this country since its founding. Steve Roberts, author of From Every End of This Earth, a study of 13 modern immigrant families, will tell that story.

JUNE

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Members Only:
Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim
A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater
Thursday Evening, June 15th
Presented by Center Stage and the JMM

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage— from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through these highs and lows, in a dynamic hour-long excursion through some theatrical highlights from the past century. A special preview event for Jewish Museum of Maryland members!

Esther’s Place: the Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Mezuzahs, jewelry, and more!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – stop in and pick up the perfect gift for all the mothers in your life!

 

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