From Side Shows to Spooky Seances

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by

Museum Matters: October 2018

October is the midpoint in our run of Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini and our programming has reached a feverish peak. We have something new to offer every Sunday this month all leading up to the big Halloween week.

We’ve even been researching JMM’s own vaults to find the “magic” hidden within, which led us to “A Little Magic from the Collections,” which is being installed today in our feature exhibit alcove, and will remain on display through Halloween.

Perhaps most magical of all – this month includes two free days. On October 21st we participate in Free Fall Baltimore and the entire Museum is free, including our 1pm program with Ken Trombley, Capturing Houdini. On October 7th the Lloyd Street Synagogue is available to the public all day (with docents, but no formal tours) as part of Doors Open Baltimore. (The Museum and our 1pm program with James Taylor will still have regular admission on the 7th, however.)

All this provides those of you who have seen the Houdini exhibit a good excuse to return (and bring a friend). And for those procrastinators who haven’t made it yet, don’t miss out on the best month to see the show!

~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.


OCTOBER

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1pm

Street Show, Sideshow, Stage Show:
Novelty & Variety Entertainment and its Spread
Speaker: James Taylor
Reserve Seats Now

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1pm

Magic and Monotheism
Speaker: Jonathan Dauber, Yeshiva University
Reserve Seats Now

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1pm

Free Fall Baltimore!
Capturing Houdini
Speaker: Ken Trombley
Reserve Seats Now

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Family Day!
Houdini’s Magical Halloween
Reserve Seats Now

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Official Houdini Sceance
Tickets: $50 ($25 for Museum Members)
Please note seating is extremely limited for this event.


Esther’s Place

Have you explored our Shabbat items recently?

We have many lovely, unique pieces guaranteed to make your Shabbat or holiday beautiful and meaningful. From embroidered challah covers to modern or contemporary candlestick sets, striking Kiddush cups to elegant Havdalah sets to a selection of glass and wood Shabbat trays. Our Shabbat candles—which come in a variety of color styles—make the perfect table addition or gift.

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Baked In

Posted on September 7th, 2018 by

Museum Matters: September 2018

JMM’s Orientation Plaza is many things. Many of you know it as the site for our public programs, performances, and films; some of you have seen us use it as a venue for teacher workshops on the Holocaust or as a hands-on classroom for an “archeological dig”. It’s also served as a place for community meetings, including JMM Board meetings. You can even rent it for a simcha!

But perhaps its most creative use is as the home of our “pop-up” exhibits. A space in the Plaza is set aside for smaller feature exhibits, often showcasing items in our collection. This month the Plaza exhibit is Just Desserts: Baking and Jewish Identity – a project developed by intern Cara Bennet as part of her training assignment this summer. Cara did a remarkable job using a small space and since it’s only up through Sept. 27th, it’s a great excuse to make an additional visit. It also is a harbinger of the “Great Jewish Bake Off,” this year’s annual JMM food competition scheduled for Dec. 2nd.

Joanna has planned a great schedule of pop-ups this fall, including an exhibit on a local collection of magic tricks in October and one on the Jewish Legion in WWI in November to accompany archivist Lorie Rombro’s Veteran’s Day talk.

There is always something new to discover at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

~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.

SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00pm

The Pursuit of Conjurors
Speaker: Ian Flinn, author of Conjuring Curiosity
Get Tickets Now

OCTOBER

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1pm

Street Show, Sideshow, Stage Show:
Novelty & Variety Entertainment and its Spread
Speaker: James Taylor
Reserve Seats Now

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1pm

Magic and Monotheism
Speaker: Jonathan Dauber, Yeshiva University
Reserve Seats Now

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1pm

Free Fall Baltimore!
Capturing Houdini
Speaker: Ken Trombley
Reserve Seats Now

Supplemented with an array of vintage material that he has assembled over the past 35 years, Houdini-collector Ken Trombley enchants with tales of the “handcuff king”!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Family Day!
Houdini’s Magical Halloween
Reserve Seats Now

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Official Houdini Sceance
Tickets: $50 – sales link coming soon.
Please note seating is extremely limited for this event.

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


Esther’s Place

New year, new gear! At Esther’s Place, we have bright new gifts and souvenirs, including handcrafted glass bead and gemstone necklaces made by the women of the Bali Chai Collection, ceramic home blessings in varied cheery and heartfelt styles, and colorful Jewish Art Calendars by artist Joel Itman. These items are just some of our new wall hangings and jewelry items that we hope will brighten your JMM visit this coming year.

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The Tale End of the Year

Posted on August 3rd, 2018 by

Museum Matters, August 2018

I write to you smack in the middle between the end of our fiscal year (June 30) and the end of the Hebrew calendar year (September 8). This is typically a time of introspection – what have we accomplished? who have we touched? who has enabled our success? what work remains unfinished?

It is fitting that this is also the time of year when we publish our annual report to the community.  Members – your copy should arrive in your mailbox shortly.* Each year we set a theme for the report; this year’s theme is “storytelling,” a fundamental part of JMM’s identity.

Some of these stories should be very familiar to you – they are about YOU, as visitors, members, donors and volunteers. But my best guess is that if you read the report cover-to-cover you will find at least one or two stories that will surprise you.

That’s why I want to encourage you to not only read the report but pass it on to a friend. If you don’t want to part with your physical copy (it really is beautiful!), you can direct your friends to our website.

Have a great finish to your summer.

~Marvin

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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.

​August

August 6 – August 8, 2018

Summer Teachers Institute 2018
Lessons of the Shoah: Primary Sources in the Classroom
August 6 – August 8, 2018
Register Here

Welcome to the land of freedom – An ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the steerage deck / from a sketch by a staff artist. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924
Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, Baltimore Immigration Museum
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Special FREE Preview Screening

Operation Finale
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
FREE: REGISTATION REQUIRED

Book signing after program!

My Shtetl Baltimore
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Eli Schlossberg, author of ​My Shtetl Baltimore
Get Tickets Now

SEPTEMBER

Book signing after program!

The Pursuit of Conjurors
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Ian Flinn, author of Conjuring Curiosity
Get Tickets Now

>>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.


Esther’s Place

At Esther’s Place, we have some beautiful and thought-provoking new products to inspire reflection as the fall holiday season approaches. Explore your intellectual side with challenging new reads such as A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture and Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City.

Enjoy our evolving holiday Judaica displays as they roll out over the next month. Or support art and social justice initiatives with the purchase of one of our new, Humanitarian Mezuzahs by The Human Element Project; each unique painted art piece honors a Holocaust survivor.

 

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