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Everything Old Is New Again

Posted on January 3rd, 2020 by

Museum Matters: January 2020

It’s a puzzlement. How can a museum of history be fresh and current? What actually happened in the past doesn’t change – but at JMM we constantly revisit the way we understand those events, searching for new evidence that enables you to make discoveries.

Sometimes we wait for a special anniversary to celebrate events that are important to us. In 2020, we’ll be not only be marking the centennial of The Associated and the centennial of Women’s Suffrage with special programs, but also, next September, the 175th anniversary of our own Lloyd Street Synagogue. But on other occasions, what makes the past new again is contemporary perspectives on historic issues. This month we introduce our “Current Voices” panel discussion series with a program looking back at the de-segregation of Gwynn Oaks Amusement Park.

Exhibits will continue to be prime drivers for new programs in the new year, but we are always looking for novel angles on the subject matter. For example, when I talk about my family and the scrap business on January 12 I promise to deliver three love stories (yes, there is something romantic amongst rusting steel and rotting rags). In April we will put the accent on recycling with Earth Day programs for families and homeschoolers.

When we switch from earth to sky in May, opening Jews in Space on Memorial Day Weekend, our programming will also reach for the stars. We are currently working on plans for programs celebrating the work of fifteen Jewish cosmonauts/astronauts as well as astronomy and Jewish beliefs and Maryland space scientists and their inspirations. We have even made arrangements for the author of Klingon to come to speak at JMM next October.

But the JMM experience goes well beyond exhibits. This spring will feature a special revival of JMM Live!, the Jewish Folk Festival edition, featuring two programs commemorating the 100th birthday of Pete Seeger. Watch your mail next week for our spring program brochure which will have all the details.

Of course, as Tracie pointed out in last month’s JMM Insights, a lot of important developments are happening “off-stage”. In the last quarter of 2019, the JMM Board adopted a new mission and vision and hired a new architectural firm to help us design a facility that can support this vision. In the coming months, we’ll use these newsletters to allow you to track our progress in making this old museum new again.

Happy New Year,

~Marvin


JANUARY PROGRAMS

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Marvin Pinkert
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Curator Talk 

Behind the Scenes of Scrap Yard
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Zachary Paul Levine
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Current Voices

Coming Together for Justice: 57 Years Ago – and Today
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00pm
Facilitator: Amy Nathan
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Hands-On Family Time

From Trash to Treasure
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 10:00am
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Museum and Memory: Commemoration and Lost Music from the Holocaust
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Alexandra Birch
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Tuesday, January 28 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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Film Screening

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
at 6:30pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


Did you know? January is National Hot Tea Month!

Stop in at Esther’s Place and pick up a new mug (or two) to celebrate.
Plus, meet our new Shop Manager Chris Sniezek and welcome him to the JMM family.
Remember – JMM Members get a 10% at Esther’s Place every day!


 

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Goodness Baked In

Posted on December 6th, 2019 by

Museum Matters: December 2019

In the mood for something good? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The celebration of being good starts with this Sunday’s family craft activities using recycled materials to make menorahs for the holiday.

Our celebrations continue on the 15th with goodies you can eat; and come to a grand finale on Mitzvah Day (the 25th) with creating fun toys for dogs at the Baltimore Humane Society and Maryland SPCA, as well as cheerful owls to accompany Meals on Wheels deliveries, followed by a screening of my favorite scrap yard animated film, Wall-E.

All this sounding too sweet for you? Looking for something just a little bit naughty this holiday season? Come join us for a screening of The Mamboniks: Seduced by the Sounds of Cuba – the first program we have offered with “seduced” in the subtitle! It’s all good at the JMM.

~Marvin

Image: Afternoon playgroup baking snacks, December 1981. Jewish Community Center Collection, JMM 2006.13.2182.


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.

DECEMBER

Downtown Dollar Days
Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 11:00am-4:00pm
Admission: $1
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 6:30pm
Speaker: Lex Gillespie
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December 15, 2019 at 1:00pm
Register to Compete Here
Reserve Your Spectator Spot Here

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Free

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 1:00pm
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>>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 www.jewishdowntown.org or check out their facebook page.


Esther’s Place

Need to finish up your Hanukkah shopping? End of the year birthdays have you stumped? Esther’s Place is here to help with ALL your gift-giving needs.


 

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Travel the World (without leaving Baltimore)

Posted on November 8th, 2019 by

Museum Matters: November 2019

Armchair adventurers, this month’s for you – we’ll be taking you to the scrap markets of Guangzhou, China, the geniza of ancient Cairo, and even to the Statue of Liberty as seen through the eyes of Emma Lazarus (in Dr. Nadell’s program on Nov. 13). If after all that, you still have wanderlust, check out our most recent Travel Tuesday blog post, which features the diary of a 1940 trip by Grace Hecht to Mexico.

We also cover the exploits of some pretty brave people traveling in the other direction. Our Nov. 24th double feature includes both the refugees who ended up at Camp Ritchie in WWII and a new book for families about the contributions of immigrants from many nations to American life.

No matter your destination… the journey begins at JMM.

~Marvin

Image: Exploring the globe, Baltimore Hebrew Day School. JMM 2013.52.78.


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.

NOVEMBER

2019 Festival of Jewish Literature

America’s Jewish Women:
A History from Colonial Times to Today

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Pam Nadell
FREE – Reserve Your Seats Now

Secondhand Travels

Secondhand Travels of a Global Scrap Man
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Adam Minter
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Cairo to the Cloud

From Cairo to the Cloud:
The World of the Cairo Geniza

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30pm
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The Ritchie Boys

The Ritchie Boys
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Bernie Lubran
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First Generation

First Generation: Trailblazing a New Life in America
Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4:00pm
Speakers: Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace
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>>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 www.jewishdowntown.org or check out their facebook page.


Esther’s Place

Turn your holiday shopping from Oy Vey to JOY VEY with Esther’s Place! Celebrate the joys of the upcoming holiday of Chanukah and make gifting easier than ever. This year, you can find Esther’s Place at three different locations throughout the month!

As always, the shop will be open at JMM Sunday – Thursday during our regular open hours. However, you can also find us at the Strathmore Mansion Thursday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 10 for the 30th annual Museum Shop Holiday Market (more info here) and on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC for a one-day pop-up event (more info here)!

Wherever you decide to visit Esther’s Place, you’ll find dreidels perfect for play or display, Chanukah candles in numerous colors and styles, menorahs as unique as your holiday celebrations, and much more.


 

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