Esther’s Place Goes to Strathmore!

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 by

Museum Matters: November 2017

Just a few of the fantastic items we'll have on sale!

Just a few of the fantastic items we’ll have on sale!

For every visit to any museum, the Museum Gift Shop is a quintessential stop, and for good reason–museum stores have a disproportionate share of surprise and pizazz per square foot compared to other retail establishments.  In fact, a well-appointed museum store becomes a part of the learning experience that is a museum visit.

As we did last November, Esther’s Place: The Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland will be taking part in the Strathmore Mansion’s Museum Shop Holiday Market. This 4-day market features the wares of 18 area museum shops. It’s a savvy holiday shopper’s great-gift HQ!

Come see us!

Come see us!

From Thursday Nov 9 through Sun Nov 12, Esther’s Place will have a second location in an upstairs room in the Strathmore Mansion. We will be featuring some great finds for everyone on your list, including some of my favorite items in the shop right now:

>“beanie baby” style stuffies with uniquely Jewish names, like Mooses the moose and Gefilte the fish

>architectural Judaica rendered in chrome and steel

>“fidget-spinner” dreidels

>colorful soup bowls labeled “Jewish Penicillin”

>amazing jewelry from Israeli and American Jewish designers. We have selections from simple and elegant to wow!

Believe me, it will be worth the drive to North Bethesda. I hope to see you there!

–Tracie Guy-Decker
Associate Director


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.

NOVEMBER

Sunday at 12pm!

Sunday at 12pm!

Being Jewish in Baghdad
Sunday, November 5th at 12:00pm
Speaker: Maurice Shamash
Get TIckets Now!
JMM Member – Reserve Your Seat

Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Maurice Shamash has fond memories of growing up in Iraq—until everything changed. Join us as we hear Mr. Shamash’s fascinating story that took him from Iraq to America, via Israel and Britain. This powerful personal testimony will offer unique insight into a once thriving Jewish community that is now virtually extinct.

Free community event

Free community event

Childhood Memories of the Holocaust: A Cantanta
Community Kristallnacht Commemoration
Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
FREE
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 21208

Co-sponsors: Baltimore Jewish Council; Beth El Congregation; Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Inc.; Toby’s, Columbia

Baltimore's Storyteller

Baltimore’s Storyteller

Glimpses of Gil Sandler
Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 pm
Free – Let us know you’re coming!

A tribute to Baltimore’s preeminent storyteller for his role in supporting the work of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and preserving Baltimore’s Jewish heritage. Following the presentation please join us for a light reception, dietary laws observed, plus a book signing with Gil Sandler.

Immigrants from Iraq leaving Lod airport on their way to ma'abara, 1951. Via.

Immigrants from Iraq leaving Lod airport on their way to ma’abara, 1951. Via.

Sacred Legacy: The Amazing Rescue of Iraq’s Jews
Sunday, November 12th at 1:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Neil Rubin
Get Tickets Now!
JMM Members – Reserve Your Seat

Join Dr. Neil Rubin as we explore Operation Ezra and Nechemiah. In that stunning 1951-1952 rescue operation, the State of Israel spirited more than 130,000 endangered Iraqi Jews out of their native land to the Jewish state.

DECEMBER

Dancing, music, crafts, and food!

Dancing, music, crafts, and food!

Talmud to Tik: Iraqi Jewish Heritage Day
Sunday, December 3, All Day
Featuring: Silk Road Dance Company and Sephardic Heritage D.C.
Included with Museum Admission – Get Your Tickets Now!
JMM Members – Let us know you’re coming!

Experience a multi-sensory exploration of a fascinating culture with a long and often unknown history. Talmud to Tik: Iraqi Jewish Heritage Day promises to engage and delight the whole family.  Celebrate Iraqi Jewish Heritage through fun activities, hands-on crafts, dancing, music, and, of course, food.

This story and more!

This story and more!

Downtown Dollar Day
A Very Sephardic Hanukkah
Sunday, December 10, All Day
Admission just $1 – Get your discount tickets now!
JMM Members – let us know you’re coming!

Perfect for families, this special day will feature kids’ activties throughout the day, including multiple story times and storytellers who will share Sephardic Hanukkah stories. More details coming soon!
>>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.

The following two programs are presented by the Creative Alliance in partnership with B’Nai Israel Congregation and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Andy Statman

Andy Statman

The Andy Statman Trio
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
27 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
More Info and Tickets

Beloved as a Klezmer and bluegrass musician, Andy is a virtuosic clarinetist and mandolin player who leads an ace trio.

Judith Berkson

Judith Berkson

Judith Berkson with Frank London and Michael Winograd
Saturday, December 2 at 8:00pm
27 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
More Info and Tickets

Along with trumpeter Frank London and clarinetist Michael Winograd, Berkson’s inventive take on cantorial music is haunting and mesmerizing.

Free program

Free program

My Life as a Nazi-Hunter: Successes, Failures and Insights
Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Efraim Zuroff
Location: Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s Mintzes Theatre
3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville, MD
FREE – Reserve a seat by contacting Mercaz at 410-413-2321 or mercaz@btfiloh.org

For nearly 40 years, Dr. Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and director of its Israel Office and Eastern European Affairs, has hunted down Nazis and brought them to justice, unveiling the truth of the Holocaust’s horrors and keeping its victims’ memories alive.


Esther’s Place

Host gifts and more!

Host gifts and more!

Whether or not you can visit us at the Strathmore Museum Shop Holiday Market, please come see us as you make your holiday gift lists! We have merchandise from the whimsical to the sublime. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.


Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage, 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.

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In Rehearsal for the Last Act

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by

September 17th at 2:00pm!

September 17th at 2:00pm!

How many of you have had a wedding rehearsal?  One last chance to argue about who comes in from the left and who from the right.  One last opportunity to size up the machutunim.

Well, the big day is approaching for Just Married! The exhibit takes its final vows on September 17th.  But before it goes off to wherever exhibits honeymoon, we have one final performance to share.  I know this not only because it’s on the JMM calendar, but also because I caught a snippet of the rehearsal for Stoop Story on Sunday.  If the bit I saw is indicative of the whole show, I think we have a real treat in store for you.

You won’t want to wait until the last minute to get tickets.  Seating is limited and everyone (including members) will need a ticket.

Hope to see you there.

~Marvin


*ONE WEEK ONLY*

Treasures from the collection!

Treasures from the collection!

A Wonderful Weddings Extra!
September 11 – 17th

For one week only we will have additional wedding dresses and wedding shoes on display in the JMM’s Anne Adalman Goodwin Memorial Library. Already seen Just Married!? We can guarantee you haven’t seen these!


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.

SEPTEMBER

JMM 1996.80.72

JMM 1996.80.72

A Bald Eagle on the Ketubah:
Jewish Marriage in Nineteenth Century America
Sunday, September 10th at 3:00pm*
Speaker: Laura Shaw Frank, University of Maryland
Reserve Your Tickets!

From its birth in 1776, America has been a nation that embedded political, cultural, and social ideals into its marriage laws and customs. More info.

*please note the later than usual start time for this program

Special lecture at Towson University

Special lecture at Towson University on September 12th

Being Educated in the Third Reich:
The Discovery of Nazi Textbooks
Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Tamar Ketko
Free – Registration Required

Location: Room 4310, College of Liberal Arts, Towson University
251 University Avenue, Towson, MD   21252

In Germany, following WWII, it was illegal to be in possession of Nazi textbooks. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Ketko discovered stockpikles of Swaztika laden textbooks published between 1933 and 1945. She shares the secret of the success of Nazism based on those books, attempting to understand the sorcerous process that consumed millions of Germans. More info.

We love our volunteers!

We love our volunteers!

Get Discovered at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
Thursday, September 14th at 12:00pm
Register Here!

Know someone who would be a great JMM volunteer? Please share this event with them!

 

Get ready for wild wedding tales!

Get ready for wild wedding tales!

Stoop Storytelling Series Presents:
Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland – The Live Show!
Sunday, September, 17th at 2pm
Lloyd Street Synagogue
Tickets are $20 for non-members, $15 for members

This show marks the close of the museum’s exhibit Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland with an afternoon of true, personal stories about the wonder and wackiness of weddings, straight from the people who walked the aisle, said “I do” — and survived to tell the tale! More info.

Free Admission!

Free Admission!

Museum Day Live!
Sunday, September 24th, 10am – 5:00pm

Join us for a free day at the Museum!

Special lecture at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School

Special lecture at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School

To Protect and Serve? Dilemmas in Law Enformancement
Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm
Speakers: Marcus Appelbaum of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Charles Ramsey, Commissioner (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department
Free – Registration Required

Location: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Religious School
7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Join us for a discussion with today’s law enforcement leaders to learn how Holocaust history is helping new recruits and veteran officers better understand their own professional and individual responsibilities. More info.

>>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

Honey dishes and more!

Honey dishes and more!

As you prepare for your high holy days, keep Esther’s Place in mind! We have everything you need for your yuntive, from beautiful candle holders to whimsical or elegant honey dishes to fine or funky Kiddush cups. We even have shofarot, for those of you looking to bring in the new year with a blast!


Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Maryland, 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.

 

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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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