Coming to America

Posted on July 6th, 2018 by

Museum Matters: July 2018

Happy 5th of July.  I don’t mean to take anything away from the 4th (hope you saw some awesome fireworks) but just to point out that there is always a day after. The 5th reminds us that the American experiment wasn’t completed in a single day ( in fact even the Declaration wasn’t completed in a day – the official copy is actually signed on August 2).

This summer we use the story of Houdini as a platform for examining the struggles of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Even before the concept of “illegal immigration” was invented with the Chinese Exclusion Act, life for newcomers was no picnic. On the 15th of July David Saltman speaks about the Weiss family’s journey to America and the forces that shaped the life of young Ehrich, the boy who would become Harry Houdini. On the 19th of August, Nicholas Fessenden zooms out to look at the Weiss story in the context of the great wave of immigration at the turn of the century.

So let’s join our neighbors in celebrating Jefferson, Adams and Washington but also set aside some time this summer to acknowledge Brandeis, Szold, Einstein, and even Houdini — all a part of our “nation of nations” — who helped build American justice, science and culture.

~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.

JULY

Sunday, July 15th at 1:00pm

Houdini Unbound
Speaker: David Saltman, author of ​Houdini Unbound
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Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm

Mrs. Houdini: The Woman Behind the Magician
Speaker: Victoria Kelly, author of ​Mrs. Houdini
Get Tickets Now

​August

August 6 – August 8, 2018

Summer Teachers Institute 2018
Lessons of the Shoah: Primary Sources in the Classroom
Register Here

Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00pm

American Immigration During Houdini’s Day, 1878-1924
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Fessenden, Baltimore Immigration Museum
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Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 1:00pm

My Shtetl Baltimore
Speaker: Eli Schlossberg, author of ​My Shtetl Baltimore
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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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

​Creative Alliance at B’nai Israel

World Acappela: Iberi Choir of Georgia
Thursday, July 25th at 7:30pm
Location: B’nai Israel Synagogue
Get Tickets Now


Esther’s Place

The whole city has Houdini fever, including Esther’s Place! We’ve got simple magic tricks to astound your friends, thoughtful biographies, blank books to capture the stories of your own amazing challenges, mugs that capture those haunting eyes, and even a cut-out greeting card of the master escape artist himself. Come cool off in our well-air-conditioned gallery, and then visit us in Esther’s Place to take a reminder of your experience with you.

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MAGIC TO DO

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by

Museum Matters: June 2018

From where I sit, every new exhibit is magic. An empty gallery takes on a new coat of paint, walls and cases are installed, artifacts carefully laid in place, interactives tested and with a little dramatic lighting – tada, it’s an exhibit. Of course, this description omits the months of research, design, negotiation for objects and images, writing and editing… and just plain hard work that goes into a project. But to me it still feels like magic and, hopefully, that’s the way it feels to you too!

This month’s opening is even more magical than usual: 1) it has something to do with the subject matter; 2) we’ve infused the exhibit with magical touches and 3) we’re planning a truly spectacular launch experience on the 24th – an experience so big it won’t even fit in our building. This year all our neighbors in and around Jonestown are coming to Lloyd Street to help us celebrate our community’s metamorphosis. Stilt walkers, face painters, ranger tours and the “high” point of the afternoon: Dai Andrews dangling from a crane, escaping from a strait jacket nearly 50 feet above the crowd. Who can say that isn’t magic?

Insider tips:

1. Consider parking downtown and taking the Charm City Circulator to the Magic of Jonestown Festival – it runs on Sunday and it’s free!

2. Alternatively you might want to park at one of the parking lots in Little Italy and make the short walk to Lloyd Street (our usual Lloyd Street lot – as well as all of Lloyd Street between Baltimore St. and Lombard St. will be closed that day).

3. Repeat after me – “it’s not going to rain, it’s not going to rain, it’s not going to rain” – but if by some chance we are faced with a deluge – check our website for plan B.

~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.

JUNE

Thursday, June 21st 

Members Only Preview*
​Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini
Exhibit opens at 6:00pm
Lloyd Street Synagogue doors open for seating at 6:30pm
Program begins at 7:00pm

RESERVATION REQUIRED – Reserve Your Seats Now

*Not a member? Join today!

Sunday, June 24th, Noon to 4pm

Magic of Jonestown Festival
FREE

Celebrate the opening of Inescapable: The LIfe and Legacy of Harry Houdini​ with a day of fun!

Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm

Romania’s Journey from Darkness to Light: An American Ambassador’s Memoir
Speaker: Alfred Moses

JULY

Sunday, July 1st at 1:00pm

The Psychic Contest
Speaker: David Jaher, author of ​The Witch of Lime Stree

Sunday, July 15th at 1:00pm

Houdini Unbound
Speaker: David Saltman, author of ​Houdini Unbound

Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm

Mrs. Houdini: The Woman Behind the Magician
Speaker: Victoria Kelly, author of ​Mrs. Houdini

>>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.

Sunday, June 10th at 4:30pm

The Campbell Brothers: A Sacred Love Supreme
Creative Alliance at B’nai Israel
Location: B’nai Israel Synagogue
Get Tickets Now


Esther’s Place

New at Esther’s Place!

Summer is upon us and so is the installation of our upcoming exhibit Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini. To celebrate, Esther’s Place is featuring brand-new merchandise centered on themes of identity, adventure, invention, and the great “escape” many plan for and covet this time of year: travel. Fuel your sense of adventure with our Ticket Stub Diary or unleash your creative powers of invention with our Mini Masterpieces Notebooks. We also have a beautiful new selection of key chains and car mezuzah designs to inspire and guide you on your travels this summer and beyond.

Please note: in order to get ready for our exciting summer, Esther’s Place will be closed on June 13 and 14!

 

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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.

MAY

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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