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Posted on August 7th, 2020 by

Museum Matters: August 2020

“What time is it in Australia?” Now there’s a question I never thought I would ask when I joined JMM. But it helps explain why we are doing programs this month at 5 in the morning and ten at night. JMM is taking advantage of a virtual world without borders, to connect Baltimore with Jewish museums in London, Johannesburg, and Melbourne.

The excitement begins this Sunday, August 9th as we head across the pond to visit a museum with a mikvah a little bit older than ours (by about 600 years). From the medieval mikvah to the photos and artifacts of Kindertransport, at 1:00pm EST, Emma Crew of the Jewish Museum London is going to take us on a special tour through the history of Jewish Britain. (And if we have any true early birds, you can also see this program at 5:00am on August 20th.) But this program is just the beginning of our international travels!

Returning the favor, I’ll make a best attempt to explain Maryland’s Jewish history to folks in London and Johannesburg on Thursday, August 13th at 1pm for a look at America’s Jewish History Through a Baltimore Lens. Then, on Sunday, August 16th we’re heading into the Southern hemisphere for the story of South Africa’s Jewish community with Museum Director Gavin Morris. (Again for you early birds, this program is also happening at 5:00am on August 12th.)

For our final destination, on Thursday, August 27th we’re going down under! Museum Director Jessica Bram and Curator Eleni Papavasileou are going to give us a glimpse into the history, culture, and lives of the Jewish communities of Australia along with a peek into their flagship exhibit Calling Australia Home. (You can also watch this program with your early morning coffee at 7:00am on August 23rd.)

Join us on our August international tour of Jewish Museums and Jewish history – no passport needed!


Jewish Journeys: A History of Migration
with the Jewish Museum London

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

Register for this Live Stream Event Here

American History Through a Baltimore Lens
with the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 1:00pm

Register for this Free Live Stream Program Here

South African Jewry: before, during, after 
with the 
South African Jewish Museum

Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 1:00pm EST

Register for this Live Stream Event Here

Calling Australia Home
with the 
Jewish Museum of Australia

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 7:00pm EST

Register for this Live Stream Event Here

Esther’s Place: Online! Remember – JMM Members get a 10% discount at Esther’s Place every day!


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For Pete’s Sake

Posted on March 6th, 2020 by

Museum Matters: March 2020

As part of this month’s JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life festivalwe will be celebrating the legacy of Pete Seeger (the hundredth anniversary of Pete’s birth ends on May 3rd).

The Smithsonian’s Jeff Place, who won two Grammys for the Anthology of American Folk Music, will join us for a lecture on Pete Seeger’s connections to the Jewish experience on the evening of the 19th and Nora Guthrie will be presenting on Pete’s influence on her dad in a program on Sunday the 22nd. As both programs are likely to sell out, I urge you to make reservations early.

As I suspect most of you know, Pete Seeger was not Jewish, but his music and his activism had a profound influence on some of the most important Jewish folk artists of his day – including fellow Weavers’ performers Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman, as well as later folk/rock icons like Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel. So, these presentations are offered in the spirit of the Israeli song that Pete and the Weavers transformed into an American hit tune:

Tzena, Tzena join the celebration
There’ll be people there from every nation
Dawn will find us laughing in the sunlight
Dancing in the city square*

*or in the aisles at the JMM


Caption: Pete Seeger performs for IDF soldies in Israel, January 10, 1964. Courtesy of the Israel National Photo Collection via Wikimedia Commons.


JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

Yiddish Folksongs of Women
Presenters: Eleonore Biezunsky and Deborah Strauss
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:00pm
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Preschool’s Out Program

Meet Me At the Scrap Yard
Monday, March 16, 2020 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
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JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

Pete Seeger and The Tribe
Speaker: Jeff Place
Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30pm
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March 20-22, 2020
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JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

What Pete Taught Woody
Presenter: Nora Guthrie
Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 3:00pm
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Speaker: Lisa Cooper
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:30pm
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Hands-On Family Time

Her History
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 10:00am
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WWII, the Steel Industry and the Home Front Scrap Army
Speaker: Professor James J. Kimble
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1:00pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Get Ready for Passover with Esther’s Place!

Stop in at Esther’s Place for the perfect additions to your Seder table,
from Seder plates to matzah covers to afikomen rewards,
we’ve got something for everyone.

Remember – JMM Members get a 10% discount at Esther’s Place every day!


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The Festival YOU Created!

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by

Museum Matters: February 2020

We close almost every program with a request: “please fill out the survey near your seats.” You may find this surprising, but we actually read those surveys and try our best to use them to help inform future program development. This month we feature a festival inspired by your responses to two sets of programs.

The first set related to one of our most successful exhibits, 2015’s Paul Simon: Words and Music. While people cleary enjoyed learning about the life and career of Paul Simon, what really seemed to resonate was the story of Jewish involvement in the evolution and explosion of folk music. The second set was your overwhelmingly positive reactions to JMM Live in 2018, where we featured some of the amazing talent found in our community tbut not necessarily in our exhibit schedule. We tapped into both these sources of feedback to create this year’s JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival.

The series kicks off this Sunday, February 9th at 3:30 pm with JMM favorite Lori Şen. Lori first joined us in March 2019 for a Sephardic art song presentation and performance. This year Lori has expanded her performance and will be back with guitarist Jeremy Lyons and pianist Yin-Shan Su. Not only will the concert be an amazing dive into Sephardic culture, if you have never had a chance to hear live music in the Lloyd Street Synagogue it is something truly special to experience.

The series continues with an additional five programs through February and March, featuring concerts, lectures and a special papercutting workshop. Presenters will include a world-renowned klezmer musician, local favorites, a 2019 Grammy winner, and one our absolute favorite speakers of the past few years – Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie. Don’t forget, all our public programs are included with museum membership* so if you are not yet a member, now is the perfect time to join.


*And JMM Members, don’t forget to bring your “love note” postcard with you to select your free mystery gift when you visit the Museum this month!


JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

An Afternoon of Sephardic Songs
JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:30pm
Performers: Lori Şen, Jeremy Lyons, and Ying-Shan Su
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Hands-On Family Time

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat:The Festival of Trees
Monday, February 10, 2020 at 2:00pm
Storytime begins at 2:30pm.
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Film Screening

Thursday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Deb Weiner
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JMM Live: Jewish Folk Life Festival

Jewish Folk Art: Papercutting
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:30pm
Instructor: Katherine Fahey
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Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling

Cash for Your Trash:Scrap Recycling in America
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Carl Zimring
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Virtual Tour

Anne Frank House Virtual Tour
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
from 1:00 – 4:00pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

February is the Perfect Month to Show Your Love

Stop in at Esther’s Place and pick out the perfect gift to show your loved ones you’re thinking about them!
Remember – JMM Members get a 10% at Esther’s Place every day.


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