A Fond Farewell for Our Favorite Cure for the Winter Blues

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by

Museum Matters: January 2017

All good things must come to an end and this month we’ll say goodbye to Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and American Medicine so don’t miss your last chance to experience this fantastic exhibit between now and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16th). The exhibit heads into storage for a few months and then makes its way to the Maltz Museum in Cleveland in the fall.

However, we have no time for long good-byes.  Check out our upcoming programs below that span the time between exhibits and be sure to save the date for the opening of our next project, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity on March 5th.”

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.

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First Years, First Rites

First Years, First Rites: Exploring Religious Traditions in the First Years of Life
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00pm
Included with Museum Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

Join us for an inter-faith panel exploring the first year of life. There are many special traditions connected with this important time in our lives. Even though we don’t remember them, they are an essential rite of passage. Panelists will examine these essential rites of passage, comparing them across religions and faith, and discussing their historic roots.

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film poster

Movie Screening – Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia 
Sunday, February 12th at 1pm 
Included with Museum Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

Join us for the Maryland premiere of Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia. Following a one-hundred-year-old account of the prominent Jewish Polish scholar Jacque Faitlovich, the film-maker travels to discover and explore a sect of secret Jews in Ethiopia. Named Bal Ej, “craftsmen”, for their artisan skills, they have been persecuted by their Orthodox Christian neighbors who slandered them as “evil-eyed” and “hyena-people.” They have been deprived of basic rights, including ownership of land.

Following the screening we will be talking with the director Irene Orleansky live from Israel via Face Time. 

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Artist Insights: Lori Shocket and Keron Psillas
Sunday, March 5th at 2:00 pm 
Included with Museum Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

We are very pleased to welcome two wonderful artists whose works are featured in Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity. Lori Shocket (Memory Reconstruction: A Sacred Culture Rebuilt) and Keron Psillas (Loss and Beauty: Photographs by Keron Psillas) will join us to discuss their art, their inspiration and what they have learnt through their work exploring the Holocaust.

Esther’s Place: the Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Esther's Place

Esther’s Place

At Esther’s Place, we are busy preparing for holidays in 2017 with fun and beautiful tree-themed merchandise for Tu B’shvat and looking ahead to Passover. In the meantime, Beyond Chicken Soup is closing on January 16. Until that time, enjoy 10% off of medically-themed merchandise.

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Museum Matters: To Your Health!

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by

As we are down to the last 45 days of Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, we are frenetically pursuing programs that add new dimensions to the topic – from surgery lessons for kids to medicinal schnapps for younger adults to end-of-life care for those of us who… well, maybe I should just leave it there.

Even our December 25 Mitzvah Day program is infused with a health care theme.  In the morning, help us make packets of chicken soup mix and decorated chicken soup bowls to soothe the souls and warm the hearts of our neighbors.  In the afternoon, join us for some holiday binge watching of the classic series “Northern Exposure” – we’ll be following the journey of a young Jewish doctor headed north (rather than a jolly old fellow headed south).  It might feel like Alaska outside, but we’ll have hot cocoa and popcorn inside.

On the Monday through Thursday following Mitzvah Day (Dec. 26 to 29), we’ll be featuring a “Best of 2016” Family Activity Week – we’ll be reprising some of our favorite hands-on activities from Beyond Chicken Soup as well as our fall arts programs.  So if the kids are out of school, swing by and join in the fun.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.


Downtown Dollar Day: Healthcare Heroes

Sunday, December 4, beginning at 10:00am
Museum Admission: $1

Join us for a hands-on day of exploration at the Jewish Museum of Maryland! Receive valuable training in how to perform medical tasks such as keyhole surgery, applying a plaster cast and other scientific experiments. Then meet professional animator Eliezer Medina who will lead a workshop on how to draw and ink some of your favorite cartoon characters while sharing stories about the Jewish roots of some of the most beloved superheroes.


Cordials, Schnapps, and L’chaims:
Let thy beverage be thy medicine
Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm
Facilitated by Casey Yurow, Pearlstone Center
Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now

Join Pearlstone Center’s Program Director, Casey Yurow, for a multi-sensory and mind-altering evening exploring the relationship between Jews, plants, and therapeutic beverages. Participants will taste a variety of cordials made from the seven species of Israel – dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, wheat, and barley – while learning about historical uses of fruit, herb, and spice infused beverages in Jewish tradition and beyond. The evening will include opportunities for hands-on beverage blending so folks can take something home with them.

This program is designed for participants aged 21 and over. Dietary laws will be observed.

Places are limited so please book your space in advance here! 


Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing
Sunday, December 11, 1:00pm
Speaker: Mike Silver, author of Stars in the Ring
Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

More Jewish athletes have competed as boxers than all other professional sports combined. From 1901 to 1939, 29 Jewish boxers were recognized as world champions and nearly 200 others were ranked among the top contenders in their respective weight divisions. Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing chronicles an era when boxers named “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, Ruby Goldstein (“The Jewel of the Ghetto”), Leach Cross (“The Fighting Dentist”), Joe Bernstein (“The Pride of the Bowery”) and hundreds of other fabulous Jewish boxers literally fought their way out of poverty to become instant heroes to a generation of immigrants struggling to break out of poverty and enter the American mainstream. Author and historian Mike Silver will share this vibrant social history.

Debating our Fate: End-of-Life Care in Maryland
Sunday, December 18, 1:00pm
Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now

This important topic is one that is too often only discussed at the most challenging of times. Our panel of experts will discuss end-of-life care, including Jewish teachings and the contemporary legal landscape.


Mitzvah Day
Sunday, December 25, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free

Bring your family and give back to our community with thousands of other volunteers across Baltimore. This year we take inspiration for our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America. Help us to make Soup Kits and decorate soup bowls that will help feed our community (to be donated to Living Classrooms). Activities are suitable for all ages.


Northern Exposure – The Best of Season 1
Sunday, December 25, starting at 12:00pm
Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now!

Join us for a relaxing afternoon as we visit Cicely, Alaska. Inspired by Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America and its examination of the role of Jewish doctors in popular culture, we will be screening episodes from Season One of Northern Exposure. This cult TV show follows the life of recently graduated New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to practice in Alaska in return for the state’s paying for his medical education.

Throughout the screening we will be serving popcorn and hot chocolate.

Esther’s Place: the Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Chanukkah and Christmas coincide this year! Are you ready for your December holiday (or dilemma)? Esther’s place has a wide assortment of Chanukkah menorahs and dreidels available, from the whimsical to the sublime. We’ve also got beautiful or funny gifts for children and adults. Stop in and browse our selection of everything from a dentist play-dough set or Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher to designer jewelry or folk music CDs to medical-themed housewares or Did Jew Know. Take care of your holiday shopping and support the JMM at the same time!

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.

Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), 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

Please note that the JMM is open on Sunday, December 25 from 10am-5pm and on Sunday, January 1, from 10am-5pm.

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.
Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

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Make It A Day!

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by

Museum Matters: November 2016

We’re opening November with a triple-header – three separate events on one Sunday (and you can enjoy all three for the same basic admission fee).  In the morning – indulge your creativity at our art workshop, midday – get topical as we explore gender and medicine in a Jewish context, and in the late afternoon – go international with our special guest from the National Library of Israel.  Add a corned beef sandwich for lunch and you’ve created a feast for your brain as well as your stomach.  You can even use the breaks between programs to enhance your feast with a little shopping at Esther’s Place.  Hanukah merchandise has started to come in, so it’s not too early to pick up something special!

Be sure to look for our promotion of JMM at Strathmore’s Museum Shop-Around, November 10-13.

 

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177with any questions or for more information.

 

NOVEMBER

B’nai Israel, JMM 1984.045.001

B’nai Israel, JMM 1984.045.001

Sketching inside B’nai Israel Synagogue
Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am
Instructor Matthew Adelberg
Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!
 
Don’t miss this final opportunity to tap your inner artist and explore a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day of relaxation and creation.

Dr. Lucille Liberles examines a young girl, JMM 1980.29.99b

Dr. Lucille Liberles examines a young girl, JMM 1980.29.99b

Our Bodies Our Health: Jewish Women’s Healing Rituals

Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Cara Rock-Singer, PhD Candidate Columbia University

Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!

What place in 21st century life do ancient purity laws governing menstruation have? Join author Cara Rock Singer on an exploration of ways in which 21st century Jewish people (women, in particular) have increasingly turned to the use of the mikveh (ritual bath) to mark major life transitions, from menarche to menopause or fertility challenges to hysterectomies.

National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel

Curating the Past, Creating the Future

Sunday, November 6, 3:00-4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Aviad Stollman, Head of Collections, National Library of Israel

Included with admission

Join us for an inside glimpse into the historic initiative underway in Israel – establishing the National Library of Israel.

 

Community Kristallnacht Commemoration

Saturday, November 12, 7:00-8:30pm

RSVP to Noah Mitchel at nmitchel@baltjc.org / 410-542-4850

Sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council

Location: Beth El Congregation, Gorn Chapel, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

 

The evening includes a screening of the film Memories of Kristallnacht, chronicling the experiences of six survivors of the Holocaust who lived through Kristallnacht – including a local Baltimorean.

Old School Oral History Equipment

Old School Oral History Equipment

Preserving their Voices: Stories of Holocaust Survival

Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 pm

Included with admission

Dr. Uta Larkey and Goucher University students will present projects from their class Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors – An Experiential Approach. Projects are based upon the oral histories from Holocaust survivors of our local community—many of whom have since passed away. Join us as we hear these powerful stories of survival from our shared history, helping us to reflect upon current events today.

Following the presentation, attendees are invited to join us for light refreshments, dietary laws observed.

Flyer

Flyer

Jewish and Muslim Refugees in Baltimore: Connecting Past to Present

Teacher Training Workshop

Tuesday, November 15, 5:00-9:00pm

Free admission – Registration required at www.icjs.org/rtn_signup

Co-sponsored by Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

Light dinner served (dietary laws observed)

Teachers will explore the history of Jewish refugees in Baltimore, discuss current debates and share experiences of Muslim refugees in Maryland, contextualized within both national and global frameworks. Representatives of local refugee organizations will offer examples and suggestions on how students can build relationships with local refugees.

 

DECEMBER

 

Downtown Dollar Day: Healthcare Heroes

Sunday, December 4th from 10 am

Museum Admission $1

 Join us for a hands-on day at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

First explore the skills needed to become a healthcare professional with a series of hands on activities. Try your hand at some scientific experiments, keyhole surgery and plaster cast application.

Later, learn from professional animator Eliezer Medina how to draw and ink some of your favorite cartoon characters. Recreate your favorite superheroes and hear about their Jewish roots!

 

Cordials, Schnapps, and L’chaims: Let thy beverage be thy medicine

Thursday, December 8th

Facilitated by Casey Yurow, Pearlstone Center

Included with Admission

Join Pearlstone Center’s Program Director, Casey Yurow,  for a multi-sensory and mind-altering evening to explore the relationship between Jews, plants, and therapeutic beverages. We’ll get to taste a variety of cordials made from the seven species of Israel – dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, wheat, and barley – and look into some historical uses of fruit, herb, and spice infused beverages in Jewish tradition and beyond. The evening will include opportunities for hands-on beverage blending for folks to take home with them.

This program is designed for participants aged 21 and over. Dietary laws will be observed. Places are limited so please book your space in advance by contacting Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5177.

 

Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing

Sunday, December 11th at 1 pm

Speaker Mike Silver author of Stars in the Ring

Included with Admission

More Jewish athletes have competed as boxers than all other professional sports combined. From 1901 to 1939, 29 Jewish boxers were recognized as world champions and nearly 200 others were ranked among the top contenders in their respective weight divisions. Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing chronicles an era when boxers named “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, Ruby Goldstein (“The Jewel of the Ghetto”), Leach Cross (“The Fighting Dentist”), Joe Bernstein (“The Pride of the Bowery”) and hundreds of other fabulous Jewish boxers literally fought their way out of poverty to become instant heroes to a generation of immigrants struggling to break out of poverty and enter the American mainstream. Author and historian Mike Silver presents this vibrant social history in an entertaining and informative presentation.

 

Mitzvah Day

Sunday, December 25th from 10 am

Included with Admission

 Join us for Mitzvah Day in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Connection. Bring your family and give back to our community with thousands of other volunteers across Baltimore.

 

Family New Year’s Hanukkah Party

Saturday, December 31st, from 5:00 pm

Included with Admission

 Imagine yourself on December 31st.  It’s the last night of Hanukkah.  It’s the eve of a brand New Year.  It’s Newyearsikkah!!

If your family is looking for an early start to this once in a decade event, head our way.  Candle lighting, songs and activities will start at 5pm.  The countdown for our “star” drop will begin at 6:45pm with a dramatic finish 15 minutes later – just in time for New Year’s (in London, of course) and then get the kids home in bed by 8:00.


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.

 

Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), 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

 

Esther’s Place in a temporary space!

The Strathmore Mansion

The Strathmore Mansion

The JMM shop is going on the road! We’ll be joining 17 of our colleagues at the Strathmore Mansion’s 27th annual Museum Shop Around.  On Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, all of our great merchandise—elegant Judaica, unique gifts, and fun toys and games—will look even more amazing in the context of the fabulous Strathmore Mansion! Please come by to visit us and do some holiday shopping. When you do, you’ll support not only JMM but lots of other local and regional museums.

 

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.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

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