Museum Matters: Annual Meeting Edition

Posted on June 3rd, 2016 by

This month we are highlighting one of the year’s biggest programs:  the JMM Annual Meeting.  Not only is this a time to recap the Museum’s progress towards our long-term vision, but our very special speaker, Dr. Jay Perman will be reviewing the Baltimore’s progress towards a vision of health care access for all.  Dr. Perman’s interview this February on the PBS News Hour inspired us to invite him to speak about an issue in which we are all stakeholders.

After the lecture we will stay open one extra hour, so that anyone who hasn’t yet seen Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America has the opportunity to visit. 

 

Time Off for Receiving Torah and Winning Independence 

The coming month brings two holidays on which the Museum is CLOSED

Shavuot – Sunday, June 12 and Monday, June 13

Independence Day – Monday, July 4

We will be open, however, on Sunday, July 3

 

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.

June

A Clue Card

A Clue Card

Book, Bell and Candle – The Final Tours

Sunday, June 5, Sunday, June 19 and Sunday, July 3,  3:00 pm

 Museum director, Marvin Pinkert leads the last three tours in our series dedicated to the manufacture and design of our “All-American Synagogue”.  As part of the experience, visitors not only have access to recent research on the Lloyd Street Synagogue but also participate in helping us solve mysteries regarding the Torah scrolls, the church bells and the candelabras.

 

2016 Annual Meeting

The Greatest Gap: Health Inequity in Baltimore

Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker Dr. Jay Perman, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm

Free

Dr. Perman

Dr. Perman

Join us for the JMM’s Annual Meeting as we elect members to our Board of Trustees and express appreciation to our retiring members. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jay Perman, will address the social determinants of health—education, economic stability, personal and public safety, housing and transportation, social supports and cohesion—and how anchor institutions can help remediate the disparities we see in the health of populations. Read More

 

Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project: A Sacred Culture Rebuilt

With Artist: Lori Shocket

Sunday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 28

Created collages

Created collages

Holocaust survivors and their families are invited to participate in a series of workshops led by California-based artist, Lori Shocket, that will culminate in an art installation that will be on display at the JMM beginning in March 2017 in conjunction with our Remembering Auschwitz exhibits.

Please note that space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Deborah Cardin at (410) 732-6400 x236

Read More and see all dates

 

A Glimpse into the World of a Sofer (Torah scribe)

Sunday, June 26, 1:00pm

Speaker Rabbi Englander

Image courtesy of Chizuk Amuno website

Image courtesy of Chizuk Amuno website

Join us for this exciting program in connection with The All American Synagogue. Part lecture, part workshop:  Learn the basic steps of creating a Torah scroll, including how the letters are written and the rules governing the making of a Torah. Read More.

 

How Kosher became Safer, Cleaner and Better

Sunday, July 24, 1:00pm

Speaker: Author Roger Horowitz

Kosher USA

Kosher USA

How did Coca-Cola become Kosher? Why was Manischewitz the first kosher product to win-over non-Jewish consumers? Learn the answers to these questions and more with Roger Horowitz, joining us fresh from the Smithsonian to share the fascinating journey of kosher food through the modern industrial food system, as told in his new book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food.

 

Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

If you haven’t been in lately, you’re missing out! We’ve got great new stuff in every area of the store, from a Play-Doh “Drill and Fill” playset for the budding dentist in your life to striking Judaica fashioned of Jerusalem stone—the limestone quarried and used in buildings in and around Jerusalem, inlcuding the Western Wall.

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.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland March Meeting

Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Speaker: Mindie Kaplan, “Relatives, Cold Calls and Emails, & DNA Testing”

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to www.jgsmd.org for more information.

 

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.  Our new specialty tour, “Book, Bell and Candle Mystery” is offered on Sundays 3:00pm.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

Membership

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Get Involved

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Museum Matters: May Flowers Edition

Posted on May 6th, 2016 by

“Stoke” detail, from JMM 1993.73.1

“Stoke” detail, from JMM 1993.73.1

It seems like the cool rainy days will never end, but here at JMM everything’s in bloom.  We have a spectacular month of movies, lectures and even a “welcome to the neighborhood” party.

The seed of the month ahead was Sunday’s launch of the “Book, Bell and Candle Mystery,” a new experience of Maryland’s oldest synagogue, where visitors are invited to help us track down questions about who designed and manufactured key components of this historic site – from the nails to the Torah scrolls.  Our “whodunit” (i.e. who built it) is open to sleuths of all ages, every Sunday at 3 through July 4th weekend.

And if your taste runs to wildflowers, you won’t want to miss the true story of Solomon Carvalho’s journey to the Wild West.  Hear the tale of Baltimore’s most improbable pioneer photographer and painter – a real life version of the Frisco Kid.

Speaking of movies, we’re offering a classic comedy double feature about Jewish doctors on May 22.  Hosted by our most-beloved media maven and zombie analyst Dr. Arnold Blumberg (see, even our doctors are blooming this May).

By May 29th there will be blossoms everywhere as we join the cultural institutions of Jonestown in welcoming our newest neighbors – the National Aquarium, Ronald McDonald House and Living Classrooms.

Don’t be a wallflower, join in the fun at JMM this May!

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.
May

CARVALHO_sunrise Carvalho’s Journey: A documentary film by Steve Rivo
Sunday, May 15, 1:00pm
Movie Screening and Talk with Director Steve Rivo
Included with Admission

A real-life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897) … Read More
Get your tickets

Copies available at signing.

Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin
Book Talk & Signing with Author Marlene Trestman
Thursday, May 19th from 6:30 pm
Included with Museum Admission

Come hear Marlene Trestman discuss her mentor and friend, Bessie Margolin. Margolin, who grew up in New Orleans Jewish orphanage, championed the wage and hour rights of millions of Americans. Margolin also helped to found the National Organization for Women and opened courtroom doors for countless women lawyers…. Read More
Get your tickets

may-PC-1A Day at the Races, A Night at Frankenstein’s Castle
Sunday, May 22, 11am
Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg
Included with Admission
A Day at the Races and Young Frankenstein: Two films released 37 years apart but united by remarkably similar senses of humor fueled by a uniquely Jewish perspective on mad doctors and mad love. Join Arnold T. Blumberg in his exploration of these two classics. Read More.

Schedule for the Day:
11:00am – Screening of Day at the Races
1:00pm – Lecture with Dr. Blumberg
2:00pm – Screening of Young Frankenstein

Get your tickets
Jonestown horizontal 4CWelcome to Jonestown
Sunday, May 29, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Free

You’re invited to JMM’s block party welcoming our new neighbors, The National Aquarium, Living Classrooms and Ronald McDonald House! Yes, there will be cake! Read More

June

DrPerman_HiRes2016 Annual Meeting
The Greatest Gap: Health Inequity in Baltimore
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker Dr. Jay Perman, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm
Free

Join us for the JMM’s Annual Meeting as we elect members to our Board of Trustees and express appreciation to our retiring members. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jay Perman, will address the social determinants of health—education, economic stability, personal and public safety, housing and transportation, social supports and cohesion—and how anchor institutions can help remediate the disparities we see in the health of populations. Read More


Couple collage smallHolocaust Memory Reconstruction Project: A Sacred Culture Rebuilt

With Artist: Lori Shocket
Sunday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 28

Holocaust survivors and their families are invited to participate in a series of workshops led by California-based artist, Lori Shocket, that will culminate in an art installation that will be on display at the JMM beginning in March 2017 in conjunction with our Remembering Auschwitz exhibits.
Please note that space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Deborah Cardin at (410) 732-6400 x236
Read More and see all dates

 

sofer imageA Glimpse into the World of a Sofer (Torah scribe)
Sunday, June 26th, 1:00pm
Speaker Rabbi Englander

Join us for this exciting program in connection with The All American Synagogue. Part lecture, part workshop:  Learn the basic steps of creating a Torah scroll, including how the letters are written and the rules governing the making of a Torah. Read More.

Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

new in shop JAdlerAt Esther’s Place we’re excited to show off some new merchandise, including from renowned designer, Jonathan Adler. If you haven’t been in lately, we have lots to show you!

We’re also still looking for a new manager for Esther’s Place. Learn more about the position and apply 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.
Jewish American Heritage Lecture: We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A Documentary History
Tuesday, May 31, 7:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Gary P. Zola
At the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater
Constitution Avenue & 7th Street, NW, Special Events Entrance
Washington, D.C. — Directions

Free general admission — register online via the National Archives Foundation
Premium reserved seats for $10/person. Limited availability.  Online | rsvp@jhsgw.org | 202-789-0900
Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland March Meeting
Sunday, May 22, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)
Speaker: Jim Bartlett, “Steps to Success with atDNA and Triangulation
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to www.jgsmd.org for more information.

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!

The Sanctity of Others will be on display in the JMM lobby through May 19.

Hours and Tour Times
magnifying-glass-detective-9875_0dc4603c0e0b7dfe4515c58822eb8ccaCombination 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.  Our new specialty tour, “Book, Bell and Candle Mystery” is offered on Sundays 3:00pm.

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Museum Matters: We’re Moving!

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by

No, we’re not moving JMM (April Fool’s).  We’re moving the day when e-newsletters go out.  Starting in the middle of this month, our e-mail newsletters will reach mailboxes on Thursday rather than Friday. The early start will make it easier for you to plan to attend one of our great Sunday programs, like this Sunday’s visit with time traveler Dr. John de Sequeyra, visiting JMM from his home in 18th century Williamsburg or next Sunday’s program at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation with writer/performer Stephanie Satie presenting her solo play, Silent Witnesses (this year’s Risch Memorial Program).

Your next Museum Matters newsletter will be delivered on May 5, so I want to use this April edition to draw your attention to a very special event we’re planning for May 1.  Later this month (April 23) Jonestown’s own Carroll Mansion will open its doors as the All American House – a showcase for American manufacture and design.  If you look at the website you’ll see we were among the first to sign on as a partner with the Mansion. We’ve declared our 1845 building to be the “All American Synagogue” and on Sunday May 1 we begin our celebration with activities for the whole family and the launch of our new “Book, Bell and Candle Mystery” experience at the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 3pm.  More details in the upcoming JMM Insights newsletter.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 410-732-6400 x215 with any questions or for more information.

April

A Sephardic Jewish Doctor in Colonial America
Sunday, April 3, 1:00pm
Performer: Doug Cohen
Included with Admission

We take a step back in time and welcome Dr. John de Sequeyra, a Sephardic Jew of Portuguese extraction, who was born in London in 1712. Dr. de Sequeyra moved to Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1745 where he resided until his death in 1795. During his lifetime he was known for being the first visiting physician at the earliest institution in America dedicated to treating individuals with mental illnesses. He was also credited (by President Thomas Jefferson!) with introducing the tomato as a culinary staple to Virginia.

Network and Explore “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America” 
Wednesday, April 6, 7:00pm 
Admission: $10 per person

The Maimonides Society invites all health professional to explore ethical, social, and scientific issues central to modern American Jewish identity through this unique museum exhibit; in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Howard County and The Associated’s Maimonides Society.

For reservations or more information please contact Juliya Sheynman at jsheynman@associated.org


The 10th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration:
Silent Witnesses
Sunday, April 10, 3:30pm
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, 21208
FreeWe are pleased to celebrate the 10th Annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration. Stephanie Satie will perform her one-woman play Silent Witnesses, based upon interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust.Following the performance join us for a talk back session with performer Stephanie Satie and Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS.


American Jews and the Early Birth Control Movement
Sunday, April 17, 1:00pm
Speaker Melissa Klapper, Rowan University
Included with admissionThe American Jewish community showed deep interest in the birth control movement of the first few decades of the twentieth century.  Jewish women were “early adopters” of contraception and notable activists for the cause, and also played significant roles as doctors and nurses.  Despite an internal debate over the religious, ethical, social, and medical ramifications, for the most part, American Jewish culture supported the early birth control movement as a tool for empowering Jewish women and the conversation influenced Jewish family life for generations to follow.

Redlining Series – Opportunity: Inclusive Development and Wealth Creation Inside the Redline
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30pm
Free On April 27th, 2015, Baltimore experienced its worst civil unrest in over forty years. Though images of fire and destruction often punctuated national media coverage, the unrest raised issues of persistent inequality and racial discrimination to the forefront of local and national discourse. A year later, the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University seeks to host a series of community conversations to reflect on the historical and contextual origins of this unrest. This is “Redlining,” a place to reflect and act on the geographies of exclusion in Baltimore City.The “Redlining” series aims to expose and interrogate the institutional past and present of segregation in Baltimore City. It will launch a future-focused conversation about systems of inequality reproduced by segregation, and the ways American cities might disrupt these systems. It will provide a platform for an intellectual conversation about timely social issues, and put forth a call for better research about the real and metaphoric exclusion of Redlining. The series will bring together academics, civil servants, community organizations, and local artists and musicians to start a conversation about what exclusions means to Baltimore, and what we as a community can do to address it.

May 

All American Synagogue
Sunday, May 1
Included with admission 

Join us as we mark the start of our All American Synagogue celebrations, in association with the MADE: In America and Carroll Mansion, this years’ All American Home. At 3pm become a JMM history detective, explore the material culture of Maryland’s oldest synagogue including some unanswered questions about its most important ritual objects.

Plus throughout the day enjoy hands-on activities and exploration examining the skills and techniques used in the construction of the Lloyd Street Synagogue. Activities will be suitable for the whole family.


Vilna to New York, Jewishkayt and Yiddishness, Abraham of Ur and Avrom Sutzkever Meet in One Baltimorean
Sunday, May 1, 4:00pm
Speaker: Zackary Sholem Berger, author of One Nation Taken Out of Another 
Included with admissionAs the author of two books of poetry which combine English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, written from the point of view of the poet himself; Biblical characters; dead literary titans; and [batting cleanup] The Almighty, Berger presents a one-of-a-kind monologue-cum-performance, a polylingual ventriloquy bringing the past and present together for a dance to the music of language.
On the way, many questions will be asked – and some of them even answered. How does a non-ultra-Orthodox guy from a Conservative Jewish background come to be a Yiddish poet and translator? Is he a complete fluke, or a harbinger of some baffling microtrend? How did Baltimore become an unlikely mini-capital of secular Yiddish culture? And is it true what they say about Old Bay?This program is presented in conjunction with a lobby exhibit, The Sanctity of Others, that will be on display April 17-May 19.


Carvalho’s Journay: A documentary film by Steve Rivo

Sunday, May 15, 1:00pm
Movie Screening and Talk with Director Steve Rivo
Included with AdmissionA real life 19th century American western adventure story, Carvalho’s Journey tells the extraordinary story of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1897), an observant Sephardic Jew born in Charleston, South Carolina, and his life as a groundbreaking photographer, artist and pioneer in American history.

A Day at the Races, A Night at Frankenstein’s Castle
Sunday, May 22, from 11am
Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg
Included with Admission A Day at the Races and Young Frankenstein: Two films released 37 years apart but united by remarkably similar senses of humor fueled by a uniquely Jewish perspective on mad doctors and mad love. The central characters of both movies blend predictable feelings of persecution with a healthy irreverence for convention and a disregard for stuffy authority. Join another Jewish Doctor named Arnold T. Blumberg as he fills you in on some of the fun behind-the-scenes anecdotes that make the Marx Bros.’ A Day at the Races and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein two of his all-time favorites in the annals of Jewish movie medicine.Schedule for the Day:
11:00am – Screening of Day at the Races
1:00pm – Lecture with Dr. Blumberg
2:00pm – Screening of Young Frankenstein


Jonestown Heritage Day 
Sunday, May 29, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Free Join us as we celebrate Jonestown, Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood and home to numerous businesses and cultural institutions, including the JMM. The community will come together as we celebrate our shared heritage.

2016 Annual Meeting
The Greatest Gap: Health Inequity in Baltimore
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker Dr. Jay Perman, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30pm
FreeIn 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a report with this essential line: “Scientists have found that the conditions in which we live and work have an enormous impact on our health—long before we ever see a doctor.”“The conditions in which we live and work …” In Baltimore, these conditions are often bleak—often deplorable. These are the conditions that perpetuate yawning gaps in health care access and efficacy and in large-scale community health outcomes.

In this talk, Dr. Perman will address the social determinants of health—education, economic stability, personal and public safety, housing and transportation, social supports and cohesion. He’ll discuss how anchor institutions—like the University of Maryland, Baltimore—can help remediate the grave disparities we see in the health of populations.

More Programs

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.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland March Meeting
Sunday, April 17, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)
Practical Tips for Genealogical Research in and near Present-Day Poland
Speaker: Mary Ann Evan

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be available. Go to www.jgsmd.org for more information.

Esther’s Place: the JMM Store

Are you ready for Pesach? Passover begins on Friday April 22. Esther’s Place has you covered with everything you need to celebrate, including beautiful seder plates, matzah plates and covers, and lots cups: for Kiddush, Elijah, and Miriam. We also have, for the kids, plenty of Passover-themed toys, including “matzoh balls” and even a plush plague (or ten).

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