Museum Matters: January 2016

Posted on January 8th, 2016 by

The Final Countdown

Just ten days to go in the run of our special exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music, and then its back on the road with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But we will finish with a bang:  The SONiA disappear fear concert on Sunday, January 17.  Baltimore’s own Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Sonia Rutstein, plays at the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 4pm.  SONiA is not only an outstanding artist in her own right, but a living link to Phil Ochs and the classic era of folk and folk/rock.  You can find out more about SONiA disappear fear at her home page: http://www.soniadisappearfear.com/bio-epk.  We urge you to use our reservations e-mail to save a place at this event.  The concert is free with JMM admissions (and for our members, completely free!)

We will be open for one last day of Paul Simon on Martin Luther King Day (January 18).  It’s a great day to bring your kids or grandkids and talk with them about the entwined histories of Jewish and African-American culture.

And though Paul Simon is leaving the building, our programs that connect to music continue.  Our Sadie B. Feldman Family lectureon January 31, tells the extraordinary story of survival against all odds in recounting the experience of Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany.  Our concerts for kids – starting with the Jan. 17thprogram with the BSO  continues in February with a visit to JMM from the Peabody.

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.

January

Night at the Museum with IMPACT
Tuesday, January 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Free Admission
More info at:https://www.facebook.com/events/1539372446373168/
Co-sponsored by IMPACT and The Associated

Drink, snack and gain exclusive access to Paul Simon: Words and Music.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the JMM
Sunday, January 17
10:00am for children aged 5 to 7
11:00am for children aged 8 to 10
Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

We welcome musicians Michael Lisicky and Sandra Gerster Lisicky from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to help us explore the world of woodwinds.

Registration is required: reservations@jewishmuseummd.org.

SONiA disappear fear at the JMM
Sunday, January 17, 4:00pm
Included with Museum Admission

The JMM is pleased to welcome SONiA disappear fear to perform in Lloyd Street Synagogue on the final weekend of our current exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Musicdeveloped by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Reservations are required.  To reserve emailreservations@jewishmuseummd.org

Playing for Life:
Art Under Tyranny

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 31, 1:00pm
Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project
Included with Museum Admission

The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. Explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom.

February

Got Shabbat
Friday, February 5, 5:30pm
JMM at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, 21208
$25 per family

The JMM is pleased to participate in this enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration. The evening includes Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for your children.

For more information or the register please visit here – jcc.org/gotshabbat.

World War II: The Rescue of Europe’s Plundered Wealth
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, February 14, 1:00pm
Speaker: Susan Fisher Sullam
Included with Museum Admission

Hear from Baltimore native, Susan Fisher Sullam, as she shares the story of her father’s experiences as one of the Monuments Men.

Peabody at the JMM
Sunday, February 21
10:00am for ages 5 and under
11:00am for ages 8 and under
Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Peabody Institute
Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

Join us for this musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood Dr. Eric Rasmussen.

Registration is required: reservations@jewishmuseummd.org.

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 visitbnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA onfacebook.

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks! Paul Simon: Words and Music (on display through January 18, 2016).

Mark your calendars for our next exhibition opening. We are pleased to announce the opening of a major original landmark exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America on Sunday, March 13. Our Members’ Opening will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00pm.

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

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.  We offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue (our current specialty tour is Sounds of the Synagogue), Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

Membership

Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street.

Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchased online!http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 orsfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

JMM Museum Shop

Deck yourself out in style with our new Jewish Museum of Maryland Ball Cap!

*SALE* Get your Paul Simon: Words and Music catalog, now only $29.95.

We’ve got plenty more from gifts to games to books – and remember, JMM members get a 10% discount.

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December 2015 Museum Matters: Bring the Kids!

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by

It’s that time of year when many of us are looking for family-friendly experiences that engage our kids and grandkids.  So many choices in theaters and museums in December center on holiday traditions that are not our own.  We recognized the need and created our “Sound Deal – Triple Play” pass as a low cost way to take advantage of our upcoming music-themed family days.  With this pass a family of up to two adults and three children can attend any three of the following events:

Our new family program Punch Card!

Our new family program Punch Card!

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – family Chanukah celebration on Dec. 6

Mitzvah Day – musical instrument making for Sinai Hospital on Dec. 25

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Woodwinds on Jan. 17

Peabody at the JMM – concert for children on Feb. 21

Just one of these events at full admission could be as much as $32! – with “Sound Deal – Triple Play” it is only $30 for any three of the four events remaining in the series.

Because we think this is a great last minute Chanukah gift.  If you buy a pass THIS SUNDAY, we will comp the ticket to Sunday’s program – offering all four programs in the series for the same low price. (I think that turns the “triple” into a “home run”).

Watch for us on WJZ this Sunday morning and then come and enjoy.

In other news in just a few weeks, we bid a final farewell to our gift shop extraordinaire, Esther Weiner, who in her 20+ years at the JMM has become a true Museum icon and friend to so many of you. Please be sure to stop by and visit her before she leaves and join us for a farewell celebration on December 14 (see details below).

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.
December 

A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds –

Sunday, December 6, 2:00pm

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Admission $1 (Downtown Dollar Day) Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

We are pleased to welcome back Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights for another Chanukah concert. Prior to the concert there will be Chanukah themed arts and crafts.

 

Jewish New Yorkers and the Origins of the Folk Music Revival, 1948 – 1958

Sunday, December 13, 1:00pm

Speaker: Stephen Petrus, Museum of the City of New York

Included with Museum Admission

Business and consumer trends in New York reshaped the folk music industry from the late 1940s to the late 1950s, transforming the genre from an art form largely associated with leftist politics to a popular craze with mass appeal nationwide. This lecture explores the key players and how despite their differences they shared an intense allegiance.

 

Tribute to Esther
Monday, December 14, 6:30pm

JMM Members only

We would like to invite our Board, members and volunteers to help us celebrate the retirement of Esther Weiner, longtime member of the JMM team.  Come join us as we share stories and photos stretching across nearly all of the Museum’s history.

Refreshments will be served, we request that you rsvp via reservations@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Mitzvah Day

Friday, December 25, 10:00am-12:00pm

Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

Help us give back to the community with activities suitable for all ages, including making musical instruments.

 

Celebrating Jewish Folk (a “carol-free” zone for Dec 25)

Friday, December 25, 1:00pm

Speaker: Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Maryland

Reached your “jingle bell” limit? Marvin makes his own kind of music, sharing the story behind “The American Tune” pop-up exhibit and discoveries he made researching the connection between folk music and artists/entrepreneurs of Jewish heritage.

 

January

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the JMM

Sunday, January 17

10:00am for children aged 5 to 7

11:00am for children aged 8 to 10

Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

We welcome musicians Michael Lisicky and Sandra Gerster Lisicky from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to help us explore the world of woodwinds.

Registration is required.

 

SONiA diappear fear at the JMM

Sunday, January 17, 4:00pm

Included with Museum Admission

The JMM is pleased to welcome SONiA disappear fear to perform in Lloyd Street Synagogue on the final weekend of our current exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Reservations are required.  To reserve email reservations@jewishmuseummd.org

 

Playing for Life: Art Under Tyranny

Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 pm

Speaker: Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project

Included with Museum admission

The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group plus other contemporary artists living around the world.  We will explore the story of their heroic stands for artistic freedom and response to unjust control and repression.

 

February

 Peabody at the JMM

Sunday, February 21

10:00 am for ages 5 and under

11:00am for ages 8 and under

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Peabody Institute

Included with Museum Admission or Part of Sound Deal – Triple Play

 

Join us for this musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood Dr. Eric Rasmussen.

Registration is required.

 

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. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland December Meeting

Sunday, December 27, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Research Your Polish Roots: JRI-Poland and More

Speaker: Mark Halpern, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Jewish Records Indexing – Poland

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

 

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks! Paul Simon: Words and Music (on display through January 18, 2016).

 

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm.

Please note that the JMM will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 (but we are open on December 25 – see details in our program listing.)

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.  We offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue (our current specialty tour is Sounds of the Synagogue), Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

 

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Membership

Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street.

Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchased online! http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

JMM Museum Shop

It’s not too late to pick up last minute Hanukkah gifts from our amazing Museum Shop offerings!  Menorahs to suit everyone, whether it’s a hand-worked gorgeous glass menorah depicting the Wall in Jerusalem by Tamara Baskin,  or a funky flower decorated mini-bus, or even our-ever popular hilarious high-heeled shoe menorah, classic brass menorahs, yes, the JMM Museum Shop has it all. The Hanukkah candles, beautiful in their own right, made in Israel, in an array of gorgeous colors to make your Hanukkah lights bright.  Did I mention our dreidle collection?  We are known for the amazing variety of dreidles we offer for the “dreidle collector”, at prices that will totally amaze you, even me!

If you do come this week, it may be your last chance to see me in the Museum Shop….what? you say?  Yes it’s time for Esther to retire from the JMM, can you believe that I have been here for 23 years?  Not all that time in the shop, that’s true…but when offered the opportunity to “manage” the museum shop, even though I had no retail experience whatsoever (except that I do like to shop), I said yes to the offer.  I had a vision to make the Museum Shop as much of an exhibit as the exhibits in our two galleries. A place where visitors that come from all over the world could walk away with a piece that would always remind them of their visit to the JMM. Visitors from Baltimore, New Jersey, New York, California, Florida, Canada, Illinois, Israel, France, England….and other places too numerous to mention, would choose to purchase something special from our Museum Shop.  What made my job easy and fun was having a customer smile as they left the shop with their purchase.

Meeting and greeting people is the best part of what I do, people like you that are reading this email. So… last chance to say hello to Esther, then say good-bye, my last day at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is December 15, 2015.

I’ll look for you, look for me.

My best wishes to everyone, have a very happy Hanukkah and a wonderful New Year!

Every purchase made in the JMM Museum Shop supports the mission and programs of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

 

 

 

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Museum Matters: October 2015

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 by

Last Minute Paul Simon Update

It’s almost here (and I’m not referring to Hurricane Joaquin).  Most of the exhibit is installed and we’re making final preparations for opening weekend.  We’ve had an enormous response to our Members Opening concert and there are now only a few dozen seats left.  If you want to secure a seat, I urge you to e-mail our reservations box soon… before they all go “slip-sliding away.”

We anticipate large crowds on opening day, Oct. 11th, so if you want to attend either the Paul Simon birthday celebration at 11 or the 2:30 lecture by Scott Benarde, we suggest that you come early.

The high level of demand has also inspired us to come up with an option for advanced ticketing, tickets available for Oct 12th through January 18th.  We will be selling a limited number of timed tickets to the exhibit through Tixato (https://jmm.tixato.com/buy). This service is provided as a convenience.  Members will not need to purchase advance tickets for themselves – entry is guaranteed at all times.  However, on especially crowded days, priority will be given to members and those purchasing advance timed tickets, with others admitted as space is available.  If you have a large group you want to bring to the Museum we suggest you contact Graham Humphrey, our visitor services managers (ghumphrey@jewishmuseummd.org) to set up the visit.

Hope you all find some time to join us in three of the most exciting months in the history of JMM.

 

 

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.
The Guthrie Bros.Members Opening with The Guthrie Brothers

Saturday, October 10, 7:45 p.m.

Members Exclusive Event

 Join us for the members opening of our new exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. We are very pleased to be welcoming the Guthrie Brothers to perform their tribute act Scarborough Fair: A Simon and Garfunkel Experience.  Remember, this event is free for members but you need to reserve a place (and space is running out so contact us soon for seats) reservations@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Happy BirthdayPublic Opening: Happy Birthday Paul Simon!

Sunday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Included with Museum admission

Help us celebrate Paul Simon’s 74th birthday and the official opening of our latest exhibit Paul Simon: Words and Music. Celebrations include plenty of cake, a Simon Sing Along and a very special game of “Simon Says” where you can test your Paul Simon knowledge for a chance to win some great prizes!

 

Stars of David Rock and Roll coverStars of David: Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories

Sunday, October 11, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Scott R. Benarde

Included with Museum admission 

This music-, photo-, and anecdote-filled program provides a fascinating look into how Judaism influenced the makers of popular music over the past fifty years.

 

Photo from flyerA Lost Love: One Family’s Forgotten History

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville

Free Admission but registration is required: ushmm.org/events/lost-love-md

For questions contact 202-488-0422 / ccampbell@ushmm.org

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council and Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Years after her grandparents passed away, journalist Sarah Wildman discovered a cache of love letters sent to her grandfather by a former lover in prewar Vienna. In her debut book, Paper Love, Wildman details her search to discover information about the mysterious woman, her family’s escape from Nazi persecution and all that was left behind. Wildman will discuss the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s important role in her research as she pieced together the story of a woman who was desperate to escape Europe and still clinging to the memory of a love that defined her years of freedom.

 

Cantors CombinedJews and the Folk Revival: When Change was in the Air and the Music Mattered

Sunday, October 18, 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Cantor Jeff Klepper and Cantor Robbie Solomon

Included with Museum admission

Using audio, video and live demonstration Cantor Klepper and Cantor Solomon will explore the influence of the 1960’s folk music revival on various aspects of Jewish community.

 

Monster Mash CoverFree Fall Baltimore

Still Crazy After All These Years: Classic Musical Monster Mashes

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, UMBC

Free

Join Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg on a tour of classic monster mashes, especially those that added a wacky twist to the popular music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s!

FFB Logo. 2014

 

 

 

November 

The Black-Jewish Century of Music

Sunday, November 1, 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Melnick, University of Massachusetts Boston

Included with Museum Admission

Explore the complicated ways that Jewish Americans—as songwriters, producers, theater owners, and performers—have been crucially involved with the production of what has been understood as “Black” music.

 

Under African SkiesFolk Movie Festival: Under African Skies

Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

 

simon-and-garfunkel-the-dangling-conversation-columbia fb“Can Analysis be Worthwhile?” Joining Paul Simon’s “Dangling Conversation”

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Rachel Rubin, University of Massachusetts

Included with Museum Admission

Explore how throughout American history popular music has been used to process American identity as a nation, as communities and for individuals.

 

A mighty windFolk Movie Festival: A Mighty Wind

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

 


Another little piece Book coverPaul Simon and the Birth of Folk Rock

Sunday, November 15, time TBD

Speaker: Richard Goldstein

Included with Museum Admission

 Focusing on Paul Simon’s early career we will explore how his sense of pop music, combined with his erudition, played a crucial role in the transition from folk to rock, and thereby formed the basic parameters of 60s music.

 

Inside Llewyn DavisFolk Movie Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Included with Museum Admission

 

Woody_Guthrie smallHoly Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection

Sunday, November 22, time 2:00 p.m.

Speaker Nora Guthrie

Included with Museum Admission

Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, discusses the artistic implications of Woody’s relationship with his Jewish mother in law, Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt.

 

Phil Ochs FortuneFolk Movie Festival: Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune

Tuesday, November 24, 6:30 pm

Included with Museum Admission

 

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. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland October Meeting

Sunday, October 25, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

GenealogyIndexer.org: New Sources, New Ways to Search

Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks 

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

 

 

JMM Museum Shop

The JMM Museum Shop welcomes visitors for the exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music!

Our shop has great must-have pieces from deconstructed Paul Simon vinyls, a stunning bowl, amazing clock, and yes, magnets!

The catalog, Paul Simon, Words and Music, is a fabulous book for you and a gift for your Paul Simon fan and friend.  All this plus our hand-picked jewelry and Judaica for you and that special gift.

Every purchase made in the JMM Museum Shop supports the mission and programs of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

JMM Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases, except as noted.

 

For further information, please call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211.

Email:  eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

 

 

 

 

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