Museum Matters: September 2015

Posted on September 4th, 2015 by

In this week’s supersized Museum Matters we provide the scoop on all the details of our biggest event of the fall.  Paul Simon: Words and Music, direct to Baltimore from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  First, take a quick look at what’s included in the traveling show and in our pop-up exhibit, An American Tune: Jewish Connections to Folk and Folk-Rock.  Next you’ll want to pull out your calendar to mark down the dates of some of the eighteen programs we’ve planned in conjunction with the exhibits.

Don’t forget that the special Member’s Exclusive Opening Night on October 10 requires a reservation (the announcement has been out for less than a week and 42 seats are already taken).  Also take a look at the preview of our education programs – feel free to pass this newsletter along to teachers who might be interested.  Finally, make plans for your holiday shopping – in addition to Esther’s fine array of Judaica, we have some special Paul Simon and folk music merchandise on its way.

In addition to all of our excitement about Paul Simon, we are equally thrilled to serve as host for the Jonestown Planning Council and Historic Jonestown, Inc. as they introduce the next big step in moving our community forward:

Unveiling Jonestown
Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.
Meet in JMM Lobby, Brand Unveiling on Lombard Street
Free

With support from the France Merrick Foundation and the Goldseker Foundation, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has worked with the Jonestown Planning Council and Historic Jonestown, Inc. to build a coalition including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the McKim Community Center, the Carroll Museums, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, Helping Up Mission, St. Vincent DePaul’s Church, B’Nai Israel Synagogue, and local residents and businesses, to re-imagine the Jonestown neighborhood—what it’s been, what it is, what it can be.

We invite you to join us for an exploration of the results of this two-year visioning process, including an unveiling of a new logo for the neighborhood, a short walking tour of our historic streets with McKim Center director Dwight Warren, and a presentation by the project consultants at Mahan Rykiel about the future potential of this community.

Discover Jonestown, where proudly we hail.

What a great way to kick off this special month.  Wishing a sweet New Year to all of you.     – Marvin

 

The Exhibits:

Paul Simon:  Words and Music

October 11, 2015 to January 18, 2016

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is opening the national tour of their new exhibit, Paul Simon: Words and Music, at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore.  The exhibit features more than eighty documents and artifacts from the performer’s long career – including his guitars, costumes, awards as well as scratch pads and envelopes showing the development of lyrics from “The Boxer” to “Graceland”.  There are video clips from performances on Saturday Night Live and the reunion concert of Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park.

What really makes this exhibit unique is the fact that it’s autobiographical. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recorded more than three hours of original interviews with Simon in order to develop narrative stations for the exhibit—this is material you won’t hear elsewhere.  This also means that the exhibit not only chronicles the events of Simon’s life, but also documents the creative process behind his incredible body of work. So if you are among those who are still crazy (for Paul Simon) after all these years, you won’t want to miss this show.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls the exhibit “a window into the soul of the man.”  TravelingMom blogger Dana Zucker writes “it was such a revelation, on so many levels”.

We are especially grateful to our exhibit sponsors:

David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation
Michelle and Ira Malis Philanthropic Fund
Richard and Rosalie C. Davison Foundation
The Herbert Bearman Foundation
The Lewin Family
Benjamin Greenwald
Alvin and Louise Myerberg Family Foundation
Jeff Scherr

An American Tune: Jewish Connections to Folk and Folk-Rock
October 11, 2015 to January 18, 2016

In this 50th year of the birth of “folk rock” we look back on highlights of the Jewish connections to the folk movement of the 50s and 60s and the emergence of the folk rock genre.  This small exhibit in the JMM lobby looks at the links between writers and performers with Jewish roots like Simon, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Phil Ochs and Baltimore’s own Cass Elliott and the Jewish entrepreneurs who helped popularize folk music.

 

  1. The Programs

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 … write to reservations@jewishmuseummd.org.

Public 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 coverJews and Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Musical History Tour
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.

Jews 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 Solmon 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“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 wind fbFolk Movie Festival: A Mighty Wind
Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Included with Museum Admission
Paul 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
Holy Ground: Woody Guthrie’s Yiddish Connection
Sunday, November 22, time TBD
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
 

December
Moe AschThe Bagelman Sisters and Beyond: Moe Asch’s Sound Encyclopedia
Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 p.m. (110th birthday of Moe Asch)
Speaker: Jeff Place, senior archivist and curator for the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Included with admission

Moses Asch started out running a small radio repair shop in New York in the 1930s, with a dream to document all the worlds sounds in a sonic encyclopedia he would go on to form Folkways records and record over 2000 titles.

Downtown Dollar Day – A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds –
Sunday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Admission $1

We are very excited to welcome back to the JMM Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights for a fantastic Chanukah concert.

Folk CityJewish New Yorkers and the Origins of the Folk Music Revival, 1948 – 1958
Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 p.m.
Speaker Stephen Petrus, New York Historical Society
Included with admission  

Explore some of the individuals and businesses who nourished folk music in different ways and created a groundswell of interest, by recording a variety of artists, producing albums, sponsoring concerts, and stimulating provocative debates about the role of songs in politics and culture writ large.

Celebrating Jewish Folk (a “carol-free” zone for Dec 25)
Friday, December 25th, 1:00 p.m.
 
Museum director, Marvin Pinkert shares sounds and stories from our pop-up exhibit “An American Tune: Jewish Connections to Folk and Folk-Rock.”

January

SONiA at the JMM
Sunday, January 17 , 4:00 p.m.
Included with admission

Multiple first round Grammy nominated singer-songwriter SONiA disappear fear joins us for a concert in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

 For more information or to register for any of the programs please contact Trillion Attwood on 410-732-6400 ext.215 or email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. 

 

The Curricula/Tours

For Schools

Paul Simon, Words and Music will serve as a platform to a wide range of concepts and ideas: music literacy and social issues that include activism and social justice, American history and world geography.  Students will be introduced to the universal theme that music plays an important role in our lives.  They will learn about different genres of contemporary music, folk, folk-rock as well as the intersection of African-American and Jewish musical traditions.

The JMM education staff is developing educational activities and resources that support the Maryland State Common Core standards specifically in the areas of music and social studies tying the activities to the areas of aesthetics; historical, cultural and social context; and creative expression and criticism.

Elementary aged students will tour the exhibit and learn about Simon’s multifaceted music career.  They will have opportunities to try different musical instruments as they gain music literacy skills and learn the many ways that music can be a form of individual and cultural expression.  Students will be encouraged to think about the important role that music plays in the lives of people throughout the world as they explore a variety of music styles and genres throughout the world.  They will come away with a better understanding of how musical traditions reflect diversity as well as shared cultural and religious heritages.

Activities for middle and high school students will focus on teaching the concept of how people use music to express their thoughts, emotions and responses to economic, political and social issues by analyzing the lyrics of Paul Simon’s music. Students will be invited to compare and contrast Simon’s early lyrics in the 1960’s with contemporary music – what has changed? And what remains the same?  Students will also examine primary and secondary resources and write their own lyrics in response to the recent events that occurred in Baltimore in April and May 2015.

For Visitors – Sunday Afternoons at 3pm, starting November 8

Our Lloyd Street Synagogue specialty tours take a new twist this fall in conjunction with our music exhibits.  We examine the soundscape of this historic site.  What was synagogue music like in the 19th century?  What did sermons sound like? How did music bring the congregation together and how did it divide it so deeply that it split in two?  In addition to the story of the first congregation to occupy the building, we’ll look at soundscapes during the period when the LSS served as a Lithuanian Catholic Church and when it was an Orthodox synagogue again in the 20th century.  More details will be provided in the November issue of this newsletter.

 

The Store 

Hop on the Bus, Gus

Pictured is a blue and white metal menorah shaped like a VW bus.

One of many fanciful menorahs available in the shop

Do you have a fan of 60s folk music on your Hanukah list?  It’s hard to top this van menorah with its flower power theme. But that’s just the beginning – rely on the JMM store to stock great folk music/ Paul Simon related books and CDs.  And for those nostalgic for music that is B.C.D. (before compact discs) we’ll have a variety of merchandise celebrating the vinyl age.  Here are a few examples.

Pictures are a record clock, a record bowl, and a selection of cds.

Selections from the shop

Of course, the highlight of our offerings will be the exhibit catalogue.  This beautifully illustrated 94-page guide from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contains wonderful detail from the artifacts in the exhibit, quotes from the Simon interviews and insights from curator, Craig Inciardi.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you are a JMM member at the level of the Living History League ($250), Lloyd Street League ($500) or 1845 Society ($1000) you will have the option of receiving a free copy of this catalog in November.  So it is a great time to think about upgrading your membership.

Catalog Cover

Catalog

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

 

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 July Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Show and Tell Program: It’s Your Turn 

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 Cinema Judaica (last chance to see this exhibit on Sunday, September 6 before it closes!), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

 

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, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Please note that the Museum will be closed the following days:

–Monday, September 7 (Labor Day)

–Monday, September 14 / Tuesday, September 14 (Rosh Hashanah)

–Wednesday, September 23 (Yom Kippur)

–Monday, September 28 / Tuesday, September 29 (Sukkot)

–Monday, October 5 / Tuesday, October 6 (Shmeni Atzeret / Simchat Torah)

 

 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! For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

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Museum Matters: August 2015

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by

“Somewhere out there, beneath the pale moonlight…”

JMM_Cinema_Judaica_flyer

This Sunday night’s forecast is a few clouds, a crescent moon and delightful temperatures in the 70s… a perfect night for an outdoor movie.  So bring a folding chair and come join us on Lloyd Street.  Better yet, make a day of it – arrive at 3pm for the lecture; get take-out for a picnic in our courtyard and join us for the movie at 8pm. After 5pm, admission to the Museum, the courtyard and the films will be FREE.  If you miss this Sunday we have the same game plan for Sunday the 23rd.

And you can use some of your savings on theater tickets to purchase some great cinema related merchandise in our Museum Shop.  We’re featuring the wonderful catalog of the Cinema Judaica exhibit by Ken Sutak and a number of film classics on DVD, including Exodus and The Ten Commandments.  Have a memorable evening on us, and take home something to remember.

 

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.

JMM FEATURES FILM CLASSICS

Sundays in August are double features at JMM – lectures by day and related films at night.  In between take a short walk to Little Italy or Harbor East with their selections of great restaurants, or bring a picnic that you are welcome to enjoy in our outdoor courtyard or our slightly cooler lobby.

There will be plenty of free parking available for the evening films, including the parking lot at Lenny’s next door.  The show will go on rain or shine, for this exciting series, though it looks like “shine”. In the event of inclement weather, screenings will be moved to inside the JMM.

 

Charlie Chaplin in The Great DictatorCharlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator:” Fighting Fascism with a Movie

Sunday, August 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. David Ward, University of Pittsburgh

Charlie Chaplin was the most important film maker in Hollywood, when he decided to parody Adolph Hitler in The Great Dictator.  Little did he know that he was entering into the most controversial chapter of his life, a controversy that would eventually drive him from the United States.

Dr. Ward graduated from Hanover College in southern Indiana and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Tulsa.  He has taught film and Literature in both Oklahoma and Pennsylvania for over 40 years and is now happily retired.

 

The_Great_DictatorJMM Features: The Great Dictator

Sunday, August 9, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Parking lot across the street from the JMM entrance

FREE

In connection with our latest exhibit Cinema Judaica we bring you JMM Features, a series of free movie screenings. Our first movie is The Great Dictator, a Charlie Chaplin classic featured in Cinema Judaica. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

 

Fievel MousekewitzDrawing Fievel and Friends

Sunday, August 16, 3:00 p.m.

Included with museum admission 

Even more fun than a lecture … get ready for the movie by drawing your own scenes of Jewish cartoon characters.

 

An American TailJMM Features: American Tail

Sunday, August 16, 5:30 p.m.

Location: JMM orientation space

FREE 

Second in our movie series is American Tail. This classic animation follows the story of Fievel, who while emigrating to the United States, as a young Russian mouse, gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Featuring Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer and Nehemiah Persoff, directed by Don Bluth.

 

Jazz Singer movie posterFrom The Jazz Singer to Alvy Singer: The Depiction of Jews in Hollywood Film from Al Jolson to Woody Allen

Sunday, August 23, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Greg Metcalf, University of Maryland

Included with Museum Admission

Greg Metcalf is an artist and a scholar who teaches film, television, literature, modern art history, cultural history, and their relationship to each other at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of The DVD Novel: How The Way We Watch Television Changed the Television (2012).

 

Gentleman's Agreement OS, NMJMM Features: Gentleman’s Agreement

Sunday, August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Parking lot across the street from the JMM entrance

FREE

Join us for the last feature in our movie series. First released in 1947, Gentleman’s Agreement follows a reporter (Gregory Peck) who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. Based on Laura Hobson’s novel of the same name. Also featuring Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm, directed by Elia Kazan.

 

Jewish Mad Men book coverJewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience 1939-1971

Sunday, August 31, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Kerri Steinberg, Otis College or Art and Design

Included with Museum Admission

In a commercial society advertising can provide a fascinating insight into social values. Dr. Steinberg’s talk explores how advertising in the 1950s and 60s shed light on the social position of Jewish Americans.

 

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 July Meeting

Sunday, August 16, 1:30pm, Hadassah meeting room (3723 Old Court Road, Dumbarton Offices Entrance)

Jewish Genetic Genealogy – A Family Study

Speaker: Israel Pickholtz 

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 Cinema Judaica (on display through September 6, 2015), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

 

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, 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

The Museum Shop is running a very special bust-out and take-out end of summer sale!  All Rosh Hashanah merchandise receives 25% off the retail price….a honey of an opportunity for your home and for possible gifts! 

Note:  Above discount not to be combined with your membership discount.

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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Museum Matters, July 2015: The Price of Success

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by

It’s New Years…again.  At JMM we typically mark three New Years – the Jewish New Year in September, the secular New Years in January and the fiscal New Years on the 1st of July.  On this July New Years we don’t blow the shofar or pull out our noisemakers, but we do think deeply about what we have accomplished and the challenges ahead.

This has been a great year for innovative exhibits (Electrified Pickle, A-Mazing Mendes Cohen), community engagement (Historic Jonestown visioning project, Beth T’filoh-Beit Hatfutsot partnership) and public/private fundraising (Beyond Chicken Soup).  Next year we are not only delivering two marquee exhibits (Paul Simon: Words and Music and the aforementioned Beyond Chicken Soup), but also new synagogue tours, a new neighborhood festival and additional family-oriented programs.

Those are the accomplishments that grab the headlines.  However, equally important work is happening behind the scenes.  We are strengthening our intern program and providing opportunities through the city’s YouthWorks program for young people from the city.  Our crew of volunteers is making our archives more accessible with finding aids and digitization.  We are upgrading our computer hardware and introducing a museum-wide project management software tool.  These bits of infrastructure improvement are essential to our success.

To keep our organization moving forward we need a broad spectrum of support:  our partnership with The Associated, grants from public agencies and private foundations, income from endowment, growth in membership and support from visitors who receive our services.  Over the past three years we have taken steps to increase support in the first three categories.  This year, our focus is on membership and admissions.

The JMM has not changed its admission fees since 2004.  The undiscounted fee for one adult admission has been $8 – but there are so many forms of discounts, for seniors, for children, free evening events, free to city school groups, buy-one-get-one-free days, etc. that the average price of admission is closer to $3.

Starting today, we will be raising our adult admission price to $10.  We will continue to offer discounts for seniors, children, AAA and more.  Most critically, we will maintain our policy of being free to city school groups and we will be introducing a special discount package to family events this fall.  Our goal is to maintain access for all, while also making sure that our visitors are full participants in the keeping JMM a thriving institution.

Adult – $10

Senior (65+) – $8

Student (13 and over) -$6

Child (4 to 12) – $4

Non-public school (as part of school group) – $2

Public school (as part of school group) – FREE

Children under 4 – FREE

Member – FREE

With guest pass – FREE

 

Upcoming programs

*Reminder: The Museum offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the holiday.

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.

 

Cinema Judaica: Members opening reception

Thursday, July 2, 6:00 p.m.

Free for Museum members

Cinema Judaica is Open!

Cinema Judaica is Open!

We invite Museum members to join us for the opening reception of Cinema Judaica. Take the opportunity to explore the exhibit in the company of Ken Sutak, author of Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939-1949 prior to his presentation The Great Debate, 1939—1941: How Harry Warner, Ernst Toller, and Alvin York Helped Win “The Great Debate” for American Interventionists.

Cocktails and light kosher refreshments will be served.

 

The Great Debate, 1939—1941: How Harry Warner, Ernst Toller, and Alvin York Helped Win “The Great Debate” for American Interventionists

Thursday, July 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ken Sutak, author and curator

Included with Museum Admission

Curator Ken Sutak

Curator Ken Sutak

Ken Sutak, author of Cinema Judaica: The War Years, will explore how three unexpected men influenced the outcome World War II. Harry Warner, president of Warner Bros, Ernst Toller émigré Prussian-Jewish playwright and Alvin York, the immortal Sergeant York of WW I fame, who later became the most important interventionist spokesperson during “The Great Debate.” These three men were in the forefront of those who managed to change popular American opinion regarding World War II and help prepare the country for war.

 

Flickering Treasures

Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Amy Davis

Included with Museum Admission

Photo by Amy Davis.

Photo by Amy Davis.

Celebrate the golden age of movie-going with Baltimore photographer and author Amy Davis as she presents photographs from her upcoming book, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters. Her talk will explore the integral role of Jews in Baltimore cinema, as theater owners, operators and moviegoers. The collection of vintage and new photographs in Flickering Treasures tells a fresh story of Baltimore through the cultural prism of film exhibition. Participants will be invited to travel back in time to share reminiscences of their own favorite movie houses.

Photojournalist Amy Davis has garnered many national awards since joining the staff of The Baltimore Sun in 1987. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union informs her documentary approach. Her photographic work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, and is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.

Creative Alliance, a lively non-profit arts organization based in the Patterson Theatre in Highlandtown, is the fiscal sponsor for Flickering Treasures.

August

SUMMER TEACHERS INSTITUTE

Auschwitz 70 Years Later: What Have We Learned?

August 3, 8:30am-3:30pm: Jewish Museum of Maryland

August 4, 7:30am-4:30pm: US Holocaust Memorial Museum (transportation provided)

August 5, 8:30am-3:30pm: Goucher College Hillel

$25 registration fee

To register or for more information, contact Deborah Cardin, 410-732-6400 x236 / dcardin@jewishmuseummd.org.

Co-sponsors: Baltimore Jewish Council and the Maryland State Department of Education

Join us for our annual Summer Teachers Institute that explores the significance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz through scholarly lectures, survivor testimony and master teacher presentations.

JMM FEATURES FILM CLASSICS

Sundays in August are double features at JMM – lectures by day and related films at night.  Make a day of it, come down to the JMM for the lecture, then grab a bite to eat and come back for the movie. Enjoy a short walk to Little Italy or Harbor East with their selections of great restaurants, or bring a picnic that you are welcome to enjoy in our outdoor courtyard or our slightly cooler lobby.

Join us, rain or shine, for this exciting series. Screenings will take place in the parking lot directly in front of the museum. There is still plenty of free street parking available. In the event of inclement weather, screenings will be moved to inside the JMM. The lectures are included with admission and the films are free.

Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator:” Fighting Fascism with a Movie

Sunday, August 9th at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. David Ward, University of Pittsburgh

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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin was the most important film maker in Hollywood, when he decided to parody Adolph Hitler in The Great Dictator.  Little did he know that he was entering into the most controversial chapter of his life, a controversy that would eventually drive him from the United States.

Dr. Ward graduated from Hanover College in southern Indiana and holds an MA and PhD from the University of Tulsa.  He has taught film and Literature in both Oklahoma and Pennsylvania for over 40 years and is now happily retired.

 

JMM Features: The Great Dictator

Sunday, August 9, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Parking lot across the street from the JMM entrance

FREE

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In connection with our latest exhibit Cinema Judaica we bring you JMM Features, a series of free movie screenings. Our first movie is The Great Dictator, a Charlie Chaplin classic featured in Cinema Judaica. Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

 

Drawing Fievel and Friends

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Sunday, August 16, 3:00 p.m.

Included with museum admission

Even more fun than a lecture … get ready for the movie by drawing your own scenes of Jewish cartoon characters.

 

JMM Features: American Tail

Sunday, August 16, 5:30 p.m.

Location: JMM orientation space

FREE

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Second in our movie series is American Tail. This classic animation follows the story of Fievel, who while emigrating to the United States, as a young Russian mouse, gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Featuring Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer and Nehemiah Persoff, directed by Don Bluth.

 

Jewish Movies 101

Sunday, August 23, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Greg Metcalf, University of Maryland

Included with Museum Admission

Greg Metcalf is an artist and a scholar who teaches film, television, literature, modern art history, cultural history, and their relationship to each other at the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the author of The DVD Novel: How The Way We Watch Television Changed the Television (2012).

 

JMM Features: Gentleman’s Agreement

Sunday, August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Parking lot across the street from the JMM entrance

FREE

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Join us for the last feature in our movie series. First released in 1947, Gentleman’s Agreement follows a reporter (Gregory Peck) who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred. Based on Laura Hobson’s novel of the same name. Also featuring Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm, directed by Elia Kazan.

 

Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience 1939-1971

Sunday, August 31, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Kerri Steinberg, Otis College or Art and Design

Included with Museum Admission

 

In a commercial society advertising can provide a fascinating insight into social values. Dr. Steinberg’s talk explores how advertising in the 1950s and 60s shed light on the social position of Jewish Americans.

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 July Meeting    

Sunday, July 19, 1:30pm, Beth El Congregation (8181 Park Heights Avenue)

Jewish Genealogy – How to Start, Where to Look, What’s Available

Speaker: Lara Diamond

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 Cinema Judaica (on display through September 6, 2015), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!

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, 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

CINEMA JUDAICA!  It ‘s here! The JMM Museum Shop is ready with your favorite DVDs from 1939 to 1945 and even later!  Grab your bag of popcorn, pick up one of your favorite films from the JMM Museum Shop, such as Gentleman’s Agreement, Samson and Delilah, Exodus, Ten Commandments and of course, Fiddler on the Roof!  We’ve got them all for you, but not the popcorn, you are on your own with the snacks!

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And for your reading pleasure, pick up a copy of Ken Sutak’s, CINEMA JUDAICA:  The War Years, 1939-1945, the catalog for this great exhibition.  You will be glad that you did.

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Exhibit Catalog Cover

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.

For further information, please call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 or email:  eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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