Museum Matters – December 2013

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by

Museum Matters
December 2013


I know you spent the weekend wondering “where is last Friday’s Museum Matters?”  We had a small production glitch,  Thanksgivukkah seemed to create a warp in the space/time continuum, but now we are back on track.

What You Might Have Missed

Three out of the last five Sundays have had programs related to Passages through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War. We kicked off November’s theme of women in the Civil War, with a presentation by Dr. Lauren Strauss on Yankee Bubbes and Kosher Southern Belles.
A week later we held a living history performance portraying Clara Barton. The character was developed by Maryland Historical Society and performed by Britt Olsen-Ecker. It was an excellent performance charting Clara’s adult life, which enhanced our understanding of a women’s role during the Civil War.

Sunday December 1st was our Civil War Photography Family Day, with a lecture by Ross Kelbaugh. The family activities were enjoyed by all especially the cyanotype paper and stereoscope making. The lecture by Ross Kelbaugh was also fascinating, as he talked about early photographic techniques and photography in Baltimore. Did you know that during the Civil War there were fifty photographic studios in Baltimore? Ross also shared his research about Jewish photographers who were in Baltimore during the war, including the Bendann brothers, a pair of Southern sympathizers who managed to earn quite a reputation during the war.

Unfortunately the talk scheduled for today with Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director of the newly-opened Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum has been postponed due to inclement weather. The talk will be rescheduled, so you have not missed out. Barbara’s talk will explore how the religious foment, innovation and change wrought by the Second Great Awakening influenced thinking about moral issues of war and slavery, and how Americans of all faiths who met at Gettysburg grappled not only with life and death, but with divergent ideas of faith and freedom that would shape the nation’s future.

In the past month we have also held two Late Night on Lloyd Street events. In November we couldn’t resist the opportunity to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. To celebrate, we threw a Gettysburg-themed night which included a group reading of the address. Inspired by Lincoln’s ability to write so succinctly attendees were challenged with rewriting three other presidential addresses, all delivered in Baltimore, as Tweets. The task proved difficult but fun. See the results on our Facebook page.
Our second Late Night on Lloyd Street in celebration of the last night of Chanukah was our annual Estherfest. As in previous years there was a demonstration of latke preparation and joke telling by Esther Weiner the museum’s gift shop manager. This was followed by a serious amount of latke consumption, as Esther made more than 350 latkes! It was a wonderful night, and the hot apple cider with a drop of rum helped keep us warm.

But December is not over yet!

BUS TOUR: Civil War Sites of Baltimore
Sunday, December 15
Bus departs at 9:00am from the Jewish Museum of Maryland (doors open 8:30am)
Led by Maryland Civil war expert Daniel Carroll Toomey
Cost: $48 / $40 for members

JUST A FEW SEATS LEFT!!!

Join the cavalry! (we’ll provide the “horse”)

Learn about Baltimore’s Civil War history first hand with this exclusive bus tour led by prominent Maryland historian and author Daniel Carroll Toomey. We will explore both well-known and forgotten Baltimore sites and discover the ways in which this war has been memorialized in our “Monument City.” The tour will include stops at the JMM and the Maryland Historical Society for guided tours of two special Civil War exhibits.

Daniel Carroll Toomey is the author of several books on Maryland and the Civil War and is currently the Guest Curator at the B&O Railroad Museum.

Tickets for this exclusive, one-time bus tour are $48 a person ($40 for members), which includes entrance to both museums and kosher lunch. Seats are limited, so book your ticket early!

A Rabbi at Gettysburg: Chaplain Ferdinand Sarner, German Jews, and the Civil War
Speaker Rabbi Joseph S. Topek
Sunday, December 22, 2:00pm
Program Free with Museum Admission

Did you know there were no Jewish Chaplains in the American Military before the Civil War? The establishment of a Jewish military chaplaincy was a significant accomplishment for the nascent American Jewish community during the Civil War.  Ferdinand Sarner was the only rabbi to serve as a regimental chaplain on the battlefield.  Rabbi Joseph S. Topek’s exciting talk will explore Rabbi Sarner’s unusual career as well as look at chaplaincy within the context of German Jewish participation in the Civil War.

Rabbi Joseph S. Topek is Director of the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life at Stony Brook University and Jewish Chaplain in the University Interfaith Center, of which he is also the Chairman.  He is also the Jewish Chaplain at the Long Island State Veterans Home in the Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Mitzvahs and Monuments: Remembering Our Veterans at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
Wednesday December 25, 10am to 2pm

Against the Odds: America, the Monuments Men, and Saving Jewish and European Cultural Heritage
Wednesday, December 25, 1:00pm
Speaker Micheal Kurtz

Both Programs Free with Museum Admission

Community Mitzvah Day, a concept supported by the Jewish Volunteer Connection, is coming to JMM this December 25th.  This is an opportunity for you and your family to spend a part of the day giving back to our community.  Our focus this year is inspired by our new exhibit Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War.  Throughout the morning, you can help us create gift packages for veterans in Baltimore’s VA Medical Center that we will deliver that afternoon.

We will be collecting the following items for the gift packages: long distance phone cards, playing cards, word search books, new socks, knitted hats and gloves. Items can be dropped off through December 25 at the JMM’s front desk.

At 1pm our focus turns to the “monuments men,” the extraordinary story of a WWII platoon assigned to rescuing the world’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis—soon to be a major motion picture!  To offer insights you will never hear in the movie theater, we have invited Dr. Michael Kurtz of the University of Maryland to talk about his book Against the Odds: America, the Monuments Men and Saving Jewish and European Cultural Heritage.

In the long saga of cultural looting and destruction, the Nazi war on the Jewish and European cultural heritage was unprecedented in its ideological ferocity and brutal effectiveness.  Yet, in the midst of the destruction wrought by the Nazis, a band of men and women serving in the U.S. military during World War II, known as the Monuments Men, fought a valiant struggle to preserve what could be saved and to restore precious objects to devastated communities.  This presentation will explore why the Nazis sought to obliterate the cultural heritage of the Jewish people and others who were considered “inferior races.”  Front and center will be the work of the Monuments Men, and others in the Jewish community, who fought to counter Nazi depredations and the successes they achieved.  From the 1930’s through today, the story of cultural restoration continues!

Michael J. Kurtz serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies. He worked for 37 years as professional archivist, manager, and senior executive at the National Archives and Records Administration.  Dr. Kurtz has published extensively in the areas of American history and archival management, including America and the Return of Nazi Contraband and The Allied Struggle over Cultural Restitution, 1942-1947.
Join us for a day of service given and service remembered.

This program is co-sponsored by B’nai Israel Congregation, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection.
Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.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. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

BIYA’s B-more Shabbat
Friday, December 20, 6:30-10:00pm
B’nai Israel, 27 Lloyd Street
That’s right, be more with BIYA!  Because what is Shabbat without friends and community?
Join us for Friday night services and dinner on the 3rd Friday of every month.
Services start at 6:30pm.  Dinner follows.
Cost is $8.00 per person.  RSVPs required to www.biyabaltimore.org/ticketsdonations.html
This program is funded in part by a grant from The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education through its Jewish Education Enhancement Project.

Exhibits
Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, The Synagogue Speaks! and Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War on display through February, 27, 2014.

Hours and Tour Times
The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. This tour is offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).
Please note that the JMM will close early at 3:00 pm on Tues. December 29 and that we will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 and

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 purchase 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.

Gift Shop
Hot off the Press…Get your copy of the catalog companion to Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War which includes thought provoking essays by our colleagues who created the exhibit at Yeshiva University Museum and the American Jewish Historical Society. The cost of the catalog is $25 but as always, members receive a 10% discount. For more information and to purchase your copy, call Esther Weiner, gift shop manager, at (410) 732-6400 x211 or email her at eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org.

Through the end of December we are offering a special promotion…25% of all Chanukah merchandise! It’s not too early to stock up for next year!

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Museum Matters – November 2013

Posted on November 1st, 2013 by

Iron Will in Hoop Skirts

They ran shops and hospitals.  They established charitable organizations, raised funds and supported those who could not support themselves.  They included authors and agitators, organizers and spies.  Some were imprisoned in the war and a few dozen put on military uniforms (and in the guise of men) went off to fight.  These are the women of the Civil War, and they are the stars of this month’s programs.

The exhibit, Passages Through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War tells the story of many of these women, from abolitionist and feminist, Ernestine Rose to died-in-the-wool Confederate partisan Eugenia Levy Phillips.  It also deals with the struggles of woman caught in-between, like Annie Jonas Wells, whose father was a friend of Lincoln but had two brothers join the Confederate army.

Our special Sunday programs this month, with Dr. Lauren Strauss on November 10 and Clara Barton on November 17 (see details below), amplify the content of the exhibit and offer new perspectives on both the work and lives of women during the conflict. We are also installing a small lobby display on Monday, expanding on some of these stories and introducing a few new ones. We are grateful to the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation for its generous support of highlighting these stories in our exhibits and programs.

Come join us as we celebrate the talents, the bravery and the determination of the Civil War women.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Saturday, November 9, 7:00pm

Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Free Admission

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Men’s Club of Beth El, the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning at Beth El Congregation, and the JMM.

 

Kosher Southern Belles and Yankee Bubbies Confront America’s Greatest Crisis: Jewish Women and the Civil War with speaker, Lauren Strauss

Sunday, November 10, 1:00pm

Program is Free with Museum Admission

At the end of the Civil War, Jewish community leaders and historians rushed to document the bloody sacrifices made by “men of the Hebrew faith” to the nation’s greatest struggle. However, the contributions of American Jewish women – both Northerners and Southerners – have only recently begun to be appreciated. As nurses, teachers, homemakers, merchants, and even convicts and spies, these Jewish daughters of the Union and the Confederacy were deeply involved in their country’s fate at a crucial moment in its history. Despite deep fissures between Jewish women in the North and South, the very strength of their passions highlights the extent to which they embraced their identity as Americans -not only for its wartime relevance, but also for a longer-term understanding of Jewish integration into American society.

 

Special Living History Performance: Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield

Sunday, November 17, 1:00pm

Program is Free with Museum Admission

Join us at for a special performance by Living History Character Clara Barton. Hold your breath as the “Angel of the Battlefield” trods amidst the most dangerous and violent conflicts of the war to provide solace and hope to boys wounded in the fight.  See how one woman’s courage and generosity commanded the respect of every soldier.

Clara Barton is performed by actor, Britt Olsen-Ecker who has performed with The Strand Theatre, Glass Mind Theatre, and Single Carrot Theatre.  She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and an accomplished photographer.

 

Gobbles, Gelt and Gratitude

Monday, November 18, 10:30am

$5 per family (includes Museum admission)

Please register at www.cjebaltimore.org/pjpals

Join your PJ Pals for Gobbles, Gelt and Gratitude at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, co-sponsored by the Downtown Baltimore JCC and PJ library. Enjoy storytime, crafts and snacks for Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Meet and make new friends. This program is for children aged 6 months to 5 years (siblings welcome).

 

Late Night on Lloyd Street: “The Crowd was Hushed to Silence”: Lincoln, Gettysburg and the Power of Presidential Address

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00pm

FREE

Don your best stove pipe hat and trim your beard! Come and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address. Participate in a live-action reading of the famous speech, take a special curator-led tour of our newly opened exhibit, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War, and dive in to a discussion on presidential addresses.

Generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

 

Civil War Photography Family Day

Sunday December 1, 11:00am to 2:00pm

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Divided Loyalties: Jewish Photographers in Civil War Baltimore with Ross Kelbaugh

Sunday, December 1, 2:00 pm

Both Programs are Free with Museum Admission

The American Civil War brought photography into homes like never before. Join us for a day of engaging activities for the whole family to learn about photography before the age of cell phone cameras and digital prints. Process your own cyanotype, colorize your own Carte de Visite and build your own stereoscope!

At 2:00pm visitors are invited to join us for a talk by Ross Kelbaugh, who is a well-known local photography collector and expert on the subject of the early history of photography. Though Maryland never seceded, it remained a state of divided loyalties during the Civil War.  Some Jewish photographers in Baltimore were sympathetic to the Southern Cause and found themselves embroiled in the events of the period.  Several were even imprisoned for disloyalty. This illustrated program will briefly introduce the practice of photography during this period and discuss the events that brought these Jewish citizens into conflict with Union supporters.

 

Late Night on Lloyd Street: Estherfest

Wednesday December 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm

FREE 

Back by popular demand, Esther Weiner returns for our annual Chanukah celebration. Join us as Esther demonstrates how she makes her famous delicious latkes and entertains the audience with her hilarious stand up routine!

Generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

 

Faith and Freedom in the Civil War

Sunday December 8, 1pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

In conjunction with our December monthly program focus on the role of chaplains during the Civil War, Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director of the newly-opened Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, explores how the religious foment, innovation and change wrought by the Second Great Awakening influenced thinking about moral issues of war and slavery, and how Americans of all faiths who met at Gettysburg grappled not only with life and death, but with divergent ideas of faith and freedom that would shape the nation’s future.

 

BUS TOUR: Civil War Sites of Baltimore

Sunday, December 15

Bus departs at 9:00am from the Jewish Museum of Maryland (doors open 8:30am)

Led by Maryland Civil war expert Daniel Carroll Toomey

Cost: $48 / $40 for members

Learn Baltimore’s Civil War history first hand with this exclusive bus tour led by prominent Maryland historian and author Daniel Carroll Toomey. Seating is limited, so reserve yours today – email tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org to register.

 

Mitzvahs and Monuments: Remembering Our Veterans at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

Wednesday December 25, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Program Free with museum admission

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Volunteer Connection, B’nai Israel Congregation, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection.

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Against the Odds: America, the Monuments Men, and Saving Jewish and European Cultural Heritage with speaker, Michael Kurtz

Wednesday, December 25, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

For our Mitzvah Day project we will create gift packages for veterans in Baltimore’s VA Medical Center that we will deliver that afternoon.  And then at 1:00 Dr. Michael Kurtz of the University of Maryland will talk about his book that details the extraordinary story of a WWII platoon assigned the task of rescuing the world’s art treasures stolen by the Nazis (soon to be a major motion picture with George Clooney and Matt Damon).

 

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

 

Women’s Yoga at B’nai starting Nov. 10

B’nai Israel is pleased to offer weekly yoga classes led by certified yoga instructor and B’nai Israel member Rena Needle (www.yogawithrena.com).

Sundays from 5-6pm starting November 10th

B’nai Israel Congregation, 27 Lloyd Street

Register: http://tinyurl.com/BnaiYogaNov13

 

Women’s Farbrengen: Cooking for Thanksgivikuh

126 Lloyd Street Baltimore, MD

Sunday, Nov 3 4pm-7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/742759822407383

 

4 Rabbis, 5 Opinions

Max’s Taphouse (737 S Broadway Street Baltimore, MD)

Wednesday, Nov 6 7pm-9pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/532653156824421/

 

B-more Shabbat with Repair the World

B’nai Israel: 27 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD

Friday, Nov 15 6:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/531154223621043

 

Ice Skating and Hot Cocoa Social

Patterson Park Family Skating Center (200 South Linwood Avenue Baltimore, MD) & Van Gogh Café (300 S. Ann St., Baltimore, MD 21231)

Saturday, Nov 23 7:00pm

http://www.meetup.com/Baltimores-Jewish-Hangout-20s-30s-Group/events/147745662/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&utm_source=November–BIYA+style&utm_campaign=NovBIYA&utm_medium=email

 

Exhibits 

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks! and Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War on display through February, 28, 2014.

 

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. This tour is offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).

Please note that the JMM is closed on Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving. Our administrative offices are also closed on Friday, November 29.

 

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 purchase 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.

 

Gift Shop

CHANUKAH  IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  YOU WILL FIND THE PERFECT CHANUKAH MERCHANDISE  AT 25%  OFF FOR EVERYONE!  (NOT TO BE COMBINED WITH OTHER DISCOUNTS).

Muscians Menorah by Karen Rossi

BOOKS FOR TOTS, MENORAHS, CANDLES, AND CHANUKAH GIFTS FOR YOU, YOUR

FAMILY, YOUR HOME….

 All members of the JMM receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in our shop support the mission of The Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Contact Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager at 410-732-6400, x211 / eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

 

 

 

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MUSEUM MATTERS: OCTOBER 2013

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by

Explore the Civil War You Never Knew

Opening October 12-13!

Opening October 12-13!

It’s almost here.  The Feldman Gallery is bustling with exhibit installers, the packages of education props arrive daily, the docents are learning new scripts and the store is getting new bunting.  In just nine days, Passages through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War opens at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  But as a JMM member you only have eight days to wait!  Our exclusive member’s preview starts at 7:30pm on Saturday night, October 12.  The evening features period music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, along with tours of the exhibit and an “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Ken Burns tells us that “the Civil War was fought in 10,000 places.”  This fall we remind visitors to Baltimore (and residents alike) that one of those places where the battle of ideas took place 150 years ago was right here.  In the Jonestown neighborhood, in a deeply divided Jewish community, there was an epic struggle for hearts and minds.  Through the lens of our Jewish experience will be casting a new light on the debate over slavery and indeed, on the impact of the entire conflict.

The core exhibit comes to us from the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum.  These organizations gathered and curated an extraordinary collection of rarely seen Civil War artifacts, documents and images drawn from the Jewish community.  The exhibit also features interviews with leading scholars on the important trials for Jewish values, before, during and after the War.

JMM has augmented the exhibit with evidence of the Maryland story and new family activity stations.  We are also incorporating our largest Civil War artifact, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and we will be offering special daily tours of that building that focus on life in the Baltimore Jewish community in the 1860s and the way in which the War changed the future of Jewish life here.

The exhibit, which will be on view through February 28, 2014, will also be a jumping off point for a great program schedule.  In addition to Jonathan Karp (opening day, Oct. 13) and Barry Steelman (in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, Oct. 20), each of the subsequent months will feature a program subtheme.  In November we’ll have programs on the role of women; in December on the impact of the chaplaincy controversy and Jewish-Christian relations in the War; in January our focus will be on immigration and the Civil War; and in February we celebrate the Jewish relationship with Abraham Lincoln (and honest Abe, himself, will be joining us).  Even our December 25th Mitzvah Day activity – honoring veterans – draws its inspiration from the exhibit.

This is a great exhibit to share with neighbors or co-workers who may have a passion for American history but are unfamiliar with Jewish participation in that history.  If your level of membership entitles you to free passes to the exhibit, it’s time to pull those passes out of the junk drawer and invite your friends to join you for a visit.  You both can explore the Civil War you never knew.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Coming Soon!

Opening Soon!

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Exclusive Members Only Preview  – FREE for all current JMM members

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm

Members are treated to an exclusive first look at our brand new exhibit. Featuring live performances of Civil War music by 2nd South Carolina String Band, special Curator Tours of the exhibit and debuting our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

The Carolina String Band

The 2nd South Carolina String Band

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Public Opening – Free with Museum Admission / Members are Free

Sunday, October 13, 10:00am-5:00pm

Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp , 1:00pm

Join us as for the grand opening of Passages Through the Fire. Special appearances by Civil War reenactors.  Featured guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish Historical Society offers his insights into the topic with “The War that Helped Make Jews Americans”. “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue offered at 11am and 3pm.

 

Standing By Their Flags

Speaker Barry Steelman

Sunday, October 20, 1:00pm

This is a FREE FALL BALTIMORE event – Admission is FREE.

THEIR FLAGNo war in American history has divided the Jewish people as did the Civil War. There were civilian and military Jewish leaders on both sides of this conflict. In some cases, families were split with brothers and fathers fighting against one another. In his talk, Barry Steelman will explore the response of the Jewish communities of America, both North and South, including those that fought to protect THEIR FLAG as well as the individuals and groups that made other significant contributions to their side of this bloody four year period in our history. Learn how Jews fought proudly and with dignity and valor to protect their personal ideals throughout this major struggle.

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Let’s Talk About It

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This is a Free Fall Baltimore event! Admission to the Museum and this program are free. Remember, members are free everyday – become a member today!

Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Story of Alan Schafer: Complicating the Jewish Southerner

book cover Sombreros

Author Nicole King, Ph.D. Department of American Studies, UMBC

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00pm

FREE

At this month’s Late Night on Lloyd Street learn about Alan Schafer.  This Baltimore born Jew led a fascinating life and left the popular attraction South of the Border, with its record breaking sombrero, as part of his legacy. As with all Late Nights there will be plenty of beer, wine, snacks and conversation.

Nicole King author of Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolinas Tourism Industry will be on hand to tell us about Alan Schafer and the significance of his legacy, including how he came to create both South of the Border and Confederateland.

Generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage*

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Speaker Doris Hamburg

Sunday, October 27, 1:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

The JMM is pleased to host National Archives’ Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg who will speak about NARA’s latest exhibition Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve and make these materials available online.

*Please note if the government shutdown is still in effect at this time the program will be canceled.

It All Started with a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street with author M. Hirsh Goldberg

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Sunday, October 27, 4:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

Join us at to hear from M. Hirsh Goldberg, award-winning author of five nationally published books.  His latest book It All Started with a Deli, tells a remarkable story of business and family success. The Attmans name is synonymous with Jewish Baltimore, their deli one of the last remaining on Corned Beef Row, just across the street from the JMM.

It All Started With a Deli charts the history of the Attman family from when the first deli was opened in 1915 by Harry Attman. It shows how the values of hard work, ethical conduct, religious principles and concern for others, instilled by Harry Attman and his wife Ida, into their three sons and future generations have created an astonishingly close, vibrant family whose members have founded major businesses while always giving back to the community.

 ”Few families have contributed so much to our City and State… The Attman story is one worth telling and sharing.” -Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland. 

Following the talk, M. Hirsh Goldberg will sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase in the JMM gift shop.

 

More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation.

FAMILY BBQ with B’NAI ISRAEL

Sunday, October 20th, 11am-1:30pm

Riverside Park Pavilion (1800 Covington St.)

Suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family

Join B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue for a fun and relaxed family BBQ at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Kosher food for you, moon bounce and more for the kids! Rain or shine! Please RSVP here by Tuesday Oct. 15.

This program is generously supported by The Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.

 

B-more Shabbat with Dr. Dan Gincel

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

Friday, Oct 18, 6:30pm

Cost: $8

What is Shabbat without friends and community? Come help us welcome Shabbat, students back to Baltimore, the new Repair the World Community Fellows to Baltimore, and all of our new residents to the awesome community that is BIYA and city that is Baltimore with special guest speaker Dr. Dan Gincel. More info here on Facebook.

This program is funded in part by a grant from The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education through its Jewish Education Enhancement Project.

 

COOKING CLUB

Thursday, Oct 24 6:30PM-9:00PM

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

FREE to attend

Come join BIYA as we explore the new Joy of Kosher Cookbook on Thursday, Oct 24 and try a few of the recipes to prepare for Shabbat. Space is limited to 10! RSVP to Sara at biyabaltimore@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

 

BIYA BOOT CAMP

Every Sunday in October, 10:45-11:30am

The Pagoda in Patterson Park

Cost: $5/class, pay in advance here.

Be sure to fill out this online assessment form before your first class!

 

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. 

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks! Our newest exhibition, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War opens Sunday, October 13 and is on display through February, 28, 2014.

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 travels next to the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom JCC (3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117) where it will be on display October 21 – November 15. This exhibition explores the suburban exodus of the Baltimore Jewish community and has been created through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums & Society through a generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. Beginning on October 14, this tour will be offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).

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 purchase 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.

Gift Shop

Civil War Memorabilia has taken over the JMM Museum Shop!  In preparation for the opening of Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War, we have books, games, and historical items for visitors of all ages.

Coming November 3, 2013!  Mark your calendars for our Special Chanukah Sale!

All members of the JMM receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop. 

Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in our shop support the mission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

 

Esther P. Weiner

Museum Shop Manager

410-732-6400, ext. 211 / eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

 

 

 

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