A New Year at the Jewish Museum

Posted on October 8th, 2015 by

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Rosh Hashana Under the Stars. Image courtesy of Baltimore Sun.

As we start a new Jewish year, I want to reflect a bit on my past four months working at the Museum and also look ahead to some exciting events coming up this year. I feel blessed to be able to come every day into a place that I love and where I believe in its mission.  I also feel very fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated and passionate colleagues who have helped me grow as a museum professional and have encouraged me to make meaningful contributions to the Museum.

I have been spending the past month observing the Jewish holidays, finding renewal in nature and preparing for our grand opening of the Paul Simon exhibit. A few weeks ago I went to Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rosh Hashana Under the Stars held at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville. It was a wonderful evening where thousands gathered to celebrate the Jewish New Year with family and friends while enjoying a picnic dinner, uplifting music and an inspirational sermon by Rabbi Sachs Kohen.  It was also fascinating to know that the roots of Baltimore Hebrew lay at the historic Lloyd Street Synogogue, where I give tours on a weekly basis. I just returned from a week-long vacation in the Pacific Northwest region where I found my own sense of renewal through hiking in Crater Lake and admiring the jaw-dropping vistas along the Oregon Coast.

Expanding on the theme of new beginnings, the Museum has installed a pair of automatic doors at our front entrance to make us a more accessible place. As I am writing this, workmen are busy installing the Paul Simon exhibit and school groups are beginning to visit the Museum again. I hope to continue to introduce new audiences to the Museum, perhaps some who have never visited a museum before. If you have not done so already, check out our website to get a full listing of our public opening events, performances, lectures and folk music festival. I hope to see many of you in the coming months!

GrahamA blog post by Graham Humphrey, Visitor Services Coordinator. To read more posts by Graham click HERE.


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JMM DATEBOOK: September 2014

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by

Happy New Year from the JMM!

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1991.9.5 May you have peace, substantial earned income, good business success,enjoyment, happiness, salvation, pleasantness and everything good. – Rosh Hashonah greetings in Yiddish and Hebrew from August 30, 1917.

We have the perfect way to start the new year off right – by helping the Museum THIS SUNDAY at the Maryland Public Television telethon from 5pm – 8pm. We have gathered a core group of volunteers but could still use more help! Volunteers only need to answer phones for people calling to pledge and take down their information. Plus MPT will be providing kosher meals for all our volunteers.

This is an important opportunity for the Museum to reach out to a broad audience and particularly to share the news about The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit. To volunteer please email Rachel Kassman (rkassman@jewishmuseummd.org) by NOON on Sunday, September 28th and join in on the fun!
L’Shana Tova!

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Happy New Year from the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

Posted on December 30th, 2011 by

We hope to see you all in 2012!

Drawing by Reuben Kramer for cover of Baltimore Fellowship News newsletter, 1994.94.24

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