Finding the Light

Posted on November 2nd, 2018 by

Museum Matters: November 2018

It has been a very dark week for the Jewish community all across America.  We join all our colleagues in the Associated system in mourning the horrendous loss of lives in Pittsburgh. We condemn the vile hatred that instigated this act and we are inspired by the empathy of our neighbors (the first two people to reach out to me with condolences to our community were Zubair Ansari of the Islamic Society of Baltimore and Dwight Warren of the McKim Center).

As individuals and organizations, all of us are struggling with how we respond to these events.  JMM made the determination that we would not let madmen or thugs deter us from fulfilling our mission. Last Sunday, we went ahead with our plans for Houdini family day… because we felt that people needed a feeling of connection more than ever. 144 attendees came. We are donating all of the admission fees for that day to HIAS, as a small gesture that murder does not produce rewards.  Last night we held the 91st official Houdini séance and the room was filled to capacity.

At the same time, we know that your safety is paramount. We are working with the Associated and the Baltimore Police Department to enhance our security. I want to publicly thank the BPD for being so responsive to our request for additional coverage at public events after hours.

We are counting on your willingness to join us in our outstanding programs in the month to come, as together we seek to find the light that will bind our wounds and help us fight back the darkness.


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


Talk and Film!

Houdini in Hollywood and The Grim Game
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 1:00pm
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JMM 1998.35.12.13 (crop)

Veteran’s Day: The Jewish Legion
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm
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Now a New York Times best seller!

We Were the Lucky Ones
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Part of the 2018 Festival of Jewish Literature!

The Eddie Cantor Story
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Includes chocolate tasting and book signing!

History of the Jews and Chocolate
Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00pm
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Esther’s Place

Join us at Esther’s Place as we celebrate the joys of the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. Discover Macubby our featured Macca Bean, dreidels perfect for play or display, Chanukah candles in numerous colors and styles, menorahs as unique as your holiday celebrations, and new products that make special gifts. From November 8 to November 11, visit us at the Strathmore Museum Shop Holiday Market for these items and more.

Also of Interest
The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Services begin at 9:30am

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue invites all for services this coming Saturday morning as part of a national effort to #ShowUpForShabbat as an act defiance against anti-Semitism and of solidarity with Pittsburgh. More info.

Bluegrass on the Bimah:

Dry Branch Fire Squad

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 4:30pm
More info and tickets here.

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Make It A Day!

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by

Museum Matters: November 2016

We’re opening November with a triple-header – three separate events on one Sunday (and you can enjoy all three for the same basic admission fee).  In the morning – indulge your creativity at our art workshop, midday – get topical as we explore gender and medicine in a Jewish context, and in the late afternoon – go international with our special guest from the National Library of Israel.  Add a corned beef sandwich for lunch and you’ve created a feast for your brain as well as your stomach.  You can even use the breaks between programs to enhance your feast with a little shopping at Esther’s Place.  Hanukah merchandise has started to come in, so it’s not too early to pick up something special!

Be sure to look for our promotion of JMM at Strathmore’s Museum Shop-Around, November 10-13.


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-873-5177with any questions or for more information.



B’nai Israel, JMM 1984.045.001

B’nai Israel, JMM 1984.045.001

Sketching inside B’nai Israel Synagogue
Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am
Instructor Matthew Adelberg
Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!
Don’t miss this final opportunity to tap your inner artist and explore a new way of looking at the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s campus and collections. All skill levels are welcome, and our instructor is experienced in teaching all age ranges so please bring your entire family for a day of relaxation and creation.

Dr. Lucille Liberles examines a young girl, JMM 1980.29.99b

Dr. Lucille Liberles examines a young girl, JMM 1980.29.99b

Our Bodies Our Health: Jewish Women’s Healing Rituals

Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Cara Rock-Singer, PhD Candidate Columbia University

Included with admission – Buy Tickets Now!

What place in 21st century life do ancient purity laws governing menstruation have? Join author Cara Rock Singer on an exploration of ways in which 21st century Jewish people (women, in particular) have increasingly turned to the use of the mikveh (ritual bath) to mark major life transitions, from menarche to menopause or fertility challenges to hysterectomies.

National Library of Israel

National Library of Israel

Curating the Past, Creating the Future

Sunday, November 6, 3:00-4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Aviad Stollman, Head of Collections, National Library of Israel

Included with admission

Join us for an inside glimpse into the historic initiative underway in Israel – establishing the National Library of Israel.


Community Kristallnacht Commemoration

Saturday, November 12, 7:00-8:30pm

RSVP to Noah Mitchel at / 410-542-4850

Sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council

Location: Beth El Congregation, Gorn Chapel, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208


The evening includes a screening of the film Memories of Kristallnacht, chronicling the experiences of six survivors of the Holocaust who lived through Kristallnacht – including a local Baltimorean.

Old School Oral History Equipment

Old School Oral History Equipment

Preserving their Voices: Stories of Holocaust Survival

Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 pm

Included with admission

Dr. Uta Larkey and Goucher University students will present projects from their class Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors – An Experiential Approach. Projects are based upon the oral histories from Holocaust survivors of our local community—many of whom have since passed away. Join us as we hear these powerful stories of survival from our shared history, helping us to reflect upon current events today.

Following the presentation, attendees are invited to join us for light refreshments, dietary laws observed.



Jewish and Muslim Refugees in Baltimore: Connecting Past to Present

Teacher Training Workshop

Tuesday, November 15, 5:00-9:00pm

Free admission – Registration required at

Co-sponsored by Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies

Light dinner served (dietary laws observed)

Teachers will explore the history of Jewish refugees in Baltimore, discuss current debates and share experiences of Muslim refugees in Maryland, contextualized within both national and global frameworks. Representatives of local refugee organizations will offer examples and suggestions on how students can build relationships with local refugees.




Downtown Dollar Day: Healthcare Heroes

Sunday, December 4th from 10 am

Museum Admission $1

 Join us for a hands-on day at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

First explore the skills needed to become a healthcare professional with a series of hands on activities. Try your hand at some scientific experiments, keyhole surgery and plaster cast application.

Later, learn from professional animator Eliezer Medina how to draw and ink some of your favorite cartoon characters. Recreate your favorite superheroes and hear about their Jewish roots!


Cordials, Schnapps, and L’chaims: Let thy beverage be thy medicine

Thursday, December 8th

Facilitated by Casey Yurow, Pearlstone Center

Included with Admission

Join Pearlstone Center’s Program Director, Casey Yurow,  for a multi-sensory and mind-altering evening to explore the relationship between Jews, plants, and therapeutic beverages. We’ll get to taste a variety of cordials made from the seven species of Israel – dates, figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, wheat, and barley – and look into some historical uses of fruit, herb, and spice infused beverages in Jewish tradition and beyond. The evening will include opportunities for hands-on beverage blending for folks to take home with them.

This program is designed for participants aged 21 and over. Dietary laws will be observed. Places are limited so please book your space in advance by contacting Trillion Attwood at or call 443-873-5177.


Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing

Sunday, December 11th at 1 pm

Speaker Mike Silver author of Stars in the Ring

Included with Admission

More Jewish athletes have competed as boxers than all other professional sports combined. From 1901 to 1939, 29 Jewish boxers were recognized as world champions and nearly 200 others were ranked among the top contenders in their respective weight divisions. Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing chronicles an era when boxers named “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom, Ruby Goldstein (“The Jewel of the Ghetto”), Leach Cross (“The Fighting Dentist”), Joe Bernstein (“The Pride of the Bowery”) and hundreds of other fabulous Jewish boxers literally fought their way out of poverty to become instant heroes to a generation of immigrants struggling to break out of poverty and enter the American mainstream. Author and historian Mike Silver presents this vibrant social history in an entertaining and informative presentation.


Mitzvah Day

Sunday, December 25th from 10 am

Included with Admission

 Join us for Mitzvah Day in partnership with the Jewish Volunteer Connection. Bring your family and give back to our community with thousands of other volunteers across Baltimore.


Family New Year’s Hanukkah Party

Saturday, December 31st, from 5:00 pm

Included with Admission

 Imagine yourself on December 31st.  It’s the last night of Hanukkah.  It’s the eve of a brand New Year.  It’s Newyearsikkah!!

If your family is looking for an early start to this once in a decade event, head our way.  Candle lighting, songs and activities will start at 5pm.  The countdown for our “star” drop will begin at 6:45pm with a dramatic finish 15 minutes later – just in time for New Year’s (in London, of course) and then get the kids home in bed by 8:00.

Also of Interest

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.


Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits currently on display include Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America (through January 16, 2017), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks!


Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times


Esther’s Place in a temporary space!

The Strathmore Mansion

The Strathmore Mansion

The JMM shop is going on the road! We’ll be joining 17 of our colleagues at the Strathmore Mansion’s 27th annual Museum Shop Around.  On Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, all of our great merchandise—elegant Judaica, unique gifts, and fun toys and games—will look even more amazing in the context of the fabulous Strathmore Mansion! Please come by to visit us and do some holiday shopping. When you do, you’ll support not only JMM but lots of other local and regional museums.



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Museum Matters: November 2014

Posted on November 7th, 2014 by

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 / For more information on JMM events please visit


Lloyd Street Synagogue Anniversary

Sunday, November 9, 10:00am to 5:00pm


1:00 pm Lecture: Mendes’ Baltimore: The Industries That Built a City

Speaker: Jack Burkert, Baltimore Museum of Industry

3:00pm Tour: Technology in the Temple

Both Programs Free with Museum Admission 

Help us commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rededication of the Lloyd Street Synagogue with a lecture and the launching of our newest specialty tour, Technology in the Temple.

Jack Burkert, a museum educator at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, will discuss the industries and technology that played a vital role in the growth and development of Baltimore during Mendes Cohen’s lifetime.  Jack joined the Baltimore Museum of Industry as a Museum Educator in 2010 and has made a specialty of adding content and background to his work through research into the history of Baltimore, its port, businesses, people and immigration. A 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland, Jack graduated with honors with a degree in history and education. His working life, some 40+ years, was spent in various educator roles.

Following the lecture at 3:00pm, join us for our newest specialty synagogue tour, Technology in the Temple. Inspired by our latest exhibit, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen, the tour will delve into how the technological innovations of Mendes’ lifetime led to the development of this historic landmark. This tour will also become part of our regularly scheduled synagogue tours and will be offered during our Sunday and Monday 3pm tours for the duration of The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen which is on display through June 14, 2015.

In addition, we have a special display set up in our lobby all day. In commemoration of Kristallnacht, we are honored to welcome Martin Levin Artistic Creations to the Museum for a display of his Kristallnacht Synagogues series. Levin has meticulously recreated the facades of many historic European synagogues that were destroyed during Kristallnacht in miniature format. Also on view are two new additions to his series of historic synagogues, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel.


Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland

Monday, November 10, 7:00pm

Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. RSVP at
For more information, contact Courtney Campbell at the Museum’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 202.488.0420 or

Through his new book, Three Minutes in Poland (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2014), writer Glenn Kurtz traces his remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s home movie from 1938. Featuring rare images of a small Jewish town in Poland, the film now serves as a memorial to an entire culture that was annihilated in the Holocaust.
Hear about the extraordinary discoveries made when Kurtz donated his grandfather’s home-movie footage to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. By making these haunting, candid images available on its website, the Museum helped create unexpected family connections that transcend war and time.

Featured speakers include: author Glenn Kurtz and Leslie Swift, Chief, Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound (USHMM).

This program is co-sponsored by Beth El, the Baltimore Jewish Council, the JMM and The ASSOCIATED.


A Tribute to Vivienne Shub

Thursday, November 13

Doors open at 6:30pm / Program starts at 7:00pm


Join us as we remember and celebrate the life of renowned Baltimore actor, Vivienne Shub. This special evening will feature some of Vivienne’s closest friends and family sharing their fondest memories of this wonderful lady. There will be an opportunity to view some rarely seen footage of Vivienne performing, along with a lobby display in the museum displaying photographs and mementos from the JMM collections as well as Vivienne’s family. This is an evening not to be missed for any theatre lover.

Light kosher refreshments will be served.


Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission


Premium Members Reception


Free to Premium members


See history come alive with this performance of our newest Living History character and subject of our recently opened exhibit, performed by actor Grant Cloyd. Learn more about this fascinating character as he recounts some of his most captivating anecdotes, including his experience as a defender at Fort McHenry and his time spent traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East.  This occasion marks the first full performance of “The Ghost of Mendes Cohen” at the JMM.

Our premium members (Living History  Circle, Lloyd Street League and 1845 Society) are invited to join us after the scheduled performance of The Ghost of Mendes Cohen at 1pm for a reception and behind-the-scenes look how this dramatic performance was created. Grant Cloyd, the actor who portrays Mendes and Harriet Lynn, our director, will both be joining us for conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

If you are not a premium member but would like to join us for this event please contact Sue Foard or call her at 410-732-6402 x220 to upgrade your membership. The reception will take place in the Museum’s Rosen-Salganik Board Room.


Downtown Dollar Day

A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Sunday, December 7, 2:30pm

Admission: $1

Set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family Chanukah concert with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights! Bring home a piece of the festivities with Chanukah themed crafts.

A versatile artist, Joanie Leeds is a gifted musician with a soulful voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy.  In addition to her secular popularity, Joanie tours the country playing synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish museums. Her Jewish music can be found on the PJ Library’s compilation.


Maryland Jewish Book Festival

Sunday, December 14, 11am to 4pm

Program free with museum admission

Still looking for the perfect Chanukah gift? You are certain to find something here as we invite some of the region’s best Jewish authors to talk about and sign their books.


Late Night on Lloyd Street: DIY Olive Oil? ImPRESSive!

Thursday, December 18, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Center

Venue the Jewish Museum of Maryland


The miracle of Chanukah: Oil for one day of lighting the ancient temple lasted a full 8 days!… but why did it take 8 days? Get excited for a night of pitting, pressing and processing olives into olive oil with the Pearlstone Center Farm staff. Bring “Olive” your questions… Like why is olive oil so important to the Jewish community? And is olive oil really good for you? What can I do with it besides light ancient Menorahs and fry latkes? Finally, have the chance to make your own olive oil creations such as infused oil using herbs from Pearlstone’s farm, or dyed decorative Channukiah oil to take home. They also make great gifts!

As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Please be aware this event has a maximum number of places available so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Contact Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email with questions!


Mitzvah Day

Thursday, December 25

10:00 a.m. to 1:00pm: Mitzvah activities

1:00 p.m: Speaker, Gilbert Sandler

Program Free with Museum Admission

Join us again this year as we participate in Mitzvah Day, where we will be helping to make life a little easier for some of the children in our community. Mitzvah activities will be suitable for all ages and is a great way to bring the family together!

Following the Mitzvah activities we welcome Gilbert Sandler who will discuss Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. Mr. Sandler will share the story of how Jewish Baltimore got started. Exploring the institutions the earliest immigrants founded that helped bring them into mainstream of America. Then how those institutions leaders arose from the newly-formed Jewish community to wider leadership and prominence and wealth and influence—and at long last become American!


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  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on facebook:


Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland November Meeting

Finding a Family’s Town: A Case Study / Beyond It Isn’t All Online

Sunday, November 23, 1:30-3:30pm

Pikesville Library’s Meeting Room (1301 Reisterstown Road)

Program is free for JGSM members; $5 for members

For more information, check out


Maryland Historical Society:

Images of a Vanished Baltimore:
The Art of Jacob Glushakow

The Maryland Historical Society proudly announces the opening of a new exhibition on Thursday, November 13, 2014 featuring the art of Jacob Glushakow (1914-2000). Glushakow painted the everyday of Baltimore, the people, the neighborhoods, the harbor, the markets and, perhaps most significantly, the vanishing urban landscape of the city. An opening reception will take place from 6-7:30 PM. All are encouraged to attend. To RSVP, call 410-685-3750 Ext 377.

About Jacob Glushakow

The first child of Russian Jewish immigrants, Esther and Abraham Glushakow, Jacob entered the world at sea on the ship Bradenburg traveling from Bremen, Germany to Philadelphia. The family, after fleeing the beginning of World War I, settled in East Baltimore. Jacob graduated from City College in 1933 and attended the Maryland Institute of Art. Until the end of his life, he sketched and painted the city he loved. He described his powerfully rendered images to The Baltimore Sun as “emotion recollected in tranquility.”

In his vivid compositions, often painted with electric turquoises, saturated oranges and rusty browns, Glushakow found importance in the humdrum, the noble in the quotidian. His eye transformed people sitting in a park, workman lounging at the harbor, even the interior of a tailor’s shop resonate with visual significance. He made the common place scenes and objects of life tell stories. Today, his work provides a glimpse of a largely vanished Baltimore and reminds us that the urban landscape of the city changed profoundly throughout the twentieth century.

About Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow

In 2014, thanks to the generosity of the Glushakow family and Helen Glushakow in particular, the Maryland Historical Society received a gift of paintings, drawings and oil sketches by the artist. From touching family portraits to more jarring scenes of urban renewal at work, Glushakow’s art explores the human experience with sensitivity, honesty, and sometimes, humor. On November 13, 2014, the Maryland Historical Society will open “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow,” exhibition which will highlight this important acquisition and celebrate the significance of this Baltimore artist’s work.

“Jacob’s dream was to have his paintings at the Maryland Historical Society,” remarked Helen Glushakow, his sister. Glushakow’s work intersects seamlessly with the museum’s other 20th century holdings of paintings and photography. “This gift of Glushakow’s paintings and drawings offers us so many opportunities to interpret life in twentieth-century Baltimore. His art provides glimpses of the everyday, but it tells big stories about this city’s history. His work “puts the viewer on the ground” in this city as it looked in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s…” Alexandra Deutsch, the museum’s Chief Curator observes. “Images of a Vanished Baltimore: The Art of Jacob Glushakow” will remain on view until March, 2015.



Exhibits currently on display include The A-mazing Mendes Cohen (on display through June 14, 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 will offer tours focused on the Lloyd Street Synagogue, Sunday through Thursday at 3:00pm and on Sunday at 4:00pm.  On November 9 we will introduce a new Lloyd Street “1845: Technology and the Temple” tour at 3:00pm and the tour will be available every Sunday and Monday at 3:00 until The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen closes next June.

Please note we are closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 27 as well as Friday, November 28.


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




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


Gift Shop

Chanukah is around the corner!  First candle is lit December 16, 2014…and we have an amazing selection of candles, all made in Israel, and a gorgeous range of colors. We have Menorahs for the young, and the young at heart; a magnificent hand-blown menorah, Israeli stone and crystal imports, fun and funky menorahs.  Our dreidle collection is known for its variety of choices, from sterling to hand-painted wood, to fine china. Games and books for all ages!  Our jewelry is chosen with care for the discriminating buyer; we cheerfully gift-wrap and will mail your purchases for you.

Merchandise purchased in the Museum Shop directly benefits the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Members receive a 10% discount on JMM Shop purchases.

For information, call Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, 410-732-6400, ext. 211 or email at



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