Museum Matters: October 2014

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by

“Don’t be frightened!” cried Tevye as he started to explain his nightmare of Fruma Sarah.

JMM is feeling ever so slightly ghoulish these days as we invite back Dr. Arnold Blumberg to speak about zombies and prepare for the return of the ghost of Mendes Cohen in early November.  Maybe it’s the “haunting” music in The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit or the creaking of the pirate ships on the Oct. 19 Chesapeake program.

But I can assure you that these are all friendly ghosts, so don’t resist.  Come join us at an upcoming event.  Also be sure to check out our NEW tour hours below and note our November opening of yet another specialty tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue – this one looking at the building from the vantage point of 1845.

Get into the spirit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland this October.

 

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.

 

A Star-Spangled Banner New Year: Author Tova S. Yavin

Sunday, October 12, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

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Explore the Jewish experience at Fort McHenry with children’s author Tova S. Yavin. Yavin, received the 2008 Notable Book Award for her novel All Star Season, has been developing an article for Highlights Magazine for Children on the Jewish experience of the War of 1812. Learn how the events inspired Francis Scott Key and what his famous poem meant to America’s Jewish community.

 

All-Star Season will be available for purchase in the JMM Museum Shop during the program.  

 

In Full Glory Reflected: Author Dr. Ralph Eshelman

Sunday, October 19, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission

The book will be available at the Museum gift shop!

In Full Glory Reflected, co-authored by Dr. Ralph Eshelman and Burt Kummerow, will be available for purchase in the JMM Museum Shop.

Dr. Ralph Elsheman, co-author of In Full Glory ReflectedDiscovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, will be standing in for his writing partner Burt Kummerow.  Eshleman, a historian who helped develop the “Star Spangled Banner Historic Trail” will share gripping tales of devastating raids, heroic defenders, gallant privateers, fugitive slaves and threatened lands from his treasure chest of Chesapeake tails.

 

Free Fall Baltimore

The Golem: A Horrific Hero with Feet of Clay: Speaker Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg

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FREE

Where are the Jewish zombies? For this year’s Free Fall Baltimore program at the JMM, we welcome back Dr. Blumberg as he reveals the background of the mythical Golem and its place in contemporary pop culture.

Arnold T. Blumberg teaches courses in zombies in popular media (Univ. of Baltimore) and comic book literature (UMBC).

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Mendes’ Baltimore: The Industries that Built a City

Sunday, November 9th, 1pm

Speaker Jack Burkert

 

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. Plus after join us for our newest synagogue tour Technology in the Temple.

Jack joined the Baltimore Museum of Industry as a Museum Educator in 2010. Through this employment, he offers educational programs and information to both adults and young people. Jack 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, beginning in the Baltimore City School system, then as a staff member at the Pennsylvania State University, through private employers and then until his retirement a few years ago, in his own consulting firm.

 

Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Sunday, November 16, 1:00pm

Program Free with Museum Admission 

The Ghost of Mendes Cohen

The Ghost of Mendes Cohen

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 will be the first full performance of “the ghost of Mendes Cohen” at the JMM.

 

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. 

 

Exhibits

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!

 

NEW – Hours and Tour Times

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

Starting October 5 we will offer combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel, 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 until The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen closes next June.

Please note we are closed for the Jewish festivals on October 9, 10, 16 and 17.

 

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.

 

Gift Shop

Get mugged….get lost…..get burned!.. 

Baltimore is buzzing for our A-Mazing Mendes MUG! (and dishwasher safe!)

Baltimore is buzzing for our A-Mazing Mendes MUG! (and dishwasher safe!)

Lost in the Maze, but you can be found in the JMM Museum Shop!

Lost in the Maze, but you can be found in the JMM Museum Shop!

Only Candles burn and oh so brightly on our Fire Engine Menorah!

Only Candles burn and oh so brightly on our Fire Engine Menorah!

To round out our fantastic and A-Mazing shop, look at this gorgeous dish!

To round out our fantastic and A-Mazing shop, look at this gorgeous dish!

 

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 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

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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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