Museum Matters: May 2017

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

Ilene Dackman-Alon leads Morrell Park EMS students through Remembering Auschwitz.

When we began planning for our current exhibition, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity, it was important to our staff that we develop an exhibit that didn’t just display a familiar narrative of Holocaust history but rather presented visitors with new insights about what it means to remember the events of the past today. As we move into the exhibit’s final weeks, it has been gratifying to see how the exhibit has resonated with visitors of all backgrounds (particularly with the hundreds of school children who have visited since March) and also by the many conversations that have been sparked through exhibit tours and related programs about how the lessons of the Holocaust inform our lives today.

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the exhibit, I encourage you to visit in the next few weeks as the exhibit closes on May 29 (yes, we are open on Memorial Day!) There’s still plenty of time to participate in one of our wonderful programs taking place the next few weeks.  I would especially draw your attention to our Annual Meeting on May 25. In addition to welcoming a new class of board members, we will be hosting best-selling author, Steven Roberts whose timely talk We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees connects the historical experience of Jewish immigration, including the experience of those fleeing Germany, to the plight of refugees today.

While the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit leaves us soon, JMM remains committed to Holocaust education and commemoration endures, ensuring that the stories of our local community of Holocaust survivors are not forgotten.

Programs:

May

Stories of Survival

Stories of Survival: Golda Kalib
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00pm
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Born in Bodzentyn, Poland, Golda Kalib was very young at time of Nazi invasion. While initially hidden with a Christian family, she experienced the horrors of the Holocaust in a labor camp and Auschwitz. Hear her storiy in her own words.

Unexpected

The Unexpected Generation:
Polish Jews Discovering Their Roots, A Personal Story

Sunday, May 7 at 3:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Agi Legutko, Columbia University
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Imagine discovering—as a teenager or young adult—that your parents or grandparents hid their identity for their (and your) safety. How would you feel? What would you do? Ever since the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989, when Jewish matters stopped being a taboo subject, more and more people have discovered their Jewish roots. Click here for more info.

Still from Steven

Tuesday Night Film Series
Steven
Tuesday, May 9th at 6:30pm
Speaker: Film Maker Jim Vogel
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Steven is a video documentary  of the life of Steven Vogel, as narrated by Steven himself.  The video recollections describe life growing up in Budapest, Hungary in a religious Jewish home,  the experience of  seeing Nazi troops enter Budapest, Gestapo coming  to his home to arrest him and his mother and being taken to Auschwitz  in a cattle car where he and his mother  came face to face with Joseph Mengele.  The video describes his liberation and the cunning maneuvers that lead to Steven Vogel being the first Hungarian citizen to receive a US immigration visa  following the war.

Destination Unknown

Tuesday Night Film Series
Destination Unknown
Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
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Lessons of the Holocaust Today
Sunday, May 21st at 1:00pm
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Reflections on Holocaust remembrance and commemoration.

JMM 2017 Annual Meeting

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants

We Are All Immigrants, We Are All Refugees
Samuel Boltansky Memorial Keynote Speaker:
Steven Roberts, journalist and author
Thursday, May 25 at 6:30pm
FREE – Reserve Your Seat

Immigrants have provided a continuous source of vitality and ingenuity to this country since its founding. Steve Roberts, author of From Every End of This Earth, a study of 13 modern immigrant families, will tell that story.

JUNE

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the Date!

Save the Date!

Members Only:
Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim
A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater
Thursday Evening, June 15th
Presented by Center Stage and the JMM

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage— from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through these highs and lows, in a dynamic hour-long excursion through some theatrical highlights from the past century. A special preview event for Jewish Museum of Maryland members!

Esther’s Place: the Shop at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

Mezuzahs, jewelry, and more!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – stop in and pick up the perfect gift for all the mothers in your life!

 

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Together We Remember

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by

The Occasional Symphony opened the program with a short performance in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

The Occasional Symphony opened the program with a short performance in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

This past Sunday, the JMM was privileged to host a community gathering in the Lloyd Street Synagogue dedicated to honoring and commemorating the victims of genocide and mass atrocities worldwide.  #TogetherWeRemember is a global initiative that sponsors the readings of the names of victims as a means towards compiling the first comprehensive digital memorial to the victims of genocide. Founded by David Estrin while he was still a student at Duke University in 2013 as a way of honoring his grandparents, each of whom survived the Holocaust, the JMM was honored to participate in this event.

David Estrin and Senator Ben Cardin begin the reading of names.

David Estrin and Senator Ben Cardin begin the reading of names.

Over the course of two hours, community members took turns reading names of victims of such atrocities as the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, the Argentinian Dirty War, and the conflicts in Darfur, South Sudan and Syrian. What a powerful way to make connections between our current exhibit on display, Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity to other historical and contemporary events and served as a reminder that sadly the Holocaust was not the first, nor the last instance of genocide.

Readers

Readers

We are grateful to David Estrin and to the many participants and attendees at Sunday’s program – including Senator Ben Cardin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman and Dana Stein – for helping us to remember the lives of those lost.

Participants left meaningful notes

Participants left meaningful notes

deborahA blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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Young Adult Night at the JMM with IMPACT and BJC

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by

On March 23, the JMM was thrilled to host a group of 85 young adults who participated in a program sponsored by IMPACT, the young adult division of the Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Council’s Holocaust Remembrance Commission.

Starting the evening with casual schmoozing

Starting the evening with casual schmoozing

The evening included opportunities for networking and schmoozing with food and drink. I was invited to give remarks about our new exhibit Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity as well as to lead tours. When asked how many people had previously visited the JMM, it was clear that the majority had not and I enjoyed having the opportunity to welcome the group and to hopefully pique their interest in staying connected with us.

After a few brief remarks about how the exhibit came together and our institutional goals for having it on view, I led a small group through the gallery while many others opted to view the exhibit on their own.

Viewing "Architecture of Murder"

Viewing “Architecture of Murder”

Viewing "A Town Known as Auschwitz"

Viewing “A Town Known as Auschwitz”

It was rewarding to hear such positive feedback from visitors who expressed their surprise at learning new insights into Holocaust history such as the fact that Oswiecim (the town that became known as Auschwitz) once served as home to a vibrant Jewish community. As always, I enjoy hearing from people about their personal connections to the stories on display. One woman in the group told me that her grandmother actually grew up in the town and she was incredibly moved to see photographs featuring the diversity of Jewish life from the 20th century.

Local high schooler Andrew Altman created this model of Auschwitz-Birkenau in honor of his grandfather.

Local high schooler Andrew Altman created this model of Auschwitz-Birkenau in honor of his grandfather.

Several program attendees had previously visited Auschwitz-Birkenau and when we stopped at the model by high school student Andrew Altman, they shared their experiences of what it was like to visit.

Viewing the "Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project"

Viewing the “Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project”

The final stop at the plaques that are part of the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project, served as another place for reflection as participants spent time reading the stories, commenting on the collages and sharing their connections to individuals whose stories are on display.

Small group conversations

Small group conversations

Following the tour, the group gathered in small groups in our lobby to hear from the grandchildren of survivors who shared their stories of survival. This format fostered conversation among participants and helped to continue the discussions that were begun in the gallery.

What a pleasure it was to work with our partners at the Associated and Baltimore Jewish Council to organize such a thoughtful program. We continue to be delighted by just how much Remembering Auschwitz resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds and look forward to hosting many more groups and programs. The exhibit remains on display through May 29.

deborahA blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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