Posted on October 21st, 2016 by Rachel
No Tricks, Just Treats!
I am always on the hunt for other worldly spirits and was looking for a new location to explore. Do you have any suggestions?
The Ghost Busters
While we have not heard of our Museum campus being haunted, I would encourage you to take one of our regularly scheduled tours of our two historic synagogues, Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel, to learn about the different congregations that worshipped there as well as to admire the beautiful architecture. On the tour, you will also be able to appreciate the building in a whole new light (with fewer dark shadows) as we have recently completed some improvements to the Lloyd Street Synagogue. We have repaired missing lamps, installed new carpeting, cleaned the cushions for the pew seats, and repainted areas that suffered scars and scuffs from wear. There is also a new mezuzah affixed to the doorpost of the synagogue. While we did not find any ghosts, we did uncover a beautiful spiritual place.
A spruced up synagogue!
In my travels around the world, I overheard you have a wonderful exhibit on Jews and Medicine. Could you tell me a bit more about it?
Yes, we are in the last ninety days of the Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America exhibit, as the exhibit closes on January, 16, 2017! Inside the exhibit, you’ll journey through the worlds of health in the mid-20th century, from med school to the doctor’s office, hospital, lab and pharmacy-and even a trip to the gym. You will also view rarely seen historic manuscripts, experience hands-on encounters with medicine and ethics, and examine the links between traditions and contemporary practices. You may also learn some surprising facts in the exhibit. For instance, did you know that in the 20th century, Jewish nurses were expected both to learn to serve tea properly AND to sing Christmas carols! Or that in the 19th century, anyone who could afford to pay tuition could attend medical school (a high school diploma was not even needed). If you would like to find out more, please visit our website. We hope you will visit soon, and maybe you can even bring a friend or two!
Come explore Beyond Chicken Soup!
I am the headmaster of a wizarding school and a student of mine told me that he flew into your Museum last month to see the world premiere of Henrietta Szold’s performance. Can you tell me more about Henrietta and how can I arrange the actress to perform at my school?
We launched our newest living history character, Henrietta Szold, last month to rave reviews. Henrietta Szold, was the daughter of a rabbi who broke with the traditional role of women to become a champion of Jewish engagement. Her tenacity and courage played a vital role in the expansion of social services, medical services and the founding of the state of Israel.
Natalie Pilcher Smith as Henrietta
Henrietta is eager to begin performing at schools, senior centers, synagogues and other organizations. Please contact me at 443-873-5167 or by email at email@example.com to schedule your visit. The cost is $300 plus mileage per performance, but we also offer subsides for schools. If you are at the Museum you may also try and spot the bust and plaque of Henrietta!
I’m normally pretty busy this time of year, but a few of my friends are asking of things to do in the area. I usually go drinking on Halloween itself, but do you have anything to get me in the mood the day before?
We have planned our ghoulish stuff for pre-Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 30th (which is also our Free Fall Day, freaky, right?) Our special lecture will be “Collecting, Preserving and Exhibiting: Exploring the Collections of the Nation’s Medical Museum”. You never know what lurks in their basement. When you are in the Museum, check out our shop where we have some medically themed merchandise, some of which might make nice gifts for Dr. Moreau or Dr. Frankenstein or other similarly disposed physicians on your Halloween treat list.
Some perfectly spooky options for this Halloween!
For more creepy fun you can also stay connected to the JMM by visiting our social media pages where we are featuring the hashtag #PageFrights, which is a month long social media celebration of Halloween. And if you need a break from the radio’s endless repetition of Monster Mash – we have something for you too: The ShowTime Singers will also be offering a free after hours concert at 5pm where they will be performing songs that audiences can easily relate to – and perhaps even sing along with – like Broadway tunes, patriotic numbers and even a little rock and roll.
Posted on October 7th, 2016 by Rachel
Don’t Forget to Vote this Month!
(for the best chicken soup)
Sunday will be another debate… but before we consider the merits of tax returns or e-mails, let’s sink our teeth (or at least our tongue) into a debate that is actually in good taste. We’ll be deciding who makes the best chicken soup in Maryland and your vote counts! No one can have a beef with any of our candidates (in fact some of our soups don’t even have a chicken). Our soups may not cure all of America’s ills but they couldn’t hurt. In addition to soup tasting there will be hands-on activities for the whole family. The cook-off is indoors and will take place rain or shine. So if you’re looking for real “schmaltz” you don’t have to wait for the evening’s histrionics, we’ll be pouring it out starting at 1pm at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
By the way, you can also cast your other vote this month. Early voting in Maryland begins October 27th. For a list of locations click HERE.
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at firstname.lastname@example.org / 443-8735177with any questions or for more information.
Sunday, October 9th from 1:00pm
The Great Chicken Soup Cook Off
Included with Admission – Buy Tickets Now!
Inspired by our current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage our first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! We already know the miraculous power of chicken soup, now we want to find the best chicken soup in Maryland. We invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search.
Wednesday, October 19, 6:35pm
Film Screening: Denial
For information contact Jill Max, email@example.com
Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University and the Baltimore Jewish Council
The film tells the true story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel. Dr. Hana Bor, Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor at Towson University, will introduce the film and facilitate a talk back immediately following the screening.
This event is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the Charles Theater box office for the 6:35 PM showing of the film on Wednesday, October 19th.
Bonus: Dr. Deborah Lipstadt will speak about the film at Towson University on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM in the College of Liberal Arts. This event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00pm
Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice
Location: Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required HERE.
Co-sponsors: Baltimore Jewish Council, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
How can we seek justice for Holocaust victims whose property was taken and lives were torn apart? In her new book, former BBC investigative journalist Dina Gold describes the Nazi seizure of her family’s stately six-story building and her extensive battle to reclaim it and rebuild their legacy.
Join us to learn about the ongoing challenges of restitution and the Museum’s resources that individuals like Gold have used to research the fate of family members and that others have used to build legal cases, including the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database and the International Tracing Service archive.
Sunday, October 30th, 1:00 pm
Collecting, Preserving and Exhibiting:
Exploring the Collections of the Nation’s Medical Museum
Speaker Andrea Schierkolk, National Museum of Health and Medicine
Join us as we welcome The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) staff to Baltimore for an exploration of their collections. Explore how NMHM transformed from a “cabinet of curiosities” into a vital resource, contributing to scientific collaborations and public appreciation of the value of military medicine to the nation.
*This program is a part of Free Fall Baltimore
Wednesday, November 2nd, 5:30pm
The Past & Future of Healthcare in Maryland
Speakers: Katie Wunderlich, Vinny DeMarco, and Michelle A. Gourdine
Presented by the Baltimore Jewish Council
An engaging conversation on new healthcare initiatives in Maryland. The talk will be followed by a tour of the Museum’s special exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.” For more info or to RSVP please contact Madeline Suggs at (410) 542-4850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 6th from 10:30 am
Sketching inside B’nai Israel Synagogue
Doodlers, Dabblers and Artists: Art-Making Workshops at the JMM
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 or relaxation and creation.
Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm
Our Bodies Our Health: Jewish Women’s Healing Rituals
Speaker Cara Rock-Singer, PhD Candidate Columbia University
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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.
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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org. For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org 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.
Please note that the Museum is closed the following dates for Jewish festivals:
–Wednesday, October 12
–Monday, October 17
–Tuesday, October 18
–Monday, October 24
–Tuesday, October 25
We will be closing early at 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 11
Click Here for complete hours and tour times.
There are so many new things at Esther’s Place, it’s hard to know where to start! A few of our favorites include “Jewish Penicillin” soup bowls in support of this weekend’s Great Chicken Soup Cook Off, mugs and trays and water bottles sporting skulls and skeletons (in support of Beyond Chicken Soup, but just in time for a certain spooky October holiday), playsets that promote STEAM play (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) in the 5 – 12 year old set, gorgeous new Judaica and home goods from acclaimed designer, and not least of all, a selection of fun new Judaica in Ravens’ colors. Stop in or call for all of your gift giving needs. Yes, we’ll ship it!
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Posted on September 26th, 2016 by Rachel
As a former arts-and-crafts camp counselor, and someone who takes art classes for fun, I’m really excited about our new sketching workshops. Earlier this summer we hosted artists both inside and outside the Lloyd Street Synagogue, and in November we’ll bring people into B’nai Israel for the chance to draw the sanctuary.
Rabbi Mintz and his family at our plein air workshop in July.
Participants drawing the inside of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in August.
Last night’s program focused on our collections, so I not only had the fun of participating, I also had the pleasure of choosing a variety of artifacts to create a challenging still life. This required a lot of over-thinking on my part – after all, we have over 11,000 objects to choose from! – and not everything made the cut this time, but it came together into a nice display, with an assortment on one pedestal and a single item – a Russian samovar, which was one of the first things that came to my mind when this program was first mentioned – on another.
Claire Tesh, her daughter Lena, and facilitator Matt Adelberg discuss technique.
Doesn’t my still life look nice? I know you all wish you had the chance to draw that fantastic hat.
Thanks to our wonderful workshop facilitators, Matt Adelberg and Christen Chiori, JMM staff have had the chance to relax and participate, taking some time to really look at and enjoy our buildings and collections.
Facilitator Christen Chiosi works with three of our summer interns in the Lloyd Street Synagogue during the August workshop.
Tracie Guy-Decker took a few minutes to join the artists inside the Synagogue in August.
At yesterday’s workshop I attempted to draw my challenging still life, and it was challenging… but my samovar came out much better. Gift of Hadassah Greater Baltimore. JMM 1979.34.1
We welcome artists of all ages at these events, as the young ladies below attest. After all, our collections – from small wooden blocks to the buildings themselves – are held in the public trust, for research and study as well as preservation and exhibition. Whether you have mad skills with a pencil or just want to give it a try, we hope you take these opportunities to closely examine, with an artist’s eye, our fabulous pieces of history.
Two young artists and their work.
Next workshop: Sketching inside B’nai Israel – Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 a.m.
A blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts by Joanna click HERE.