April 10, 2018: A Decade in the Making

Posted on March 9th, 2018 by

Performance Counts: March 2018

This month’s edition of Performance Counts comes to us from Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker. Read more posts from Tracie by clicking HERE.

Ten Years in the Making

In 1971, Isaac M. Fein, the founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland (predecessor to the JMM), published a comprehensive history of the Jewish community of Baltimore. The Making of An American Jewish Community: The History of Baltimore Jewry from 1773 to 1920, was originally published by the Jewish Publication Society of America and then re-released by the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland in 1985. It is an excellent book, and one that our Senior Vice President, Dr. Robert Keehn, recommends to friends and family alike.

In 2008, JMM’s then-director Avi Decter and JMM’s then-researcher Deb Weiner started talking about the successor to the Fein book. Deb suggested they bring in their colleague, Eric Goldstein to help research and write, and so began a journey that is scheduled to reach its finish on April 10 at 6:30pm with the official launch of On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore.

Samuel and Albertina Harrison at 1216 McElderry St., c. 1890. JMM 1991.36.1

We have notes in our institutional archives from a conversation the two colleagues had on August 28, 2008. Questions they were asking themselves included: How would they structure it? How could they update and complement the research Fein had done and tell the story into the twenty-first century? How could they include some of Gil Sandler’s important and compelling storytelling work? What distinguishes Baltimore’s story from other American communities?

The questions were intriguing to Museum staff and board, as well as some important patrons. At least seven donors made the book research, writing, and publishing happen, including: the Richard and Rosalee C. Davison Foundation, Willard and Lillian Hackerman, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation, and the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds. Additional financial support for the project was provided by the Southern Jewish Historical Society and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University.

“The Masquerade Ball of the Harmony Circle, New Assemblr Rooms, March 1st 1866.” JMM 1990.44.1

Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) is the publisher of the work, per a contract signed between the two entities nearly five years ago. The questions from ten years ago are now answered in the JHUP/JMM publication of five chapters (plus an introduction and an epilogue) across 320 pages of historical storytelling. An additional 46 pages convey 907 footnotes. And because this is a work created by and with the Museum, more than 130 images–curated from our collections or borrowed from colleagues at more than 20 other institutions or private collections–punctuate the story.

Rosalie Silber Abrams (top left) and Governor Marvin Mandel (bottom left) at a signing ceremony for legislation Abrams sponsored. JMM 1983.88.17.1

And what a story it is! Ranging from the eighteenth century until the twenty-first, On Middle Ground presents compelling characters and absorbing dramas. The authors argue that Baltimore, with its multiple modes of in-the-middle-ness (as a port for both products and people, and as an in-between space—geographically and culturally—bordering both north and south), created an environment that made it a microcosm of the broader American (Jewish) story.

At the Museum on April 10, Deb Weiner will give a preview of the story with a book talk entitled Life on the Border: The Role of Place in Shaping the Baltimore Jewish Experience. Gill Sandler will also be there to entertain and enlighten as he is wont to do.

Temple Oheb Shalom groundbreaking, 1959. Pictured are Philip Kaufman, Scott Preterman, Arthur Feldman, Helene Sacherman, Shelby Silver, Marge Hecht, Sammy Fox, Steve Agetstein, Roy Gamse, Louis Salai, and John Katz,JMM 2002.117.11

If you can’t make April 10 (or you want to collect that second signature on your personalized copy!), co-author Eric Goldstein will join us at the Museum on May 9, sharing a different aspect of the book with a talk entitled Myth vs. Reality: The Maryland Jew Bill in Historical Context.

Whether or not you can make it to the official launch event, we hope you’ll come see us soon, and pick up your copy of the book at Esther’s Place!

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Groundhog Predicts Seven More Weeks of Programs!

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 by

Museum Matters: February 2018

February 11 – March 25, 2018

Rumor has it that Punxsutawney Phil is expanding his repertoire beyond weather forecasting. Perhaps he’ll come out of the shadows to say something tomorrow about “edutainment” opportunities ahead. If he does, we feel certain that he’ll mention JMM Live! – a sure cure for your winter blues, no matter how long we are stuck in the cold.

Our programs of music, theater, film (with live director conversations) and author talks kicks off on Feb. 11th with Cantor Geller’s Yiddish Sing-A-Long and continues through March 25. It includes encounters with Jewish punk rock, Gertrude Stein and Henrietta Szold. Sorry Phil, no groundhogs, but we do have a “monkey,” a new documentary about the Jewish refugee couple who created Curious George.

We developed the concept for JMM Live! last summer when we “knew” that our Feldman Gallery would be dark in February and March as we transitioned between exhibits. But at the last minute, the Embassy of Israel offered us Beyond Duty, a panel exhibit on the diplomats from around the globe who struggled to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. So if you’re looking for something new to do on a dreary day in February come see the light and the lively at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

~Marvin


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

FEBRUARY & MARCH

Kicks Off February 11th!

Over the course of six weeks, our lobby will be transformed into a theatre as we host staged readings, living history dramatic shows, musical performances, movies and author talks that explore a variety of topics and genres – from Yiddish Theatre to punk – and are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

You can view all the programs in the JMM Live! series HERE.

FEBRUARY

02.11.2018

“Lomer Alle Zingen” Let’s Sing:
An Afternoon of Yiddish Song
Sunday, February 11th, 3:00pm
Presenter: Hazzan Sara Geller, B’nai Shalom of Olney
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02.15.2018

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Thursday, February 15th, 7:00pm
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02.18.2018

Phoebe and Eubie: The Odd Couple
Sunday, February 18th, 1:00pm
Speaker: Hugh Wyatt, author
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02.25.2018

Ida Rehr
February 25 at 1 pm
Performer: Katherine Lyons
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02.25.2018

Maryland Premiere
Monkey Business:
The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators!

February 25 at 5 pm
Get Tickets Now


MARCH

03.04.2018

Hava Nashira: Songs and Stories
March 4 at 10 am – perfect for ages 5 and under!
March 4 at 11am – perfect for ages 8 and under!
Performer: Daveed Korup, musician and storyteller
Get Tickets Now

03.04.2018

Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk
March 4 at 3 pm
Speaker: Michael Croland, author
Performer: Na Nach Oi! (featuring Yishai Romanoff)
Get Tickets Now

04.11.2018

A Night of Musical Theatre:
How Jewish composers impacted Broadway
March 11 at 5 pm
Performer: Sarah Baumgarten
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04.15.2018

Gertrude Stein and a Companion at the JMM
March 15 at 7 pm
In partnership with Fells Point Corner Theatre
Get Tickets Now

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

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.

Esther’s Place

It’s Super “Bowl” weekend and we’ve got the perfect bowl for every home! From kitschy to elegant to avant-garde, stop in to Esther’s Place and find your favorite.

Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations (opening Sunday, Feb. 4th), 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

Membership

Make it official! Become a Member of the JMM.
Learn More about membership.
Already ready? Join Here.

Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers!
Click Here to learn more.

 

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What’s Hot at JMM?: Museum Matters, January 2018

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

Image of Ready for Winter

Helen, Ruth, and Martin Weinberg bundle up – they won’t let winter keep them in the house, and neither should you! JMM 1996.127.23.55a

The dropping temperature and bitter winds closed JMM on Thursday, but we’ll be open to visitors again on Sunday.  So don’t give in to the temptation to hibernate! The next 30 days are a great time to make your first visit of 2018.

>Hot tickets

You have just 10 more days to see Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage here in Baltimore (on display through Martin Luther King Day, January 15). Don’t miss our January 14 program with Dr. Henry Green as he describes his efforts to create a permanent record of the last generation of Jews to live in the lands of the Middle East (outside Israel) and North Africa.

>Hot topics

Iraq isn’t the only place where a trove of records of the Jewish community was recently discovered. You read the news stories in October about the Yivo Institute’s new finds in Lithuania. Now you can hear directly from the Institute’s director about the context for understanding this legacy.

>Hot off the presses

We’ve had a last minute addition to our exhibit schedule. At the invitation of the Israeli Embassy we will be presenting Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, a panel show on the diplomats recognized as “Among the Righteous of the Nations” by Yad Vashem. The exhibit will open to the public at JMM on February 4, just days after its American premiere on Capitol Hill.

Getting warmer? Details below!

~Marvin


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

JANUARY

Iraqi Jewish Voices

Iraqi Jewish Voices: Narratives of Memory and Identity
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 14th, 1pm
Speaker: Dr. Henry Green
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Iraqi Jewish Voices tells the story of the last generation of Iraqi Jews displaced in the wake of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel through dramatic contemporary and historical photography, film, and personal narrative.

Digitized by Smooth Solutions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.

YIVO and the Lost Jewish Library of Vilna
Sunday, January 21st, 1pm
Speaker: Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Learn about a collection of 170,000 pages saved from the Nazis and recently found in the basement of a LIthuanian church. The collection includes works by Yiddish novelist Chaim Grande, Sholem Aleichem, and Marc Chagall

Members Only

I Missed My Train
Sunday, January 28th, 3:30pm
Film Screening and Talk with Filmmakers
MEMBERS ONLY – Reserve Your Seats

A special preview screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of the documentary film, I Missed My Train featuring Dutch Holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen on a journey to revisit his experiences as a hidden child during the war.


Over the course of six weeks, our lobby will be transformed into a theatre as we host staged readings, living history dramatic shows, musical performances, movies and author talks that explore a variety of topics and genres – from Yiddish Theatre to punk – and are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.

FEBRUARY & MARCH

You can view all the programs in the JMM Live! series HERE.


>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


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.

Soul to Soul
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $26 in advance, $31 at the door
Location: The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Zalmen Mlotek, an internationally recognized Yiddish folk music expert and Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, teams up with Broadway veterans and a klezmer jazz band for this memorable evening. More info.


Esther’s Place

We are constantly getting new and interesting merchandise at Esther’s Place!

This month, our newest arrivals include a series of products featuring our bespoke image of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and new work from acclaimed designer Michael Aram. Stop by and check it out!


Ongoing at the JMM

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage (don’t delay, exhibit closes January 15th!), 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


Membership

Make it official! Become a Member of the JMM.
Learn More about membership.
Already ready? Join Here.


Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers!

Click Here to learn more.

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