JMM Insights: Recovery & Renewal

Posted on May 17th, 2019 by

This month’s edition of JMM Insights comes from Program Manager Trillion Attwood, as she shares a look at the development of our newest program series, Recovery & Renewal: The Immigration Experience. Missed any previous editions of JMM Insights? You can catch up here!

This Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm, we open a new series of programs in partnership with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation with generous support from the Lois Rosenfield Caring Fund of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

The series, titled Recovery & Renewal: The Immigration Experience, has been in development since 2018 and is inspired by our current exhibit Stitching History from the Holocaust. This exhibit, on loan from the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, explores the attempts made by one woman and her husband to escape from Nazi persecution and find refuge in America. The exhibit reminds viewers that the staggering loss of life during the Holocaust denied the world not merely of millions of human beings, but of the potential achievements of those individuals—whether artistic, scientific, political, philosophical, or otherwise.

At the JMM we use programming to add to the conversations that are started within our exhibits. In the case of Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini we decided to explore in greater detail subjects such as Houdini’s wife Bess, his time in Hollywood, and his place in Vaudeville history.

As we began to think about programing to accompany Stitching History from the Holocaust, and the national debate surrounding immigration was increasingly noisy, impassioned, and complicated, we saw an opportunity. We decided to use our programming to not just explore the past, but also explore how the lessons that were learned (or at least should have been learned) during the Holocaust– apply to our current situation.

Much of the current political rhetoric around immigration mirrors that of the 1930s and 1940s. For example, the way in which individuals’ religion was perceived to be indicative of their potential negative impact upon society, or the way in which individuals, regardless of religion, were denied access to safe havens despite facing intolerable and dangerous conditions in their homes.

As we explored our options in this vein, we learned that Baltimore Hebrew Congregation was also looking to explore similar themes. This led to a collaboration and the development of this series. Both the Museum and Baltimore Hebrew wanted a series that was easily accessible and would explore both the history of the Holocaust and contemporary stories of immigration.

We hope this series will encourage greater understanding and empathy for those who are trying to enter our country today, while dispelling some of the myths and misinformation within some political rhetoric. By encouraging visitors to act now, we hope to avoid future generations having to ask the same questions: What could have been? What achievements were lost?

The generous funding provided by the Lois Rosenfield Caring Fund to support this series means we are able to offer additional features for the series’ programs. All the presentations will be followed by a light reception, during which we will continue to discuss the themes explored within the presentations. We will take time to really reflect upon what we have heard and think about how we might best be able to apply the lessons learned to the current immigration situation and our own lives.

Additionally, a free bus will be offered from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to the JMM for all programs — you don’t have to worry about finding parking downtown. This bus is available for anyone attending the programs, not just Baltimore Hebrew Congregation members!

This is certain to be an excellent, thought provoking, and inspiring series. Please join us for one or more of the upcoming programs – I would especially encourage you to try to attend one from each era of immigration explored.

You can find a full list of the programs in this series which are taking place both at the JMM and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation here.

Above images of immigration selected from the collections of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.


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Museum Matters: May 2019

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by

Where It’s Always May

Thirteen years ago, Congress and the President established May as National Jewish Heritage Month. The concept paralleled the established months to honor African-American, Hispanic American and other cultures in our diverse national quilt. This month we will indeed feature several programs addressing the Jewish immigrant experience and the intersection between the Holocaust and American life.

But, of course, the same can be said for June, July, and August. Jews have lived in North America for more than 350 years – way too much story to cover in just 31 days. So next winter when it is 5 below zero in February, just say “I’m going to the JMM, because there it’s always May!”


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.


Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1pm
Speaker: Jack Burkert, Baltimore Museum of Industry
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:30pm
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Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30pm
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7pm
Speaker: Michael Dobbs, author
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:30pm
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Recovery & Renewal: The Immigration Experience Series

Different Horrors/Same Hell: Jewish Women Experience the Holocaust
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1pm
Speaker: Dr. Myrna Goldenberg
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>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<


Esther’s Place

Make a fashion statement that supports local artists including silk painter Diane Tuckman and jewelry designers Barbie Levy and Carolyn Buckman. Plus, prep for and celebrate upcoming Mother’s and Father’s Day holidays with fondly-remembered Baltimore family stories, mug inspiration, and more.

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Posted on March 8th, 2019 by

Museum Matters:March 2019

March is the time of year when our programming becomes truly eclectic. In the next 30 days we will feature both a mid-week film and a multi-media performance for the final weekend of the Jewish refugees and Shanghai exhibit, the great student projects at our annual My Family Story presentation, a rhyming workshop based on a children’s book, Sephardi musical traditions plus films about Israeli baseball players and a Jewish strongman. Talk about a big Megillah!

No matter how you roll the dice to select your day(s) to visit, you are bound to find an exciting new experience at JMM this March. And remember – museum membership includes free admission to our programs. Now is the perfect time to become a member (if you aren’t yet part of the family). We can’t wait to see you here.


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.


Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 1:00pm

Kreplach & Dim Sum
Speaker: Cantor Robyn Helzner
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Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 1pm

And There Was Evening And There Was Morning
Presenters: Harriet Helfand, author & Ellen Kahan Zager, author and illustrator
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Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1:00pm

Sephardic Art Song: A Musical Legacy of the Sephardic Diaspora
Presenters: Lori Şen and Jeremy Lyons
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 6:30pm

Maryland Premiere
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
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Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3:00pm

Baltimore Premiere
The Mighty Atom
Speaker: Steven Greenstein, filmmaker
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Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 1:00pm

Behind the Seams: Weaving a Story of Loss and Discovery
Speaker: Molly Dubin, Jewish Museum Milwaukee
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Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm

Connected Threads
Members-Only Reception*
Speaker: Joanna Church, Fashion Statement curator
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Mark the openings of our newest exhibits, Stitching History from the Holocaust and Fashion Statement with an interactive wine and cheese reception. (dietary laws observed)

*Not yet a member? Join 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  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Esther’s Place

This March at Esther’s Place we’re all about identity, stories, and fun! Find your perfect Purim noisemaker, costume idea or accessory, or gift basket inspiration from among our selection of toys, books, and Purim-themed items. March is also National Reading Month and National Craft Month so don’t forget to celebrate by exploring our children and adult books, and craft items such as “decorate your own” mezuzahs and tzedakah boxes.



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