Once Upon a Time…08.31.2018

Posted on June 12th, 2019 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

JMM 1997.134.114

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: August 31, 2018

PastPerfect Accession #: 1997.134.114

Status: Unidentified – do you recognize this refugee family at a HIAS Purim party in 1977?


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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 tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 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 bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org 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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All about identity at Esther’s Place this Purim

Posted on February 28th, 2019 by

A blog post by JMM Office Manager and Shop Assistant Jessica Konigsberg. For more posts from Jessica, click HERE.

When envisioning our 2019 Esther’s Place Purim celebration within the programming year ahead, it occurred to me that Purim (March 20 – 21 this year) is a celebration of identity and story—two themes that resonate across our upcoming exhibits and programs.

Last year, Purim was new to me so I wrote about our Esther’s Place noisemakers (or groggers), intended to drown out the name of villain Haman during the reading of the Book of Esther of Megillah. This year, I’m keen to learn about the creative, personal aspects of the holiday—the costumes, the lessons, the big themes—and how these fit into our work at JMM.

Storytelling is an evergreen theme at JMM and Esther’s Place. And March is National Reading Month—a fine time to stop by Esther’s Place Shop and explore our selection of engaging titles featuring characters ranging from the mischievous “Five Little Gefiltes” to the tenacious suffragists of Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour.

Celebrate National Reading Month this March at Esther’s Place at JMM.

Stories captivate our hearts and imaginations because they often contain struggles and triumphs, heroes and villains, honorable and wicked intentions, bravery, loyalty, secrecy, sacrifice, and difficult decisions. They can comfort and inspire, distract and entertain, and allow audiences to safely try on new ideas and identities. For young children, storytelling through dramatic play fosters understanding of the world and themselves.

The Purim story takes place in ancient Persia where a Jewish woman named Esther is chosen against her will as Queen to the King Ahasuerus. Mordecai, a Jewish man who raised Esther, angers Ahasuerus’s Prime Minister Haman by refusing to bow before him, and Haman responds by plotting a violent revenge against the Jewish people. Esther bravely exposes her Jewish identity and successfully appeals to the King, saving her people.

The Purim story abounds with concealed identities, dramatic revelations, and miracles disguised as ordinary events. And in keeping with the theme of hiding, children and adults often celebrate Purim by wearing costumes and concealing their identities as Esther did.

Costumes offer new, temporary identities but still reveal truths about the wearer. In April, we’ll explore how we telegraph our identities through fashion and clothing with new exhibit Fashion Statement. What are some of your favorite Purim costumes from years past and what did they reveal (or hide) about you?

I remember learning in elementary school that good stories typically feature a dramatic complication followed by a satisfying resolution. Purim seems to be a holiday celebrating this triumphant resolution. In reality, we might be at the beginning of a story, or perhaps in the middle—but once a year for those who observe, the chance comes to make noise; don new identities; and celebrate victory, diversity, and strong women (yes!).

Here are just some of the fun items available at Esther’s Place this Purim, perfect for dramatizing the Purim story, and engaging the young Purim revelers in your lives.

We offer numerous identity-inspired items that make excellent Purim host gifts. Celebrate a shared identity with our funny custom Jewish Baltimore souvenirs or delightful Mah-jongg products, including key rings with your favorite tiles! We also have a great selection of cookbooks and other thoughtful items to provide inspiration for Purim gift baskets.

And our selection of children’s books and toys offer great inspiration for costumes!

I wish all who celebrate Purim a joyful holiday that is also creative, inclusive, playful, and surprising. And make sure to stop by and ask our staff and volunteers for their National Reading Month recommendations this March!

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