Once Upon a Time…04.16.2012

Posted on December 4th, 2012 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, contactJobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or jzink@jewishmuseummd.org.

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  April 16, 2012

PastPerfect Accession #:  2003.035.026

Status:  Identified! Cindy and Dr. Steve Levin, dancing at Reisterstown Owings Mills B’nai B’rith Installation Dinner and Dance Held April 1991 at the Holiday Inn in Pikesville, MD

Special Thanks To: Anonymous; Nadine Weinstein, Debbie Kodak, Dr. Steve Millison, Dr. Barry Berman, Yvonne Pentove, Bob Fleishman, Wendy Brennell, Marvin (no last name), Shirley Sheer

 

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Once Upon a Time…12.23.2011

Posted on July 18th, 2012 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. Click here to see the most recent photo on their website. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contactJobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or jzink@jewishmuseummd.org.

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  December 23, 2011

PastPerfect Accession #:  2003.035.090

Status:  Mostly Identified! B’Nai B’rith Chanukah Lighting in Reisterstown Shopping Center. L- R: 1. unidentified 2.  Rabbi Richard Margolis 3. Steve Tapper, President  Maryland State Association of B’nai B’rith (standing behind podium)*  4. Ted Levin, President of the Reisterstown Owings Mills Lodge of B’nai B’rith. (standing slightly  back)  5. Frada Wall, VP Maryland State Association 6. (standing on the side) unidentified

 

Special Thanks To: Mel Gosfine, Idy Harris, Frada Wall, Steven Tapper, Rabbi Paul Kerbel, Barry Ash

 

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Baltimore’s Suburban Story

Posted on August 1st, 2011 by

A blog post by Summer Intern Laura Tomes.

For the past two months, I have been doing the preliminary research for a new exhibit on suburbia and nostalgia in Baltimore from 1950-1980. In the course of my reading, I have discovered that suburbia is a slippery concept. Everybody knows what suburbs are, but no-one agrees quite how to define them. Jewish suburbia is even harder to pin down. What are the Jewish suburbs of Baltimore? The Northwest, of course! Pikesville, Owings Mills and Reisterstown. Once we could include Randallstown in that list too. But how and when did they become Jewish suburbs?  The U.S. census does not ask questions about religious affiliation, so it is difficult to know how many Jews have historically lived in any given place at any given time. But, we can make some logical deductions.

Baltimore’s Urban-Rural Demarcation Line, created in 1967, distinguishes between the suburbs of Baltimore and the rural areas surrounding them. Photo Credit: http:///www.neighborspacebaltimorecounty.org/About.html, accessed 7.20.11

The suburbs of Baltimore were not divided into census tracts until 1960. So to compare and contrast population growth before 1960, we have to look to a bigger unit of population measurement, one that has been used for a much longer period of time: the minor civil division. The area around Randallstown corresponds to minor civil division 2, the area around Pikesville corresponds to minor civil division 3, and the area around Owings Mills and Reisterstown corresponds to minor civil division 4. Looking at the population data from the census for these areas yields some interesting results. In 1940, the population for these three minor civil divisions numbered only around 7,000 people. By 1950, it had grown only by about 2-3,000. However, between 1950 and 1960, the population of these three areas grew to around 25,000 – an increase of more than double. Between 1960 and 1970, the population doubles again, increasing to between 30,000 and 50,000. By 1980, however, the population growth levels out, only increasing by 3-5,000 people.

Reisterstown in 1936. How much has changed!

So we can tell from this that 1950-1970 are clearly the most important years in the growth of Baltimore’s Jewish suburbs. Add to the population figures the fact that the Beltway was constructed between 1959 and 1962, and that the Social Security Administration headquarters were built in Woodlawn in 1960, and we begin to get a sense of why the suburbs of northwest Baltimore became convenient places to live and work in these decades. Indeed, we have found that many new housing developments were advertised in the Baltimore Jewish Times along Liberty and Reisterstown roads beginning in the early 1950’s,  It is interesting, however that during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the real estate advertisements of the Baltimore Jewish times are full almost exclusively with adverts for apartment blocks being built in suburbs outside the Beltway. In addition, marriage announcements frequently include references to young couples beginning their married lives in suburban apartment complexes such as Scotts Level, Eton Hall, and Pikesville Plaza. So while suburban development began with housing development in the early 1950’s, it seems there was definitely a trend towards suburban apartment living amongst young Baltimore Jews during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Field’s Pharmacy at Pikesville medical center, 1958.

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