A Goodbye to Summer

Posted on September 24th, 2012 by

The New Year has begun and the calendar has declared it officially fall. While I’m all for cooler weather and warm beverages, it’s always fun to look back at the summer-that-was.

The summer started with a bittersweet note - a farewell party for former executive director Avi Decter.

We welcomed over a DOZEN interns for the summer!

Kayam Farm came out, we made farmers cheese, tasted kosher wine, and talked about Shavous at June's Brews & Schmooze event: Cheese, Cheers, and Celebrations!

We caught a few "Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore" with Gil Sandler.

SuperKids campers spent time in our exhibits and historic synagogues throughout July.

Our partnership with Exeter Gardens moved forward, with building planters...

...planting green things, and painting the space for fun and games.

We got our Havdallah Hoedown on.

The Sol Food Bus traveled up to the Museum for a Family Day...

...and we made butter and jam!

We learned about the history of Jews and baseball with Hank Greenberg.

And celebrated the Olympics with our own intern competition.

We made a LOT of ice cream.

(And ATE a lot of ice cream!)

Really, can you think of a better way to spend the summer? But the fun doesn’t stop just because the leaves are turning! Can’t wait to see you at our upcoming fishy festivities:

*Photos by Will Kirk, Shiv Gendhi and JMM Staff.

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Greetings from Exhibitions!

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by

Hi everyone! My name is Meryl Feinstein and I am the newest Exhibitions Intern here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. As a recent Art History graduate from Brandeis University, the majority of my previous experience in the museum field has been art-related. Most recently, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to work at Brandeis’s hidden gem: The Rose Art Museum. The Rose harbors one of the best – if not the best – modern and contemporary art collections in New England. From Picasso and Chagall to de Kooning and Warhol, the Rose has it all! To some of you, the name may ring a bell if you’ve heard about the university’s recent movement to close the museum’s doors, the threat to sell its collection in light of severe economic trials, or the lawsuit that followed. Yet thanks to tremendous support and protest from faculty, staff, and students, I am thrilled to say that the Rose reopened its doors to the public this past fall to an audience of thousands and is in the process of organizing an exciting series of exhibitions for the coming year! I learned so much working in a small, close-knit institution and was able – for the first time – to engage with objects behind-the-scenes, witness an exhibition’s installation, and offer my own input throughout the process. I highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in the greater Boston area.

 

Photo: The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University

 

My experience at the Rose – in addition to others – has in large part landed me here at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. It was at the Rose that I really discovered my love of studying, handling, and researching objects. Though the content of this collection is very different than that of the Rose, I am delighted to become a part of the JMM team and continue my learning experience. I have already begun working on some fascinating research for a potential exhibition regarding the Jewish connection to the medical field in Maryland. The big questions we’re thinking about are quite simple: Why are Jews so consistently associated with medical professions? Is this association true or myth? Why are Jews so often drawn to the field? What unique intersections between Jews and medicine have occurred (and are occurring) in Maryland? We’re still in the very beginning stages of figuring out our focus, but we’ve uncovered some pretty incredible finds in our collection alone (including the contents of an entire doctor’s office from the early 20th century and a dentist’s engagement ring with a molar in lieu of a stone)!

 

Plasticine “engagement” ring with inset “molar,” made by Edmund Kahn, c. 1905.

 

If you have any questions, comments, and/or stories regarding Jews and medicine in Maryland – the topic includes physicians, pharmacists, dentists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses as well as breakthrough medical inventions and research  – please do let us know. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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From the Archives…

Posted on June 14th, 2012 by

Shalom, my name is Leslie McNamara, and I am an archival intern at the JMM.  In the second week of my internship, I have already started processing incoming collections which means that I organize and provide a description of archival collections to help aid potential researchers.  I am currently working on a collection that contains a significant amount of material on Beth Shalom Congregation inFrederick,Md.  While processing this collection, I have learned that until the early 1920’s, the members of Beth Shalom did not have a synagogue of their own to fulfill their religious and communal needs until the donation of a building that had previously been an Elks Lodge by Leo Wineberg, a prominent lawyer of Frederick, Md.

 

 

Also, I am completing inventory of over-sized archives such as magazines, drawings or paintings, and legal documents.  While doing inventory, I found an anti-semetic illustration from May 11, 1881 entitled “A Hint to the Hebrews” which depicts a floating island of Jewish vacationers staying at the “Hotel du Jerusalem,” just off theshoreofAmericawhich has hotels discriminating against Jews.

 

 

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