Weekend in New York

Posted on December 31st, 2015 by

At the Center for Jewish History.

At the Center for Jewish History.

A few weeks ago I visited New York City to see a few exhibits, Broadway shows and of course the holiday decorations around Rockefeller Plaza. My first stop was the Center for Jewish History in lower Manhattan. I had actually never heard of the Center, but was glad that I discovered it. It opened in late 2000 and includes both permanent displays, such as the stunning Luminous Manuscript which is shaped like a Talmud page, and temporary exhibits. I visited several exhibits including one called “Modeling the Synagogue: From Dura to Touro,” which contained ten scale models of history synagogues commissioned by the Yeshiva University Museum ranging from Dura-Europos in 3rd-centurey Syria to Touro Synagogue in 18th century Newport, Rhode Island.

Touro Synagogue model

Touro Synagogue model

I then headed uptown to the Museum of the City of New York.  While there, I saw an exhibit called “Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half.” Jacob Riis was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the century who worked tirelessly to improve housing, health care and education, particularly for immigrants. A review in the NY Times rightly points out that with nearly one of every two New Yorkers still struggling to get by, Riis’s exposure of extreme inequalities is still very timely and relevant. The exhibit featured Riis’s photographs as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence. I was most struck by images of children living in squalid conditions in the Lower East Side. I found one Jewish connection in a photograph of Jewish immigrants laboring in a tenement sweatshop on Hester Street. There were also two videos of the popular slide shows that Riis staged around the country showcasing his photographs.

Sweatshop in Hester St, 1889-90

Sweatshop in Hester St, 1889-90

The second exhibit I went to at the Museum of the City of New York was “Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival.” This exhibit traced the roots of the Folk Music Revival, its growth in New York and its impact on American culture and politics during the 1960s. It contained photographs, documents, instruments, videos and plenty of songs for headphone listening. Stephen Petrus, one of the exhibit’s curators, spoke earlier this month at JMM about the exhibit. I was excited to see early on in the exhibit a copy of The American Songbag by Carl Sandburg, as a couple of years ago I worked as a Park Ranger at the Carl Sandburg Home in North Carolina. One of my favorite pieces was Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for “Blowing in the Wind.” I also found Odetta’s guitar, a broadside by Phil Ochs on the Cuban Missile Crisis and watched a video clip of my idol Pete Seeger and Judy Collins sing a duet. If you want to visit, I’d hurry, because it closes on Jan. 10th!

Folk City

Folk City

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Once Upon a Time…12.19.2014

Posted on August 18th, 2015 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 at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

1996026366Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  December 19, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  1996.026.366

Status:  Identified! Speakers at Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue, circa 1975. Left to right: 1) Rebbitzen Nachama Leibowitz 2) Rabbi Herschel Leibowitz 3) EITHER Joe Omansky (8 respondants) OR Cantor Arthur Schulman (6 respondants) 4) Arnold G. Cohen

Special Thanks To: Dr. Kaplan; Carol Zimmerman; Rita G. Chapin; Harry Chase; Warren Sollod; Max Jacob; Julian Cohen; Ruth Greenfield; Marilyn Yuman; Harry Raschbaum; Marvin Glass; Eileen Lesser; Leia Schwartz; Joyce Franklin; Arnold Goldberg; Bob Steinberg; two anonymous callers

 

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Once Upon a Time…05.09.2014

Posted on January 13th, 2015 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 at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011078058Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  May 9, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.078.058

Status: Partially Identified!  Do you recognize the others in this Beth Shalom Congregation (Carroll County) Hebrew School Class, 2007?

Front Row: 1. unidentified 2. unidentified 3. Mark Shimsak [Teacher] Back Row: 1. Unidentified 2. Felicia Leipold

Special Thanks To: Maxine Kontiff, Barbara Arbesman

 

 

 

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