TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT THE JMM THIS SUMMER

Posted on July 20th, 2011 by

A blog post by associate director Anita Kassof.

1. It’s Colorful.

Photo by Will Kirk.

In Each Other’s Shoes, our exhibition of artwork by Loring Cornish, has been extended until September 15. There’s still plenty of time to come down and see these intricate, evocative, and inspiring works.

2. It’s open late.

We’re open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month, with special programs, food, drink, and entertainment. Next up: “Oy Bay! Celebrating Baltimore’s Favorite Spice,” Thursday August 4 from 6 to 9pm.

3. It’s free.

Enjoying their free admission!

Okay, not all the time, but we do offer complimentary admission on First Thursdays. It’s a great time to check us out.

4. It’s accessible.

We’re right on the Circulator route. Take the orange line, get off at the “Jewish Museum of Maryland” stop (Lombard and Lloyd), and we’re only steps away.

5. It’s on sale.

Now through the end of July, all merchandise in the Museum shop (excluding consignment items) is 40% off. Yes, you read that right: 40% off. Come in now to stock up on bar and bat mitzvah gifts, wedding presents, and a little something for yourself.

6. It’s historic.

Our synagogues are star attractions on Heritage Walk, a pedestrian trail that winds through the neighborhood and includes sites such as the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, the McKim Center, and the Friends Meeting House. Free guided tours depart from the Inner Harbor Visitors Center 7 days a week: weekends at 10 and 1 and weekdays at 10.

7. It’s kid friendly.

Voices of Lombard Street and The Synagogue Speaks are family-friendly exhibitions, with plenty of things to touch and explore. Hands-on history kits add another layer of fun for young visitors.

8. It’s air conditioned.

Even our historic synagogues are nice and cool at this time of year. Thanks to generous support from the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, Save America’s Treasures, The Associated, and others, we updated all the systems in the Lloyd Street Synagogue in 2009.

9. It tells a story.

Our latest publication, The Synagogue Speaks, tells the story of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and the three congregations that worshipped there. Beautifully illustrated by Jonathan Scott Fuqua, it will delight readers of all ages. Come down to buy your copy today.

10. It comes to you.

Still not convinced? Then let us come to you. The JMM Speakers Bureau brings speakers to your group or event. Check out our website for a list of topics: http:///www.jewishmuseummd.org/speakersbureau

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A Visit from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

Posted on June 13th, 2011 by

Last week, our colleagues from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington visited the JMM to learn more about what we do and how we do it, and to talk about potential collaborations between our two institutions. Laura Cohen Apelbaum, the JHSGW’s director, brought a group of trustees, staff members, and interns to meet with Duke Zimmerman, JMM vice-president and chair of our collections committee, Deborah Cardin, and me.

After a morning spent touring the Lloyd Street and B’nai Israel Synaogogues and our “Synagogue Speaks” exhibition, the group settled down to chat with us over lunch. We talked about plans, challenges, and common interests.

The JHSGW and the JMM have a lot in common. Like the JMM, their museum chronicles the story of a Jewish community (in their case, Jews living in the greater Washington, DC area) through collections, publications, programs, and exhibitions. Like the JMM, they are stewards of an historic synagogue—though our Lloyd Street Synagogue (1845) has their Adas Israel Synagogue (1876) beat by 31 years! And like us, they were founded by volunteers in 1960. We’ve grown in similar directions since, with a shared commitment to preserving and interpreting Jewish history and culture in a meaningful way for both Jewish and general audiences.

Visit the JHSGW’s website (http:///www.jhsgw.org/) for a look at their many exciting programs and initiatives, and plan to pay them a visit next time you’re in Washington.

Here we are with our visitors from the JHSGW (Duke Zimmerman, never without a camera, snapped the picture). The group including several trustees and most staff members—like our staff, many JHSGW staffers wear multiple hats and produce an impressive number of high quality programs considering their size.

Here we are in the B'nai Israel Synagogue. One thing the JHSGW did with their synagogue that we didn’t: they moved it! In 1969, volunteers arranged to have Adas Israel relocated about three blocks from its original site in order to save it from demolition.

 

A photo from the move. You can check out more by clicking the picture!

Laura Apelbaum and I stand in front of our computer animation of the Lloyd Street Synagogue sanctuary, showing how it changed over time. This was a big hit with our visitors.

 

A blog post by Associate Director Anita Kassof.

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From the Ground Up

Posted on April 6th, 2011 by

On a bright Sunday in early April the JMM unveiled its newest publication and first book for children at a family program dedicated to the publication. The Synagogue Speaks, a full color picture book written by JMM Associate Director Anita Kassof with watercolor illustrations by well-known local artist Jonathon Scott Fuqua, tells the story of the historic building and the three congregations (two synagogues and one church) that worshipped there. With a story told from the building’s point of view, the book’s  vivid colors and simple, elegant language will surely entrance young readers.

Sunday’s program, called From the Ground Up, celebrated the publication through a variety of activities including painting, building, digging and otherwise exploring the Lloyd Street Synagogue and its gallery. Most poignant was Anita’s reading of the book which took place in the Synagogue itself. A large group of children of various ages listened and looked intently, as Anita read the story and showed the pictures. Young visitors had a rare opportunity to the meet author and illustrator after the reading. A great time was had by all! The Synagogue Speaks is for sale in the JMM Shop and online at jewishmuseummd.org. It sells for $18 and is geared toward children ages 4 to 10.

Anita reads to the group. Photo by Harriett Lynn.

 

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