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What’s Hot at JMM?: Museum Matters, January 2018

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

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Helen, Ruth, and Martin Weinberg bundle up – they won’t let winter keep them in the house, and neither should you! JMM 1996.127.23.55a

The dropping temperature and bitter winds closed JMM on Thursday, but we’ll be open to visitors again on Sunday.  So don’t give in to the temptation to hibernate! The next 30 days are a great time to make your first visit of 2018.

>Hot tickets

You have just 10 more days to see Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage here in Baltimore (on display through Martin Luther King Day, January 15). Don’t miss our January 14 program with Dr. Henry Green as he describes his efforts to create a permanent record of the last generation of Jews to live in the lands of the Middle East (outside Israel) and North Africa.

>Hot topics

Iraq isn’t the only place where a trove of records of the Jewish community was recently discovered. You read the news stories in October about the Yivo Institute’s new finds in Lithuania. Now you can hear directly from the Institute’s director about the context for understanding this legacy.

>Hot off the presses

We’ve had a last minute addition to our exhibit schedule. At the invitation of the Israeli Embassy we will be presenting Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, a panel show on the diplomats recognized as “Among the Righteous of the Nations” by Yad Vashem. The exhibit will open to the public at JMM on February 4, just days after its American premiere on Capitol Hill.

Getting warmer? Details below!


Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


Iraqi Jewish Voices

Iraqi Jewish Voices: Narratives of Memory and Identity
Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture
Sunday, January 14th, 1pm
Speaker: Dr. Henry Green
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Iraqi Jewish Voices tells the story of the last generation of Iraqi Jews displaced in the wake of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel through dramatic contemporary and historical photography, film, and personal narrative.

Digitized by Smooth Solutions at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York.

YIVO and the Lost Jewish Library of Vilna
Sunday, January 21st, 1pm
Speaker: Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director
Included with Museum Admission – Get Tickets Now

Learn about a collection of 170,000 pages saved from the Nazis and recently found in the basement of a LIthuanian church. The collection includes works by Yiddish novelist Chaim Grande, Sholem Aleichem, and Marc Chagall

Members Only

I Missed My Train
Sunday, January 28th, 3:30pm
Film Screening and Talk with Filmmakers
MEMBERS ONLY – Reserve Your Seats

A special preview screening and behind-the-scenes discussion of the documentary film, I Missed My Train featuring Dutch Holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen on a journey to revisit his experiences as a hidden child during the war.

Over the course of six weeks, our lobby will be transformed into a theatre as we host staged readings, living history dramatic shows, musical performances, movies and author talks that explore a variety of topics and genres – from Yiddish Theatre to punk – and are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages and backgrounds.


You can view all the programs in the JMM Live! series HERE.

>>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  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit or check out BIYA on Facebook.

Soul to Soul
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $26 in advance, $31 at the door
Location: The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Zalmen Mlotek, an internationally recognized Yiddish folk music expert and Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, teams up with Broadway veterans and a klezmer jazz band for this memorable evening. More info.

Esther’s Place

We are constantly getting new and interesting merchandise at Esther’s Place!

This month, our newest arrivals include a series of products featuring our bespoke image of the Lloyd Street Synagogue and new work from acclaimed designer Michael Aram. Stop by and check it out!

Ongoing at the JMM


Exhibits on display include Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage (don’t delay, exhibit closes January 15th!), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks.

Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

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Upcoming Events!

Posted on February 12th, 2015 by

1024px-View_of_Baltimore_-_William_H._BartlettClimbing the Ladder of Success in a Nineteenth-Century Boomtown: The Cohen Family in Early Baltimore

Sunday, February 15th, 1:00 P.M.

Speaker: Tina Sheller, Goucher College

When Israel I. Cohen died in Richmond, Virginia in 1803, his wife, Judith, packed up her belongings and moved herself and her children to Baltimore.  Why Baltimore?  Early Baltimore was a bustling port town of merchants, shopkeepers, skilled craftsmen, workers, and slaves.  How did these groups contribute to the dynamic expansion of the city’s antebellum economy? Who were the people that populated the growing port town, and how did the Cohens and other Jewish families adapt to life in a city soon to be known as “Mobtown?”  All of these questions and more will be answered as we journey back in time to the era of Boomtown Baltimore.

Tina H. Sheller is an assistant professor of History at Goucher College where she teaches courses in American history and Historic Preservation.


Jew Bill imageHow Jews Entered American Politics: The Curious Case of Maryland’s “Jew Bill”

Sunday, February 22nd, 1 p.m.

Rafael Medoff, The David Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies


During Maryland’s first decades, a “Christians Only” policy applied to those seeking public office. Dr. Rafael Medoff, a noted scholar of Jewish involvement in American politics, will take a candid look at the Maryland legislature’s debates in the early 1800s over political rights for Jews and other non-Christians –a controversy that sheds fascinating light on the process by which Jews entered the American political arena.

Dr. Rafael Medoff is the author of 15 books about American Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust, including a textbook, Jewish Americans and Political Participation, which was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2003” by the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine.



The Girls’ Photography Project Exhibition Reception

Sunday, March 1, 1:00pm

Program included with museum admission 

In 2014, 15 African American and Orthodox Jewish girls ages 10-14 participated in a series of workshops that enabled them to learn about each other’s perspectives living in their northwest Baltimore City community. They learned to use a camera, take quality photos and most importantly, got to know one another while gaining an understanding of each other’s life experiences. The photos in this exhibit feature their view points and are truly one of a kind. 

The exhibit has been sponsored by CHAI: Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. in partnership with Wide Angle Media. This project has been generously supported by: David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, The Fund for Change at The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, Nathan & Lillian Weinberg Family Foundation, The Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund, and The Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg Fund.

The exhibit will be on display February 23-March 8, 2015.


Opening Reception for My Family Story

Thursday, March 12

 7:00 – 9:00pm


Join the JMM for an evening celebrating/honoring Jewish family history. Over the past few months, the JMM has worked with middle school students from Beth Tfiloh on an exciting and creative education program, My Family Story. In this inspiring program, students work with museum staff to investigate their family roots and discover deeper connections to larger issues of American Jewish history, community, Jewish identity and Israel. Their exploration culminates in an artistic expression that creatively represents their family’s history. The JMM is greatly looking forward to showcasing all of the students’ work on the evening of March 12th and invites the community to join us.


Got Shabbat: Bolton Street Synagogue with Jewish Museum of Maryland

March 13, 2015, 5:45pm

Venue: Bolton Street Synagogue

Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Bolton Street Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore for a fantastic Shabbat evening specially designed for families with young chidlren.

Got Shabbat is an enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration at a different synagogue each month. The evening includes Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for young children. Enjoy the opportunity to meet and connect with other families and the Jewish community. Families new to the area, interfaith families, and families new to Shabbat observance are all welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!

Contact: Cindy Neuman
410.559.3582 |
Register Online

For more information visit


Late Night on Lloyd Street: DIY Matzah Making

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6pm


During the Passover Seder, we don’t just hear the story of Exodus; we see, smell, feel and taste liberation. Prepare for this multi-sensory experience with a night of wine tasting and matzah making! Matzah and wine are both central Passover symbols. Join us as we learn about the significance of matzah with Rabbi Levi Druk of Chabad Downtown and sample a variety of mevushal wines from Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits. Finally, have the chance to make your own matzah to share with friends and family for the holiday!

As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Contact Carolyn Bevans at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email at with questions!


What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them—and Why

Speaker Dr. Betsy Bryan, Johns Hopkins University

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 1 pm

Included with Museum Admission 

Mendes Cohen spent several months travelling in Egypt building a wonderful collection of antiquities that would later go on to form the basis of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum. We are very excited to be welcoming museum director Prof. Betsey Bryan to talk about the collection Mendes developed and the Egypt Mendes would have encountered during his travels.


Egypt Family Day

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 12 – 4pm


A 19th-Century American Jew Visits the Holy Land: Mendes Cohen in Jerusalem

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Weiner

Sunday, April 19th, 1:00 P.M.

Included with Museum Admission

Travel to the Holy Land with Mendes Cohen, early 19th century adventurer and proud citizen of the young American republic. Cohen’s account of his Middle Eastern journey, entertainingly recorded in his letters home, paints a fascinating portrait of the Jewish community of Palestine and offers a remarkable glimpse into one man’s evolving American Jewish identity.

debDeborah R. Weiner is former Research Historian and Family History Coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. She is currently co-writing a book on the history of the Jews of Baltimore.




Closing Reception for Learning Your Letters: Braille Art

Sunday, May 3, 2015

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Admission is Free

Learning Your Letters: Braille Art,  presented by the JMM and the Braille Art Gallery, features braille drawings of artists of all ages and all abilities, to promote braille literacy.  The exhibit will be open to the public in the lobby of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, from April 15, 2015, through May 3, 2015.

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