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Marylanders Feel the Wonder of Space

Posted on December 31st, 2019 by

A blog post by Director of Collections and Exhibits Joanna Church. To read more posts by Joanna click HERE.

As some of you know, the JMM is bringing Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, an original exhibition created by the Center for Jewish History, to Baltimore in May 2020.

The exhibit features national and international stories of Jewish contributions to astronomy, space exploration, and science-fiction, from antiquity to today. There will be something for everyone, from dedicated space scientists to casual pop-culture fans, and anyone in between.

The original exhibit was shown in a small gallery, and so – if you’ll pardon the pun – the JMM has a lot of space to fill. As well as taking the opportunity to add some Maryland flavor to the existing exhibition components, we’re creating a special section on what the study of space means to Marylanders of ALL backgrounds and traditions.

I can’t emphasize this enough: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO PARTICIPATE! If you grew up, live, or work in Maryland, and have an interest in space exploration in fact or fiction, we want your input!

We’ve created a brief survey, accessible via the Google Form link below, and we hope you’ll take a few moments to answer our questions about your connection with the wonder of space.  Please feel free to forward the survey to others who might be interested – we’re casting our net wide, and we want to reach as many people as possible.

Questions? Suggestions for people we should contact to make sure they have the chance to participate? Ideas for artifacts and photos we can include? Let us know! Contact Joanna Church, Director of Collections and Exhibits, at or 443-873-5176.  We’re very excited about bringing this great exhibit to Maryland, and we’re looking forward to discovering, and sharing, how Marylanders feel the wonders of space. Thanks in advance for your participation!

As many “Star Trek” fans know, actor Leonard Nimoy based the Vulcan hand sign for “Live long and prosper” on one of the gestures in the priestly blessing performed by KohanimThough best known by mainstream America thanks to the show, the symbol can also be found in various religious contexts, such as this wooden ark decoration from B’nai Reuben’s synagogue on Cottage Avenue, founded in 1934. Gift of Alvin Becker. JMM 1997.112.1.

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