Posted on February 7th, 2012 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. Click here to see the most recent photo on their website. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: June 10, 2011
PastPerfect Accession #: 1993.173.032
Status: Unidentified. Nicholas Beser & 11 men, at religious service, “Passover / Paris”.
Posted on January 26th, 2012 by Jennifer
Those of you who follow our Twitter feed or read the Baltimore Jewish Times know that the museum has reached Manuscript Collection 200! Here is the recently completed finding aid.
From Brigadier General Bernard Feingold's uniform. 1993.43.5k
Brigadier General Bernard Feingold
Jewish Museum of Maryland
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The Feingold collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Brigadier General Bernard Feingold in 1993 as accession 1993.43. The Collection was initially processed in 1993, but was reprocessed by Jennifer Swisko in 2011.
Access to the collection is partially restricted. Photocopied materials in the collection either do not belong to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, or have uncertain title. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from the materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual procedures.
Private Bernard Feingold, Ft. Meade, MD. 1938, 1993.43.17
Brigadier General Bernard Feingold was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8, 1922. He attended the Hebrew Parochial school until his graduation in 1935 and continued his education at Florence Nightingale junior high school. After his graduation in 1937 he attended Baltimore City College, graduating in 1940.
Certificate of Completion, Hebrew Talmudical Seminary and Parochial School, for Bernard Feingold, June 25, 1934. 1993.43.22
In 1938-1939 Feingold joined the Citizens Military Training Corps (CMTC). Then in 1940 he joined the Maryland Guard and remained there until called into active duty overseas during WWII. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of operations and took part in the Aleutian Islands campaigns, eventually attaining the rank of 1st sergeant.
After the war Feingold remained in the army and received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard based upon his military record.
When he returned toMarylandhe met Thelma Hirsch of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were married on January 23, 1949 inBaltimore. Their only son, Dr. Alex Feingold was born on April 1, 1950.
Feingold continued to move up the ranks and he was serving as executive officer of the 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division at the time of its deactivation in 1968. He was then re-assigned to Maryland Army National Guard Headquarters where he first served as the training officer and then as chief military support to civil authorities. On July 14, 1973 he was promoted to the rank of colonel.
Feingold’s final assignment was as the Director of Plans, operations and Training for the Maryland Army National Guard. During this time he also served as the assistant chief of staff for the Maryland Army National Guard. He retired on July 14, 1978 with 40 years of military service.
Following his retirement from the Maryland Army National Guard he was employed as a consultant to the Adjutant General of Maryland and the Military Department from 1978-1980. From 1980-1982 he was appointed State Quartermaster officer, Military Department, State ofMaryland.
In 1981 Feingold helped to create the Maryland National Guard Museum at Baltimore’s 5th Regiment Armory and later was its director and curator. In 1982 he was appointed to the newly created position of Secretary to the Joint Staff which he held until 1983 and he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1984.
Following his retirement Brigadier General Bernard Feingold continued his work at the Maryland National Guard Museum. He died on February 18, 1999 and in June of that year the 5th Regiment Armory Museum and Memorial Hall was dedicated to his honor.
General Feingold in full dress uniform, c.1980. 1993.43.18
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Feingold collection includes a range of material related to the life and interests of Brigadier General Bernard Feingold and consists of 23 folders that span the years 1922-1988. The collection includes books, pamphlets, programs, certificates, personal correspondence and biographical research related to his military and personal interests.
Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973; Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988; Series III. Biographical Research 1922-1988; Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945.
Series I. Books and Booklets, 1926-1973. The folders in this series contain prayer books issued to Jews in the armed forces. It also includes several other religious books, readers for teaching Yiddish to children, and booklets related to Maryland synagogues.
Series II. Programs and Leaflets 1940-1988. This series contains programs and leaflets related to General Feingold’s life and interests. It includes play and banquet programs, as well as convention information and collected anti-Vietnam and anti-Semitic leaflets.
Series III. Biographical Research 1922-1988 The folders in this series contain biographical and archival information relating to Brigadier General Bernard Feingold, Staff Sergeant Isadore S. Jachman, Abe Sherman, and Dr. Herman Seidel.
Series IV. Pioneer Women’s Forest Tree Certificates 1937-1945. This series contains certificates to and from the Feingold family from the Pioneer Women’s Forest for trees planted in their honor.
Posted on December 15th, 2011 by Jennifer
A large portion of the collections at the Jewish Museum of Maryland document families and organizations centered around the city of Baltimore. But we do have objects, photos and archives that depict the lives of Jewish families and organizations throughout Maryland. This collection has several items from a family who lived in Havre de Grace.
Porcelain plate featuring a picture of Isaac Hecht, Elizabeth Hecht, and Lawrence Hecht in Karlsbad, 1911. 2010.8.4
The Straus-Hecht Family Collection
Jewish Museum of Maryland
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The Straus-Hecht Family Collection was donated to the Jewish Museum of Maryland by Catharine Straus via Eleanor Yuspa in 2009 as accession 2009.023 and Eleanor Yuspa in 2010 as accession 2010.008. The collection was processed in August 2011 by Jennifer Vess.
A portion of the collection is restricted until 2066 and unavailable to researchers. Access to the remainder of the collection is unrestricted and available to researchers at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Researchers must obtain written permission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library’s usual practices
Isaac Hecht was born on December 25, 1864 in Philadelphia,PA to Hannah Simon and Leibman Hecht. For most of his life Isaac lived in Havre de Grace,MD. On June 1, 1887 he married Elizabeth Weiss and the couple had two children Lee Isaac Hecht and Lawrence W. Hecht. Isaac Hecht owned Hecht’s hotel in Havre de Grave, and was a banker. Isaac Hecht died on May 20, 1913 in Havre deGrace,MD but was buried in the Hebrew Fellowship Cemetery in Baltimore,MD, although he never traveled between the two cities.
“Rat-Tat,” St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) Yearbook, 1906; Lee I. Hecht class of 1903. 2010.8.6
Lee Isaac Hecht married Miriam Dannenberg Hecht and they had at least two children: Isaac “I” Hecht and Alan D. Hecht. Isaac Hecht, nicknamed “I,” was born on December 28, 1913 in Baltimorein the home of his grandmother, Henrietta Weinberg Dannenberg, on Eden Street. He attended the Forest Park High School,Johns Hopkins University, and University of Maryland School of Law. After he graduated he became an attorney. On March 26, 1941 he married Catharine Straus. Isaac “I” Hecht received his Hebrew education at Temple Oheb Shalom and continued his affiliation with the synagogue through adulthood, serving as president from 1958 to 1961. He was part of the Legal Aid Society and participated in other charitable work. He died January 23, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Catharine Straus Hecht, nicknamed Kitty, was born on June 18, 1915 inRichmond,VA.Her mother was Rita Baer Straus, born September 29, 1890 in Washington DC, and her father was Henry Cullen Straus, born August 15, 1886 inRichmond,VA. Henry Straus was in the liquor business, but in 1917 after Virginia went dry (in November 1916) the family moved to Baltimore,MD. Catharine was about 2 years old at the time of the move. When Maryland passed Prohibition, Henry left the liquor business and went into clothing manufacturing. He founded the company Straus, Royer & Strass.
“The Ha-Kol,” Religious School of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Yearbook, 1929; Catharine Straus, class 7a. 2010.8.6
Catharine attended Forest Park High School then Goucher College, earning her degree in 1937. Following graduation Catharine became a buyer at Hutzler’s until her marriage to Isaac “I” Hecht in 1941. The couple had three children, Eleanor Miriam Hecht Yuspa, Henry Lee Hecht, and Marjorie Rita Hecht Kaplan. She remained involved with the Central Scholarship Bureau, the Red Cross, the PTA, and other charitable organizations, and was affiliated with the Oheb Shalom Congregation. Catharine died on July 16, 2009.
The Straus-Hecht Family Collection consists of objects, printed materials, and photographs related to the families of Catharine Straus Hecht and her husband, Isaac Hecht. The printed materials contain yearbooks, programs, records books, and ration books. The collection is divided into four series: Series I. Yearbooks, 1905-1965; Series II. Personal Papers, n.d., 1941-2003; Series III. Oheb Shalom Documents, 1928-1993; and Series IV. Business Records, 1937-1966.
Series I. Yearbooks, 1905-1965 consists of yearbooks for Havre de Grace high school, St. John’s College, Ha-Kol, Forest Park High School, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The yearbooks are organized chronologically. When possible the owner of the yearbook is indicated. Few of the yearbooks contain any notations though all three of the University of Maryland School of Medicine yearbooks contain signatures of each member of the graduating class.
Series II. Personal Papers, n.d., 1941-2003 contains World War II ration books, a book on the history ofBaltimore city attorneys and judges and articles related to Isaac and Catharine Hecht.
War Ration book used by Hecht family during World War II. 2010.8.6
Series III. Oheb Shalom Documents, 1928-1993 contains congregational histories and anniversary programs.
Series IV. Business Records, 1937-1966 contains a minute book for Straus, Royer & Strass and pay records for Hecht and Hecht. The Hecht and Hecht records are restricted.