Cheese, Cheers, and Celebration

Posted on June 4th, 2012 by

Brews & Schmooze: First Thursdays at the JMM
June 7, 6-9pm

Each spring the Jewish community celebrates Shavuot, the holiday commemorating God giving His people the Torah, with a feast of dairy. While the origins of this tradition are unclear, we at the JMM are sure about one thing- cheese is delicious.  Join us for a cheese-making demonstration by Kayam Farms, a kosher wine tasting, and a talk about the history and meaning behind Shavuout.

For more information contact Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, 410.732.6400 x229;  or email

If you haven’t been to a Brews and Schmooze event, you’ve really been missing out. Last month’s Brews & Schmooze was a great time!

We decorated spice boxes...

Headed out to the future site of the Exeter Community Garden to hear from Project Manager Hasdai Westbrook and Master Gardener Jason Reed...

Played some awesome Pineapple Bowling with neighborhood kids...

And enjoyed refreshing "mocktails" and some herb plants to take home and start our own gardens!

And looking a little farther back…

In February the JMM became a coffee house, complete with live music, card games and a variety of warming beverages.

In March we got ready for Purim, putting together Shalacht Manot (traditional gift baskets) and created Prohibition-themed costume accessories for Purim Pandemonium.

April saw the introduction of IRON CHEF: Passover! The competition was fierce!

Free Admission/ Light Refreshments/ Alcohol Provided for Purchase. Cheese, Cheers, and Celebration is part of our new young adult series Brews and Schmooze. Brews and Schmooze is a happy hour series, you are welcome to come as you please and participate as you like.


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Once Upon a Time…09.16.2011

Posted on May 15th, 2012 by

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, contactJobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  September 16, 2011

PastPerfect Accession #:  2006.013.1069

Status:  Unidentified. Hard At Work Passover Youth Mobilization group of adolescents and adults at tables carrying boxes of “Thin tea Matzos” putting them into cardboard boxes. April 13, 1971.


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Purim Pandemonium 2011

Posted on March 24th, 2011 by

The party just keeps getting better!

Purim Pandemonium 2011 (this past Saturday) hit a new high this year with over 160 attendees (closer to 170 when you count in the staff, and since we had as much fun as anyone, I say we count.)

The lead up to Purim Pandemonium took a lot out of us.  With a theme like “Heroes & Villains” it’s impossible to do anything in a subtle way.  We went big with the décor, filling our event space with scenic flats depicting the places where heroes and villains could do their best….or their worst.

That’s me, painting sets a couple of weeks before the event.

But the work was worth it.  The JMM was transformed.

A few hours before the event — the decorations are mostly in place.

The decorations looked great on their own (I might be a little biased on that account, but some unbiased observers agreed, so I’m sticking to ‘looked great.’) but they looked better when the heroes and villains actually arrived.

Jobi shivering in front of the amazingly realistic frozen tundra!

We started with a few guests here and there, but before too long the few became a crowd.

Every kind of hero and villain showed up:

a couple of Batmans to take care of the abundance of villains. Photo by Will Kirk

A visitor from a galaxy far, far away. Photo by Will Kirk

And less obvious characters. Notice the football jerseys on the women in the middle of the crowd — which one’s your hero and which one’s your villain? Photo by Will Kirk 


The JMM hosted cowboys and devils, Quailman and numerous masked robbers, Ms. Frizzle and “Innocent Bystanders,” not to mention Daria and Abby Sciuto.

Me as Abby Sciuto

If the endless dancing was any indication everyone had a good time.  At one point the crowd even broke into a coordinated dance routine….well mostly coordinated….

Spontaneous (somewhat) dance routine. Photo by Will Kirk

Everyone also had the opportunity to see our current art exhibition “Loring Cornish: In Each Other’s Shoes.” Photo by Will Kirk

We took the groans of despair when we turned off the music at the end of the night as another indication that everyone had a good time.

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