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Another Farewell to Zap! Pow! Bam!

Posted on August 26th, 2013 by

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Getting a little reading in at the exhibit.

There are many times that the development and education departments work together to write grant proposals to seek funding for various education initiatives.   As a thank you to the funder, we usually write a final report detailing how many students came to the Museum, and where the students resided in the state of Maryland.   We also like to report about the educational activities that students participated in.  In addition, to these statistics we like to include the comments that teachers included in their evaluation of their field trip experience.


Going onto the moving truck.

Last weekend, we said goodbye to Zap, Pow, Bam- The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950.  It struck me as I was culling through the evaluations of  Zap, Pow, Bam, that the comments were very interesting- and they surely would provide good fodder for a blog post.

  • “I really liked the set-up of the Superhero exhibit.  It was very spacious and neatly organized.  The students seemed very interested to learn that Superman had parents, the names of the various comic book publishers.”  It was also important for them to learn that by achieving greatness- you also have great responsibilities.”  The students also love seeing the artifacts.
  • “The students really like the diversity of the exhibits, and the hands-on learning they were able to do.
  • “Fascinating, new information!  Great connections between pop culture and history to Judaism.”
  • “They enjoyed discovering new comic heroes. The references to Hitler and WWII were perfect this is what the students are studying now in middle school.”  (pix of students by wall)
  • “It was a wonderful experience, all of the hands-on learning activities and the wealth of knowledge from the guides.”  (pix of students with masks drawing)
  • “It’s important for students to learn about all cultures.  The Museum gives them a unique perspective, and helps the students to recognize the differences as well as the similarities to their own cultures.
  • “Our second graders just finished studying Helen Keller, so seeing the Braille comic book – AMAZING! “  (girl reading reading comic book)
A school group enjoys our hands-on "artist studio."

A school group enjoys our hands-on “artist studio.”

It is wonderful that teachers recognize the Museum as a place for active learning and engagement.  We look forward to reading more informative notes from teachers in the next few months with the opening of our next exhibition, Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War which opens on October 13, 2013.

Young gentlemen from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day school enjoy the displays.

Young gentlemen from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day school enjoy the displays.

ileneA blog post by Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon. To read more post by Ilene, click here.


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Farewell to Zap! Pow! Bam!

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by


This week we are saying goodbye to our superhero exhibit. No more warning visitors to resist the urge to fist-bump Superman (it was hard for me too). No more be-costumed visitors of all ages (well, maybe there will still be costumes, just a different kind). No more confusing all the Joes and Jerrys and Jacks in the comic book industry. The Golden-Age of Superheroes will be missed.

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This wouldn’t be the JMM if we didn’t give a rousing goodbye to our closing exhibit! Last Sunday, the official final day for Zap! Pow! Bam!, over 100 visitors came through our doors for their last chance to see the exhibit. We set out superhero-themed crafts to entertain the little ones—and the not-so-little ones. Trillion, our new Program Manager, came up with some very clever activities that were designed to keep our visitors cool on a hot summer day—no matter that it actually rained most of Sunday.

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Who knew that you could make a technicolor, cold bracelet or necklace out of cut-up and frozen sponges? Or that you could decorate a T-shirt with colored ice cubes?

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In addition to our crafts, we also gave out our last remaining comic books (there are still plenty if you want to stop by and take some!). I think Maurice, our Sunday security guard, is going to miss the reading material.

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If you’re hitting yourself for missing your chance to buy a Wonder Woman mug or Batman lunch box, don’t worry, because Esther has you covered! All superhero related items are still on sale at the museum shop for 35% off!

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abby krolik copyA blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik. To read more posts by Abby, click here!

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Museum Matters August 2013

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by

Last Chance to See Zap! Pow! Bam! 

After a fabulous six month run at the JMM, we are getting ready to say goodbye to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the many other super heroes who have graced the Feldman Gallery as ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 closes on Sunday, August 18. Thanks to everyone for making our many superhero themed programs so much fun. We’ve learned about the Jewish origins of superheroes through talks by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg and Rabbi Simcha Weinstein; created cartoons at artist-led workshops, cheered on the creative talents of the members of SuperArtFight; and let’s not forget dancing the hora at Clark Kent’s Bar Mitzvah celebration!  We hope you will join us as we say goodbye with a special program, Up, Up, and Away, on Sunday, August 18 (see details below).





March on Washington Commemorated

For the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Jewish Museum of Maryland is highlighting the role of Maryland Jews in the struggle for civil rights. A small lobby exhibit, Baltimore Marches on Washington, will feature video footage of Rabbi Miller’s prayer at the March as well as photographs and documents that show the intersection between Maryland Jews and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.


Moving Back Home: Jews on the Move

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 is currently on view at the Edward A. Myerberg Center (3101 Fallstaff Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209) through August 21. It opens in the lobby at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on August 22 and will remain on display through September 15. This exhibition explores the suburban exodus of the Baltimore Jewish community and has been created through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums & Society through a generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Upcoming Programs 

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Ilene Dackman-Alon: (410) 732-6400 x214 / For more information on JMM events please visit


Bus Trip to the Newseum

Tuesday, August 13: Buses depart from the Myerberg Center at 9:00am and from the Jewish Museum of Maryland at 9:15am / Buses depart from the Newseum at 3:00pm.

The cost of the trip is $35 for JMM and Myerberg Members (includes transportation to and from DC as well as admission to the Newseum).


Spend the day at one of Washington DC’s newest top attractions. Explore seven levels of galleries, exhibitions, and theater spaces showing the behind-the-scenes of how and why news is made as well as five centuries of the history of news. Lunch is on your own.

To reserve your space on the bus, contact Ilene Dackman-Alon at (410) 732-400 x214 / or Adrienne Blumberg at (410) 356-6856 /



Late Night on Lloyd Street

Wednesday, August 14, 6:00pm

Admission is free


Sarah Edelsburg returns to the JMM to share the history and development of visual art in both Jewish and Israeli contexts. Sarah will challenge us to answer the question: “What is Jewish art?” She will use a variety of entertaining examples to illustrate the development of this genre. Be prepared to rethink what you thought you knew about this topic. Light refreshments will be available as well as beer and wine for purchase.

Late Night on Lloyd Street is generously supported by The Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund and is presented in partnership with B’nai Israel Young Adults.


Up, Up, and Away Family Day

Sunday, August 18, 11:00am-3:00pm

Program is free with the cost of admission to the Museum (Members are free!)

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Come and bid a fond farewell to this super exhibit – we will celebrate with a day of superhero activities including a variety of craft activities. And if that’s not enough to beat the heat, there will also be plenty of frozen treats to help you cool off.


All events unless otherwise noted take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Visit us at, call 410-732-6400 or email


More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. A few news highlights:

  • B’nai Israel is selling High Holiday seats – deadline for purchase is August 25. Head to the website for more information:
  • Join B’nai Israel for a pre-Selichot production of “The Gates Closing” on Saturday, August 31 at 8:30pm. More information can be found here.
  • BIYA ‘s B-more Shabbat on Friday, August 16 at 8:00pm. For more information on this young adult event, click here.

For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat visit or or check out BIYA on facebook.



Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 (through August 18); Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore; and The Synagogue Speaks!

 Current exhibits





Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.


Please note that the JMM will be closed the following dates:

Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)

Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 (administrative offices) (Rosh Hashanah)

Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 (administrative offices) (Sukkot)

Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 (administrative offices) (Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret)


Because of these closures, the next issue of Museum Matters will not be sent until Friday, September 13.


Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or Check out some of Ilene’s blog posts about Museum volunteers here!



We have officially launched our new membership program. Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members will receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street. Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchased online! For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or


Museum Shop

The High Holidays are just around the corner…the JMM Museum Shop has just what you need to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with your family and friends.

We wish all our friends a very Healthy and Happy New Year! L’Shana Tova!


JMM Members receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases.

Contact Esther Weiner, Museum Shop Manager, at 410-732-6400, ext. 211 /  for information




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