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Mazel Tov Clark!

Posted on June 18th, 2013 by

Trillion BremenA blog post by Education Intern Trillion Attwood.

Last Sunday we celebrated in style with Clark Kent at his Bar Mitzvah, held here at the museum. This was inspired by one of our current exhibitions Zap! Pow! Bam! that examines the role of Jewish artists in the development of comic book heroes. This exhibition is only here until August 18th, if you have not had a chance to visit yet I highly recommend trying to find some time. There are lots of interesting images and objects, including the first drawings of Superman and the desk on which they were drawn.

The day was pretty action packed with lots of things to do no matter your age, plenty of people found time to create there own superhero, or villain mask. There was also t-shirt decorating for everyone, lots of people went for the classic superman logo, some people had seriously impressive creative skills. Which combined with a selection of capes, led to plenty of dressing up and superhero posing for photos.

T-shirt decorating

T-shirt decorating

My superhero mask

My superhero mask

I really enjoyed our tastiest make of the day, edible torah scrolls, made with fruit roll ups, pretzels and candy, easily done at home. These combined with our kryptonite punch and huge cake made for a bit of a sugar-high, but what sort of a party is complete without sugar? I should also mention, there were plenty of healthier snacks.

One very popular part of the day was the viewing of the original Superman serials from the 1950’s. We always have them showing, but in the spirit of the day, they really drew a crowd. There was one boy, who had seen part of them on a school visit recently, and had been left on such a cliffhanger, he asked his father to bring him back so he could see the rest.

Kryptonite punch

Kryptonite punch

We also had a couple of really interesting talks during the day, by our museum director Marvin Pinkert and the days MC Josh Fruhlinger. Lots of people also found the time to go on our synagogue tours and look around our Voices of Lombard street exhibition.

The highlight of the day was the candle lighting ceremony, in which Superman asked for help from all the most important people in his life. This included a short poem for each person, including this one for Siegel and Shuster the creators of Superman:

You created superman from your imagination,

And your drawings and stories swept the whole nation.

A huge success on comics, TV and the silver screen,

In memory of Siegel and Shuster, I’ll light candle thirteen.

Superman lighting his candles

Superman lighting his candles

There was of course also dancing, in which almost everyone participated, due to plenty of friendly encouragement. It seemed that everyone had a really good day, especially the dads, which is the most important thing.

 If you did miss out there are still plenty more events this summer around Zap! Pow! Bam! including our Super Art Fight June 30th. Watch the website or facebook for more details.

Thank you to Elaine Hall for photographs.

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Even superheroes have to come-of-age…

Posted on June 17th, 2013 by

Yesterday, we witnessed Clark Kent celebrating his transformation into a super bar mitzvah—a son of the commandments.  Now it is your turn to witness the celebrations through a few photos from the event!

Tune in tomorrow for a full report on the festivities, through the eyes of our new Education and Programs Intern cracker jack reporter at the Daily Globe, Trillion  Breman!

Superman bar mitzvah 1

Guest MC Josh Fruhlinger treats us to a Superman Retrospective!

Superman bar mitzvah 8

Superman asked his guests to help light the candles on his Bar Mitzvah cake!

Superman bar mitzvah 4

Though he lit the first candle himself!

Superman bar mitzvah 5

How cute is this?

Superman bar mitzvah 3

Dancing the Hora!

abby krolik copyA blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik.

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A Highlight from our Museum Shop!

Posted on June 13th, 2013 by

Lunchbox $10.99

Lunchbox $10.99

In honor of Clark Kent’s Bar Mitzvah Party AND Father’s Day THIS SUNDAY,

we thought: why not highlight a few SUPER gifts available at the shop!?

Superman Mug (2)

Mugs 9.95

Are you seeing MAN OF STEEL this weekend?

If you bring in your ticket stub on Sunday, you can get $2 admission!

Wonder Woman Shopper Tote (2)

Bag 5.98

Also, all fathers will get a special gift if they come and celebrate with us!

So grab your dad and head on over for a Super Sunday at the JMM!


estherEvery Thursday we’ll be highlighting one of the great items in our shop, managed by the lovely Esther Weiner. We hope you’ll come in and take a look! And remember, Museum members get a 10% discount! Interested in making a purchase or just have questions about our inventory? Give Esther a call 410-732-6402 x211 or drop her an email at

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