Posted on August 4th, 2015 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: December 5, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 1993.037.022
Status: Bais Yaakov day camp in the 1950s, students and counselors. Counselors: (left) Lucille Davis, (right) Sandy Engleman.
Special Thanks To: Sandy Engleman, Morty Esterson
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Rachel
Volunteer Docent Joyce Jandorf feels a community connection to the JMM. Her husband was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, his aunt was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, and his first cousin is a fellow Docent. As a lifelong member of the Orthodox community, Joyce had heard about Shomrei Mishmeres Ha-Kodesh from her parents. She recognizes many aspects of the Lloyd Street Synagogue from her own upbringing. Plus, her father was a shochet who donated many personal items to the Museum – shochet knives, machinery parts from his beit-schita, his mohel kit, and a sukkah.
Joyce’s mother’s family has been in Baltimore since 1911, when her grandfather arrived. The rest of the family joined him in 1922. They first lived on South Charles Street then moved to Pimlico Road where they had a popular grocery/deli called Schuchman’s. Her father’s great-grandmother came to Baltimore before the rest her family and she is buried in the B’nai Israel cemetery. While doing genealogical research at the Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center at the JMM, Joyce was able to identify additional family members. By training, Joyce is an artist. She earned a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and worked freelanced as a graphic artist. Today she is primarily a painter.
Plein Air session at Hampton National Historical Site, July 29, 2015.
During the 2 years that Joyce has been volunteering at the Museum, she has contributed by sharing her knowledge of Jewish laws and customs, especially to those who have no background in Judaism. She wishes that the JMM’s appeal would extend to the entire community. She knows the Museum has a lot to offer and believes that all Maryland Jews have some connection whether they realize it or not and that there is a lot for everyone to discover.
A blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at email@example.com or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.
Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Rachel
Realistically, there must be people who dislike going on field trips, but I am not one of those people. Throughout my internship with the JMM I have been observing and practicing the work that Joanna, the wonderful Collections Manager, does on a daily basis, reaffirming my desire to become a Collections Manager. On July 23rd I was able to accompany Joanna to the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to pick up a donation, reminding me that Collections Managers sometimes go on field trips to other museums. I immediately added that to the list of reasons why I am on the right career path!
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH)
When we arrived at the museum, Claire Pingel, the Chief Registrar and Associate Curator of the NMAJH, met us in the lobby. She arranged for us to be able to look through the museum before we signed the paperwork and exchanged the donation.
The main lobby of the NMAJH
The museum consists of five floors. The 1st floor contains the museum store and café, the Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame, and small rotating exhibits. Floors two though four hold the core exhibition which is split into three time frames. The exhibition begins on the 4th floor with “Foundations of Freedom: 1654 – 1880,” continues on the 3rd floor with “Dreams of Freedom: 1880 – 1945,” and ends with “Choices and Challenges of Freedom: 1945 – Today” on the 2ndfloor. The fifth floor is home to larger rotating exhibits, currently showing “Richard Avedon: Family Affairs.”
Claire escorted us to the 4th floor. Joanna and I quickly walked through the 1stthird of the core exhibition and then decided to look though the museum store and have lunch in the museum café. We then quickly walked through the 2ndthird of the core exhibition and called Claire when we were finished. She met us in the lobby and Joanna signed the Receipt, proving that the donation was transferred to her and the JMM.
Joanna signing the receipt!
This was my first ever trip to Philadelphia. Despite the unfortunate short duration of our stay (3 hours), I was able to see a little of the city, catch a quick glimpse of Independence Hall which is situated right next to the NMAJH, and see some of the NMAJH exhibits. Although this field trip was fun, it was also educational. I was able to observe a museum partnership, which demonstrates how museums can help each other to be successful.
Skyline of Philadelphia
I absolutely plan to return to the NMAJH to look through their exhibits again when I have more time. I encourage others to visit as well! The museum is innovative and interesting. There are a ton of kid friendly activities throughout the core exhibition, and activities that adults can enjoy too.
A blog post by Collections Intern Kaleigh Ratliff. To read more posts from interns click HERE.