Upcoming Events

Dec 2nd

The Bagelman Sisters and Beyond: Moe Asch’s Sound Encyclopedia

Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30 p.m.

Speaker: Jeff Place, senior archivist and curator for the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Included with admission

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A young New York radio engineer Moses Asch (1905-1986) ran a small radio repair shop in New York in the 1930s. His family had fled Poland and settled there. He found that his customers were asking for Jewish recordings that none of the existing labels could provide. He soon found himself in the record business recording two sisters, the Bagelman (later Barry) Sisters singing in Yiddish. About the same time he went with his father, the novelist Sholem Asch, to see the elder Asch’s friend, Albert Einstein in Princeton. When Einstein asked Moe, what he wanted to do with his life, he replied he wanted to document all the world’s sounds in a sonic encyclopedia. Einstein told him “you’re just the guy to do it” That started his journey into Folkways Records and over 2000 titles in the next 40 years.


This very special lecture coincides with Moe Asch’s 110th birthday!


Jeff Place is the senior archivist and curator for the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He has been at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since January 1988. He has been a collector of traditional music for over 45 years.

Dec 6th

A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds

 Downtown Dollar Day
Sunday, December 6th, 2:00pm
Admission $1
We are very excited to welcome back to the JMM Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, help us to set the Chanukah mood with a rocking family concert!
A versatile artist, Joanie Leeds is a gifted musician with a soulful voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy.  In addition to her secular popularity, Joanie tours the country playing synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish museums. Her Jewish music can be found on the PJ Library’s compilation.
Joanie Leeds Dollar Day 
For more information please contact Trillion Attwood 410.732.6400x215/tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or visit jewishmuseummd.org.

Dec 13th

Downtown Boomers & the Folk Music Boom

December 13, 12:00 p.m. lunch, 1:00 p.m. lecture


Tickets: $25/person.


Register here: https://www.associated.org/boomers 


View the premier Paul Simon exhibit and learn about the development of the folk music industry with featured speaker Stephen Petrus, Museum of the City of New York, Folk City Curator. Lunch, lecture and tour included.

Folk City