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December 25, 2014

Mitzvah Day 2014: Putting the Pieces Together


Thursday, December 25th


10:00 a.m. to 1:00pm Mitzvah activities


1:00 p.m. Speaker Gilbert Sandler



Included with Museum Admission




Join us as we participate in Mitzvah Day in partnership with Jewish Volunteer Connection. Bring your whole family and spend part of your day giving back to our community with thousands of other volunteers across Baltimore.



This year’s program takes inspiration from our exhibit The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen. Mendes spent much of his life trying to piece together his identity, which led to some fascinating adventures near and far. Drawing on his experience participants will make puzzles for children spending the holidays in The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai Hospital. Help us decorate puzzles and make parcels that are both fun and educational, for the youngest patients at Sinai Hospital. Artistic abilities are not essential and mitzvah activities are suitable for all ages. Mitzvah Day is a great way to bring the family together!



Can’t wait to help? Please feel free to drop off gently used books, for children of all ages, at the Museum that can be included in the packages that we will donate.



At 1:00 p.m. we are thrilled to offer a program featuring noted Baltimore historian and writer Gilbert Sandler who will further explore the topic of identity building through a discussion of Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. Mr. Sandler will share the story of how Jewish Baltimore got started. His talk will examine the histories of the institutions the earliest immigrants established as well as the transformation of Jewish communal leaders from new immigrants as they assumed positions of prominence and wealth that helped them on their way to becoming American!


Join us again this year as we participate in Mitzvah Day, where we will be helping to make life a little easier for some of the children in our community. Mitzvah activities will be suitable for all ages and is a great way to bring the family together!



Following the Mitzvah activities we welcome Gilbert Sandler who will discuss Becoming American in Jewish Baltimore. Mr. Sandler will share the story of how Jewish Baltimore got started. Exploring the institutions the earliest immigrants founded that helped bring them into mainstream of America. Then how those institutions leaders arose from the newly-formed Jewish community to wider leadership and prominence and wealth and influence—and at long last become American!

Start: December 25, 2014 10:00 am
End: December 25, 2014 5:00 pm

January 18, 2015

The Sephardic Atlantic: Mendes I. Cohen and the Story of Early American Jewry


Speaker Dr. Ronnie Perelis, Yeshiva University


Sunday, January 18th at 12 p.m.


Included with Museum Admission

Before there were thriving Jewish communities in cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston and Savannah, most Jews in the Americas lived in the Caribbean. They were part of a dynamic Sephardic network of trade and culture which connected major metropolitan centers such as Amsterdam and London to colonial ports such as Curacao and Kingston. The first American Jews were connected through their Atlantic connections. We will explore how early American Jews such as Mendes I. Cohen were a part of this global Jewish community.



Ronnie Perelis is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair and Assistant Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His research explores the connections between Iberian and Jewish culture during the medieval and early modern periods.

Start: January 18, 2015 12:00 pm
End: January 18, 2015 1:30 pm
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January 25, 2015

70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Memorial Program: A Town Known As Auschwitz: The Life and Death of a Jewish Community


Speaker Shiri Sandler, Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


Sunday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m.


Included with Museum Admission



The town of Oświęcim – today in Poland – has been called by different names, in different languages, at different times. Though it has a long and varied history, the town is known for one thing: Auschwitz. Yet for centuries prior to World War II, Jews and non-Jews lived side by side in Oświęcim and called it home. Join Shiri B. Sandler, U.S. Director the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oświęcim, Poland, to gain insights into the history of the formerly Jewish town that has become known as the symbol of the Holocaust.



Shiri Sandler runs the AJC’s programming for American students, including Holocaust and ethics programming for US military students. Formerly Shiri was the Manager of International Programs at the Museum, where, in addition to being the liaison for the Auschwitz Jewish Center, she coordinated the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, a series of ethics programs for law, medical, business, seminary, and journalism students. Shiri received a Master’s degree in Modern European History from Brown University and her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.



Marta Swiderska (left) and Olga Pressler (right), 1934, Oświęcim. Collection of the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Start: January 25, 2015 1:00 pm
End: January 25, 2015 2:30 pm