Welcome to the Jewish Museum of Maryland!
Welcome to The Jewish Museum of Maryland, America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community, located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from the Inner Harbor. Here at the JMM, visitors can uncover the roots of Jewish history in our landmark historic sites – the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Our Museum Campus includes three exhibition galleries featuring fascinating and diverse exhibitions that explore in depth, the Jewish American experience. The Museum offers a wide range of programs and special events for children, adults, and families as well as a research library and family history center. We invite students of all ages to experience the rich vitality of Jewish culture and heritage on and off-site through our education programs.
Weather Closure: Due to the weather the Museum is closed today, Tuesday, December 11th.
The Museum will close at 3pm on Tuesday, December 31st and close entirely on January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day.
Civil War Bus Tour – Only a Few Seats Left!
Sunday, December 15th at 9:00am, doors open 8:30am at The Jewish Museum of Maryland
Don’t miss out – reserve your seat NOW for our Civil War Sites of Baltimore bus tour, led by Daniel Toomey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation!
A Rabbi at Gettysburg: Chaplain Ferdinand Sarner, German Jews, and the Civil War
Speaker Rabbi Joseph S. Topek
Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00pm
Program included with Museum admission
Did you know there were no Jewish Chaplains in the American Military before the Civil War? The establishment of a Jewish military chaplaincy was a significant accomplishment for the nascent American Jewish community during the Civil War. Ferdinand Sarner was the only rabbi to serve as a regimental chaplain on the battlefield. Rabbi Joseph S. Topek exciting talk will explore Rabbi Sarner’s unusual career as well as look at chaplaincy within the context of German Jewish participation in the Civil War.
On the Blog:
From JMM volunteer Robert Siegel: People sometimes ask me, “What is the use of Jewish history?” And “why do you study and write about that so much?” Author and historian, Lucy Davidowitz, wrote a book on this subject. Others take their concern and doubt to an annoying level, saying, “History is not important.” Perhaps not, for them, compared with the latest Hollywood gossip, the score of Sunday’s football game or newest technological toy. Their view is short sighted, to say the least. .… continue reading.