Introducing: Mendes I. Cohen, Living History Character

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

Upcoming Appearances and Performances for Mendes Cohen:

 All events listed below are free and open to the public!

Meet Mendes Cohen!
August 23, 2014
1:00 – 5:00pm
Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration
4601 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD   20710
www.princegeorges1812.org
301-887-0777

 

Premier Performance: Mendes Cohen
September 7, 2014
1:45pm
Defender’s Day Celebration at North Point
Fort Howard
9500 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD   21219

 

Performance
September 12, 2014
10:30am-11:30am
Essex Senior Center
600 Dorsey Avenue
Baltimore, MD   21221

 

Performance
Sunday, September 14
Time: TBD
Hampstead Hill Celebration
Patterson Park
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

 

Performance
Sunday, September 21
2:00pm
North Point Library
1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD  21222

 

Performance
Wednesday, November 12
10:30am
Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
410.887.3094

 

Performance
Friday, November 21
1:00pm
Pikesville Senior Center
1401 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
410.887.1245

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Once Upon a Time…01.03.2014

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

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 Deborah Cardin at 410.732.6400 x236 or email info@jewishmuseummd.org

 

1994205054Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  January 3, 2014

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  1994.205.054

 

Status:  Identified! Josh Kaplan’s Bar Mitzvah, July 1959.

Front Row (L-R) A. Esther Sabbah (Louis Kaplan’s sister; founded the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC) B. Helen Kaplan (Josh’s mom)  C. Ann Marcus (was married to Ben Marcus’ brother, not in the photo)

Back Row (L-R) 1. Josh Kaplan (son of Nathan and Helen) 2. Louis Kaplan (already identified)  3. Etta Kaplan (Louis’ wife) 4. Nathan (Nat) Kaplan (Josh’s dad)  5. Ben Marcus  6. Lillian Marcus  (younger sister of Louis Kaplan)   7.  Judy (?) Kaplan (daughter of Lillian)

 

Special Thanks To: Ephram Potts and Debbie Potts!

 

 

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Creating An Activity For Children

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

One of my favorite things that I’ve done during my internship here has been creating and leading activities for elementary and middle school students. Most of the activities I’ve worked on are connected to The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen  exhibit opening in September, but I’ve worked on two that kids have had a chance to try out.

For the first activity I was tasked to create, my co-intern Arielle and I were given a bunch of cards with Jewish and Christian symbols on them that are usually kept in The Synagogue Speaks exhibit. Since there were multiple cards with each symbol, we decided the best way to teach kids about the symbols on the cards would be to create a matching game.

Museum Education Interns Emma Glaser and Arielle Kaden discussing which cards should be used in the matching game.

Museum Education Interns Emma Glaser and Arielle Kaden discussing which cards should be used in the matching game.

Eight pairs of cards are placed randomly in a 4×4 grid and the kids playing the game have to take turns turning over cards until they’ve found all of the matches. It’s especially fun toward the end of the game when they know where some of the cards are and give advice to their friends on which card to pick. Once they’ve found all of the matches, the staff member with them asks the kids which symbols they think are Jewish and which are Christian and discusses what the symbols are. Some of the symbols used in the game are Shabbat candles, a nativity scene, and a yarmulke. The game works best for groups of five to fifteen kids per grid, so it’s a great opportunity to for kids to have a group discussion and ask questions.

Kids from Hampstead Hill Camp playing the matching game.

Kids from Hampstead Hill Camp playing the matching game.

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Hard at work!

The other activity I created is based on The Electrified Pickle exhibit. It’s a scavenger hunt that’s aimed at getting the kids interested in the artifacts in the exhibit. The scavenger hunt highlights one interesting artifact from each section of the exhibit. When I was creating it, I picked artifacts that I thought would draw kids’ eyes, either because they were striking, like the samovar used in the exhibit, or because they were something the kids would have used themselves, such as a scooter.

Considering which artifacts to include in the scavenger hunt.

Considering which artifacts to include in the scavenger hunt.

Kids have to find each artifact pictured in the scavenger hunt and figure out what it is. Older children also have to find the answer to a question about each artifact, such as what its function was or when it was used. At the end of the activity, a staff member asks the kids what the answer to each question is.

A girl from Hampstead Hill Camp points out an artifact to her friends.

A girl from Hampstead Hill Camp points out an artifact to her friends.

Three kids from Hampstead Hill Camp check out a scooter they found in the scavenger hunt.

Three kids from Hampstead Hill Camp check out a scooter they found in the scavenger hunt.

I have really enjoyed leading activities for kids here because it is very rewarding to see them enjoying and learning from the exhibits here at the museum, and that is doubly true for the activities that I created.

Emma GlaserA blog post by Education Intern Emma Glaser. To read more posts by interns, click HERE.

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