December 18, 2014
Thursday, December 18th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
With Kayam Farm at Pearlstone Center
The miracle of Hannukah: Oil for one day of lighting the ancient temple lasted a full 8 days!… but why did it take 8 days? Get excited for a night of pitting, pressing and processing olives into olive oil with the Pearlstone Center Farm staff. Bring “Olive” your questions… Like why is olive oil so important to the Jewish community? And is olive oil really good for you? What can I do with it besides light ancient Menorahs and fry latkes? Finally, have the chance to make your own olive oil creations such as infused oil using herbs from Pearlstone’s farm, or dyed decorative Channukiah oil to take home. They also make great gifts!
As with all late nights we will have plenty of food and drink available. Please be aware this event has a maximum number of places available so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Contact Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
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December 25, 2014
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!
January 18, 2015
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.