Beyond Chicken Soup Travels Beyond Baltimore
A blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to travel to Cleveland for the opening of the JMM exhibit, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on October 8. As part of my visit, I gave a talk at the members’ opening, trained their corps of docents on leading tours and then gave another talk at an event sponsored by Cleveland’s Jewish Federation.
It is always fun to see how our exhibits get translated into different spaces. Walking into the gallery’s first section, I was delighted to see Dr. Harry Friedenwald’s collection of manuscripts documenting Jewish contributions to medicine going back hundreds of years.
The best part of participating in the opening events was hearing new visitors laugh at the opening joke, point out interesting things that they noticed in the exhibit, share their own recollections triggered by objects and stories on display and share such positive feedback with me about how much they loved the exhibit.
I greatly appreciated how at home the staff at the Maltz made me feel and I was struck by the many similarities between our two institutions in terms of size and audience.
Beyond Chicken Soup remains on view in Cleveland until April 8. Be sure to tell your friends and family in the Midwest to visit.