Upcoming Events

May 7th

“One Apron…One handkerchief…2 brass Candlesticks”: America’s Jewish Women, the Early Years

Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture


Speaker: Pamela Nadell, American University


Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 7pm





silhouette with frameJoin us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and take a closer look into the life of Mendes’ A-Mazing mother, Judith Cohen. Pamela Nadell of American University will be exploring what it meant to be a Jewish woman and mother during the 18th and 19th centuries. In this lecture, as we learn more about the first Jewish women to make homes in America, we will also discover the wider world of Judith Cohen’s son, “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen.”


Pamela S. Nadell holds the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and is Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program. Her books include Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985 (Beacon Press, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her new book, co-edited with AU Professor Kate Haulman, is Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (New York University Press, 2013). Her consulting work for museums includes the Library of Congress and the new National Museum of American Jewish History on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.



May 17th

The Ultimate Mendes Cohen Experience


Sunday, May 17, 9:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Tour Leader: Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Maryland
Tickets $20 members / $30 nonmembers

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Walk in the footsteps of Mendes Cohen, join us for this ultimate experience, a bus tour of Mendes Cohen’s Baltimore led by Jewish Museum of Maryland Executive Director Marvin Pinkert. Mendes lived in Baltimore for most of his life meaning there are several locations of importance awaiting exploration! We will spend the day visiting both sites of importance to Mendes and venues that now house some of his most valued possessions. This is not just an opportunity to learn about Mendes Cohen, but also Baltimore’s history and American Jewish history as a whole.


Venues will include the Maryland Historical Society, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and a special cemetery visit.  All admission fees are included in this program. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org or 410.732.6400 ext.215 to purchase tickets. Places are limited so please book early.


The JMM has decided to donate 50% of the money we collect for this tour for the fund established by The Associated for the rebuilding of areas of the city recently damaged.  We hope you will join us for this special event – you will not only discover a hidden past, but you will help enable a revitalized future.

May 17th

The Puzzle Project

The Puzzle Project: Israel Celebration at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

May 17, 2015


Reception: TBD



Students attending local Jewish day school and after school programs are participating in a creative art project that will be on display at the Jewish Museum of Maryland on Sunday, May 17, 2015.


The Puzzle Project, inspired and created by New York artist, Tim Kelly, allows art to be easily accessible to anyone that wants to create personally meaningful artwork. Students participating in the program are expressing themselves individually and collectively on their shared vision on what Israel means to them on blank white, 18’’by 18” puzzle pieces.


According to Kelly, the goal of the project is to give each participating artist the confidence to believe in their own ideas and to help make the ideas come to life on a puzzle piece. “In the beginning each of the pieces is the same, but by the end, every single one of the thousands of pieces in the big jigsaw installation is different… just like all of us.  The unique message created on so many puzzle pieces both fascinates and inspires me to keep the project going and growing.”


This program is a collaboration between the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Center for Jewish Education and the Embassy of Israel.