Upcoming Events

Women playing mah jongg in the Catskills, c. 1960.
Collection of Harvey Abrams

April 27, 2014

BEYOND DREIDEL: THE GAMES WE’VE PLAYED

Sunday, April 27th at 1:00pm

 

Speaker Marvin Pinkert, Museum Director

 

Included with Museum admission

 

The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century.  Marvin promises new insights for game mavens and novices alike.


Start: April 27, 2014 1:00 pm
End: April 27, 2014 2:30 pm
Tuesday night Mah Jongg group, November 2011. From the collection, 2011.090.001.

May 11, 2014

Mothers Day Mah Jongg Madness

May 11th, 11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Join us for this mother’s day like no other.  We are holding a day of Mah Jongg Madness, and everyone is welcome to join! Bring the whole family, every generation is invited to play together. Learn a new game as a family, or the pros in the family can help teach the novices. We will also have plenty of experts on hand to help families, new to the world of Mah Jongg master this fascinating game.

 

Any level player is welcome, so we will have novice and expert tables! Prizes will be awarded based upon ability category, so everyone has a chance to win, even if you don’t even score a single point! Prizes will include a variety of Mah Jongg goodies! Registration is not required but is recommended as places are limited!

 

 

For registration or more information please contact Trillion Atwood at 410-732-6400ext.215 or email  tattwood@jewishmuseumd.org.


Start: May 11, 2014 11:00 am
End: May 11, 2014 4:00 pm
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May 18, 2014

From Poverty to Culture: The Refugee Community in Shanghai During World War ll

The eighth annual Herbert H. and Irma B. Risch Memorial Program on Immigration

 

Speaker Rabbi Marvin Tokayer

 

Sunday May 18th 2pm

 

Venue: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208

 

 

The Risch memorial program is our largest and most important annual event in our calendar year.  Each year we focus on a different aspect of the topic of immigration.  This year, as JMM looks at cultural ties between the Chinese and the Jewish communities through its Project Mah Jongg exhibit, we have invited a very special expert on the Jews of East Asia to be our featured speaker.  Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan and author of the Fugu Plan, will deliver the keynote presentation From Poverty to Culture: The  Refugee  Community in Shanghai During World War ll.

 

You won’t want to miss this powerful evocation of how the 20,000 Jews of Shanghai struggled against impossible odds to not only survive, but thrive in this unexpected refuge. Rabbi Marvin Tokayer will bring to life this unique immigrant story.

 

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer served as United States Air Force Chaplain in Japan, upon his discharge he returned to Tokyo to serve for eight years as the rabbi for the Jewish community of Japan. He wrote 20 books in Japanese, including several bestsellers; discovered literally the last of the Chinese Jews; located a long-lost Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki; contributed to the Encyclopedia Judaica; acted as a bridge for many travelers between East and West; served the needs of his congregation; and became spellbound by the threads of a story which he began piecing together.  Rabbi Tokayer’s new book, Pepper, Silk and Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East, co-authored with Dr. Ellen Rodman, has just been published.

 


Start: May 18, 2014 2:00 pm
End: May 18, 2014 4:00 pm