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People need story. It is the way we make meaning of history, culture, and our individual lives. At the Jewish Museum of Maryland, we lean into the need for story. We work hard to capture, preserve, interpret, and convey the meaning embedded in the stories of Maryland’s Jewish communities. Explore these pages to discover not only the stories we tell, but how and where we find, keep, and protect them.
Collections Stories Synagogue Stories Exhibit Stories
A person looks into a display case that holds a pamphlet, a watch, and a ribbon. The person leans in closely to look.

Well-loved, well worn, and carefully cared for things all contain the tales of the people who loved, used, and cared for them. Objects are primary sources. They bring us closer to those who came before and serve as a bridge into the past.

In this section, you will find stories about unique items in our collections, information about using our collections for research, our online collections database, and much more.

Collections Stories
A group of young people stand outside the Lloyd Street Synagogue, a large building with columns and a pointed top. The group faces a tour guide who speaks to the group.

Place matters because, like objects, places are exceedingly good at holding and sharing meaning. Our two synagogue buildings, the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Chizuk Amuno (now B’nai Israel) Synagogue, have been the site of countless stories of joy and loss, learning and loving, conflict and forgiveness. Delve into these pages for the stories imprinted on the bricks and mortar of our historic synagogues.

In this section, you will find stories about our two historic synagogues, including video tours, information about our The Synagogue Speaks exhibit, rental information, and more.

Synagogue stories
Two guests stand together in an exhibit, looking at a panel and talking. They both point to an image on the panel.

If objects tell stories, then exhibits are anthologies. We curate exhibits as gifts to our visitors: anthologies of stories selected to speak to each other and you. When we do our job well, we don’t just connect people to history, we connect people to people through history. Exhibits are our medium.

In this section, you will find stories about previous exhibits, interesting research about our exhibit subjects, behind-the-scenes peeks into making, installing, and sharing exhibits, and more.

Exhibit Stories

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