Falling Back to Move Forward

Museum Matters: October 2019

It may have escaped your attention, but October is the last month of daylight savings time. On November 3 we will push the clocks back and thereby gain an hour. You don’t have to be Einstein to know that changes in the space-time continuum are all relative, but it helps (You can learn more about Jewish perspectives on time in our Jews in Space exhibit coming next May).

I am actually focused on temporal matters today, not because of what happens on November 3 but rather the JMM change of hours that begins November 4. Starting that Monday, we will be open as usual from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday… but on Mondays we will be open to the public from 11 to 5. Our purpose in instituting the one hour delayed opening is not to save daylight (and certainly not to sleep in!), but instead, to give staff and volunteers one hour each week when every member of our team is available for meetings and training. So, we don’t look at this as losing an hour, but as gaining a stronger and even more professional team. As I said, “loss” and “gain” are all relative.

And speaking of relatives, you’ll find several of mine in the exhibit Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling (opening October 27, 2019). If you are a member in good standing, your invited to our member/VIP opening on October 26. If you’ve let your membership lapse, there is still time to renew to be eligible to attend. But tempus fugit, so don’t delay your renewal.


Images: G.E. electric wall clock from Rogers Avenue Synagogue, JMM 1993.52.77; New Year’s postcard, c. 1904, JMM 1990.18.5b; Clock with Hebrew letters, c. 1875-1895, JMM 1997.33.1.

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact our Programs Manager at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.


Maryland Synagogue Architecture: Baltimore City to Montgomery County

Free Fall Baltimore
Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Clare Lise Kelly
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Born Into: Members-Only Opening Celebration

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00pm
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Curator Talk: Scrap Yard

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Zachary Paul Levine
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New Communities from Old Iron: Jewish Immigrants and the Scrap Industry, 1890-1924

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 1:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Z.S. Pollack
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America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

2019 Festival of Jewish Literature
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Pam Nadell
FREE – Reserve Your Seats Now

>>View the full JMM calendar of events here.<<

Homeschool Day: Immigration

Thursday, November 7, 2019
More info & registration here.

Also of Interest
The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit www.jewishdowntown.org or check out their facebook page.

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