JMM Insights: 3…2…1…Blast Off!

The Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from pad 39A at 8:56 am on May 16, 2011. This was the final flight for Endeavour. Courtesy of NASA.

Can you feel the excitement? We’re practically buzzing with it as we count down the hours until we open Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit! (72 hours from the launch of this newsletter, to be precise.) Coronavirus may have delayed us, but this exhibit was just too cool not to share and our team wasn’t going to let something like a pandemic stop us from creating a unique, engaging, and safe experience.

As a special thank-you to our members, we shared early access to reserving tickets to come and see the exhibit in person. As of today, however, we’ve opened up tickets to everyone. Entry is limited, to keep everyone safe, so we highly recommend you purchase your tickets asap to get the dates and times that work best for you.

For this edition of JMM Insights, we wanted to highlight some truly excellent Jews in Space experiences we think you’ll enjoy, plus some bonus gallery sneak peeks!

Just a few “peeks” into the gallery while the team is hard at work installing the exhibit.

Even with important safety precautions, we know that an in-person visit isn’t for everyone right now – which is why we’re offering special Jews in Space virtual tours, presented live with a JMM staff member. There are two different ways to experience this unique digital exploration:

1. Schedule an exclusive virtual tour for you and a group. Fill out this form and a staff member will contact you to schedule!

2. Register for one of our pre-scheduled virtual tours – we’ll be offering virtual tours once a month as part of our public programming.

>Register for a virtual tour on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 3:00pm HERE.

>Register for a virtual tour on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 3:00pm HERE.


Did you know that Jews in Space has a companion website?

Here you’ll find opportunities to explore more deeply some things from the exhibit itself, like the extensive timeline of Jews and space and the expanding map of Maryland’s space connections, as well as a handy list of our upcoming space-related public programs (plus links to previously recorded programs) and info on our available virtual education space offerings.

We’ve also included activities to deepen your engagement with Jews in Space beyond a museum (or virtual) visit. From our family-centered Wondernauts badge program to our Upstanders Bookworm project, we hope you’ll dive in and try out some hands-on fun.

Enjoy a “close encounter” with some of the exhibits objects and details!

Creating Klingon:

A Conversation with its Jewish Inventor
Members-Only Special Event

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:00pm EST

Speaker: Marc Okrand

Registration for this Live Stream Event Opening Soon.

Not yet a member?

Sign up online at the JMM website or contact JMM Membership Coordinator Sue Foard at / 443-873-5162.

You already belong, why not make it official!

Head in the Stars: Stories About Exploring, Discovering, and Dreaming About Outer Space

Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:00pm EST

Presented by the Stoop Storytelling Series

Register for this Live Stream Event Now.

The Schwartz is With Us: Mel Brooks and the Power of Parody

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Arnold Blumberg

Register for this Live Stream Event Now

The Maryland presentation of this exhibit is made possible in part by the generous support of a gift in memory of Patrick J. Kelly Jr., a Baltimore Science Fiction Society Founder; The Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds; PNC Greater Maryland; Larry Boltansky.

Additional funding from: Greif Family Fund; Kutler Family Philanthropic Fund; The Kaplan-Kronsberg Family Charitable Fund; A gift in memory of Jim Guy; Emelie Schwab & Family in Memory of James Schwab; Harriet Stulman; Philip Tulkoff; Julian H. Krolik and Elaine F. Weiss Philanthropic Fund; Annette and Michael Saxon Fund.  

The Many Lives of Lloyd Street: A Synagogue Celebrates 175 Years

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST

Hosted Live by WYPR’s Sheilah Kast

Register for this Special Live Stream Event Here

This special online event will feature memories, stories, and statements from a host of characters with a connection to Maryland’s oldest synagogue. From its inception to its near eradication to its rebirth as a site of learning, by turns contentious, mundane, or spiritual, the stories of the Lloyd Street Synagogue will fascinate and inspire you. Be a part of the celebration honoring this one-of-a-kind landmark.



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