JMM Insights: It’s Officially Summer!

Minnie Black and Ruth Smith enjoy the summer heat, 1942. JMM 2010.20.296. Hand-tinted photo of Nathan and Rose Rifkin, Miami Beach, c. 1940s. JMM 1996.54.10. Julia Friedenwald relaxes on a family vacation to Atlantic City, c. 1920s. JMM 1984.23.628.

If there is a lesson to be taken from the last week, it’s the danger of predicting the size of a crowd. But assuming that JMM has not yet drawn the attention of K-Pop pranksters, tonight should be a record-breaker. Hundreds of guests have signed up for David London’s live performance as Harry Houdini.

But that is just one of the treats for you and your family covered in this edition of JMM Insights. This week we’re providing an update on our digital resources for kids, perfect for social distancing summer fun.  But for those whose tastes run towards weighty subjects rather than summer frivolity, I strongly recommend joining JMM and BJC next Tuesday for the beginning of a three-part conversation about race.

JMM Board Voting Goes Virtual!

We invite our membership to vote on the FY2021 Board of Trustees Officers and Nominees. This year’s voting will take place through an online ballot. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Questions? Contact Tracey Dorfmann at


Schools are officially done for the year. The weather has turned hot, muggy, stormy, and sunny by turns. This weekend saw the longest day (and shortest night) of the year. The signs are clear – summer has officially begun. With so many of our usual summer plans on hold, we thought everyone might be looking for some fun things to do, learn, and see.

Here are some suggestions for the whole family to enjoy together!

The activities below are hands-on, great for a variety of ages, and include crafts, videos, games, and more.

Wondernauts 2020 – 25+ different hands-on activities to explore the wonders of space, past, present, and future, perfect for a variety of ages!

A Hands-On Houdini Day – in preparation for tonight’s Houdini Comes Alive program, these are some fantastic hands-on activities to get everyone excited for America’s first superstar.

Exploring Jewish Artwe hope you’ll sit down and create some of your own art after learning a bit about some of the Jewish artists and creatives in our collections.

Travel with the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen and more Amazing Activities – If you’ve explored the online exhibit, you know how many fascinating things Mendes Cohen saw and did. These activities will help you imagine similar exciting adventures!

These are just a few suggestions for sitting down with the family and getting creative. We’ve got even more ready for you to try out, on topics right here in Baltimore, like the Lloyd Street Synagogue to those from all across America, like Jewish American Women’s History, to all the way across the ocean, like the Iraqi Jewish Archives. Check out all the great activities we’ve put together here.

Looking for some more #MuseumFromHome suggestions? Here are a couple of great resources available to explore!

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums – a large collection of “Museum From Home” activities from Museums all over the region.

Color Our Collections – Museums from around the world have shared from their collection, curate your own “ultimate coloring book”!

If you haven’t taken advantage of our growing library of recorded programs, may we suggest a few to start with? If you loved our Scrap Yard exhibit, check out Secondhand Travels of a Global Scrap Man or Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America. Current events more your speed? Take a look at our two Gray in Black and White programs. You can view a complete list of our available recorded programs here.

And don’t forget about all our online exhibit experiences! From serious to light-hearted, we’re sure you’ll find something to learn and enjoy in our digital exhibit offerings. Plus, did you know you can schedule a group virtual tour of the Scrap Yard exhibit with the fabulous Talia Makowsky? More info here!


Connecting Generations: Difficult Conversations About Race

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00pm EST

Using the wisdom, experiences, and perspectives of different generations within the Jewish community to deepen our understanding of race and racism within Jewish and broader American contexts.

Register for this free virtual series here – Registration is required at least 48 hours before each session, and space is limited.

A Forgotten Land: Growing Up in the Jewish Pale

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:00pm EST

Join author Lisa Cooper as she discusses the family stories captured in her book A Forgotten Land. Based on recorded conversations Lisa Cooper’s father had with his mother, Pearl, about her early life in Ukraine, A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war.

Register for this Live Stream Program!


Become a Wondernaut: A Hands-On Celebration

Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the moon landing with this fun family program!

Explore the challenges of space travel and what astronauts have chosen to take into orbit to remind them of home. From dreidels to dinosaurs to guitars, selecting your special objects can be nearly impossible. Weight, size, shape – all have to be considered.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:30pm EST
More info here.


We are thrilled to share the newest additions to Esther’s Place!

These gorgeous pieces were designed and created by artisan Emilie Shapiro, combining recycled metals and rough gemstones to create wearable art.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at and let us know.


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