JMM Insights: The Amazing Mendes Cohen Returns
The more we explored Mendes biography the more fascinated we became. It covered not only the War of 1812; but also the lottery that built Baltimore’s Washington monument, the Maryland Jew Bill, a relationship between the Cohens of Baltimore and the Rothschilds of England, as well as Cohen’s activities as an early Egyptologist, among the first American tourists to Jerusalem and as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
The exhibit remains a personal favorite because of the way it connected Baltimore’s early Jewish history to world events (and because it allowed me to work again with professional maze designer, Kelly Fernandi). Now with our “digital museum” we have the opportunity not only to revisit this project, but also to open the amazing story of Mendes Cohen to the whole world.
THE DIGITAL MUSEUM: THE AMAZING MENDES
Many of you may remember this maze of an exhibit on view at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, which was recognized by the Association for State and Local History with a “Leadership in History Award.”
Now you can relive the experience (or explore it for the first time) at our new online exhibit, The Amazing Mendes Cohen! After exploring the exhibit itself, you’ll definitely want to check out the many hands-on activities we’ve put together.
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Baltimore, MD 21202
In addition to the online exhibit, we encourage you to check out these recordings of some of the public programs that were held during the run:
WONDERNAUTS: THE HERO’S JOURNEY
What qualities do you think make someone a hero? Mendes Cohen went on many kinds of journeys during his life – just like our heroes in science fiction books, comics, and movies!
ON THE BLOG: ON BEING AN UPSTANDER
ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE!
Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at email@example.com and let us know.
ONLINE EVENTS OF INTEREST
Sunday, April 19, 2020
In celebration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, join JMM and the DBJCC for a live family program from the comfort of your own home. This program is open to all, and the activities are particularly perfect for children ages 3-8.
Please register for the program here.
Yom Hashoah 2020
Sunday, April 19, 2020
This year we will join together as a community for an online Yom HaShoah experience, as we collectively remember and honor all of those who were lost in the Holocaust.While not being broadcast live, this video will premiere on April 19th.
Quarantine Book Club
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Featuring Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along and former speech writer for Michelle and Barack Obama.
WHAT WE’RE READING
From JMM archives volunteer Vera K.: I am reading the biography of Abba Eban by Asaf Siniver. I am at the beginning, but I find it very interesting, because it also tells about the early life of Palestine-Israel.
JMM volunteer docent Karen R. highly recommends A Gentleman in Moscow. She read it several years ago and then reread it recently for the January meeting of her book club. It is an amazing work of fiction about a man who was confined in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow for many years and how he managed to lead an extraordinary life despite the restrictions.
Last week read American Dirt by Jeannie Cummins about a mother and 8 y/o son who travel to the US from Acapulco after the cartel kills 16 members of her family. Next up, I pulled Naomi Ragen’s 1st book, Jepthe’s Daughter off my shelf yesterday after watching “Unorthodox” on Netflix last week.
Speaking of Unorthodox, did you read Talia’s excellent review of the show yet?