JMM Insights: The Last Leg

If you haven’t watched some of the previous programs in the series, Trillion highly recommends taking some time to experience Marvin’s American History Through a Baltimore Lens and the South African Jewish Museum’s South African Jewry: Before, During, After talks, along with last night’s Calling Australia Home (recording coming soon). You might be surprised at how familiar some of these stories feel, and how connected these Jewish communities are across time and space.

We’ve been (pleasantly) surprised by the audiences signing on to share our programs with us. We have seen great attendance not just from those in the US, England, South Africa, and Australia, but from places as far flung as Spain, Israel, Germany and even China. One of the few silver linings of our need to social distance and explore the digital landscape is seeing just how much we can connect with others across the globe.

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed traveling around the globe with us, through our virtual programs, our collections, and our blogs – make sure you check out Joanna’s most recent piece connecting today’s “Zoom virtual backgrounds” to the photo studio backdrops of the past!

And a special shout-out – thank you to Herb Levy for sharing the fantastic family photo after our Around the World newsletter, showing your grandfather, Max Woolf (left) and his brother Barnett in front of their men’s clothing store in Capetown, South Africa c.1905.
I encourage you think of this month and all it’s travel-related topics as preparing for an even bigger trip – all the way into outer space. Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit is opening – in person – mid-September, and we can’t wait to see you.

We’ll have more details for you on the different ways to experience Jews in Space (including a special website, virtual programs, and digital tours) in our September 10th edition of JMM Insights. For now, you can get excited by revisiting last month’s four space-themed newsletters on Jews and Science Fiction; Jewish Astronauts; Judaism and Astronomy; and The Wonders of Space in Maryland.

Before we go, I want to call out one of my favorite travel-themed pieces from the Museum, which came out almost exactly a year ago – our 2019 Report to the Community. It even inspired me to write a blog post exploring the story of one of the new collections pieces we highlighted, about a traveling cat.
To close out this week’s JMM Insights, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the cover for this year’s annual report, History Is Now. Museum members – keep an eye on your mailboxes in the coming weeks for your copy. Not a member? (We can fix that!) You can download the 2020 Report to the Community here starting on September 15, 2020.

~Rachel Kassman
JMM Marketing Manager

New on View: In Her Hand: Sadie Jacobs Crockin

Celebrate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, with this lobby exhibit of a Baltimore Upstander, Sadie Crockin (1880-1965).

JMM is now open on a limited basis! We are open for two shifts on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm, advance tickets and reservations required for both members and non-members. More info on our new policies and procedures to keep all our staff and visitors safe can be found here.

It’s our first online Esther’s Place Sale! Check out some great deals now. All purchases help support the Museum.

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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