JMM Insights: Sharing All of Maryland’s Jewish Stories

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This week’s edition of JMM Insights comes from Executive Director Sol Davis

Over the course of the next two weeks, the JMM will be hosting several public programs designed to nurture important conversations in our community. These programs are being held as part of the JMM’s ongoing efforts to ensure that we are building an inclusive museum with and for all Jewish people across the state of Maryland. The Museum aims to represent the experiences of all Jewish people and to create programs, exhibits, and experiences that help us all learn about, hold space, and care for the full and fabulous spectrum of diversity that exists within Jewish life.  

I want to uplift a couple of the many upcoming programs that highlight this work.


Celebrate every child’s identity with Drag Queen Story Hour with Pariah Sinclair!

On Tuesday, May 4th at 5:30PM Eastern, the JMM is hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), presented in partnership with the Gordon Center for the Performing Artsthe Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimorethe JOC Mispacha Project, and Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtebl. As the program announcement indicates: DQSH is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories for kids. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.

Drag Queen Story Hour is a program about gender expression. You can learn more about DQSH here.

 For those who are curious to learn more about gender expression and gender within a Jewish context prior to the program, I encourage you to explore this resource on LGBTQ+ terminology that has been developed by Keshet, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ equality in Jewish life.

Then, please invite your friends and register for this free virtual family event.


Don’t forget to register for this exciting and interesting conversation!

On Tuesday, May 11th at 7pm Eastern, the JMM is thrilled to welcome Ilana Kaufman back to Baltimore. Ilana Kaufman, Executive Director of the Jews of Color Initiative, will share her newest venture, Count Me In,a research project to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color across America.

Ilana Kaufman will be in conversation with Dr. Harriette Wimms, whose dream of a gathering space where all Jews of Color could find place and belonging grew into the creation of the Jews of Color Mishpacha Project

This program is presented in partnership with Chizuk Amuno Congregation and the JOC Mishpacha Project.

You can register for this free program here. 


Thank you for joining us in building an inclusive and participatory Jewish museum. 

Sol Davis, Ph.D.
Executive Director


Explore Past Programs

Recordings Available: 

Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions and the Jewish Community in the Age of #BlackLives Matter

View recordings of all the programs presented within this partner series. 

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The National JOC Shabbaton
May 14-16th, 2021 

The Jews of Color Mishpacha Project exists to bring together individuals, communities, organizations, and Jewish institutions to build a gathering place for Jewish People of Color and their families/allies/accomplices. The JOC Mishpacha Project’s primary event is the First Annual National Jewish People of Color Shabbaton

Register here.


Reminder: Executive Director Sol Davis is holding weekly office hours to meet you! Make an appointment for a virtual visit and share your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations for JMM.
Click to schedule an appointment now!


Visit Esther’s Place:
Members Reopening

The JMM is open on a limited basis for members-only visits during designated time slots. 

Reserve your tickets today and check out what’s new in the shop during your visit. 

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