Recovery & Renewal

The Immigration Experience: An Important Partnership Series

The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) is pleased to introduce a new program series, Recovery & Renewal: The Immigration Experience, presented in partnership with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The Recovery & Renewal series is made possible through the generosity of the Lois Rosenfield Caring Fund of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Our goal with this series is to encourage greater understanding and empathy for those who are trying to enter our country today, while dispelling some of the confusion borne from current political rhetoric. Our hope is that by encouraging visitors to act now, we can avoid future generations having to ask the same questions of what could have been and what achievements were lost.

The generous funding provided by the Lois Rosenfield Caring Fund to support this series means we are able to offer additional features for the series’ programs. All the presentations will be followed by a light reception, during which we will continue to discuss the themes explored within the presentations. We will take time to really reflect upon what we have heard and think about how we might best be able to apply the lessons learned to the current immigration situation and our own lives. Additionally, a free bus will be offered from Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to the JMM for all programs, meaning you don’t have to worry about finding parking downtown. This bus is available for anyone attending the programs, not just Baltimore Hebrew Congregation members!

Recovery & Renewal: The Immigration Experience Program Schedule

Different Horrors/Same Hell:
Jewish Women Experience the Holocaust

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Speaker Dr. Myrna Goldenberg
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Men’s and women’s experiences varied greatly during this terrible period—both how they were treated by the Nazis and how they responded. Join us for an exploration of the ways women’s biological and sociological differences from men were reflected in their responses to the Holocaust.

Creating Our American Story
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Speakers: Senai Abella Obang and Hari Maya Dhamala
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We hear about immigrants, refugees, and asylees all over the media – but rarely do we get to hear directly from those coming to America to make a new home. Join us as we welcome Senai Abella Obang and Hari Maya Dhamala who were forced to flee their homes, eventually settling here in Baltimore. They will share their stories of escaping their homeland and the challenges of building a new home in a foreign land.

This program is also presented in partnership with The Golden Door: Storytelling for Social Justice.

Stories of Survival: Schindler’s List
Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Speaker: Lola Hahn
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Lola Hahn discovered the story of her family’s Holocaust experience only after reading Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally. The book was filled with familiar names and, in part, told the story of her own mother and aunts. Join us for this very special lecture in which Lola will share the experiences of her family, including the phenomenal impact of Oskar Schindler.

Following the presentation, we will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List with a screening of the movie in full, starting at 2:45 pm.

Besa: Albanian Promises Kept
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm
This program takes place at Baltimore Hebrew Synagogue (no bus provided)
Speakers: Eli Neumann and Benjy Neumann
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Albania, a small Muslim-majority country, proved a surprising refuge for the Jewish community of central Europe during the Holocaust. Thanks to Besa, an Albanian concept sometimes translated as “pledge of honor,” and an oath sworn by much of the population requiring individuals to come to the aid of those in need, this country became a safe haven for Jews escaping Nazi persecution. Join us as we hear the story of one family’s experience from second generation survivors Eli and Benjy Neumann.

Immigration in Maryland Today

Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm  
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The national conversation around issues of immigration is noisy, impassioned, and complicated. Inspired by our current exhibit Stitching History from The Holocaust—the story of two individuals who lost their lives when they were unable to secure visas to escape Europe—we will explore lessons that could, and should, have been learned from our shared history. Join us for this very special panel discussion examining the local side of this national story with a team of experts who are working closely with Maryland’s newest arrivals.

Need more information or help registering? Please contact Trillion Attwood at or 443.873.5177.

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