Staying Connected with JMM: Yom HaShoah

Dear Educators,

This coming week is full with a variety of learning opportunities for you and your students. We have Earth Daynew wondernauts activities, and the release of our new online exhibit The Amazing Mendes Cohen (with accompanying educational activities), all great opportunities for students of various ages. In addition to these resources for your students, we are also featuring an opportunity for you to connect to the Jewish community.

Yom HaShoah (also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day) takes place from the evening of Monday, April 20 to the evening of Tuesday, April 21. JMM personally invites you to stand with the Baltimore Jewish community with the following programs about remembrance and liberation. We hope that these programs inspire you to continue the important work that you do, in teaching young people compassion and care for one another. Your work is essential, especially in this difficult time, and we are here to support you through our stories and resources.

As always, if you have thoughts on more ways we can help you, please reach out any time.


In communities all over the world, people gather to remember the lives of the 6 million that were murdered by the Nazis between 1933-1945. Every year the Baltimore Jewish Council brings together Holocaust survivors from across the region, along with hundreds of others in the community to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Even in the face of uncertain times, our community is committed to continuing the tradition.

This year, we invite you to join the Baltimore community as we come together for an online Yom HaShoah experience.

Baltimore Jewish Council:
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.
Best suited for educators/adults. 

Baltimore Zionist District:
Zaikaron BaShalon: Remembrance in the Living Room
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 7:30pm

Lola Hahn, JMM Board Member and community volunteer will give second generation testimony of how her mother and two aunts were saved by Oskar Schindler.
Best suited for educators and mature students. 

New Online Exhibit: The Amazing Mendes Cohen 

The Amazing Mendes

Almost six years ago, as Baltimore celebrated the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner, JMM shared the story of one of the unsung heroes of the battle of Ft. McHenry, Mendes Cohen. Now you and your students can experience this award-winning exhibit reimagined as an online exhibit, The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen!

Mendes’ biography touches on the War of 1812, the Maryland Jew Bill, as well as Cohen’s extensive travels, and activities as an early Egyptologist.

After students explore the exhibit, our education team has shared some of their primary source learning materials geared towards elementary and middle school students. Our program team has put together family-friendly hands-on activities for younger learners related to Mendes’ time as a world traveler. Students can even enjoy our geography-based Where in the World is Mendes Cohen quiz!

There is so much to see, explore, and learn about the life and times of this prominent Baltimore citizen – we hope you’ll take some time to dive into the world of the A-Mazing Mendes Cohen.


What Makes a Hero?

What qualities define someone as a hero? Mendes Cohen went on many kinds of journeys during his life – just like our heroes in science fiction books, comics, and movies! Learn about the hero’s journey and heroes in your own life – then create your very own hero.

Looking for other hands-on activities related to space? Check out our Wondernauts website.

For more posts from Paige Woodhouse, School Program Coordinator, click here.

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