Posted on September 18th, 2013 by Rachel
Sukkot, which begins this evening, is one of my favorite holidays. I love this time of year when the weather changes from summer to fall. School has just begun and our weekends are beginning to fill up with soccer games, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, play dates, girls’ scout outings, and more. I love the idea of having an excuse to gather as a family (actually it’s my husband whose the driving force in this endeavor but the rest of us pitch in) to help build, decorate, and eat in our sukkah.
For more information about the holiday, check out http://www.aish.com/h/su/
In celebration of this year’s festival, I share with you some photos from the JMM collections:
1994.206.001 – This is one of our earliest Sukkot related photos taken in 1904 of the Lutsky Family eating in their sukkah.
2001.040.017 – This photo from 1959 depicts members of the Ladies of the Holiday Committee of the Baltimore Jewish Welfare Board serving wine and cake in a sukkah to Jewish troops of the Aberdeen Proving Ground.
2003.104.003 – Samuel D. Miller standing inside the sukkah behind Beth Sholom in Frederick
2006.013.004 – In this undated photo, we see a group of people enjoying a meal inside a sukkah. The table is set with fruit bowls. Sukkot celebrates the harvest holiday and it is fun coming up with creative meals that tie into the concept. For an abundance of holiday recipes, check out the blog Joy of Kosher!
2006.013.1062 – In this photo from 1974 women decorate a sukkah at the JCC. Looking for creative decorating ideas – check out these fun project ideas!
Late Night on Lloyd Street
The JMM will be celebrating Sukkot at our monthly Late Night on Lloyd Street program on September 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. For more information, check out our website. We are grateful to the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff for their support of the program. We hope you will join us and all the best wishes for a joyful and meaningful holiday.
A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts by Deborah, click here.
Posted on September 28th, 2012 by Rachel
A blog post by Senior Collections Manager Jobi Zink.
Amy, Sharon & Colin
Is there a better way to celebrate the fall – the autumnal equinox, and a dear friend’s birthday—than a (fairly) impromptu pumpkin potluck party on our patio? We gathered outside and enjoyed pumpkin hummus* [recipe below] on fresh veggies, curried pumpkin soup with a balsamic reduction, salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin risotto*, Moroccan couscous and a variety of pumpkin desserts.
The air was nearly crisp enough to warrant a jacket, but when the sun went down we lit a fire and enjoyed the warmth and glow. Even though you couldn’t see the stars in the sky from our city yard, the evening was nearly perfect.
That is until Colin said that he wanted to cut down and even out our fence posts. It’s true they do extend way past the gate top, but Eric left them that way on purpose. And if they were chopped down we couldn’t build a sukkah in the backyard. Okay, we’ve never built a sukkah in our back yard, but now I kind of want to. We can use our fence as the framework, and then we just need to rig up a roof of branches. The idea is that the sukkah is a temporary structure representing the biblical booths, and that light (and rain!) can stream in through the ceiling. Since it is a mitzvah to eat in the sukkah, we’ll have a chance to try out some more fall favorite recipes!
For inspiration for sukkah construction, I turned to the JMM photo collection.
The Lutsky family Sukkah, 1904 seems very formal with framed photographs and glass lanterns, 1994.206.1.
Chizuk Amuno Nursery School children built their sukkah out of cardboard bricks, but a good strong wind might knock it down outside, 2002.111.159.
This sukkah is the size of a gymnasium! I’d love to play basketball in a sukkah, but it may be a little too big for my rowhouse back yard, 1999.167.
While most people decorate the inside of their sukkah, I really like the painted garden on the exterior of this one.
I love the beautiful streaks of light coming through this sukkah. Plus, it looks like it was constructed the same way Fluid Movement makes their sets!
This one might require a little bit more engineering than I can manage.
The exterior house wall gives a solid, homey feel. I don’t think our white vinyl siding will have the same effect.
This style matches our back-gate, which is also made out of recycled doors! I love the idea of being eco-friendly. I bet a quick trip down to the Loading Dock (http:///www.loadingdock.org/) would net us all of the supplies we need.
Recipe for Pumpkin Hummus
1 15 oz can drained garbanzo beans
1 cup (or more) pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
Or the pulp of one roasted sugar pumpkin
½ cup oil
2 TBS tahini
2 TBS lemon juice
1-2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup parsley
2 tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. ground smoked paprika
¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
Salt & pepper to taste
Blend all of the ingredients in the food processor to the your preferred hummus consistency .
Serve with toasted pita chips or fresh vegetables
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 TBS oil
2 cups arboio rice
2 cups pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
6 cups vegetable stock (or more), heated
½ cup grated romano or parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over high heat and sweat the onions until soft.
Add the rice, stirring with a wooden spoon to make sure each kernel is coated with oil.
In a separate pot, heat the vegetable stock to a simmer. Whisk in the pumpkin puree. Maintain at a simmer.
Add the broth to the rice, 1 ladleful at a time. Stir the rice so that the broth is fully absorbed before adding another ladleful. Continue to cook the rice until it is slightly al dente and most of the broth has been absorbed.
Finish the risotto by stirring in the Parmesan cheese.
Posted on June 6th, 2010 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. Click here to see the most recent photo on their website. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date(s) run in Baltimore Jewish Times: 5/28/10
PastPerfect Accession #: 2006.013.1062
Status: Identified. (L-R) Randi Lifson [on ladder], Helen Lifson, Carin Hoffman [on ladder] and Natalie Hoffman decorate a sukkah at the JCC with the JCC Garden Club, September 1974.
Special thanks to: Natalie Hoffman