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The Jewish Museum of Maryland is America's leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community. The JMM interprets the Jewish experience in America, with special attention to Jewish life in the state of Maryland. Admission: Members - Free Adult – $10 Senior (65+) – $8 Student (13 and over) -$6 Child (4 to 12) – $4 Non-public school (as part of school group) – $2 Public school (as part of school group) – FREE Children under 4 – FREE With guest pass – FREE
An important message from our colleagues at Baltimore National Heritage Area. If you're going to attend a protest, please read.
BNHA's Call to Action on Police Brutality and the Uprisings Happening Across the Nation - https://www.explorebaltimore.org/news/call-to-action-in-response-to-police-brutality-and-uprisings-across-the-country-be-a-witness-and-then-do-something - Image: Max Bender
#DYK that June 4th is National Hug Your Cat Day? Maybe your cat loves hugs and maybe they prefer personal space, but we know everyone could use a little extra love right now, whatever that looks like.
Either way, share a picture of your cat with us, so we can all get a virtual cat hug!
From the JMM collections: Gilbert Liberles holds his cat Mickey close to his chest. Gilbert loved animals, as is clear in this 1962 picture. JMM 1980.29.89b.
Statement from JMM on the death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests:
In April and May, Baltimore marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed his death in police custody. The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) marked the anniversary, the yahrzeit, with a look back at the Uprising and an exploration of its root causes. Sadly, this week, the country was reminded that those root causes have not been resolved: systemic and structural racism, disparities in access to resources, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly behaves as though black lives do not matter.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland condemns the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and to the families of Freddie Gray, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all of the too many victims of police-involved deaths.
We elevate the words of our tradition that teach us that anyone who is in a position to protest the sinful conduct of the world and does not, it is as if they themselves committed the act (Shabbat 54b:20). And we remember the moments, not that long ago, when Jews were the targets of violence at the hands of agents of the state. It was not justified then. It cannot be justified now.
We urge all of our fellow Americans, regardless of race, to take a hard look around them—and within their own hearts and minds—at the evidence of inequality and inequity. We must educate ourselves. We must listen, truly listen, to the voices of people who don’t look or live or worship as we do. We must commit to being upstanders, not bystanders. We will only change the story if we change ourselves.
Marvin Pinkert, Executive Director
Jewish Museum of Maryland
"Responding to this Moment" - blog post from JMM Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker. #BlackLivesMatter #ToBigotryNoSanction http://ow.ly/vnEB50zYIgf
When JMM staff approached me about moderating one of the two conversations we had planned to accompany our now-virtual exhibit, GrayinBlackandWhite.com, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” Those who know me well know the #BaltimoreUprising that followed the death of Freddie Gray in police custody ...
Do you know the name of this Russian immigrant being interviewed by Naomi Kellman at the 1980 Walk for Israel?JMM 1994.51.10.
#DYK: June 3rd is #NationalEggDay? From the JMM collections: Vintage hand-powered eggbeater. JMM 2011.28.16.
Do you have any vintage tools in your kitchen?
Have you checked out the offerings for this year's Baltimore Jewish Film Festival from the Gordon Center for Performing Arts? They've gone digital!
JMM is partnering with the #BJFF for Virtual Screening: After Munich starting next Monday.
We'll be back next week, following along with Grace Hecht's 1950 travel diary for #TravelTuesday, but this week much of JMM's staff is traveling virtually to attend the American Alliance of Museums annual conference, so time is tight!
But we didn't want to leave you hanging for a second week - so enjoy this sneak peak from a future #TravelingWithGrace diary, of Grace visiting Jerusalem, c. 1952. JMM 19126.96.36.199.
Looking for some reading? May we suggest this set of reviews from JMM Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker for some worthwhile suggestions:
Representation Matters: What D. Watkins helped me understandand about museums - http://jewishmuseummd.org/2020/05/representation-matters-what-d-watkins-helped-me-understand-about-museums/
In the Shadows of Statues - http://jewishmuseummd.org/2020/05/in-the-shadows-of-statues/
The Price of Whiteness - http://jewishmuseummd.org/2020/03/the-price-of-whiteness-review/
Voices are powerful. Voices are important. Voices can make or break a movement, and under current conditions, your voice is more important than ever. There are many ways to make your voice heard, through demonstrations and action, through how and where you spend and donate your money, with conversations with friends, relatives, and those different from you.
Make your voice heard today by VOTING. If you are in Maryland, you must send your absentee ballot in the mail today, or drop it off at a voting center by 8 pm. You can also vote in person at one of the in-person voting centers available. You can find more information about them here: https://elections.maryland.gov/elections/2020/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0CQ5Z-cs_rtd0eybIDKC9p1I1H6W_rpR0Z05rHLyu8MpvlnTHmIfP_Ylg
And remember everything that has happened, when we vote again in November.
The State Board of Elections provides all eligible citizens of the State convenient access to voter registration; provides all registered voters accessible locations in which they may exercise their right to vote, to ensure uniformity of election practices; to promote fair and equitable elections; a...
In honor of #NationalPenPalDay, send a card to your heroes with this #Wondernauts2020 activity, “What Makes a Hero?”
#DYK: June 1st is #NationalPenPalDay? Now is the perfect time to reach out and make a new friend (or reconnect with an old one) through the mail!
Why not #BeAnUpstander and send a card through this JVC volunteer opportunity? https://jvcbaltimore.org/supportivecards/
From the JMM collections: Letter from the Hebrew Ladies Sewing Society of Baltimore to Mrs. Goody Rosenfeld with congratulations on the birth of her son, July 1, 1892. JMM 1968.22.12b.
Are you getting excited for #SummerReading? Why not earn a #Wondernauts bage and "Become a Reviewer"!
Have you ever told a family member or friend to read a book because you liked it? Did you ever tell someone to avoid watching a movie because you didn’t enjoy it? Do you have strong opinions? A review is a chance to express your ideas and opinions. A review not only shares your opinion of a book o...
This week's #VoterEducation post is a call to action! We encourage you to become a #MuseumAdvocate and #BeAnUpstander.
This week, we’re sharing an extended “What We’re Reading” with our JMM family –if you have an appetite to expand your knowledge or merely a taste is for a story to escape into, we think you’ll find some great suggestions here from staff and volunteers.
For this week's family activity pack, we're exploring Jewish art and artists. We can't wait to see your creations - remember to use #MuseumFromHome and tag us!
#DYK that May 28th is National Brisket Day? Coincidentally, today is also the start of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday marking the receiving of the Torah and a harvest festival.
Traditionally, dairy foods are eaten on Shavuot, so maybe this holiday isn’t the timeliest. Or maybe you’re craving some brisket anyways. Enjoy whatever meat or dairy treats make you happy today!
And if you’re looking for a laugh, check out this video of Jewish mothers trying each other’s brisket recipes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv7GhFo4TZY&feature=youtu.be
From the JMM collections: A papercut for Shavuot from the Baltimore Jewish Times. A favorite treat on Shavuot is cheesecake, but why not try something new, like brisket? JMM 2012.054.024.003
"In the Shadow of Statues" by Mitch Landrieu, a book review from JMM Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker. http://ow.ly/Ms9i50zSn3C
In May of 2019, I attended the annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums in New Orleans. One of the keynote speakers was Mitch Landrieu, the city’s mayor. To be honest, I don’t remember much of what he spoke about, but I must have been impressed, because I bought his book, In the Shadow...
Explore our collections from home - here's a step-by-step how-to to help!
Tracie Guy-Decker at Jewish Museum of Maryland wants to show you how to view their collections from the comfort of your own home! #WeAreAssociated
#ThrowbackThursday from the JMM Collections: Pin, "WALK” I walked my feet off for Israel! Sunday, May 28, 1989." Gift of Irene and Bernie Siegel, JMM 2007.2.6.
#TBT #Collections #MuseumCollections #VintagePin #VintageButton #WalkForIsrael #Causes #1980s
#BeAnUpstander - Living Classrooms Foundation is looking for virtual workshop leaders for teens and adults participating in a job-training program!
Can you help? Check out the opportunity to volunteer here: https://jvcbaltimore.org/job/virtual-workshops-living-classrooms/
Lead virtual workshops for Living Classrooms Cicily Stephens Volunteers are needed to lead virtual workshops for teens and adults participating in a job-training program under Living Classrooms Foundation. Examples of workshop topics include but are not limited to the following: College readiness Wo...
Partially identified – Anne Rabinowitz, an office worker at Talmudical Academy, is 2nd from left wearing a print dress in this c.1950 photo of a Talmudical Academy function. Do you recognize any of her table mates? JMM 2017.0.16 http://ow.ly/3D1750zRwJk
#ICYMI: The recordings are now available for last Thursday's program, Uprising + 5: Activists, featuring Tawanda Jones, Megan Kenny, and Lisa Snowden-McCray speaking about their work to improve safety, community, and life in Baltimore City through activism.
This program was presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and supported by Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
Watch the first program from this series, Current Voices: Uprising + 5, a discussion with photographers J.M. Giordano and Devin Allen, moderated by Tracie Guy-Decker of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and introduced by Jackie Lewis of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
#DYK that May 27th is Senior Health and Fitness Day?
Observed on the last Wednesday in May, this day is all about getting active and raising your heart rate! Even if you can’t get to the gym or fitness class today, there are lots of resources to safely workout from home. The National Institute on Aging has fitness videos made for seniors to participate in, and there’s more similar programs available online to support your health!
From the JMM collections: Folks at the Levindale Day Care participate in a chair exercise program. Even if you can’t attend a class right now, look for videos with similar exercises to follow along with. JMM 1997.134.448
Make sure to check out the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Baltimore's new virtual J schedules as well!
Take the "Then and Now" challenge in our #JustMarried! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland online exhibit.
Can you match the correct wedding photos to their anniversary photos (it's harder than you think)?
#DYK that May 26th is Paper Airplane Day?
Whether you’re a kid or adult, making and perfecting a paper airplane is a lot of fun! If you have little ones at home, spend some time teaching them to fold paper, and then let them come up with creative airplane shapes.
If you want to kick things up a notch, host a paper airplane contest either inside or out in the yard. See who’s airplane can fly the furthest, stay airborne the longest, or does the most loop-de-loops!
Check out our Houdini Family Activity Pack for one version of a paper airplane: http://jewishmuseummd.org/2020/04/a-hands-on-houdini-day/
From the JMM collections: A group of kids work with a teacher to fold different shapes in paper. Paper airplanes are an easy way to practice origami and is an easy craft to do with what materials you have around the house! JMM 2006.013.660
#DYK that May 25th is National Wine Day?
Enjoying a glass of wine (responsibly!) is a lovely way to end the day, and lots of wineries are finding new ways to get you that good juice! Not only are wineries offering home shipping, but they’re also hosting virtual wine tastings for anyone to participate in. Other places are following suit, hosting beer tastings and other similar events.
If you don’t drink, celebrate by treating yourself to a fancy juice or craft soda.
From the JMM collections: Not all of us have fancy wine jugs like Mendes Cohen used in his household. This pitcher is from the 1850s-70s, and a beautiful display piece. JMM 1978.030.001a
For this Memorial Day #MentalHealthMondays post, we've got some suggestions to help you just #Breathe.
#DYK that May 22nd is Craft Distillery Day?
Craft distilling has become a popular means of creating interesting and tasty drinks and these local businesses often use locally sourced ingredients. Support your community today by ordering or picking up a bottle or two.
And if you don’t drink, look for other local businesses that you can support. Order dinner from your favorite neighborhood spot or a paperback from a local bookstore. If you have the means, please consider helping your community.
From the JMM collections: A decanter from the Calvert Distillery. Do you have any fancy decanters you store your drinks in? JMM 1994.158.1a.
Voter Education: Getting Involved - http://jewishmuseummd.org/2020/05/voter-education-getting-involved/
We’ve covered requesting an absentee ballot, how to educate yourself to prepare to vote, and even what to do at the polling place. But what if you want to be more involved in the political process, not just at the voting booth? Or maybe there’s a particular issue or law that you want people to pay attention to.
Getting involved in local politics, through advocacy work, is an amazing way to amplify your voice and the needs of your community. And it’s easier than most people think! #BeAnUpstander
#JMMInsights: Just Married! Goes Digital!
Check out the news about our newest #DigitalExhibit! http://ow.ly/CqHD50zMM5t
Image: The wedding dress above was worn by four Baltimore brides in two generations! Left: Rosalee Cohen Davison, 1952; right: Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, 1954. On loan from Rosalee Cohen Davison, Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, Joanna Davison Golden, and Gwynne Weinberg. JMM L2017.12.1.
In this panel discussion, hear from three female-identifying activists who will share their ongoing work in remembrance of the 5-year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising.
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