Monday, January 26, 2009



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What is the JMM?

The Jewish Museum of Maryland is America's leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community. The Museum interprets the Jewish experience in America, with special attention to Jewish life in the state of Maryland. The Museum was founded in 1960 to rescue and restore the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue, and has become a cultural center for the Jewish community and for those interested in Jewish history and traditions.

Today, the Museum campus includes the historic Lloyd Street and B'nai Israel Synagogues and a modern museum building with exhibition galleries, program areas, a research library, museum shop, and meeting rooms. Through our collections, exhibitions, sites and programs, we encourage discourse about Jewish life in Maryland and beyond.

Can I volunteer at the JMM?

Absolutely! Please contact Ilene Cohen ( or 410.732.6400 x 217) for more information.

Do you have a calendar of events?

Yes, we do. Please click this link for more information about upcoming events:


What is the LSS project?

The JMM is currently renovating and restoring the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue (LSS). The synagogue was built in 1845 and has undergone over a century and a half of changes. We are working to bring those changes to light in an exhibit that utilizes both the historic fabric of the building itself as well as items from the JMM’s extensive collection.

Who is funding the project?

For the restoration of the LSS, the JMM has received funding from the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and the Save America’s Treasures program of the National Park Service. We are also coordinating all activities with Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to ensure that we adhere to all of the guidelines for historic propertiesFor the exhibition, the JMM has received grants from MHT, the Museums for America program and the Institute for Museum Library Services (IMLS), and from Charlotte Cohen Weinberg and Carroll Weinberg, M.D.

What is the timeline for the renovation?

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009 and will open in 2010 as part of the JMM’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Why renovate at all?

The congregations who have called the building on Lloyd Street “home” made many changes to the structure during its long history. As the custodians of the LSS, we want to make that rich cultural history available to our patrons. We are also taking this opportunity to improve the preservation and safety of the building.

What will happen after the renovation is complete?

The LSS will house a permanent exhibit regarding its own history and the history of the congregations that called it home. The sanctuary will remain open for viewing and tours during public hours.

What is the (brief) history of the building?

The LSS was built in 1845 by a group of German Orthodox Jews who named their congregation Nidchei Yisrael The Scattered of Israel.” It was also known as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. By 1860, Baltimore Hebrew had grown to such an extent that the building was expanded to its current size. In 1889, the LSS was sold to St. John the Baptist, a Lithuanian Catholic congregation. In 1905, the building was sold to Shomrei Mishmeres HaKodesha group of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, who remained active until the late 1950s. In 1960 the building was scheduled for demolition, but a group of concerned citizens formed the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland to save the building from destruction.

Do you have a personal story about the LSS that you would like to share with us?

If so, we would love to hear from you! Please email Rachel Kassman (, and she will work with you to get your story published to this blog!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

LSS Fact of the Day

Fast Day Sermon

at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Jan. 4, 1861

Rabbi Illowy

This sermon, given at "National Fast Day" services at the Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore, proved so popular among the Jewish secessionists that Rabbi Illowy was invited to become the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Hassed in New Orleans. In essence, this sermon is in regards to varying opinions regarding the Jewish response to slavery. National Fast Day was a national holiday of humility that no longer exists.

AND he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him, the man of G-d, today, it is neither new moon nor Sabbath? and she said, Shalom, peace; Peace I want, and peace I am seeking." 2 Kings iv.26.

The same question I direct to you my friends. Wherefore are you come today to the house of the merciful Father? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath?

What is it that brought you hither at a time generally devoted to business and labor? What is it that caused you to check the great wheel of activity in its rapid course? What made you close today so early the temples of mammon and hasten to a place where there is no earthly gain to be acquired? What impelled you to leave the temples of joy and pleasure to repair to the lonely house of devotion and prayer, where no earthly enjoyments can cheer up your mind depressed by earthly cares? It is neither new moon nor Sabbath. No, my friends, it is neither new moon nor Sabbath, but it is a day designated by the Chief Magistrate of the United States, for the purpose of fasting, humiliation, and prayer. In compliance with his proclamation, we are assembled here to join our fellow citizens of the various denominations in keeping this day as a solemn fast; as a day devoted to religious exercise only. And in order to show you how wisely and properly the government acted in calling together all the citizens in a religious assembly, although its act has been attacked by many an infidel, let me unroll before you a picture, although old, since time has not blighted its freshness, neither have years dimmed its hues.

It presents an event that happened in the days of yore, when a ship was going to Tarshish, and a dreadful storm arose, while heavy, dusky clouds were brooding in thick darkness over the sea, and the raging tempest flung the staggering vessel now up and then down again on the storm-tossed billows. The mariners, aware of the great danger which threatened the ship with wreck, and their lives with being devoured by the wild, voracious waves, were afraid; their hearts were filled with terror, and they called every one unto his god. In this tempestuous and dreadful night, when every heart was terror-struck, a man was lying in the hold of the ship carelessly indulging himself in a sound sleep, until the ship master rushed down unto him, waking him with the thundering clamor of despondency, "Sinful sleeper, why dost thou sleep? Arise from thy slumber, danger is nigh! Arise and call upon thy G-d--Perhaps it be that G-d will mercifully think of us, that we may not be lost."

Do you not recognize, my friends, in this event, a mirror in which all our untoward circumstances of the present day are strikingly reflected? -- Heavy, storm-foreboding clouds are spreading, and lowering darkly over our country. The splendid vessel of our glorious Union, exposed to the pernicious discharge of their destructive contents, is in danger of being wrecked; and whilst the people in the vessel are vainly disputing about where the first cloud arose, in the North or in the South, those who sit at the helm, being aware of the approaching danger, are terror-struck, and with anguish and fear, they expect every moment the dreaded crash of the staggering ship; but with paternal care the faithful shipmaster rushes down to us, waking us up with the loud clamor of despondency, --"Arise, thoughtless sleepers, from your careless torpor, danger is nigh; arise, and call unto G-d, perhaps it be that He will mercifully think of us, that we may not be lost."

Let us, my brethren, hear the paternal warning of the faithful ship-master, and fervently pray to the G-d of our fathers that He may send us relief in the hour of calamity and peril, that He may remove from us the danger which has thrown all our citizens, rich and poor, in a state of general dismay and confusion. Let us pray unto Him that peace and harmony may return again unto our gates, and keep us far from polluting out hands with the blood of our brothers and fellow-citizens. Listen, my brethren, to a prayer which the pious King David, with the sacred zeal of his heart, offered unto the Lord for the prosperity of his country:

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee; peace be within thy walls, and peace within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sake I will now say, Peace be within thee; because of the house of the Lord our G-d I will seek thy peace."

Such was the short, but fervent prayer of the pious King, whose soul was burning and whose heart was glowing for the welfare of his Jerusalem; and such should be our earnest prayer for the peace and prosperity of our Jerusalem, I say our Jerusalem, for until the time that it will be pleasing in the sight of the Lord to protract the fulfillment of his promises, this country will be our Jerusalem. O may it also forever continue to be the holy land, the land of liberty, the house of peace, and the asylum of oppressed and persecuted humanity.

It was customary among the ancient Israelites, whenever danger was nigh, whenever a hard time of trouble was approaching, to go to the tombs of their ancestors, praying there, that the spirits of the departed might plead for their cause before the mercy seat of the Almighty. Let us, my brethren, do the same today. Let us, then, with hearts warm with pious devotion, walk among the tombs of the illustrious fathers of this country, who bought with their precious heart's blood the many blessings which they faithfully transmitted to unborn generations. Let us today commune with the spirits of the glorious dead, who will forever live in the hearts of their countrymen. Let us enter the sepulcher of the past, and with awe and deference, put forth our hands to wipe off the dust and mould of forgetfulness from the coffin-lids of the wise and brave; with hot tears to let us moisten the sod where their ashes repose, and exclaim, "Illustrious fathers, arise from your peaceful slumbers; your children are in danger of being slaughtered, the brother by the hand of his brother; the hallowed fire of universal love and harmony which you once kindled is in danger of being extinguished by the destructive flames of civil war; the paradise which you have bequeathed to us is in danger of being devastated by the seductive serpent that has already impregnated many hearts with its deadly poison of ambition, selfishness, and cupidity. O arise, illustrious fathers, and pray unto the Lord for the peace of our Jerusalem!" Yes, my brethren, once every city and every village of this vast republic was a Jerusalem, the residence of peace and brotherly love; but now we must join in the lamentations of the Prophet, the faithful town that was once full of justice, and wherein righteousness lodged, has become the gathering place of discord and enmity. Let us, therefore, pray, my brethren, to Him who maketh peace in His high heavens, that He may unite again all our states and all the contending parties in peace and harmony, and guard our glorious republic against all the dangers which threaten to trouble or overthrow it.

Now, my brethren, let me direct your attention to another topic, not less important than the last.

It is an incontestable truth that our republic stands among the governments of the earth like an ancient oak in the forest, which, after having overcome many a blast, overtops the other trees and commands respect and veneration; and as we may hope G-d will be with us, answer our prayers, heal the breach between our sister states, and the dissension will soon be peaceably settled, our Republic will again, as heretofore, be admired by Emperors and Kings, and the nations will again look at it with envy as the happiest system that was ever devised for uniting dignity in the magistrate and liberty in the nation, with protection and security to all. Yes, we may boast there has never yet existed a happier and mightier government than ours. There was already political liberty in the days of old. Sparta, Athens, Rome, Carthage, and Judea, were once republics; but there liberty was only an imaginary coin, a name usurped by tyranny, and they could not keep themselves safe against the attacks from without and discontent from within. Our sister Republic in Europe depends only upon the merciful protection of the despotic great powers; but our glorious Republic has achieved, up to the present critical moment, in not more than three quarters of a century, a government over thirty-three flourishing, sovereign, and independent States, without the support or protection of any foreign power. We have a commerce that leaves no sea unexplored, navies which take no law from any superior force, and a peace with all nations founded on equal rights and mutual respect.

All this is true, incontestably true, and we feel that we are exalted to the very gates of heaven in respect to our advantages and national excellencies; but let us take heed that we incur not the reproach with which our divine teacher Moses once rebuked our people, -- "Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked," -- let us take heed that we grow not dizzy with the height of prosperity to which we have attained, that we reel not and stagger not on the summits of freedom, that the very loftiness of our happy state be not the means of giving impulse to our downfall, by which we might lose forever our honor and our privileges.

The vastness of our government, which is extended over an immense, large territory, and over numerous inhabitants, coming from many different regions of the world, forms a fruitful field of danger to the quiet and permanence of our institutions. It has ever proved unachievable in a commonwealth to make laws which could meet with the general approval of all its citizens, especially in a Republic like ours, composed of many different nationalities, coming from different countries, differing from each other more or less in customs, manners, habits, languages, creeds, and political views. In addition to all this, there must be brought into consideration the large extension of our territory; the law that provides for the benefit of the North, may operate with blighting effect upon the interests of the South, whilst that which promotes the immediate welfare of the South, may be injurious to that of the North. The contrariety of interests, the principal source from which all dissatisfaction flows, gives rise to party spirit, to a perpetual contest between the different states and the government, and between the different popular leaders who aspire to the chief influence, and the violence of a turbulent multitude.

The ends for which men unite in society and submit to government, are to enjoy security for their property and freedom for their persons from all injustice or violence. the more completely these ends are attained, with the least diminution of personal liberty, the nearer such government approaches to perfection. -- But who, for example, can blame our brethren of the South for their being inclined to secede from a society, under whose government those ends cannot be attained, and whose union is kept together, not by the good sense and good feelings of the great masses of the people, but by an ill-regulated balance of power and heavy iron ties of violence and arbitrary force? Who can blame our brethren of the South for seceding from a society whose government can not, or will not, protect the property rights and privileges of a great portion of the Union against the encroachments of a majority misguided by some influential, ambitious aspirants and selfish politicians who, under the color of religion and the disguise of philanthropy, have thrown the country into a general state of confusion, and millions into want and poverty? If these magnanimous philanthropists do not pretend to be more philanthropic than Moses was, let me ask them, "Why did not Moses, who, as it is to be seen from his code, was not in favor of slavery, command the judges in Israel to interfere with the institutions of those nations who lived under their jurisdiction, and make their slaves free, or to take forcibly away a slave from a master as soon as he treads the free soil of their country? Why did he not, when he made a law that no Israelite can become a slave, also prohibit the buying and selling of slaves from and to other nations? Where was ever a greater philanthropist than Abraham, and why did he not set free the slaves which the king of Egypt made him a present of?"

Why did Ezra not command the Babylonian exiles who, when returning to their old country, had in their suit seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven slaves, to set their slaves free and send them away, as well as he commanded them to send away the strange wives which they had brought along? It is an historical fact, that even the Therepentae and Essenes, two Jewish sects, who with a kind of religious frenzy, placed their whole felicity in the contemplation of the divine nature, detaching themselves from all secular affairs, entrusted to their slaves the management of their property.

All these are irrefutable proofs that we have no right to exercise violence against the institutions of other states or countries, even if religious feelings and philanthropic sentiments bit us disapprove of them. It proves furthermore, that the authors of the many dangers, which threaten our country with ruin and devastation, are not what they pretend to be, the agents of Religion and Philanthropy.

Therefore, my friends, there is only one rampart which can save our country from degradation and ruin, and shield it against all the danger arising within and threatening from without. This is, the good will, the good sense and feelings of the great mass of the people. They must have no other guide than the book of G-d and the virtues which it teaches, and make their hearts inaccessible to the pernicious influence of some individuals who exert all their efforts to mislead them, under the disguise of Religion and Philanthropy, from the TRUE PATH OF TRUE RELIGION.

The foundation of all the happiness of a country must be laid in the good conduct of the mass of the people, in their love of industry, sobriety, justice, virtue, and principally in their unfeigned religious feelings. Such virtues are the sinews and strength of a country: they are the supports of its prosperity at home and of its reputation abroad. Righteousness and justice will ever exalt a nation.

שמרו משפט ןיעשו צדקה כי קרבה ישעותי לבא וצדקתי להגלות

Thus saith the Lord, "Keep ye justice and do equity, for near is my help to come, and my righteousness to be revealed." Keep justice and truth in your gates, and the merciful Father will graciously answer our prayers and save us forever and ever--Amen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Filling the Cistern

Thus far, almost all of my posts have been about investigating the cistern that was found under the SE corner of the LSS. Well, the time finally came to refill it. While I wish we could have left it open for public viewing (though not exploring!), it was a danger to the structural integrity of the building. So, how exactly did we go about filling it? I'm so glad you asked!

First, the general contractors returned to the LSS to remove hay that was placed in the archaeology pit over the cistern to protect it from the cold and to clear away debris from the North and East walls of the synagogue. The next day, the plumbers returned to pump the cistern (again) and removed approximately four feet of standing water from the bottom. The grouting company then filled the cistern with flowable fill* and laid grout injection pipes. Later this week, we hope to have the general contractors back to backfill four of the eight existing archaeology pits with new, clean, compactable fill. Once that has been completed, the grouting company will return to inject grout under the SE corner of the LSS in order to stabilize it and prevent further settlement.

On a somewhat related note, I now have more detailed pictures of the inside of the cistern and will post them shortly. I am waiting for a final archaeology report, and as soon as I receive it, I will post the pictures along with corresponding text.

*more on this in a later post

Monday, January 12, 2009

LSS Fact of the Day

1860 Baltimore American


Consecration of Lloyd Street Synagogue -- The interesting ceremony of consecrating a Hebrew Synagogue to the worship of the Most High, was performed yesterday afternoon in the eastern section of the city. – The building dedicated has long been known as the Lloyd Street Synagogue. Until within the last six months the edifice was of contracted proportions, and quite insufficient for the accommodation of the already large and steadily increasing congregation. It was decided to enlarge the building, and improve it to meet the necessittee [sic.] of the worshippers. The new and handsome structure consecrated is the result of that determination.

The Synagogue is not of imposing dimensions. On the contrary its proportions are quite moderate, even with the present addition of some thirty feet to its length, but it is nevertheless one of the prettiest places of worship in the city. Its decoration are in good taste; its pews, furniture, carpeting, stucco work, &c., neat and durable. The main body of the building (as is the case with all Synagogues) is set apart for the men. The galleries, extending along three sides of the house, is appropriated to the women. In both places pews are arranged for the accommodation of worshippers, space for each person in them being numbered and seats let singly for the year. Four rows of pews commence at the entrance, or front of the church, and extend as far as the middle, where a comparatively open space is formed immediately in front of the ark. On each side of this space a row of pews is continued till within a few feet of the extreme end of the building. Within the space left in the centre of the building, the desk, handsomely draped in purple velvet with bullion bordering, is raised. In front of the desk a number of semi-circular benches are placed for the accommodation of the choir, who face the ark and pulpit stand.

The ark itself is built up the extreme end of the synagogue and rests upon a broad, spacious platform, approached by a short flight of steps, commencing a few feet from the choristers’ seats. It is the first thing that catches the eye upon entering the building. In shape it somewhat resembles the Corinthian portico of a large mansion. The columns adorning its front are fluted and touched with gilding. The capitols of each column are elaborately wrought and tastefully gilded, and contribute greatly to the effect of the work. A beautiful purple velvet curtain, on which a single crown is wrought in gold, with olive branches relieving it, hides the interior of the sacred place from view. Upon the top of all is placed a stain glass representation of the two tablets delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai, with the Hebrew characters of the Ten Commands of God inscribed thereon. At three and a half o’clock in the afternoon the doors of the synagogue were thrown open and the people began to assemble. The galleries were soon filled with ladies and it was not long before they were packed. The men secured seats in the places allotted them. In all, it is estimated that six or eight hundred people were in attendance. A printed programme [sic.] in the German language was circulated and the exercises shortly after commenced. A good band of musicians, with stringed and wind instruments, were present, and together with thirty-five singers, occupied the choir seats, the singers were all males, and among them were a number of boys, with fine alto and tenor voices.

Friday, January 9, 2009

LSS Fact of the Day

The Baltimore Sun, 1853

Handsome Improvement – The Hebrew Synagogue, situated on Lloyd street, is now undergoing very general improvements, which, when completed, will greatly beautify the house, and advance the conveniences of worship. A new roof of slate has been put on by William Bayley, whilst the entire building, inside and out, has been finely painted by Job Wilks. The ceiling has been frescoed in a modest yet very becoming style of work, and the aisles laid with superior Brussells [sic] carpeting. Not the least attractive feature is the redecoration of the Tabernacle, which contains the ten commandments. The upholstery work was done in a superior manner by Messrs. Holland & Bro. whilst the curtain, of rich scarlet velvet, is elaborately embroidered by Mr. John H. Wilson, of the Temperance Temple, in solid gold characters, and is an admirable specimen of work. It presents in Hebrew characters the following words: “Presented by the Hebrew Ladies of the Lloyd Street Synagogue to the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.” Immediately above the Tabernacle is a superb circular window, filled with stained glass, and executed by Messrs. Jemhardt. The various rosettes form a brilliant star of many colors, which enliven the interior admirably.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

LSS Fact of the Day

The changing sanctuary of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

We have no pictures of the sanctuary of the Lloyd Street Synagogue until 1958, but the building changed many times in the 113 years before that. The congregations responded to changing fashion by decorating and redecorating, and they responded to changing needs by expanding and rearranging. At the dedication in 1845 a reporter for the Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser, described the building in this way:

“The main floor of the church it fitted up with pews, and has a gallery extending on three sides of the church appropriated entirely to the female portion of the congregation. The eastern wall has a round window filled with stained glass directly over the ark [cabinet containing the Torah]. The ark… is a semi-circular temple with Corinthian pillars and ribs, and carved ornaments on the roof and the tables of the law in front. The doors are enriched with carvings and slide on rollers around the curve of the sides. On each side of the ark is an elevated platform with rich finished arm chairs for the President and Vice President of the congregation. In front is the reading desk and seats for the readers, of solid walnut. The window over the ark bears [sic.] the shape of a double star, of the most beautiful variegated colors, illustrating the shield of David, in the centre of which is a representation of a Greecian [sic.] Corinthian Acanthus. The spaces between the points of the star are filled with Grecian leaves, the whole surrounded by a circle to correspond….The windows are tinted of a golden color and diffuse a warm glow of light in the interior. The interior wood work is painted of a warm drab color, and the walls and ceilings when dry are going to be finished in fresco.” (Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser, September, 1845)

The Occident also described the new synagogue in detail, admiring its beauty and only finding fault with the fact that the smallness of the space didn’t allow for a central bimah (raised platform from which the service is conducted).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

LSS Fact of the Day

1845 - After fifteen years of moving between rented rooms, the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation decided to build its own synagogue. The structure became the first synagogue in the state of Maryland. The congregation hired Robert Cary Long, Jr., a prominent Baltimore architect, who created a Greek revival style building. In September, the new synagogue was consecrated.

From the Baltimore Sun, September 27, 1845

“Agreeably to announcement, the new synagogue erected by the Hebrew congregation of Baltimore, was yesterday afternoon dedicated to the service of the Most High. The building was crowded in all its parts, and among the audience we noticed the Rev. Dr. Johns, Rev. Wm. Hamilton, Rev. Mr. Purvance, and other ministers of Christian churches. There were present, the Rev. Mr. Rice, Chief Rabbi in the U. States, the Rev. Mr. Isaacs, of New York, the Rev. Mr. Leeser, of Philadelphia, and the Rev. Mr. Ansell, of this city. About 4 o’clock the lamps in the church were lit, and the ceremonies of consecration commenced by the opening of the Ark, from which the five books of Moses were taken, and carried by five persons through the centre aisle to the front door and back again to the reader’s desk or altar, prayers in Hebrew being chaunted in the meantime by the congregation, led by Mr. Ansell. They then moved round the desk a number of times, still chaunting [sic], when the sacred archives were deposited in the Ark. Mr. Ansell then read a prayer in English, in which the blessing of Heaven was invoked upon the President of the U. states, the Executives of the State and city, &c. &c.

“The Rev. Mr. Leeser then rose and delivered a lengthy address from a portion of Scripture commencing with, 'And not to you alone do I make this covenant,' &c. We cannot pretend to follow the Reverend gentleman in his discourse. He spoke of the covenant given by God to the fathers in Israel, which had been handed down; the law, although called the law of Moses, was the law of God, and Moses but the means used to deliver the law to mankind – in it God speaks, not Moses. He gave a history of the Jews, their persecutions, &c., and exalted that the law was still preserved, and alluded to the preservation of the law as one evidence of their being peculiarly under the keeping of God; Israel has been ever true, will be ever true, to follow their God – the one God. The brethren present, by raising this structure, had entered into the covenant anew. They had no new mode pointed out to them, but faith in the law and obedience were still the means to be used for propitiating the mercy of God. The address, of which the above is the merest sketch, was an eloquent one, and was listened to with the most profound attention.

“The Rev. Mr. Isaacs next followed in an able discourse from the text, 'How awful is this place; this is no other than the house of God; the gate of Heaven.' The general object of this discourse was to demonstrate that the church just erected was God’s house – a miniature temple erected to his service. The address was quite a lengthy one, and at the conclusion, he made an appropriate prayer. Prayers were then chaunted [sic], in Hebrew, led by the Rev. Mr. Ansell, and the congregation was dismissed. And thus has been dedicated, the first synagogue ever built in Maryland. We are requested to state that the services will be continued as usual this morning; and at ten o’clock a lecture in English, will be delivered by the Rev. Mr. Isaacs. Tickets of admission will not be required.”

*Please note that "Rev." does not indictae that a person was of Christian faith but a title for someone who was deemed to deserve respect. In this case, "awful" is something full of awe, not something horrible. Additionally, spelling and grammar have not been edited.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Elsewhere in the Museum...

Since, as Lacy mentioned, the synagogue renovations are hibernating, I thought I'd include some of the other recent activities at the JMM, including some of our Chanukah activities.

Check out this video of Esther Weiner, JMM's Museum Shop Manager, performing a latke (potato pancake) cooking demonstration for students from Mount Washington Elementary!

See the Latke Demo here!

Students enjoying latkes and singing Chanukah songs from Mount Washington Elementary.

Kids singing and enjoying latkes

We also had Daniel Barash lead a Jewish Shadow Puppet workshop with children from across the region. Watch this clip of the students using their puppets during the performance of In the Month of Kislev.

Watch a clip of the show here!

Kids making shadow puppets for In the Month of Kislev.

Kids making shadow puppets

We had over 80 people at the JMM on December 25th enjoying a number of great programs, including the BONIM (builders in Hebrew) project. Based on the photograph, Aufsicht (yellow) by Wolfgang Tillmans in the exhibit, Dateline: Israel, families created their own Israeli city!

Kids building their own Israeli city

The final result!

Final result

The photograph that provided inspiration:

Aufsicht by Wolfgang Tillmans

Thanks to National Lumber for providing materials!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Once Upon a Time Photos: Pre-2009

All of our older identified and waiting-to-be identified Once Upon a Time Photographs can be found here:

Thank you.