Kristallnacht Remembered Through Music and Tears

A collaboration between several community organizations — including the Baltimore Jewish Council, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Beth El Congregation — commemorated the 79th anniversary of the tragic events of Nov. 9, 1938, known to history as Kristallnacht or “the night of broken glass,” at Beth El on Nov. 5. “Childhood Memories of the… Read More

Maurice Shamash Recalls Jewish Baghdad’s Golden Years and Bloody Years

Maurice Shamash remembers a time when growing up a Jew in Baghdad was pleasant, even idyllic. A time when there actually was a large Jewish population, thriving businesses, schools and synagogues. But he also remembers the pogroms, the executions and the mass exodus of more than 100,000 Jews following World War II, of which he… Read More

Kugel Contest Showcases Dishes with a Twist

Beside the tray of kugel prepared by Bill Marker lay a black-and-white portrait of his late mother — the woman responsible for sparking his interest in the dish more than 30 years ago. “I wanted to bring her with me,” Marker said. He removed the golden frame containing her photo from the wall of his… Read More

Suburban Orthodox Donates Golden Torah Lions to Jewish Museum

“As soon as you say, 6-foot, gold, electrified lions, I’m all in.” So was the sentiment expressed by Jewish Museum of Maryland collection manager Joanna Church when receiving the news that Suburban Orthodox Toras Chaim was offering a very special donation. Four or five years ago, the now 60-year-old synagogue on Seven Mile Lane in… Read More

The Marrying Kind in Jewish Maryland

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. From arranged marriages to modern same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved over the years, but still with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community…. Read More

Community Gathers at B’nai Israel After Swastika Drawn on Sign

A crowd gathered Sunday morning at B’nai Israel Synagogue in Jonestown after a swastika with the word “shalom” below it was found drawn on a sign outside of the synagogue. While members of the community, elected officials and Jewish communal leaders came together because of an unfortunate act of hatred, the event was one of… Read More

Another Side of the Auschwitz Nazis

“Everyone has this idea of Auschwitz that you can picture when you close your eyes,” began Rebecca Erbelding, museum archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. What most people likely imagine are images from a set of 200 photos called the Lilly Jacob album. The collection, which was discovered immediately after the end of World… Read More

When What’s Past Is Prologue Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit looks at the Holocaust from new angles

Arbeit macht free — work sets you free. That simple phrase is the now-chilling epitaph that greets visitors at the entrance to concentration camps — most notoriously, Auschwitz. Auschwitz is one of the most well-known symbols of the Nazis’ horrifying ideology — “The Final Solution” to the “Jewish Question.” Before it was liberated by the… Read More

The Marrying Kind in Jewish Maryland Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match

From arranged marriages to modern same-sex marriages, the Jewish wedding has evolved over the years, but still with many of its traditions intact. It’s that evolution that is at the center of an upcoming Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibit — and its curator wants the help of the community. Along with the exhibit, “Just Married!… Read More