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The following programs take place in our historic synagogues.
Introduction to Judaism
Adaptable for different grade levels; 90 minutes.
This program is designed to give non-Jewish students an overview of Jewish history, religion, and culture through an exploration of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue. Can be combined with The Immigrant Experience program.
We are able to offer limited free admission and transportation subsidies to schools participating in this program thanks to generous grant support from the Maryland State Department of Education, the Hoffberger Foundation, the Maryland Historical Trust, and M&T Bank.
The Immigrant Experience: a Tour of Two Historic Synagogues Adaptable for different grade levels; 90 minutes
Through a dynamic tour focusing on the different immigrant groups that built and worshipped in our synagogues, students learn about an exciting period in American Jewish history and the impact of immigration on the development of Baltimore 's Jewish community. Can be combined with the Introduction to Judaism program.
The following program(s) take place in conjunction with our current exhibition(s):
Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore
3rd - 12th grade; 45 minutes
Chronicling the neighborhood surrounding the JMM from 1900 to today, this immersive exhibition will introduce students to the hustle and bustle of Corned Beef Row, life in tenement houses, and a medley of immigrant voices.
Voices of Lombard Street materials available thanks to Judy and Jerry Macks in memory of the Macks, Kravetz, Goldstein, and Wagenheim Families - "Their voices are part of the story."
The Synagogue Speaks
3rd-10th grade; 45 minutes
The Synagogue Speaks takes students on a multimedia journey of the history of our Lloyd Street Synagogue and the congregations that worshipped there. Students divide into four groups and explore the synagogue's dynamic past through archaeology, primary sources, architectural exploration, and artistic discovery.
The following program takes place in our Anne Adalman Goodwin Library:
5 th - 12 th grades; 45 minutes
Teachers can take advantage of the rich primary sources that are housed in our archives to enrich lesson plans. Students analyze authentic historical documents, photographs, oral history interviews and more, as they learn about a variety of topics such as early Maryland Jewish history, immigration history, and Jewish life cycle events.
Can be combined with other programs and tours.
On or Off-site Educational Programs
The following programs can take place either on-site at the Museum or off-site in your classroom:
The Leo V. Berger Immigrant's Trunk
4 th -8 th grade; 60 minutes
Discover the lives of actual Jewish immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the twentieth century through dramatic living history performances. Professional actors interpret the lives of Ida Rehr - a Ukranian immigrant who worked in the garment industry - and Saul Bernstein - a Lithuanian peddler who became a professional artist.
Additionally, teachers can rent a trunk based on the lives of Ida or Saul. Each trunk contains reproduced photographs, documents, letters, and objects from the Museum's collection that students explore. A curricular guide within the trunk provides teachers with instructions for classroom facilitation.
The cost for the living history program is $100 plus mileage reimbursement at $0.50/mile. The cost of a three-week rental is $60 per trunk, which includes one-way shipping to your school. There is an additional $25 fee for a staff facilitator plus roundtrip mileage reimbursement. Each school is responsible for the cost of return shipping.
The Museum is able to offer program subsidies to all schools in the Maryland Public School System as well as Archdiocese affiliated schools thanks to the generous support of the Maryland State Department of Education, the Leo V. Berger Fund, and the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation.
Available for use in the classroom or at the Museum, history kits include lesson plans for hands-on learning, reproduced primary sources, bibliographies, and glossaries.
Paving Our Way: Early Maryland Jewish History, 1632-1845
4 th - 8 th grades
Explore the roots of Maryland 's Jewish community through reproduced primary sources, art projects, games, role plays, and more. This comprehensive curriculum includes sections on Everyday Life, the Toleration Act of 1649, and the Jew Bill of 1826. Students learn about life in colonial and federal era Maryland through the lens of its first Jewish settlers.
Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore 's German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945
4 th -12 th grades
Students learn how the Holocaust reverberated in Maryland , as they explore the experiences of the refugees who settled here in the 1930s and 40s. Activities include photograph exploration, creative writing, and examining the evolution of U.S. immigration policies.
Interested in having a Holocaust survivor speak to your students? Learn more by contacting Jeanette Parmigiani at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Neighborhoods: Park Heights Avenue
What are the building blocks of a neighborhood? Students investigate the diverse community of Upper Park Heights Avenue using maps, photos, oral histories, and more. Whether they live in this neighborhood or elsewhere, students are encouraged to make connections with their own communities.
Free to rent from either the Museum or the Center for Jewish Education. There is a $20 fee for a staff facilitator.
How to Schedule Your School Visit:
Contact Abby Krolik at 410.732.6400 x235 or e-mail email@example.com to book your visit. A packet of pre-visit materials, along with a confirmation letter and directions will be sent to you in advance of your visit.
Dates and Times:
School programs are offered year-round
Sunday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Length of Visit:
Tours generally last 90 minutes but can be tailored to meet your needs.
With groups larger than 30, teachers are asked to divide their students into smaller groups of no more than 25-30.
Chaperones are required in a ratio of 1 adult per 10 students. The role of chaperones is to encourage students to ask questions, make personal observations, and provide supervision.
The admission fee is $2 per student; $3 per accompanying adult, teachers free with group. Supplemental $2 per student fee for archival exploration programs, art projects, writing workshops, and other special programs.
The Museum entrance, galleries, and restrooms are fully accessible. With advance notice, the Museum is happy to provide additional assistance for groups in need of special accommodations such as sign language interpreters. It is necessary to climb stairs to enter the main sanctuaries of both historic synagogues.
The Museum can provide space for eating bagged lunches if arrangements are made in advance of the visit. Please note that there is no food service on site at the Museum, nor is there refrigerated storage for lunches.
Visit Other Museums:
The Museum can help you create a field trip package that includes a visit to other nearby museums and historic sites. The Jonestown neighborhood, where the Museum is located, is home to several historic sites including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Star Spangled Banner Flag House, the Carroll Mansion , and the Shot Tower. The Museum can help you plan a multi-site visit. Please inquire about this option when making your reservation. Note that you will be responsible for paying separate admission fees for each stop on your itinerary.
We are happy to work with you to design a special program. Teachers are welcome to visit the Museum, any time during open hours (Sun, Tues, Weds, Thurs 12:00-4:00 p.m.) at no charge, with an advanced reservation. The Jewish Museum of Maryland is a Star Attraction along Baltimore's Heritage Walk. Visit www.heritagewalk.org for more information.
To make reservations for a school program, to confer with JMM education staff, or to get more information, please contact Abby Krolik, Visitor Services Coordinator at 410.732.6400 x235 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org