From our friends at the Jewish Museum of Maryland:
It’s almost here. The Feldman Gallery is bustling with exhibit installers, the packages of education props arrive daily, the docents are learning new scripts and the store is getting new bunting. In just nine days, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War opens at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. But as a JMM member you only have eight days to wait! Our exclusive member’s preview starts at 7:30pm on Saturday night, October 12. The evening features period music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, along with tours of the exhibit and an “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
Ken Burns tells us that “the Civil War was fought in 10,000 places.” This fall we remind visitors to Baltimore (and residents alike) that one of those places where the battle of ideas took place 150 years ago was right here. In the Jonestown neighborhood, in a deeply divided Jewish community, there was an epic struggle for hearts and minds. Through the lens of our Jewish experience will be casting a new light on the debate over slavery and indeed, on the impact of the entire conflict.
The core exhibit comes to us from the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum. These organizations gathered and curated an extraordinary collection of rarely seen Civil War artifacts, documents and images drawn from the Jewish community. The exhibit also features interviews with leading scholars on the important trials for Jewish values, before, during and after the War.
JMM has augmented the exhibit with evidence of the Maryland story and new family activity stations. We are also incorporating our largest Civil War artifact, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and we will be offering special daily tours of that building that focus on life in the Baltimore Jewish community in the 1860s and the way in which the War changed the future of Jewish life here.
The exhibit, which will be on view through February 28, 2014, will also be a jumping off point for a great program schedule. In addition to Jonathan Karp (opening day, Oct. 13) and Barry Steelman (in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, Oct. 20), each of the subsequent months will feature a program subtheme. In November we’ll have programs on the role of women; in December on the impact of the chaplaincy controversy and Jewish-Christian relations in the War; in January our focus will be on immigration and the Civil War; and in February we celebrate the Jewish relationship with Abraham Lincoln (and honest Abe, himself, will be joining us). Even our December 25th Mitzvah Day activity – honoring veterans – draws its inspiration from the exhibit.
This is a great exhibit to share with neighbors or co-workers who may have a passion for American history but are unfamiliar with Jewish participation in that history. If your level of membership entitles you to free passes to the exhibit, it’s time to pull those passes out of the junk drawer and invite your friends to join you for a visit. You both can explore the Civil War you never knew.
Learn More: http://jewishmuseummd.org
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