For visitors of Baltimore with an interest in Jewish History, the Jewish Museum of Maryland is definitely worth a visit.
The museum includes changing exhibition galleries, meeting rooms, program areas, a research library and a museum shop. It also includes two synagogues: The Lloyd Street Synagogue which is historical and inactive and The B’nai Israel Synagogue which is still active today.
The exhibitions usually relate to American Jewish History and the museum tries to have as many interesting exhibitions as possible relating to the history of the Jewish Community in Baltimore itself.
The museum welcomes groups of students providing a rich educational program. For example there is currently an exhibition called “Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore” which has an educational program connected to it. This exhibition chronicles life in the neighborhood surrounding the museum from 1900 to today. Teachers and youth leaders can download material provided by the museum in order to prepare the students before their visit.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is very much a community museum and they welcome all types of volunteers to donate artifacts, conduct research, process collections, make a contribution, lead a tour or support an exhibition.
There are some good kosher delis within walking distance from the museum if you fancy a bite before, during or after your visit. Attman’s is the most famous deli in Baltimore. They have been serving delicious food for three generations.
The museum is open on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm. It is closed for Jewish Festivals
and National Holidays. Guided tours
of the synagogues are available at 1pm and 2.30pm and group visits are available from Sunday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm. Call 410-732-6400 for details. If you are interested in research then call the same number to make an appointment.