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“Small and could be more informative”

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Ranked #35 of 231 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The past becomes reality for thousands of visitors to this museum and library dedicated to teaching about the Jewish experience, and helping to keep the Jewish heritage alive. Enjoy 2 permanent exhibits and 1 rotating exhibit gallery, as well as tours of 2 historic synagogues. Come and see the newest, family friendly exhibit: The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen!
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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179 reviews
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“Small and could be more informative”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was surprised how little there was. The small exhibit 'Voices of lombard Street,' was ok for telling the 20th century history. Maybe kids would like the feeling of the time - they have done a good job at making it "living". I had hoped for more history ofthe jewish community, especially before.
A new exhibit was about "superheroes" Superman, Batman. Mainly old copies and a bit about the jewish creators behond these. Not much.
I did not take the synagoge tour which might explain my less than impressed review.

Visited January 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“interesting Museum”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Enjoyed the museum and the, 'Voices of lombard Street,' It was an excellent exhibit. Many other interesting artifacts and history. Great place to visit for both adults and children.

Visited August 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Great tour”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Two synagogues, each from a different century, representing the evolution of American Judaism, give the visitor a sense of our country's unique character.

Visited January 2012
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Newton, NJ
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“Tour a Synogogue”
Reviewed October 17, 2010

The Jewish Museum of Maryland, only a short distance from the Inner Harbor, is dedicated to preserving the history of the Jewish Community in Baltimore. The museum itself has exhibits dedicated to the history of Jews in Baltimore, which had a large community in the Lombard Street district at the turn of the century. Another exhibit explored the efforts of the Pope to bring reconciliation between people of the Jewish and Christian faiths.

On either side of the museum are two synogogues. The Education Director led us on a tour of each one. The Lloyd Street Synogogue is the third oldest in the country. Built in 1845, it resembles a Supreme Court building on the outside and does not have any distinctive Jewish symbals. The Torah scrolls in the front were rescued from Europe after World War II and, thankfully, somehow survived even though they were disrespectfully tossed aside. It is no longer being used for worship, but is now a museum. The B'nai Israel Synogogue, built in the late 1800's, has an active, Orthodox congregation. The building looks more distinctly Jewish. Inside you can see the podium where the Rabbi speaks, the Israeli flag, the Torah scrolls, the Ten Commandments, Star of David and other Jewish symbals.

It was very interesting to see how the Jewish people worship. I am not Jewish, but as a Christian, my faith is rooted in Judaism, so I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the Jewish faith and culture. This was my first visit to a synogogue. I learned quite a bit about the service and noticed many similarities to a typical church. Afterwards, we stopped at the gift shop and my daughter bought flash cards to learn the Hebrew alphabet.

When visitors come to Baltimore, this probably is not the first place on their itinerary. However, it is worth a visit. The Jewish people take their faith very seriously and there is much we can learn from them.

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