April 25, 2019

Stamp Project

Since 2008, students at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Maryland have been collecting postage stamps. Why?  They want to collect 6 million stamps.

For many people, the concept of 6 million of anything is hard to grasp. When an English teacher at Mt. Hebron was trying to help her students understand the immensity of the Holocaust while they were reading Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, she remembered The Paper Clips Project.  Middle school students in Whitwell, TN created a monument for the Holocaust victims of Nazi Germany.  The project started in 1998 as an 8th grade project to study other cultures.  It then evolved into one gaining worldwide attention.

The Mt. Hebron teacher thought her students could do the same with postage stamps. Everyone receives mail and could easily tear off the used stamps to bring to school. Plus, many stamps have faces on them – what better way to represent the 6 million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust!

Six million is an enormous number!  After almost eleven years, the school has collected over 4 million stamps. Many community groups are supporting the school’s efforts and now BNC – Baltimore Chapter is joining this campaign.

We ask that you please remove stamps from mail you receive and bring them to any BNC event.  Our Live and Learn class facilitators as well as meeting leaders will collect the stamps and give them to Merle Ann Siegelman, the board member who suggested this project. Or, you may mail them directly to her at:

Merle Ann Siegelman

6205 Sareva Drive

Baltimore, MD 21209

Those of you who are stamp collectors might consider donating duplicates to this wonderful project.

At some time in the future, we will arrange to visit Mt. Hebron, present them with our stamps, and view student displays created over the years with the different stamps. Please support this worthy cause so the next generation continues to understand the magnitude of the Holocaust as we all work to reduce hatred in the world.

 

2019 Closing Luncheon and Speaker

Join us on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 11:30 for our closing meeting of the year. Come to the Suburban Club to hear Steve Luxenberg, the author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation. During his thirty years as a Washington Post senior editor, he has overseen reporting that has earned numerous national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Separate won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

“A surprising, compelling, and brilliant milestone in understanding the history of race relations in America.”- Bob Woodward, author of Fear: Trump in the White House

Spring/Fall Fashion Fundraiser

Please join us for one or both of these unique museum experiences

$10 each or $15 for both (payable to BNC), plus the cost of museum admission on day of trip

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – Jewish Museum of Maryland

Stitching History from the Holocaust brings to life the innovative dress designs of Hedy Strnad. Hedy and her husband Paul originally sent these designs to Paul’s cousins in America as part of their effort to escape Prague in 1939. That effort ultimately failed, and these beautiful dresses serve not only as a unique memorial for a lost talent, but also as a touchstone for discussion of the human cost of the Holocaust and the plight of refugee populations.

Fashion Statement will ask visitors to consider how a man’s black hat can signal religious expression or a fur coat can communicate a woman’s aspirations. Visitors will consider everyday clothing from club jackets to political tee shirts, military and civilian uniforms to “must-have” accessories, and explore how those everyday objects amplify (and sometimes disguise) identity and affiliation.

A docent will take us through these two exhibits at 1:00 pm, followed by an optional tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue at 2:00 pm. Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Limited to 25 attendees. Carpools will be arranged at different times to accommodate those who want to first eat at Attman’s and/or those who do not want to stay for the synagogue tour.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Maryland Historical Society

Spectrum of Fashion will feature over 3000 original items of fashion covering four centuries. Each piece displayed will have had a genealogical search and background information will be presented.

A docent will take us through this exhibit at 1:00 pm to explain how the exhibit came together, the stories that the pieces tell, and will look some of the highlights of the gallery. Free for museum members, $10 for non-members. Minimum of 10 attendees.

RSVP by sending a check payable to BNC-Baltimore to Rona Greene, 1 Falling Leaf Court, Owings Mills MD 21117. Questions? Call the Fundraising co-chairs Rona Greene 410-252-2118 or Judy Stein 410-484-0278

Proceeds benefit Brandeis University’s Magnify the Mind Campaign

April 2019 Board/General Meeting with Speaker

Our final Board Meeting for this year (open to all members) will begin at noon on Thursday, April 11 followed by a General Meeting at 1:00 featuring a slide program about the Johns Hopkins University Evergreen House and Museum.

103rd Federation Annual Convention

Program: Women’s Empowerment: Past, Present, Future
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 9:00am – 2:30pm
Location: Temple Oheb Shalom
Honoring women from each of our constituent organizations with the Women Who Empower Award. Come and support our honoree, Judy Stein.
Cost: $40 (includes lunch) Send check payable to The Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland to Arlene Mazer, 6 Halston Court, Baltimore, MD 21209

November 2018 Board/General Meeting Featuring Speaker

Join us on Thursday, November 15th at 12 pm for the Board Meeting, and at 1 pm our featured speaker is Lt. Colonel Sheldon A. Goldberg, USAF (Ret), Ph.D.  His topic: Jews in the Defense of the US Since 1654.

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg spent half his career in Europe.  Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1985, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring after 16 years in 2002.  He is currently a docent/historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington DC where he lectures on the participation of American Jews in the US military since pre-Colonial times.

New Members Welcoming Event

Wednesday, September 5th at 1 pm in the Hadassah Meeting Room.

Come and bring your friends for an introduction to BNC and enjoy a beautifully written film, “Arranged”, that tells the story of two young Brooklyn teachers, an Orthodox Jew and a Syrian Muslim, each going through the arranged-marriage process.  The women bond with one another to remain strong women and yet stay true to their own religious and cultural convictions.  New members especially are invited to attend. We’ll start with refreshments and have time to mingle.

Opening Meeting! – Date has been changed…

… NEW DATE: Thursday, September 13th at 11am, at the Suburban Country Club.   The speaker will be Dr. Deborah Weiner.

Deborah Weiner is an independent historian based in Baltimore.  She works as a consultant to museums and other clients as a researcher, writer, editor, and curator.  She formerly served as the Research Historian at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, where for more than 10 years she curated exhibitions, led publication projects, and directed the museum’s Family History Center.

Deborah is co-author of On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore, recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She also authored the award-winning book Coalfield Jews: An Appalachian History (University of Illinois Press, 2006). Her articles and essays on the American Jewish experience, community history, and other topics have appeared in a variety of publications, from popular magazines to academic journals.

Deborah received a Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University and has taught public history and American Jewish history as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the University of Baltimore.

Bus Trip to Doylestown, PA on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

Join BNC members as we experience docent-led tours of both the Pearl Buck International Center and the James Michener Art Museum, with an Asian Fusion Buffet lunch provided at the Pearl Buck International Center included in the cost. There will also be free time to tour the gardens outside the Buck house and view the outdoor art at the Michener museum.

Bus will leave Greenspring Shopping Center on Smith Ave. at 8:00 AM and return at approximately 7:00 PM, with water and snacks provided on the bus both ways.
To reserve your spot on this wonderful trip, send your check for $90 payable to Brandeis-BNC to Rona Greene, 1 Falling Leaf Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Questions? Call Rona at 410-252-2118.

Federation Annual Meeting and Luncheon…

… is on Thursday, May 24th at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, starting at 9 am.

This is a reminder to all members who would like to attend, our honoree will be long-time “secretaire extraordinaire” Jan Helper.

Send your check for $40 made out to “Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland” to Arlene Mazer and note that you would like to be seated with the Brandeis group and dietary restrictions, if any.  For any questions or more information contact Ruth Casper or Roz Pearlman.

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