The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Bus Trip to Baltimore, MD

Dates: Monday, December 19, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Multiple Speakers

As "The Open University for Jewish Learning," we at the Foundation are planning a day trip by chartered bus to Baltimore, Maryland. All of our trips include both a journey to a destination and a journey of ideas for the mind.

Albeit close, you may only know Baltimore as a passing destination on I-95. For Jews, Baltimore has a long and complex history. Maryland was initially founded as a haven for persecuted English Catholics. Protestant versus Catholic conflicts over control of the colony were part of its early history. A religious oath test was in effect until the first quarter of the 19th century and effectively barred Jews from public offices. Baltimore has experienced the entire range of the expressions of American Judaism. The tour will include knowledgeable presentations on these and other topics, within the context of a visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, which is nestled between the Lloyd Street Synagogue (built in 1845, considered by many to be the third oldest synagogue in the United States) and the B'nai Israel Synagogue (built in 1876).

Also, the tour will visit Fort McHenry, where you will get a jump on the approaching Bicentennial of the War of 1812 --a war whose causes and consequences are little remembered. Fort McHenry successfully protected Baltimore by confronting the British fleet. Francis Scott Key, from his vantage point aboard a British sloop in the waters near Fort McHenry, wrote the words that 114 years later became the National Anthem of the United States, "The Star Spangled Banner." There is also a slight Jewish connection. You will be well prepared to expound upon the significance of the Bicentennial in 2012.

Additional Details:

  • Cost: $75 per person, including chartered bus and entrance fees.
  • Program Start Time/Location: 9:00 am at Ohr Kodesh Congregation8300 Meadowbrook LaneChevy ChaseMD. Located adjacent to East-West Highway and halfway between 16th Street and Connecticut Avenue. You will be able to leave your car in the parking lot for the day. Please park at the far end of the lot.
  • Food and Drink: Bring your own lunch for a picnic lunch, weather permitting.
  • Program: David Epstein, who led the successful trips earlier this year to Philadelphia's new National Museum of American Jewish History and to the Uriah P. Levy Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, will lead the group during the bus ride in a discussion of the history of the development of the different expressions of Judaism in America. In addition to guided tours, other presenters on this topic during the day will include Rabbi Barry Freundel and our own Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman.
  • Suggested Reading: Jonathan Sarna, American Judaism: A History
  • Insurance and Liability: The Foundation for Jewish Studies does not provide insurance coverage and does not assume any liability. We recommend that you secure your own travel/medical insurance for the duration of the trip.



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