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Jewish Museum of Maryland (Baltimore, MD 21202-4606)
Karen Falk (Project Director: August 2014 to November 2017)
Jews, Health, and Healing

Implementation of a traveling exhibition examining how medicine has shaped the way Jews are perceived and the way they see themselves.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), requests NEH support for the implementation of "Jews, Health, and Healing," a major exhibit with related publications, programs, website, and outreach. For centuries, Jews have considered medicine a calling--an occupation of learning and good deeds, vital to all communities and worthy of high respect. At the same time, Jewish bodies and behaviors have been the subject of medical scrutiny and debate. Some experts diagnosed the entire community as diseased, while others held it up as a model of health. The exhibit will examine how medicine has shaped the way Jews are seen, and see themselves. Building on recent developments in the medical humanities, "Jews, Health, and Healing" is the first exhibit to use the social and cultural history of medicine as a window into the Jewish experience in America. The exhibit will show how medicine has been, by turns, a vehicle for marginalization, acculturation, and the strengthening of Jewish identity.

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Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Jewish Studies

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 4/30/2017