About the Exhibit

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America is currently being prepared for travel. We will update this page when its next stop has been announced!


As patients, practitioners, and the subjects of both legitimate science and attempts to validate bias through scientific means, communities’ and individuals’ understanding of themselves are shaped by the field of medicine. This is particularly true for Jewish people in America.

This fascinating story about the intersection of science, history, culture and identity is what drives Beyond Chicken Soup. Through hands-on interactives, state-of-the-art multi-media components and more than 400 historic documents, images and artifacts, this groundbreaking exhibition developed by the award-winning Jewish Museum of Maryland challenges viewers to think deeply about medicine’s role acculturation, discrimination and self-identity.

Using a Jewish lens, the exhibition focuses on archetypal experiences that will resonate with a variety of ethnic groups. Parallels exist with any group that has found themselves a minority within a broader culture, whether through immigration, demography or unequal power distribution.

See for yourself. Plan your trip today. Special accommodations for schools and other groups are available.


Beyond Chicken Soup:

Jews and Medicine in America 

was made possible by our generous donors:


Presented By:

The Herbert Bearman Foundation 


With Additional Generous Support From:

National Endowment for the Humanities

Institute for Museum and Library Services

Peter and Georgia Angelos Foundation

LifeBridge Health


Exhibit Supported By:

Sue and Dr. David Liebman


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

GBMC HealthCare

Sheldon and Saralynn Glass

Lowell and Harriet Glazer Family Foundation

Benno and Elayne Hurwitz Family Foundation

Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Carol and Robert Keehn Family Philanthropic Fund

MedStar Health

Mercy Health Services

PSA Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.

The University of Maryland Medical System Foundation & The University of Maryland School of Medicine

Carroll and Charlotte Weinberg Charitable Foundation


The Harry L. Gladding Foundation and Neal and Winifred Borden

Dr. Ira and Leslie Papel


In Memory of Hugo Dalsheimer from his Family


Nurses’ Alumnae Association of Sinai, Myra Framm, and Phyllis Neuman

The Taylor Foundation

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