For more than a decade, the luxurious S.S. President Warfield carried passengers between Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., until it was called into service during World War II. After the war, a Zionist organization attempted to use the worn ship—renamed Exodus 1947—to bring Jewish refugees to Palestine. Join CBMM Chief Historian Pete Lesher and University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Herf to explore the legacy of this vessel, from its Chesapeake past to its symbolic role in the formation of Israel.

This event is presented in partnership by CBMM and Temple B’nai Israel, and made possible in-part through the generosity of Marlene & Phil Feldman. Light refreshments will be available at 5pm, and the program will begin promptly at 5:30pm.


S.S. President Warfield to Exodus 1947: The Chesapeake Steamship That Launched Israel
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5:30pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium
Cost: Suggested ticket price of $8 per participant