Performance Counts: July 2014

Posted on July 11th, 2014 by

We’re Gonna Be A Star!

Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, action!

Some of you may remember back in December when we introduced our new collateral material (Performance Counts: December 2013), the beautiful folder and brochure designed by Gallagher & Associates. What you may not remember is that this project, generously made possible by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, has a second part! We at the Museum have been hard at work developing a video calling card – that is, we’re putting together a short film (about 6 minutes long) that will serve as an introduction to the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Why a video? As you know, the Museum has been expanding its development efforts, particularly in the corporate sphere. We feel that a video is the perfect way to capture the attention and hearts of those we hope will support the Museum and its mission. DVDs containing the video can be included with our brochures and folders whenever we put out a grant proposal. Digital copies of the video will be accessible on our website for those seeking to find out more about the Museum. Shorter clips can be shared with media outlets and on our own social media. This video will serve a variety of purposes and give us another tool to engage others with the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Living History actress Karen Lyons

Living History actress Karen Lyons

Something you might not know: making a video is hard work! We’ve been working with the fantastic team from Blue Land Media and an extraordinary group of volunteers to gather and film the content we need. For our short, 6 minute video we started with over 12 hours of interview footage! This doesn’t include all the “b-roll” that the team shot. (B-roll is all the shots of buildings, landscapes, close ups of objects and exhibits, etc. Basically, all the material that isn’t a shot of someone talking.) We needed to complete all of our filming over two days. This meant a lot of coordination of schedules (we filmed 13 separate interviews, a school visit and multiple synagogue tours), a lot of equipment moving all around the Museum (we filmed in 4 different locations) and a lot of enthusiasm from everyone involved.

And we can’t thank our volunteer interviewees enough. We gathered board members, staff, teachers, museum volunteers and members of our community to tell the story of JMM. Let me tell you: they were wonderful! We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people – their love for the Museum and our neighborhood came shining through.

Past President Barbara Katz

Past President Barbara Katz

Now we’re in the editing phase – that means watching all the footage, identifying the best pieces and trying to reduce that 12+ hours of video by over 120%! We’re very excited by what we’re seeing and we can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

Rachel KThis month’s Performance Counts was written by Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman. To read past editions of Performance Counts, click HERE.

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Once Upon a Time…12.20.2013

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact the JMM at 410.732.6400 or


1994205018Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  December 20, 2013


PastPerfect Accession #:  1994.205.018


Status:  Partially Identified! Who else do you know? Left to Right: 1. unidentified 2. unidentified 3. Francine R.  Koplin (Rattner)  4. unidentified 5. unidentified 6. Louis Kaplan (previously IDd) Kneeling 1: unidentified. Photo c. 1978-1980.


Special Thanks To: Francine K. Rattner


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Volunteers by the Numbers

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by

In the last 12 months, the JMM has welcomed 13 new volunteers, to bring our volunteer corps total to 60.  All together, over 5,800 hours of their time was donated to the museum.  Plus, we look forward to welcoming additional Special Events volunteers for our upcoming exhibit The Electrified Pickle which runs from July 13 through August 14.  A special appeal was sent through IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) to Engineers who would like to volunteer in the exhibit—space is still available if anyone is interested.

While the contributions of all of our volunteers are inspiring, these figures are particularly notable, from a numbers perspective:

1. Sid created 517 folders for the new BLEWS collection.
2. Marty & Vera entered 7,500 birth records.  This spread sheet is available on our website and assists researchers and genealogists.
3. Marvin has scanned over 6,000 images.
4. Dana has made over 2,400 records (with attached images) for Yeshivat Rambam.
5. Sylvia has worked on 300 records in the MS 80 collection – attaching photographs, writing descriptions of each and developing search terms.


The above mentioned volunteers worked under the direction of Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager, who is departing the JMM this month to move onto another job.  She will be missed dearly and we all feel fortunate to have had the chance to work together.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. To read more posts from Ilene, click HERE.

If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.


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