Once Upon a Time…08.08.2014

Posted on April 14th, 2015 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 Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

1993059069Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  August 8, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  1993.059.069

Status:  Identified! Camp Airy office staff summer of 1983: back row, L-R: 1. Ruth Cohen 2. Karla McGonagle 3. Minnie Goldklang 4. Helen Chernak 5. [Ms.] Silverman 6. Irene Wenglin 7. Ann Loucas. Front row, L-R: 1. unidentified  2. Sandy Rosenstein 3. Phyllis Cohen 4. unidentified

Special Thanks To: Irene Wenglin

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Volunteer Spotlight on: Jack Light

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank all of our JMM volunteers.  Now, as I do once a month, I’d like to highlight one volunteer in particular…

Jack Light was a captain in the Korean War who served on the front lines as a dentist.  He received his B.S. and D.D.S. at Indiana University, plus an M.S. in Cancer Prosthetics dentistry from NYU and an M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University.  He practiced dentistry in NYC prior to moving to the Washington, DC area with his wife, a writer and nutrition educator who was offered a job on Capitol Hill.  While in the DC area, Jack had a dental practice in Bethesda plus worked at Howard University on the Cancer Rehabilitation team.  He also served as the director of an East Baltimore Medical Plan.

Volunteer Jack Light helps out as a Front Desk Receptionist, greeting visitors to the Museum.

Volunteer Jack Light helps out as a Front Desk Receptionist, greeting visitors to the Museum.

He has always loved art and music.  In his spare time he paints with oils and acrylics and plays guitar and banjo.  He used to study guitar with a Yiddish folk singer. He volunteered as a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum for 15 years and always believed that museums should be fun.  He took care to know what level of interest and knowledge his visitors possessed and would break down and relate the contemporary art collection to them.  He personally collects Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian Art.  He also collects European Choir music manuscripts from Italy, France and Spain.  He volunteered at Arena Stage and Wolf Trap for 20 years.  He currently volunteers at the Walters Art Museum in addition to the JMM.

Jack admits that he lives a much diversified life.   He has two daughters, one in NYC who is in product development for L’Oreal and the other who lives outside of Seattle and is an artist and writer.  He moved to Baltimore two years ago when his wife passed away. He enjoys spending time as a Front Desk Receptionist at the JMM as it offers him a chance to speak with all kinds of people.   He especially enjoyed meeting a visitor from New York who had some similar childhood experiences to his own.

Happy National Volunteer Week from the JMM!

Happy National Volunteer Week from the JMM!

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Performance Counts: April 2015

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by

On Monday, March 30, 25 JMM trustees gathered at the home of Ira and Shelley Malis for a board retreat. The afternoon was designed to foster conversation, brainstorming and strategic thinking about the JMM’s future. Since the Nominating Committee had completed its slate for FY ’16, we were able to include new Board candidates as well as veterans in this three hour event.  Judging from breakout activity results and participant feedback we are pleased with the retreat’s successful outcome.

Retreat chair, Toby Gordon, kicked off the event with a creative opening activity that made use of innovative technology and tested trustee knowledge about the JMM. Sample questions included “What has been the JMM’s most popular program this year?” (Most were surprised to hear it was the children’s concert by Joannie Leeds) and “What’s the earliest recorded donation to the JMM collections?” (A genealogy chart for Elkins Myers). Participants were able to answer questions using a polling device that allowed everyone to see the answers on a screen which made the exercise even more entertaining and educational.

Our Joanie Leeds Chanukah Concert was the surprise success of the season.

Our Joanie Leeds Chanukah Concert was the surprise success of the season.

Following the opening exercise, we broke into smaller groups for a breakout activity that asked each person to think about “JMM dream projects”. Groups spent time together brainstorming ideas that could help the Museum accomplish its goals of becoming a destination and site for documentation, discourse and discovery. Ideas generated from the breakout groups ranged from focusing on creating a downtown cultural center through performances, film festivals and more to opening a kosher restaurant, opening on Saturdays and developing more kid-centered programs such as camps.

After a break for dinner, the group re-convened for presentations from Marvin Pinkert, Robert Keehn, Ira Papel and Duke Zimmerman that focused on future directions of the Museum. A presentation by Tom McGilloway of Mahan Rykiel, an architectural firm hired to head the community master planning effort, inspired much discussion and reflection about what kinds of changes are needed in Historic Jonestown that can help pave the way for the JMM’s future expansion. Marvin also laid out a five-year plan that maps out important initiatives – including expansion, exhibitions, education and programs – we plan on undertaking over the next several years.

Historic Jonestown

Historic Jonestown

The retreat concluded with a discussion of how trustees can become more personally involved in the JMM’s future success. Robert Keehn shared some examples of how individual efforts have aided the Museum’s fundraising efforts. Each trustee was asked to turn in a board pledge listing the various ways that they plan on becoming more engaged in the year ahead by attending meetings and programs, bringing friends to the Museum and pitching membership and by assisting with solicitations. We appreciate the thoughtful responses we received to this request which included: helping to connect the Museum to young adults, serving as JMM ambassadors in other regions of the state and assisting with outreach efforts in the non-Jewish community.

We were delighted by the feedback we received from participants who enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and network with one another in such a beautiful and informal setting. We also plan on using the ideas generated from breakout groups and discussion as a springboard for future planning efforts. Thanks to our wonderful board members for making this event such a positive experience!

 

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