Posted on August 6th, 2014 by Rachel
When recalling this past summer and reflecting on all of my experiences interning at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, I cannot believe where all the time has gone – it has certainly gone by quick. As I begin my last few weeks as an Education and Programming intern at the JMM, I certainly have a lot to reflect on.
If I could make a numbered list of the top three things about working at the JMM it would probably go like this:
Arielle’s Top Three Things About Working at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
Number 3: Getting to know Jewish Baltimore
For me, one of the best parts of working at the JMM has been learning about Baltimore’s Jewish history. Before I began this internship, I literally knew nothing about Baltimore Jewish history, except that the city had one. I tell my co-interns all the time how it’s funny that although I’ve lived in Baltimore for two years studying at Johns Hopkins, there was so much I didn’t know about the city that I lived in or the Jewish people that called it home. From the immigration story beginning at Locust point, to the once booming Corned Beef Row on Lombard Street, to the amazing stories of the museum’s two historic synagogues, there’s certainly a lot to learn about Baltimore and its fascinating Jewish history. I’ve had the pleasure to learn a lot! Getting to know Baltimore has certainly been a highlight of this summer for me and I can’t wait to keep learning more.
It was awesome getting to know one of Baltimore’s most amazing Jewish residents, the AH-Mazing Mendes Cohen! What an interesting Baltimorean with an amazing story. Be sure to check out the JMM’s new exhibit about him this fall.
Number 2: Getting to know the Staff, Volunteers, and Interns
In my past seven weeks at the JMM, I have loved getting to know all of the members of the hard working staff, volunteers, and interns. The staff at this museum is truly incredible. When you look at all the work they do, and the cheerful attitude they maintain while doing it, you are reminded that you are in an atmosphere of not only professionals, but people passionate about telling the Baltimore Jewish story. I absolutely loved working in the Education Department’s “West Wing” and I know that I am walking away not just with fond memories, but also with important skills and many lessons learned. The staff at the JMM has been so welcoming and kind and I have learned a great deal just by working with them all.
Although sadly we didn’t have Abby to join us in this picture, I am especially thankful to Ilene and Trillion and the rest of the Education Department for welcoming us to the JMM and giving Emma and me such a great summer.
Moreover, to the volunteers, I am inspired by your commitment to the museum and time put in, and I have loved getting to know you all. To Lois and Wendy, thanks for being amazing teachers when it came to giving tours and thank you for all of your kindness. Also, to my co-interns, you girls all rock. You guys are seriously the best group of interns a girl could ask to work with and I’ve loved getting to know each of you and wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Intern Emma and I playing dress up one morning. We dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln using costumes from last year’s exhibit on the civil war. Even interns can be silly sometimes.
Lastly, Number 1: Getting to know the JMM visitors
For me the best part of working at the Jewish Museum of Maryland has been working with museum visitors. The experiences of the visitors are the reason that all of the staff and volunteers at the museum work as hard as they do. They are the reason that museums exist! Highlights for me have been getting to know the student camp groups that came in all throughout June and July. The students were lovely, curious, and always excited to learn. I particularly loved showing them the Electrified Pickle exhibit – an exhibit that both I and my co-intern Emma helped put together. Another highlight was helping coordinate the logistics and attending the JMM’s Summer Teachers Institute for Holocaust Educators. I must thank Deborah for including me in this amazing program and I loved meeting so many educators of the Holocaust and learning about this history alongside them. I hope that while spreading the important meaning of the Holocaust to their own students, these teachers will bring their students to the JMM where they can learn even further about the history of the Jewish people.
Folders given to all teachers attending the STI program
An example I made for students during an activity connected to the Electrified Pickle exhibit. The students loved playing with the play dough and LED lights – plus they learned about conductive and insulating electricity!
Anyways, thanks so much for reading. Thank you Jewish Museum of Maryland for giving me such a wonderful summer and I know that these last three weeks of my internship are going to speed by quick.
All the best,
I took this photo on my first day on the job when I excitedly arrived at the JMM. I can’t believe it’s already been nine weeks since that point – time flies when you’re having a good time.
A blog post by Education Intern Arielle Kaden. To read more posts from interns click HERE.
Posted on August 5th, 2014 by Rachel
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 Deborah Cardin at 410.732.6400 x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: January 10, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 2006.013.235
Status: Identified! The Harry Greenstein Memorial Award at the JCC Annual Meeting, May 30, 1989: Left to Right: 1. Lucy Steinitz, Executive Director Jewish Family & Children’s Services 2. Rosellen Fleishman, President Jewish Family & Children’s Services 3. Lou Fox (president of Fox Chevrolet on Hanover street) 4. Peggy Wolf 5. Sharan (Rosenberg) Stein 6. Jeff Rouse, Executive Director, Jewish Community Center
Special Thanks To: Cheryl Rosenfeld, “S”, Myrna Cardin, Rosellen Fleishman, Ira Askin, Maxine Gordon, Joel Ginsburg, Charlotte Stein
Posted on August 4th, 2014 by Rachel
Robyn Hughes has been volunteering at the JMM since 2005. From the time she was a Jewish Studies major at the University of Maryland, she dreamt about working at the JMM. She has volunteered in many capacities. She began as a docent and continues as a weekly (sometimes twice weekly!) afternoon docent who leads tours of the synagogues. In the intervening years, she worked as a Summer Education Intern and a Fall Research Fellow in 2006, during which time she organized a wine and cheese reception for Art Beyond Sight, established a Salon program, and collected oral history interviews from historically significant Maryland Jews. She continues to represent the JMM on Capitol Hill at the annual Museum Advocacy Day, plus acts as the Educator for museum programs for guests who read Braille and ensures that the Museum supports the standards for Common Core Braille literacy.
She volunteers at the JMM because she loves it. She particularly appreciates the geographic and professional diversity of all of the guests, staff and fellow volunteers, and finds it fascinating getting to know everyone.
Robyn in flight
Three interesting facts about Robyn that make her even more endearing… She lived in Israel for a total of 3 years, beginning as a tourist then returning to spend time at Hebrew University and as a graduate student also. She is an expert on German Jewish Coffeehouse Intellectuals—she studies the social and political writings of Karl Kraus and Stefan Zweig. She is taking flying lessons. She learned how to pilot a Cessna 172 aircraft. Prior to flying, she enjoyed learning to rock climb. Plus, she continues to enjoy traveling, having done academic research in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
Rockin’ the wall
A 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 email@example.com or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.