Volunteering is a great way to get involved at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Volunteers at the Museum help us to carry out our mission while enjoying opportunities for growth and community service.

The Jewish Museum relies heavily on its many volunteers. The Museum has more than 60 regular volunteers who serve as receptionists, docents (guides), shop assistants, archival, curatorial, and office assistants. Volunteers also help to staff the Museum for special events.

Volunteers at the Jewish Museum are treated as colleagues. Professional training, supervision, and evaluation are offered to all volunteer staff.

Photo, right, by the Baltimore Sun

Jewish Museum of Maryland Volunteer Opportunities


Front Desk Reception

The front desk volunteer is the face of the Museum. You are the point of contact for each guest that walks in, providing information about our hours of operation, current and upcoming exhibits and programs, and our services as a Museum site. Front desk volunteer is responsible for maintaining the front desk phone, which is the general Museum line, transferring calls or answering questions as needed. The front desk volunteer is also the leader in completing transactions with guests through our online system, including ticket sales and synagogue tours. This role requires comfort with learning the systems the Museum uses and a readiness to be the warm and welcoming representative of the Museum.

Museum Docents

Museum docents possess an interest in history and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.  They perform an essential duty by leading tours and by interpreting the history of the Museum’s two historic synagogues and exhibitions for adults, families, and school groups of all ages.  They present information in an unbiased manner.  Training is offered to those interested in joining our docent corps and will focus on the history of Baltimore’s Jewish community. The two historic synagogues are only accessible by a flight of steps. Please note that they are currently not accessible by walkers or wheelchairs.

Museum Gift Shop

The Museum’s Gift Shop, Esther’s Place, filled with beautiful Judaica, Museum catalogs, and exhibition-related merchandise, is a destination for Museum visitors. Gift Shop volunteers assist guests with purchases, process cash and credit card payments via a computer, arrange merchandise on shelves and in windows, and assist the Shop Manager with conducting store inventory and maintaining shop upkeep. Customer service skills required and volunteers must be comfortable using a computer. Volunteers may also undertake special projects of interest that align with the Museum’s and Gift Shop’s missions.


Use your career or hobby expertise to further family history work.  Volunteers will possess good communication skills, an excitement for family history, experience using family history programs and websites, and basic computer proficiency.  Training will be provided to enable you to assist patrons as they work to identify their ancestors and link families.


For information about volunteering at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, please contact:

Wendy Davis, Volunteer Coordinator

Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone 443.873.5168

Fax (410) 732-6451

E-mail wdavis@jewishmuseummd.org