Posted on July 20th, 2016 by Rachel
Throughout this internship, I’ve spent many fond hours at the front desk talking with Betsy, one of the museum’s volunteers. Betsy is well travelled, wise, and open minded, and I love talking to her about the news and politics. Although she is an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, and I of Bernie Sanders, our differences of opinion only make our conversations more interesting, and lead to excellent discussion. Betsy has a very different point of view from myself, which helps me to see issues in different ways than I would normally look at them, and I can’t help but to trust the wisdom of her experiences.
If you’ve been to the Museum, you’ve probably met Betsey at the Welcome Desk!
We’ve also conversed thoroughly about food and travel. Betsy and I have both been to China and find other cultures fascinating, and have discussed our favorite restaurants in the Baltimore. We both seem to share a passion for ethnic foods and exploring the city. Since the start of my internship, I think I have learned the most about the world and how to have a good life. She just turned 90 last week, so here’s wishing her a happy Birthday!
Post by Education and Programs Intern David Agronin. To read more posts by and about interns click HERE.
Posted on November 4th, 2013 by Rachel
It’s time to highlight another volunteer at the JMM:
Betsey Kahn has been a volunteer at the JMM for close to 20 years. Her interest in the JMM came as a natural progression in her family. Her father, Moses W. Rosenfeld was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society. He handled the legal work; Betsey is of the belief that he offered his services pro-Bono. She remembers him putting in a lot of effort and the entire family became very familiar with the place. Betsey is a long-time Baltimore Hebrew Congregation member. She and her sister, her daughters, and her granddaughters were all confirmed at BHC.
When she first began volunteering at the JMM she worked on photo projects. She admits it wasn’t the best fit. So, she became a Docent, which she loved. Unfortunately, due to mobility issues, she’s no longer able to take visitors on tours. Now, she greets visitors and answers the telephone as a Front Desk Receptionist.
It was a particularly good fit for Betsey to act as a docent as she taught Social Studies and English to middle school students for many years. In addition to volunteering at the JMM, Betsey volunteers twice a week in the Ophthalmology department at Sinai Hospital. She also likes to spend time knitting and needle pointing, plus, some of her very favorite activities are cooking and entertaining as well as flower arranging. She and a friend formed a garden club years ago, which came with the added bonus of flower arrangement lessons by her co-chairman.
Betsey has had a positive impact on the JMM in her many years of involvement. She is often willing to answer a last-minute plea for extra volunteer shifts. She ‘s proud to share that she contributes financially to the Museum in addition to her donating time. She is a wonderful role model for our entire volunteer corps.
A blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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.
Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Rachel
For those of you lucky enough to have already seen our new exhibit, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War, you might have noticed this portrait in the beginning of the exhibit, of Betsey Wiesenfeld, neè Friedenwald.
You might also have read the letter written by Betsey’s young daughter, Rosa Wiesenfeld, to her father while he was in prison during the war.
What you might not know, is that we have a celebrity in our midst. Beloved, long-time volunteer, Betsey Kahn, is Rosa’s granddaughter, and is Betsey Wiesenfeld’s namesake! The next time you see Betsey at the front desk, try to see if you can spot the family resemblance!
A blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik. To read more posts by Abby, click here.