Girls Scouts Find Common Ground at JMM

Posted on January 19th, 2015 by

On Sunday, January 18, the JMM was privileged to host a very special group. Girls Scout Junior Troop #10038 attended an afternoon program dedicated to their pursuit of two badges: Public Speaking and Finding Common Ground.

Finding Common Ground Badge

Finding Common Ground Badge

The afternoon started with a tour of our exhibits for the girls and their families. The girls easily made connections between the day’s theme and the life and time of Mendes Cohen as they explored The A-mazing Mendes Cohen. They especially enjoyed the Make Your Voice Heard station where they recorded themselves speaking on behalf of important personal issues.

Making their voices heard!

Making their voices heard!

Enjoying the A-mazing Mendes Cohen.

Enjoying the A-mazing Mendes Cohen.

After the tour, we made our way to the library where the girls had the chance to explore a variety of books from the JMM library assembled for their enjoyment by JMM collections manager, Joanna Church. They donned white gloves and carefully turned the pages as they examined the books’ bindings and pages, an extension activity of a previous badge they had worked on, Booking Making.

Looking at books selected by Joanna.

Looking at books selected by Joanna.

Group assembled in orientation space awaiting the start of the program.

They then assembled in our orientation space to begin work on the two badges.

They were delighted to meet three special guests who joined them for the program: Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, CEO, Violet Apple, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (whose daughter is a troop member) and Senator Ben Cardin (whose granddaughter is also in the troop, who coincidentally happens to be my daughter as well!) Who better to provide counsel on the topics of public speaking and finding common ground then these two distinguished public servants who have spent their entire careers in the public arena. They also raised the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who was able to affect change through the power of his voice and who was able to skillfully know how to find common ground while not compromising his goals for the Civil Rights Movement.

Senator Cardin sharing tips for public speaking as well as strategies for building consensus which he acknowledged is not always in easy in the US Senate!

Senator Cardin sharing tips for public speaking as well as strategies for building consensus which he acknowledged is not always in easy in the US Senate!

Mayor Rawlings-Blake talks about the importance of making connection to your audience and not being afraid to stand up and speak out for what you believe.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake talks about the importance of making connection to your audience and not being afraid to stand up and speak out for what you believe.

Each troop member had the opportunity to practice delivering excerpts from a famous speech using the tips and pointers provided by Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Senator Cardin.

A troop member delivering an excerpt from a famous speech by Susan B. Anthony.

A troop member delivering an excerpt from a famous speech by Susan B. Anthony.

At the end of their practice, they received feedback and praise from the two guests who were impressed by the poise and eloquence of the scouts and their ability to find speeches that meant something to them personally.

At the end of their practice, they received feedback and praise from the two guests who were impressed by the poise and eloquence of the scouts and their ability to find speeches that meant something to them personally.

The troop celebrated their success with a reception in the Rosen-Salganik Board Room complete with cake and beverages.

The troop celebrated their success with a reception in the Rosen-Salganik Board Room complete with cake and beverages.

Visit http://gscm.org/about/ to learn more about Girls Scouts of Central Maryland.

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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Honoring Vivienne Shub

Posted on November 19th, 2014 by

On Thursday, November 13, the JMM was privileged to host a special event honoring Vivienne Shub, a true icon of Jewish Baltimore. A talented actor who passed away in September at the age of 95, Vivienne left her mark as a member of the companies of many of Baltimore’s most well known theaters including Vagabond Theater, Center Stage (which she helped create) and Everyman Theater. In addition she was a beloved acting teacher at both Goucher College and Towson University.

Vivienne Shub performing.

Vivienne Shub performing.

I first learned about Vivenne Shub and her impact on our community when she was featured in a 2004 exhibit held at the JMM Weaving Women’s Words, that was created by the Jewish Women’s Archives. This exhibit highlighted many extraordinary Baltimore Jewish women through photographic portraits, oral history interviews and contemporary artwork. Even among this group of powerful and amazing women, the section devoted to Vivienne stood out and it was a true honor meeting her at the exhibit’s opening. (You can learn more about Vivienne’s life at the JWA website as well as through a recent Jewish Times article.)

Dan Shub speaks about his mothether (pictured here with her late husband).

Dan Shub speaks about his mothether (pictured here with her late husband).

The evening featured members of Vivienne’s family and close friends who shared fond memories of her. Speakers included Vivienne’s sister, Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, who shared an especially close relationship with her sister as well as a love and passion for the theater; her children, Dan Shub and Judith Shub-Condliffe; and Ralph Piersanti who recalled the early days of Center Stage when it was housed at the JCC. Award-winning filmmaker, Steve Yeager, presented a clip from a video he shot of Vivienne performing as Etta Cone in the Cone Sister of Baltimore at the BMA.

Ralph Piersanti and Steve Yeager

Ralph Piersanti and Steve Yeager

In addition to the tribute, JMM staff created a lobby display featuring photographs and other theatrical memorabilia from our collections as well as from her family. The display will remain on view through the end of the month.

Exhibit poster

Exhibit poster

Display case

Display case

Yearbook photo of Vivienne Shub from her days at Forest Park High School (on display).

Yearbook photo of Vivienne Shub from her days at Forest Park High School (on display).

The JMM is so grateful to Harriet Lynn and the members of Vivienne’s family for presenting us with the opportunity to take part in such a special program.

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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JMM Volunteers Record 10,000th Birth!

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by

The JMM library is always humming with activity. Each month researchers schedule appointments to meet with JMM staff and volunteers to explore our manuscript and photograph collections or to learn more about their family’s history. Sometimes, our education staff uses the library for archival exploration activities in which kids gather around tables to view authentic primary sources –newspaper articles, letters, photographs, scrapbooks and more – relating to such topics as synagogues in Maryland, immigration history, and African-American and Jewish relations. In addition to those who come to use our library for research purposes, on any given day of the week the library also plays host to JMM volunteers who perform invaluable tasks that help ensure our collections are accessible to researchers.

If you visit the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays you will see two dedicated JMM volunteers, Vera Kestenberg and Marty Buckman, typing away at one of our computers.

Marty & Vera

Marty & Vera

Each week they comb through volumes of The Jewish Times (the JMM owns copies of every edition, including the early ones that can be accessed through microfilm) searching for birth announcements.

Birth announcement in the pages of the JT - lucky number 10,000!

Birth announcement in the pages of the JT – lucky number 10,000!

They then careful transcribe each announcement into an excel spreadsheet creating a comprehensive database of birth records that has become a valuable genealogical resource.

Information included in the database includes the child’s first and last name, date of birth, names of both parents, place of birth (including hospital and city/state) as well as which edition of the JT contains the announcement. The database can be accessed from the JMM website along with many other resources such as burial listings at many local Jewish cemeteries.

I was thrilled to learn that after several years of work on this project, Vera and Marty recently crossed a major milestone as they added the 10,000th name to the database! Mazel Tov to both on this incredible accomplishment!

To learn more about Vera and Marty as well as many other talented and dedicated JMM volunteers, be sure to check our volunteer coordinator, Ilene Cohen’s monthly volunteer profile. 

deborahA blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.

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