Volunteer Spotlight on Lola Hahn!

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by

Post by Visitor Services Coordinator Graham Humphrey. Every month we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn has been an Archives Volunteer for the past two months. Lola grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Baltimore in 1988 to be the General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Owings Mills. She has held several exciting executive positions for 30+ years in the women’s fashion industry in store management, merchandise buying and development and directing product and marketing programs. Her career took her to many parts of the world, meeting key designers and allowing her to create and produce exclusive items for the fashion customer. She also served as Goucher Hillel’s Development Director.

Lola decided to become involved in the JMM because she was very excited with the direction the museum was taking and felt this would be the perfect time to get more involved. She has served as a volunteer in some capacity since she was 15 years old and has always found it important to get involved and support different causes and organizations that she is passionate about.

Lola hard at work!

Lola hard at work!

At the JMM, she has also served on the Development Committee for the past year and has recently been selected to be on the Board of Directors.  Last year, she found it very rewarding participating in the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project.

In her spare time, Lola loves hanging out with her grandchildren, reading, working out, traveling and playing canasta.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Lola in volunteering in the Archives (or any other area of the Museum, please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

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Greetings Graham: Just Married edition

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by

Greetings Graham,

I’m in Baltimore for the summer and I need things to do! I grew up here but I haven’t been back since I was a kid and I want to make the best of the time I have. What do you recommend I see?

~Busy Bee

We are so glad you are coming back to Baltimore this summer! We just opened Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland  which explores how Jewish Marylanders have navigated the multitude of options to create a meaningful ceremony, from what they wear to who officiates to whether and what they use for a chuppah.

Yemenite bride, 1958. via.

Yemenite bride, 1958. via.

We have several Sunday programs coming up such as Sephardic Weddings: Traditions of Yesterday and Today on August 20th or The Myth of the “Authentic Jewish Wedding” on August 27th.

September 17th!

September 17th!

If you are still around on September 17th, I would recommend coming to the JMM where you can hear true personal stories about the wonder and wackiness of weddings from people. Please note that Stoop Stories is a premium program and everyone, including members (at a special discount rate), will need to purchase tickets.


 

Greetings Graham,

My best friend is getting married soon and I am trying to find a wedding gift. Do you have any suggestions?

~Lazy Susan

You have come to the right place! Devan Southerland, our shop Assistant, would be more than happy to help find the perfect wedding gift. We have intricately crafted silver candlesticks, traditional and fun mezuzahs, playful tzadakah boxes, beautifully designed Spode china wedding cups, framed prints for the home and even teacups which form a heart shape. We also have plenty of picture frames to choose from to capture the memories of your friend’s special day. I am confident you will not leave Esther’s Place emptyhanded!

Marrying Maryland

Marrying Maryland

After your friend’s wedding, feel free to share pictures on our Marrying Maryland Tumblr page. Just go to https://marryingmaryland.tumblr.com/ and click “Submit a post” to get started.


 

Greetings Graham,

I am a social studies teacher and would like to show my students some of the different cultures of the world. I know the Middle East has rich Jewish history, but I don’t where to go to find out more about it. Can you recommend anything?

~Re-energized teacher

Dear Re-energized teacher,

The JMM’s upcoming exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive is a wonderful place for you to start your journey! The exhibit features recovered Iraqi Jewish artifacts such as a Torah case, the Babylonian Talmud, and documents and photographs from everyday life at the turn of the century in Iraq. Be sure to come by the JMM to take in all the exciting elements of the Iraqi Jewish Archives, starting October 15 and ending January 15. You will not want to miss this.

If you would like to plan a field trip, please get in touch with our Visitor Services Coordinator, Graham Humphrey  at ghumphrey@jewishmuseummd.org, and he would be more than happy to arrange your visit. In addition to our current temporary exhibit, we have a full range of educational programs including synagogue tours, archival explorations and living history performances. We hope to see you at the JMM soon!

Opening October 2017.

Opening October 2017.


 

Greetings Graham,

I deeply enjoyed the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit this past spring and was looking for any additional opportunities relating to the Holocaust.

JMM Member

Dear JMM Member,

Thank you for your continued support! We rely on members like to support our exhibits, programming and general operating expenses. We are glad you were able to see the Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust and Humanity exhibit.

Starting on August 14th, we will be offering our annual Summer Teacher’s Institute. The theme this year is “Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century.” It promises to be an exciting three days of learning, discussion and even includes a field trip to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington ,D.C.  Don’t worry if you are not a teacher. This program is open to everyone and the cost is only $25! If this looks of interest to you, please fill out and return the application.

2017 Summer Teachers Institute

2017 Summer Teachers Institute

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Volunteer Spotlight on Rena Rotenberg!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 by

Rena Rotenberg has been a front desk volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for the past two months. She rightly describes herself as “a very knowledgeable Jew.”  Rena grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Baltimore in 1960 when she married a man who was born in Germany and grew up in China. She has worked as a pre-school teacher and director for 35 years. She taught at Stevenson University, CCBC and at Bais Yaakov. Rena founded the Shalom Baby program at the JCC, started the early childhood department at the Center for Jewish Education https://www.cjebaltimore.org/) and directed it for 30 years. She is also a co-author of two books and is an accredited childbirth teacher.

Rena Rotenberg

Rena Rotenberg

Rena decided to volunteer at the JMM because she wanted to help disseminate knowledge about Baltimore’s Jewish community. She has enjoyed observing programs such as our recent program on the Six Day War and interacting with many people, especially children.  She has found it fascinating learning about the different parts required to run a museum and how each staff member has a specific role to play in fulfilling our mission. We have deeply valued her help at the front desk checking in visitors and assisting orienting guests to the museum.

Hard at work at the front desk!

Hard at work at the front desk!

In her spare time, Rena enjoys playing the piano, reading, embroidering and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also volunteers at the Early Childcare Center at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Rena in volunteering at our front desk (or any other area of the Museum), please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

Post by Visitor Services Coordinator Graham Humphrey. Every month we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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