Volunteer Spotlight on Barbara Cohen!

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by

Barbara Cohen volunteers as both a Front Desk Receptionist and Docent at the JMM.  She grew up not far from the Museum, less than 2 miles to the west and likes to think of it as her return to the inner city.

Hard at work!

Hard at work!

When asked to share some interesting facts about her, the first reply was that she has a wonderful family.  She is a widow, mother of 3 sons and daughters-in-law, and grandmother of 7. She spent a career in education, over 60 years as a teacher.  She always loved teaching and began teaching the children in her South Baltimore neighborhood when she was only 10 years old.  While in high school, she worked in the office at the Board of Jewish Education and at 15 years of age, they asked her to do some substitute teaching and tutoring for students in afternoon Hebrew schools. She trained in General Education in college and began her adult teaching career as a 5th grade teacher in Prince Georges County, MD.  In addition, while her husband was in graduate school, and recognized he was too busy to handle a 2nd job, she took over his hours as an afternoon Hebrew school teacher.  While raising her young children, she began teaching Judaics in their Jewish Day School.  The family moved to Israel and while there, she had already been teaching English to neighbors when the principal of the local school asked her to teach English as an after-school activity.  She taught all levels of students in what felt like a one-room schoolhouse, since students didn’t receive instruction in English as part of the school curriculum until 5th grade. When she returned to Baltimore she worked at Krieger Schechter Day School as a first grade teacher and Principal of Lower School Judaics.

Barbara Cohen

Barbara Cohen

In her last year prior to retirement at Krieger Schecther Day School she saw and advertisement placed by the JMM for Educators.  She replied and offered to volunteer as such.  She also volunteers at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in the family waiting room where people wait for loved ones who are in surgery. She is responsible for keeping them updated during the entire surgery process.  She volunteers at Millbrook Elementary as a tutor in the 2nd grade in both reading and math.  She also volunteers on the Chizuk Amuno team at Our Daily Bread serving meals to those in need.

Her favorite engagement with visitors to the JMM is with those from church groups and city public schools.  She notes that since the members of the church groups possess an interest in religious life although not Judaism, they present interesting questions.  She recalls an incident when explaining the background of the Torah scrolls in the Lloyd Street Synagogue to Baltimore city school students.  One child asked if she thought any of the Tuskegee Airmen had helped the Jewish people.  She was charmed by the connection he made between his own culture and identity and others.

Barbara volunteers at the JMM because she likes keeping busy and busy she is.  She especially enjoys meeting interesting people and providing a service.  We gladly accept her donation of time and appreciate that we are included on her list that is so full of activity.

ilene cohenA 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 icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteering Makes the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

Posted on January 5th, 2015 by

Welcoming a new year offers a wonderful opportunity to make new choices and take new chances in life. Whether you reflect proudly on your many accomplishments in the past year or you can’t wait to turn a new page and look toward the future, the new calendar year is an opportunity to do the things that might have been on your back burner. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering for years or have been contemplating your resolutions for the New Year, consider volunteering in 2015!

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What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Volunteering makes the perfect New Year’s Resolution because it creates a trifecta of great outcomes. Volunteerism has countless benefits to the community and also to the health and happiness of individuals who commit to volunteering.

Here are just a few reasons to sign up to volunteer today:

1. Volunteering has been linked with increased levels of happiness and decreased depression. A recent Huffington Post Article, Volunteering Could Boost Happiness, Decrease Depression And Help You Live Longer: Study, written by Sara Kondrath, PhD, outlines new research into the topic of volunteerism, health, and happiness.

2. People who volunteer report physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study reveals key benefits of volunteering that make a positive impact on people’s health including feeling better mentally, physically, and emotionally.

3. Volunteers help create and support healthy communities.

Volunteering can easily become one of those back burner activities. The type of activity that always seems like a nice thing to do, but loses steam when it comes to reaching out and signing up.

Make volunteering a reality this year. Many organizations have made it easier than ever to find opportunities and sign up online. Visit http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/volunteering/ to find out more about our volunteer opportunities and to sign up to become a volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

There has never been a better time to commit to volunteering in the New Year. Help us at the JMM, to promote our mission and to help yourself.

 

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers and sharing insights on volunteerism. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight On: Gloria Savadow, Front Desk!

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by

Gloria Savadow has been volunteering at the JMM for over 6 years.  She volunteers as a Front Desk Receptionist.  Visitors to the JMM might assume that all of our volunteers are Baltimore natives and while in the strictest sense of the word, Gloria is, she hasn’t always lived in town.

Gloria, hard at work!

Gloria, hard at work!

Although Gloria grew up in Baltimore she went to high school in Massachusetts.  She then attended college at the University of Denver and fell in love with the southwest and northwest portions of the United States.  She did however return to the Baltimore area after college since her family was here, and taught English to middle school students.  That only lasted for a short period of time as she then moved to Israel to teach English there too.  Upon the conclusion of that program, she returned to Baltimore for the duration.  First she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the blind, and assisted her clients in finding jobs.  Upon completing her Master’s degrees in Counseling and Social Work, Gloria worked at Mergenthaler Vocational – Technical High School (Mervo) for 20 years.  She enjoyed tremendous freedom in her job there.  One favorite example is when she raised money to take the students to NYC to see a Broadway show; another was taking students to Virginia to tour colleges.

In her position as a Front Desk Receptionist, Gloria appreciates that she’s been able to add to her Jewish education.  She enjoys learning from the exhibits and many programs that the JMM offers.  Her favorite aspect of being at the Front Desk is talking with visitors and finding out what in particular they like about their visit to the JMM.  She likes hearing about their tours and visits in the exhibits.  She also appreciates being able to talk and learn with members of the JMM staff.

Besides the JMM, Gloria also volunteers at Center Stage and Everyman Theaters.  She has been an usher at both places for many years and enjoys doing so.  And her very favorite activity is hiking outdoors.  While she was working in schools, she had the opportunity to spend three to four weeks each summer in the US National Parks out west.  She still enjoys doing that when she gets the chance.
ilene cohenA 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 icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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