Volunteer Spotlight on: Joyce Jandorf

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by

Volunteer Docent Joyce Jandorf feels a community connection to the JMM. Her husband was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, his aunt was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, and his first cousin is a fellow Docent.  As a lifelong member of the Orthodox community, Joyce had heard about Shomrei Mishmeres Ha-Kodesh from her parents. She recognizes many aspects of the Lloyd Street Synagogue from her own upbringing.  Plus, her father was a shochet who donated many personal items to the Museum – shochet knives, machinery parts from his beit-schita, his mohel kit, and a sukkah.

joyce jandorf headshot

Joyce Jandorf

Joyce’s mother’s family has been in Baltimore since 1911, when her grandfather arrived.  The rest of the family joined him in 1922. They first lived on South Charles Street then moved to Pimlico Road where they had a popular grocery/deli called Schuchman’s. Her father’s great-grandmother came to Baltimore before the rest her family and she is buried in the B’nai Israel cemetery. While doing genealogical research at the Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center at the JMM, Joyce was able to identify additional family members. By training, Joyce is an artist. She earned a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and worked freelanced as a graphic artist. Today she is primarily a painter.

Plein Air session at Hampton National Historical Site, July 29, 2015.

Plein Air session at Hampton National Historical Site, July 29, 2015.

During the 2 years that Joyce has been volunteering at the Museum, she has contributed by sharing her knowledge of Jewish laws and customs, especially to those who have no background in Judaism.   She wishes that the JMM’s appeal would extend to the entire community. She knows the Museum has a lot to offer and believes that all Maryland Jews have some connection whether they realize it or not and that there is a lot for everyone to discover.

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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Volunteer Spotlight On: Aileen Bormel, Museum Shop!

Posted on July 8th, 2015 by

Aileen Bormel has been volunteering in the JMM Museum Shop for three years.  She enjoys educating the customers about the beautiful merchandise and many unique items. She occasionally ends up buying for herself too.   She began volunteering in the shop as a way to support the JMM and she appreciates the opportunity she gets to meet people from not only the Baltimore community, but all over the world.

photo Aileen Bormel

Aileen in the Museum Shop

Aileen formerly taught deaf students at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, and also in Baltimore City.  She did sign language interpreting too, mostly for children.  She is an active Hadassah member. She was recently President of the Greater Baltimore Chapter and currently sits on the National Board where she is co-chair of the Society of Major Donors.  She was previously co-chair of the National Mission to Israel and has enjoyed visiting there many times. Her husband, David works for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. Her daughter, Allison lives and works in DC as the communications director for a US Congressman from the East Bay of San Francisco.  Her son, Eric lives and works in New York City as an investment banker.

Recently a visitor from Indonesia asked Aileen why our shop was selling a handcrafted box in the shape of a pyramid. The customer had no idea that Jews had any connection with Egypt.  Aileen was delighted to share information regarding Judaism, the tie with Egypt, and teach this particular visitor about something that most visitors to the Museum take for granted.

The box in question.

The box in question.

Aileen likes that her volunteer position is easy and not stressful, like many other facets of life can be. She does however wish that there were more customers in the shop and reminds us that one of the benefits of JMM membership is a 10% discount on all merchandise.

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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Volunteer Spotlight on: Laurie Weitz, Front Desk!

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by

Laurie Weitz has been volunteering as a Front Desk Receptionist at the JMM for 2 years.  She knew Volunteer Coordinator, Ilene Cohen through Hadassah and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, who convinced her of the need for more JMM volunteers.  It was not a hard sell, she lives in Federal Hill and likes to support downtown institutions and she had recently enjoyed a Hadassah sponsored trip to the Museum.

Laurie Weitz

Laurie Weitz

In the past Laurie has run businesses and worked at various salaried jobs but she is most proud of being a professional and passionate volunteer.  She appreciates knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of others.  Outside of her volunteer work, she enjoys being active and in particular likes to swim, hike, bike, snow ski, and walk.  She also enjoys traveling. Her favorite destination used to be France but now she ranks Spain, South America and Israel at the top of her list.  She also loved a recent trip to Budapest, Prague and Vienna.  She has visited many of the U.S. National Parks and intends to visit more.

She has been very happy volunteering at the JMM.  She commented on how great James McVay, our security guard is (he works closely with the Front Desk Receptionist).  She particularly enjoys the people she meets at the Museum, especially the student groups and the senior groups. She likes seeing how interested they are in learning about the history of Jews in Maryland.  She shared a recent instance when someone learned about corned beef and potato latkes on tour and then wanted to try them out for themselves (she suggested one of the nearby delicatessens). Her “stand-out” experience was with a group of Asian visitors who were in Baltimore for a wedding.  They barely spoke English but she convinced them to go on the tour of our historic synagogues.  They enjoyed the tour so much that they made it a point to come back and report to Laurie how good it was.  She also thinks that our exhibits are “fabulous” and really enjoyed Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity and Project Mah Jongg.

Laurie has been very happy with her volunteer experience at the JMM and looks forward to continuing. We look forward to having her as a member of our volunteer corps for a good long while and hope she will convince some of her friends to do so as well.

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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