Volunteer Spotlight on: Wendy Davis!

Posted on November 10th, 2014 by

Our volunteer Wendy Davis feels that she’s had a connection to the Jewish Museum of Maryland since her father’s early involvement in the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland.  She often thought about becoming involved herself, and as she tapered off her hours as a Speech Language Pathologist with Baltimore schools, she finally found the chance.  Her love of history was influential in her decision and she became a Docent at the JMM in the summer of 2012.

Plaque in the JMM Board Room

Plaque in the JMM Board Room, naming Wendy’s father.

Wendy’s favorite part of being a JMM docent is engaging with the visitors and learning from them.  She especially likes talking with people who have personal memories of the area and incorporating those stories into her tours.  She fondly recalls one woman who said that as a young girl she attended services in B’nai Israel and vividly remembered that the ceiling was painted blue.  While leading a gentleman from India through the Voice of Lombard Street exhibit, he was excited to share his childhood memory of watching his mother sew on the same model Singer sewing machine that is displayed in the exhibit.

Wendy gives a tour of our "Synagogue Speaks" exhibit, located in the basement of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Wendy gives a tour of our “Synagogue Speaks” exhibit, located in the basement of the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue.

While away from the JMM Wendy loves to travel.  She is leaving on a trip to Thailand and Vietnam next week.  She likes going places that teach about different cultures and/or places with family connections.  She is a volunteer at Chizuk Amuno Congregation as a member of the gabbai team who coordinates aliyot during Shabbat and holiday services.  And, she has discovered that another benefit of retirement is that she has the time to cook new recipes and really enjoys it.  She finds new recipes online and on TV.  She’s willing to try new things but generally follows the recipe.  Her favorite cooking show is America’s Test Kitchen.

Thanks Wendy!

Thanks Wendy!

As Wendy continues as a docent at the JMM she looks forward to meeting more people from all over the world – China, India and Duluth, MN are just three places she remembers that visitors traveled from.  She says the stories she heard from each are just as exotic as the next.

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: Naomi Harans!

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by

Naomi greets visitors with a smile!

Naomi greets visitors with a smile!

Naomi Harans has been volunteering at the JMM for almost 7 years.  She came to her position as a Front Desk Receptionist with plenty of work experience.  She previously did temporary employment as an office worker and volunteered as such at the JCC.  Her favorite part about greeting visitors to the JMM is learning about them.  She is a good listener and has always been interested in people.  She has met folks from many different countries who have searched out the JMM, and is always surprised when local Baltimoreans come in for the first time and say, “I never knew this place was even here.”  She also enjoys learning about the information presented in our temporary exhibits.

In her spare time she’s enjoyed bowling with Beth Tfiloh and the Covenant Guild.  She was fond of traveling with her husband and since he passed away she enjoys traveling with her two daughters, son, their spouses, and her grandchildren.  Some of her favorite destinations have been Spain, Hawaii, Israel and the train ride across Canada.  Next on her agenda is a cruise from Shanghai to Sydney – she departs next week!  We wish Naomi a bon voyage and look forward to welcoming her back to the JMM in November and learning about her latest travel experience.

 

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 Marty Buckman

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by

Marty Buckman has been volunteering at the JMM for almost 2 years.  His perseverance is admirable—he has been working on one project the entire time!  He is building a database of birth announcements from the Baltimore Jewish Times dating from 1929 to present.  To date, he has reached the issue dated June 6, 1952 and has entered 9,500 births.  An important factor is that he is not only including the baby’s names but the parent’s too.  He averages data entries of just over one year for each month he volunteers, he jokes that he hopes the project doesn’t outlive him!  He has observed that the birth announcements used to average 10 per week, in comparison with today’s Baltimore Jewish Times, where there might only be 1 or 2.  The most exciting aspect of this project is that he now recognizes Bar Mitzvah, engagement and wedding announcements for the names he entered as births!   He also enjoys reading the old advertisements – it creates a sense of nostalgia.  One of the most surprising announcements he came across was a wedding announcement for his wife’s first marriage!

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A little surprise history!

Marty joined the volunteer corps at the JMM after a 28 year career in advertising.  In particular, he was the Advertising Director in charge of packaging development in the food service industry.  He now likes to spend time on the golf course with a foursome of players who are all 25 years younger than him, and with his 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  He also works on a photo history project for the Buckman family, which includes working with over 3,000 family photos he came across 5 years ago.

Marty in the JMM library

Marty in the JMM library

Marty says that he likes the experience of volunteering at the JMM. He feels it gives him something worthwhile to do and that it is important to perpetuate Jewish identities.  We are in total agreement and appreciate his hard work.

 

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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