Volunteer Spotlight on: Bob Brooks!

Posted on October 26th, 2015 by

Bob Brooks has been volunteering at the JMM for over 6 years. For most of that time he has been a Docent, but while nursing an injury he helped out in the Archives for a while too.  Prior to becoming a docent at the JMM, he was a docent at Homewood Museum.

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Originally from New York, he became a Baltimorean upon retirement. His wife, Devorah was originally from Baltimore so she became a replant, while Bob became a transplant.  Prior to retirement he was a certified financial planner and worked as the Administrative Vice President and Controller of a manufacturing company. He worked for the same company for 40 years.

Bob has an interest in all subjects that are Jewish. He has gained knowledge from many years of study and as a regular shul goer.  In addition to the many classes he takes at Beth Tfiloh, he also likes to learn about subjects as varied as photography, computers, and physics at CCBC and elsewhere around town.  He determined that these interests would lend themselves well to becoming a docent at the JMM. His favorite aspect of being a JMM docent is meeting the visitors. He particularly enjoys meeting out-of-towners and especially non-Jewish visitors. With them he feels he can impart a certain knowledge that they do not yet have. He reaches back to the time when he taught Comparative Religion to Confirmation class students at his Conservative synagogue. He fondly remembers when he took those students to a Lubavitch Center on Hoshana Rabbah, to demonstrate differences in their own religion, not simply compared to other religions.

Bob recalls an incident that occurred while touring with a group of inner-city students on the synagogue tour at the JMM. One of the students asked, “Didn’t the Jews kill God?” The teacher was mortified! Bob’s response however was, “You can’t kill God, there is no way you can kill God.”  Great answer Bob!  He describes his volunteer experience at the JMM as a very good one. We look forward to continuing that experience together, for many more years.

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: Warren Clayman

Posted on September 16th, 2015 by

Warren Clayman is a Diversity Consultant.  As such, he was invited to a Leadership Luncheon at the JMM in 2008.  What he learned about the Museum that day convinced him that it would be a good place to volunteer.  The blend of his professional skills and his interest in Judaism were a good combination of qualities that resulted in him becoming a Museum Docent. His family emigrated from Russia to Ohio. His grandfather was a rag merchant who traveled to Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland. He has always been impressed with the courage of immigrants, especially with the fact that they preserved their religion in their new home and established synagogues like the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Doesn't Warren have a great smile?

Doesn’t Warren have a great smile?

Before coming to the JMM, Warren was a Director of Planning with HUD in Baltimore. While working in the neighborhood in the 1970’s he noticed the Lloyd Street Synagogue, and watched the renovation of the building years later.  He currently works in Workforce Diversity. He works with corporations to ensure ethnic and civil rights. He enjoys traveling around the country and partners with a person of color, to give his work legitimacy.  He still likes walking around the neighborhood and often does so between his scheduled tours.  While traveling, he likes to visit Jewish museums and synagogues.

His favorite aspect of volunteering at the JMM is meeting the fascinating visitors.  He recalls people who came from as near as the Baltimore Convention Center, to the Caribbean Islands, from Russia, and in particular an Asian woman who had a Jewish boyfriend and wanted to learn about his religion.  One group of Russian immigrants came with an interpreter.  He understood that the Jewish religion had passed a lot of the visitor’s right by but they seemed fascinated nonetheless.  When he opened the ark in the Lloyd Street Synagogue, two visitors ran up and had tears in their eyes as they looked at the Torah’s up close. He endeavors to focus each tour on the relationship of the visitors to the synagogues, in a warm and friendly way. He learns as much as he can about their connection (or not) with Judaism and sets the tone of the tour from that.  He says it has been a great volunteer experience so far. His favorite part of Docent training is getting to know the other volunteers and the staff of the JMM.  He recalls the storytelling sessions facilitated by Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff as a “phenomenal” 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: 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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