Volunteer Spotlight: Maxine Cohen

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by

Max Cohen

Max Cohen

Maxine (Max) Cohen has been affiliated with the Jewish Museum of Maryland for almost 30 years.  She started the Genealogical Society of Maryland at what was then the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland with Carol Rider.  Her father-in-law, Morton Oppenheimer, led her way and was one of the first presidents of the Jewish Historical Society.  She became a member of the Board of Directors for two terms and helped with marketing for the museum.  She soon after became a volunteer in the Museum Shop where she remains today.  Esther Weiner, Shop Manager was instrumental in recruiting her as a Shop attendant all those years ago – they knew each other as members of Covenant Guild.

She worked for 26 years as a junk mail specialist, consulting in marketing and advertising for non-profits.  She endeavored to get people to send their money through the mail for wonderful causes.  She has ghost written for all types of companies.  Max is an avid skier and member of the Baltimore Ski Club.  Her favorite places to ski are in the western United States and Europe.  She is married with 2 children, a dog, and a minivan and is about to become a first time grandmother.  Plus, her 2nd child just became engaged, while on a chairlift during their last ski trip together.

Max’s favorite part of volunteering at the JMM is meeting people from out of town who have found the museum.  She enjoys introducing them to Jewish Baltimore.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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: Edie Shlian

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

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Edie

Edie Shlian has been volunteering in the genealogy department at the JMM since summer 2013.  She was interested in researching her own family history and once she learned that we no longer had staff on hand to assist with her pursuit, she determined it was something she could help others with.  She is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland and is hoping to bring some co-members in as volunteers as well.  In her position, she takes requests from people who are interested in finding out more information about their families – the history of their family in Baltimore.  She was surprised that people think we would know everything about family histories, when basically we cover Baltimore Jewish history records.

Before she began volunteering, she was a registered nurse.  She began in medical-surgical nursing then switched to cardiology.  She worked as a critical care nurse at Union Memorial Hospital, in the cardiac catheterization lab at Sinai Hospital, and in cardiac research at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She became interested in nursing as a result of her father passing away at a young age, due to heart disease.  Edie is the mother of three children and grandmother of six.  Her youngest daughter and two of her grandchildren live in Seattle, her other daughter, son and grandchildren live in the Baltimore area.  She loves to travel, some of her favorite destinations have been Israel, Greece, the Caribbean Islands and across the United States.  She’s now at a point where she enjoys returning to a destination, rent an apartment, and live amongst the locals.  She has plans in the next year to do this in Florence and Venice.

She sees helping preserve family history as an important mission and looks forward to continuing to do so while at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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: Robert Siegel

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by

Robert Siegel is our newest volunteer at the JMM.  He has been with us for just over a month.  He volunteers in the Archives department because he loves history and finds old documents intriguing.  Also, because he knows that in the history world, what he is doing will be helpful to others in their research.

photo of Robert SiegelHe is currently looking at questionnaires completed by Museum donors regarding their family histories, and at information about their donations.  This information will be useful for the upcoming Accession’s Committee meeting at the JMM. He also does work in the photo archives with identifications.  He inputs all of this information into Past Perfect, the Museum software system.

Robert admits to having a passion for Jewish history.  He majored in History in college and had a double minor in Jewish Studies and German Studies.  He acknowledges  that most of his assignments involved some aspect or another of Jewish History.

He had the opportunity to live in Vienna, Austria for a while and hopes to live in Europe again someday.  He won’t admit to being fluent in German, but has a strong intermediate level of understanding.  He enjoys family history, and while researching his, he learned about a branch of the family who came to Baltimore in the 1950’s, the Hershfield’s.  They are related to his mother and he’s trying to find out more about them.  His great-great-grandparents emigrated from Moldova in the late 19th century.  He is trying to follow clues to their past also.

We’re glad that Robert is able to meet his needs and ours by volunteering at the JMM.  We hope he’ll continue to do so for a good, long while.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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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