Performance Counts: Welcoming New Staff

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by

Though we’ll be saying goodbye to Paul Simon this month, we’re also saying hello to two new staff members!

Tucker Hager

Tucker joins the JMM this month as the new manager of the JMM shop Esther’s Place. Tucker brings to the JMM extensive experience in museum retail establishments. In fact, Esther’s Place makes the fifth (!) museum store Tucker has managed, and his tenth retail establishment. A member of the Museum Store Association, Tucker has served as a consultant for other small Museum shops. Even more fortunate for us, all of that experience and expertise comes with a great sense of humor and a cheerful disposition!

Michael McCoy

Michael replaces our longtime custodian, Darrell Monteagudo, who recently retired. We are most grateful to Darrell for his many years of dedicated service to the JMM, for keeping our facilities clean and well organized and we wish him all the best with his future plans.

The Museum building and the historic synagogues have an able caretaker in our new custodian. Mike brings a decade and half of cleaning and maintenance experience to the Museum. He has experience both in keeping spaces hospital-clean (Kennedy Krieger Institute) as well as the demands of the hospitality industry (Suburban Club). His can-do, problem-solving attitude is already improving things at JMM: in his two weeks with us so far, he’s found new and better ways to organize and schedule our maintenance needs.

Stop by the Museum soon and help us make Tucker and Mike feel welcome!

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JMM Staff Has A Ball (a bowling ball that is!)

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by

The Happy, Accomplished Family!

Most of the JMM’s staff gathered together last weekend to mark a very special simcha – the bat mitzvah of Rose Alon, daughter of our wonderful Program Director, Ilene Dackman-Alon. It was not surprising, but awesome nonetheless, to see Rose up on the bima, chanting Torah so beautifully – a vision in purple! After a lovely service, (wherein Ilene herself read Torah for the first time!) and a delicious lunch, we all met up Saturday night for Rose’s bat mitzvah party at the Stoneleigh Bowling Alley.

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Fortunately, staff at the JMM have fun together at work and at play. Rose’s party was no exception. We feasted on bowling alley pizza, salads, chips and dips, and imbibed in beer, wine and sodas. And many of us bowled! I don’t think I am being overly modest when I say that my colleagues weren’t expecting me to be a decent bowler. In fact, I didn’t really plan to bowl at all. But somehow once at the alley, the urge to play struck me like a ton of bowling balls. I thought Avi would faint when I bowled a strike, a spare, one after the other. It was duckpin bowling but still… One of the great things about doing non-work activities with one’s colleagues is learning about their hidden talents!

The Bat Mitzvah girl cuts the cake!

All of us at the JMM wish Rose a great big Mazel tov – Black-Eyed Peas style!

*All photos by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

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