Volunteer Spotlight on Harold Toppall!

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by

Post by Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis. Periodically we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

Make sure to say hi to Harold at the front desk!

Harold Toppall joined the Jewish Museum of Maryland volunteer corps in November.  His friendliness and attention to details have proven to be wonderful assets for our museum.  His background is working for the IRS in the tax exempt organization area.  When he heard about the volunteer opportunities at JMM, a tax exempt organization, he considered it a good fit. He now volunteers at the front desk, enjoying meeting people, having conversations with them and learning where they come from.

Since Harold enjoys working with numbers, he also fills his volunteer time entering volunteer hours and compiling responses to visitor’s questionnaires into the computer.  After retiring from IRS, Harold prepared tax returns in the private sector for several years and then operated his own tax return preparation business for four years.

Harold enjoys reading mysteries and suspense thrillers and has travelled extensively with his wife, Marcia.  He hails originally from Albany, NY, and has lived in Buffalo, NY, Newark and Old Bridge, NJ, and Silver Spring, MD.  He came to Maryland in 1979 and to Pikesville in 2003.  His daughter and son and their families live in Maryland and Virginia.  We are very thankful that Harold moved to the Baltimore area and chose to donate his time and efforts to the JMM!

 

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Volunteer Spotlight on: Ted Cornblatt!

Posted on January 11th, 2018 by

Post by Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis. Periodically we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

Ted Cornblatt is one of JMM’s newest volunteers and a semi-retired attorney who specializes in litigation, primary workman’s comp.  When he cut back on his work schedule, he was looking for something meaningful to do.  Since he loves history, and especially Jewish history, volunteering at the Jewish Museum of Maryland was a natural fit.

Ted Cornblatt

Fortunately for us, Ted has been a docent for our historic synagogues since September 2017.  He feels great about his volunteer experience at JMM, finding it exciting to see the way people love going through the synagogues and the “wow” aspect.  And he enjoys meeting people from such diverse regions such as Argentina and Singapore to Gaithersburg, Columbia, and Baltimore.  The times when he is waiting for a tour to start, Ted says it is nice to sit in the museum library and look through the books that peak his curiosity.

Ted is married and proud of his 8 grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 months to 28 years old.  We are so glad that Ted has joined the JMM volunteer family!

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Volunteer Spotlight on Lola Hahn!

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by

Post by Visitor Services Coordinator Graham Humphrey. Every month we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn has been an Archives Volunteer for the past two months. Lola grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Baltimore in 1988 to be the General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Owings Mills. She has held several exciting executive positions for 30+ years in the women’s fashion industry in store management, merchandise buying and development and directing product and marketing programs. Her career took her to many parts of the world, meeting key designers and allowing her to create and produce exclusive items for the fashion customer. She also served as Goucher Hillel’s Development Director.

Lola decided to become involved in the JMM because she was very excited with the direction the museum was taking and felt this would be the perfect time to get more involved. She has served as a volunteer in some capacity since she was 15 years old and has always found it important to get involved and support different causes and organizations that she is passionate about.

Lola hard at work!

Lola hard at work!

At the JMM, she has also served on the Development Committee for the past year and has recently been selected to be on the Board of Directors.  Last year, she found it very rewarding participating in the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project.

In her spare time, Lola loves hanging out with her grandchildren, reading, working out, traveling and playing canasta.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Lola in volunteering in the Archives (or any other area of the Museum, please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

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