Volunteer Spotlight on Irv Weintraub!

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by

Archives Volunteer Irv Weintraub

Archives Volunteer Irv Weintraub

Irv Weintraub has been a library/archives volunteer for four to five years. He became interested in volunteering after he heard that some of his friends from Beth Israel Congregation were involved at the Museum. His father came from a small town in Ukraine and is mother is from Latvia.  Irv has two masters including a library science degree from Columbia University. He has had two careers as a college professor and as a librarian. I learned that his two cousins, Moses and Rose Cohen, were founders of the Jewish Historical Society, which was the precursor of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Irv has been invaluable translating Hebrew and Yiddish archival materials for the Museum, such as from organizations dedicated to helping immigrants settle into Baltimore.

When he is not translating, he enjoys socializing with our staff and fellow volunteers during lunch and hearing about their careers and social life.  He likes to maintain contact with Jewish issues and organizations and highly values being able to contribute to an organization that is important for Jews in Baltimore.

In chatting with Irv, we connected over our travels in Berlin, Germany as well as our love for museums. I quickly discovered that Irv is an intelligent, kind and gentle soul who is very dedicated to the JMM.

If you know of anyone else who would like to also volunteer in our archives (or any other area of the Museum), please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

GrahamPost 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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Bev Rosen!

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by

Bev Rosen has been a volunteer docent at the JMM for two years. She decided to become a volunteer because she loves history, giving presentations and helping people learn new things. She is also very outgoing and people oriented and thought that she would be a good fit for the docent position.

Bev came to the Baltimore area, twenty-seven years ago from North Carolina. She is trained as a licensed clinical social worker and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins in marketing. She has served as an executive coach and workshop leader for WorkWonders. Bev believes in living a diversified life. She hates sitting still and likes to create and be a part of new projects. She is now semi-retired, but still remains very active as an “Urban Ranger” tour guide for Baltimore Heritage in Fells Point, organizing tours from the Senior Box Office to visit the JMM and traveling to places like Provence, France and Cuba.

Bev photo

Bev poses in our beautiful courtyard.

Bev enjoys bringing to life the history and culture of the Baltimore Jewish experience through daily tours of our two historic synagogues, introducing to our exhibits, outreach activities and Jewish themed walking tours of Jonestown. She appreciates hearing participants tell their stories about their experiences down at Lloyd Street or related to the synagogues’ histories.

I can always rely on Bev to be very punctual, organized and energetic as well as to give constructive feedback about the volunteer program and museum operations. She may also be taking on some additional projects such as helping with our marketing efforts and helping to expand on our neighborhood walking tour.

If you would like to join Bev as a docent (or any other volunteer position), please visit our website to find out how you can get involved.

GrahamPost 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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Ernie Silversmith!

Posted on July 11th, 2016 by

Ernie Silversmith, volunteer docent

Ernie Silversmith, volunteer docent

Ernie Silversmith has been a volunteer docent at the JMM for 15 years. In looking through our collection records,  I discovered that the Museum had completed a memoir of him a few years ago. In that memoir, I learned that Ernie was born in Nuremberg, Germany and he started school in 1936 at an all-Jewish school. The German part of his education ended on Kristallnacht when his parents decided it would be safer to leave the country. In 1939, Ernie and his sister took a train to Holland and then a boat to England where they stayed with their aunt and uncle until their parents could join them a few months later.  After the war started, the family left on a banana boat to Jamaica in order to avoid the German U-boats in the north Atlantic. They caught a luxury liner to New York and rented a room in Washington Heights. In fact, we have a copy of his US certificate of citizenship from 1946 in our archives.

US Certificate of Citizenship 1946, Ernest Silversmith. JMM 2012.046

US Certificate of Citizenship 1946, Ernest Silversmith. JMM 2012.046

They then moved to Tacoma, Washington before finally settling in the Baltimore area. Ernie taught chemistry for 50 years at Morgan State University. In looking around online, I found an article about him in the Baltimore Sun where I discovered that he was a beloved professor and also won many awards for his teaching.

In 2001, Ernie decided to become a docent at the JMM because he found that giving tours is a form of teaching, which he had done for his whole career. He is proud to be Jewish and gets excited watching the reactions of people on his tour and answering their many interesting questions. He aims to awaken their excitement about Jewish Baltimore and enjoys telling the story about our two historic synagogues.

Ernie begins a synagogue tour.

Ernie begins a synagogue tour.

He has been happily married 63 years and gets much pleasure from his four children and eight grandchildren.

While I have only known Ernie for the past year, I have found him to be a very dedicated volunteer with a kind and gentle soul. I always look forward to seeing him on Sundays and hope that he will continue to volunteer at our museum for many years to come.

GrahamPost 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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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