Volunteer Spotlight on Lois Fekete!

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by

Lois Fekete has been a Volunteer Docent at the JMM for around 8 years. She is a proud 5th generation Baltimorean and is retired after teaching for 35 years, mostly in Jewish day schools. She taught students ranging from pre-k to middle school aged kids with learning issues. Lois became involved at the JMM for several reasons. First, she has a family connection to Lloyd Street Synagogue. Her brother was involved in making the plans for the restoration of the synagogue in the 1960s. After living out of state for thirty years, the Jewish Museum of Maryland seemed like a familiar place to re-”Baltimore-ize.” Most of all Lois missed working with kids of all ages. She believes they have so much to teach us and she loves to learn.

Lois in the courtyard

Lois in the courtyard

Lois has enjoyed sharing information about Baltimore’s Jewish heritage to diverse audiences. She has also learned a lot from the students. Lois mentioned one particular ESL class of Muslim girls where she asked them what they liked best about living in the United States. There was not a dry eye in the room when one girl replied that what she liked the most was that she was able to learn in this country.

In her spare time, Lois enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Lois tours students through "Voices of Lombard Street"

Lois tours students through “Voices of Lombard Street”

We have found Lois to be a dependable and passionate educator who we often rely on to lead elementary school students on synagogue tours and through our exhibits. We hope that she will remain at the JMM for many years to come!

If you know of anyone else who might like to join Lois as a docent (or in any other area of the Museum), please have them 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 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight On: Nancy Kutler!

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by

Nancy Kutler has been a Volunteer Docent at the JMM for 9 months. She recently retired from working 32 years at the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She has been married to her husband Ed for 40 years and has 2 kids.

Nancy

Nancy

Nancy is already a board member and member of the Development Committee at the JMM. She decided to volunteer because she feels it’s important to give back to the community. It also provides her an opportunity to build on her existing experience and knowledge. She loves our mission and is excited at the opportunity to educate the community through JMM’s historic sites, dynamic exhibits, and high quality educational programs. She feels honored to be involved with the institution and enjoys working with our staff.

Nancy has loved her experience so far giving synagogue tours to visitors from around the world. She hopes that traffic to the JMM continues to increase so she can provide tours to larger groups of people.

Her best experience so far was volunteering for the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction project, part of our Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity exhibit. As the child of survivors, the project was near and dear to her heart. Working with Holocaust survivors and their families to create historical collages was a very emotional, yet rewarding experience. She also found the process of developing collages for her own parents to be a very impactful experience. We at the JMM feel fortunate to have Nancy as a volunteer and hope to continue to call on her for special projects as well as for our regularly scheduled synagogue tours.

Nancy with the collages she made for the "Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project."

Nancy with the collages she made for the “Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project.”

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Nancy in volunteering as a docent (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 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Erika Rief!

Posted on March 6th, 2017 by

Erika Rief has been a volunteer docent at the JMM for two months. She is currently in graduate school at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and MICS pursing an MBA/MA in design Leadership. Erika was an education and programming intern for two months during college. She recently moved back to Baltimore and lives close by so she decided to become a docent again. Prior to that, she attended Beth Tfiloh for 18 years.

Erika

Erika

She has deep connections to Jewish Baltimore, and specifically B’nai Israel Synagogue. Her great great uncle Simon Reif was the president of B’nai Israel in the congregation’s early days for 25 years. In addition, B’nai Israel was the shul that her great grandfather attended when he first came to America. She now attends Bnai Israel regularly, and is active in building the young adult community. She believes it is really special to be able to be a docent who has a connection to both the past and present of a part of the tour. Apart from going to school and being involved in B’nai Israel, she has also recently started boxing.

Erika has had a couple of memorial experiences while at the JMM. When she was an intern, she searched in the archives for mention of her family. She fould some of the founding documents of B’nai Israel in the original Yiddish with the names of her family families. She was also excited to learn about Zelda, who visited the museum with her assisted living facility. It turned out that Zelda’s father opened a pharmacy on Lombard Street. However, he died when Zelda was very young so she didn’t know a lot of information about him. Erika later dug into some family history records and then went to the assisted living to share what she found with her.  Erika will never forget Zelda’s bubbly personality and the happiness on her face during their conversations about her father.

Making friends on tour

Making friends on tour

Erika has quickly re-learned the tour script and has already taken a few groups out on her own. We are very grateful that she has been able to carve out time for us in her busy schedule.

If you know of anyone else who would like to volunteer with Erika as a docent (or in 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 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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