Performances Counts: We Missed You at Lunch

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by

Most of us reading this month’s newsletter were not at today’s “Get Discovered” volunteer recruitment lunch (but we’ve managed to discover you anyway!)

While it’s too late to send you a tuna sandwich, it’s not too late to think about how you (or your friends) can become engaged in one of the most exciting volunteer opportunities in Baltimore.

Leading a school group through Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust Humanity

Leading a school group through Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust Humanity

Since this is “Performance Counts”, let me share just a few stats.  Our volunteers last year included 7 front desk aides, 23 docents, 7 shop assistants, 13 library and archives aides, 28 special projects volunteers and 28 JMM Board members.  These 106 volunteers worked a total of 7557 hours.

>Front desk volunteers meet and greet visitors—including hundreds of teachers and chaperones on field trips to the JMM as they pass by on their way to Esther’s Place, the exhibit galleries and our historic synagogues.

>Docents conducted over 350 synagogue tours last year.

>Library and Archival volunteers scanned and uploaded more than 7,000 photos from the Baltimore Jewish Times, wrote folder lists for 24  boxes, just over 4,000 folders, in JMM’s institutional archives and processed two major new archival accessions, cataloguing them and creating finding aids.

>Other volunteers worked with Holocaust survivors or their families on 91 collages created for the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit.

>Still even more volunteers judged 93 projects for the My Family Story competition.

Even with these impressive stats, we still can do better and that’s why we held a lunch today to let new prospects learn more about the work we have available.

Welcome Wendy!

Welcome Wendy!

It was also a chance to introduce folks to our Volunteer Coordinator, Wendy Davis!  So since most of us weren’t there today, I’m going to let Wendy introduce herself:

I am excited and honored to be the new volunteer coordinator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  My awareness of the Lloyd Street synagogue began way back in the 1960s.  As a teenager, I went with a group of fellow teens to see the synagogue at the beginning of the renovation process. And my father, Gordon Salganik, has been supportive of the Museum almost since its inception.  Now it is my turn to support the JMM.

For the past four years I have thoroughly enjoyed being a volunteer docent at JMM. Before my retirement and volunteering at JMM, I was a speech language pathologist in Baltimore City Public Schools. Now, I have a long wish list of things I would like to accomplish as the volunteer coordinator beyond monthly scheduling of the volunteers.  Establishing a lending library for the volunteers, improving our knowledge of the museum’s neighbors, dealing with fellow volunteers’ concerns and addressing their wish lists, and increasing our volunteer corps are at the top of my list!  The best way all this can be accomplished is with the collaboration and support of the wonderful JMM staff and volunteers that are my privilege to call colleagues.

I invite you to drop by to welcome Wendy.  Better yet, make her day by asking her how you can become a colleague at JMM.  Get discovered.

~Marvin

Testing out educational activities for the upcoming Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibit!

Testing out educational activities for the upcoming Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibit!

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Volunteer Spotlight on Rena Rotenberg!

Posted on July 5th, 2017 by

Rena Rotenberg has been a front desk volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for the past two months. She rightly describes herself as “a very knowledgeable Jew.”  Rena grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Baltimore in 1960 when she married a man who was born in Germany and grew up in China. She has worked as a pre-school teacher and director for 35 years. She taught at Stevenson University, CCBC and at Bais Yaakov. Rena founded the Shalom Baby program at the JCC, started the early childhood department at the Center for Jewish Education https://www.cjebaltimore.org/) and directed it for 30 years. She is also a co-author of two books and is an accredited childbirth teacher.

Rena Rotenberg

Rena Rotenberg

Rena decided to volunteer at the JMM because she wanted to help disseminate knowledge about Baltimore’s Jewish community. She has enjoyed observing programs such as our recent program on the Six Day War and interacting with many people, especially children.  She has found it fascinating learning about the different parts required to run a museum and how each staff member has a specific role to play in fulfilling our mission. We have deeply valued her help at the front desk checking in visitors and assisting orienting guests to the museum.

Hard at work at the front desk!

Hard at work at the front desk!

In her spare time, Rena enjoys playing the piano, reading, embroidering and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also volunteers at the Early Childcare Center at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

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

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.

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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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