Volunteer Spotlight on: Robyn Hughes

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

Robyn

Robyn

Robyn Hughes has been volunteering at the JMM since 2005.  From the time she was a Jewish Studies major at the University of Maryland, she dreamt about working at the JMM.  She has volunteered in many capacities.  She began as a docent and continues as a weekly (sometimes twice weekly!) afternoon docent who leads tours of the synagogues.  In the intervening years, she worked as a Summer Education Intern and a Fall Research Fellow in 2006, during which time she organized a wine and cheese reception for Art Beyond Sight, established a Salon program, and collected oral history interviews from historically significant Maryland Jews.  She continues to represent the JMM on Capitol Hill at the annual Museum Advocacy Day, plus acts as the Educator for museum programs for guests who read Braille and ensures that the Museum supports the standards for Common Core Braille literacy.

She volunteers at the JMM because she loves it.  She particularly appreciates the geographic and professional diversity of all of the guests, staff and fellow volunteers, and finds it fascinating getting to know everyone.

Robyn in flight

Robyn in flight

Three interesting facts about Robyn that make her even more endearing…  She lived in Israel for a total of 3 years, beginning as a tourist then returning to spend time at Hebrew University and as a graduate student also.  She is an expert on German Jewish Coffeehouse Intellectuals—she studies the social and political writings of Karl Kraus and Stefan Zweig.   She is taking flying lessons.  She learned how to pilot a Cessna 172 aircraft.  Prior to flying, she enjoyed learning to rock climb.  Plus, she continues to enjoy traveling, having done academic research in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.

Rockin' the wall

Rockin’ the wall

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Many Thanks for Mitzvah Day!

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

A very successful Mitzvah Day!

A very successful Mitzvah Day! A big thank you to Erwin Burtnick, Stephen Mintz and R. David Edwards (of VA Maryland)!

In partnership with B’nai Israel Congregation, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection, the Jewish Museum of Maryland hosted a great Mitzvah Day event! We gathered donations and with the help of enthusiastic volunteers created care packages for veterans, which were then delivered to the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Piecing together puzzle books.

Piecing together puzzle books.

We’d like to thank these local businesses for their generous donations, as well as the many individuals who stopped by with everything from playing cards and puzzle books to handmade hats and scarves!

  • Inner Harbor Dental
  • Harbour east dental
  • Scene 217
  • Shearz inc
  • Waterfront Marriot
  • Carrolton Inn
  • Lovely lady in Family dollar
  • Convention Center Hampton Inn
  • Charles Street dental
  • Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites at Harbor East

And of course we have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to help us decorate gift bags, write thank you cards and package up all the gifts – we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Bag Decorating

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Getting creative

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Thanking our veterans

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Diligently packing parcels!

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Hard at work!

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More thank you letters

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These are some devoted volunteers!

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Marvin Spector

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by

Marvin Spector has been volunteering at the JMM for just over one year.  He volunteers in the Archives and Collections departments and can be seen at the museum multiple days each week.  He’s no longer employed and came to the JMM as he felt there was a need and he was available to help.  He used to be a member of the Board of Directors of the JMM, over 30 years ago, before there was even a museum building.  At that time he was also involved in the docent program and he trained local boy scouts to give tours of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Marvin Spector

Marvin

His main volunteer duties at the JMM involve scanning photos, and taking inventory of folders to make certain that they actually contain what is listed in their content pages.  He is also amenable to other less interesting jobs, such as staple pulling.

In his free time, Marvin likes to go camping with his wife.  Of the many sites they enjoy, they are particularly fond of the Lancaster and Gettysburg, PA areas.   He’s also kept very busy at Chizuk Amuno Congregation as a gabbai, as treasurer of the men’s brotherhood organization and in the kitchen once a week.   Marvin has two children, four grandchildren and three step grand-children.

Scanning photographs.

Scanning photographs.

Although the honeymoon period may have just expired, we hope Marvin will stay happy and continue to contribute his valuable time and skills for many years to come at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at icohen@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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