Volunteer Spotlight on: Joyce Jandorf

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by

Volunteer Docent Joyce Jandorf feels a community connection to the JMM. Her husband was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, his aunt was a founding member of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, and his first cousin is a fellow Docent.  As a lifelong member of the Orthodox community, Joyce had heard about Shomrei Mishmeres Ha-Kodesh from her parents. She recognizes many aspects of the Lloyd Street Synagogue from her own upbringing.  Plus, her father was a shochet who donated many personal items to the Museum – shochet knives, machinery parts from his beit-schita, his mohel kit, and a sukkah.

joyce jandorf headshot

Joyce Jandorf

Joyce’s mother’s family has been in Baltimore since 1911, when her grandfather arrived.  The rest of the family joined him in 1922. They first lived on South Charles Street then moved to Pimlico Road where they had a popular grocery/deli called Schuchman’s. Her father’s great-grandmother came to Baltimore before the rest her family and she is buried in the B’nai Israel cemetery. While doing genealogical research at the Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center at the JMM, Joyce was able to identify additional family members. By training, Joyce is an artist. She earned a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and worked freelanced as a graphic artist. Today she is primarily a painter.

Plein Air session at Hampton National Historical Site, July 29, 2015.

Plein Air session at Hampton National Historical Site, July 29, 2015.

During the 2 years that Joyce has been volunteering at the Museum, she has contributed by sharing her knowledge of Jewish laws and customs, especially to those who have no background in Judaism.   She wishes that the JMM’s appeal would extend to the entire community. She knows the Museum has a lot to offer and believes that all Maryland Jews have some connection whether they realize it or not and that there is a lot for everyone to discover.

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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Once Upon a Time…09.12.2014

Posted on May 19th, 2015 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2002107100Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  September 12, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2002.107.100

Status:  Partially Identified! Leisure Lounge volunteer facilitating a discussion n.d. The gentleman in front, with his hands folded in his lap, is Nathan Caplan (d. 1975). It is thought that this picture shows an English class for Russian immigrants at the Jewish Community Center.

Special Thanks To: Selma Sherman

 

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Volunteer Spotlight on: Jack Light

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by

In honor of National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank all of our JMM volunteers.  Now, as I do once a month, I’d like to highlight one volunteer in particular…

Jack Light was a captain in the Korean War who served on the front lines as a dentist.  He received his B.S. and D.D.S. at Indiana University, plus an M.S. in Cancer Prosthetics dentistry from NYU and an M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University.  He practiced dentistry in NYC prior to moving to the Washington, DC area with his wife, a writer and nutrition educator who was offered a job on Capitol Hill.  While in the DC area, Jack had a dental practice in Bethesda plus worked at Howard University on the Cancer Rehabilitation team.  He also served as the director of an East Baltimore Medical Plan.

Volunteer Jack Light helps out as a Front Desk Receptionist, greeting visitors to the Museum.

Volunteer Jack Light helps out as a Front Desk Receptionist, greeting visitors to the Museum.

He has always loved art and music.  In his spare time he paints with oils and acrylics and plays guitar and banjo.  He used to study guitar with a Yiddish folk singer. He volunteered as a docent at the Hirshhorn Museum for 15 years and always believed that museums should be fun.  He took care to know what level of interest and knowledge his visitors possessed and would break down and relate the contemporary art collection to them.  He personally collects Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian Art.  He also collects European Choir music manuscripts from Italy, France and Spain.  He volunteered at Arena Stage and Wolf Trap for 20 years.  He currently volunteers at the Walters Art Museum in addition to the JMM.

Jack admits that he lives a much diversified life.   He has two daughters, one in NYC who is in product development for L’Oreal and the other who lives outside of Seattle and is an artist and writer.  He moved to Baltimore two years ago when his wife passed away. He enjoys spending time as a Front Desk Receptionist at the JMM as it offers him a chance to speak with all kinds of people.   He especially enjoyed meeting a visitor from New York who had some similar childhood experiences to his own.

Happy National Volunteer Week from the JMM!

Happy National Volunteer Week from the JMM!

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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