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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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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