Volunteers Go A-Walkin’: A Jonestown Tour

Posted on October 24th, 2018 by

A blog post from JMM Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis. To read more posts from Wendy, click here.

One of the fun benefits of being a volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland is the opportunity to go on field trips with fellow volunteers.  This October, our field trip started at the front door of the museum.  We ventured on a walking tour of our historic neighborhood, Jonestown.  Did you know that after Baltimore was founded in 1729, Jones Town was the first neighborhood established outside the city?  It was originally the home to wealthy residents such as the Carrolls and Edward Johnson, a Baltimore mayor.  Then it became home for generations of immigrants, filled with shops and social institutions.

Using “The Jewish Museum of Maryland Neighborhood Walking Tour” as a guide, Ilene Dackman-Alon  lead us, engaging us in stories about various buildings and the people that lived and work in the area.

Participants shared their impressions:

I have been going to Little Italy for 50 years and never saw Yiddish writing on Amicci’s building. So interesting and thrilling to see that little bit of “Yiddishkeit.”  How amazing that there is so much history in Jonestown. -Robbin Bord, docent

What I found interesting is that using the guidebook provided, you could see where these historic neighborhoods and businesses were. It’s almost like being a time traveler. – Roberta Greenstein, front desk volunteer

So much was new.  I really enjoyed seeing the Star Spangled Banner house and museum.  I had no idea it was even there.  I can’t wait to go back to see the movie and to climb the Shot Tower. – Robin Kaplan, shop volunteer

Touring the interior of the Shot Tower!

We had a fabulous time on the walk around Jonestown! Of course, having grown up in Baltimore -and attending Sunday School -and being involved in the Museum for many years, we’ve known the area was a melting pot for immigrants. But adding actual stories to the lore was wonderful! Ilene was a wealth of information and her enthusiasm infectious! The tour participants’ input and recollections added to the mix. A great time! And, the rains held off until we closed the car door to head back uptown! Thanks for coordinating another nice event!  -Maxine Cohen & Myron Oppenheimer, shop volunteers

I found the walking tour highly informative in providing a real perspective of life in a vital Jewish neighborhood, even though many of the shops, other commercial establishments, and housing structures covered no longer exist. Ilene’ s personal reflections, along with the printed material and photographs handed out elicited many fond firsthand memories from our group as well as stories they heard from parents, grandparents and relatives. The Shot Tower stop was an added bonus to an enjoyable walk. Thanks to Ilene and you for setting us this worthwhile event.  – Phil Sagal, docent

The Jonestown tour was wonderful. Thank you, Ilene. I loved that on Sunday (while talking with JMM visitors) some questions came up and I could answer them. Had I not been on the tour I wouldn’t have been able to. – Helene Goldberg, docent

We all delighted in exploring the neighborhood, seeing up close buildings that we quickly drive by, being able to read the plaques on the historic building, hearing the words of people who walked the streets of Jonestown years ago, appreciating the wonderful teacher Ilene is and enjoying each other’s company.

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Once Upon a Time…11.17.2017

Posted on July 31st, 2018 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 by email at jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

JMM 2011.29.97

Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: November 17, 2017

PastPerfect Accession #: 2011.029.097

Status: Identified! Esther Carson, a Levindale Ladies Auxiliary member, with the “Hospitality on Wheels” cart, c. 1970.

Thanks To: Norreen Hall, Larry Carson, anonymous Jewish Times reader

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Volunteer Spotlight on Ray Weinstein!

Posted on June 25th, 2018 by

Post by Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis. Periodically we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Wendy at wdavis@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5168! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

Ray Weinstein defines himself as a family man.

He has a wonderful wife Nadine, 3 sons and 8 grandchildren.  He is also a person who likes to give back to his community.  He recently started to do that as a docent at JMM, but he has been giving back for years, often in leadership roles.  He has been a member of the Oriole Advocates since 1977 and was their president in 1983, the year the Orioles won the World Series. Go O’s!!   He was president of the Babe Ruth Organization for 3 years and is currently on their board as a past-president. He encourages all to visit the Babe Ruth House which is not far from Camden Yards.  Did you know that Baltimore has had a sister city in Japan for the past 40 years?  It is Kawasaki, a port city that is similar in size to Baltimore.  When Ray was president of the Baltimore-Kawasaki Committee in 1987, he accompanied a little league high school team to Kawasaki.  The team played 6 games and Ray had a chance to travel around Japan.

Before retirement, Ray worked for the Internal Revenue Service for 32 years.  He then joined a group of lawyers as a tax consultant specializing in tax settlement cases.

After retirement, Ray looked for a new opportunity to give back to the community.  Last September, Ray participated in the Jewish Museum Volunteer Recruitment.  As a long-time member of the JMM who frequently brought family and friends to the museum, he has been impressed with the excellent job the JMM has done in creating and explain meaningful exhibits. Ray likes to talk about Jewish history and Baltimore history.  And he thinks it is important to encourage people to come into Baltimore.  For all those reason, Ray has found a good fit as a volunteer docent at JMM.

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