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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Collaboration is Key at Esther’s Place

Posted on June 11th, 2018 by

A blog post by JMM Office Manager and Shop Assistant Jessica Konigsberg. For more posts from Jessica, click HERE.

One of my favorite comments from Gift Shop visitors is the observation that the Shop is ever-changing and dynamic with something new to see whether you visit once a year or once a month. I take pride in this feedback because there is much behind-the-scenes work that goes into our changing displays and merchandise.

Much of this effort is led by JMM’s Deputy Director Tracie Guy-Decker, who works hard to develop new custom products, meet with vendors, and develop creative merchandising ideas such as our “But First, Coffee” sale. But so much of the day-to-day rearranging and creative merchandising is done by our wonderful Esther’s Place volunteers. They are the ones who help me create new displays, and tackle daunting organizational projects such as fixing inventory issues and re-arranging boxes and merchandise in shop storage.

In honor of JMM’s upcoming annual volunteer appreciation event, I couldn’t resist sharing some of our Shop volunteers’ projects and achievements. Here are some of the highlights:

New Non-Kosher Mezuzah Scrolls

Long-time Esther’s Place volunteer Maxine Cohen recently took on the re-design of our free, non-kosher, mezuzah scrolls.

Maxine designed a computer template that could be easily printed double-sided so that both sides of the parchment are featured. She also came up with the idea to print the scrolls on yellow, parchment-style paper—giving them a more authentic, nicer look. These scrolls are also smaller and fit better into our smaller mezuzot. (Note, we also offer beautiful kosher parchments for $36.)

New and Changing Displays

In addition to our new scrolls, we also have many new mezuzot in the Gift Shop and volunteer Robin Kaplan has played an integral roll in merchandising these new items. Whatever your price point and personal tastes, I’m sure we can find the perfect mezuzah for you and this is all thanks to the volunteers who help me keep up with the constant flow of new inventory.

Volunteer Laraine Fisher also helped merchandise this display, adding our new selection of tallit clips, while former volunteer Doreen Eisenberg lent a hand to our display of anodized mezuzot.

Robin also helped develop our Shavuot display a few weeks ago, somehow maximizing the small amount of shop real estate available (no easy feat!) during this busy time when our Amending America exhibit merchandise was also on display.

Robin also merchandised our new supply of greeting cards.

Public Programs

Volunteer Rachel Jablon ran the Gift Shop during one of our busiest public programs of the year so far: the launch of new book On Middle Ground. At that program we sold over 40 copies of the book. Also, Rachel frequently gives the most detailed and thoughtful explanations of the various books and Judaica on sale for our inquiring customers.

Shop Administration

Volunteers Laraine Fisher and Jacob Davenport help with much of the attention to detail and day-to-day organization of Esther’s Place—everything from refining shop systems and inventories and managing records to keeping our display supplies organized and accessible to both myself and our program/education staff.

Laraine also recently updated our children’s reading corner to feature our book titles for little artists and makers.

At Esther’s Place, we are here to share in your excitement and discovery as you experience the Museum, to help spark your curiosity in Judaism and Jewish history, and to help you find beautiful and special mementos of your visit. I simply could not work towards these goals without the Esther’s Place volunteers – thank you!

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