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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Volunteer Spotlight: Phil Sagal

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by

It’s time to highlight another of our wonderful volunteers!

Phil Sagal has been volunteering at the JMM for around 5 years.  He came to the JMM at the suggestion of a friend, who was already volunteering as a Docent.  One of our best volunteer recruitment tools is via word-of-mouth recommendations.

photo Phil Sagal

Phil began at the JMM after retiring from a Human Resources position in the Office of Personnel Management for the Federal Government in Washington, DC.  One of his favorite parts of the job was that he got to move around a lot—he was involved with reviews of other departments and agencies.

At the JMM Phil volunteers as a Docent.  He volunteers for both walk-in tours and for private groups of all ages.  Although he likes the aspect of being assured of giving a tour when scheduled for a private group, he also enjoys meeting the visitors on the walk-in tours.  He never knows who he’s going to meet and enjoys meeting people of diverse religions and ages.  He appreciates having the opportunity to learn more about his heritage and share that knowledge and kibbutz with the JMM visitors.

Outside of the JMM Phil also volunteers at the Baltimore Visitor’s Center and he enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga and going to the gym.  He and his wife also like to travel.  Recently they’ve been to Israel, Italy and France.  They have a trip to Spain planned for the fall.

Phil  jokes that the best part of  volunteering at the JMM is the pay, but we all know that although volunteers don’t get paid, it is not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS.

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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Volunteer Spotlight: Laraine Fisher!

Posted on July 1st, 2013 by

One of my favorite perks, as the JMM Volunteer Coordinator, is getting to know the volunteers.  They are a wonderful group of individuals and I’d like to highlight one person in particular.

Laraine Fisher has been volunteering at the JMM for around 5 years.  She connected with the JMM through the Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore.  We’ve received a number of referrals through our affiliation  with the JVC.

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Laraine started her volunteer career after working for 31 years as the Administrative Assistant to the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Sinai hospital. She worked for 3 years for Baltimore County Public Schools at Chatsworth Elementary as a one-on-one assistant to a student with Asperger’s Syndrome.  She then contacted the JVC and was placed  at Cross County Elementary assisting a first grade teacher and the next year at Wellwood Elementary in same capacity.

She loves to read and was instrumental in starting the evening book club at the Pikesville library.  As she has a passion for the theater, she volunteers at Center Stage.

Another front desk volunteer hard at work!

Front desk volunteer hard at work!

At the JMM, Laraine volunteers as a Front Desk Receptionist.  In her position, she provides an invaluable service to the Museum by maintaining a warm and welcome atmosphere for Museum guests. Our receptionist serves as the Museum’s customer service representative while orienting visitors to the Museum complex.  She especially enjoys interacting with the public and meeting our interesting visitors.  One of her favorite aspects is that she never knows who she is going to meet and greet. She is asked about everything from restaurants to sightseeing recommendations and enjoys being helpful in any way she can.

Laraine likes to be actively involved in things that interest her.  We are grateful that the JMM is on her list!

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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