Volunteer Spotlight on Lola Hahn!

Posted on August 7th, 2017 by

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.

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn

Lola Hahn has been an Archives Volunteer for the past two months. Lola grew up in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Baltimore in 1988 to be the General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Owings Mills. She has held several exciting executive positions for 30+ years in the women’s fashion industry in store management, merchandise buying and development and directing product and marketing programs. Her career took her to many parts of the world, meeting key designers and allowing her to create and produce exclusive items for the fashion customer. She also served as Goucher Hillel’s Development Director.

Lola decided to become involved in the JMM because she was very excited with the direction the museum was taking and felt this would be the perfect time to get more involved. She has served as a volunteer in some capacity since she was 15 years old and has always found it important to get involved and support different causes and organizations that she is passionate about.

Lola hard at work!

Lola hard at work!

At the JMM, she has also served on the Development Committee for the past year and has recently been selected to be on the Board of Directors.  Last year, she found it very rewarding participating in the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project.

In her spare time, Lola loves hanging out with her grandchildren, reading, working out, traveling and playing canasta.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Lola in volunteering in the Archives (or any other area of the Museum, please contact Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

 

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We the People (of JMM)

Posted on July 14th, 2017 by

Performance Counts: July 2017

Journalist and author Steven Roberts speaks at the JMM 2017 Annual Meeting.

Journalist and author Steven Roberts speaks at the JMM 2017 Annual Meeting. Photo by Will Kirk.

Every month in our “Performance Counts” newsletter we feature the facts and numbers behind what we do.   But, of course, its not facts and numbers that underlie our success – it’s people: the board, staff and volunteers who give their passion, talents and energy to make JMM a vital part of this community.  In the next ten days we will honor and welcome participants in all three groups!

On July 16 we will honor our volunteers for more than 7500 total hours of service by 69 individuals.  This year our volunteers were docents on over 350 synagogue tours, spent countless hours greeting visitors at the front desk and judged 93 projects for the My Family Story competition.  In Collections, volunteers scanned and uploaded more than 7,000 photos from the Baltimore Jewish Times, made folder lists for more than 4,000 folders in JMM’s institutional archives, and processed two major new archival accessions, cataloguing them and creating finding aids.

The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

The 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Volunteers were also crucial in our success in working with survivor families on the 91 collages created for the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit.  Well beyond the numbers, volunteers opened their hearts to the painful recollections of these family members.

We are honoring the volunteers with a reprise of the Henrietta Szold living history performance we created last fall.

Hard at work at the 2017 Board Retreat.

Hard at work at the 2017 Board Retreat.

At the July 18 Board Meeting we will welcome six new Board members (also volunteers):  Alan Dorenfeld, Shelley Goldseker, Lola Hahn, Bonnie Heneson, Skip Klein and Abe Kronsberg.

Robert Keehn is being promoted to Senior Vice President and Len Weinberg is now a one of our three Vice Presidents.All of our other officers – Duke Zimmerman, Toby Gordon, Saralynn Glass, Bruce Hoffberger and Arnold Fruman will continue to serve this fiscal year.

Jeff Katz, Lee Rosenberg, Jeffrey Scherr, Rikki Spector and Claire Tesh will begin fresh three year terms.

The Nominating Committee, led by Dr. Ira Papel, has once more done an outstanding job of strengthening our Board by recruiting candidates  who bring a diversity of skills and experience to the JMM including marketing, real estate development, fundraising and community relations.

We can't thank our board members enough! Photo by Will Kirk.

We can’t thank our board members enough! Photo by Will Kirk.

We also thank our two retiring Board members: Wendy Jachman who played a pivotal role in growing our fundraising capacity as co-chair of our development committee and who helped us forge partnerships with organizations such as Baltimore Center Stage.  Crystal Watkins Johannson served six years on our board.  She was a member of our marketing committee and helped JMM reach out to both young adults and members of the medical community.
On July 24 the newest member of the JMM staff will officially become part of our team.  Lorie Rombro will take on the job of Archivist, working with Collections Manager, Joanna Church, to serve the needs of researchers, authors and exhibit developers.  She will be a critical member of our team in “mining” the hundreds of boxes of documents in our holdings for insights that our useful to our core exhibit on Jewish Maryland and The Associated’s upcoming centennial.Lorie has worked with collections and archives at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and two of its affiliate historic sites – Woodlawn Plantation in Virginia and Villa Finale in Texas.  She has a BA from Dickinson College and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from George Washington University.  She has deep family roots in Baltimore.  Her great-grandfather was Rabbi Avraham Schwartz of Shomrei Mishmeres (Lloyd Street Synagogue).

 

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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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