Volunteer Spotlight on Josef Rosenblatt!

Posted on November 7th, 2016 by

Josef Rosenblatt has been a volunteer docent at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for two years. Josef is a native Baltimorean, but his ancestors are from Russia, Eastern Europe and France. His father was the rabbi of Beth Tfiloh Congregation for 52 years and his grandfather was a cantor, who also played himself in the original 1927 film, The Jazz Singer. Josef is happily married and has three sons and seven grandchildren.

Josef Rosenblatt

Josef Rosenblatt

Josef has always been interested in Jewish history and enjoys sharing Baltimore’s Jewish heritage and culture with the general public. He gives regular tours of Lloyd Street Synagogue and B’nai Israel. One unique tour he gave was to a group of blind adults. He had to be creative in painting a word picture of the synagogues. He also enjoys relating Jewish culture to non–Jews, such as Catholic groups that may visit. He also expressed pride that the menu from the New York Dairy Lunchroom on High Street, once owned by his wife’s family, is in the Voices of Lombard Street exhibit.

Besides volunteering at JMM, Josef enjoys reading, carpentry and model boat making. He also volunteers at the Baltimore Visitor Center.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Josef as a docent (or as a volunteer in 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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Vera Kestenberg!

Posted on October 10th, 2016 by

Vera Kestenberg has been an Archives/library volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for around five years. Vera was born in Hungary and came to Baltimore in 1959. She and her husband are Holocaust survivors. She has shared her story through the Speakers Bureau of the Baltimore Jewish Council and her story is also a part of the Steven Spielberg Shoah archives at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Vera Kastenberg

Vera Kastenberg

At the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Vera is invaluable in our archives sorting files, going through databases and describing photos from the Associated Jewish Charities and the early days of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. She finds it exciting sometimes stumbling across people she knows in the photographs. She also enjoys seeing how history has evolved in the Jewish community. While at the Museum, she also loves exploring our exhibits and socializing with our staff and fellow volunteers.

In addition to volunteering at the JMM, Vera is also active in Jewish Community Services and Brandeis Women’s group. She is a proud member of Beth Israel and in her spare time she enjoys reading and listening to music.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Vera in volunteering in our archives (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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Volunteer Spotlight on Irv Weintraub!

Posted on September 12th, 2016 by

Archives Volunteer Irv Weintraub

Archives Volunteer Irv Weintraub

Irv Weintraub has been a library/archives volunteer for four to five years. He became interested in volunteering after he heard that some of his friends from Beth Israel Congregation were involved at the Museum. His father came from a small town in Ukraine and is mother is from Latvia.  Irv has two masters including a library science degree from Columbia University. He has had two careers as a college professor and as a librarian. I learned that his two cousins, Moses and Rose Cohen, were founders of the Jewish Historical Society, which was the precursor of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

Irv has been invaluable translating Hebrew and Yiddish archival materials for the Museum, such as from organizations dedicated to helping immigrants settle into Baltimore.

When he is not translating, he enjoys socializing with our staff and fellow volunteers during lunch and hearing about their careers and social life.  He likes to maintain contact with Jewish issues and organizations and highly values being able to contribute to an organization that is important for Jews in Baltimore.

In chatting with Irv, we connected over our travels in Berlin, Germany as well as our love for museums. I quickly discovered that Irv is an intelligent, kind and gentle soul who is very dedicated to the JMM.

If you know of anyone else who would like to also volunteer in our archives (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 410-732-6402 x220! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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