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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Volunteer Spotlight on Bev Rosen!

Posted on August 1st, 2016 by

Bev Rosen has been a volunteer docent at the JMM for two years. She decided to become a volunteer because she loves history, giving presentations and helping people learn new things. She is also very outgoing and people oriented and thought that she would be a good fit for the docent position.

Bev came to the Baltimore area, twenty-seven years ago from North Carolina. She is trained as a licensed clinical social worker and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins in marketing. She has served as an executive coach and workshop leader for WorkWonders. Bev believes in living a diversified life. She hates sitting still and likes to create and be a part of new projects. She is now semi-retired, but still remains very active as an “Urban Ranger” tour guide for Baltimore Heritage in Fells Point, organizing tours from the Senior Box Office to visit the JMM and traveling to places like Provence, France and Cuba.

Bev photo

Bev poses in our beautiful courtyard.

Bev enjoys bringing to life the history and culture of the Baltimore Jewish experience through daily tours of our two historic synagogues, introducing to our exhibits, outreach activities and Jewish themed walking tours of Jonestown. She appreciates hearing participants tell their stories about their experiences down at Lloyd Street or related to the synagogues’ histories.

I can always rely on Bev to be very punctual, organized and energetic as well as to give constructive feedback about the volunteer program and museum operations. She may also be taking on some additional projects such as helping with our marketing efforts and helping to expand on our neighborhood walking tour.

If you would like to join Bev as a docent (or any other volunteer position), please visit our website to find out how you can get involved.

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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Learning from Wisdom

Posted on July 20th, 2016 by

Throughout this internship, I’ve spent many fond hours at the front desk talking with Betsy, one of the museum’s volunteers. Betsy is well travelled, wise, and open minded, and I love talking to her about the news and politics. Although she is an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton, and I of Bernie Sanders, our differences of opinion only make our conversations more interesting, and lead to excellent discussion. Betsy has a very different point of view from myself, which helps me to see issues in different ways than I would normally look at them, and I can’t help but to trust the wisdom of her experiences.

If you've been to the Museum, you've probably met Betsey at the Welcome Desk!

If you’ve been to the Museum, you’ve probably met Betsey at the Welcome Desk!

We’ve also conversed thoroughly about food and travel. Betsy and I have both been to China and find other cultures fascinating, and have discussed our favorite restaurants in the Baltimore. We both seem to share a passion for ethnic foods and exploring the city. Since the start of my internship, I think I have learned the most about the world and how to have a good life. She just turned 90 last week, so here’s wishing her a happy Birthday!

06.06.2016 Interns (23)Post by Education and Programs Intern David Agronin. To read  more posts by and about interns click HERE.

 

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