Volunteer Spotlight on: Naomi Harans!

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by

Naomi greets visitors with a smile!

Naomi greets visitors with a smile!

Naomi Harans has been volunteering at the JMM for almost 7 years.  She came to her position as a Front Desk Receptionist with plenty of work experience.  She previously did temporary employment as an office worker and volunteered as such at the JCC.  Her favorite part about greeting visitors to the JMM is learning about them.  She is a good listener and has always been interested in people.  She has met folks from many different countries who have searched out the JMM, and is always surprised when local Baltimoreans come in for the first time and say, “I never knew this place was even here.”  She also enjoys learning about the information presented in our temporary exhibits.

In her spare time she’s enjoyed bowling with Beth Tfiloh and the Covenant Guild.  She was fond of traveling with her husband and since he passed away she enjoys traveling with her two daughters, son, their spouses, and her grandchildren.  Some of her favorite destinations have been Spain, Hawaii, Israel and the train ride across Canada.  Next on her agenda is a cruise from Shanghai to Sydney – she departs next week!  We wish Naomi a bon voyage and look forward to welcoming her back to the JMM in November and learning about her latest travel experience.

 

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) 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 on Marty Buckman

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by

Marty Buckman has been volunteering at the JMM for almost 2 years.  His perseverance is admirable—he has been working on one project the entire time!  He is building a database of birth announcements from the Baltimore Jewish Times dating from 1929 to present.  To date, he has reached the issue dated June 6, 1952 and has entered 9,500 births.  An important factor is that he is not only including the baby’s names but the parent’s too.  He averages data entries of just over one year for each month he volunteers, he jokes that he hopes the project doesn’t outlive him!  He has observed that the birth announcements used to average 10 per week, in comparison with today’s Baltimore Jewish Times, where there might only be 1 or 2.  The most exciting aspect of this project is that he now recognizes Bar Mitzvah, engagement and wedding announcements for the names he entered as births!   He also enjoys reading the old advertisements – it creates a sense of nostalgia.  One of the most surprising announcements he came across was a wedding announcement for his wife’s first marriage!

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A little surprise history!

Marty joined the volunteer corps at the JMM after a 28 year career in advertising.  In particular, he was the Advertising Director in charge of packaging development in the food service industry.  He now likes to spend time on the golf course with a foursome of players who are all 25 years younger than him, and with his 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  He also works on a photo history project for the Buckman family, which includes working with over 3,000 family photos he came across 5 years ago.

Marty in the JMM library

Marty in the JMM library

Marty says that he likes the experience of volunteering at the JMM. He feels it gives him something worthwhile to do and that it is important to perpetuate Jewish identities.  We are in total agreement and appreciate his hard work.

 

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) 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 on: Robyn Hughes

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

Robyn

Robyn

Robyn Hughes has been volunteering at the JMM since 2005.  From the time she was a Jewish Studies major at the University of Maryland, she dreamt about working at the JMM.  She has volunteered in many capacities.  She began as a docent and continues as a weekly (sometimes twice weekly!) afternoon docent who leads tours of the synagogues.  In the intervening years, she worked as a Summer Education Intern and a Fall Research Fellow in 2006, during which time she organized a wine and cheese reception for Art Beyond Sight, established a Salon program, and collected oral history interviews from historically significant Maryland Jews.  She continues to represent the JMM on Capitol Hill at the annual Museum Advocacy Day, plus acts as the Educator for museum programs for guests who read Braille and ensures that the Museum supports the standards for Common Core Braille literacy.

She volunteers at the JMM because she loves it.  She particularly appreciates the geographic and professional diversity of all of the guests, staff and fellow volunteers, and finds it fascinating getting to know everyone.

Robyn in flight

Robyn in flight

Three interesting facts about Robyn that make her even more endearing…  She lived in Israel for a total of 3 years, beginning as a tourist then returning to spend time at Hebrew University and as a graduate student also.  She is an expert on German Jewish Coffeehouse Intellectuals—she studies the social and political writings of Karl Kraus and Stefan Zweig.   She is taking flying lessons.  She learned how to pilot a Cessna 172 aircraft.  Prior to flying, she enjoyed learning to rock climb.  Plus, she continues to enjoy traveling, having done academic research in London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.

Rockin' the wall

Rockin’ the wall

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) 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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