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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Volunteer Spotlight on Lois Fekete!

Posted on June 5th, 2017 by

Lois Fekete has been a Volunteer Docent at the JMM for around 8 years. She is a proud 5th generation Baltimorean and is retired after teaching for 35 years, mostly in Jewish day schools. She taught students ranging from pre-k to middle school aged kids with learning issues. Lois became involved at the JMM for several reasons. First, she has a family connection to Lloyd Street Synagogue. Her brother was involved in making the plans for the restoration of the synagogue in the 1960s. After living out of state for thirty years, the Jewish Museum of Maryland seemed like a familiar place to re-”Baltimore-ize.” Most of all Lois missed working with kids of all ages. She believes they have so much to teach us and she loves to learn.

Lois in the courtyard

Lois in the courtyard

Lois has enjoyed sharing information about Baltimore’s Jewish heritage to diverse audiences. She has also learned a lot from the students. Lois mentioned one particular ESL class of Muslim girls where she asked them what they liked best about living in the United States. There was not a dry eye in the room when one girl replied that what she liked the most was that she was able to learn in this country.

In her spare time, Lois enjoys knitting, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Lois tours students through "Voices of Lombard Street"

Lois tours students through “Voices of Lombard Street”

We have found Lois to be a dependable and passionate educator who we often rely on to lead elementary school students on synagogue tours and through our exhibits. We hope that she will remain at the JMM for many years to come!

If you know of anyone else who might like to join Lois as a docent (or in any other area of the Museum), please have them 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 443-973-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

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Once Upon a Time…09.02.2016

Posted on May 30th, 2017 by

The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church by email at jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011029260Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  September 2, 2016

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.29.260

 

Status: Partially Identified! Levindale volunteers, c. 1965. The woman on the far right might be Sarah Forman.

 

Thanks To: Steve Weinberger

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