Volunteer Spotlight: Maxine Cohen

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by

Max Cohen

Max Cohen

Maxine (Max) Cohen has been affiliated with the Jewish Museum of Maryland for almost 30 years.  She started the Genealogical Society of Maryland at what was then the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland with Carol Rider.  Her father-in-law, Morton Oppenheimer, led her way and was one of the first presidents of the Jewish Historical Society.  She became a member of the Board of Directors for two terms and helped with marketing for the museum.  She soon after became a volunteer in the Museum Shop where she remains today.  Esther Weiner, Shop Manager was instrumental in recruiting her as a Shop attendant all those years ago – they knew each other as members of Covenant Guild.

She worked for 26 years as a junk mail specialist, consulting in marketing and advertising for non-profits.  She endeavored to get people to send their money through the mail for wonderful causes.  She has ghost written for all types of companies.  Max is an avid skier and member of the Baltimore Ski Club.  Her favorite places to ski are in the western United States and Europe.  She is married with 2 children, a dog, and a minivan and is about to become a first time grandmother.  Plus, her 2nd child just became engaged, while on a chairlift during their last ski trip together.

Max’s favorite part of volunteering at the JMM is meeting people from out of town who have found the museum.  She enjoys introducing them to Jewish Baltimore.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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: Edie Shlian

Posted on January 6th, 2014 by

photo of Edie Shlian

Edie

Edie Shlian has been volunteering in the genealogy department at the JMM since summer 2013.  She was interested in researching her own family history and once she learned that we no longer had staff on hand to assist with her pursuit, she determined it was something she could help others with.  She is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland and is hoping to bring some co-members in as volunteers as well.  In her position, she takes requests from people who are interested in finding out more information about their families – the history of their family in Baltimore.  She was surprised that people think we would know everything about family histories, when basically we cover Baltimore Jewish history records.

Before she began volunteering, she was a registered nurse.  She began in medical-surgical nursing then switched to cardiology.  She worked as a critical care nurse at Union Memorial Hospital, in the cardiac catheterization lab at Sinai Hospital, and in cardiac research at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She became interested in nursing as a result of her father passing away at a young age, due to heart disease.  Edie is the mother of three children and grandmother of six.  Her youngest daughter and two of her grandchildren live in Seattle, her other daughter, son and grandchildren live in the Baltimore area.  She loves to travel, some of her favorite destinations have been Israel, Greece, the Caribbean Islands and across the United States.  She’s now at a point where she enjoys returning to a destination, rent an apartment, and live amongst the locals.  She has plans in the next year to do this in Florence and Venice.

She sees helping preserve family history as an important mission and looks forward to continuing to do so while at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday 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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Many Thanks for Mitzvah Day!

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

A very successful Mitzvah Day!

A very successful Mitzvah Day! A big thank you to Erwin Burtnick, Stephen Mintz and R. David Edwards (of VA Maryland)!

In partnership with B’nai Israel Congregation, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection, the Jewish Museum of Maryland hosted a great Mitzvah Day event! We gathered donations and with the help of enthusiastic volunteers created care packages for veterans, which were then delivered to the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Piecing together puzzle books.

Piecing together puzzle books.

We’d like to thank these local businesses for their generous donations, as well as the many individuals who stopped by with everything from playing cards and puzzle books to handmade hats and scarves!

  • Inner Harbor Dental
  • Harbour east dental
  • Scene 217
  • Shearz inc
  • Waterfront Marriot
  • Carrolton Inn
  • Lovely lady in Family dollar
  • Convention Center Hampton Inn
  • Charles Street dental
  • Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites at Harbor East

And of course we have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to help us decorate gift bags, write thank you cards and package up all the gifts – we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Bag Decorating

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Getting creative

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Thanking our veterans

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Diligently packing parcels!

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Hard at work!

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More thank you letters

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These are some devoted volunteers!

 

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