Volunteer Spotlight on Carol Buckman!

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by

Carol Buckman has been a shop volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for about two years. Her husband, Marty Buckman, who she has been married to for 29 years, is also a volunteer at the JMM (read up on him here). Prior to volunteering with us, Carol worked for 25 years as a Doctor’s assistant and then in the jewelry department at Sacks.  I was amazed to learn that she has held 29 different jobs in Baltimore.

Carolyn Buckman

Carolyn Buckman

Carol decided to volunteer at the JMM because she wanted to reconnect with her heritage as well as help others do the same. She fondly describes growing up when Lombard Street was bustling with activity and remembers when chickens were in crates on the sidewalk. When in the shop, she likes rearranging the merchandise and helping customers pick out a gift.  She enjoys explaining Jewish rituals and holidays to our guests and showing off our newest merchandise, such as our Chanukah menorahs. Carol has also helped us out with some outreach programs, such as representing the JMM this past fall at the Annual Museum Shop Around at Strathmore.

When she is not at the JMM, she keeps busy volunteering at local hospitals making jewelry for patients. She also loves cooking and entertaining as well as sewing. Carol comes from a big family and is very proud of her children and great grand-children. We are very lucky to have Carol in the shop as she always lights up the space with her smile and spirit.

If you know of anyone else who would like to join Carol in the shop (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 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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