Volunteer Spotlight on Sydney Gross!

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by

Hard at work at the front desk!

Hard at work at the front desk!

Sydney Gross volunteers at the JMM at the Front Desk and in the Shop.  She is new to our volunteer corps but has always found a way to fit volunteering into her busy life.  From an early age, her parents instilled in her, the importance of giving back to one’s community. While growing up she made lasagna for bereaved families and for the nearby homeless shelter, she participated in outdoor cleanup efforts, she used her Spanish language skills to assist community members in filling out assistance forms which qualified them for free warehouse goods, and also as a 1st grade teacher in a local Sunday school in her native North Carolina.

Sydney works full time as the Volunteer Coordinator for Caring Carroll which strives to enable older, frail, isolated and disabled senior citizens in Carroll County to remain living independently.  In this AmeriCorps position she recruits, trains, and manages volunteers.  AmeriCorps members themselves are recruited, trained and positioned in communities to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. The organization places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.  Sydney moved to Baltimore upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies, from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, to be with her fiancé Ben, who teaches Mathematics at Stevenson University.

In her spare time, Sydney enjoys knitting, reading, and being outdoors – in particular camping and running. She runs half marathons and endeavors to race in each of the 50 states. So far she has completed nine races in seven different states. Her next race is later this month and takes place in Alabama.

Sydney is new to Baltimore. She found out about the Jewish Museum of Maryland through a complimentary annual membership offered through Shalom Baltimore, a program of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, which welcomes newcomers to the Baltimore Jewish community.  She and Ben are enjoying exploring Baltimore and the surrounding areas, especially the restaurants which, as a vegetarian, can sometimes present a challenge.   We are certainly glad that Sydney chose to explore the Jewish Museum of Maryland and that volunteering with us fit in to her new life in Baltimore. We welcome Sydney and other volunteers to be part of the JMM.  Please visit jewishmuseummd.org for more information on volunteering with us.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. 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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Once Upon a Time…05.29.2015

Posted on February 16th, 2016 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 at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011029100Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  May 29th and June 12th, 2015

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.029.100

 

Status:  Unidentified – do you recognize any of these 1972 Levindale junior volunteers? We think the young man in the center might be named Cory.

 

Special Thanks To: Barbara Scher

 

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Volunteer Spotlight on Barbara Ezratty!

Posted on February 8th, 2016 by

Barbara Ezratty has been volunteering at the JMM for over 11 years. She works in the Museum Shop.  She always enjoyed attending programs at the Museum and agreed to volunteer in the Shop when she was recruited by former Shop Manager, Esther Weiner.

Barbara in "Esther's Place."

Barbara in “Esther’s Place.”

Barbara grew up in Baltimore but moved to New York with her family following her junior year at Western High School.  She then moved to Puerto Rico when she married Harry Ezratty, and they lived there for 25 years.  Harry occasionally volunteers at the JMM too, as a speaker. He is currently teaching courses at CCBC in Owings Mills, one on Jewish Art and one on the Spanish Inquisition. The Ezrattys returned to Baltimore because they missed their family, who were all living in the United States. They made a list of all the places they’d like to live on the East Coast and Baltimore prevailed, with its long list of cultural events and activities; similar to New York City but on a much smaller and more affordable scale.

While in Puerto Rico, Barbara was a newspaper reporter. She concentrated on the Features section first, and then transferred to the Food section, which became a weekly.  After working at the newspaper for 12 years, she started a magazine, Tables Magazine: Puerto Rico’s Guide to Great Dining.  It began as a bi-annual publication, and then tapered to annually.  She wrote it for 15 years and a version of it is still found online.  Then Barbara became a book publisher. She got her start when publishing a synagogue cookbook, next she published a cookbook for a hotel, and then for a chef.  She has also published children’s books and books that Harry has written.  She penned an oral history of Puerto Rico and published it as a book, Puerto Rico, an Oral History 1898 – 2008.

Puerto Rico: An Oral History

Puerto Rico: An Oral History

When not busy working, Barbara likes to travel. She especially likes to visit her children and grandchildren; between she and Harry they have 6 children altogether.  She is also very fond of cruising. Her very favorite journey was a re-positioning voyage, from Barcelona to Puerto Rico, for 14 days. Her calendar stays very busy with family events – from B’nai mitzvot to family reunions, all over the country.

Barbara enjoys spending time at the Museum. Being in the Shop provides her the opportunity to meet people from over the world.  She particularly likes making connections with others and playing Jewish geography. It seems to her that many New Yorkers she meets grew up near Harry and went to his same schools.  She’s met people who live near her family in California and others who have mutual friends in Puerto Rico.  She still thinks it’s funny that when Baltimore natives ask what “school” she went to – that they are referring to high school, while when others ask that, they refer to college. She appreciates the social aspects of volunteering in the Museum Shop at the JMM. While Harry may think she comes mainly to do her own shopping, she is glad to assist others with theirs too. Just the other day, she received a lovely thank you note from a friend, who she sent a museum purchased gift to. Whether buying or selling, attending lectures, or special programs and events, Barbara enjoys spending her time at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. 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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