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New Educator On The Block

Posted on March 16th, 2020 by

Hello Everyone,

My name is Allene Gutin and I am the new part-time educator at the JMM.  As someone who has been in the education field for many years, I am excited to have this position.  I am able to continue with my love of teaching and being with children, but I don’t have to grade papers or call parents!

I am a true Baltimore girl, born and raised.  I went to Arlington Elementary, Pimlico Jr. High and Northwestern Sr High.  I can still sing the school song for Arlington!  I became a Bat Mitzvah at Beth Jacob Congregation but am now a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Sort of ironic.

I have a beautiful family.  A  cool husband from North Carolina who brings me coffee every morning and two beautiful children, Hannah and Raphael.

I also have two cats, Gidget and Johnny Angel and a very senior dog named Moon Doggie.  Do you see a connection there?

I am also a beach baby.  My family and I take a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina every year.  No better place in the world for us to chill as a family.

I love 60”s pop culture. I am a Trekie.  Mr. Spock is my favorite.  Maybe that’s why I’m so excited about our upcoming exhibit, Jews in Space. Hope to see you there.

Live long and prosper!


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Introducing: Laura Grant!

Posted on September 26th, 2019 by

Hello, I’m Laura, the new program assistant at the JMM.

I’ve spent my first few weeks on the job getting to know the museum and helping with public programs. It’s been great to see such a variety of programs already. From a lecture about American Jewish fashion by Jenna Joselit to a latke showdown with chefs from Eddie’s, I’m learning about new topics along with our audience. I’m looking forward to helping plan and execute programs for our upcoming exhibit, Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling and Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit.

Learning all about AV Equipment-Testing 1,2,3

Prior to joining the JMM, I was at the George Washington University getting my Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education. While in D.C., I worked at the National Building Museum and the Ford’s Theatre Society. I loved getting to study and live in such a museum rich city. I also previously worked at an art gallery, developing educational and marketing materials, in my hometown of Orlando, Florida.

Trying out some recycled craft ideas in prep for Scrap Yard.

I’m not only new to JMM but also to Baltimore. I’ve spent the past few weeks exploring the city’s museums and various neighborhoods. I can’t wait to learn more about the city and its history. I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you at programs, and I look forward to continuing to do so.


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Meet Talia Makowsky!

Posted on March 18th, 2019 by

This post was written by JMM Visitor Services Coordinator Talia Makowsky!

As I settle into greeting visitors, scheduling groups, and listening to chickens cluck from the Lombard Street exhibit, I’m learning more about the Jewish community in Baltimore and about the community involved with The Jewish Museum itself. It’s exciting to be a part of a new family of dedicated staff, volunteers, members, and visitors who all have their own connections to the stories of the Museum. I hope to encourage these moments of connection, as I learn the role of Visitor Services Coordinator. (But don’t worry! Paige Woodhouse will still be around to help. She is transitioning to the role of School Program Coordinator).

My work experience in the past has been driven by my own commitment to community and education. As I was growing up, my mother was a Jewish educator and I assisted at the religious schools she ran, eventually becoming a classroom teacher  Whenever I had the chance to create my own lesson plans, I always dived head-first into story-based activities, wanting to find creative ways to connect the students with their heritage and culture.

I love getting to know our volunteers, especially front desk volunteers like Betsy Kahn!

As I got older my interest in the complex nature of culture and identity grew stronger, and I looked for work and education in diverse places. I ended up in Baltimore because I went to school at Goucher College and I fell in love with this quirky, complicated city. I knew that my passion for community building and education could serve Baltimoreans well, and so I stayed in the area, eager to find work at an educational nonprofit.

I ended up joining as an AmeriCorps member at Reading Partners. Reading Partners is a literacy program that mobilizes volunteers to work one-on-one with Baltimore City elementary children on their reading skills. I gained a tremendous amount of patience and compassion through this position. It also solidified my love for community service and my dedication to the Baltimore community.

One thing was missing though- my personal connection to my Jewish identity. I hadn’t explored much of Baltimore’s Jewish community when I first arrived in the area, but had been wanting to find out more about this city that I call home. That’s how I ended up here, at the museum. I knew as soon as I started exploring the website, that this was a place that combined my desire for community service, my love of education, and my connections to my culture that I want to learn more about.

I’ll be at the front desk, ready to answer any of your questions!

I hope that you can all help me to learn more about the Jewish Baltimore community as well as my new role. Keep sharing your stories, questions, and especially your patience as I step into the position. I’ll be at the front desk to help you with anything!

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