JMM Welcomes a DC Transplant: Meet Tracey Dorfmann!

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by

A blog post by JMM’s new Director of Development, Tracey E. Dorfmann.

I am pleased to join the JMM team. The past few weeks have been filled with excitement, hard work and fun as I have learned more about the museum and been behind the scenes while we prepare for our exciting spring and summer ‘18 line up. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming exhibits: My Family Story, 3/11-3/25; Amending America: The Bill of Rights, 4/9-5/28; and Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdiniopening on 6/24.

Already hard at work!

As transplants from the Washington, DC metro area my husband and I love our new hometown of Baltimore! We are enjoying the distinctly different neighborhoods, scenic views and great eateries. This city and JMM are the perfect fit for me!  I have always been drawn to urban living and my passions are the arts, Jewish engagement, history, and ensuring a greener more sustainable future. Fortunately, throughout my professional life my avocations and vocations have always intersected. My guiding principles are passion, ownership and excellence.

In the early 2000s, a life transition steered me to employment at the Bender JCC in Rockville, Maryland.  I was at the happy crossroads of engaging participants in Jewish culture and community life. Initially coming on board as the Coordinator of Interfaith Outreach and Inclusion I rapidly rose through the ranks growing into the positions of Director of Arts and Education, Program Director and then Chief Program Officer.  As a member of the senior team I had the opportunity to be part of a stellar organization that engages thousands of people each year in Jewish life.

Beginning in 2016 I developed a consulting practice. During that time, I produced a variety of projects for synagogues, arts agencies, and a business incubator that focuses on green/sustainable start-ups. Once again, I chose to work with organizations whose missions I believed in and felt passionate about. My deep interests for community engagement, Jewish life, the arts, and a greener future, allowed me to guide hundreds of individuals to join, contribute, sponsor, and attend events and programs at organizations and institutions that were important to them.

Becoming the Director of Development for the Jewish Museum of Maryland is the logical next step for me. I look forward to meeting you and engaging many people through philanthropy. I am so happy to become part of the fabric of Baltimore and eager to share my skills and knowledge here at JMM.


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Welcome Museum Educator Alex!

Posted on November 9th, 2016 by

Welcome Alex!

Welcome Alex!

Hello, my name is Alex Malischostak, I am a new part-time educator at JMM. I have lived in Baltimore for a year now and am originally from Detroit, Michigan. I love American Jewish history and am honored to be able to share some Baltimore Jewish history with visitors to the museum.

I also love how connected and intertwined the Jewish community is not just in Baltimore but across the country. Whenever I meet someone new from another city, I can’t resist playing “Jewish geography” to see if we know any of the same people. Sometimes, really special connections can form when we meet someone who knows the same people that we do.

This week, I led a synagogue tour for three gentlemen from Miami Beach. When I found out where they were from, I casually mentioned that I have family in that area and my great-uncle was a well-known Rabbi in North Miami Beach. Well of course, not only did they all know my great-uncle Max, one of the gentlemen, Mr. Glazier, told me that Rabbi Max was the Rabbi who Bar-Mitzvahed him in the 1960s! At the end of the tour, he showed me pictures on his phone from his Bar-mitzvah and there was my great-uncle! Thanks to this serendipitous meeting, I have some very special photos that I am able to share with my family in Detroit, and Miami. I am so fortunate to have made this special personal connection at the museum in my new hometown!

My great-uncle, Rabbi Max Lipschitz (Z”l), with his hands around Mr. Glazier at Mr. Glazier’s brother’s Bar-Mitzvah. Beth Torah, Miami, FL

My great-uncle, Rabbi Max Lipschitz (Z”l), with his hands around Mr. Glazier at Mr. Glazier’s brother’s Bar-Mitzvah. Beth Torah, Miami, FL

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Checking my socks

Posted on June 1st, 2012 by

A blog post by Executive Director Marvin Pinkert.

Today is my first official day on the job as executive director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  On Sunday I will make introductory remarks at JMM’s Annual Meeting and maybe I will meet some of you there.

Transitions like this evoke a lot of excitement and more than a little nostalgia.  Among the images brought to mind are those from my “first” first day.

That kid on the left of the photo is me.  I’m shaking hands with James Keogh, then the Director of the United States Information Agency, just after taking the oath of office as a member of the foreign service.  I am wearing the same light tan suit I wore at my wedding six weeks earlier.  Believe it or not, I had just reduced the length of my sideburns and cut my hair – this was the conservative look in 1976!

But the most interesting parts of the day are what you can’t see in the photo.  First, there’s my mom who is standing about 20 feet outside the frame, “kvelling.”  Second, there’s my socks.

To appreciate this story you have to know two things about me: 1) I’m slightly forgetful – my mom starting calling me “the absent-minded professor” when I was about 10 and I don’t think she meant it as a tribute to my scholarship; 2) I have had lots of problems with my feet that have made me the subject of many quack cures and home remedies (including in the era in question, putting ointment on at night and covering it with white socks).

So on the morning of my first day I very carefully put on my best chocolate brown shirt, donned the tan suit with matching vest, tamped down the still-too-long hair, got in the car and my wife started to drive to the induction ceremony in DC.  About half way there, I looked down and noticed I was still wearing the white socks.  I freaked out.  My wife kept her cool, turned the car around – we got back to the apartment, did the quick change and made it back to the ceremony with about two minutes to spare.

I learned two things that day – first, always check your socks on the first day; and second, if you forget, don’t panic – it will be cropped out of the picture, and the people who care about you will “kvell” anyway.

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