Performance Counts: June 2015

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by

A Welcome and a Farewell

With more than 80 people in attendance at Sunday’s Annual Meeting, the JMM membership approved the FY 16 slate of officers and trustees. We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the JMM board:

–Jeffrey Blavatt is the executive director of the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College. He is also a co-founder and managing partner of Legal Services Group. An active member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation, Jeff has served on the boards of the Associated, Child Care Links and Baltimore County Child Care Advisory Council.

–Erica Breslau, PH.D. serves as scientific researcher in the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Since 2002 she has provided scientific leadership for cancer control and prevention activities in the areas of breast and colorectal cancers with concentrated research in aging, patient-provider communication, genomics and genetics in primary care and healthcare system decisions surrounding personalized medicine. She has a strong interest in archaeology and Jewish history.

–Roberta Greenstein is a career coach, travel coordinator for Off the Beaten Path Art Tours and also co-chairs downtown Charm City Hadassah group. Roberta has worked at several Associated agencies including the Darrell Friedman Institute and Jewish Vocational Services (currently known as Jewish Communal Services) and served as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County.

–Patti Neumann has extensive experience in sales and marketing as well as social medial strategy development. She is the founder/CEO of CITYPEEK. She is also a food and wine and social media columnist and blogger for the Baltimore City Paper, Jewish Times, Business Journal and CITYPEEK

–Judy Pachino is a speech language pathologist and is an active member of Beth El Congregation where she has served as a board member and sisterhood president. Judy has also been a member of Baltimore City’s Women’s Giving Circle.

In addition to these five new outstanding members of our board of trustees, JMM members also approved a new slate of officers including:

–Duke Zimmerman, President… Duke has been chair of the Collections Committee for the last seven years and has served four years as Vice President of JMM

–Dr. Robert Keehn, Vice President… Robert has been a chair of the Development Committee for the last four years and was reelected to a second term as Vice President.

–Saralynn Glass, Vice President… Saralynn will also serve as co-chair of the Collections Committee

–Toby Gordon, Vice President… Toby facilitated last March’s Board Retreat and will join Saralynn as a co-chair of Collections

–Bruce Hoffberger, Treasurer… Bruce is currently chair of the Finance Committee

–Arnold Fruman, Secretary… Arnold has served on the Board for six years

As wonderful as it is to welcome on board new leadership and members, our annual meeting is also always a bittersweet occasion as we say goodbye to several board members whose terms have ended. We would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the many contributions of the following individuals:

–Dr. Ira Papel – During Ira’s two-year tenure as President, he oversaw many important initiatives including the launch of our community master planning process, a task force devoted to refining the JMM vision which resulted in the production of new fundraising materials and two successive years of break even budgets which were accomplished through the successful completion of ambitious fundraising campaigns. Fortunately, Ira will remain on our executive committee as our Immediate Past President and will also chair our nominating committee.

–Jeff Dreifuss – As a longtime member of the JMM board and most recently filling the post of Vice-President, Jeff’s insightful perspectives helped shape our visioning process. Jeff also helped broaden our outreach to Howard County where he resides.

–Sarah Manekin – In the role of Board Secretary as well as chair of both our visioning taskforce and board nominating and education committees, Sarah has been responsible for helping to guide the Museum’s future vision.

–Brian McLaughlin – Brian’s experience as a real estate developer and knowledge of the local community informed our community master planning process.

–Jonathan Mogol – As co-chair of our facilities committee, Jonathan has played an integral role in helping us develop a plan for future growth. Jonathan has also worked with our staff to expand our reach to young adults through programs such as Purim Pandemonium.

We wish all of our outgoing board members all the best with their future endeavors and hope that they will continue to stay involved.


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Performance Counts, June 2013

Posted on June 14th, 2013 by

The JMM Board Renews Itself

Last Sunday’s Annual Meeting of the Jewish Museum of Maryland marked the beginning of a new annual cycle for the Board.  Outgoing trustees were thanked and a new slate of officers elected.

It seems like such a natural course of events, that it is easy to forget just how exceptional the work of a non-profit Board like ours is.  The 27 current Board members (as well as 10 former Board presidents) volunteer their time, energy and financial resources to advance the cause of the Museum, without expectation of personal reward or advancement.  They do this because they care deeply about Baltimore’s Jewish past, but also because they are committed to strengthening our future.

_RWK2288The new leadership of the Board includes Dr. Ira Papel, President.  At the annual meeting Dr. Papel spoke to the core mission of the museum, “The Jewish Museum of Maryland is a unique institution serving the greater Maryland community. Not only is it a depository of archival information, but a resource to place our past and present cultures in a context to understand the role of the Jewish community in Maryland over hundreds of years.  It is always fascinating to look back and see how different generations coped with the challenges of their times. We are fortunate that so much information has been saved, and therefore made available to us through facilities like the JMM.”

_RWK2308Dr. Papel is joined in the slate of officers by Vice Presidents Jeff Dreifuss, Robert Keehn and Duke Zimmerman and by the new treasurer, JL Reischer and Secretary Sarah Manekin.  After two years of exceptional service as leader of the Board, Larry Caplan will continue to be part of the Executive Committee in the role of Immediate Past President.  Officers are elected each year, but the President is typically renewed for a second year and other officers may serve up to six consecutive years.

New members of the class of 2016 were Jennie Gates Beckman, Manager of Civic Engagement and Repair the World Programming at the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies;  Jay Goldscher, CEO of HBP/Whitmore, a leader in the printing and graphics industry; and Ira Malis, who just recently retired as Director of Institutional Sales at Stifel Nicolaus and Co.  Members were elected to three-year terms.  Arnold Fruman of National Lumber Co. also accepted a one-year Presidential appointment to extend his service.

_RWK2336In addition to the Annual Meeting and quarterly Board meetings, there are six Executive Committee meetings scheduled for the year ahead.  Much of the work of the Board is actually managed through the eight committees that recommend policies, seek resources and network the Museum with the community.  Major committees include Development, Programs, Finance, Collections, Facilities, Marketing and Audit.  There is a plan to split the Board Development Committee in the year ahead into a dedicated Nominating Committee and a Committee on Board Engagement.  In FY 2013 we had task forces working on Accreditation, Membership and the Futures Committee and we are likely to create new groups to meet the challenges of the year ahead.

For a small museum, Board commitment is key.  This year’s Board leadership campaign exceeded $91,000 – double the funds raised just three years ago.  Equally important, the Board has taken strides towards 100% participation in the campaign.  Board members are increasing their visibility as ambassadors for the Museum and bringing in new friends to multiply our strength.

2013 built a great foundation for the new year to come…the inaugural meeting of the new Board and officers is this July 15th.




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JMM Board Member Shares Expertise with MICA Students!

Posted on December 14th, 2011 by

A guest post by JMM Trustee and Collections Committee Chair Duke Zimmerman.

Duke Zimmerman, Jewish Museum of Maryland Trustee, Vice-President and Chair of JMM’s Collections Committee, recently accepted an invitation from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) to guest lecture on fine art and printmaking.  The first lecture in his series was presented November 28 to printmaking students from several MICA upper classes and was titled “Screen Printing on Steroids!”

Additional lectures are to be scheduled for the 2012 Spring Semester.  Duke is a third generation Maryland printer and also distributes limited edition fine art prints and sculptures by contemporary artists, produced by his atelier Zimmerman Editions, Ltd.

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