Many Thanks for Mitzvah Day!

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by

A very successful Mitzvah Day!

A very successful Mitzvah Day! A big thank you to Erwin Burtnick, Stephen Mintz and R. David Edwards (of VA Maryland)!

In partnership with B’nai Israel Congregation, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, the Baltimore VA Medical Center and Jewish Volunteer Connection, the Jewish Museum of Maryland hosted a great Mitzvah Day event! We gathered donations and with the help of enthusiastic volunteers created care packages for veterans, which were then delivered to the Baltimore VA Medical Center.

Piecing together puzzle books.

Piecing together puzzle books.

We’d like to thank these local businesses for their generous donations, as well as the many individuals who stopped by with everything from playing cards and puzzle books to handmade hats and scarves!

  • Inner Harbor Dental
  • Harbour east dental
  • Scene 217
  • Shearz inc
  • Waterfront Marriot
  • Carrolton Inn
  • Lovely lady in Family dollar
  • Convention Center Hampton Inn
  • Charles Street dental
  • Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites at Harbor East

And of course we have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to help us decorate gift bags, write thank you cards and package up all the gifts – we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Bag Decorating

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Getting creative

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Thanking our veterans

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Diligently packing parcels!

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Hard at work!

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More thank you letters

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These are some devoted volunteers!

 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Marvin Spector

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by

Marvin Spector has been volunteering at the JMM for just over one year.  He volunteers in the Archives and Collections departments and can be seen at the museum multiple days each week.  He’s no longer employed and came to the JMM as he felt there was a need and he was available to help.  He used to be a member of the Board of Directors of the JMM, over 30 years ago, before there was even a museum building.  At that time he was also involved in the docent program and he trained local boy scouts to give tours of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Marvin Spector

Marvin

His main volunteer duties at the JMM involve scanning photos, and taking inventory of folders to make certain that they actually contain what is listed in their content pages.  He is also amenable to other less interesting jobs, such as staple pulling.

In his free time, Marvin likes to go camping with his wife.  Of the many sites they enjoy, they are particularly fond of the Lancaster and Gettysburg, PA areas.   He’s also kept very busy at Chizuk Amuno Congregation as a gabbai, as treasurer of the men’s brotherhood organization and in the kitchen once a week.   Marvin has two children, four grandchildren and three step grand-children.

Scanning photographs.

Scanning photographs.

Although the honeymoon period may have just expired, we hope Marvin will stay happy and continue to contribute his valuable time and skills for many years to come at the JMM.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday of 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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Volunteer Spotlight: Phil Sagal

Posted on August 5th, 2013 by

It’s time to highlight another of our wonderful volunteers!

Phil Sagal has been volunteering at the JMM for around 5 years.  He came to the JMM at the suggestion of a friend, who was already volunteering as a Docent.  One of our best volunteer recruitment tools is via word-of-mouth recommendations.

photo Phil Sagal

Phil began at the JMM after retiring from a Human Resources position in the Office of Personnel Management for the Federal Government in Washington, DC.  One of his favorite parts of the job was that he got to move around a lot—he was involved with reviews of other departments and agencies.

At the JMM Phil volunteers as a Docent.  He volunteers for both walk-in tours and for private groups of all ages.  Although he likes the aspect of being assured of giving a tour when scheduled for a private group, he also enjoys meeting the visitors on the walk-in tours.  He never knows who he’s going to meet and enjoys meeting people of diverse religions and ages.  He appreciates having the opportunity to learn more about his heritage and share that knowledge and kibbutz with the JMM visitors.

Outside of the JMM Phil also volunteers at the Baltimore Visitor’s Center and he enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga and going to the gym.  He and his wife also like to travel.  Recently they’ve been to Israel, Italy and France.  They have a trip to Spain planned for the fall.

Phil  jokes that the best part of  volunteering at the JMM is the pay, but we all know that although volunteers don’t get paid, it is not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday of 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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