Volunteer Spotlight on: Laurie Weitz, Front Desk!

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by

Laurie Weitz has been volunteering as a Front Desk Receptionist at the JMM for 2 years.  She knew Volunteer Coordinator, Ilene Cohen through Hadassah and the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, who convinced her of the need for more JMM volunteers.  It was not a hard sell, she lives in Federal Hill and likes to support downtown institutions and she had recently enjoyed a Hadassah sponsored trip to the Museum.

Laurie Weitz

Laurie Weitz

In the past Laurie has run businesses and worked at various salaried jobs but she is most proud of being a professional and passionate volunteer.  She appreciates knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of others.  Outside of her volunteer work, she enjoys being active and in particular likes to swim, hike, bike, snow ski, and walk.  She also enjoys traveling. Her favorite destination used to be France but now she ranks Spain, South America and Israel at the top of her list.  She also loved a recent trip to Budapest, Prague and Vienna.  She has visited many of the U.S. National Parks and intends to visit more.

She has been very happy volunteering at the JMM.  She commented on how great James McVay, our security guard is (he works closely with the Front Desk Receptionist).  She particularly enjoys the people she meets at the Museum, especially the student groups and the senior groups. She likes seeing how interested they are in learning about the history of Jews in Maryland.  She shared a recent instance when someone learned about corned beef and potato latkes on tour and then wanted to try them out for themselves (she suggested one of the nearby delicatessens). Her “stand-out” experience was with a group of Asian visitors who were in Baltimore for a wedding.  They barely spoke English but she convinced them to go on the tour of our historic synagogues.  They enjoyed the tour so much that they made it a point to come back and report to Laurie how good it was.  She also thinks that our exhibits are “fabulous” and really enjoyed Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity and Project Mah Jongg.

Laurie has been very happy with her volunteer experience at the JMM and looks forward to continuing. We look forward to having her as a member of our volunteer corps for a good long while and hope she will convince some of her friends to do so as well.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) 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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Once Upon a Time…09.12.2014

Posted on May 19th, 2015 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

 

2002107100Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  September 12, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2002.107.100

Status:  Partially Identified! Leisure Lounge volunteer facilitating a discussion n.d. The gentleman in front, with his hands folded in his lap, is Nathan Caplan (d. 1975). It is thought that this picture shows an English class for Russian immigrants at the Jewish Community Center.

Special Thanks To: Selma Sherman

 

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Volunteer Spotlight on: Ellen Stein!

Posted on May 11th, 2015 by

Ellen Stein has been volunteering at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for just over 2 years.  Her original connection with the JMM began while she was still working in Baltimore County Public Schools. She worked on school curriculum with Ilene Dackman-Alon, Education Director. But when Ellen began volunteering she chose to start in the Museum Shop. She has designs on moving into the Education Department after a while, perhaps as a Docent, but until then, she is happy to enjoy herself in the shop.   While there, she sells merchandise, assists with inventory (she especially enjoys seeing new items come in), tags and shelves items, and even polishes the silver. She is happy to do anything that Esther Weiner, Shop Manager, requests.  One of her favorite outcomes of volunteering has been getting to know Esther, who Ellen describes as a wonderful multi-tasker.

Ellen Stein

Ellen Stein

As mentioned above, before volunteering at the JMM Ellen was with Baltimore County Public Schools for 32 years.  She taught kindergarten for 17 years, was a Teacher Mentor, and finished her career as a Language Resource teacher in Title 1 schools.   She knew that she wanted to get back to volunteering when she retired and is glad to fill her time at the JMM.  She thinks the Museum is a wonderful place to visit.  She especially enjoys meeting people from out of town and likes to learn about where they are from and assist them with their purchases in the shop.  A perk she enjoys are the field trips and behind-the-scenes tours that are planned specifically for the volunteers. In particular, she mentioned a visit to the National Archives (our Executive Director Marvin Pinkert’s old stomping grounds).  Also while at the museum, Ellen enjoys learning about Jewish history through attending the exhibits. She took advantage of the Project Mah Jongg exhibit and learned how to play. She is now in a regular game.

While away from the Museum, Ellen enjoys being a mother to 3 and grandmother to 4. One family is in Chicago but she was able to spend Mother’s Day with all those who live in Baltimore.  She concluded by describing her overall volunteer experience at the JMM as wonderful, and something she really enjoys. She said that all of the staff has been helpful whenever she has needed assistance.  We feel exactly the same way about her.

ilene cohenA blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) 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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