Volunteer Spotlight on Jacob Davenport!

Post by Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis. Periodically we highlight one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, send an email to Sue Foard at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 443-873-5162! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland was very fortunate when Jacob Davenport applied for a volunteer position.  When Jacob moved from Syracuse to Baltimore this past January, he started volunteering once a week in the gift shop and is making a transition to also volunteering at the front desk.  What has impressed him are the nice people with whom he interacts.

And he impresses us with his quiet demeaner, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and willingness to help in any way possible.

Jacob studied history in college.  Most of his courses focused on national histories and he wanted to explore an area he hadn’t learned about.  He wanted a sense of local history. That is what initiated his reaching out to JMM.   In between his volunteer responsibilities, in addition to taking tours of the historic synagogues, he explored the Voices of Lombard Street exhibit which gave him a detailed sense of what the Lombard Street community has been and of the individual lives.

In June, Jacob will start his master’s program in liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis. He wants to continue volunteering at JMM, but he might have to reduce his time to only twice a month.  To support his desire to become a writer, Jacob hopes to continue his education at Sarah Lawrence College. We at the JMM look forward to seeing his work in print!


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