Member of the Month Susan Valins

Why did you initially join the museum and why have you stayed a member all these years?
I was retiring from teaching and was looking for a way to become involved and volunteer in the Jewish community. At that time the Maltz Museum was opening and I decided that would be a meaningful place to give my time and meet new people. Having been brought up Jewish, I was interested in continuing on in my learning of new things and of the history of Judaism. My husband and I became members right away and have been ever since. I feel when you volunteer for an organization you recognize the many benefits that are offered and take advantage of them.
The Maltz Museum is such a welcoming and warm place, everyone is friendly, upbeat, and helpful. I was a docent in the beginning, enjoying the time with school groups. Now I enjoy being at the registration desk. I like talking to people and answering their questions. It’s a good feeling to know you are helping others. I am always learning new things when I am at the Museum.

What is your favorite benefit from being a member?
There are terrific events, programs, and holidays being celebrated at the Museum, something for everyone. I especially enjoy the Wednesday evening programs; they are well presented and cover many topics with a wide interest.

What has been your favorite special exhibition?
My favorite was Cradle of Christianity. I like the diverse selection of exhibitions that the Museum has offered. Another favorite exhibition was Violins of Hope. It was extremely knowledgeable and meaningful.

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