Baltimore native Marty Mandelberg moved to Norfolk in June 2005 with his wife, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg. He immediately went to work at PayDay. For Ohef Sholom Temple’s Religious School, he became the eighth grade teacher, focusing on the Holocaust. He also began volunteering for United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission.
Profession/Job retired from: PayDay Payroll Services as CFO.
Retired: December 2016.
Previous work: Before moving to Tidewater, served as Union for Reform Judaism’s assistant regional director for the Mid-Atlantic Region; Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s executive director, and for 19 years at The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore as director of finance.
Favorite aspect of retirement: I now have more freedom to travel, especially to Baltimore where I can see my family, and, of course, my two grandchildren! Also, I like not having to set an alarm clock.
Now spending time: I have a million projects I want to do, but the main one is genealogical research on both of our families. It takes a lot of work, and now I have more time to devote to the research. For example, I am looking into all four of my grandparents’ families…they came from many places. I’m curious to see how far back I can go. I continue to teach Religious School at Ohef Sholom Temple. In fact, this is my 26th year of teaching. For the Holocaust Commission, I still take the What We Carry program to schools and military events. And, of course, I’m involved with Ohef Sholom Temple’s Men’s Club.
Advice for people contemplating retirement: You need to start planning early, because you need to plan if you want to maintain the standard of living you’re accustomed to.
But mainly, just do it! You won’t regret it!