Indoor Pool at Weinberg Park Heights JCC closed for exciting upgrades, Sept. 27-Oct.30. We apologize for inconvenience. Coed swim available at Owings Mills J. See schedule.  Read about upgrades on our blog.

Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 6:04pm

Indoor Pool at Weinberg Park Heights JCC closed for exciting upgrades, Sept. 27-Oct.30. We apologize for inconvenience. Coed swim available at Owings Mills J. See schedule.  Read about upgrades on our blog.

Join the J Locations Schedules
Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 6:04pm

JCC Blog

Category: Infants & Youth

Sep26
Tracey Pyser
by admin
Calling J Moms and Dads,

What are your kids up to after school this Fall?

If you haven’t done so, stop by the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC and meet Tracey Pyser, our J Kids coordinator.  Tracey will get your children started in one of the J’s amazing “J Kids” afterschool programs.

Swimming, dancing, youth fitness - Call Tracey!

STEM, professional tutoring, outdoor adventure – Tracey’s got it!

Any or all of the above – Call Tracey!

The J has so much to offer your children after-school, and on weekends too; Tracey will get your family’s J journey started.

This Fall, Tracey will oversee J Kids afterschool and weekend enrichment programs (for ages 3 through 8th grade). Now you can drop off your children for an afternoon of fun or choose the transportation option which includes one enrichment class per day as part...

Oct01
Kids Center
by admin
Welcome to J Kids Baltimore!

J Families – the J is very excited to introduce J Kids Baltimore -- your “one-stop-shop” for all youth (ages 3-10) programming at the JCC. 

The JCC is focused on helping your children to learn, play, and grow in a professionally led environment that is enriched by Jewish values.

Activities offered through J Kids Baltimore include voice and guitar lessons, Get Movin’ Youth Fitness classes, sports clinics, dance, tennis and swim lessons, afterschool care, CSA Martial Arts classes, and more. 

We encourage your child to continue to follow their passion and discover new talents. We will help them build new skills and accomplish new goals and provide a home away...

Oct01
ECEC preschool
by admin
JCC Early Childhood Educators Among the Best & Brightest in Baltimore

The Baltimore JCC is thrilled with its new leadership and teaching teams at its Stoler (Owings Mills) and Meyerhoff (Park Heights) Early Childhood Education Centers (ECEC’s).

At the core of our ECEC programs are excellent administrators and educators who understand the early years of life are the most critical in forming a child’s opinion of himself or herself. Our team’s goal is to create an enriched environment full of excitement and encouragement.

We individualize our teaching styles to meet the needs of each and every child, and consider ourselves to be partners with our parents. Enhancing your child’s confidence and curiosity through creative engagement is what we...

Jun20
Celebrating Jewish Holidays with Our ECEC Children

How do you begin to teach preschool children about the Jewish holidays?

In the Fall of 2017, members of the JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center team assembled a beautiful document providing answers to that question.  Over the course of six months, they developed a resource guide for fellow JCC teachers entitled: Chageinu: Our Celebrations!: An Early Childhood Education Curricular Resource for Teaching Holidays.

The principal authors behind Chageinu were Judy Bickford, Assistant Director of the Meyerhoff ECEC, Staci Katz, Early Childhood Educator (who conceived the idea), and Rabbi Jessy Dressin.

According to Judy, “In creating this text, we wanted to develop a dynamic, growing document. We published it in the form a notebook, so everything is removable. We can add to it as the need arises, or we can subtract...

Apr26
by admin
A New, Unusual, and Miraculous Israel Experience

By Carly Schwartz, Senior Director of Early Childhood Education Center 

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam she’he’eyanu v’qi’y’manu v’higiyanu lazman ha’zeh.  Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion. 

The Schecheyanu blessing is recited to celebrate special occasions, it is said to be thankful for new and unusual experiences.  This seems like the perfect way to start the story of my trip to Israel – a new and unusual experience!

My trip to Israel, while not a first-time experience -- this was my fifth trip to Israel...

Jun29
by admin
Early Education “Rock Star”

Stoler Early Childhood Education Leader Ilene Meister Prepares for Her Next Act  

Ilene MeisterOn the heels of an incredible 30 years as an educator and then Director of the JCC’s Stoler Early Childhood Education Center, Ilene Meister is set to reignite her career as a top educator in the region.  To those who know her well, that is hardly a surprise.

“Ilene Meister is a rock star,” says Dale Busch, the JCC’s former Executive Vice President from 1994-2011.

“Ilene’s mind is so vibrant and creative,” says Dale. “You give her the seed of a concept and she runs with it...

May12
Mother's Day
by admin
Like Mother, Like Daughter

Nurturing the Community’s Children at the J

At the JCC’s Meyerhoff and Stoler Early Childhood Education Centers (ECE), we are fortunate to have in our classrooms, five Mother/Daughter teaching pairs. Their love for each other and their love and nurturing kindness toward the children they teach lay at the heart and soul of what our ECE is really all about. Indeed, we are very blessed to have these 10 outstanding women on board as educators. 

Sonia and Arielle Bodner

Sonia and Arielle BodnerFor Sonia Bodner, the best part about teaching at the Meyerhoff ECE is its “homey” atmosphere. The J’s child care...

Mar29
Mr. Sol teaching
by admin
The man, the myth, the legend …

Mr Sol and his classMr. Sol 

Born at Sinai Hospital in 1965, the youngest of six siblings, Sol began working at the J in 1982, 35 years ago.

As a student at Franklin High School, he began volunteering his time doing what he’s always done best: helping out others, distributing lunches to seniors on Tuesdays and Fridays.

In 1986, on a break from the J, Sol began a six-month training program at Sinai Hospital’s pediatric department, working with two year-olds and teenagers. There, he helped two year-olds who could not sit up; he also worked with teenagers who had tried to commit suicide - he shared with them lessons in life.   

A young Sol had already experienced some lessons in his own...

Mar17
Kids playing at the DBJCC
by admin
Building a Thriving Jewish Community Downtown

Parents with young children love the Downtown Baltimore JCC (DBJCC) because it’s a wonderful entry point toward building community in Baltimore City.

The DBJCC is more than just a great place for infants and toddlers to explore and develop; it’s also a space for new moms and dads to enhance their parenting skills. But learning isn’t the only thing that takes place at the DBJCC! Parents and caregivers love to socialize and hang out together, and, of course, it’s also a terrific place to throw a birthday party!

According to DBJCC mom Diana Coyle, “The DBJCC is just so easy. It has everything you need if you have young children - stroller parking, changing stations. My kids know it and they’re comfortable...

Feb27
by admin
Rocking and Singing with Ms. Vanessa

Ms. Vanessa Culp has been teaching infants and toddlers – and their parents – at the Meyerhoff Early Education Center at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC for over twelve years.

A blessing for so many young parents passing through the Meyerhoff, Ms. Vanessa’s kindness and support, her calm demeanor, and her nurturing soul are gifts that don’t go unnoticed.

There are so many terrific teachers at both of the J’s Early Childhood Education Centers. Vanessa is one of those teachers you want at the head of the classroom, or, in Vanessa’s case, down on the ground with your child, observing, smiling, laughing...