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Tag: Teens

Jan31
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First Aid for Teen Mental Health Infused with Jewish Values

While you might expect teens to be moody, would you know when mood swings, irritability or fears signal something far more serious? Once dismissed as growing pains, problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders affect significantly more teenagers than in previous generations. About 20% of American teens live with a mental health condition, reports the National Institute of Mental Health. Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and 75% begin by the mid-20s. Tragically, the suicide rate for 18- to 19-year-olds climbed 56% from 2008 to 2017. As teen mental health issues become more prevalent, the need for education grows. 

That’s why 4Front, a teen-focused initiative directed by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and supported by The Associated, Jim...

Jan22
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In the Zone

Maccabi Basketball Coach Has High Hopes for Baltimore Delegation

If Danny Hoffman has his way, Baltimore’s JCC Maccabi Games basketball team will one day become a national powerhouse, on par with some of the biggest teams in Atlanta, Miami, and Philadelphia. Until then, believes Hoffman, Baltimore is primed to continue growing its reputation and standings in the sport. 

Entering his third year as a Baltimore JCC Maccabi Games coach, Hoffman brings serious basketball pedigree to his ambitious goals. As a teenager, Hoffman, a Pittsburgh native, competed in basketball at the JCC Maccabi Games as a member of team Pittsburgh. “The Pittsburgh Maccabi team had the best Jewish athletes. I was thrilled to get the call that I made it,” he says. In 2008, the...

Jan20
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Meet Payten Coston

TNT Camper 2018 & 2019

How did you learn about the TNT program at the JCC?
We learned about TNT through friends in the community and then we explored the website. The JCC’s website was user friendly and provided great information about the TNT program. Additionally, the parent information session was very informative and organized.

You did two years with TNT? Why did you decide to return? What did you gain from the program?
We did two years of TNT because it was a wonderful opportunity for my daughter to make new friends of diverse backgrounds and provide service to others. TNT at the JCC is a well-run program with dedicated staff members and caring adults. The JCC is a safe...

Apr02
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Jewish Community Teens on the Rise

4Front Hits the Forefront

“4Front has given me the confidence to engage in community activities that make a difference.” Says Ethan Silverstein, an 11th grader at Franklin High School.  4Front Baltimore is a community-wide initiative aimed at engaging Jewish teens.

Housed at the JCC, 4Front’s mission is to support teens as they explore life and personal growth, develop as young leaders, and discover what it means to be Jewish. Now through April 28th the 4 Front team is seeking applicants for its six Signature Programs: Diller Teen Fellows, the Social Innovation Fellowship, STAC, FUN(d): A Teen Giving Circle, Teen Service Council, and Peer Leadership Fellows.  

These programs create fun, immersive Jewish experiences in which teens may explore who they are and what they care about. From political advocacy, to social entrepreneurship, to hands-on...

Jun20

JCC & Parisi® Launch High School Pre-Season Performance Training Bootcamp

The JCC of Greater Baltimore is thrilled to be launching a new partnership with the Parisi® Speed School powered by LifeBridge Health and Fitness, bringing high-school athletes from across the region a pre-season performance bootcamp.

The JCC/Parisi® program is designed for high-school athletes who want to reach peak performance at team tryouts rather than during the athletics season.

Athletes who participate will see improvement in their running technique, strength, cardiovascular endurance, footwork and plyometrics, and explosiveness. The bootcamp will also focus on injury prevention, conditioning, and mobility...

Dec13
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The Origins of JCC Maccabi® ArtsFest

One of the big questions Jewish parents face is how to keep teens engaged in immersive Jewish experiences following the B’nai Mitzvah.

Participation in the JCC Maccabi Games have long provided Jewish parents a terrific athletic option - if your teens enjoy competitive sports, they can play baseball, volleyball, run track, you name it, against a host of other JCC’s.

But, what if your teen has interests other than sports? Is there a Maccabi-like experience in which they can still converge and establish friendships among upwards of 2000 Jewish teens in a single summer, teens who come from across the country to share similar pursuits?

The answer is “yes,” and it’s called JCC Maccabi® ArtsFest...

Sep18
JCC Maccabi Baseball
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JCC Maccabi 2018: California here we come!

Celebrating 36 Years of JCC Maccabi 

Friends and brothers – wake and arise!....Get organized!....Train not your spirit alone, but your muscles as well. Stand strong and upright and study diligently and enthusiastically. We will have need of your strength and knowledge…” - Theodor Herzl

A mind which wishes to be brave, healthy, and noble, had better be in a sound, fit, and upright body.” - Henrietta Szold

Planning is now underway for the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®, which will be held in California. The Merage JCC in Orange County will be hosting athletics and the Alpert JCC in Long Beach will...

Mar30
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Sparking the Future with 4Front

4FrontParents are you looking for a change of “screenery” for your teens? Introduce your ambitious, budding young adults to 4Front, the Baltimore Jewish community’s most comprehensive teen initiative to date.  4Front lies at the forefront of progress and change, encouraging collaboration, education, innovation, and advocacy among Jewish teens.

Featuring a signature Social Innovation Fellowship, leadership programs, and social opportunities, 4Front encourages teens to explore their Judaism in ways that are meaningful to them.

Directed by the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore, 4Front is supported by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Associated received a five-year matching...

Sep23

Get Those Kids Moving!

New Youth Fitness Classes See Kids Developing Strength, Flexibility, Confidence 

From tots to teens to full-fledged high school athletes, the J offers a number of age-appropriate fitness opportunities that are both fun and beneficial for youth and teens. The J’s certified teachers and trainers ensure that children, as young as three years old, receive safe and supportive instruction.

According to JCC Director of Fitness Raychel Setless, the J is promoting lifelong healthy habits by giving extra attention to youth fitness. This past Spring a set of Jr. Fitness Classes were launched with...

Aug19
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The Thrill of Maccabi Victories

Baltimore Athletes Make Memories and Take Pride in JCC Maccabi Games® Experience 

The JCC Maccabi Games®, held over the last two weeks in St. Louis, MO, and Stamford, CT, have been offering life - and personality-shaping experiences to Jewish teenagers since 1982. 

Teens from around the world participate in this five-day Olympic-style sporting event held each summer. Beyond the athletic competition, the Games promote community involvement, teamwork, and pride in being Jewish.

Each year Baltimore sends nearly 100 athletes to up to two host cities to compete in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Baseball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Swimming, Softball, Dance and Track & Field.

Two of Baltimore’s athletes, Hailey Grutman and Eric Diehl, wrote about their...