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Tag: Youth

Mar29
Mr. Sol teaching
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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
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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
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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...

GRAMMY Award-Winner, Mister G, coming to the Gordon!

Funky, original Jewish-themes songs with Latin GRAMMY Award winner Mister G! 

Mister G, a Latin GRAMMY Award winner and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winning PJ Library artist, will be bringing his dynamic live show to the Gordon, Sunday, March 5 at 3:00pm.

Mister G has released seven albums of original, multicultural music, spanning genres from funk to folk, reggae to rock, and bluegrass to bossa nova. He regularly headlines major venues and festivals around the country including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Getty Museum in LA, Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, the National Zoo in Washington, DC, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival...

Jan16
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Protecting the JCC Village

Child Abuse Prevention Training at J Camps and the J

By Drew Fidler, LCSW-C
Policy & Program Development Manager
Baltimore Child Abuse Center

For the last four years, the JCC of Greater Baltimore and its J Camps team have been working with Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) to bring comprehensive, practical training about child abuse, neglect, and responding to children in crisis to JCC staff. The goal of training is three-fold: protect children, protect staff, and protect the JCC. This partnership provides all staff with a comprehensive understanding on what is...

Jan03
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Three Moms and Your Babies

The J’s Triumvirate Has Raised J-Kids Together for over 26 years 

The J’s Parent Infant Toddler team, comprised of Sharon Seigel, Linda Lapidus, and Cindy Neuman, has been together for 26 years. If any group of the JCC team can boast that they have seen the J “grow” over the years, they most certainly can, from the millennial babies they taught in Baby & Me classes to the millennial mommies and daddies whose children they are now teaching.

Sharon, Linda, and Cindy, also known as “The Triumvirate” by Cindy, started teaching Baby & Me classes on the second floor in what is now the executive team...

Aug04
The Power of J Day Camp

Creating Mensches with Shabbabah 

There is a story of a beloved teacher, Rabbi Zusya, who had become old and taken ill.  His students came to visit him and Rabbi Zusya began to weep.  The students ask the great teacher, “Reb Zusya, why do you weep? Surely, if anyone is slotted for a good life in the world to come, it must be you!” 

Reb Zusya responded, “My dear ones, if when I pass into the next world I am asked ‘Why were you not an Abraham?’ I will have no hesitation to answer, ‘Because, I was not born an Abraham.’ So too, if I am to be asked, ‘And, why were you not a Moses?’ I will still confidently respond ‘Nor was I born a Moses.’ My children, I weep because there is only one question I fear to be asked, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”  

This story is foundation upon which we seek to grow our community at...

Jul28
Giving it up to Gain it all

Coach Brendan McElroy Gives His Barricudas the Lessons of a Lifetime 

Coach Brendan with Nolan PlantJCC Barricudas’ Swim Team Head Coach Brendan McElroy began his coaching career in 1997. Coach Brendan, as he’s affectionately known, worked in the corporate world for several years and was looking to change course. He had an economics degree from the University of Virginia and a highly lucrative position generating sales for a large chemical manufacturing company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Adopted as the youngest in a large white lower middle class family in Baltimore City, Coach Brendan made a...

May26
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Playing it Cool by the Pool

Five Things You Should Be Aware of when visiting the J’s Aquatics Recreation Park.

It’s almost summer! Time for fun in the sun and a world of outdoor activities including, of course, swimming in the pool!

But… before you begin to dip your toes and dive in, it’s always smart to take a minute to review some basic pool safety measures.

JCC Aquatics Director Bill Kirkner offers these words of wisdom for JCC members and guests when coming to the Shapiro Aquatics Park to ensure a fun and safe experience for all.

1. First, according to Bill, folks should: “Be respectful of the lifeguards. They are here to ensure the safety of everyone in the pool.

Bill explains, “Folks don’t always see what the...

May16
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Building Characters

Child Actors Take to the Stage in Seussical the Musical 

Beginning Thursday, May 19, the J’s Children’s Theater Production Company will bring to life your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and lazy Mayzie, in the fantastical, magical Seussical the Musical.

You won’t want to miss this event, as the J’s child actors take on colorful characters and will transport you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Taking part in a big production has an enormous impact on children. Character acting, singing, and dancing instills...