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JCC Blog

Oct01
ECEC preschool
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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...

Sep21

Sukkah City – Coming to Baltimore!

Celebrate the harvest festival of sukkot at this musical evening on the fields of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC. Experience an array of different Sukkot hosted by friends, organizations, synagogues and business partners. Bring your own picnic dinner to eat in our Sukkah City and enjoy sukkah inspired treats from beer to sundaes. It’s friends, family, festival, live music, food and fun.  It’s community. It’s Sukkah City!

A sukkah is a man-made hut used as a makeshift living and dining area during Sukkot.

For Sukkah City, at least a dozen organizations will be building sukkot in the same proximity at the Rosenbloom...

Sep21
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Supporting the J Community

Helping everyone to participate in our programs

Each year the JCC provides over $543,000 in need‐based scholarships for children, teens and adults to participate in JCC Early Childhood, Inclusion activities, JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, J Camps, and J Membership. These programs reflect how the “J” connects families, supports individuals and helps build a stronger community. Funding for these scholarships comes from The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore as well as fundraising events like J Live at the Gordon, Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K, the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame and the Community Block Party.

Sep04
Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrer

Introducing Eduardo Guerrero

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Gordon presents FLAMENCO PASIÓN, a dance performance by Compañia Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero.

Direct from Cadiz, Spain, this group of elite artists, including critically acclaimed flamenco dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero himself, will captivate you with the full range emotions this temperamental and passionate Spanish dance conveys. 

Gordon artistic director Alyson Bonavoglia recently caught up with Eduardo on tour:

AB: Your choreography has been referred to as “modern and courageous,” and it has been written that you have “no limits … because [you do] not seem to need them. [You] dance the impossible.” It...

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...

Jun20

Classic Rock Legends LIVE at the Gordon

Bluegrass, Tex-Mex, Surf Rock and Folk – this Summer and Fall the Gordon’s got it all!  

Donavon Frankenreiter
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm

You’ll be digging the soft, soulful, surf-rockin’ groove of Donavon Frankenreiter and his album, "The Heart," as the singer-songwriter's marks the start of his second decade as a solo recording artist. It's been over ten years since the release of the former Jack Johnson protégé’s debut, and in that time

Frankenreiter has grown, not only as a musician, but as a man, raising a family and nurturing two creative careers – “one onstage and one in the waves.”

Arlo Guthrie
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm...

Jun20
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A Passion for Dance, Kindness, and Respect

Many in the Jewish Community already know JCC staff member Sara Rubinstein. Sara was recently awarded the Darrell D. Friedman Institute’s Neely Tal Snyder Community Impact Award, for her work improving the lives of people with disabilities both here at the J and within the Jewish community.

What many don’t know about Sara is her career trajectory, and what led her to do this incredibly important work as a champion for people with diverse needs and advocate for inclusion.

A participant in dance programs since kindergarten, Sara’s “first love” was, and remains, dance, with musical theatre a strong second. 

Through high school, Sara was convinced she would someday become a dance...

Jun20

JCC Executive Assistant Saadya Barron Brings Warm Touch to J Executive Suite

It’s no company secret, but most folks inside and outside the J know that if you want to reach members of the JCC Executive Team, the best route is to go through Saadya Barron, the JCC Executive Team’s Executive Assistant.

Fortunately, Saadya is one of the kindest, warm-hearted, and endearing individuals you will ever meet, so we’re all in luck.

Beyond Saadya’s role as the J’s executive point of contact, Saadya formulates and implements office activities and procedures in support of the J’s executives.

Saadya recently spearheaded an internal changeover of the J’s meeting management system; she works on event and hospitality planning, security setup and logistics, and supports the executive team and the JCC Board of Directors.  With all the work she does...

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...

Apr26
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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...