Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:39pm
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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 6:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:39pm
Apr05
Passover
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Why ask why?

By Rabbi Dena Shaffer
Executive Director, 4Front Teen Engagement Initiative

Just a few weeks ago we read the awesome narrative of the Israelites’ encounter with God at Mount Sinai. While many people relate to this account of revelation as the pinnacle of the ancient Jewish experience, I am actually far more intrigued with the story that follows immediately afterward. For all the drama of Sinai, the only reaction from the people is that of fear. They cannot, it seems, internalize anything they have heard because its source is so incredibly terrifying. But in the following portion, when more laws and rules and values are transmitted through Moses, we finally get a reaction from the people.  “And they said, kol asher diber...

Mar30
Jewish Hall of Fame Wall

Nine Baltimoreans to be Honored at Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame

Many of us think about changing the world, and then there are those who go above and beyond to make a lasting impact. These individuals spend years in service towards the nourishment and betterment of the community and every other year at the JCC we recognize their achievements.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame celebrates the lives of nine outstanding leaders, Jewish Baltimoreans who have contributed to Baltimore and the world at large, and have made the world a better place.

The Hall of Fame (HOF), created by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in 2008 and celebrated at the Gordon Center for Performing Gordon Arts, honors exceptional Jewish Baltimoreans who have made significant contributions to the community through...

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...

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 life.

Sol was...

Mar29
Terra Core Machines
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Great Renovations

Keep your eyes peeled for great renovations, upgrades and improvements to the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Locker Rooms, Fitness Center and Shapiro Aquatics Park. Look for that sparkle, shine, and hard core fitness equipment - you will not be able to miss it!

Locker Rooms

As many of you know, Women’s Locker Room renovations are underway; the locker room will reopen March 29. (Our co-ed family changing room and alternative women’s locker room by the group fitness studio are available during this time. Both have private shower facilities.

Men’s Locker Room renovations will begin March 29 and continue through mid-May (the alternative women’s locker room by...

Mar28
J Live Broadway Boys

J LIVE a rip-roaring success, raises over $45,000

Do you know the JCC preschool father who recently lost his job and can no longer afford full tuition, or the single mother raising three children who relies on the J as a safe and nurturing place for her kids to play and learn? 

Have you met the retiree now living on a fixed income who needs a place to stay active, the child with special needs who wants to participate in J Camp with her siblings, or the young athlete hoping to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games so that he can meet other Jewish teens from around the world? 

These are just some of the 700 individuals who were...

Mar28
Love and Religion class
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When Love and Religion Mingle

Are you in a Jewish interfaith relationship? Do you need help navigating the challenges and opportunities of love and religion?

The JCC and Jewish Community Services (JCS) are thrilled to be offering an exciting new workshop entitled Love & Religion, which seeks to create a safe, welcoming environment encouraging Jewish interfaith couples to examine their hopes and fears about the role that a Jewish identity will play in their life.

In this four-session workshop, couples that are seriously dating, engaged, or newly married will meet and share perspectives with each other to address similar questions.

The program was created by Marion Usher, an interfaith couples expert. It will be led by Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, for...

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 there. They love the toys...

Mar09
Purim Festivities

The Irony of Purim

A time of celebration and confrontation 
by Rabbi Jessy Gross 

Purim is perhaps the most ironic holiday of all the holidays on the Jewish calendar – and also my favorite! In most places, people are familiar with Purim as a holiday where children get to dress up and a bunch of carnival like celebrations pop up for families to enjoy. Maybe a creative performance telling the great tale of triumph of Esther and Mordechai over Haman (boooo!!!!) leads into the carnival. A total family affair…or is it? Actually, Purim is probably the MOST adult holiday we have in our holiday cycle. The story told in Megillat Esther is a tale of seduction, deception and senseless hatred and a degree of violence. And, one of the ritual commandments actually instructs us to get so...

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 and playing.

“...