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JCC Blog

Category: Infants & Youth

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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. She’s so passionate...

Mother's Day
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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 center, she says, runs “...

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...

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...

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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.


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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 suite of the...

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The Newborn Network

One mom’s journey to the J 

By Marnie Spector 

My path to the JCC began when I became a new mom four years ago. Once my daughter was born, I was thrown into a world of wonder and excitement as well as a multitude of questions about how to’s, when to’s and what to do’s. I was on the hunt for an entertaining and supportive environment to show me the ropes of motherhood while hopefully providing some direction, education and most importantly, FUN! 

Enter, Hello Baby. The moment I stepped into my first baby and me class, I was certainly anxious, as all new moms are, but I was so relieved that there...

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Harper Makes Hamentaschen

By Erin Chado

When I first became a mom I expected many things. I was prepared for the crying and loud sleepless nights when my daughter was a baby. I knew my husband would roll over, eyes half closed, to nudge me awake so I could soothe our little one. I also expected, as she got older, to marvel at first times — her first smile, her first steps, and her first word, which, by the way, was not mama, but dada!

When Harper became a toddler I expected her to run and explore and not always listen, and that came true. Many a day were spent explaining why we hold hands in parking lots and public spaces. We also went over the importance of knowing mom and dad’s name, even at 2. As she grew, most everything I expected was right on...


The Great Holiday Video Exchange

A Kids Center Partnership with Ashkelon Youth 

By Laura Green, Director of Kids Center and Assistant Director to J Camps

From America to Israel and around the world, Jewish Holidays are celebrated differently depending on local rituals and traditions.

Recently, the Kids Center after school program at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC received a grant from the Associated’s Ashkelon Partnership to share how we celebrate our Jewish holidays, and to see how our friends in Ashkelon, Israel celebrate theirs.

Ashkelon is a beautiful city resting on the Mediterranean Sea. Ashkelon’s marina is their busiest tourist spot, where visitors can enjoy local cuisine while they watch the boats go by. Though Ashkelon is a gorgeous place to visit, during times of war, they see very few visitors as they are only 13 miles away from the Gaza Strip.


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Meet Barbara Stadd

Learn how this veteran educator helps to set her students up for a lifetime of success. 

Barbara Stadd has worked as an educator for the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC’s Stoler Early Childhood Education Center for 35 years. She teaches kindergarten, where her goal is “to provide an integrated approach using creative, inventive and hands-on techniques to teaching.”

Mrs. Stadd especially enjoys discovering that her students understand what she has tried to impart to them. “It makes me very happy to see the progress each child makes from September to June, and the values we’ve instilled.”

“Our kindergarten focuses on the fundamentals of reading, math,...