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Tag: Teens

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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...

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...

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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...


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...

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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...


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 conscious decision to give...

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Meet Mickey Cohen

Veteran Coach Shares Passion for Maccabi Baseball  

Meet Mickey Cohen, Head Coach of the 13-14 year-old Maccabi Baseball Team and Sonny Plant Volunteer of the Year for 2015 for the Baltimore JCC Maccabi Team. Mickey has been coaching JCC Maccabi baseball for the past 15 years.

When asked why he loves being a JCC Maccabi coach, Mickey enthusiastically replies: “It’s the memories we make together, seeing players have fun, being happy, succeeding, and building friendships.”

“It’s about being able to help these kids adjust to living in a complicated world through baseball....

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An Artist’s Awakening

A Young Man’s Journey through the J’s Young Artists Division

The following piece was written by Steven Gross, a 2015/16 YAD participant.

Young Artists Division. Three words I personally have never heard in conjunction, but now that I have, I understand how much power they yield. I have gone through many arts (specifically theater) programs in my life, some including leadership training, most not, but YAD has definitely been the most group-oriented, motivating, and eye-opening.

Last year I partook in...


Inclusion Programs at the J

February is national Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. T.J. Casser is the father of Ethan Casser, a seven year old boy who has Autism and pronounced communication delays. Ethan has attended J camps and has been actively involved in JCC inclusion programs. Please read along as T.J. shares some of his experiences here at the J and the wisdom he has gained in caring for his son.

Inclusion Programs at the J: A Father's Point of View
By T.J. Casser

Nothing prepares you for having a child with special needs.  We all plan for having intelligent, talented, successful children who have the freedom and ability to pursue their dreams.  Images of school during the year, followed by fun in the...