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  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:30am - 6:00pm
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    7:30pm - 11:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 4:54pm

JCC Blog

Tag: Youth

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 conscious decision to give...

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 Lifeguard is seeing. They...

May16

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 confidence, teaches...

Apr22
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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...

Apr04
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Friday Nights, Beautiful Lights

Have you got Shabbat? We’ve Got Shabbat! 

On a festive Friday evening in early February, Jon Cardin, a lawyer and former legislator for the Greater Baltimore community, attended, along with his wife Megan and their two daughters, Dorothy and Micah, a “Got Shabbat” event, at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (co-hosted with the Jewish Museum of Maryland). Got Shabbat is an enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration held at a different synagogue each month.

“We are members of Beth Tfiloh but we also enjoy Beth El, Beth Am, and Baltimore Hebrew,” Cardin said. “We’...

Mar11
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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...

Feb25

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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Feb15

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...

Feb02
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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,...