Please note all JCC building closures for Shimini Atzeret & Simchat Torah: Sunday, 10/20: Closing at 5:00pm; Monday & Tuesday, 10/21 & 10/22: Closed

Indoor Pool at Weinberg Park Heights JCC closed for exciting upgrades, 9/27-10/30. We apologize for inconvenience. Coed swim available at Owings Mills J. See schedule.  Read about upgrades on our blog.

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  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:00am - 5:00pm
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    7:00am - 5:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 6:04pm

Please note all JCC building closures for Shimini Atzeret & Simchat Torah: Sunday, 10/20: Closing at 5:00pm; Monday & Tuesday, 10/21 & 10/22: Closed

Indoor Pool at Weinberg Park Heights JCC closed for exciting upgrades, 9/27-10/30. We apologize for inconvenience. Coed swim available at Owings Mills J. See schedule.  Read about upgrades on our blog.

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Shabbat Candle Lighting: 6:04pm

2019 Honorees

Dr. Henry Brem

Dr. Henry Brem is one of the country’s leading academic neurosurgeons. He is the son of Holocaust survivors and is a graduate of Yeshiva University High School, N.Y.U, and Harvard Medical School and trained in neurosurgery at Columbia. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty and has served as Chief of Neurosurgery and Department Director since 2000. His work has changed the field of neurosurgery and has prolonged the lives of countless brain tumor patients. His trainees are serving as chairmen of 15 neurosurgery departments throughout the world. He has established strong bridges with Israeli Universities and Hospitals. Dr. Brem has helped start several biotechnology companies and has served on their Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Boards. He has been recognized at Hopkins with the Professors Award for Teaching Excellence and an endowed chair in his honor. He has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and was named National Physician of the Year by the Castle Connelly group. The Congress of Neurological Surgery awarded him the Parsa Mentorship Award and the Society of Neurological Surgeons gave him their highest research award, The Grass Award for Lifetime Research Accomplishments. 

Dr. Brem is a member of Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Suburban Orthodox Congregation, and the National Synagogue in D.C. His wife, Rachel Brem is Professor of Radiology at George Washington University and is one of the country’s leading breast cancer specialists.   All three of their daughters are graduates of Beth Tfiloh. They are the proud grandparents of 8 beautiful grandchildren.

Mark Greenberg

Mark Greenberg is considered one of the greatest defensemen in Johns Hopkins University lacrosse history. A four-time All-American who led the Blue Jays to national championships his last three seasons in 1978, ’79 and ’80, Mark received numerous awards and accolades throughout his playing career, including the William C. Schmeisser Award as the nation’s outstanding defender in 1979 and 1980. He was the first defenseman to capture the Lt. Raymond Enners Award as the nation’s outstanding lacrosse player in 1979. Mark was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team when he graduated, was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998, the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018, and will be inducted into the national Jewish Sports Heritage Association Hall of Fame in April 2019.

Mark, who garnered All-World honors in leading the United States to win the 1982 World Championships, was part of the NCAA’s 25th anniversary team in 1996. After his playing days were over, Mark remained involved in the sport by coaching in summer leagues. He also assisted the next generation of Jewish players through his work with Israel Lacrosse. In 2011, Greenberg helped found the program that brought lacrosse to the Middle East. He served as an assistant coach for Israel’s entry in the 2012 European Lacrosse Championships and the Israel National Team in 2014. In 2018, Israel hosted the World Lacrosse Championships where 46 countries competed.  Mark remains on the board of the Israel Lacrosse Association. Although promoting lacrosse is their primary goal, making connections between the U.S and Israel has become equally important.

In the community, Mark served as Chair of Johns Hokpins Hillel and served on the board for  a number of years.  Professionally, he serves as Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Equity Mortgage Lending.  Mark was born and raised in Pikesville, went to Hopkins and now lives in Owings Mills with his wife, Saralee. They have 2 children, their son, Sam, a financial advisor, and daughter, Rabbi Ariel Greenberg Platt and one grandchild.

Dr. Barbara R. Heller

Dr. Barbara R. Heller is former Dean and Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Nursing and Health Sciences for Laureate Education International, Inc. Throughout her career she has been a persistent advocate for improving the quality and safety of care for hospitalized patients as well as community-based populations. Her work as a consultant and advisor has benefited nursing and medical schools, hospitals and nursing homes, at the state, national and international levels and her influence has been widely recognized.

While dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Heller focused her efforts on increasing and diversifying student enrollment and on improving healthcare delivery to Maryland’s most underserved and vulnerable populations. She developed the School of Nursing’s Wellmobile Program and established 14 school-based wellness centers throughout the state. She also designed and implemented the nation’s first graduate program of study in Nursing Informatics and has been a leader in the use of simulation to develop clinical skills.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hadassah Medical Organization, she instituted a sister program between Hadassah Hebrew University and the University 0f Maryland, including a faculty exchange program. Dr. Heller designed and helped to develop the first Clinical Nursing Master’s Program in Israel at the Hadassah-Hebrew University.

Dr. Heller has also served on the Board of Directors of MedStar Health, the Washington Hospital Center, the Southern Council on Collegiate Education for Nurses, and the National League for Nursing. She also served as Vice President of the Computerized Patient Record Institute and as an accreditation evaluator for the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association. Additionally, she was on the Health Care Committee of the GBC, and was a member of Senator Ben Cardin’s Health Care Advisory Committee.

She holds Ed.M. and Ed.D. Degrees from Columbia University, an M.S. from Adelphi University and a B.S. from Boston University. She is an alumna of Leadership Maryland and has been a Congressional Fellow in the U, S. House of Representatives. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to higher education and for leading change in health care delivery. She and her husband Dr. Frederick Walsh; have two daughters and four grandchildren.

David & Barbara B. Hirschhorn

David and Barbara Blaustein Hirschhorn’s vision, strategic support, and tireless work as philanthropists and Jewish community leaders throughout their lives continues to shape our world today, both globally and in our local Jewish and civic communities.

As trustees of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, David and Barbara helped provide support to organizations that promote social justice and human rights around the world.  In 1971, together with Barbara’s sibling trustees and their spouses, they created the American Jewish Committee’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (JBI), in memory of Barbara’s father. JBI focuses on shaping global policy to prevent genocide and mass atrocities, strengthen human rights mechanisms, and combat religious intolerance. In 1980, at David and Barbara’s initiative, the Foundation’s trustees provided the lead gift to name the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, part of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, to honor the close relationship between Barbara’s father and David Ben-Gurion by advancing Ben-Gurion’s dream to see the desert bloom.

With Barbara and David’s financial support and strategic vision, the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education at The Associated has seeded numerous programs over the past four decades, supporting innovative projects that focus on the enrichment of informal Jewish education across the spectrum of Jewish observance.  David and Barbara also created the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation, which provides grants to Jewish and secular initiatives that improve the lives of families and children by expanding educational opportunity, addressing human needs, and promoting intergroup relations.

Born in Prague in 1918, David immigrated to the United States in 1922 and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University. In 1958, after establishing himself as a business executive and consultant in northern New Jersey, David moved with Barbara to her hometown of Baltimore to begin working for the business founded by his father-in-law, American Trading and Production Corporation, eventually serving as President and Chairman of the Board. Extremely hard-working and humble, David was also heavily involved in civic and philanthropic endeavors.  He was particularly devoted in his later years to advancing Jewish education locally and nationally — as evidenced by his participation on both the Commission on Jewish Education in North America and the Council on Initiatives in Jewish Education — and to promoting inter-religious understanding through his many years of service to the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies.  At ICJS, he was instrumental in the development of the organization’s long-range plan and in editing Dabru Emet, (“Speak Truth”), the first ever collective Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity, signed by more than 225 leading Jewish scholars and theologians from around the world, concerning the relationship between Christianity and Judaism.

Born in Baltimore in 1928, Barbara graduated from Connecticut College and earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University. Always one to ask incisive questions, she worked as a reporter for the Washington Daily News and later as a freelance writer, with articles in publications such The Baltimore Jewish Times, Present Tense, Palm Beach Jewish World, and Jewish Digest. In her professional publications as well as her personal letter writing, Barbara used her wit and creativity to forcefully and persistently bring issues of sexism and lack of diversity to the attention of those in power. Barbara was, as noted by the American Jewish Committee at the time of her death, “dedicated to defending the rights and dignity of all” and “distinguished by her early, strong support for women’s rights as human rights.”

Having met on a blind date, Barbara and David married in 1955. Together they raised four children - Daniel, Michael, Deborah, and Sarah – and were blessed with 15 grandchildren.

Barbara and David collectively served on the governing boards of many organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, The Park School, Sinai Hospital, The Walters Art Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Connecticut College, Jewish Family Services, Baltimore Hebrew University, Temple Oheb Shalom, and Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Both remained involved in their family foundations until their deaths: David in 2006 and Barbara in 2017.

Rebecca A. Hoffberger

Rebecca Alban Hoffberger is the co-founder, director and principal curator of the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). A life-long devotee of the power of intuition and fresh thought, Rebecca was accepted into college at age 15, but turned down the offer to study with the celebrated French mime Marcel Marceau in Paris, becoming the first American ever to do so. At 25, Rebecca was awarded the title of 'Dame' for her work to establish medical field hospitals in Nigeria. She studied alternative and folk medicine in Mexico. Returning to the states, Rebecca served on the Board of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center in Virginia and worked as Development Director at the Sinai Hospital Department of Psychiatry for People Encouraging People, Inc., a program which provided support to institutionalized psychiatric patients in facilitating their return to the community. It was while working with this program that Rebecca began to develop the idea for a “visionary” museum —a facility that would specialize in showcasing the work of self-taught, "visionary" artists, and serve as an education center that emphasized intuitive, creative invention. On November 24, 1995, the American Visionary Art Museum opened to the public and today welcomes more than 120,000 annual visitors.

In 1998, Rebecca was elected and served as a member of the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce. The previous year, she won The Urban Land Institute’s coveted National Award for Excellence, and in 1996, she received the prestigious Gold Meir Award from Israel Bonds. She has been the recipient of numerous mental health advocacy and equal opportunity awards and has served as a Director of Jewish Education and on the Board of The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center.  Rebecca has been granted honorary doctorate degrees from McDaniel College, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Stevenson University, and Maryland Institute College of Art. She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and named one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Daily Record in 1998. 

Rebecca states that she has infused “Torah by stealth” throughout AVAM, a place to celebrate and explore both the dignity and complexity of what it is to be human.  Her authorship of AVAM’s 7 Founding Education Goals have now been adopted by educators around the world and used verbatim in the founding of NYC’s famed Lower East Side Girls Club. Rebecca wholeheartedly agrees with the quote from Vincent Van Gogh-“The more I think the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” 

Mark K. Joseph

Mark K. Joseph is the President of The Shelter Foundation and Founder of The Shelter Group/Brightview Senior Living companies. Brightview develops, manages and owns senior living communities from the suburbs of Boston to the suburbs of Washington, DC.  It has more than 4,000 employees. Mark was also a Founder, Chairman and CEO of a New York Stock Exchange mortgage asset management company. 

Before his entry into the private sector, Mark served in the U.S. Army, clerked for the Chief Judge of the Baltimore Federal District Court and was a Consumers’ Advocate in the Legal Services Program. From 1968 to 1971, he was Baltimore City’s Deputy Housing Commissioner and then Mayor Schaefer’s Development Coordinator until 1973. From 1973 to 1983, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the law firm Gallagher, Evelius & Jones.  From 1975 to 1980, Mark was President of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. During this time, he was responsible for the founding of the Baltimore School for the Arts, now recognized as one of the five finest arts high schools in the nation.

Mark graduated Cum Laude with honors from Brown University and also from Harvard Law School. He has been a member of the University of Maryland Law School faculty where he taught seminars in urban legal problems and poverty law. Mr. Joseph also authored the law that created the Maryland Community Development Housing Finance Agency.

Mark has served on numerous private and public boards, including: The Associated, the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; Beth Am Synagogue’s Special Committee on Diversity; the Baltimore School for the Arts; Union Memorial Hospital; the Baltimore Public Health Service Hospital, which he chaired, the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Graduate Schools; the University of Maryland Law School; Provident BankShares Corporation; the Greater Baltimore Committee; the Walters Art Museum; the National Multi Housing Council; and the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. In 2017, Mark and his wife Patricia, formerly a Dean at Stevenson University, were chosen as Maryland Philanthropists of the year. They have also been named to the Baltimore Sun Hall of Fame in 2018.

Fabian Homer Kolker*

Fabian Kolker was an international human rights activist who brought Jews out of the former Soviet Union. A passionate advocate of the state of Israel, he spent 30 years defending the rights of Jews in the former U.S.S.R and devoted his life to Israel, Soviet Jewry and local Jewish causes.

Fabian first became interested in the plight of Soviet Jews in 1960 when he met with philosopher Bertrand Russell, who told him how families were being repressed in the Soviet Union. In 1963, he was one of the founders of the American Conference on Soviet Jewry. The plight of Soviet Jews became more acute after the 1967 Six-Day War, when they began to demand the right to emigrate to Israel. On his 27 trips to Israel, and 14 trips to the former U.S.S.R., Fabian met with Israeli prime ministers Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir and with Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin.

Fabian is credited with personally helping about 150 families leave the Soviet Union. He played a role in gaining the release of two celebrated refuseniks (those who were denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union) in the 1980s. They were prisoner of conscience Anatoly Sharansky and ballet dancer Valery Panov.  Fabian also helped immigrating Russian Jewish families get established economically when they arrived in Baltimore and was a Founder of the Baltimore Committee for Soviet Jewry.

Born in Baltimore, Fabian was raised in Reservoir Hill. He was a 1931 City College graduate. He attended the Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance in 1935. He received a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Through the 1980s, he owned the Maryland Lumber Co. providing building supplies to contractors and government agencies. The lumber company also provided the material used to refurbish the SS Warfield with bunk beds in the Port of Baltimore as it was transformed and renamed The Exodus.

Among his many roles, he served as State of Israel bond chairman for Maryland in 1965. He was on the board of governors of Tel Aviv University. He was a lifelong member of Chizuk Amuno Congregation.  As a local philanthropist, he helped establish the Fabian and M. Budd Kolker Academic Center at the Baltimore Hebrew College, Kolker Youth Center at Chizuk Amuno, Kolker Dormitory Wing at Ner Israel Rabbinical College, Kolker Kosher Dining Hall at Goucher College and the Kolker faculty lounge at Talmudical Academy.

Fabian Kolker had 3 children-–Richard, Sally, and Jimmy and 10 grandchildren. He passed away in 2000 at the age of 85.

Paul Miller

Paul Miller has dedicated 80 years to teaching math to thousands of students across three generations in Baltimore and at 20 different institutions, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Towson University and Ner Israel where he taught for more than 50 years. In 2011, he became the first teacher in Maryland to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and is the oldest and world record holder for most years taught by an active accredited teacher in the U.S.

Miller began his career as an elementary math teacher, but after 15 years began teaching high school in 1951.  He eventually completed two graduate degrees – at Johns Hopkins and Louisiana State University, and embarked on a five-decades long career teaching math on the college level, all the while simultaneously teaching high school and tutoring. He is beloved by his former students and revered by his colleagues as a fair, patient and dedicated teacher. Paul also authored a math book in 1967 to assist students preparing for college.

One of five children, Paul Miller was born in Baltimore in 1916. His father was a tailor who escaped indentured servitude in Lithuania and his mother, also a Lithuanian immigrant, could not read. Both parents spoke Yiddish and didn’t know English and had very little schooling, but stressed the value of education to their family.  Paul, a life-long learner who has continued his education through numerous fellowships around the country over the years, attributes his work ethic to his parents. Clearly the importance of family and education made its impact on the next generation as well: Paul and his wife, the late Frieda Lapidus, had seven children – an orthodontist, a chiropractor, a neurologist, a podiatrist, an optometrist, an engineer, and a nurse. Paul also has 16 grandchildren. At the age of 102, Paul now resides at Levindale.  

Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt

Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt was born in Bratislava Czechoslovakia in 1900; he was the son of the famous cantor Josef (Yossele) Rosenblatt and came to America with his father at age 10. A cum laude graduate of City College in 1921, Rabbi Rosenblatt received a rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1925. While studying in Jerusalem on a fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research, he was also ordained as an Orthodox Rabbi by the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Kook.

In 1927 he received his PhD from Columbia University. He then began his rabbinic leadership in Trenton, New Jersey and was hired by Beth Tfiloh Congregation as their first rabbi in 1927. He served as Rabbi at Beth Tfiloh until 1972 and as Rabbi Emeritus until his death. During his tenure, Beth Tfiloh launched the day school in 1941 to address the needs of Jewish families who desired a co-educational program which integrated a secular curriculum with a traditional Zionist-oriented program of Jewish studies. As part of his dedication to Jewish youth, the day camp was added in 1943; in 1962 the Congregation initiated a move from Garrison Boulevard to its current facilities on Old Court Road.

Rabbi Rosenblatt headed the Baltimore Board of Rabbis in 1952 and the American Jewish Congress from 1942 to 1947. He lectured at Columbia University from 1926-1928, and was a professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department of The Johns Hopkins University from 1928 to 1980. He also was one of the founders of the Vaad Hakashrus (a religious body that certifies kosher foods). As President of the Baltimore Mizrachi, he visited Israel as a special representative, and had a private meeting with Pope Pius XII who recognized the rabbi as a Semitic languages teacher for two prelates then attached to the Vatican’s Biblical Institute.

His writings include: High Ways to Perfection of Abraham Maimonides; Interpretation of the Bible in the Mishnah; a translation of Saadiah Gaon's Book of Beliefs and Opinions ; and Yossele Rosenblatt , as well as volumes of sermons and occasional writings. His memoirs appeared as "The Days of My Years," published in weekly installments in the Baltimore Jewish Times; he was also the author of a weekly column in Baltimore News-American, and a contributor to Jewish Quarterly Review.

He was married to Claire Woloch and had 3 sons, Josef E. Rosenblatt, David H. Rosenblatt and Judah I. Rosenblatt and numerous grandchildren. Rabbi Rosenblatt died in 1982.