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Meet Antonius Reterink: Member & Guest Services, Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Meet Antonius Reterink
Member & Guest Services, 
Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Help us give a warm welcome to Antonius Reterink, our new Welcome Desk Supervisor at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills J! Antonius worked at the JCC in San Francisco for nine years, most recently as the assistant customer service manager. He is thrilled to be continuing his JCC career journey here in Baltimore.

Antonius truly values what the JCC provides to the community.  He says that it is a place where people of all backgrounds can come together. It is a common hub where you are not split up by your differences,...

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Meet Our New Camp Koolanu Director: Rabbi Uri Meyers

Summer is right around the corner and Camp Koolanu is preparing for the best summer ever with our new Camp Director, Rabbi Uri Meyers. Rabbi Meyers is a longtime educator, currently teaching in the lower school at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland and comes with a strong and well-rounded camp background working as a camp counselor, division head and learning Rebbe. With his humor, enthusiasm, and a passion for working with children, Rabbi Meyers is looking forward to joining the Koolanu family and sharing an amazing summer with all the Koolanu Campers! Get to know Rabbi Meyers better, below!

Q: Why is camp so important to you?...

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JCC Enters New Collaboration with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center

This unique partnership serves as a model for future JCC and Synagogue partnerships

Effective July 1, 2021, our JCC will formally begin a collaboration with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s (BHC) E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center in which we will provide the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center with day-to-day management services, marketing strategy, and professional development. 

As Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore explains. “We are confident that the combined talents of the JCC’s and BHC’s professional staff and our proven track record in delivering Jewish early childhood education will enable us to enrich an already strong preschool environment at the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center at...

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4Front's Parenting Unpacked Q&A

Parenting teenagers is hard. Parenting teenagers during a global pandemic? Near impossible. At 4Front, it has always been our mission to support teens and over the past four years, we have committed to doing so through both direct engagement with teens and with the adults who care about them. In these challenging times, 4Front is excited to share the return of our parent programming, now under a new platform called Parenting Unpacked.

What is Parenting Unpacked?

Parenting Unpacked is a resource, toolbox, and support network for parents of teens. The platform aims to offer renewed support and guidance to our parent community. Through virtual and in-person programs and gatherings,...

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Meet Sherri Zaslow: LifeBridge Health Living Well at the Weinberg Park Heights J

Meet Sherri Zaslow
Community Wellness Coordinator

LifeBridge Health Living Well
at the Weinberg Park Heights J

We are excited to welcome Sherri Zaslow. As the new Community Wellness Coordinator for LifeBridge Health at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Sherri will be coordinating health and wellness programs and services for the Park Heights community. Her office will be adjacent to the new, soon-to-be-open Sinai Wellness and Education Suite, which will be dedicated to wellness educational programming. 

Q. Why...

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Stacy's Little Free Library

Stacy's Little Free Library was donated to the JCC in memory of Stacy D. Haynes by members of her book club of over a decade, unofficially dubbed as"The Sometimes We Read the Book Book Club". Most of the club members met when their children were attending pre-school at the JCC, so it was a logical and meaningful choice to place Stacy's Little Free Library outside of the Early Childhood Education Center.

What is a Little Free Library?

  • Little Free Library book-sharing boxes are the world's largest book sharing program.
  • Little Free Libraries are designed to build community, spark creativity, and inspire readers.
  • We invite the community to take, borrow, or donate a new or gently-used book to Stacy's Little Free Library

How can I contribute to Stacy's Little Free Library?

  • If you...
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Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the JCC Board of Directors chaired by Randi Buergenthal, and our incredibly dedicated team of professionals, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Despite the changes to this year’s celebration, we can still share gratitude for what we value personally and as a community. 

In these challenging and even heartbreaking times, we can have an appreciation for life and the silver linings for which we are grateful.   Each of us also has an opportunity to make a difference in our community. 

Along with enjoying the culinary favorites of Thanksgiving, consider setting up a video call with family and friends. Reach out to older relatives and neighbors to ensure they feel loved and supported. Consider helping the neediest and most vulnerable by donating food...


J Live Returns!

J Live Returns - Reimagined!

Honoring Jon Mayers
Featuring live music and special live-streamed guest artist appearances

Just days before J Live 2020, the JCC and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts were shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to announce that we have created a revised version of this event called JLive -Reimagined that will take place on Tuesday, May 25, at the Gordon Outdoors, the JCC’s new drive-in venue. The evening will begin with a special reception for our VIP guests. This celebratory fundraiser supports the Gordon Center’s arts education programs for children and adults and provides financial assistance to JCC children, teens, individuals, and families.

JCC Executive Director Barak Hermann says the recognition for Jon Mayers is well
deserved. “Jon is an incredible visionary and the mastermind behind Gordon...

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Beyond Baltimore: Learning Across the Globe

Bringing Lessons Home from JCC International Conference

By Barak Hermann, CEO and Randi Buergenthal, Board Chair

What can we learn from a JCC in Istanbul, Turkey? How can we connect to Jewish communities in India, countries in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and Krakow, Poland? As it turns out, there are countless benefits to connecting to JCCs and Jewish communities from around the globe. 

This December, we traveled to Israel to attend JCC Global: 10th Annual World Conference of JCCs. We were joined by professional and volunteer leaders from 30 JCCs worldwide. Together, we shared stories of our communities, Jewish identity, and new endeavors at our JCCs. In many...

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First Aid for Teen Mental Health Infused with Jewish Values

While you might expect teens to be moody, would you know when mood swings, irritability or fears signal something far more serious? Once dismissed as growing pains, problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders affect significantly more teenagers than in previous generations. About 20% of American teens live with a mental health condition, reports the National Institute of Mental Health. Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and 75% begin by the mid-20s. Tragically, the suicide rate for 18- to 19-year-olds climbed 56% from 2008 to 2017. As teen mental health issues become more prevalent, the need for education grows. 

That’s why 4Front, a teen-focused initiative directed by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and supported...