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JCC Blog

JCC Blog

Category: Arts & Culture

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Introducing the NEW Gordon Lobby!

Image: Cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the Gordon Center are (left to right) Baltimore County Councilman Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka, Associated President Marc B. Terrill, Baltimore County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr., JCC CEO Barak Hermann, past JCC board president Myrna Cardin, Baltimore County Council President Julian Jones, Maryland Lt. Governor Aruna Miller, former JCC board chair Joe Meyerhoff, JCC board president Laura Rubenstein. (Photo by David Stuck)

Nearly 100 guests — including Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, Baltimore County Executive John “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr., Baltimore County Councilman Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka (D-2nd), and other business and civic leaders — were on hand Thursday, March 9, for an...

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Gordon Center Goes Dark to Make Way for Brighter Lights

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, located on the campus of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC is undergoing a major renovation of its lobby, the first since it opened in 1995.  These state-of-the-art renovations will be showcased during the JCC’s signature event, J Live on Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm.

When the 550-seat Gordon Center opened 27 years ago with generous funding from the Peggy and Yale Gordon trust, at the time, it was mainly a venue for classical music. Today, the Gordon Center offers a multi-disciplinary performance season of live music, dance, family programs, and film, and is the home of the JCC’s William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.  It is also considered the premier performing arts venue in Baltimore County and the centerpiece of the JCC’s Center for Arts & Culture...

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Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Cameron, former Creative Director, Habimah Arts Camp

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Cameron
Former Creative Director
Habimah Arts Camp

Get to know our former Creative Director of Habimah Arts Camps, Jennifer Cameron! 

Jenn Cameron's professional life has been on a creative path that ranges from Theatre to Interior Design. She began her professional Theatre career performing throughout the country in Regional Theatre Productions, in such shows as, "Hairspray", "CATS," "42nd Street" and more. Upon moving to Baltimore from NYC, her goals changed and she hung up her professional dance shoes to focus on her family. During this time, she had the honor of...

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Meet Our New Arts Education Manager: Adrienne Bergeron

After years of performing and professional theater experience in New York and Los Angeles, Adrienne brings her unique energy and deep understanding of engaging youth in the performing arts she loves so much. Learn more about her plans with our video interview:

Meet Adrienne Bergeron, the Jewish Community Center’s newest addition to our Arts & Culture Team and year-round artist in residence. Adrienne will be overseeing all of the JCC’s youth arts programs, including our 2021 Habimah Arts camps. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Adrienne grew up in Georgia...

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Sneak Peek at the Gordon Fall Season

From the return of the virtual Fall Jewish Film Series and Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature to live concerts on the Gordon Theater stage and the continuation of movies and events at Gordon Outdoors, there is much to keep engaged, inspired and connected to arts, culture and Jewish life.

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming season offerings:

Virtual Fall Film Series

This special series of three outstanding films of Jewish interest explores the theme of Resilience through Struggle: Films about the Holocaust and Today. The three dramas include Tiger Within, the tale of an unlikely friendship between a troubled teen and a Holocaust survivor, featuring Ed Asner; Plan A, the incredible true...

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...

Meet Sara Shalva

New Chief Arts Officer at the JCC

Sara Shalva’s enthusiasm about her new position as the JCC’s Chief Arts Officer is palpable and contagious. In fact, it’s impossible to speak with Shalva for more than a few minutes without getting excited about the future of the J’s already excellent arts and culture programming.

“What could be better than a job that allows me to provide opportunities for people to be moved by music, dance, theater, learning and visual arts? It’s totally inspiring,” says Sara, whose plans for her new position include creating strategic partnerships, focusing on Israel as a platform for arts and culture programming, expanding adult enrichment opportunities and designing arts, culture and history oriented trips for adults.

Born in Managua, Nicaragua, Sara grew up in Northern Virginia. She was always drawn to the performing arts and as a...

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Making their Mark on the World

Ten Jewish Baltimoreans to be Honored at 2019 Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame

While many of us aspire to change the world and do so in many ways, there are those who go above and beyond to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Every other year, the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame (HOF) honors up to 10 exceptional Jewish Baltimoreans who have made significant contributions to the local and global community through their life’s work in fields such as science, education, business, medicine, law, politics, community service, sports and the arts.

The advent of the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame dates to 2008.  According to JCC Chief Executive Officer Barak Hermann, “We wanted to create an event that celebrates the lives of individuals whose...

Meet Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein headlines J Live at the Gordon April 8

When Michael Feinstein moved to California at the age of 20, he went to a psychic to receive some life’s direction. A waiter at a piano bar where he was playing had suggested he do so.

“I had never been to a psychic,” he says, “And I figured $25, what the heck?”

The psychic told him that in the future he’d be singing music and be known as much for the way he “set up” songs, in addition to the way he’d be singing them. That’s exactly what Feinstein is doing today.

Feinstein’s breakthrough performance came together in the spring of 1985 when, by default, he was offered a gig at San Francisco’s Plush Room, a venue for jazz and cabaret artists.

“Someone fell out and they needed someone to do a show,” Feinstein recalls.  This was the first time he did a show where the...

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Roni Koresh and “Inner Sun” Shine Bright

Internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer Roni Koresh and his troupe of dancers perform at The Gordon Center February 16, 2019

Roni Koresh started dancing with his mother as a child, and was eventually discovered dancing at parties. “I fell in love with dance; it gave me an identity, defined me differently than most people,” Roni said as he and his troupe prepare for their visit.

Roni was encouraged by many to pursue dance professionally, and it quickly became not only a career path, but a true passion.