Introducing the NEW Gordon Lobby!

March 10, 2023
Gordon Center ribbon cutting.

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 official ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling the new grand lobby of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.

The hourlong program featured brief remarks from dignitaries and a luncheon. Among those in attendance were longtime Gordon Center supporter Myrna Edelman Cardin, a former Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore chair; Marc B. Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore; JCC Board Chair Laura Rubenstein; and JCC/Gordon Center CEO Barak Hermann.

The newly reimagined lobby space is designed to enhance patron experience, featuring a contemporary layout with an expanded refreshment area, an 11-ft free-standing video wall, new carpeting, LED lighting and an updated visual arts display space in the Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Gallery.

These improvements in design, technology and functionality will further ensure the programmatic and financial sustainability of the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the JCC’s Center for Arts and Culture by increasing rental income and attracting enhanced partnership opportunities.

Get a first look at the new renovations at the fifth annual J LIVE event on Thursday, March 30, featuring an all-star performance by Forever Motown, dessert reception and community art project. Tickets and More >

With our deepest gratitude to The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, and special thanks to our generous donors: State of Maryland, County Executive Olszewski and Baltimore County Council, Herbert Bearman Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Herman & Walter Samuelson Foundation, Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds, Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust, Larry Boltansky, Alperstein & Stelmack, LLC.

About the Gordon Center
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 which includes Gordon Outdoors—an outdoor event/performance space, youth arts, and virtual cultural programming for adults. More at

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