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Jeff Rubin Represents Team USA in Tennis at the 21st Maccabiah Games

The 21st Maccabiah Games are currently being held in Netanya, Israel. Jeff Rubin, a local business owner, JCC member and husband of our very own Chief Advancement Officer, Esther Greenberg, is proudly representing the US team and competing in the 65+ tennis competition. He is one of approximately 12,000 Jewish athletes competing in the games, that are often referred to as the ‘Jewish Olympics’. The first Maccabiah games were held in Tel Aviv in 1932.

The opening ceremonies were a spectacle held in a soccer stadium that housed 35,000 fans and even the President of the United States, Joe Biden, who happened to be the first US President to ever do so. As the 1,350...

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Meet Desharn Fowlkes: Finance Associate

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Desharn Fowlkes, the J Finance team's new Finance Associate. Before joining the JCC, Desharn was a Payroll Analyst with Laureate Education, Inc. where he spent 3 years of his professional career. Fun Fact: Desharn has a Criminal Justice, Homeland Security degree.

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: I am excited to work with a great group of people.

Q: What led you to this career path and more specifically, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore?
A: I have a background in finance.

Q: What is your favorite aspect about this role or finance in general?

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Meet Stacey Needle: Assistant Marketing Director - Center for Youth & Families

Join us as we give a warm welcome to the newest member of our marketing team, Stacey Needle. She is excited about taking on her new position as the J’s Assistant Marketing Director for the Center for Youth & Families. Stacey's role includes working with Baby & Me, Stoler Early Learning Center, E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center, J Kids (including youth arts), J Camps, Jewish Family Engagement, Teens and 4Front as well as helping with our Public Relations. Fun facts: Stacey worked at the JCC for several years teaching Baby & Me classes and has showcased her theatrical performance skills at our JCC locations.

Q: What is your...

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Meet Elena Mengazova: Accounting Manager

Join us as we give a warm welcome to the newest member of our Finance team, Elena Mengazova. Elena started her new role as the J’s Accounting Manager at Park Heights in early April. Before joining our team, she was the Senior Cost Accountant with Conveyor and Automation Technologies where she spent the past six years of her professional career. Fun Facts: besides English, Elena is also fluent in Russian and her daughter is currently attending our Owings Mills Preschool program.

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: As a participant in one of the many JCC's programs, I wanted to be a part of the JCC team and help people enhance the quality of individual and family life through...

4Front teens participating in Muffin Day
Meet Or Caduri: 4Front's Relational Engagement Senior Associate

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Or Caduri, 4Front’s new Relational Engagement Senior Associate. As the Baltimore Jewish community’s comprehensive teen initiative, 4Front serves as a hub for Jewish teens to explore their Jewish identity guided by the program’s four pillars–advocate, innovate, educate, and collaborate. Or will be running four teen programs: Peer Leadership Fellows, Social Innovation Fellowship, Teen Board Observers and J Camps CIT. Originally from Israel, his interests have enabled him to visit and live in various countries before moving to the U.S. in 2018. When he was in North Carolina Or led youth programs and sites in public schools. Currently, he resides...

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Meet Polina Braginsky: Payroll and Accounts Payable Associate

Join us as we give a warm welcome to the newest member of the JCC’s finance team, Polina Braginsky. She is our new Payroll and Accounts Payable Associate. Polina was previously an Early Learning Center teacher and is excited to return to the JCC in this new position where she can incorporate her accounting and payroll skills. Fun Fact: Born in Russia, Polina emigrated to Israel as a child when she was eight years old and would, later on, spend three years in the Israel Defense Force. In addition to English, she is fluent in Russian and Hebrew!                               

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC; what drew you to working here?

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Meet Emily Stern: Chief Program Officer

Here at the JCC of Greater Baltimore, our members form our community and our staff is an extension of our family. One staff member, in particular, has grown personally and professionally with the JCC from a young age. You may know her as the Senior Director of J Camps, but recently, Emily Stern has been promoted to the executive team as Chief Program Officer. With her dedication to the JCC and its mission, passion and enthusiasm for our programs, and a selfless attitude towards helping others, it goes without saying that this milestone is well deserved. 

Attending Camp Milldale in grade school was Emily’s first experience at the JCC and by the age of 18, she was working at the J part-time as a...

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Meet Evan Taub: Middle School and Teen Services Coordinator at Owings Mills

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Evan Taub, our new Middle School and Teen Services Coordinator. Growing up, Evan was a camper for seven years at URJ–Union for Reform Judaism’s Camp Coleman in Georgia and spent two summers as a staff member while being on their leadership team. He graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Syracuse University and relocated to Jacksonville, FL to take on the role of youth director/CLASP Fellow (Camp Leader And Synagogue Professional) for Congregation Ahavath Chesed. We are thrilled to have Evan on our team and get to wish him a happy birthday as he turns 26 in April. We know that he will make lasting...

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Meet Jesse Cerrotti: Senior Director of J Camps at Owings Mills

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Jesse Cerrotti, our new Senior Director of J Camps at Owings Mills! Jesse is new to Baltimore but is very familiar with camp–he grew up going to JCC camps in New England, worked five summers at URJ Eisner Camp (Union for Reform Judaism), and was the Assistant Director at Kutz Camp. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Hartford and studied in graduate programs at the University of Northern Colorado and Hebrew Union College. We are excited to have Jesse direct J Camps and he is looking forward to creating lifelong memories for the campers and staff who call our community, home.

Q: Why are you excited...

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Meet Geoffrey Campbell: Senior Director of IMS at Owings Mills J

Meet Geoffrey Campbell
Senior Director of Information Management Systems 
Rosenbloom Owings Mills J

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Geoffrey Campbell, as the JCC's first Senior Director of Information Management Systems. Geoff is a data-driven techie who is also down-to-earth. Helping people is at the core of what he does–so working for the JCC is the perfect fit for him. Read more about his interests and the new projects he will be working on in the year ahead.

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: I am super excited to work with the great people here and improve all of the...