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JCC Blog

Tag: Youth

Jun20

Celebrating Jewish Holidays with Our ECEC Children

How do you begin to teach preschool children about the Jewish holidays?

In the Fall of 2017, members of the JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center team assembled a beautiful document providing answers to that question.  Over the course of six months, they developed a resource guide for fellow JCC teachers entitled: Chageinu: Our Celebrations!: An Early Childhood Education Curricular Resource for Teaching Holidays.

The principal authors behind Chageinu were Judy Bickford, Assistant Director of the Meyerhoff ECEC, Staci Katz, Early Childhood Educator (who conceived the idea), and Rabbi Jessy Dressin.

According to Judy, “In creating this text, we wanted to develop a dynamic, growing document. We published it in the form a notebook, so everything is removable. We can add to it as the need arises, or we can subtract from it.”

The...

Apr26
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A New, Unusual, and Miraculous Israel Experience

By Carly Schwartz, Senior Director of Early Childhood Education Center 

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam she’he’eyanu v’qi’y’manu v’higiyanu lazman ha’zeh.  Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion. 

The Schecheyanu blessing is recited to celebrate special occasions, it is said to be thankful for new and unusual experiences.  This seems like the perfect way to start the story of my trip to Israel – a new and unusual experience!

My trip to Israel, while not a first-time experience -- this was my fifth trip to Israel -- certainly was...

Mar26

We’re Having a Party!

5th Annual Community Block Party 
#RocktheBlock2018

It’s time for the whole family to let loose and live it up, to revel in the heart and energy of this great community in a lively, festive environment.

Kick off your summer and join the J at its 5th Annual Community Block Party, a festival celebrating the people, organizations, and businesses that make this neighborhood so charming.

Save the date - Sunday, June 3, 2018

According to Block Party Director Melissa Seltzer, “This is the 5th anniversary year of the Community Block Party. We’re taking everything that’s great about the day and adding on...

Mar23
Swimming at J Camps
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Experience the Magic of J Camps

Does your child like to play, explore, create, and swim? Then prepare for a J Camps summer to remember! The diversity and mix of this year’s J Camps’ offerings is incredible.

J Camps Senior Director Emily Stern puts it best, “We have something to fit the needs of every child, covering anything your child may be interested in.” And, J Camps runs 12 weeks, from Baltimore County Public School closing in June through the Friday before Labor Day weekend.

The variety of J Camp offerings begins for campers as young as two years of age (J Camps’ Noah’s Ark and Camp Ami programs), and runs through its...

Jan19
Shlichim Counselors at Camp
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Continuing a J Camps Connection in Israel

This June, Robin and Jason Katcoff jet to Israel with daughters Wriley, 12, and Ariella, 9, for Wriley’s Bat Mitzvah.  They’re so excited, not only because Wriley will have her Bat Mitzvah in Israel as part of a tour with Beth Am Synagogue, but for four days beforehand, the family will embark on a great “Shlichim tour,” visiting several of the shlichim they have hosted for J Camps and Noah’s Ark Camp and the Macks Center for Jewish Education, here in their Owings Mills home over the last five years.

Shlichim is the plural form of the Hebrew word “shaliach,” which means “emissary” or “messenger.” Each summer, J Camps plays host to several shlichim, to increase Jewish awareness and knowledge and to promote an understanding of Israeli ideals among J Camp campers and the camp community.

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Jun29
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Early Education “Rock Star”

Stoler Early Childhood Education Leader Ilene Meister Prepares for Her Next Act  

Ilene MeisterOn the heels of an incredible 30 years as an educator and then Director of the JCC’s Stoler Early Childhood Education Center, Ilene Meister is set to reignite her career as a top educator in the region.  To those who know her well, that is hardly a surprise.

“Ilene Meister is a rock star,” says Dale Busch, the JCC’s former Executive Vice President from 1994-2011.

“Ilene’s mind is so vibrant and creative,” says Dale. “You give her the seed of a concept and she runs with it. She’s so passionate...

May12
Mother's Day
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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Nurturing the Community’s Children at the J

At the JCC’s Meyerhoff and Stoler Early Childhood Education Centers (ECE), we are fortunate to have in our classrooms, five Mother/Daughter teaching pairs. Their love for each other and their love and nurturing kindness toward the children they teach lay at the heart and soul of what our ECE is really all about. Indeed, we are very blessed to have these 10 outstanding women on board as educators. 

Sonia and Arielle Bodner

Sonia and Arielle BodnerFor Sonia Bodner, the best part about teaching at the Meyerhoff ECE is its “homey” atmosphere. The J’s child care center, she says, runs “...

Mar29
Mr. Sol teaching
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The man, the myth, the legend …

Mr Sol and his classMr. Sol 

Born at Sinai Hospital in 1965, the youngest of six siblings, Sol began working at the J in 1982, 35 years ago.

As a student at Franklin High School, he began volunteering his time doing what he’s always done best: helping out others, distributing lunches to seniors on Tuesdays and Fridays.

In 1986, on a break from the J, Sol began a six-month training program at Sinai Hospital’s pediatric department, working with two year-olds and teenagers. There, he helped two year-olds who could not sit up; he also worked with teenagers who had tried to commit suicide - he shared with them lessons in life.   

A young Sol had already experienced some lessons in his own life.

Sol was...

Mar17
Kids playing at the DBJCC
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Building a Thriving Jewish Community Downtown

Parents with young children love the Downtown Baltimore JCC (DBJCC) because it’s a wonderful entry point toward building community in Baltimore City.

The DBJCC is more than just a great place for infants and toddlers to explore and develop; it’s also a space for new moms and dads to enhance their parenting skills. But learning isn’t the only thing that takes place at the DBJCC! Parents and caregivers love to socialize and hang out together, and, of course, it’s also a terrific place to throw a birthday party!

According to DBJCC mom Diana Coyle, “The DBJCC is just so easy. It has everything you need if you have young children - stroller parking, changing stations. My kids know it and they’re comfortable there. They love the toys...

Feb27
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Rocking and Singing with Ms. Vanessa

Ms. Vanessa Culp has been teaching infants and toddlers – and their parents – at the Meyerhoff Early Education Center at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC for over twelve years.

A blessing for so many young parents passing through the Meyerhoff, Ms. Vanessa’s kindness and support, her calm demeanor, and her nurturing soul are gifts that don’t go unnoticed.

There are so many terrific teachers at both of the J’s Early Childhood Education Centers. Vanessa is one of those teachers you want at the head of the classroom, or, in Vanessa’s case, down on the ground with your child, observing, smiling, laughing and playing.

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