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Habimah Arts

Welcome to Habimah Arts Camp 2021!

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We are actively planning for summer in 2022! Stay tuned for more information.

Your emerging artist is in for a real treat as they enhance their skills and explore new horizons with some of Baltimore's best performing and visual artists and have a chance to take the stage and fill the Gordon Gallery with creativity. 

Every day will begin with a group warm- up and the day will include sessions with your incredible Artists in Residence (AIR).There will also be time for lunch, swim*, and group activities. As we count the days until camp, we’re so excited to share with you more about schedules, Artists in Residence, and your Leadership Staff. 

*Instructional swim available for Grades 1 & 2. All campers will have free swim.

2021 Session Themes:
Each session of Habimah will have a unique theme and all of your Artists in Residence will have theater and visual art projects that coordinate with these themes. Your 2021 camp themes are (drum roll please!): 

Session 1: Fantasy Land
Session 2: We’re All In This Together
Session 3: All You Need Is Love
Session 4: Bring In The Noise! 

And There’s More!

  • Each 2 week session will include an exclusive professional performance just for Habimah campers.
  • Back by popular demand, is “Habimah’s Got Talent” an informal chance for campers to showcase their talent in a fun and open environment.
  • The oldest campers will have special training from our Director and veteran staff.
  • The second Friday of each 2 week session will be the Habimah Showcase. The showcase is open for families and friends to watch as the campers show off all of their new talents and skills. 
  • Habimah campers also participate in all J Camp events including service projects, shabbat, animal week, and more. 

Meet Habimah's 2021 Artists in Residence (AIRs)

Acting AIR - Paul Diem
Acting AIR - Shayna Freedman
Acting AIR - Gerrad Alex Taylor
Comedy Entertainment AIR - The Jokesters
Dance AIR - Adrienne Bergeron
Visual Arts AIR - Art with a Heart

Meet Your Leadership Team!

Melissa Seltzer, Senior Director, Community Arts

Melissa supervises all arts education programming including Habimah Arts Camp and the J's Children's Theater Production Company as well and leads the curation of the Gordon Center Family Season. She is passionate about building community and creating moments for children and adults to be lifelong learners and lovers of arts.  Melissa has a Masters in Jewish Communal Service and has been at the J since 2010.

Contact: Melissa Seltzer |

Gabriel Lewin, Habimah Arts Director 

Back for his 8th summer as Habimah Director, Gabe has a degree in Theater and Jewish Studies and teaches dramatic arts during the year. As the founding director of Habimah Arts Camp, Gabriel brings a wealth of experience both as a teacher, director and performer. He has taught theater, English and choir at several local schools including the former Yeshivat Rambam, as well as Ner Israel and Owings Mills High Schools. Read more about Gabriel.

Contact: Gabriel Lewin |

Mary Gipe, Habimah Arts Camp Creative Director

Mary oversees and teaches the virtual private voice lessons and is the music director for the Children’s Theatre Musical Intensive Program. Mary received her BFA in Musical Theatre in 2018 and has a passion for performing while inspiring others artists to do the same.  This is Mary's third year as the JCC’s Arts and Education Coordinator.

Contact: Mary Gipe |

2021 Camp Dates
June 28 - August 13 | 2-7 Week Sessions
Session 1: June 28 - July 9 | 2 weeks
Session 2: July 12 – 23 | 2 Weeks
Session 3: July 26 - August 6 | 2 Weeks
Session 4: August 9 -13 | 1 Week

Age Group
Grades 1–6

Monday–Friday | 9:15am–4:00pm

Options Available: Early Drop Off and Late Stay | Hot Lunch

ACA Accredited

Check out our New TNT Experience to learn more about arts opportunities for 7th and 8th graders!

Inclusion Program
Children with a range of learning, developmental, social, emotional and/or physical challenges are paired with trained staff enabling them to successfully participate in all camp activities alongside their peers. Space is limited. Additional charges will apply. If you have a child with special needs that would benefit from participating in our program please contact Helene Rapaport at 410.559.3613 or to find out about available Inclusion openings.

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