OUTDOOR POOLS CLOSED, Thursday, June 8, due to the poor air quality that is not safe for our members or staff.  Please check the JCC Aquatics Hotline before coming in on inclement weather and poor air quality days at 410.559.3530.  

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Meet our Directors

Chief Program Officer

Emily Peisach Stern
estern@jcc.org | 410.559.3557
Emily's career started at the J in her teen years where she found a passion for working with children and a commitment to the JCC’s mission.  Prior to leading J Day and our Camping Services Team, Emily directed six successful years of Noah’s Ark Camp. As a past JCC camper herself, Emily knows how a great summer experience can create a lasting love and appreciation for camp. “Camp is where children can grow in a fun and enriching environment and there is not another place like it.” Emily has a Masters of Education in School Counseling from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Mary Washington. As of November 2021, Emily has been promoted to Chief Program Officer.

Assistant Director of J Camps

Ally Feldman
Contact: afeldman@jcc.org | 410.559.2391
Ally has been a part of J Camps since she was just five years old and is excited to be working year round at her summer home! As a child she attended multiple J Camps and eventually became a junior counselor, then a senior counselor, and even served as a unit head at Habimah Arts camp. When Ally graduated she knew the JCC was right where she wanted to be. As the J Camps Coordinator her responsibilities range from doing a wide variety of administrative work to handing out stickers and lollipops to campers when they stop by her office. Ally graduated from Salisbury University in May of 2019 and holds a B.A. in Communication Arts. 

Habimah Arts Camp

Adrienne Bergeron, Director of Youth Arts Education
Adrienne Bergeron is the Arts Education Manager at the JCC and is the director of The Children's Theatre Production Company as well as Dance at the J. Adrienne is thrilled to be the director of the Habimah Arts Camp for the second year in a row.  A fairly recent transplant to Baltimore, by way of Los Angeles, and before that, New York City, Adrienne has been a traveling theatre professional who has been teaching, choreographing, directing, and working in the industry for over fifteen years. A graduate of Lees-McRae College and a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, she is driven to continue a thriving, inviting, and educational theatre environment for children, for both recreation and pre professionals alike. 

Sports Camp

Justin O'Neill, Sports Camp Director
This will be Justin O’Neill’s third summer as the JCC’s Sports Camp Director. Justin is a Towson native and graduated from Towson University in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology. He is currently attaining his Master’s Degree in Teaching at McDaniel College. Justin grew up playing sports and taught Physical Education at the OCA School in Pikesville in 2020. During the year, he coaches flag football at Coppermine Fieldhouse and is a substitute teacher at the Friends School of Baltimore.

“My top priorities at camp are to make sure the kids are being safe and having fun! I strive to help campers of all different skill levels improve their abilities and learn new sports, while also teaching key concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork."

Tennis Academy

Adam Stein, Director
Contact: astein@jcc.org | 410.559.3538
Adam is a USNTA certified Tennis Pro and PPR Certified Pickleball Coach who has been teaching tennis to children and adults at the JCC for over two decades. He has been running our Tennis Camp for 19 years. His JCC past also includes roles as a lifeguard, pool supervisor, league director, camp counselor and personal trainer. Silly much of the time, but serious when he needs to be, Adam is a kid magnet who believes that camp is vacation time for kids. “I want them to have fun and learn skills that will last a lifetime. I also want parents to feel that their children are enjoying their camp experience in a nurturing environment.” Adam has a BS in Physical Education and Kinesiology from Towson University and is also an AAAI/ISMA Certified Fitness Expert.

Noah's Ark Preschool Camp

Kim Davidson, Director, Noah's Ark - Owings Mills
kdavidson@jcc.org | 410.559.3555
Kimberly Davidson is the Assistant Director of the Owings Mills Stoler Early Learning Center. In 2001, following the birth of her first child, Kim joined the J family and taught Mommy and Me classes. Once her children began preschool here, Kim became a teacher in our 2’s class, where she helped to make our famous Pajama Party and End of the Year Picnic huge successes.

Camp Koolanu

Aharon Levi, Director
Mr. Levi has been involved in Chinuch for over twenty years in Baltimore and is a mainstay of Mechinas Ner Israel where he is a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and teacher mentor. His warm, engaging, respected rapport with the talmidim, parents, and staff along with his professional experience make him a great asset to the Camp Koolanu team.


Shawnise Crawford, Assistant Aquatics Director
scrawford@jcc.org | 410.500.5931
Shawnise’s summers are spent poolside at the Owings Mills JCC managing the J Camps Instructional Swim program, where her goal is for every camper to have a fun-filled, safe and enriching swim experience. Throughout the rest of the year, Shawnise oversees the J’s Swim School, including lessons for our ECEC students, and manages the pool at the Owings Mills JCC. She has worked in the J’s Aquatics department for over 15 years teaching, coaching, and helping swimmers and lifeguards cultivate their skills. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Villa Julie College.

Counselors In Training (CIT)

Or Caduri, CIT Director
Contact: ocaduri@jcc.org | 410.559.3553
Originally from Israel, Or has lived in various countries before moving to the U.S in 2018. Throughout his career, Or has worked as a mentor for adults in-need in Israeli organizations, has taught yoga and mindfulness in Israel and Asia, and has led youth programs and sites in public schools in North Carolina. Or has obtained his BA in Social Sciences and Humanities from The Open University in Israel. He is married and lives in Owings Mills with his wife and son. When not spending time with his family, you can find Or meditating, going on walks in nature, and studying the Jewish Kabbalah.

At 4Front, Or will run four of 4Front’s teen programs: Peer Leadership Fellows, Social Innovation Fellowship, Teen Board Observers Program, and J Camps CIT.

Jewish Life

Rabbi Ariel Platt
aplatt@jcc.org | 410.804.7447
Ariel is thrilled to be coming back to her roots at the JCC. A Native Baltimorean, Ariel has spent years being a part of the J as a Top Notch Teen (TNT), working at the Early Childhood Education Center and as a part of the DBJCC. Rabbi Ariel received her Rabbinic Ordination and Masters in Jewish thought in 2015 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, her B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College, and comes with 6 years of experience engaging and empowering learners of all ages and backgrounds. Most recently she was the Director of Education and Engagement at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills. She is now excited to educate, engage, and empower the families of the JCC.

“Judaism is a way of life, filled with possibilities. We live and breathe its values every day without realizing it. The goal is to inspire families/people to live those values intentionally.” 

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