Virtual Gordon | Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Altho the Gordon Center’s indoor venue is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, join us for exciting virtual arts and culture experiences online, and fun movie screenings at our NEW Gordon Outdoors drive-in movie venue!

Altho the Gordon Center’s indoor venue is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, join us for exciting virtual arts and culture experiences online, and fun movie screenings at our NEW Gordon Outdoors drive-in movie venue!

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Virtual Gordon

The Gordon Center may be closed to the public, but we're still going on with the show! 

Our programming team is putting together some exciting virtual music concerts, film screenings and discussions for online audiences, as well as engaging classes, book groups and other virtual learning experiences.
 

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7th Annual Post-Thanksgiving Concert with Ken & Brad Kolodner and Charm City Junction

A Virtual Live-Streaming Event: Saturday, November 28 | 8:00 pm 
Dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddles, and along with upright bassist Alex Laquement, the innovative Baltimore-based ensemble pushes the boundaries of string band music into uncharted territory.  Joined by Baltimore-based acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction, comprised of: Patrick McAvinue on fiddle, Brad Kolodner on clawhammer banjo, Sean McComiskey on button accordion, and Alex Lacquement on upright bass.

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Words & Ideas Programs

In Their Own Words: A Virtual Author Series Focusing on international best selling authors in conversation with journalists, other authors and thought leaders, these professional, webinar style intimate discussions explore the author's writing process and their relationship with storytelling. Through these events, we hope to encourage reading and doing, and would love for groups of people to subscribe and form their own book clubs. Books are provided in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop -- thank you for supporting local small business!

The Wisdom Studio is a space to explore Judaism and Jewish culture as it evolves and develops on the page, on the screen, in the studio. Jewish literature and music, art and ideas, people, Israel and Torah are explored in a broad, deep and meaningful way by skilled educators and thinkers on these topics. Our instructors are early adaptors, authors, cultural commentators, professors and thought leaders, who will teach and facilitate completely virtual classes and conversations at wisdom intersections.

Amplifying Voices This intersectional series marries internal tshuva -- personal pattern breaking, growth and reckoning -- with a series of programs for artists and thought leaders inside and outside the Jewish community to reflect on race, religion and identity.  We invite the entire community into authentic and meaningful conversation on how we all engage in the world with sensitivity and compassion. In partnership with the Tucson JCC.

Israel Insights The Insight Israel Forum is partnering with the JCCs of Baltimore to inspire a continuum of information, education, dialogue and experiential opportunities connecting our community and Israel. Encouraging candid discussion and ongoing reflection while considering diverse viewpoints, this innovative effort promotes respect and civil discourse via educational programs led by high-profile scholars, facilitators and world class practitioners, in person and virtually.

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Prior Events:

Solitude: Yonatan Grinberg Virtual Concert

Wednesday, August 4, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Violinist Yonatan Grinberg explores the power and intimate beauty of solo violin repertoire from Bach to the present. The program includes Bach's Partita in D Minor with the famous Chaconne, Ysaye's celebrated "Ballade" sonata, Aram Khachaturian's Sonate-Monolgue for solo violin, and Grinberg's own violin fantasy on the riveting Hasidic tune "Kah Echsof."

Please Note: This concert has been rescheduled from Monday, August 3rd due to inclement weather: the expected storm expected calls for high winds in addition to rain and we are concerned that we may lose our internet connection and be unable to stream this concert. All prior ticket purchases will be honored for the new date.

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Summer of Love Concert

Co-presented with Charm City Bluegrass and WTMD
Sunday, July 12 | 2:00-6:00pm

Don't miss another great virtual concert streaming live from the Gordon stage, featuring local favorites playing music to promote love and equality. The lineup of artists include:
Dancing Bears: A Grateful Dead Tribute Band​ (Jon Wood Band, Jon Brady, Ari Lesser, Alex Lang, Nate Shulkin), The Dirty Grass Players, Wicked Sycamore and Cara Kelly & the Tell Tale

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Book your Summer with the Virtual J

This July, join our new virtual book series in partnership with the Ivy Bookshop.

This curated series focuses on international best selling authors Daniel Silva, Esther Safron Foer and Adeena Susman, each in conversation with a family member or friend.  These informal discussions will explore the author's writing process and the relationship between storytelling, research and personal experience.  The book series includes one work of fiction, one memoir and one cookbook, and gives everyone a chance to delve into a Jewish experience from different perspectives. Through these books, we hope to encourage reading and doing -- and would love for groups of people to subscribe and form their own book clubs. Each ticket includes a copy of that week’s autographed book and access to the corresponding virtual event.  We are arranging for safe curb-side pickup of books, whether you order one book or the whole bunch. 

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The 32nd Annual William & Irene Weinberg Family
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

This year's film festival is going virtual!  

For over 30 years, the BJFF has presented outstanding films of Jewish interest, as well as film education opportunites.  From May 16 through June 10, join us online for another diverse selection of engaging films that examine Jewish history, heritage, and culture, with online screenings and live discussions via zoom!

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Virtual Concert with Guitarist Matt Chase


 


Charm City Bluegrass Presents: Digi-Fest

Sunday April 26 | 12:00-5:00pm

If you missed it LIVE, you can still view the event live-streamed from the Gordon stage with Charm City Bluegrass.  Read the review from These Subtle Sounds -- and there is still time to make a donation to the Virtual Tip Jar

Streamed LIVE from the Gordon Center Stage with a variety of local, regional national artists, presented in partnership with WTMD, Union Craft Brewing and and The Hamilton in D.C.  Tune in for a series of performances with great jams, cool hosts, and much more!  Hosted by Sam Sessa (WTMD), the lineup of artists includes: 19th Street Band, The High and Wides, Ken & Brad Kolodner, The Honey Dewdrops, and Caleb Stine.

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Film & Discussion: Sustainable Nation

Wednesday, April 29 | 7:00pm -and- Thursday, April 30 | 2:00pm 

In celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, we're partnering with OpenDor Media to present this new documentary, Sustainable Nation, following three Israeli visionaries and their innovative ideas for sustainable solutions to the world's water crisis, where 1.2 Billion people lack access to safe drinking water. But water is just the beginning, as their efforts highlight the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity. 

How to participate:  The film will be available online for seven days, from Sunday April 26 through Saturday May 2. Click the link below to watch the film online anytime on your own schedule, then register at the discussion links below to join us for one of these two sessions livestreamed via Zoom.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

Watch the Film Join the Discussion: Apr 29 Join the Discussion: Apr 30 How to Zoom


The Gefilte Film

With Happy Passover greetings, the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival committee shares this new short film by New York-born director Rachel Fleit: Each year, the Hermelin family of Detroit come together to celebrate Passover by eating Gefilte fish. While simple on the surface, gefilte is filled with history and meaning. However, “the dish of gefilte isn’t about the fish,” says the Brooklyn-based writer and director. Instead, “it becomes a lightening rod, in which we project all of our feelings about family, identity, tradition, struggle, loss—and as always, love."

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Discussion: Hummus: The Movie

Thursday, April 2 | 7:30pm

Hummus: The Movie is an eclectic, touching film about the delicious superfood with the power to bring people together around the world.  Weaving together the personal stories of three Israelis from very different cultural backgrounds who are brought together by their shared love for hummus, director Oren Rosenfeld tastefully demonstrates how food can positively affect our culture and transcend religious and political divides.

How to participate:  Click the link below to watch the film online anytime on your own schedule, then join us for a livestream Zoom discussion at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 2.

Watch the Film Join the Discussion How to Zoom

Watch this video with our Senior Director of Community Arts, Melissa Seltzer, whipping up a batch of lemon garlic hummus inspired by the movie, and share your favorite hummus recipes or links to your own how-to videos with us in the YouTube comments!


Please continue to follow us on Facebook and at Jcc.org/Virtual-J for updates and other helpful resources. Learn more about our COVID-19 response -->

We continue to be passionate about the belief that art and performance build community, create immersive transformative experiences, and enliven and uplift our lives.  In this challenging time, may the arts in your life lift you up, remind you of the power of creativity and give you strength to get through these uncertain times. 

Sara Shalva, Chief Arts Officer
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts

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The Gordon and the JCC bring arts enrichment & cultural events to the community. We offer high-quality arts classes, trips, films and other creative opportunities for adults as well as dance, music and performing arts programs for youth. You can find them at the Gordon Center or in the classrooms and studios of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills and Weinberg Park Heights JCCs. 

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