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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...

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Meet Laura Kurcfeld: Senior Program Director, Park Heights JCC

Meet Laura Kurcfeld
Senior Program Director,
Weinberg Park Heights J

Join us as we give a warm welcome to Laura Kurcfeld, our new Senior Program Director at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC! Laura has strong ties to the Baltimore Orthodox community and is thrilled to bring her talents and knowledge to this new role. Get to know more about Laura and some of the exciting plans she has for the JCC in her interview.

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: I’ve been a part of the Baltimore Orthodox community for over 21 years. The JCC is exactly what it represents – The Jewish Community....

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Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Cameron, former Creative Director, Habimah Arts Camp

Artist Spotlight: Jennifer Cameron
Former Creative Director
Habimah Arts Camp

Get to know our former Creative Director of Habimah Arts Camps, Jennifer Cameron! 

Jenn Cameron's professional life has been on a creative path that ranges from Theatre to Interior Design. She began her professional Theatre career performing throughout the country in Regional Theatre Productions, in such shows as, "Hairspray", "CATS," "42nd Street" and more. Upon moving to Baltimore from NYC, her goals changed and she hung up her professional dance shoes to focus on her family. During this time, she had the honor of...

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Meet Mary Eda Coleman: Stoler Early Learning Center, Administrative Assistant

Meet Mary Eda Coleman
Stoler Early Learning Center
Administrative Assistant 

Meet Mary Eda Coleman as our Administrative Assistant at the Stoler Early Learning Center in Owings Mills. Mary Eda joined our team just before the start of Noah's Ark camp. Once a parent who brought her kids to see our Gordon Center shows, Mary Eda is now excited to be in her new role where she gets to apply her previous career experiences. Get to know more about Mary Eda in her interview. 

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: I love working around children and I love the values that...

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Meet Melissa Dorenfeld: Member & Guest Services, Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Meet Melissa Dorenfeld
Member & Guest Services, 
Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Help us give a warm welcome to Melissa Dorenfeld, our new Welcome Desk Supervisor at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills J. Having grown up at the JCC, Melissa has strong ties to our community and is excited to be back in her new role. She is filling in Antonius Reterink's previous position as he moved up to Membership Coordinator. Get to know more about Melissa in her interview. 

Q: Why are you excited to be at the JCC?
A: The JCC has always been a part of...

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Meet Our New Arts Education Manager: Adrienne Bergeron

After years of performing and professional theater experience in New York and Los Angeles, Adrienne brings her unique energy and deep understanding of engaging youth in the performing arts she loves so much. Learn more about her plans with our video interview:

Meet Adrienne Bergeron, the Jewish Community Center’s newest addition to our Arts & Culture Team and year-round artist in residence. Adrienne will be overseeing all of the JCC’s youth arts programs, including our 2021 Habimah Arts camps. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Adrienne grew up in Georgia...

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Sneak Peek at the Gordon Fall Season

From the return of the virtual Fall Jewish Film Series and Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature to live concerts on the Gordon Theater stage and the continuation of movies and events at Gordon Outdoors, there is much to keep engaged, inspired and connected to arts, culture and Jewish life.

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming season offerings:

Virtual Fall Film Series
This special series of three outstanding films of Jewish interest explores the theme of Resilience through Struggle: Films about the Holocaust and Today. The three dramas include Tiger Within, the tale of an unlikely friendship between a troubled teen and a Holocaust survivor, featuring Ed Asner; Plan A, the incredible true...

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CSA: The Final Kiah

For the past 30 years Jen Lake (AKA Ms. Jen) and her and her father’s business, Comprehensive Survival Arts (CSA), have been a large part of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. That is why it is with bittersweet sentiments that we inform you that Jen and her father, have decided to close CSA after this summer, to pursue a new career.

CSA was started in the 1970’s by Jen’s father, Douglas Lake, where it was initially located out of Doug’s basement. Over the years, Doug and Jen would travel to different schools and special events to teach martial arts.   In 1991, CSA began its’ partnership with the JCC by bringing their program to Camp Milldale, the JCC’s former offsite day camp. After a successful summer, the Lakes were invited to instruct classes at the Park Heights JCC...

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Congratulations J Swim Team!

A note from our J Swim Team JCC Barracudas Head Coach, Brendan McElroy,

I wanted to share the incredible success our J Swim Team had this past year. Congratulations to all of the coaches, staff and volunteers for an amazing job done with both our year-round and summer teams!

J Swimming year round team continued to train and compete through the challenges of COVID-19. Throughout our season, we participated in the MD Swimming Virtual Meet Series as well as in person meets later in our season. In July, J Swimming sent 16 athletes to the MD Swimming Junior Championship meet in Sterling, VA. In addition,  we culminated our season by sending 4 athletes to the MD Swimming State Championship meet in Sterling, VA. We are proud of Hiro...

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Meet Antonius Reterink: Member & Guest Services, Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Meet Antonius Reterink
Member & Guest Services, 
Welcome Desk Supervisor at Owings Mills J

Help us give a warm welcome to Antonius Reterink, our new Welcome Desk Supervisor at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills J! Antonius worked at the JCC in San Francisco for nine years, most recently as the assistant customer service manager. He is thrilled to be continuing his JCC career journey here in Baltimore.

Antonius truly values what the JCC provides to the community.  He says that it is a place where people of all backgrounds can come together. It is a common hub where you are not split up...