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Dec10
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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...

Dec06
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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....

Oct27
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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...

Oct07
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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...

May03
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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...

Mar31
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Meet Our New Camp Koolanu Director: Rabbi Uri Meyers

Summer is right around the corner and Camp Koolanu is preparing for the best summer ever with our new Camp Director, Rabbi Uri Meyers. Rabbi Meyers is a longtime educator, currently teaching in the lower school at the Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland and comes with a strong and well-rounded camp background working as a camp counselor, division head and learning Rebbe. With his humor, enthusiasm, and a passion for working with children, Rabbi Meyers is looking forward to joining the Koolanu family and sharing an amazing summer with all the Koolanu Campers! Get to know Rabbi Meyers better, below!

Q: Why is camp so important to you?...

Mar22
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JCC Enters New Collaboration with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center

This unique partnership serves as a model for future JCC and Synagogue partnerships

Effective July 1, 2021, our JCC will formally begin a collaboration with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s (BHC) E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center in which we will provide the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center with day-to-day management services, marketing strategy, and professional development. 

As Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore explains. “We are confident that the combined talents of the JCC’s and BHC’s professional staff and our proven track record in delivering Jewish early childhood education will enable us to enrich an already strong preschool environment at the E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center at...

Dec11
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Meet Sherri Zaslow: LifeBridge Health Living Well at the Weinberg Park Heights J

Meet Sherri Zaslow
Community Wellness Coordinator

LifeBridge Health Living Well
at the Weinberg Park Heights J

We are excited to welcome Sherri Zaslow. As the new Community Wellness Coordinator for LifeBridge Health at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, Sherri will be coordinating health and wellness programs and services for the Park Heights community. Her office will be adjacent to the new, soon-to-be-open Sinai Wellness and Education Suite, which will be dedicated to wellness educational programming. 

Q. Why...

Feb03
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Beyond Baltimore: Learning Across the Globe

Bringing Lessons Home from JCC International Conference

By Barak Hermann, CEO and Randi Buergenthal, Board Chair

What can we learn from a JCC in Istanbul, Turkey? How can we connect to Jewish communities in India, countries in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and Krakow, Poland? As it turns out, there are countless benefits to connecting to JCCs and Jewish communities from around the globe. 

This December, we traveled to Israel to attend JCC Global: 10th Annual World Conference of JCCs. We were joined by professional and volunteer leaders from 30 JCCs worldwide. Together, we shared stories of our communities, Jewish identity, and new endeavors at our JCCs. In many...

Sep19
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Reimagining the Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Chef Dan’s Café, Upgraded Pool and More!

The Weinberg Park Heights J has come a long way since it opened in 1960. Many of you have seen significant changes in the past 15 years, but according to JCC CEO Barak Hermann, we are about to embark on a multi-year improvement plan transforming much of the building and some of the services we offer.

“Over the next two years you will see a major growth of LifeBridge Health wellness programing tailored to the needs of the frum community.” announced Barak. “Rooms and offices will be moved around and redesigned to accommodate LifeBridge and numerous new fitness opportunities. People who haven’t visited in a while won’t believe their eyes!”           

Adds Barak, “The Weinberg Park Heights J is a truly unique JCC, as it is the only JCC in the country that primarily serves an...