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A Newsletter of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore March 2010 Adar/Nisan 5770

Inside: Jewish Life 2 FYI 3 Children & Youth 4-5 Teens 6 Special Needs 6 Maccabi 7 The Arts 8-9 Adult Life Plus 10 Fitness & Wellness 11 Aquatics 12 Staff News 13

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Engaging and Challenging

Our JCC Early Childhood Education program provides an integrated curriculum enhanced by hands-on experiences. What do the letter “S” and the country of China have in common? Did you guess spaghetti? If so, you’re just as smart as the four-year olds enrolled in our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program here at the JCC. Using an integrated curriculum our teachers have taught their students that spaghetti, which was invented in China, can also be used to create geometric shapes and when you boil spaghetti it becomes soft forming the letter “S”. In just a few short lessons the students have taken a journey with the letter “S”. It has becomes more than just a letter in the alphabet, it also plays a role in social studies, math, science and vocabulary. At the JCC ECE our integrated curriculum is just one example of how our program is always evolving and changing with what research and practice prove to be “best practices” in early childhood education. “In both our Park Heights and Owings Mills ECE programs, we strive to offer our students innovative and interesting learning opportunities that are both engaging and enriching,” explains Ilene Meister, the JCC’s Early Childhood Education Director. “Many parents today are looking for preschool programs that are intellectually challenging while also providing ample time for play.” In fact “play experiences provide some of the most significant opportunities for learning,” says Jodi Fishman, Director of Early Childhood Education at Park Heights. For instance, when playing together with blocks, children are naturally exposed to math, science and social studies concepts - all while developing new vocabulary and social skills. It is also during play when children can “practice” the Jewish values we teach at the JCC. The children are introduced in a hands-on, developmentally appropriate manner, to Jewish principles or values based on passages from Pirkei Avot, a classic Jewish text. Its teachings focus on how we can live a moral and ethical life showing children ways to turn ethical values into ethical behavior. Drawing from the rich

moral teachings of Judaism, our goal is to bring these values to the children and families whom we serve. In the process we hope to build a community of learners who have respect for the diversity of thinking and expression that exists within the Jewish community. “Exposure to values through Jewish text is an opportunity for young children to make important connections between the way they behave and the impact these behaviors have on members of their community,” says Ms. Fishman. Another way for children to learn about their “inner selves” is to teach them to eat right and take care of their bodies. To this end the school has started a healthy snack program, which features fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cheese and milk. At the Owings Mills ECE we offer healthy cooking classes that introduce new food items and discussions on the importance of eating food from all the food groups. Parents are thrilled to learn that at school, their kids are eating nutritious food that they want to have at home too. ECE continues on page 14

Limited Fall Openings Now Available in our ECEs Meyerhoff Early Childhood Education Center at the Park Heights JCC • Infant/Toddler Program (ages 3 months to 2 years) • Preschool Plus (full day) and Preschool (ages 2-4 years) Early Childhood Education Center at the Owings Mills JCC • Preschool Plus (full day) and Preschool (ages 2-4 years) • Full day Kindergarten (age 5)

Jewish Life

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The monthly newsletter of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Wisdom for Today Rabbi Elan Adler

Holding the Bag One of my favorite stories involves a woman who boards a bus in downtown Jerusalem, handing the bus driver a bag of almonds. He looks at her and asks, “Is this for me?” and she nods and takes her seat. The following day the exact scenario replays, as he gladly accepts the bag of almonds offered with a smile. The following week the same woman boards the bus and hands over another bag of almonds, and the bus driver can no longer contain his curiosity about what has been going on. “G’veret (Lady), I certainly appreciate these nice bags of almonds, but why do you keep giving them to me?” “I’ll tell you frankly, nahag (driver), I don’t particularly care for almonds.” Surprised, the driver asks the same question you and I would ask the woman, “If you don’t like them, why do you keep buying them?” “Why do I buy them? I love the chocolate coating!” It’s a little gross, I know, but it always gets a smile (I hope). But even more than that, it’s a reminder that so much of what we experience has two parts: what we see, and what we don’t see. As I write this message, all I see outside is snow, mounds and mounds and piles and piles of white, fluffy stuff. It has its challenges and even dangers, for sure. And yet, for so many of us, as we shoveled and chipped away at the ice, we saw people in our neighborhood doing the same, and it felt good to shmooze with our neighbors, and get reacquainted and commiserate. So used to our virtual “facebook,” now it was live, real and fun! Everything that comes our way has the coating which we see, and the blessings and gifts that are waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the chocolate, but don’t give away the almond! Rabbi Elan Adler is the Spiritual Leader of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation. He can be reached at

The Jewish Theatre Workshop presents:

Café Nights at the Eden Café

Spinning Into Butter

Featuring Michael Coplan

March 11-15 Morstein Performa OM JCC

For more information, visit

Saturday, March 13; 7:30-11:00pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC

FREE An accomplished musician, Michael has studied all types of music with an emphasis on classical. Don’t miss out on this relaxing night of wonderful music.

Mix and Mingle JDate Event Ages 35+ Sunday, March 25; 7:30-10:00pm Mt. Washington Tavern • 5700 Newbury Street

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg JCC 5700 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215 410.542.4900 410.578.0102 fax

Ben & Esther Rosenbloom JCC on the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills, MD 21117 410.356.5200 410.581.0561 fax

Web site: MD Relay: 1.800.735.2258 Eric Nislow Chairman of the Board Buddy Sapolsky President Dale Busch Executive Vice President Ken Karsh Senior Vice President, Finance Phil Miller Vice President Ron Siegel Vice President Gail Zuskin Vice President Marty Cohen Membership/Marketing Chair Robin Rose-Samuels Marketing Director Esther Apt Center News Editor

The Jewish Community Center is an educational, cultural, and recreational agency supported by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

For the most up-to-date information — visit our web site

Come on out and meet some great people while enjoying live music, cash bar, and refreshments at Mt. Washington Tavern! $10 online and register with by March 23 or $20 at the door. For more information on these events, contact Eileen Berman: 410.356.5200 x324 or email


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FYI NEW Guest Policy for Saturdays Now in Effect Congratulations to the Winners of the JCC Chanukah Raffles! Park Heights Winners: Sara Goldman – JCC Maccabi Bag Shirley Vine – Pizzas from Eden Café Bracha Goetz – Massage from Karen Furman Marlene Kiewe – Personal Training Sessions Ada Strausberg – Gordon Center tickets Anna (Channah) Sauer – Film Festival tickets Owings Mills Winners: Marsha Bondroff – JCC Maccabi Bag Scott Lever – Pizzas from Café Teva Kim Brandwill – Massage from Mary Cook Ellen Feldman – Personal Training Sessions Laurie Zukerberg – Gordon Center tickets Russ Kaufman – Film Festival tickets Grand Prize Winner: Robin Arman – 50% off of membership

If you wish to bring a guest to the JCC on Saturday you will need to purchase your guest pass in advance. These can be purchased Sunday through Friday at the front desk or cashier’s office. No guests will be admitted on Saturday afternoons in Owings Mills or Saturday evenings in Park Heights without a guest pass.

Census 2010 Testing for the Census Bureau will continue to take place at the Park Heights JCC. These tests are civil service exams to determine if the candidates are qualified to be census takers or man information booths. Information tables will be maintained with bilingual (English and Russian) staff on Sundays and Wednesdays, beginning March 21 thru April 21 from 9:00am-1:00pm. For more information, contact David Lapin at 410.542.4900 x630 or email

Passover Seder for Adults with Special Needs Tuesday, March 16

Jewish Community Services (JCS) and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) will hold a Model Seder for adults ages 18 and over with special Thank You! needs and their families. A big thank you goes out to Eden Café’s Joshua Gamzeh for so generously supplying Sufganiot (donuts) and hot chocolate Seder participants will use a Haggadah prepared especially for the event. They will enjoy traditional Passover foods and take part in for the Mayor’s Chanukah Celebration on December 15 at singing and telling the story of Passover. Rabbi Tsvi Schur, Director the Park Heights JCC. of Jewish Community Chaplaincy, will lead the Seder, with music provided by locally based Jewish performer Rabbi Avraham Rosenblum. “For over forty years, the Model Seder has given adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in a meaningful and spiritually enriching community celebration of the Passover holiday. All those involved – guests, volunteers, staff, Seder leaders, family members – find this event a joyous highlight of the year,” said Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C, Manager of JCS Volunteer Services $12.75/per person. Reservations required by March 8. THE ASSOCIATED’s Baltimore Jewish Overnight Campership Program is an initiative of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s national campership incentive program, an outreach initiative intended for Jewish children not currently participating in a daily immersive Jewish experiences. The program is not to be looked upon as financial assistance, but as an incentive to choose the richness and warmth of a summer at Jewish overnight camp. Eligibility criteria and a list of approved camps is available at Apply Now at for a $1,000 incentive grant for first-time campers in grades 2 – 12.

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For more information, location, time, and reservations, contact Stacy Israel at 410.356.5200 x384 or JCS Volunteer Services at 410.843.7456

Summer Membership Returns Want your friends to join you at the JCC this summer? Tell them about our summer membership. Running from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend this membership includes full use of both facilities including our great outdoor pools, tennis courts and playgrounds in Owings Mills. Check out the membership pages of our website for summer rates. For more information, contact Membership at: 410.356.5200 x331 (OM JCC) 410.542.4900, x224 (PH JCC)


Children & Youth Meyerhoff Early Childhood Education Center Celebrates Chanukah

Saturday Afternoon Programming at the OM JCC

On Wednesday, December 16 the Meyerhoff ECE Center at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC celebrated Chanukah with their annual Family Chanukah Dinner. A record 150 parents and children were in attendance! Following a festive dinner filled with lots of talk and laughter, everyone joined together for candle lighting, Chanukah song sing along, and a puppet show by Becky Gordon and her Yofi Tofi Puppet Theatre.

PJ Library Story Time! NEW! Ages 5 and under Saturdays at 4:30pm

Join us on the steps in front of the CSA studio for a half hour interactive story time. We will be reading Jewish-themed books geared toward our JCC families with young children. Following the storytime, the babysitting playroom will be open for free play. Shabbat Experience-”Worship Through Art” With Temple Emanuel All Ages Saturday, March 20; 3:00-5:00pm

Join Rabbi Rhoda Silverman & artists Jay Schlossberg WolfCohen from Temple Emanuel for this unique and exciting Shabbat experience. Participants will be led through a text study related to the liturgy, and each participant will have the opportunity to express the service through a painting activity tied into the text study. This event will conclude with a Havdallah service and will be a great activity for the whole family! FREE Please RSVP to the synagogue at 410.526.3676.

Parent & Infant/Toddler Tot Shabbat Jewish Museum of Maryland • 15 Lloyd Street Friday, March 12 & April 9; 10:45am

FREE Come join us downtown for this exciting Shabbat program which includes candle lighting, songs, Kiddush, challah and more! Got Shabbat Classic Rock of the 60s, 70s and 80s

What: A showcase of classic rock with Baltimore’s best-loved bands. J.D. and the Blades, Shinola, and Teacher’s Pet When: Saturday, March 13, 2010 Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8:00 p.m. Where: Beth Israel Congregation 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117 Cover: In advance — $20 per person* At the door — $25 per person Reserve a table of 10 for $180* Brings! Pub snacks included. Cash only bar. d Frien Visit: Facebook: Battle of the Bands on March 13, 2010 Info: 410-654-0800 *In lieu of mailing tickets, reservations will be held at the door. Please mail your check, including your name and phone number, to Beth Israel. All reservations must be paid in advance by Friday, March 5, 2010. Because alcoholic beverages will be sold, attendees must be 21 and older.


18 months - 3 years Friday, March 19 Carroll County - TBA Downtown Baltimore - TBA

Hands on Holidays - Passover Light Street Library • 1251 Light Street March 17; 10:15am


Canton Library • 1030 South Ellwood Avenue March 25; 10:30am & 11:30am


Jewish Museum of Maryland • 15 Lloyd Street Friday, March 26; 10:45-11:45am


Carroll County - TBA March 16

JCC A Center News

Children & Youth Hands on Holidays- Passover

Cub Scouts Pack 18

Join our fun as we celebrate with holiday songs, a take home craft that you can use at your Seder, a holiday story and yummy snack.

Parents Meeting

*Hands on Holiday programs fill quickly, call or email to make your reservation.

Pack Meeting (tentative)

For more information on these Parent & Infant/ Toddler programs, call Sharon or Linda at 410.356.5200 x347 or e-mail

Rosenbloom OM JCC ECE Parents’ Association Silent Auction Monday, March 8-Thursday March11

Tuesday, March 2; 8:00pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC March 7

Den Meetings March 14

Blue and Gold Ceremony March 21

Erev Passover March 28, no meetings

For more information, contact Moshe Dreyfuss at 410.764.1533 or email

Bid daily between 7:00am-5:30pm on items including, but not limited to: • Birthday Party Packages • Gift Baskets • Gift Certificates • Unique creations in clothing and jewelry • Professional Services • Special items from teachers and staff! All winners will be notified after the close of the Auction, Thursday, March 11, 2010. Proceeds benefit the Early Childhood Education Department. View our auction online at For more information contact Ellen Olson at 410.356.5200 x306 or .

Chocolate Seder Wednesday, March 24; 6:00-7:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Join us for a delicious and unique Passover Seder experience where everything is made out of chocolate. Sound good? Well it tastes even better! Don’t miss out on this great activity for the whole family. $18 per family (JCC Member) $25 per family (NM ) Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 19. Please contact Dori Zvili at 410.356.5200 x387 or email Save the date...

Matza Bakery for the Whole Family March 21 Rosenbloom OM JCC

Please contact Dori Zvili for more information at 410.356.5200 x387 or email

Learning together. For life. Mary Corton OccupatiOn: BT Lower School

Science teacher

EducatiOn: MA Organic Chemistry,

Emory U; BS Chemistry, Allegheny College favOritE writEr: James Patterson favOritE musicians: The Police favOritE athLEtE: Roberto Clemente what’s uniquE abOut thE bt curricuLum: We are constantly

evaluating our curriculum & methods to make sure we are using the best practices to reach all types of learners

what’s spEciaL abOut my cOLLEaguEs: We share mutual

respect for each other & passion for teaching

my drEam: Living it. I finally figured

out what I wanted to be when I grew up: blending my love of science with my love of children

Through Grade 12

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 / 410.486.1905

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Teen Programs

Special Needs

The JCC and Tactical College Consulting Present:

Finding the Right Fit - Narrowing Your List & Exploring Jewish Life On Campus Sunday, March 14; Noon Rosenbloom OM JCC

Make sure that your final list includes colleges where you’ll feel comfortable and thrive! Craig Meister of Tactical College Consulting will give invaluable college research advice, discuss important college visit tips, and address important ways in which to analyze the nature of each college’s Jewish community. $18/family For more information and to register please call Lara Wellerstein at 410.356.5200 x339 or email

Teen Connection Dance

Grades 6-8 Saturday, March 13; 8:00-11:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

KLAL, Keep Living And Learning New program for young adults with special needs

KLAL, meaning community in Hebrew, is the basis of our new special needs young adult summer experience. During the program, participants will give back to the community while learning life skills to build their own community. This new, self contained six week camp program is for young adults 16-24 with learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities. Campers will spend their days at the Owing Mills JCC participating in typical camp activities including swimming, kick ball, art, nature, dance, Tae Bo and games. Twice a week, a specialist will lead a communication program to improve social and life skills. In addition, vocational training will run twice a week and will teach campers lessons such as doing laundry, cooking, making a bed, and setting a table. Participants will take part in a weekly Mitzvah project preparing crafts or songs for the elderly. The program will also have a camper run café for family members and JCC staff. For more information on this program, contact Stacy Israel at 410-356-5200 x384 or email

A great way to hang out with your friends and make new ones. Awesome DJ, amazing energy - it’s incredible. Middle School ID required. $10/JCC M; $15/NM

Where Do Students Go After The Cardin School?


Sweetheart/Hearthrob Dance at Martin’s West Saturday Night; March 27

A. To private schools like Brandeis, Columbia, Dartmouth and Goucher.

Mega Kallah Friday-Sunday, March 19-21

Join BBYO for an away weekend with D.C., Northern Virginia, Long Island, Philly, and South Jersey focused on Judaism and advocacy. For more information contact Mitch Liebeskind at 410.356.5200 x370 or email

TNT Camp

B. To state colleges like University of Maryland, UMBC, and Towson. C. To post-secondary programs in Israel and around the world. D. To majors in medicine, law, education, and theology and leadership positions in their communities.

Grades 6-8

Interested in earning community service hours while gaining leadership skills? This JCC counselor training program might be for you. Limited openings still available.

All of the above. Talk to our students. Talk to our teachers. Talk to our graduates. You’ll come here.

The Shoshana S. Cardin School Baltimore’s Independent Jewish High School

Above all, learning.

For more information, contact Lara Wellerstein: 410.356.5200 x339 or or visit


7310 Park Heights Ave. • Baltimore, MD 21208-5436 • (410) 585-1400 •

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Maccabi Maccabi: A Mom’s Eye View An Interview with Emily Goren

Emily Goren has been a part of Maccabi since 2000 when her oldest son started participating and competing. Both of her boys, Jason (22) and Brian (20) have spent four years on Maccabi baseball teams. Each year, Emily and her husband Howard have gone along for the ride whether in Baltimore or other states, to assist and watch them compete. After the first Maccabi that the Goren’s attended, Emily immediately knew this was something in which she had to be a part. The experience of meeting Jews from all over the world and visiting so many communities was something so amazing that she called our Maccabi office right away to see how she could get involved. Since then, she has been involved every year. This year, Emily Goren is the Chair of the Hospitality Committee for the JCC Maccabi Experience (Games & Artsfest) that will be taking place in Baltimore August 8-13. The job entails taking care of all visiting families and making sure that information is available to participants and the community. Along with her co-chair Jodi Stappler, she is responsible for supplying Maccabi information to hotels where families will be staying, providing them with information on Baltimore’s attractions and food and making sure that the entire community has access to Maccabi schedules and information. Last time that Maccabi was in Baltimore (2007), Emily was the Housing Chair. She has also held the role of Chairman of the Board for the Baltimore Maccabi Club. Although this was a major undertaking, she loved being a part of it all. “Everyone on the board was willing to give it their all,” she says of her experience. “It was a very strong lay group–which in turn led

to a very successful experience.” Even when the games were held elsewhere, she stepped up to the plate. She played the part of delegation head when the games were not in Baltimore and has assisted with everything from bagging all the uniforms to the ceremonial pinnings. Emily and her family have gained so much from being part of the JCC Maccabi Games over the past 10 years. She says that being around so many Jewish kids at the same time is unbelievable. Emily explains that there is a feeling of instantly being comfortable together because everyone has something in common. She believes that Maccabi is a great experience for kids that really helps them to grow. “The kids benefit so much from volunteering and doing community service as a team, says Emily. “I am really big on Tikun Olam, it is so important and necessary to give back!” This year, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to work with the JCC staff in planning and facilitating the Baltimore 2010 JCC Maccabi Experience. You can help make this event memorable for the athletes, artists, our community and for you. There are so many ways you can assist us and be part of this great event. Volunteers are needed for registration, events, food service, hospitality, medical, security, transportation and more. For more information about volunteering contact Amanda Max at 410.356.5200 x361 or email For March auditions and tryouts information, visit

Who’s coming to Baltimore for the 2010 JCC Maccabi Experience??? Over 45 delegations are heading to Baltimore this year. We will need at least 450 families to host close to 1,500 athletes and artists from all these cities and countries. ALLENTOWN- PA ASHKELON BENSONHURST- NY BIRMINGHAM- AL BOCA RATON- FL BRIDGWATER- NJ CENTRAL JERSEY- NJ CHICAGO- IL CINCINNATI- OH DAYTON- OH DETROIT- MI GREATER PALM BEACH- FL




If you are interested in being a host family, visit

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The Arts The 2010 William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

Exclusive March Screenings under the auspices of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

April 8- May 17 Gordon Center For Performing Arts

The Finaly Affair

Baltimore premieres from around the world you won’t want to miss! All films are followed by eminent guest speakers.

Tuesday March 9; 7:00pm Weinberg PH JCC – Community Room

Matter of Size Thursday, April 8; 7:30pm Israel, Germany, France 2009

A delicious comedy and a mega Israeli Hit with a super-sized cast. Full of surprises and a big heart. This film has won four Ophir Awards.

Eichmann Sunday, April 11; 3:00pm England/Hungary 2008

Not the Eichmann story you knew! This spellbinding film uncovers what took place during Eichmann’s interrogations leading to the trial. The stellar cast includes Stephen Fry.

The Gift To Stalin Tuesday, April 13; 7:30pm Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Israel 2008

How does a Jewish boy rescued by an odd Muslim railroad worker obtain an audience with Stalin in 1949? See how this caretaker helps him to preserve his Jewish identity. An unforgettable film of breathtaking beauty.

Nora’s Will Thursday, April 15; 7:30pm Mexico 2008

This award-winning, subtle comedy starts with a suicide just before Passover. Juicy and dark humor inhabit this very smart and very Jewish film story.

Saviors in the Night Wednesday, April 28; 7:30pm Germany/France 2009

Menne must depend on his resourceful nature and military training to survive his years on the run during the Holocaust while his family tries to get by, from one close call to another, in the very center of the lion’s den.


France 2008; French subtitles; 90 minutes The true case of the Finaly brothers is an explosive story at the heart of the political, judicial and religious scandal that shook France for five long years. This investigative thriller is a powerful expose of the role the Church played in regards to Jewish children in their care. The Church’s involvement with the cover ups and the kidnapping of the brothers makes for a tale beyond belief. The roller-coaster ride from France to Spain to retrieve the children is astonishing and suspenseful. Tickets are $9 as available at the PH cashier’s desk.

For Tomorrow/Ich hoff’ auf morgen World Premiere USA/Germany 2009

Sunday, March 14; 2:00pm Weinberg PH JCC – Straus Auditorium

A film by Eve Rennebarth, Gail Rosen, and William Gilcher. This is the beautiful, true story of Hilda Stern Cohen in her own words. It was discovered by her husband Werner, after her 1997 death in Baltimore. For Tomorrow includes performances by storyteller Gail Rosen, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bolton, pianist Thomas Moore and Anna Gilcher on flute. They will be performing live after the screening. A post-film conversation with a panel of guests will follow. Tickets are $7 as available at both JCC locations. Send a check payable to the JCC to: JCC of Greater Baltimore, Attn: Claudine Davison, 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. More information can be found at these websites: • For more information, contact Claudine Davison: 410.542.4900 x239 or

Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis (not in the STAR series) Sunday, May 2; 3:00pm U.S. 2008

The historic mystery of the Kasztner figure and of the Kasztner scandal that ripped Israel is worthy of a Shakespearian plot. Did he sell his soul to the devil?

Lost Islands Tuesday, May 4; 7:30pm Israel 2008

For Ezer and his twin brother life is fun and full of 80’s music. This absorbing film garnered four Ophir awards and follows Ezer as things start to change when he falls in love and joins the Israeli commando unit.

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The Arts Wedding Song Tuesday, May 11; 7:30pm France/Tunisia 2008

A magnificent and sensual portrait of two young friends in Tunisia who live in a harmonious Jewish and Muslim neighborhood. What is the price for friendship for Myriam and Nour in the face of interfaith and political conflict?


William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe Monday, May 17; 7:00pm United States 2009 *At Chizuk Amuno Congregation

What drove this young lawyer of the 60’s to take on unpopular causes and to give new relevance to social justice and civil rights? Mesmerizing and provocative, this film is as tumultuous and gripping as the times and as the famous and infamous Kunstler trials. Become a STAR For only $180 and ensure your two tickets for eight films at the Gordon Center. Hurry, as films will sell out.

Thursday, May 14; 7:30pm Switzerland 2008

In this award-winning suspenseful film Aaron arrives in Israel to represent Yeshiva students who refuse military service and to reunite with his brother Dan, a Kibbutznik.

“Scotch, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll: the Best of the Rat Pack, Motown & Bandstand” Starring Ron Gartner & the Bill Gulino Band Saturday, March 6; 8:00pm

Featuring the hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., to the best of Motown, American Bandstand and Bobby Darin, “Scotch, Soul & Rock ‘n’ Roll” reveals the remarkable and inspiring story of how one Baby Boomer reinvented himself after he turned 50. That Baby Boomer is Ron Gartner, supported by the Bill Gulino Band. Tickets - $20; $23-show day & at the door

Nature Through The Lens March 2010 Weinberg PH JCC

You won’t want to miss this month’s amazing exhibit in our art gallery. Take the opportunity to view some unique photographs by Norm Dubin, Coos Hamburger, Yehuda Katz and Tohar Livne. For more information contact Director, Smadar Livne at 410.382.3133 or

Contact Claudine Davison:

Tickets: $10 at both JCC locations’ cashier’s desk. For details :

Photo by Norm Dubin

Christine Lavin & Don White

“Music from the Crooked Road”

Saturday, March 13; 8:00pm

Wednesday, April 21; 7:30 pm

Christine Lavin brings her smart and funny sense of irony and wit to the stage. Her delightfully skewed songs cover a lot of territory like relationships (“What was I thinking?”) and life’s injustices (“Attractive stupid people”) to name a few. Christine will knit with you in the lobby an hour before the show. Comedian Don White is a family man whose concerts turn what happens in his home into an on-stage biopic! His funny and often touching songs like “How to Get Your Kids to Leave Home” go straight to the heart. Tickets - $19; $22-show day & at the door “The Bronx Wanderers A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons & Friends”

The “Music from the Crooked Road” tour celebrates the living musical culture of southwestern Virginia, which today not only survives, but thrives. The evening will consist of bluegrass mountain gospel and flatfoot dance. The outstanding artists participating include: Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Amber Collins & No Speed Limit, Kirk Satphin & Eddie Bond, the Whitetop Mountain Band, and Elizabeth LaPrelle. This tour has been designated an NEA American Masterpieces program representing the best of American cultural heritage and legacy. Tickets - $40; $45-show day & at the door

Saturday, March 27; 8:00pm

If you like the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Dion & the Belmonts, and the Bee Gees, you will love the Bronx Wanderers. They are amazing! Tickets - $20; $23-show day & at the door

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To purchase tickets, come to the Gordon Center box office Monday-Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm or one hour prior to a Gordon Center Show. For more information, email or visit


Adult Life Plus Winter Movie Series-Oceans Eleven

The JCC’s One-Day LearnInn

Monday, March 8; 1:00-3:00pm Weinberg PH JCC

A World of Jewish Music plus news from the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda with Laura Wetzler

Join us for a cozy winter movie and hot popcorn! $2/ per movie

Special Music event at the JCC Hazamir Youth Choir Sunday, March 7; 4:30pm Weinberg PH JCC-Straus Auditorium

Join us for a dessert reception and a special performance by the Baltimore Hazamir Youth Choir. Hazamir, our in house teen choir, has performed for all ages, as well as at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hazamir will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary Jewish songs. $10/JCC M; $15/NM For more information on these programs and to RSVP to the performance, please call Jana Klejner at 410.542.4900 x621.

Senior Friendly Passover Model Seder

Thursday, March 18; 1:00-3:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Join us for an exciting multi-media lecture and concert exploring the amazing diversity and history of world beat Jewish music from Eastern Europe, Uganda, Spain, India, Yemen, Greece, Turkey, & Israel. Laura will also give an update on the life of Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Laura currently volunteers on several humanitarian projects for Uganda. Enjoy Laura’s beautiful voice in a concert celebrating our musical heritage in “A World of Jewish Music & Great Classics of American Song.” The concert will include music sung in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Luganda. Laura Wetzler is an ASCAP Award winning singer, songwriter, recording artist and lecturer. Her critically-acclaimed CD, Kabbalah Music: Songs of the Jewish Mystics reached the “Top 10” in NYC world music charts. Refreshments will be served $17/JCC Members; $25/Non-Members For more information or to register, call Eileen Berman at 410.356.5200 x324 or email

Monday, March 15; 5:00-7:00pm Weinberg PH JCC

The Seder will feature a Haggadah reading and a delicious traditional Passover meal. $10/JCC M; $15/NM For registration please call Arlene Abrams at 410.318.6600. Please RSVP by March 5, space is limited.

Ceramics Wednesdays, April 14-June 9; 7:00 9:00pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Hands on class using clay & glazes to create artworks. Instructor: Ruth Levie. $130 JCC/Member, $185/Non-Member

Sculpture Excel Mondays, April 12-June 1; 4:00 6:00pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Perfect sculpting skills at any level. Students provide tools and supplies. Instructor: John Seeley. $130/JCC Member, $185/Non-member For more information on these art classes contact Arlene Abrams at 410.542.4900, x637 or email


JCC A Center News

Fitness & Wellness ADULT FITNESS – Park Heights Park Heights JCC Offers Great Babysitting For Your Kids ! Whether you are coming to work out, use the pool, or take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at Eden Café, we want to let you know about our excellent babysitting services! The JCC offers safe, quality care for your children so that you can enjoy some exercise, work or play time. We also offer the option to purchase coupons for 20 sessions for only $55! For more information about the JCC’s babysitting program, please call Jackie Foreman at 410.542.4900 x247 or email Visit our fitness page at for more information.

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ADULT FITNESS – Owings Mills New! Group Fitness Technique Classes Rosenbloom OM JCC

FREE Afraid to join a Group Fitness class because you’ve never done it before? Need to determine if you’re doing it right to get the most out of your workout? We’ve got the solution! These 20-minute sessions are the way to go to perfect your technique and get a better workout! BODYPUMP™: Monday, March 1, 9:00am Schwinn Cycling: Monday, March 1; 6:30pm ZUMBA: Tuesday, March 2; 9:00am Wednesday, March 3; 6:00pm

Is it a Workout or a Party?

Thank you so much for sending out these great weekly Weight Loss Wars emails. I joined but I was not motivated to write down what I was eating until I saw your message about keeping a daily food diary. I will try to start tomorrow. Thanks for the tips Amy!!! You and Jackie are the best. Love, Devorah

Les Mills Launch

Just because Weight Loss Wars is already in full swing doesn’t mean you can’t still be a part of it! Step up to the challenge and see how much weight you can lose in the final 4 weeks.

FREE to Members and Non-Members

To join us contact Jackie Foreman at PH 410.542.4900 x247 or email or Lynn Rosen-Stone at OM at 410.356.5200 x502 or email

You Deserve a Massage Ladies, take advantage of massage discounts and treat yourself after all that Passover cleaning! During the month of March you can get $20 off an hour long massage or $10 off a half hour massage. For details, contact our PH massage therapist, Karen Furman, at 443.418.2551.

Sunday, March 21; 8:00-11:30am Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Come try the latest new moves in BODYPUMP™ and BODYSTEP™. The great music and inspiring instructors will challenge you to do more! BODYPUMP™; 8:00am & 10:30am BODYSTEP™; 9:15am

For more information on either event, contact Amy Schwartz at 410.356.5200 x510 or email

ZUMBA Party and Spring Shopping Spree! Sunday, April 18; 9am-12pm Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Catch ZUMBA® fever! You’ll get three exciting hours of Latinstyle dancing. Anyone – any age – can ZUMBA. When you’re done dancing, we’ll also have great fitness apparel and beauty products on sale. Pre-register and collect your coupon – good for door prizes and giveaways. For more information, contact Lynn Rosen-Stone at 410.356.5200, x502 or email


Wednesdays & Fridays, April 14-May 14, 6:30-7:30am Trainers: Chuck Arons & Wayne McFadden

Culminates in the Bloomin’ 5K on Sunday, May 16, 2010

$99/JCC members only

Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC and Park Heights JCC’s

Have you always thought it would be a great accomplishment to run a 5K or an even longer race? Our personal trainers – who are experienced runners – will help you tackle this spring’s Bloomin’ 5K. You’ll learn how to keep a training log and discuss the necessary footwear, clothing and accessories. We’ll help you consider proper nutrition and hydration for training. Owings Mills Monday & Wednesdays, April 12-May 14; 10:00-11:00am Trainer: David Van Dinter Tuesdays & Thursdays , April 13-May 13; 7:00-8:00pm Trainer: Harold Harris

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For more information, contact Amy Schwartz at 410.356.5200 x510 or email For information about Park Heights training, contact Jackie Foreman: 410.542.4900 x 247 or email

Save the Date – Bloomin’ 5K! Sunday, May 16 400 Redland Court (off Red Run Blvd.)

For information regarding the run, visit


Aquatics Get Certified for Summer Employment Love the water? Want to earn some extra money? These American Red Cross Certification classes will help you find new job opportunities. Lifeguarding Sundays, April 11-May 9; 9:30am-6:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Completion of a prerequisite swim test is required WSI (Water Safety Instructor) FIT(Fundamentals of Instructor Training): Monday & Wednesday, April 7&12; 5:30-9:30pm WSI: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 14-May 17; 5:30-9:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

NSPF Certified Pool Operator Class (CPO) Sundays, March 21 & 28; 9:30am-6:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

American Red Cross GuardStart: Lifeguarding Tomorrow Program - GuardStart I Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 13 - May 6; 6:00-8:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

GuardStart II Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 25-June 17; 6:00-8:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

For fees and more information, contact Bill Kirkner: 410.356.5200 x318 or or visit

Baltimore Barracudas go to Championships March 7; Maryland Swimming Championships March 14; Mid-Atlantic Swim League Championships (Harrisburg, PA) March 21; 10 & Under Championships (UMBC)

The Baltimore JCC Barracudas Swim Team will be going to Championships this year. Last year the team took second place against the hometown hosts. So far this season, the team is undefeated in League competition, boasting two wins against the Cherry Hill JCC and Philadelphia JCC.

JCC Aquatics Director Bill Kirkner to Serve on National Lifeguarding Workgroup The Preparedness and Health and Safety Services department of the American Red Cross recently selected their Lifeguarding Program Sounding Board and Workgroups. Among these select individuals is our very own Aquatics Director, Bill Kirkner! Over 350 applications were received and Bill was singled out for having a wide range of aquatic experience and a strong lifeguarding program.

Coming to the Owings Mills JCC Summer 2010…

Aquatic Leadership Adventure Camps! We are excited to roll out some new and exciting Aquatics programs for swimmers ages 11-18 this summer! These camps will range from 2-6 week sessions and will run from 8:30am - 4:30pm. According to Bill Kirkner, “This camp is part physical challenge and part mental challenge. We’re going to mix in some history and tradition and try to teach some lessons about responsibility, ethics, and leadership.” So if you think you are ready to join the crew, we invite you to check out these exciting new opportunities! Programs will include:

• Aquatic Adventure Camp (For Swimmers ages 11 – 14) • Aquatic Leadership Adventure (For Swimmers ages 15 - 18) • F.L.O.A.T. Program-For Leadership Of Aquatics Training (CIT-style program for swimmers ages 15 & up; interview and application required) These three different camp programs have a lot in common. All will spend mornings learning water safety and rescue skills (including First Aid and CPR.) What will vary between the programs will be the “level of intensity.” Younger participants will be getting “base-level” training, while older participants will be getting professional-level certification. The afternoon programs will center around common skills, such as: navigation, underwater exploration (snorkeling and SCUBA), environmental science (weather, dangerous marine life, currents and tides), communication (lifeguard hand signals, flag codes, marine radio), boating, and basic outdoor skills (knots, lashings) that are common to living and working in an aquatic environment. The level of intensity will vary depending on the skill of the participant. Participants who come for one session will learn one set of skills, but campers who come for two sessions will find that they start their second session in a different place and that will open the door to them learning a completely different set of skills. “I believe they will find that their recently acquired knowledge and experience will be helpful to their crew,” explains Bill. The biggest difference between all of the programs is the amount of responsibility that campers will have for their fellow “crew members.” Participants who demonstrate strong skills and leadership will be given bigger responsibilities, and opportunities to work on more difficult projects. Campers must pass a swim test in order to register for any of our Aquatic Summer Camp Programs. These programs are intended for experienced swimmers. Completion of at least American Red Cross Level 4 or above is recommended. While there will be some “stroke clinic” work during the program, swimming instruction is NOT the main purpose of this camp. Contact Bill Kirkner at 410.356.5200 x318 or email for more details.


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Staff News


Employee of the Month Tonja Bender, Database Administrator/Documentation Specialist, gets kudos for being an employee who goes above and beyond. Tonja went beyond her normal job responsibilities to help craft a MACRO for Excel which now enables us to easily convert daily scheduling data onto our new digital signage. This has saved JCC staff over an hour of work each week.

THE ASSOCIATED Teen Leadership

Teen Giving Initiative has given me a new grasp and understanding of tactical fundraising aspects and a deeper love and passion for helping the larger Jewish community. —Hannah Deoul, McDonogh

Diller Baltimore taught me no action is too small and that everyone in the world can make a difference. —Rebecca Siegel, Dulaney High School

For more information, contact Leah Berry at 410-843-7493, or visit

Community Study Helps THE ASSOCIATED and its Agencies Plan for the Future Every 10 years, THE ASSOCIATED undertakes a thorough study of the Baltimore Jewish community to see what’s changing. “The 2010 Community Study is a comprehensive look at where, why and how we live, work, play and pray,” says Michael Saxon, the Chair of the 2010 Community Study and a former JCC Board Chairman. For the next decade, the information gleaned from this study will inform the planning and strategies for Baltimore’s Jewish schools, synagogues, the JCC, and THE ASSOCIATED and its other constituent agencies. In fact, many of the programs and services that the JCC and other Jewish community organizations have developed over the last decade are a direct result of information, data and trends culled from the last study, released in 2000. The specialists undertaking the 2010 study began calling randomly selected landlines and cell phones last month to complete 1,200 interviews in the Baltimore area. They are talking to the Jewish population already involved in the Jewish community (including JCC members), as well as Jews who are not currently involved in Jewish organizations, whether they are in areas where Jews are concentrated, like Pikesville and Owings Mills, or in communities with fewer Jews like Hunt Valley, Roland Park and downtown Baltimore. The more Jews who are reached that are not actively involved in the community, the more accurate the conclusions drawn from the study will be. There will be enough similarities between the 2000 and the 2010 studies that the two will be comparable, but many aspects of the 2010 study will be customized to look at what is going on right now as opposed to 10 years ago. The leadership of the Community Study urges members of the community to take the time to answer the survey if they are contacted by the research firm conducting the interviews. By giving 18 minutes, you are helping the broader community and building a strong and vibrant future for everyone. Programs “We study ourselves in order to better plan for the future,” Saxon says. “We can pick the future we want for ourselves and for our children and then focus our communal efforts on getting there.”

Attention 9th and 10th graders:

Are you ready to make a world of difference in your life and the lives of others? Join a select group of your peers for the opportunity of a lifetime. Through THE ASSOCIATED’s Teen Leadership Programs - Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows, Students Taking Action for Change, Teen Giving Initiative - you will be challenged to find your passion and put it to work!

For more information about this study, visit

Advocate. Transform. Inspire.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2010 Candidate Interviews: May 2010

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Many of our students come from households where both parents work. To accommodate these busy families we offer a full day program in both facilities called Preschool Plus. Parents can drop their children off as early as 7am and pick them up by 6pm. Throughout the time the children are involved in activities that promote learning through hands-on activities with our teachers,” explains Ms. Meister . Many parents take advantage of the early morning and late stay hours to work out at the JCC, knowing that their kids are engaged and learning. For over 25 years the JCC has been providing one of the best Preschool educations in the Baltimore area. We offer two state-of-the art facilities, experienced and dedicated teachers and a diverse curriculum that includes Hebrew, math, reading readiness, science, Red Cross swim lessons, music, art and more. Parents who are interested are encouraged to schedule a tour. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2010. For more information or to schedule a tour contact:

Hol HaMoed Pesah Presenting: A SeriouS MAn – A SeriouS MAndAte The film, A Serious Man, makes us think about our lives; about the role God plays in our lives; what we learn about Jewish values from rabbis and teachers; what Jewish lessons we carry with us from our childhood; and what ideas we impart to our children. Join us as we screen A Serious Man, the Oscar nominated film by Ethan and Joel Coen. We’ll view the movie on Saturday evening. No popcorn—instead we’ll enjoy Passover movie snacks. Sunday morning, everyone is invited to return for conversation and coffee and a discussion on the themes presented in the movie. Even if you’ve seen the film, see it again in a new way through a Jewish lens. Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m. Havdalah, followed by the film A Serious Man Sunday, April 4, 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Conversation with Rabbi Shulman about the movie’s challenging themes and its relevance to the Biblical Book of Job

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Ilene Meister in Owings Mills: 410.356.5200, x310 or Jodi Fishman in Park Heights: 410.542.4900, x264 or

Summer in the Snow

On January 24, 64 families attended Summer in the Snow for some cold weather “summer sun and fun!”


JCC A Center News

Chai Lights Chanukah Celebration - December 2009

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The community joined the JCC and CHAI for the annual Community-Wide Chanukah Celebration. The event featured a Grand Menorah Lighting along with music, entertainment and traditional Chanukah food.


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TGIF - December 25, 2009 The JCC’s T.G.I.F event on December 25 focused on Shabbat. Families enjoyed challah braiding, decorating their own challah cover and Kiddush cups, making havdallah candles out of beeswax and more!


2010 Baltimore Jewish Community Study

By giving 18 minutes to answer the survey, you are helping the broader community and building a stronger and more vibrant future for us all.

Survey calls are being conducted at random through May 2010.

For more information, visit If you have any questions about the study, call 410-369-9203.

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March JCC Hours Sunday 7:00am-7:00pm Monday-Thursday 5:30am-10:00pm Friday March 5 & 12: 5:30am-5:00pm March 19 & 26: 5:30am-6:00pm Saturday – Park Heights March 6 & 13: 7:30-11:00pm Fitness Center closes at 10:30pm Saturday – Owings Mills 1:00-6:00pm

Eden Café

Café Teva

at the Weinberg PH JCC

at the Rosenbloom OM JCC Phone: 410.356.3347

Phone: 410.542.5185 Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm Mon.-Thurs.: 9:00am-8:00pm Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Sunday: 8:00am-6:30pm Mon.-Thurs.: 8:00am-8:00pm Friday: 8:00am-2:00pm

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Jewish Community Center 5700 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage P A I D Baltimore, MD Permit No. 885

Passover Hours Monday, March 29 (Passover Eve): 5:30am-3:30pm Tuesday, March 30 & Wednesday, March 31 (First days of Passover): JCC IS CLOSED Sunday, April 4 (Erev Passover): JCC closes at 3:30pm Monday, April 5 & Tuesday April 6 (last days of Passover): JCC IS CLOSED

New Spring Guide in Homes Late March Spring Classes Start April 11

Need more information? Contact either JCC location: Park Heights at 410.542.4900 Owings Mills at 410.356.5200

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Many of our members have asked us to reinstate the mailing of our quarterly Program Guide. Starting this month, our newly reformatted Spring Guide, which features all the JCC classes and events taking place April - June, will be arriving in homes the week of March 22. For those of you eager to see the guide earlier you can view it online by March 12 at which time you will also be able to register online for most classes. We ask that you register at least one week prior to your class start date to ensure that the class will take place. Additional JCC staff will be available on the weeknights and Sundays leading up to April 11 to take your registration in person and confirm your placement in your class.

March 2010 JCC Center News  

Welcome to the March Edition of the JCC Center NEws

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