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Get Ready for A Summer of Fun with JCC Camps n only a few short months, JCC camps will begin. Every year, campers are given the opportunity to grow in an atmosphere that promotes integrity, self-esteem, respect, and of course fun. We also teach our campers the Jewish values of respect, teamwork and fair play. We offer a variety of camp programs for all ages from Noah’s Ark for kids ages 2-5, to Road Trip for grades 9-12.

Noah’s Ark Camps

In addition to our Red Cross Certified instructional swim program, gym time, arts & crafts, music, nature and Shabbat programs your children will find lots of new activities to choose from in our Noah’s Ark camps including a new special focus on healthy lifestyles.

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Tennis Camp

“My son loves all the activities and has made wonderful friends. The counselors really care about the kids and show them a great time.” Stacy Goodman, a JCC Camp Milldale Parent

NEW at Noah’s Ark

Owings Mills Your child can now choose some of their own activities during their camp day like Zumba, dance, soccer, T-ball, basketball, and cycling - on our new Tyke Trike Pike. Campers will also have the opportunity to plant and care for vegetables and flowers in our instructional garden.

NEW at Noah’s Ark

“I want my campers to have a lot of fun physical activity and learn skills that will last a lifetime. I also want parents to feel that their children are safe and enjoying their camp experience” says Adam Stein, Tennis Camp Director at the Rosenbloom OM JCC. This summer, Veteran JCC Tennis Pro Adam Stein is introducing two new weekly half-day camp options. Beginners Tennis Camp for ages 3-4 will feature the Quick Start™ method of teaching that utilizes a smaller court size, smaller racket and special balls. Adam has also had requests for a more challenging tennis program for adults so he has created a Teen/Adult Tennis Camp for ages 14+ that includes a dynamic warm up and fitness conditioning in addition to skill development. For more information on Tennis Camps call Adam Stein at OM x389 or Sue Szembroth x307 or visit

Park Heights Last year we introduced a taste of Yoga with our “Time In” Meditation & Movement program and this summer we are excited to bring you our new biblical vegetable garden, which will incorporate activities on healthy eating. For more information and registration forms for our Noah’s Ark camps visit You can also contact Nicole at OM x508 or email or Jodi Fishman at PH x264 or Summer of Fun continues on page 15

Jewish Life

Center News The monthly newsletter of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

Wisdom for Today Blessings for Beauty and Reckless Abandon By Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg A few months ago, I was jogging around the Reservoir in Druid Hill Park near my home. It was a picture-perfect morning, and I was admiring the rising sun as it reflected off the glassy surface of the water. The view from the jogging path, where the park slopes away to the East, is really quite remarkable, and in the growing light, from my vantage point near the historic Moorish Tower, I could see the expanse of the city stretching from the Hopkins campus down toward the Inner Harbor. Each time I jog in the park I am struck by how friendly my fellow walkers, joggers and bikers are – more often than not people make a point of saying “hello” as I pass or smiling and saying “good morning.” This particular morning toward the end of summer as I was running counter-clockwise around the lake, I passed a women going clockwise. She was wearing headphones and powerwalking. I gave a nod and said “good morning.” “Thank you,” was what said in return. The next time around, she seemed to ignore me all together. The third and final time we crossed paths she seemed to be gazing off into the distance. Then, just as she was passing by, she blurted out: “Thank you Jesus!” I smiled realizing that, listening to her mp3 player through her headphones and looking around on this glorious morning, she was so engaged by her prayers that she had failed to notice me at all. I was not in any way offended by this encounter. On the contrary, the woman’s passion was a good reminder of how most of us, when experiencing moments of beauty and grandeur, often neglect to express our sense of gratitude. There is a time for quiet prayer, meditation and contemplative thought. But, sometimes we would do well to express our thanks for what Heschel calls “the inconceivable surprise of living.” What would the world be like if more people walked around professing their amazement and sincere thanks? How might our lives or the lives of others be affected if, when noticing life’s beauty, we express our feelings aloud and with reckless abandon? Our Sages teach us that the pleasures of life do not become ours to enjoy until we have first uttered a blessing. Anything less amounts, in their words, to theft. When we eat without saying a blessing, we are stealing our bread. When we study without saying a blessing, we are pilfering our education. To this end, the Rabbis encourage us to say up to 100 blessings a day! What would it be like if we walked through the world with that sense of gratitude, if we weren’t afraid of what strangers might think of us, but rather, reacting to the majesty of the world, we simply proclaim, “thank you God!” Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg is the Rabbi of Beth Am Synagogue. He can be reached at



Give $36 to Get $50 back!

We are excited to share with you a special opportunity to earn $50 in JBucks that can be used towards membership fees, camp, preschool, classes, leagues, personal training and much more. This offer is valid to all JCC members who become first time donors to THE ASSOCIATED: The Jewish Federation of Baltimore. It will be available to those new donors who give $36 (or more) now through June, 30, 2011. When you give to THE ASSOCIATED, you are supporting JCC programs and services that target our most vulnerable populations, including: the frail elderly, teens at risk, children and adults with special needs and members who have lost their BU




jobs. Your dollars also go to help other agencies of THE ASSOCIATED who serve a variety of needs in Baltimore’s Jewish community. In fact you may be benefiting from ASSOCIATED funds and not even know it! Here’s how Give $36 to Get $50 works: make your new contribution at either Cashiers’ Desk, or by giving online at, and within two weeks you will receive your $50 JBucks certificate. You will have until December 31, 2011 to redeem your JBucks. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help others while helping yourself at the same time!

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 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

For more information, contact Juliya Sheynman at 410.369.9327 or email

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FYI Your Bubbie’s Recipes Cookbook Do you have a favorite recipe passed down from your Bubbie? Share it with us for our Adult Life holiday fundraiser cookbook! Proceeds will go towards our Community Passover Model Seder. Please submit any recipes to Lisa Shifren at .

New JCC Website Launching January 10, 2011 We are excited to introduce the newly designed JCC website that we believe you’ll find easier to navigate. It also offers several new features. Take a look at our Video of the Week or find out what is going on through the expanded Calendar function. The new site also offers quick access to popular pages like: Schedules, Hours, Program Guide, and Contact Us. We are also working on improving our online registration option which can be accessed from the homepage at My J Account. This is a new site and we will continue to work out any issues as well as fine tuning everything. If you find something that is confusing or can’t find what you are looking for, please email us at . We hope you enjoy using the new!

Buy any extra large Pizza and get 4 cans of soda FREE or Buy any taco of your choice (Chicken, Beef or Fish) and get a can of soda FREE

Refer a Friend in January Your friend saves up to $100 One of You Could Win $1000! During the month of January, we are offering two great deals on membership. New members can save $100 (on memberships valued at $500 or more) and $50 (on memberships valued up to $499). These new members and any existing member who refers them will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $1000 cash. This offer is valid for any individual, couple or family who has not been a member of the JCC for the past 12 months. It applies to full paying members and expires January 31, 2011. The drawing will be held on February 1, 2011.

Paul Lurie Selected for JCC Association Teen Professional Fellows Program The JCC of Greater Baltimore’s very own Paul Lurie has been selected as one of 16 JCC professionals to participate in the acclaimed Merrin Teen Professional Fellows Program. This program will focus on developing leadership skills, learning how to serve teens more effectively, planning their career paths in the JCC Movement, and deepening their sense of Jewish identity. Paul’s responsibilities at the “J” include supervising four fulltime staff people along with overseeing all programming for teens including BBYO, middle school programs, TNT (Middle School leadership Camp), Road Trip summer camp, and all sports and recreational programs for kids, families, and young adults. Paul was the Experience Director for the first JCC Maccabi Experience combining Games and ArtsFest in Baltimore in 2010. The Fellowship has provided this exceptional experience for 81 professionals over the last ten years, and in a recent evaluation of the program, has been seen as a tremendous asset to these young professionals working in the JCC Movement.

AARP Tax Service Mondays beginning February 7 From 9:00am-12:00pm Weinberg PH JCC

By appointment only Contact Danean Cameron to schedule an appointment at PH x259

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Children & Youth Super Sundays

Downtown Classes for Parents and Infants or Toddlers

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy on Sundays? Now you can drop them off at the Park Heights JCC for a morning full of fun! Activities include swimming, crafts, sports and more! JCC Members can drop in for any day and pay only $20.

Hello Baby

$39/ JCC Member

Tot Shabbat

Ages 4-8 Weinberg PH JCC

Sundays, Jan 9 & 30; 9:30am-12:00pm


Sundays, February 6 & 27; 9:30am-12:00pm

$52/JCC Member

To register, go to January 7 & 21, February 2 & 18, March 4, April 1 10:45-11:15am Jewish Museum of MD


Sundays, March 6 & 27; 9:30am-12:00pm

$39/JCC Member

January 6, 13, 20 & 27 February 3, 10 17 & 24 Du Burns Arena, Canton - 9:30am Salem Lutheran Church Federal Hill - 11:45am

Bring your friends and family – all are welcome. FREE


Entire Session: $150/JCC Member; $225/NM

Get all the details online, at or email

For more information, call Lisa at PH, x229 or email

Toddlers in Motion

Ages 18 mos - 3 yrs. Sunday, March 6-April 10; 3:00- 4:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

This program is for toddlers with different learning styles and their parents. Each session will consist of either cooking, gym activity or finger paint play. In addition to large motor play for children, parents are provided with community resources. $60/JCC Member and NM CHizuk Contact Stacy at OM x384 or

AmunO COngregAtiOn

Ages 0-36 months.

Through 8th Grade 410/824-2066 Ask us about our 5th/6th grade Transition Program for new students

Bring your little ones for a program full of Shabbat spirit, songs, candle lighting, Kiddush, and challah snack. Rosenblooom OM JCC Fridays: January 7, 14, February 11, March 11; 11:15am

Open HOuse

Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, 2 p.m. Ilene Wise, Director of Admission

Weinbeg PH JCC Fridays: January 21, February 18, March 18; 11:15am


Rosenbloom Religious School

Pee Wee Pizza & Play January 20, February 2, March 2; 12:00-1:00pm Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Join us at OM for pizza, dessert and open gym time. Invite other families with young children to join you for an hour of fun! Extra pizza for parents can be ordered at $2 a slice or $13/pizza pie. $6/JCC Member $9/NM per pizza eating child. To RSVP, contact Sharon or Linda at OM x347 or email parenting



Krieger Schechter Day School

Tot Shabbat

FREE /JCC Member


Through 7th Grade 410/486-8641

Great Beginnings Start at Our Schools

Open HOuse

Sunday, Jan. 30, 9:15 a.m. Alex Weinberg, Director

8100 Stevenson Road • Baltimore, MD 21208 • 410/824-2055/8

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Children & Youth Meet Geoff Hoffman

School’s Out

Our Saturday Storyteller “Story time is truly an interactive experience,” says Geoff Hoffman, who runs the Toddler Story Time at the JCC. Geoff uses PJ library books and always brings a bag of tricks with him to engage and entertain the (mostly) preschoolers who attend. Geoff recently read the group a story about Matzoh balls who did not listen to their mommy. The kids made monkey sounds, counted and talked about how important it is to listen to their mothers. “No matter the age of the child- we involve them all!” he says. Geoff ’s wife, Sara, teaches a Messy and Messier class for Toddlers at the JCC. She is the one who got him involved with the JCC. The couple always practice their lesson plans at home with their children first. “The JCC is accessible to all ages and groups and they really nurture the growth of the little ones,” Says Geoff. Their children, 4 year old Hayden and 16 month old daughter Maya participate in many JCC programs as well.

Monday, January 17; 9:30am- 3:30pm Monday, January 24; 9:30am- 3:30pm

Saturday Story Time

Featuring PJ Library Books at Owings Mills Saturdays; 4:30pm

Enjoy a half-hour of interactive story time followed by time to play and socialize in the babysitting play room. For more information, contact Parenting at OM x347 or email

Summer in the Snow!

Ages 2-5 (entering Kindergarten) Sunday, January 23; 10:30am-12:00pm Snow date: January 30; 10:30am-12:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

When schools are out – the JCC is in! This is an opportunity for elementary school-age kids to get the most out of school closings and vacations in a structured, safe and fun atmosphere. We offer a variety of activities including: indoor/outdoor recreation, games, cooking, dance aerobics and much more! $25/JCC Members $50/NM Kids Center participants pay $20. Early drop off and Extended stay available: Early drop off as early as 8:00am Late Stay as late as 6:00pm For more information please contact Lara Wellerstein at OM x339 or email .

NEW Karate Kids Center CSA has teamed up with Kids Center to offer amazing after school programming. Kids Center will now provide fun structured, quality Karate instruction through CSA. Choose your child’s level of intensity and they can attend up to four classes a week. CSA Karate School offers a well rounded program that will improve concentration, focus, flexibility, agility, balance, awareness, self defense, and so much more. Participants can choose from Karate, T’ai Chi and Yoga for Kids, Martial Madness and Conditioning, and more. Children are grouped by grade for age appropriate activities and homework assistance. Participants will be picked up from their school, get a snack, and be able spend time in the quiet homework room. Your child will be able to take part in ceramics, swimming, fitness, arts and crafts, and more. Contact Jennifer Lake at OM x321 or Lara Wellerstein x339 for more information.

Cub Scout Pack 18

Join the Noah’s Ark staff for some cold weather “sun and fun!” Meet our camp staff to see what’s in store this coming summer. Activities include an obstacle course, face painting, make your own smoothies and more! See you in the sun! Sign up for camp at the event and your spot is guaranteed! FREE for the Whole Family! For more information contact Nicole Schwartz at OM x508 or email .

The Pack takes a rest on a recent hike at Patapsco State Park.

For more information on cub scouts contact David Green at

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Camp 2011 TNT Information and Lottery Nights For teens entering grades 7 & 8 January 12 & 13; 7:00pm Camp Session I: June 20-July 15 Camp Session II: July 18-August 12 Rosenbloom OM JCC

Value Added Member Benefits!

Teens who have an interest in working with children will have the opportunity to earn community service hours while gaining leadership and communication skills. Afternoons offer electives including: fitness classes, sports, leadership seminars, drama and arts classes. Get all the info on TNT, contact Amanda Max: 410.356.5200, x361.

Tour Camp Milldale Sunday, January 30; 12:00pm 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd. • Reisterstown, MD. 21136

Join Dori Zvili, Camp Milldale Director, for an informative walking tour of camp. Learn about the programs, staff, facilities, and see for yourself the beautiful camp environment Camp Milldale offers! You can still register for camp with an Early Bird discount until January 31, 2011! Download a camp registration form on our website and check out our new videos too, . RSVP for a tour to Dori at OM x387 or

Check them out! Our official overnight camp, Capital Camps is offering two great summer program opportunities this year. Yotair Entering grades 2, 3 & 4 Monday, August 15-Friday, August 19

This program squeezes an entire summer of overnight fun into just five days! This intimate program offers children an opportunity to sample the wide variety of activities we offer at camp including sports, arts & crafts, swimming, ropes course and much more! It is a fabulous introduction for first-time campers to the world of Jewish resident camp. *Participation in Yotair qualifies your child for a $500 discount the following summer at Capital Camps. JCC 2011/Yotair Discount: JCC Members pay only $100 for the entire program! $500/per participant (if you are not a JCC member) Family Weekend at Camp Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21

Looking to experience camp as a family? Enjoy a memorable, all inclusive family vacation and Shabbat, with sports, arts, ropes course, swimming, hiking, biking, yoga, dancing, singing, great food, and fabulous accommodations. There will be time throughout the weekend for adults and kids to play separately and for families to enjoy being together. Escape to camp for the weekend and experience what everyone is raving about! Parents, grandparents, and children of all ages will love it! Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows Students Taking Action for Change • Teen Giving Initiative Special JCC Member Pricing: $100 per person.

THE ASSOCIATED Teen Leadership Programs

For more contact the camp office at or 301.468.2267 What do you get when you bring together 60 Jewish teens from a dozen different schools to do hands-on community service, learn about social justice and raise much-needed funds? You get an awe-inspiring example of the power of our youth. You get THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Teen Leadership Programs! Now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. Sophomores and juniors interested in a dynamic, creative leadership experience that will help them grow (and will look good on a college resume!) should apply. Information meetings will be held January 27, February 6, February 16 and March 1. Please call Renée Goldfarb at 410-369-9338 or email to attend. To learn more about our teen programs or to download an application, go to


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Tweens & Teens TEEN CONNECTION EVENTS Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Wednesday is Middle School Night January 5, 19, 26; 6:oo-8:00pm OM JCC teen lounge

Want to hang out with your friends during the week? Come to the OM JCC on Wednesday nights to play Wii, Playstation3, basketball, pool, table tennis or just see your friends!

BBYO Teens & Family Events New BBYO Parent Orientation Thursday, February 3, 7:00 pm Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Shul of the Month Historic Sixth I Synagogue, DC Friday, January 14

MLK Day of Advocacy

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Saturday, January 17

January 16, 1:00-3:00pm OM JCC

Teens will be spending their day off learning how to properly use their voice to make change in their community and become more involved in the things they are most passionate about.

A Tu B’Shevat Seder is a place for everyone’s voices. Join us as we read aloud and discuss the New Year for the Trees with fun activities. We will be drinking our four cups of juice and eating our plates of fruit. You can help us plant seeds in our chocolate dirt that we will enjoy as our dessert when we are done! FREE/ JCC members and NM Pre-Super Bowl Party & Wii Olympics Sunday, February 6; 1:00-3:00pm Teen Lounge @ the Rosenbloom OM JCC

Come get ready for the big game with some pre-Superbowl fun! We will be in the teen lounge at the OM JCC talking about the game and playing some Wii to get the excitement started! Saturday Night Dances January 22 & February 26; 8:00-11:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

A great way to hang out with your friends and make new ones! Join us for dancing, an awesome DJ, open gym and snacks. Middle School ID required. No one will be permitted without an ID. For more information on Middle School programs, contact Amanda at OM x361 or email .

Baltimore JCC Junior Maccabi Games Tryouts Ages 10-12 (as of 05/01/2011) All tryouts will take place from January-March Jr. Maccabi Games will be held May 22 in Cherry Hill, NJ


Open to all Jewish Teens 11-18 (middle and high school) Sunday, April 10

Come join hundreds of other Jewish teens in the Baltimore community and 10,000 other teens across the world in spending a day improving their communities. Baltimore teens will be working on issues like the environment, homelessness, and health issues. Interested? Contact Mitch at OM x370 or .

SAT & ACT Test Prep One-on-one with 16 total hours: $1175 Small group (up to 4 students) 8-two hour sessions: $925 Contact Esther Gunter 410.356.5200 x612 or email

BZD/JCC Joint Teen Trip to Israel If you are looking for a great trip to Israel and at amazing price we’ve got it this Summer! BZD month-long Israel Experience for Jewish teens currently in grades 9-12; July 4-30, 2011 for only $2650. For more information contact Baltimore Zionist District (BZD) at 410.484.4510 or email

The Baltimore delegation will be forming teams for: Boys: Baseball, Basketball & Soccer Girls: Basketball & Soccer in addition to Coed Swimming and Tennis. For tryout info & dates, or to be added to our mailing list, please visit or call Amanda at OM x361.

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Special Needs NEW Special Needs Classes! Saturday EVENING Special

Art Made With Heart

Ages 8-21 Sunday, January 31, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, April 10, May 1 & 15; 4:00- 5:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Art With Heart gives special needs children the opportunity to engage in art projects such as ceramics, papier-mâché, and crafts. All projects will be displayed in a show at the end of each session. $65/JCC Members and NM

Lights Camera Action

Ages 13-24 Tuesdays, February 1 & 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12 & May 3; 7:00- 8:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Large Pizza for $12.49 (Regular $13.99)

Family Special

Large Pizza, 2 soups, 2 french fries, 4 fountain sodas for $23.99 Valid through February 2011

This is a recreational program for teens with mild developmental or learning disabilities. This social group is based around creating a reality film while participating in exciting activities such as karate, dance, cooking, and much more. The program will invite families to a premiere on the last night of the program. All participants must have an intake with the Coordinator of Special Needs before enrollment. $65/JCC Members and NM

Documentary Digest

Ages 18+ Mondays, February 7, 21 & 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 & 11; 7:00- 8:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

A discussion group for adults with mental health issues. Once a week adults will meet to watch a controversial documentary followed by a discussion. This group is great for people with mental health issues to form connections and exercise their mind. $4/JCC Members and NM

KLAL For Every Season

Ages 19-30 Sundays, January 30, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, April 10, May 1 & 15; 12:00- 4:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

KLAL (Keep Living And Learning) is full of vocational and life skills activities. This new program is for adults with learning, developmental, social, emotional, and physical disabilities. In small groups, adults will engage in life skill training, vocation activities, and communication games. KLAL provides a place for adults with a wide range of special needs to develop appropriate social skills and friendships, increase selfesteem, and develop a feeling of connection with the Jewish community. $160/JCC Member and NM


For more information, call Stacy in the Special Needs Department at OM x384 or email

You may find a better price. You won’t find better values. phone: 866.430.2267


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Adults Tu B’Shevat Musical Celebration All ages Wednesday, January 19; 1:00-2:30pm Weinberg PH JCC

Join us for a Jewish musical concert and celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the holiday of the trees. Light refreshments will be provided. $3/JCC Member; $5/NM Contact Jana Klejner at PH x 621 to RSVP by January 12.

Winter Movie Series Select Mondays & Wednesdays PH JCC Community Room

Julie and Julia, Monday, January 24; 1:00-3:00pm Star Trek, February 7; 1:00-3:00pm The Blind Side, March 2; 1:00-:00pm Join us at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC for a cozy winter movies and hot popcorn! $1 per person For more information, contact Jana Klejner at PH x621

Lunch & Learn – Fall Prevention Wednesday, January 26; 12:00pm Weinberg PH JCC

Sponsored by Envoy of Pikesville Free/JCC Members and NM Contact Arlene Abrams at PH x637.

Senior Friendly Neighborhoods Annual Birthday Bash Wednesday, February 9; 1:00-2:30pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Celebrate eight years of Senior Friendly Neighborhoods with a rockin’ party! Join us for live entertainment and light refreshments. Free with non-perishable food item. For more information and to RSVP by January 26, contact Arlene Abrams at PH x637.

Hipsters Sunday, February 13; 3:00-5:00pm Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Join us for a screening of Hipsters, the story of a proper Communist youth whose world is rocked when he encounters Moscow’s underground jazz scene. $3/JCC Member $5/NM To RSVP by Friday, February 4, contact Jana Klejner at PH x621

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults Donate! Beginning Tuesday, February 1 Weinberg PH JCC Lobby

Donate food and toiletries during our food drive. Volunteer In the Preschool Love kids? We have ongoing opportunities to sign up to read stories, or help out with lunch or playtime. Contact Lisa Shifren 410.542.4900 x249 for details on these opportunities.


Rosenbloom OM JCC Tuesdays, January 18, January 25, and February 8 7:00-9:00 in the Performa

Cost is $10/film. Includes dessert and coffee. Buy tickets to all three and pay just $25! Each of these critically acclaimed concert films reveals memorable live performances and footage that evoke the spirit of the times. See what made these musicians and their bands the rock legends they remain today. The Last Waltz (1978) Tuesday, January 18

Directed by: Martin Scorsese Running time: 117 minutes The movie documents The Band and their career and features hits such as “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Stage Fright”, and “The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down.” Interspersed within the film are studio segments and interviews with director Martin Scorsese and the musicians. Band members Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manual and Robbie Robertson are also joined by Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and many more artists! Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) Tuesday, January 25

Directed by Jonathan Demme Running time: 103 minutes This 2006 film features Neil Young’s deeply personal 2005 performance at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, showcases the debut of Young’s album, “Prairie Wind. According to many critics, “Heart of Gold” is not just a concert film, but a deeply poignant, funny, and painfully honest journey through the past; it presents a life through music and creates a photo album of memories. Tuesday, February 8 Film TBA For more information, contact Esther Greenberg at OM X613 or email .

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Arts & Culture Norman & Sarah Brown Art Gallery Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Beauty of the Moment Featuring Sara Gorovits, Galia Bahary, Lina Kalmantyrskaya, Marlene Kurland Wednesday, January 5-Monday, March 7

Meet the Artist Reception Tuesday, January 18; 6:00pm-8:00pm

Gordon Center For Performing Arts Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Gallery Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC Campus

Works of The Baltimore Watercolor Society January 15 – March 17, 2011

The Baltimore Watercolor Society, established in 1885, is the third oldest art organization in the U.S. devoted entirely to watercolor painting. Though originally formed by a group of women artists, the group now totals over 450 women and men. Its mission is to encourage, educate, and promote professional excellence in the creation and development of original works of art, executed in aqueous media. The group’s history is intertwined with several venerable institutions of Baltimore – the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Institute, the Peabody Art Gallery and the Charcoal Club. The Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Gallery is open to Gordon Center patrons who attend performances. For more information, or to schedule a gallery tour, call Nancy Goldberg, 410.356.7469, Press 5.

International Guitar Night Saturday, January 15; 8:00 pm

North America’s premier guitar festival returns with a powerful lineup. Clive Carroll, England’s show-stopping steel string guitarist and composer; Alexandre Gismonti, the son and protégé of legendary Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti; Pino Forastiere from Italy, whose two-handed melodic style has placed him at the forefront of the contemporary steel string guitar world; and steelstring fingerstylist Brian Gore. Tickets - $20; $22-show day and at the door

“A Birthday Tribute to Elvis” Saturday, January 29; 8:00pm

Come and celebrate the life and music of one of the most beloved and influential entertainers of the 20th century…..ELVIS! Jim Smith and The Memories Band perform a dynamic tribute to the King of Rock and Roll. Jim has won many awards for his show. Memories Band, consisting of five musicians and two female vocalists, adds plenty of vocal harmonies and energy to round out the show. It’s guaranteed to have a little something for every Elvis Presley fan. Tickets - $20 $22-show day and at the door

SteveSongs Sunday, February 13; 3:00 pm

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has performed for children and families all over the country – even at the White House in Washington, D.C. Steve is part of PBS Kids Preschool destination appearing as Mr. Steve the music teacher along with Ms. Rosa and Hooper. Kids and their parents are encouraged to sing and dance during the performance. Recommended for children 3 – 6 years This is an Aline & Fred Katzner and Florence & Harry Panitz program. Tickets - $7 - children 10 & under $9 – adults; $10 - adults show day and at the door

U.S. Naval Academy Band Concert Thursday, February 17; 7:30 pm

The program will include Paul Hindemith’s “Symphony for Band,” marches by Karl King and Edwin Franko Goldman, and Ron Nelson’s “Savannah River Holiday”. Trombonist, Musician First Class Russell Sharp, will be featured in Derek Bourgeois’ “Trombone Concerto”. FREE by ticket only Purchase tickets at the Gordon Center box office Mon.-Fri. from 10:00am-4:00pm or one hour prior to a Gordon Center Show. For more information, email or visit or call 410-356 SHOW (7469).


Owings Mills 410.356.5200 | Park Heights 410.542.4900

Arts & Culture

Save the Date- Baltimore Jewish Film Festival March 28-April 17, 2011 Gordon Center For Performing Arts

Join us at the William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, celebrating it’s 23rd year with eight films of Jewish interest from around the world! All of these internationally acclaimed films are followed by a prominent guest speaker. Look for more information on this year’s films in the festival brochure and in the upcoming March Center News. Become a “STAR”! The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its 23rd year, is a much-anticipated community event and tickets sell rapidly. In order to ensure your seats for the 2011 Film Festival , which will open in late March-we are inviting you to become a **STAR**. Our top-notch films of Jewish interest from around the world, all Baltimore premieres, are followed by intimate and thought provoking discussions with honored filmmakers and knowledgeable guest speakers. As a **STAR**, for $180, you will: • Receive two guaranteed tickets in the mail for each of the eight films in the Star series. • Have your name listed in the Festival brochure and on the Festival poster. • Have the satisfaction of knowing that your support is making a difference and is contributing to the success of the Jewish Film Festival. For more information, contact Jon Teter at PH x239 or email or Nancy Goldberg at OM x334 or or visit

Stan Weiman sings and narrates “An Evening of George Gershwin” accompanied by Doug Lawler Wednesday, February 23; 7:30pm

Rosenbloom OM JCC Morstein Performa in the Adalman Auditorium $10 per person


Photo CONTEST The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is announcing a Photo Contest! This is a great opportunity for individuals to further develop their artistic abilities while recognizing their Jewish heritage and culture. Applicant Eligibility • Must apply in Category I: ages 8-18 or Category II: ages 19 and over • Must not be a professional photographer by trade • May not be a JCC employee Guidelines: • Applicants may submit up to 2 photo entries • Photos must all be 8” x 10” • Photos may be in black and white or in color • Applicant must submit a typewritten statement on why you chose the subject of your photo and what it means to you. Statement may be no more than 50 words. Contest opens January 1, 2011 and Contest closes February 28, 2011. Photos will be juried by a committee. Contest winners will be announced in March. Winners will have their photos exhibited in the Meyerhoff Gallery in the Gordon Center from the end of March through June 22, 2011. 1st Prize: $250 and exhibit 2nd Prize: $150 and exhibit 3rd Prize: $100 and exhibit Honorable mention: Exhibit only For more information email, call Nancy Goldberg at OM x334 or visit

For more information, contact Marilyn Zvili at OM x328 or .

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Fitness & Wellness FITNESS AT PH JCC’s Biggest Loser

10,000 Steps

January 9-February 19 Weinberg PH JCC

January 9-March 5 Rosenbloom OM JCC

Get the tools & support you need to lose weight! Track you progress with weekly weigh-ins at your convenience. Receive food diaries, informational handouts and emails, PLUS check out our Discover Health website where you can track your measurements, exercise, weight, foods, calories burned, receive health and diet tips & much more! The two Biggest Losers win an IPOD SHUFFLE! (Based upon percentage of body weight lost.) $10/JCC Member For more information contact Jackie at PH x247 or email

Boys Jr. Weight Training

Ages 12-16 Tuesdays, January 4-February 1 & February 8-March 8; 7:00- 8:00pm Sundays, January 9-February 6 & February 13-March 13; 2:00- 3:00pm

Lose weight, gain energy, destress and get in shape with 10,000 steps. We give you the tools, support and a class to do it all. Clocking your daily walking through a pedometer and reaching your daily goal of 10,000 steps, along with motivational tips, informational hand-outs, weigh-ins and a walking ab class will help you achieve your goal! $10/JCC Member For more information, contact Lynn at OM x502 or email

Barre Sculpt Buzz Q&A with Lynn Rosen-Stone, OM Fitness Supervisor

Q. What is Barre Sculpt? A. Its fat burning, muscle lengthening and body sculpting. Each strength segment fuses elements of Pilates, Ballet and muscle sculpting and follows it with a stretch sequence.

Learn proper techniques for using Fitness Center equipment. Completion of this course gives teens access to the Fitness Center during Family/Teen Workout hours without adult supervision. $50 JCC Member per session

Q. What is the barre used for? A. There is a barre but this is not your daughter’s ballet class!

Crosstraining 4 Teen Boys

then rest. Build up slowly. Be consistent and concentrate on technique and the muscle you are working on.

Boys ages 13-17 Tuesdays & Thursdays; January 4-27 & February 1-24; 8:30- 9:30pm

Build muscle strength & stamina through weightlifting and cardio. $50/JCC Member; $75/NM per session

Teen MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

Boys Ages 12-15 Mondays, January 10-31 & February 7-28; 8:30- 9:30pm

Join MMA specialist Peter Atanasson in a fun and intense overall workout. This program is geared toward the average citizen who wants a fun work-out while attaining some pugilistic proficiency and expanded knowledge of the combat sports, without sustaining the injuries associated with the highrisk training of pro-fighters. $50/JCC Member; $75/NM per session



The barre is used to improve posture and for balance.

Q. What level is this class for? A. Each class is for all levels. Do as much as you can and

Q. Can men take this class also?! A. While it might seem that a workout aimed at creating a

dancer’s body would appeal only to women, instructors say men reap their own benefits: defined abs, a less bulky upper body and more movement throughout, which can improve performance in sports like tennis and golf. Try out Barre Sculpt at the Rosenbloom OM JCC!

Tuesdays; 9:30am and 6:00pm & Thursdays; 8:30am

For more information, contact Lynn at OM x502 or email

Massage at Owings Mills Massage enhances circulation, relaxes muscles, improves posture, creates body awareness and relieves neck & back pain. For fees and appointments, call Mary Cook, LMT at 443.802.8461

Owings Mills 410.356.5200 | Park Heights 410.542.4900

Sports & Recreation

Fitness Group Personal Training for only $15/session!

Middle School Basketball February 20-April 13 Games on Sundays 1:00-4:30pm & Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm * Mandatory Evaluations on Feb. 9 6:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Thought personal training was out of your price range? It’s not! Now you can be part of one or more of these Small Group Training classes with a drop in fee to only $15 a session. If you like the class and can commit for six weeks, the cost drops even further to $10 a session!

Register by Friday, February 4 $90/JCC Member; $120/ NM

The following classes are available starting January 10, 2011:

Adult Men’s 5x5 Basketball Monday Night Games, February 28-May 23 Rosenbloom OM JCC

Revaz’s Circuit Training Running Camp

Open to Members and Synagogue Members ONLY Registration deadline February 17th! Fee: $80/JCC M; $100/Synagogue M; Additional $20/jersey

Fitness Boxing Core and More w/Tim OConnell Fat Burner w/Kari Richmond Barre Sculpt w/Lynn Rosen-Stone

Family Gym Night

Tighten ‘n’ Tone w/Sandi Rubin

Families with children ages 3-8 Starting Tuesday, February 8; 5:00pm-6:30pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Pilates wi/Boni Jacobson

For more details see page 28 of the Winter Guide or contact Lynn Rosen-Stone: or OM x502.

Join us for a different and fun group activity each week! Free/JCC Members

Table Tennis

Teens and Adults are welcome Starts January 11; 7:00-9:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

Your Local Family-Owned Toy Store Special to JCC Members!

Pick up games for singles and doubles – bring your own paddle or we will supply one. Free/JCC Members

Chess Club

Ages 7-15 Sundays, February 20- April 10; 5:00-7:00pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

A fun learning experience for beginners and more serious players. A certified instructor will be teaching and running this program. FREE/JCC Members; $25/Session NM

NEW Volleyball Nights Wednesday & Thursdays; 8:00-9:45pm Rosenbloom OM JCC

For more information on any of these programs, contact Roman Gertsovich at OM x385 or email .

Valley Village Shopping Center 9101 Reisterstown Road


Dolls • Melissa and Doug • Breyer Horses • Dress Up Books • Arts & Crafts • Games • Puzzles • Outdoor Toys Personalization by Laurie Harlow formerly of Signature Collection & Toy Chest

25% OFF any one item over $20

Not valid with any other offer. Does not include personalization, special orders or custom doll houses. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Not valid on prior purchases. Expires 2/28/11

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THE Associated Corner

Aquatics JCC Swims to the Championship

What does your future hold? The 2010 Greater Baltimore Jewish Community Study is a unique snapshot of Jewish Baltimore, captured at the apex of uncertain times. People across the country are surfacing from what was one of the worst economic downturns of the century. While the study shows Baltimore’s Jews to be strong and stable, it likewise captures the effects on our community of job loss, salary reduction and depleted savings. Single parents were especially adversely affected by the economy. Seniors, especially those who are isolated are most likely to have needs. Conversely, the study reveals an active and engaged community – an even mix of native Baltimoreans and newcomers. Our community’s faces include a striking balance between children and seniors, between young adults and those reaching middle life. The study is a picture of a community with both affluence and financial need. At its foundation, the Baltimore Jewish community remains firmly established, vibrant and even growing. This study, however, highlights many nuances sometimes overshadowed by our successes, revealing a multi-faceted community of significant – and sometimes contradictory – change. The surveyors and THE ASSOCIATED leadership were surprised by some of the study’s findings and their implications. For example, we knew that our Orthodox community was growing. We had not factored in that it would reach one-third of our population, with needs and opportunities quite distinct from those of other affiliations. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how many of our greater community members – 74 percent - consider their Jewish identity “very important.” We knew that many would be impacted by the global recession. We were struck by the fact that today one in three is “just getting by” while just five years ago that number was one in five. . These points are not merely intellectually noteworthy. They have significant implications for our delivery of services and future allocation of funds. This study is merely a snapshot. While the study can confirm behaviors and service trends up until now, it cannot predict the future. Its findings identify significant challenges for our community and wonderful opportunities for growth. We expect this information will shape our planning efforts for the next five to 10 years, creating a framework for our ever-growing and dynamic community. THE ASSOCIATED conducted this study through an anonymous restricted grant because it affects each and every one of us. We offer a detailed account of the trends this research uncovered, as well as implications for future community planning, on our website, T h e 2 0 yourfuture. In addition, THE ASSOCIATED is offering to brief your group or organization on the study’s implications. To book your briefing, please contact Michael Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Community Planning & Allocations at THE ASSOCIATED, at 410-363-9321 or mihoffman@

Four Swimmers have qualified for the Maryland State Championship Meet, which will be held in March, 2011. This is the first time in the team’s history that JCC Swimming team members have qualified for the State Championships. In addition, almost one-third (23 of 75 registered) of the swimmers on the JCC Swimming team at Owings Mills have achieved National Age Group Times through November 14th, compared to a maximum of 16 for the season in 2009-10, and 10 for the season on 2008-09. For more information on swimming programs at OM contact Sue at OM x304 or; at PH contact Mark at PH x626 or

Swim Pool Closure at OM Rosenbloom OM JCC

The JCC will be hosting swimming meets on these dates and will need to close the pool for open swim. Thank you for your understanding! Sundays, January 23 & February 27; 12:00-5:00pm

Visit for details.

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74% of Jews in Baltimore think being Jewish is “very important.”

What else can you learn about our community? 1 0

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Full report available this month. Book your group or organization’s personal briefing now to understand how the results affect you. Contact Michael Hoffman at 410-369-9321 or

Owings Mills 410.356.5200 | Park Heights 410.542.4900

More Kids & Camps!

On December 5, the JCC premiered the new Shalom Sesame video Chanukah: The Missing Menorah at the Senator Theatre to a full house of 800 people! Grover and Elmo posed for photos with attendees!

SnoW DatE: Sunday, January 30 10:30am-12:00pm


In thE SnoW Ages 2-5 (entering Kindergarten)

Sunday, January 23; 10:30am-12:00pm Rosenbloom Owings Mills ECE

FREE for the Whole Family Join the Noah’s Ark staff for some cold weather “summer sun and fun!” Meet our camp staff to see what’s in store this coming summer. Activities include an obstacle course, face painting, crazy experiments, make your own fruit smoothie and much more!

Camp continued from page 1

Camp Milldale Camp Milldale just gets better every year! In addition to the regular staff that includes Dori Zvili, Lara Wellerstein, Stacey Israel, David Mitnick and Dianne Newborn – Roman Gerstovich will be joining the team at Milldale this summer as well. During the year, Roman works at the Rosenbloom OM JCC coaching kid’s soccer leagues and running sports activities at Kids Center. We are very excited to add his sports and recreation knowledge to camp. Roman will be helping with our focus on Fitness at camp this year. The expansive Milldale grounds are perfect for our new initiative and we can’t wait for the summer to begin!

For more information: 410.356.5200, x508 or

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For more information on Camp Milldale contact Dori Zvili at OM x387 or email or visit See page 6 for information on camp tours, deals and TNT lottery sessions.


January/February Hours Sunday 7:00am-7:00pm Monday-Thursday 5:30am-10:00pm Fridays in January 5:30am-4:15pm Fridays in February 5:30am-4:30pm Saturday – Park Heights 7:30-11:00pm Fitness Center closes at 10:30pm

Eden Café

Me • Latté

at the Weinberg PH JCC

at the Rosenbloom OM JCC Phone: 410.356.5200 x560

Phone: 410.542.5185 Sunday: 9:00am-6:00pm Mon.-Thurs.: 9:00am-8:00pm Friday: 9:00am-3:00pm Saturday: 7:30-11:00tpm

Sunday: 7:30am-5:00pm Mon.-Thurs.: 6:30am-8:00pm Friday: 6:30am-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

Saturday – Owings Mills 1:00-6:00pm Weinberg Park Heights: 410.542.4900 Rosenbloom Owings Mills: 410.356.5200

Swim Pool Closure at Owings Mills January 23 and February 27

Take charge of your health and start shedding pounds! This winter we are offering some great programs to help you meet your fitness goals this season.

10,000 Steps January 9-March 5 Rosenbloom OM JCC

The JCC’s

L O S E R January 9-February 19 Weinberg PH JCC

Details on both programs is on page 12

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Center NEws from the JCC Baltimore  

This is the 2011 January February edition of the JCC Baltimore's Center News.

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