Rock The Block

060614_brief-block-partyFor the first time ever, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center will host a block party to kick off summer.

The event will take place at the JCC campus on Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature kosher food, crafts, games and much more.

“Convening community and providing an opportunity for people to connect is what the JCC
of Greater Baltimore does best,” said JCC President Barak Hermann in a statement. “This was the impetus for creating our first-ever community block party.”

The party will turn the sports fields at the JCC into a festival, complete with balloon art, face-painting, exhibits on nature, inflatables and carnival games. Additionally, each of the more than 60 event partners will be in attendance with activities of their own for partygoers. The hope, said Robin Samuels, JCC marketing director, is that the day will offer an opportunity for community organizations and community members to connect in a fun setting.

In the past, the center has hosted large parties in celebration of Israel’s 60th and 65th birthdays, but Samuels said she’s confident the block party will draw an even bigger crowd.

Entertainment includes the Milkshake Duo featuring Lisa & Mikel, followed by the Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan, Upright Dave and The Messarounds featuring Matt Chase, Kenny Liner, Jordan August and Dave Frieman and The Tummelers Klezmer band.

The event, which is being cosponsored by the JT and other community organizations, is free and open to the public.

hnorris@jewishtimes.com

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