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Sunday, April 27, 2014
ROAR for Autism

For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Through biking, running and walking, families and supporters will gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Columbia Jewish Congregation and Columbia Jewish Community School—serving Pre-K thru 12th grades

invite all seeking companions on their families’ Jewish journey

Sunday, April 27, 2014  –  9:15am—11:15am

at our Sunday site, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia

Enjoy brunch. Meet staff and lay leaders.

Observe classrooms and interaction between teachers and students.

Come see why CJCS is regarded as “a welcoming and innovative community that makes learning fun!”

We look forward to seeing you!

All new families attending the Open House will receive a $100 tuition voucher and will be eligible for a 50% tuition raffle that will be held at the end of the morning. Must be present to win.


Columbia Jewish Congregation (CJC) is a progressive congregation, affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement.

We are a multi-generational, diverse congregation of members whose emphasis on Judaism as a civilization  as well as a religion,

involves us in the study of Jewish beliefs, teachings, values, ethics, history, tradition, prayer,  art, and music.

Our song-filled services engender a spirit of camaraderie that carries over into our many  communal celebrations and social activities. CJC has a long history of commitment to Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah, values that we cherish and strive to pass on to our children.


Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Mathematical and Mystical Secrets of the Aleph Bet

Rabbi Laurie Green
Rabbi Green is the dynamic new rabbi of Congregation Bet Mishpachah in Washington. She comes to this area from Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY (Reform) where she was the highly-regarded associate rabbi. She has already garnered a reputation in her new home here as an exciting and challenging teacher.

Sunday, April 27
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School/CJCS

And G-d spoke and the world came into being.
G-d’s creative power turned into words; G-d’s alphabet turned into sounds – and the world came into being.

In Kabbalah/medieval Jewish mysticism the alef-bet of creation is filled with mysteries and magical potency. Rabbi Green will help us unlock some of those mysteries by exploring the secrets and power in the name of God, as well as the numerical keys to unlock those secrets and enter into the creative stream that connects the Source of Being and our created world.

Join us and learn a bit of Kabbalah, a bit of mystery and magic. This will be a fun-filled, fact-filled session of learning with an exciting teacher we’re eager to welcome to CJC.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
AKIMBO Uncoiled: The Traveling Feet of Ragtime

AKIMBO Uncoiled:

Ragtime Classes & Performances
Sunday, April 27th 2014 
JCC of Greater Baltimore, Owings Mills 
Dance Class (families) 1:00pm-2:30pm
Dance Class (adults and seniors) 2:30pm-4:00pm
Interactive Performance 4:30pm-5:30pm

Deep Vision invites you to experience the music, movement, and creativity of the Ragtime Era.  First – Ragtime classes teach social dances, such as the ‘castle walk’ and ‘animal dances,’ to all ages and ability levels.  No experience necessary; this is the beauty of ragtime dance.  Then – Interactive performance of The Traveling Feet of Ragtime showcases live music, aerobic dancing, audience participation, and more.  Stay after the performance to meet the dancers.  All events are family-friendly and FREE!  RSVP to
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Bands on the Bay

Families, friends and groupies are invited to boogie for a good cause at the eighth annual Bands on the Bay event on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Herrington on the Bay. This fundraiser for the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute will feature acoustic rock by the Doug Segree Band and Caribbean steel drumming by Orlando Phillips, former lead vocalist of Caribbean music group Mama Jama. The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will also make a special appearance.

The Chesapeake Bay will once again be brought to life with an afternoon of live music, dancing and delicious food and drinks. The event will also include a silent and live auction featuring a chance to win exclusive items such as sports and entertainment memorabilia, handcrafted items, sports tickets, and more. Don’t miss this chance to experience spring in full bloom on the Bay while supporting a great cause.

Bands on the Bay is a fundraiser organized by the DeCesaris family and the family of Jenna Heck, an Annapolis-area resident born with a rare disorder called Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS). SWS is most readily identifiable by a port wine birthmark on the face of those affected and also characterized by blood vessel abnormalities in the brain, skin and eyes, which can cause countless health complications including seizures and glaucoma.

All funds raised at Bands on the Bay directly benefit the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. In the past seven years, this event has raised more than $1 million to aid in moving forward critical research.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century.  Marvin promises new insights for game mavens and novices alike.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Jewish Genealogy Society of MD

The next meeting of the JGSMD will be held on April 27, 2014, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center-Park Heights, Baltimore. Tammy Hepps will present “Trees and Stories on”

You have intriguing stories about your favorite ancestors stored in your file drawers, on your computer, and inside your head. Now you want to share them with your family and friends, but their eyes glaze over when you start to talk. Tammy will show you how to fix that, both by introducing and its collaborative family storytelling platform, as well as presenting techniques even the tech-wary can use to make their stories more entertaining in any medium. Hear ideas for better engaging your family in your genealogical discoveries, and see how the various tools on can bring your whole family together around your shared history. Tammy Hepps will show you how to turn your family tree into stories your friends and relatives will actually want to read.

Tammy Hepps is a nationally recognized genealogy speaker, teacher, and writer.  As the creator of, she won the RootsTech Developer Challenge.  Her experience combines 14 years managing web technology for digital media companies in New York City with more than 2 decades researching her family tree.  She received her A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard and serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Jewish Archive Center and JewishGen.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at for late updates and for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Yom Hashoah Author Talk

Ellen Cassedy, author, will talk about her book, We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust.  Free admission.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
An Afternoon of Exquisite Chamber Music

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation presents “An Afternoon of Exquisite Chamber Music,” featuring internationally renowned chamber musicians Axel Strauss and Ara Gregorian, violin; Maria Lambros, viola; and Michael Kannen, cello performing glorious string quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Goodwin Center. Free Admission. The program is funded by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Charitable Trust.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale

The Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard will host an opening reception of Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale, a selection of large format paintings by Joseph Sheppard. World renowned and Maryland-born artist, Joseph Sheppard, has created a treasure of large format paintings depicting rural and urban life. This exhibition of paintings, some of which span more than seven feet, features 20 pieces of Joseph’s masterful work from the legendary “Fiori da Rita” to “Parade.” Don’t miss the opportunity to view this special exhibition of iconic works of art at the opening reception of Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale.

The exhibition will be open from April 20, 2014 through March 29, 2015. Gallery hours are 9a.m. to 7p.m. daily.

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