Gordon Center’s Benesch Returning to Center Stage

Randi Benesch will be leaving her post as senior managing director of arts and culture at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on June 16. Over the past five years, she and her team at the JCC have further cemented the Gordon as an institution by attracting larger audiences with new arts programming and top-notch… Read More

For Love of Community

This past winter, in the midst of the bomb threats to JCCs across the country, I witnessed something incredible. I was in a meeting at the JCC with Jewish Volunteer Connection when we learned of a bomb threat to the JCC next door and heard we needed to evacuate. As we left the building, I… Read More

No End to Education, Learning Is for Life

Opportunities for senior citizens to continue their education provide valuable platforms to engage with their peers and to hone facets of their intellect and memory. It’s no secret that keeping one’s mind sharp is essential to both mental and physical well-being. That’s exactly the aim of a class offered at Weinberg Village in Owings Mills… Read More

JCC Head Barak Hermann Meets with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On March 30, JCC of Greater Baltimore CEO Barak Hermann was among a group of American Jewish leaders to meet with Attorney General Jeff Sessions to express concern about the recent bomb threats to Jewish institutions and the rise in anti-Semitism. The meeting was requested by Jewish leaders. More than 130 bomb threats were made… Read More

Israeli-American Teen Arrested in JCC Bomb Threats

When an Israeli-American Jewish teen was arrested in Israel last Thursday in connection with the more than 150 bomb threats on Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions in the U.S. and North America, it sent a shockwave through the Jewish community. It ran counter to the narrative many Jewish groups were pushing — that… Read More

After More Bomb Threats, Heads of JCC, Associated Say Security is Top Priority

In the wake of another round of bomb threats to Baltimore’s JCCs on the night of March 14, Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, reassured the Jewish community of their commitment to security in a YouTube video posted two days… Read More

Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for JCC bomb threats

JERUSALEM — An Israeli teenager who also has American citizenship was arrested on suspicion of carrying out more than 100 bomb threats on Jewish institutions in the United States. The Park Heights JCC received threats three times, while the JCC in Owings Mills did so twice. Israel’s anti-fraud squad arrested the 19-year-old suspect at his home… Read More

Heads of JCC, Associated Address Bomb Threats in Video

In the wake of another round of bomb threats to Baltimore’s JCCs on Tuesday evening, Barak Hermann, CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, and Marc Terrill, president of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, posted a video to YouTube to reassure the Jewish community. “The threats have been relentless,” Hermann said in the video. “They have… Read More

More Bomb Threats to Local JCCs Wednesday

Late Tuesday night, both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs were the targets of yet another wave of bomb threats, this time via emails that also included shooting threats. The threats also affected JCCs in St. Louis, Omaha, Neb., Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., all of which have been the targets of previous threats as… Read More

At Least 7 JCCs Receive Bomb Threats on Purim

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday at JCCs in Rochester, New York; Chicago; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; Cleveland; Houston; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Most of the JCCs were evacuated and searched. None… Read More