Baltimore has some great Jewish organizations. Below is a list of some of the family-friendly cultural hotspots just for you. Explore!

1. Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Address: 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Map

Telephone: 410-365-5200
Facilities include an early childhood education center, parenting center, classroom space infant, toddler and parenting programs, birthday party options and resources for parents.

2. Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Address: 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 Map

Telephone: 410-542-4900

Facilities include an early childhood education center, parenting center, classroom space infant, toddler and parenting programs, birthday party options and resources for parents.

3. Downtown Baltimore JCC (DBJCC)

Address: 1118 Light Street, Suite D, Federal Hill, MD 21230 Map

Telephone: 410 559-3618

Facilities include playrooms, classroom space for "Parent and Me" classes, birthday party options and community resources for city parents.

4. Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus

Address: 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 Map

Telephone: 410-732-6400

The Jewish Museum of Maryland is America's leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community. The Museum interprets the Jewish experience in America, with special attention to Jewish life in the state of Maryland. 

5. Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education Crafts Room & Library 

Address: 5708 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 Map 

Telephone: 410-735-5000

Visitors to the The Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education (CJE) can access a spacious, well-stocked warehouse of art supplies and Judaica, crafts books as well as a lending library of books and DVDs. 

6. The Pearlstone Center

Address: 5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136 Map

Cost: Varies

Telephone: 410-429-4400

The Pearlstone Center ignites Jewish passion. The retreat center, farm and various programming enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life. Pearlstone serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region and beyond. 

7. Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance

Address: 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117 Map

Telephone: 410-559-3576

BJAA is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about different abilities in our community. Gain instance access to a website featuring a user-friendly transitional guide providing materials to aid in the support of your loved one from early childhood to adulthood, a virtual community for individuals to ask questions, find answers and connect with others and support services that include parent-to-parent mentoring, support and workshops.

8. Jewish Community Services

Address: 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore 21215  Map

3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117  Map

Telephone: 410-466-9200

Services include a variety of parenting support programming offered throughout the year; professional counseling services for children and adults, couples and families; career services; special needs services, and more.

9. The Jewish Camping Experience Center

Address: 101 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201  Map

Telephone: 410-369-3237

Contact: jzuckerman@associated.org  

It’s never too early to begin thinking about Jewish camp for your toddler! Jewish camp will provide your child with an unforgettable summer experience participating in activities such as sports, arts and music in a creative, relaxed but well-informed Jewish setting. This new initiative, recently launched by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will help you determine which Jewish camp is right for your child. Janna Zuckerman, Program Manager, provides free, personalized guidance to families and is happy to meet with you to answer all of your camping questions! Let her help you find the perfect camp today!

 

Ongoing Programs

Baltimore has excellent family-friendly programming run by the agencies supported by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Browse the wide variety of programs below!

 1. PJ on the Town

Location: Cultural institutions around Baltimore

Day/Time: Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

Age: Six months-6.5 years-old accompanied by caregiver. 

Telephone: 410-735-5000

Hosted by The Macks Center for Jewish Education, PJ library and a sponsoring synagogue, PJ on the Town is a series of monthly open invitation, family engagement events. Families are invited to explore popular venues around Baltimore and connect with other families in the area. 

2. PJ Pals Story Time

Location: The Macks Center for Jewish Education and various other locations around Baltimore

Day/Time: Weekdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Age: Six months to 6.5 years old accompanied by at least one caregiver 

Telephone: 410-735-5000

PJ Pals Story Time is an opportunity for PJ library families and others around Baltimore to meet and make new friends. PJ Pals? events includes a story time, a craft and snack time. 

3. Mitzvah Makers 

Location: The Weinberg Park Heights JCC and Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, and other facilities around Baltimore

Day/Time: Sundays throughout the year

Age: Five-years-old and up 

Telephone: 410-369-9302

Mitzvah Makers gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your children while making a world of difference in the lives of our fellow community members.

4. Playdate Together

Location: Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital

Day/Time: Sundays throughout the year

Age: Five-years-old and up 

Telephone: 410-369-9302

Playdate Together is an intergenerational play date program for families to sing songs, play games and interact with nursing home residents of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center.

5. Hands on Holidays

Locations: Enoch Pratt City Libraries: Roland Park Branch, Light Street Branch and Southeast Anchor Library 

Day/Time:  Offered in conjunction with Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim and Passover

Age:  Children up to three-years-old

Telephone: 410-559-3524

Hands on Holiday program presents an overview of the Jewish holidays in a toddler-friendly way which include singing holiday songs, making a take-home craft and eating holiday-related snacks. 

6. Got Shabbat

Locations: Synagogues and private homes in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

Day/Time: Fridays; 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Age: Open to all

Telephone: 410-559-3582

Experience an enriching family-friendly Shabbat celebration at a different synagogue each month.  The evening includes Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for young children.  Enjoy the opportunity to meet and connect with other families and the Jewish community.  Families new to the area, interfaith families and families new to Shabbat observance are all welcome and encouraged to join in the fun.

7. Tot Shabbat

Location: Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC; Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus

Day/Time: Fridays; 11:00 a.m.

Age: Children up to three-years-old.

Tot Shabbat lets parents bring their little ones for a program full of Shabbat spirit, songs, candle lighting, Kiddush and a challah snack. 

8. Mazel Tales

Location: The Ivy Bookshop

Day/Time:  Various dates; 12:00 p.m.

Age: Children up to five-years-old

A special story time, songs and a special craft are offered to children up to five-years-old. 

9 . Open Farm Days

Location: The Pearlstone Center

Day/Time:  Sunday; 1:00-6:00 p.m. 

Age: All ages welcome

Telephone: 410-429-4400

The Pearlstone Center invites visitors to a once-a-month visit to the farm. Come for hands-on skills workshops, volunteering, live music and special holiday celebration. Bring your own picnic too!  Activities for young children are offered as well.  

10. Family Camp

Location: The Pearlstone Center

Day/Time:  Summer annually 

Ages: Children up to 12-years-old 

Telephone: 410-429-4400

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at Pearlstone, an overnight family camp in our beautiful natural setting. Programming in sustainable agriculture, ecology and Judaism. Partake in nature crafts, farm activities, water fun and campfires, while meeting and building community with other young Jewish families. 

11. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Location: The Pearlstone Center; produce drop-offs are at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC and Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Day/Time:  May through October; drop-offs are on Thursday afternoons

Telephone: 410-429-4400

Receive a weekly share of local, fresh, pesticide- and chemical- free produce all year long if you sign up for Pearlstone?s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). One CSA share features a diverse array of vegetables and herbs and includes around eight different items. Also offered is an optional pastured free-range egg share.