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JCC Announces Initial Reopening Plans

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As Maryland completes Phase One of Governor Larry Hogan’s plan to reopen businesses previously shuttered in response to the coronavirus, the JCC announced it will begin offering select recreational programs to its members.

Adhering to the most stringent local and safety protocols, beginning this June, the JCC will provide outdoor fitness activities on a limited basis at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC campus. This includes group fitness classes, personal training and individual workouts.

All fitness activities will be open to members over the age of 16 and held under shaded structures on the JCC’s outdoor fields to provide ample space for social distancing.

The J operations team also is gearing up to open the Aquatics Park in the coming weeks with all health and safety protocols in place.

Featured Hot Listing: Owl Point • A Georgian Masterpiece Perched Above Lake Roland

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221 Woodbrook Lane • Lake Roland, MD 21212

Coming Soon to the MLS. Live authentically. Owl point. Exquisite Georgian perched above Lake Roland. A masterpiece realized in 1924. Divine proportions whose soul-soothing effects on you only deepen over time. Serenity abounds. Drink in picturesque views of the lush woodlands in the distance and sparkling waters below. Strong enduring architecture, patinaed brick, and original mantles. Majestic eagles on both entryways invite you in. The living hall is elegantly covered with museum-worthy hand-painted panels. Whimsical and richly pigmented birds elevate your every day. Profound and timeless. Be inspired to create delectable dishes in your bright open cooking and gathering space anchored by crackling fireplace on one end and sunny eat in-lounge area on the other. Quaint hen house offers room to nurture a brood of chickens and delight in farm fresh eggs. Flourishing pollinator gardens for bees. Perhaps it’s time to enjoy a new hobby. Enjoy after-dinner sweets and libations gathered around an outdoor fire pit. Fill the house with song. Fling open the doors and let the birds help in the spring and summer. Be enveloped in the warmth this home exudes.

Pearlstone Reinvents Itself in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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When the coronavirus pandemic virus hit, Pearlstone’s business was booming. Sales from its Retreat Center were growing exponentially, as was its in-person experiential learning opportunities that focused on Living Judaism, like immersive holiday celebrations and Family Farm Camp.

Yet in March, things would suddenly change. The hospitality business was hit hard. So was programming. As the community stayed home and practiced social distancing, it was up to the imagination and innovation from Pearlstone’s professionals and volunteers, combined with the support of The Associated, that led to a reenvisioning of the organization’s work.

 “We began to think about how we could sustain Pearlstone and be of service to the community until things began to return to normal,” said Jakir Manela, chief executive officer of Pearlstone. “And we asked ourselves, as people yearn for nature and connection, how can we do that with everyone’s health and safety in mind. We knew we had to pivot, adapt and reinvent.”

In keeping with Pearlstone’s core values of Living Judaism, Connectedness, and Loving Warmth, the agency began to rethink its role. Going beyond virtual experiences, which included adding new programs like “Let’s Get Cooking” and “Grow Your Own” (for budding gardeners), Pearlstone began to reimagine.

That led to an organizational commitment to build on the agency’s strengths. As a result, Pearlstone has created dynamic, new strategies for community impact during these difficult times.

“Although the crisis has hit Pearlstone like a tsunami, our ability to adapt, and our partnership with The Associated and its leaders are helping us through this crisis,” says Manela. “We are blessed to have our leaders.”

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Joe Uddeme Discusses Volunteering through “Bunches of Lunches”

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For Joe Uddeme, a Pikesville High Alum and member of Jewish Baltimore, being able to give directly to the community is vital.

“If you look around the world, you know that people need help everywhere – in Europe. In Africa. In the United States,” says Joe. “People in our own backyard need help. If we can help those people, it’s my belief that communities will start to prosper and when that happens, things start to grow.”

Joe sees volunteerism as a way to impact a community directly, sometimes in ways that financial contributions cannot. It’s something he has been doing for the past 20 years, and it’s what led him to the Bunches of Lunches Program, a meal delivery program that began as a partnership between Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS). Today, it now includes Beth El Congregation, which became a partner when the program became community-wide on April 27.

Now Trending… Significant Price Adjustment for 1101 Boyce Avenue

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1101 Boyce Avenue, Ruxton, MD 21204

An enticing opportunity awaits. Contact Tracy Swindell for a personal tour. 

Sunset Hill (1906), a gracious and spacious Ruxton estate on 6 protected acres, was originally built as a summer respite from the whirl of the city. An elegant home, the current owners have taken great care to maintain its cherished charm and outstanding craftsmanship, while bringing it securely into the 21st century with thoughtful renovations and lasting style. Live in quiet comfort or  entertain lavishly – both equally possible. The main floor includes casual and formal living areas and a stunning gourmet kitchen with pantry, and is surrounded by a quintessential wrap around porch and sun room. 11’+ ceilings, oak floors with mahogany inlay, leaded glass windows and four wood burning fireplaces make for memorable spaces in which to live and thrive. Five bedrooms and a family room on the second floor include a serene master suite with sweeping views of the estate. The third floor offers 4 more bedrooms/bonus rooms – as you choose. A stately outbuilding in its own right, the former barn now serves as a six bay garage. Just a short stroll and you are slipping into the sparkling waters of the pool, complete with pool house.

Offered at $2,699,000

When Life’s on Hold…Learning Doesn’t Have to Be!

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As we all learn to do more from home, many people are exploring online training options that they can access from anywhere. CCBC has been working with ed2go for years to provide online classes for people who want to sharpen their skills or just have some fun.

Ed2go offers 6-week classes that focus on personal enrichment, business, languages, IT/computer skills, writing, job training and more.  These are instructor-led classes that students can take on their own time; some people like working early in the morning while others are night owls. Classes can fit any schedule. “The topics range from computer classes, to opening your own business and even Digital Scrapbooking,” said CCBC online coordinator Gail Wachter. “Some people use these classes to get started on a new language.”

What’s different about these classes versus many other online options is that there is an instructor to answer your questions…and there are no grades involved! 

Orange Element Announces New Client Partnership

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Orange Element is proud to announce a new partnership with Boston-based real estate investment company Grander Capital Partners, LLC. With 50+ years of combined experience evaluating and operating commercial real estate, Grander Capital Partners (GCP) seeks investment opportunities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic commercial real estate markets, with a current portfolio of over 2.6 million square feet across 28 buildings.

Orange Element was hired by GCP to modernize and enhance their digital presence, beginning with a new website that will support business validation, portfolio depth, and an expert knowledge base geared towards acquisition, investor relations, and property management. GCP prides itself on underwriting each opportunity to a business plan that leverages their competitive advantage to increase the value of an asset. They look at each opportunity with an eye toward physical and economic improvement, which is an advantage that needs to be clearly communicated throughout the new website.

Jewish Baltimore Eats: Seven Can’t-Miss Recipes

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The coronavirus has changed the way we now eat. With restaurants closing to sit-down business, we are cooking and baking more than ever. In fact, flour, vanilla and yeast are becoming some of the hottest commodities – often as hard to find as toilet paper.

While staying at home means less outings to the grocery store and much less spent at restaurants, it gives us an opportunity to show off our inner foodie. There are countless old recipes to recreate and even new ones to try.

Our staff and community members have been putting their culinary skills to good use. Here’s what we’re cooking up in our kitchens:

Orange Element Announces New Client Partnership

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Orange Element is proud to announce a new client partnership with Bankers Healthcare Group. Bankers Healthcare Group (BHG) is a nationwide trusted partner that focuses primarily on providing innovative financial solutions to professionals. Over the past two decades, BHG has grown to surpass $5 billion in total funded loans, and has won numerous awards and accolades for continued growth and innovation, including recognition from Inc. 13 times.

“We were invited in to meet with several members of their growing internal marketing team in late 2019. It was refreshing, impressive, and obvious, to witness a culture driven by values that include collaboration and a focused set of goals,” says Aaron Moore, CEO of Orange Element.

Orange Element, a boutique branding and marketing agency, will support BHG’s marketing team and efforts by providing services to further enhance direct mail and direct response channels, building on strategies that offer solutions to specific customer profiles.

Five Ways to De-stress During Coronavirus

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Since the coronavirus epidemic began, uncertainty and fear have become part of our daily lives. For many, these stresses ebb and flow as we try to navigate our new normal.

For some, it’s the stress of homeschooling a child while trying to work. For others, living alone, isolated and worried about one’s health, is causing fear and anxiety.

Now more than ever it’s important for us to take care of ourselves by making our mental and physical health a priority. Step away from the news. Take a personal time-out from our new routines to nourish our souls.

How do we find our Zen? A time-out to rewind and re-energize?

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