The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore announced Feb. 27 the next round of inductees for the Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame.

Every other year, up to 10 Jewish Baltimoreans — alive and deceased — are honored for their contributions to the local and global community in such fields as science, education, business, politics, law and sports.

Mark Greenberg

Former JHU lacrosse star Mark Greenberg (Provided Photo)

This marks the JCC’s seventh set of biennial inductions. This year’s reception will be held May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Deborah Weiner, co-anchor of WBAL-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Event chairs for the induction ceremony will be Linda A. Hurwitz, former board chair of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and Laura L. Rubenstein, 2nd vice-president of the JCC board.


This year’s inductees are:

  • Dr. Henry Brem, professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and director of the department of neurosurgery since 2000
  • Mark Greenberg, one of the greatest defensemen in Johns Hopkins University lacrosse history, a four-time All-American who led the Blue Jays to national championships in 1978, ’79 and ’80
  • Dr. Barbara R. Heller, former dean and professor emeritus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing
  • The late community philanthropists and activists David And Barbara B. Hirschhorn
  • Rebecca A. Hoffberger, co-founder, director and principal curator of the American Visionary Art Museum
  • Mark K. Joseph, founding chairman of the Shelter Group/Brightview Senior Living, which advocates for affordable housing by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to support low-income families
  • The late Fabian H. Kolker, an international human rights activist who advocated for Israel and the rights and release of Jews from the former Soviet Union
  • Paul Miller, a local educator who has taught math to thousands of students at 20 different institutions over the past eight decades
  • The late Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt, the first spiritual leader of Pikesville’s Beth Tfiloh Congregation and a renowned Jewish thinker, writer and teacher.
Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt

The son of world-famous Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Rabbi Samuel Rosenblatt served as Beth Tfiloh’s spiritual leader from 1927 to 1972. (Photo courtesy of Beth Tfiloh)

Honorees were nominated and voted on in a series of blind-ballot forums held by a JCC selection committee.

The Baltimore Jewish Hall of Fame raises money for financial assistance for children, teen, and families to participate in JCC programming, including Early Childhood Education, abilities & inclusion programming, J Camps, JCC Maccabi, and Membership. The JCC provides more than $575,000 in annual scholarships.

For information, contact Esther H. Greenberg, the JCC’s chief advancement officer, at 410-559-3545, or