On a picture-perfect Sunday, more than 3,500 members of the Jewish community celebrated the start of summer June 2 at the sixth annual Community Block Party hosted by the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center.
“It was a great day, and the weather really held out for us,” said Melissa Seltzer, senior director of J Kids Baltimore and director of the block party. “It was a special day. A real diversity of the community came out.”
The five-hour, family-oriented gathering included live musical performances, an arts and crafts marketplace, a corn maze, inflatables, animals, a climbing wall, kosher food, carnival games, character meet-and-greets, face painting, and a sports and wellness boardwalk.
More than 60 community partners and vendors were represented at the block party.
“This year, we really focused on families and children,” Seltzer said.
Co-sponsored by LifeBridge Health, Stevenson University, Fedder & Garten and The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, the block party was chaired by Jennifer Kaplan and Allison Kehne. Jmore was a media sponsor.
“Convening community and providing an opportunity for people to connect is what the JCC of Greater Baltimore does best,” Barak Hermann, the JCC’s president, said in a statement. “Each year, we offer opportunities to learn and have fun with family and friends.”