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J LIVE Presents: The Lords of 52nd Street

Join us at the Gordon to celebrate the JCC’s impact in the community! Featuring this world-class Billy Joel tribute band including three original band members. Also presenting the J’s new Bezalel Leadership Award to Bob Manekin.

Scroll down to learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday, Mar 06
Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, Maryland, 21117

March 6 @ 7:30 pm 10:00 pm

Join us to celebrate the JCC’s impact in the community!

Also presenting the J’s new Bezalel Leadership Award to Bob Manekin for his energy, vision, and creativity to advance the JCC’s mission and the entire Jewish community. Get your tickets today – or learn more about available sponsorship opportunities!

About Bob Manekin

Since returning to Baltimore from the Navy in 1977, Bob has played an active and ongoing role in the Baltimore Jewish community.  As a graduate of the Associated’s Young Men’s Leadership Council, which he chaired, he also served as President of the JCC (1989-1991), President of the Jewish Addiction Services, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Associated Jewish Federation and the Board of Directors of Associated Jewish Charities, Inc.  He served on Campaign Cabinet several years, heading the real estate division multiple times, as well on the executive committee of the National Young Leadership Council. Bob currently co-chairs the Associated’s Real Estate Committee and is heading the Task Force for redeveloping the Park Heights Campus. Bob is a recipient of the Harry Greenstein Leadership Award and the Carole Sibel Outstanding Fundraising Achievement Award for campaign work.

About the Bezalel Leadership Award
The “Bezalel” Award* (Hebrew for “In G-d’s shadow or protection”) was established in 2023 to honor an individual who has inspired and led the community through a process of dynamic transformation and collaborative change. As a biblical leader, Bezalel was an exemplary artisan and craftsman. He was appointed to design and construct the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant as Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land.   

Enjoy great music

This year’s entertainment is THE LORDS OF 52nd STREET — a world-class Billy Joel tribute band including three of his original band members — Richie Cannata on saxophone, Liberty Devito on drums, and Russell Javors on rhythm guitar.

Why Support J Live?

The funds raised through J Live provide financial assistance for children and families to participate in JCC programs. The JCC provides $350,000 in need-based scholarships to about 700 families per year. The JCC’s goal is to never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay.

Ticket Levels

Grand Patron | $250/ticket

  • Pre-show dinner with open bar
  • Dessert reception
  • VIP seating in rows A-E
  • Prominent listing on J Live webpage & Facebook event page

General | $125/ticket

  • Dessert reception
  • Complimentary beer & wine
  • Seating in rows F-mezzanine

To learn more about J Live sponsorship opportunities, please contact Esther H. Greenberg, Chief Advancement Officer at 410-559-3545 or email egreenberg@jcc.org.

J Live Steering Committee

Jason A. Blavatt and Laury Scharff

Lead Staff
Barak Hermann, CEO
Esther H. Greenberg
Judy Jacobson

Darrell Braman
Liz Minkin-Friedman
Shelley Hendler
Dixie Leikach
Kevin Keane
Amy Kronthal
Vivian Manekin
Betsy Narrow
Karen Pearlstone
Melissa Peters
Larry Plant, JCC Board Chair
Keith Shapiro, 1st Vice Chair
Heidi Topaz

Thank You to Our Supporters

(as of 2/26/24)

The Associated logo.

The JCC is proud to be a part of The Associated Network which provides funding and promotional support services to our agency.

$25,000+ –––––––––––––––––

LifeBridge Health
Southway Builders

$10,000+ –––––––––––––––––

Fedder and Garten Professional Association
First National Bank

$5,000 –––––––––––––––––––

Continental Realty Corporation
Genine & Josh Fidler
JLL Baltimore
Beth & Jon Mayers
Larry Plant and Family
Elise & Stu Rubenstein
Laury & Lewis Scharff, Concrete Construction Services
Kathy & Sandy“zl Shapiro

$3,000 –––––––––––––––––––

Laura & Jason Rubenstein
Jenny & Keith Shapiro

$2,500 –––––––––––––––––––

Amy & Jason A. Blavatt
Randi & Darrell Braman
BW Primary Care, Dr. Randi Braman
Michael Constantine, Constantine Construction
COPT Defense Properties
Barbara & Neil Demchick
Fedder Management
Alice & Maury Garten
Greenspring Realty Partners, Dan Flamholz
Hospitality Staffing Solutions
Kramon & Graham, Attorneys at Law
Maryland Center for Oral Surgery, Barbara & Julius Hyatt
Catherine & David Max
Buffy & Will Minkin
Karen & PJ Pearlstone
Quinn Evans
Strategic Factory

$1,800 –––––––––––––––––––

Randi & John Buergenthal
Vivian & Bob Manekin
Melissa & Richard Peters
Cory & Barak Hermann
Dawna Cobb & Joe Meyerhoff

$1,000 –––––––––––––––––––

Rachel & Arthur Adler
Rebecca & Joe DeMattos
The Weiner/Rubin/Weiner Financial Team of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.
Liz Minkin-Friedman and Keith Friedman
Diane & Scott Gensler
Ben Greenwald & Carol Lareuse
Greater Pikesville Recreation Council (GPRC)
Barbara & Michael Hettleman
Caren & Bruce Hoffberger
Barri & Eric Kass
MOI, Inc.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
David Polashuk, Levy, Mann, Caplan, Hermann, Schwartzberg & Polashuk, LLP
Esther Greenberg & Jeff Rubin
Annette & Michael Saxon Fund
Ilene & Bert Vogelstein

$750 –––––––––––––––––––

Tammy & Fred Heyman, Bennett & Heyman, P.A
Treva Zyna

$500 –––––––––––––––––––

Gail & Bob Chrzan
Wallace H. Campbell & Co.
Jed Dietz
Michael Glick, Helmsman Property Services
Joanie & David Greenberg
Amy Harlan
Shelley Hendler & Scott Lever
Judy Jacobson
Donna & Kevin Keane
Jessica & David Lunken
Brigitte & Donald Manekin Family Philanthropic Fund
Marsha & Dick Manekin
Betsy & Lou Narrow
Scott Nawy
Mark Nook
Katie Cook & Max Reamer
Stephani & Mark Renbaum
The Baltimore Handyman, Jeff Rubin
Susan Simon
Blumi & Brett Weil
Chana & Ellie Neuberger
Robin & Mark Neumann
The Pearce Group at Merrill
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP
Lynn Abeshouse & Irv Tark
Melanie & Lorne Yasbin
Howard Zuckerman
Eleven Course Catering
The Wilner Foundation, Jeff Abarbanel

Megan & Jon Cardin
Jen & Jon Kaplan

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