Reopening Update 6.10.21

Our building is now open for limited onsite programming, including Fitness Center, Personal Training, Art Studio Rentals, and Tech One-on-One Sessions. Get started today!

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Building Blocks of Art with Mary Mayhew
This art class is for new students to learn the basics of drawing, painting, color theory and more.
Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
See supply list https://www.myerberg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Supply-List-for-Drawing.pdf This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays
NEW Session starts on January 4!
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dynamic Acrylic Painting with Brett Greiman
Brett will be teaching different subject matter every 4 weeks. He is a master with acrylics and you’ll learn how to paint with different techniques.  Brett has taught at the Myerberg for several semesters in the past. Even if you’ve taken his class before, this is your opportunity to improve your skills and continuing to explore your creativity while utilizing your own reference photos. Please see the supply list: https://www.myerberg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Fall-2020-Brett-Greiman-supplies-list.pdf This class has limited enrollment and will be limited to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call to register for each 3-week session. Call 410-358-6856 to register (Included with a GOLD subscription.)
6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28- Abstract (your own photo)
Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Book Reviews with Autumn Sadovnik
Avid book reader and school teacher, Autumn Sadovnik discusses a variety of book topics. Join this lively discussion and learn about some books you would enjoy reading.
Thursday, July 1 – Summer Reads & Epistolary novels and other alternative writing styles
Thursday, August 12 – Humor
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Wonders of Watercolor for Beginners with Ida Greenberg
Join us for a 6-week session where you will learn all about watercolor materials, techniques, working with basic color theory, transparency, mark making, and wash techniques. Practicing with textures, lighting, and color mixing, while painting a variety of compositions.
Supply list: https://www.myerberg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/watercolor-supplies.pdf
Tuesdays, starting March 2
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For Gold Subscribers, limited to first 20 people to register, call 410-358-6856, or email jennifer@myerberg.org

Memoir Writing with Barbara Bass
Memoir writing is an important activity for any adult. It’s the act of reconstructing part of your life in words and inviting a reader to understand your perspective. This workshop will help participants retrieve their memories as they write about their lives, recording them for posterity, while at the same time preserving family history. During each session, participants will be encouraged to write, while guided by a skilled writer/teacher. Participants will be provided with writing prompts that will help to spark memories. Over the course of the session, participants will form a community of writers, sharing their stories with the other writers in the class. Barbara Bass is a Ph.D., Professor of English Emerita from Towson University. This is an 8-week session with Limited Enrollment for Gold Subscribers.
Call 410-358-6856 to register.
New Session starts January 5, 2021 (New participants welcome any time!)
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cooking the Globe with Chef Alba Johnson
Cook alongside this incredible chef as she walks us through delicious dishes. We will provide the recipe and ingredient list ahead of time if you’d like to cook along. Each session is a separate class, and both are included with Gold subscriptions. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. All recipes can be found here: http://www.myerberg.org/cooking

Chef Alba is getting FRESH in the kitchen!
Summer is here! It’s an opportunity to unleash your creativity in the kitchen with fresh and full of flavor dishes. Chef Alba has selected summer recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Let’s make and enjoy these fresh summer dishes. Menu: Halloumi Cheese with Fresh Grapes and Greens Salad, Cod in Almond and Herbs Crosta, Rice Insalata with Mango Pineapple and Feta. This class is live, virtual, and Interactive – Prep and cook along if you wish
Tuesday, June 29
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cooking with Aromatic Herbs
Herbs are valuable for cooking because they give a special touch to each dish.   Herbs are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and each has its own distinct aroma and characteristic. Fresh herbs can enhance and compliment the taste of a dish without adding calories or fat.  Join chef Alba as we make Pasta with Fresh Aromatic Herbs, Chicken with Herbs and Lemon, and Tartar of Vegetable with Herb Yogurt Sauce. This class is live, virtual, and Interactive – Prep and cook along if you wish
Tuesday, July 27
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rockin’ Moroccan Summer Dishes
The Moroccan cuisine is popular, sophisticated, and it offers an infinite selection of flavors, scents, and vibrant colors. It is the result of culinary traditions such as Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, Ottoman, and others who left their imprint in North Africa. Join Chef Alba as we cook and savor unique recipes. Menu: Chickpeas and Dates, Carrot and Herb Salad, Crushed Lentils with Tahini and Cumin, Zaatar Topped Focaccia, and Apricot bites for dessert.
Tuesday, August 3
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Future Dates (Menus TBD) September 1, October 19, November 16 & December 14

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell
John Rydell is a Public Affairs/Public Information Specialist with strong journalism background who coordinated media coverage for State of Maryland during savings & loan crisis, has extensive network of contacts in media, public and private sector and is the winner of more than 25 awards for journalistic excellence. Join us each week for an exciting discussion on current events. Sign-up by going on to the Virtual Center or email jennifer@myerberg.org. This is included in ALL subscriptions!
Mondays, starting February 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Myerberg Design Club with Jennifer Osterweil
Come meet the Interior Designers of social media. Join us for 5 weeks of exploring various YouTube stars as we journey through a variety of design topics such as learning about different design styles, kitchen remodel mistakes and how to avoid them, ways to make your home look more luxurious, organization tips & tricks and wrapping up with tours of some celebrity homes. These sessions are open to those with any virtual center subscription. To register, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org.
Tuesdays, May 25 through June 22
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Slavery & the American Revolution with Rick Bell
The American Revolution was a transformative moment in African American history, a freedom war second only to the Civil War in significance. African Americans threw themselves into the revolutionary war effort with more enthusiasm and with more at stake than did many white colonists. The chaos of the war itself brought many enslaved men new opportunities for independence as the British Army promised freedom to those who might be willing to desert their rebel masters and join the King’s regiments. But after the British surrendered and evacuated, black fortunes would diverge dramatically. In the north, patriot victory spurred the rise of the anti-slavery movement but in the south that same great victory helped entrench plantation slavery for generations to come.

This four-part course explores the American Revolution from the unfamiliar perspective of enslaved and free African Americans. Lecture one examines the ways that black Americans seized the unique opportunities provided by the war to declare their independence from slavery. Lecture two explores black activists’ efforts to secure the abolition of slavery in the northern states after the Revolution and enslaved southerners’ far less successful efforts to do likewise in the southern states. Lecture three uses the provisions of the 1787 United States Constitution to reconstruct the conservative campaign to minimize further slave resistance and shore up the security of southern slave societies. Lecture four returns examines the struggles of legally free black people in northern cities like Philadelphia to build community, achieve respectability, and assert claims to citizenship, using the life of AME minister Richard Allen as a case study.

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, June 3 through June 24
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

From the Shtettle to the Concert Hall, Great Russian Jewish Violinists and their Teachers
with Jonathan Palevsky
During the 1890’s Leopold Auer, the leading violin pedagogue at the St. Petersburg Conservatory began to see an extraordinary wave of young Jewish violin talent. Beginning when Mischa Elman’s parents began sending their talented children to the imperial capital for violin instruction which in many cases led to extraordinary careers.  After Mischa Elman came Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, Efrem Zimbalist, Sasha Jacobsen and Toscha Seidl and the rest as they say is history. During the Soviet era the studio of Piotr Stolyarsky offered the world more amazing Jewish talent with David Oistrakh being the greatest of all Soviet violinists…Jewish or otherwise. There is much to enjoy in exploring the lives and works of these amazing musicians. Come and explore the special world of Mischa, Jascha, Toscha and Sacha. Included in your Gold Subscription, Sign up through Virtual Center or call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org.
Mondays, June 7 through June 28
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Life and Literature of Edgar Allan Poe with Rabbi Harry Karp
You know him either from school or your own armchair reading. He could be frightening, romantic, adventurous, philosophical, full of fantasy and then some. In this course, we will learn about his often sad life, his time in Baltimore, and his struggle to be both creative and have what to eat all at once. As a group, we will analyze many of his classics – The Raven, Annabelle Lee, The Bells and Fall of the House of Usher to name a few. This will not be a course on the macabre. Rather it will be an opportunity to enter the mind of a literary genius, who within his short life, had much to offer us for all time. Class involves plenty of thought and contemplation. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, June 8 through June 29
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Broadway Fridays with Ellen Katz
Join this fabulous edutainer as she goes through the background and the makings of 4 incredible musicals including Chorus Line, Hairspray, West Side Story, & Wicked. Included in your Gold Subscription, Sign up through Virtual Center or call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org.
For more details on these classes please read: https://www.myerberg.org/four-more-fabulous-and-fun-musicals/
Friday, June 11 – Chorus Line
Friday, June 18 – Hairspray
Friday, June 25 – West Side Story
Friday, July 2 – Wicked

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Genealogy II with Dave Powell
Do you want to improve on your knowledge of genealogy? Have you reached a brick wall in your family history research and are not sure how to continue? This course is intended to be a continuation of the genealogy course part 1, however it will be a great resource for expanding your family tree and resolving some of these questions.  We will cover additional web sites that can used to do research as well as specific web sites for Jewish research.  We will discuss family history software and methods for scanning and storing your family records. 
The four weeks of this course will cover these topics:
Week 1 –  Newspaper research
Week 2 –  Land records – with special emphasis on Maryland records
Week 3 –  Probate records
Week 4 –  Web sites and Software

David Powell has been researching his own family history for over 25 years. Dave is the current President of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and he was previously the Treasurer of that organization. He is also a member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and a member of its Board of Directors. Dave teaches genealogy courses at the Community College of Baltimore County and at local senior centers, libraries and genealogy societies. He has given numerous talks on genealogy, DNA, and foreign research throughout Maryland. He has done extensive research for himself and clients with family trees from France, Scotland, Wales, England, Canada, Poland, the United States and other countries. Mr. Powell retired as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AAI Corporation in 2007. He holds a BA degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Information Management. He has been active in various boards and forums in the Mid-Atlantic region for information systems curriculum development and Information Technology networking and eCommerce.
Thursdays, June 17 through July 8
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

A Computer is Mans Best Friend with Senior Tech
How to manage, maximize & protect your laptop. Best practices for staying safe online and prolonging the life of your computer.​ Included with Gold & Silver subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Monday, June 21
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Jewish Museum of Maryland: Discover the Lloyd Street Synagogue
Join us for a virtual tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue, a chance to explore the stories of the building and congregations that occupied it, as well as learn more about why the synagogue is located in Jonestown, in downtown Baltimore. The history of these congregations will be shared through stories about the individuals that had an influence on them, using primary sources to bring their voices to life. The tour will also use architectural features and the changes to the surrounding neighborhood, to show how the building and people changed, as Baltimore changed. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursday, July 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with watercolor materials and techniques with a concentration on color mixing, color theory, textures, and layering to achieve realism qualities. Students will work in a variety of compositions and of course, have a lot of fun creating and learning. This course is for all students with little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, July 6 through August 10
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Cities of Israel: Their Beauty, Culture and History with Rabbi Harry Karp
Israel, our holy homeland. The land which our ancestors hoped and prayed for, for centuries. It’s time for a journey together to some of its cities. Places which are not only a pleasure to know and visit, but are part of the tapestry of our Jewish heritage. Tiberias, Safed/Tzfat, Haifa, Chevron, Tel-Aviv and of course Jerusalem gets its own day. These are not just a handful of foreign locales to visit. They are yours and each has its own meaning to impart to the neshama-soul. So book your virtual flight , wear comfortable sandals and hats, then we’ll see you on our virtual plane. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, July 6 through July 27
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with chalk pastels and techniques with a concentration on mark making, texture, and color to create artworks they are proud of. Through this course, we will create nature drawings, animal artworks, and portraits. We will be exploring realism and abstraction. This course is for all abilities whether you have little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, July 7 through August 11
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman
In this 6-week course, students will learn the basics of proportions, composition and tonal gradation (shading) through the use of graphite (pencil) and charcoal. This is a messy medium that can be very fun and enjoyable!  Students will learn the use of materials through drawing from still life objects and from portraits. This course is for all abilities, no experience necessary. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, July 8 through August 12
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Myerberg Movie Reviews with Judy Finifter
Watch the selected movie on Netflix over the weekend, then join us for an interesting and lively conversation about the movie on Monday morning. Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This is free and open to all members and subscribers. Sign up through the virtual center or call 410-358-6856 to register.

July 19 – The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017) (Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) is the director of the Warsaw Zoo, one of the largest and most prolific zoos in 1930s Europe. He is aided by his wife, Antonina (Jessica Chastain). On September 1, 1939, the aerial bombardment of Warsaw commences as German forces storm Poland. Bombs raze the zoo cages, killing many animals while others escape into the streets. Antonina and her son Ryszard (Timothy Radford and later, Val Maloku) barely survive. As Polish resistance collapses, Dr. Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), the head of the Berlin Zoo and Adolf Hitler’s chief zoologist and Jan’s professional rival, arrives at the zoo when Jan is away. He offers to house the prized animals and return them to Warsaw after the war. Heck later returns with Nazi soldiers to shoot the remaining animals. It becomes evident that Heck has developed a romantic interest in Antonina.)

Jewish Stars of Canada with Rabbi Harry Karp
Here they come from our northern neighbor, representing multiple venues. Lorne Greene of Bonanza, William Shatner of Star Trek, Percy Faith the composer ( Summer of ’42), Monty Hall of Let’s Make a Deal, author Phyllis Gotttlieb and journalist Barbara Frum. How’s that lineup for starters? We’ll hear their stories, search for how Judaism may have affected their careers, and see if their being Canadian was a factor in their success. You will have a good time in this course. Monty (who has mishpocha in Baltimore) promises you a great deal. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 3 through August 24
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Marriage A La (Tudor) Mode with Thomas DiMaggio
These lectures are an examination of the six marriages of King Henry VIII, with an emphasis on the religious and cultural factors that informed each union. We will also look at the widely differing personal elements that were present in each marriage, and the extraordinarily complex way in which Henry both did, and did not, allow human affection to color his actions with regard to six very different women. This is included with your GOLD subscription. If you’d like to register, please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org
Wednesdays, August 4 through September 15, (no class September 8)
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wildlife of Maryland with Rabbi Harry Karp
Maryland has two shores (well maybe three) and we have a wonderful mix of wildlife. In this course, we’ll learn about those with whom we share the state: foxes, bats, flying squirrels, bears, otters, eagles, vultures, herons, beavers and more. What do they eat? Who do they eat? How many kids do they have? We’ll talk about what happened to both the wolves and the “polecats.” Then we’ll address those coyotes, WHO ARE REALLY HERE! Don’t worry about them too much though. This course will give us a better appreciation of nature and Maryland as well. Important!! No petting the possums nor the raccoons. PLEASE! Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays, August 31, September 14, October 5 & 12
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Art of Marc Chagall with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This course focuses on the art of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) who is one of the most important painters and ceramist artists who also produced sculpture, mosaics, tapestries and prints. Learn about his humble Jewish beginnings in Vitebsk (present day Belarus), his years in Paris, his years in New York during World War II, and his return to France settling in Saint Paul De Vence. His art defies definition. Although he formed part of the Surrealist movement, his work is more of a fairytale or a dream. The course analyzes hundreds of his works including his famous stained-glass windows all over the world.  The presentation is rich in colored images that invite questions and discussion.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 4 through November 22
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.