Welcome --- to B'er Chayim Congregation. We are proud to be one of the oldest Congregations in Maryland, and have the oldest continuously operating Temple building in the state. Our building is over 150 years old, as is our congregation. With a membership of about 65 families it is a flourishing congregation with congregants ranging from 5 months to 100 years of age. Our community is unique in that we have many multi-generational families. As a result of our small size, new members are welcomed into the fold quickly and are able to be as active as they are willing and able to be. Please contact our membership chairperson for information on our introductory membership offer.
B'er Chayim is a member of the Union of Reform Jews. Our history of affiliations has varied over the years however, ranging from Orthodox when first chartered in 1853, through classical reform in the late 1800 and early 1900's, and finally merging with Beth Jacob Synagogue (a Conservative Shul) in 1998. Our current services are respectful of each tradition, with traditional services being held on festivals and Shabbat, incorporating both conservative and reform styles of worship. Our goal is to be the center of Jewish life for our region, and as an active and thriving congregation, we have met our goal.
Our Interior Renovations - Our Big Move
Finally the restoration of the interior of our building has begun, and we have temporarily moved. Starting on Friday evening, December 6th, we will be holding services in the sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 211 South Lee Street. There is a large parking lot behind and alongside the Fellowship, and the front door is on South Lee Street. We will be able to have both services and our onegs there on Friday evenings.
Monday night Adult Hebrew classes will be held at Millicent's Knits and More at 27 N. Centre Street. Adult education programs will be held at the Book Center, 15 N. Centre Street, and Religious School classes are TBA. Saturday Torah study sessions will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship when scheduled.
We have been made most welcome by the Unitarians, and have found their sanctuary to be very comfortable and inviting. We hope that you will join us there over the next few months while our building is undergoing its transformation. Please check our Facebook page for updates and feel free to contact Rabbi Sniderman if you have other questions.
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