After nearly 11 months, members of B'er Chayim Congregation have returned
home to their remodeled and renovation building. While they were gone,
this 147 year old building underwent major changes, going from a barely
handicapped accessible building to one that will accomodate most needs. A ramp was built,
an elevator installed and handcapped first floor restroom facilities added. T
he entire building was rewired, necessitating taking most walls back to plaster and lath.
New lighting, a new kitchen, remodeled second floor bathrooms, and
new heating and cooling equipment were installed.
Probably the most significant change took place in the sanctuary though, where a mid 20th century stark white decor gave way to painted and decorated walls and ceilings, mimicing the historical paint scheme found under layers of protecive canvas in the sanctuary during renovations. Decoration on the ark, courses of paint following horizontal features and curving around the stained glass windows..all have combined to provide a restful, contemplative space.
As the oldest continuously operating synagogue in Maryland, and one of the oldest
continuously synagogues in the United States, we take very seriously
our place in Jewish history. We honor the perseverance of earlier generations
and look forward to the next chapters of our congregation's future.