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Yom Shlishi, 19 Kislev 5776
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Mountainside Baroque visits the newly renovated B’er Chayim Temple, located at the corner of Union and Centre Streets in Cumberland, on Sunday, November 22, for two performances (4 p.m. and 7 pm.) of a program entitled “Psalms of David.” A reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance, along with a tour of the building and its restoration. The public is invited to this special opportunity of experiencing a performance in a significant structure in Cumberland’s history.

This program of seventeenth century vocal and instrumental music features sopranos Leann Conley-Holcom and Janna Critz, tenors Joel Bevington and Bradley King, basses Ryan Mullaney and Joseph Hubbard, and members of Pittsburgh-based Chatham Baroque and Charlottesville (VA)-based Three-Notch Road. Mountainside Baroque’s resident choir The Scholars of St. Cecilia will also perform.

Due to the available seating at B'er Chayim,  the same concert is being performed twice on the same day (4 p.m. and 7 pm.). Since the Temple can accommodate around 100 people, we are accepting reservations in order to not to disappoint any who wish to attend. (The 4 p.m. performance is filling quickly.) To reserve your place, call 301-777-3364 or purchase tickets online at

rededication photo in sanctuary

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