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Yom Shabbat, 26 Sivan 5776
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2014 renovated sanctuary
Simple Gifts Concert
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bat mitzvah

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Rabbi/Cantor Mark Perman is excited to be the new spiritual leader at B'er Chayim Congregation in Cumberland effective July 1st 2016.  Most recently, he served as cantor at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas. Rabbi Perman has set his sights on building a sacred community here in Cumberland where prayer, study, and g'milut chasadim (acts of love and kindness), are intertwined in order to bring our covenant with God to life.  Though he has served several congregations as cantor, he has always been interested in teaching, in guiding the congregation with music as well as ideas, and in connecting our sacred mission with the goal of improving the troubled world in which we live. Rabbi Perman received his rabbinic ordination in 2013 from The Mesifta Academy in Queens, New York ( Rabbi Charles Agin, Dean), and his investiture as cantor in 1997 from HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music in New York City. He has also performed extensively on stage and in individual cabaret performances called: "Bima to Broadway".  Mark is a graduate of New York University and The High School of Performing Arts in NYC.  Most recently he also hosted a radio show called "Perspectives" on a prominent talk radio station in Houston. He is looking forward to the years ahead at B'er Chayim and to beginning his new life here in Cumberland.

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