— 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 45 families, it is a tight-knit congregation with congregants ranging from 5 months to 100 years of age. 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: Orthodox when first chartered in 1853; Classical Reform in the late 1800 and early 1900s; and Reform after merging with Beth Jacob Synagogue (a Conservative Shul) in 1998. Our services are respectful of each tradition, reflecting such rich history.

Upcoming Activities and Current Shabbat Update

Find out more about the:

B’er Chayim Congregation and Friends 

Israel Tour

February 17-27, 2023

Click here for more information.
Click here for online reservations.

Click here for the September Bulletin.

Click here for this week’s Shabbat Update.

Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm: Shabbat Evening Services followed by oneg.

High Holy Days 2023

Sunday, September 25, 7:30 pm. Rosh Hashanah Evening Services followed by oneg.

Monday, September 26, 10:00 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Services.

B’er Chayim High Holiday Appeal Form can be found here.

A letter from Gregg Schaaf, temple president, can be found here.

Please remember:

Our services are held both in the Temple and on Zoom.

An online version of Mishkan T’Filah (for Shabbat) can be accessed here.