— 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.

September Activities and Current Shabbat Update

Click here for September 11, 2021 Shabbat Update.


This Week

Wednesday, September 15: Yom Kippur begins (Kol Nidre), 7:00 pm.

Thursday, September 16: Yom Kippur morning with Yizkor, 10:00 am; afternoon, 3:00 pm; Ne’ilah, 5:00 pm.

Friday, September 17: Erev Shabbat services, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 18: Torah study, 10:00 am.


Later in the Month

Friday, September 24: Erev Shabbat (including Sukkoth and Simchat Torah celebrations), 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 25: Havdalah. Lakewood Community Pavilion.


Please remember:

Our services are held both in the temple and on Zoom. Please contact Rebecca for Zoom sign-on instructions.

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

An online version of Mishkan HaNefesh (for Yom Kippur) can be accessed here.

2021 5782 High Holidays Appeal / Book of Memory

Our annual High Holiday Appeal is an important part of our yearly congregational support. A “Book of the New Year” is prepared with L’Shanah Tovah greetings, a compilation of life cycle occurrences from the past twelve months, and a list of donors.

An integral part of Yom Kippur is the Yizkor service. At that time we remember family members and friends who are no longer with us. The “Book of Memory” serves as a vehicle for congregants and others to recognize those individuals.

Please contact our office for donation information (admin@berchayim.org or 301-722-5688) or see the (linked) form below.

B’er Chayim High Holiday Appeal/Book of  Memory Form for 2021/5782