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 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
Click here for the November 27, 2021 Shabbat Update.
Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving. No class.
*Friday, November 26, no Friday evening services at the temple.
*Saturday, November 27, 10:00 am. Shabbat morning services.
Sunday, November 28 (sundown), Hanukkah begins. If you need a box of Hanukkah candles, we have several at the temple.
Wednesday, December 1, at 6:00 pm. Allegany County Historical Society and Gordon Roberts House Hanukkah candle lighting and reception.
Thursday, December 2, 7:30 pm: Adult Education. Classes continue to be held only on Zoom.
*Friday, December 3, time TBA. Hanukkah candle lighting, dinner (think latkes), service.
*Saturday, December 4. No Shabbat morning services.
Sunday, December 12, 11:00 am: The Annual Congregational Meeting (via Zoom or at the temple). See Shabbat Update for more information (including Katz’s Deli sandwiches ordering).
Our services are held both in the temple and on Zoom. Contact Rebecca for Zoom information.
An online version of Mishkan T’Filah (for Shabbat) can be accessed here.
2021 5782 High Holidays Appeal (It's still not too late)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-722-5688) or see the (linked) form below.