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    5:30am - 10:00pm
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    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:39pm
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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:39pm

Interfaith Baltimore

Interfaith Baltimore

Welcome to Baltimore’s diverse and growing Jewish community. We offer programming and services to Jews of all backgrounds to become involved in our community.

We aim to provide opportunities for Interfaith couples and families to make connections and experience Judaism in a variety of synagogues, organizations and public spaces.

Resources      Community Connections      Events      Meet Our Team      Find Jewish Clergy or Congregation

Resources

Mothers Circle for Interfaith families

Are you a mother raising Jewish children... but you're not Jewish? Don't do it alone! The Mothers Circle Mini-Course provides FREE education and support for women of other religious backgrounds who are raising Jewish children. This three-session course will focus on Jewish rituals, ethics, and the how-to's of creating a Jewish home. Come be a part of this warm and nurturing environment and feel empowered to take on the responsibility of raising children in Judaism. Mothers in all family constellations are welcome and participants do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge. Read more about the Mother's Circle experience.

Questions? Contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 | lnicolson@jcc.org

Sundays | April 30, May 7, May 21 | 10:00am-12:00pm
Downtown Baltimore JCC

Register for The Mothers Circle

Introduction to Judaism

The Baltimore Board of Rabbis and the JCC are offering a newly revamped Introduction to Judaism program taught in partnership with the Miller Intro to Judaism Program at American Jewish University. This program is for anyone wishing to learn more and find a home in the Jewish community and offers learning and support to those on a journey to conversion. With rabbis teaching from a variety of local Baltimore synagogues, this is an experiential 16-week course that introduces the basic principles, theology, literature, and ritual/spiritual practices of Judaism through discussions and exposure to traditional texts, contemporary readings, and real-life Jewish experiences, including a trip to local synagogues and Shabbat experience. This program will also provide participants with supportive discussion groups, a community of peers and opportunities to explore Judaism beyond the classroom.

Program cost: $360 for individuals and couples. Scholarships are available on an as-needed and case-by-case basis. We also have a 3-month payment plan available on registration.

Fall 2017 dates to be confirmed soon

For more information, please contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 | lnicolson@jcc.org

Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners

Are you in a Jewish interfaith relationship? Do you need help navigating the challenges and opportunities of Love and Religion? The workshop helps create a welcoming and accepting environment that encourages Jewish interfaith couples to examine their hopes and fears about the role that a Jewish identity will play in their life. This four-session workshop is for interfaith couples that are seriously dating, engaged, or newly married. The couples will benefit from the workshop by being in a forum with other couples that are addressing similar issues. In a safe environment, concerns and questions will be raised and discussed. This exciting new program will be offered in partnership with the JCC and Jewish Community Services (JCS) and led by Beth Land Hecht. Created by Marion Usher, an Interfaith couples expert. 

Thursdays | June 8-29 | 7:00-9:00pm
Downtown Baltimore JCC

Fee: $150.00 per couple

For more information, please contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 | lnicolson@jcc.org.

Register for Love and Religion

 

Community Connections

The congregations and Jewish organizations listed aim to serve newcomers, individuals, couples, and families who are interested in connecting to Judaism or Jewish organizations in Baltimore. They are committed to ensuring that their staff, clergy and members welcome those of all connections and background including Interfaith families.

You can also find resources and support at these two national sites with local partners in Baltimore:
Big Tent Judaism
Interfaith Family
DFI

Jewish Organizations that Interfaith families can connect to:

Congregations that Interfaith families can join:

Events

Find Jewish community events that are welcoming to individuals and families of all backgrounds and connections listed below.

Got Shabbat

Experience a family-friendly Shabbat celebration. Featuring a Tot Shabbat, a full catered Shabbat dinner and activities for young children. Connect with other families and the Jewish community. Families new to the area, interfaith families, and families new to Shabbat observance are all welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!

Visit jcc.org/gotshabbat to view our full Got Shabbat calendar through June 2017.

Jewish Environmental Advocacy Days

April 26-27, 2017
12:00pm
Pearlstone Center
5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown MD

Thursday, April 27
7:30am: Depart Pearlstone for Washington, DC
9:00am: Arrive in Washington, DC for lobbying in conjunction with Interfaith Power & Light state chapters

Cost: $100/person, includes:

  • 2 meals on Wednesday & breakfast on Thursday (OU-certified kosher)
  • One night lodging in dormitory style rooms (Note: Guests will share rooms with other Lobby Days participants. Some rooms have bunk beds.)
  • One-way transportation to Washington, DC

Register by April 10th

Commuter Option: $50/person
Wednesday at Pearlstone and meet us in Washington DC

Contact: Joan Plisko | jplisko@pearlstonecenter.org

Family Shabbat Service

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 11:00am-12:00pm
Chevrei Tzedek Congregation at the Myerberg Senior Center
3101 Fallstaff Road

Join us for a family Shabbat service, especially designed for kids ages 3-8. Led by Gladstein Fellow Rabbi Emily Barton.

JCC Hands on Holiday Programs

Free and open to all families

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 10:30am
Enoch Pratt Library Roland Park
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence)

More Details

Beginner Hebrew Classes

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 7:00-8:30pm
Beth El Congregation
8101 Park Heights Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208

Baltimore Hebrew Institute: Absolute Beginner through Advanced Level Modern Hebrew Language courses at Beth El Congregation. Study with experienced professional educators. This non-credit adult education Modern Hebrew Language program teaches students to read, write, and speak Hebrew.

Please submit your payment for each session directly to BHI with your registration form. Online registration is available at www.towson.edu/bhievents. For inquires contact Jill Max at BHI | 410.704.7120 | jmax@towson.edu

Fees: $180 each session, fall and spring, 10 classes each session. 

Spring in to the zoo with IMPACT and PJ Library!

Explore the Jewish connection to animals through a tailored tour of the zoo. Engage with a PJ Library story, visit the animals, enjoy a kosher nut-free snack, and meet new friends! For families with kids ages six months through 11 years.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:15am – 12:15pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
1 Safari Place, Baltimore

Cost:
Adult: $10
Child over age 2: $8
Children under age 2: Free!
Zoo Members: $5 per family

Snacks provided; dietary laws observed. We welcome participants of all abilities. Please contact us for special accommodations.

Questions? Email Rebecca Ellison or call 410.369.9276.

Meet Our Team

Lara Nicolson

Shalom Baltimore and Interfaith Engagement Director

Lara knows what it’s like to be a newcomer to Charm City’s Jewish community. In her role at the JCC Lara serves as a gateway for Interfaith families, like hers, to find programs, resources, support and a comfortable place in the community. If you are interested in being welcomed to Jewish Baltimore or learning more, contact Lara: lnicolson@jcc.org or 410.559.3532.

Diana Coyle

Connector at the JCC
Diana is passionate about making people feel welcome and connected, especially new moms. She grew up Catholic and is raising her kids Jewish. She participated in the JCC Mothers Circle program and runs a new moms support group at the DBJCC in Federal Hill. You can contact Diana at connector@jcc.org.

Find Jewish Clergy or Congregation

We are committed to connecting you to clergy, officants or congregations in Baltimore that can perform your Jewish event and support you with other resources and services. We have clergy from various denominations and hope to find you a good match, based on requirements.
 
Please complete the confidential form below, with as many details as possible. You will be sent matches directly via email and can respond as you wish.
 
Please find a list of all participating clergy, officiants and congregations.