Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 5:34pm
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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 5:34pm

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

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.

Mondays | January 22-May 7, 2018 | 6:45-9:15pm

Fee: $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.

Register for Intro to Judaism

Basics of Judaism

The Baltimore Board of Rabbis and the JCC are offering a new 3 session course examining Judaism’s 3 central pillars; God, Israel, and Torah. This course is adapted from the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and taught by Rabbi Marc Blatt. In these seminar style classes, you will examine not only what the traditional sources say on these core areas of belief, but also what contemporary thinkers offer, as well as craft your own understandings on these topics. This course is an excellent entry point for those interested in learning a little deeper about Judaism or joining the Introduction to Judaism class in future.

Wednesday, March 7, 14, 21, 2018 | 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $100 per individual or couple

Register for Basics of Judaism

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 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.

Kol Halev
6200 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21212

Spring classes forming, please contact Lara Nicolson: 410.559.03532

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.

Downtown Baltimore JCC | Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Foundations of Jewish Family Living

For parents raising young Jewish Children

Acquire the knowledge and develop the skills to be the teacher in your own home and make PJ library books jump off the page with this dynamic curriculum from the amazing minds at the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in collaboration with PJ Library and Shalom Sesame!

Cost: $150 + Text Book ($45). Babysitting stipends available upon request. Light refreshments will be served. Winter/Spring dates coming soon.

For more information, contact Adam Kruger | 410.735.5027 | akruger@cjeb.org.

For questions or more information on any of these programs, please contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 | lnicolson@jcc.org.

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:
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.

Purim Hamentashen Make and Take

February 22, 2018 | 5:00-7:00pm
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Bring your kitchen helpers, young and old for a fun and festive holiday experience. Assemble yummy hamentashen (tri-corner hat cookies), then take them home to bake and enjoy with your family and friends! Fun activities for all ages including making gift baskets for friends, blessing bags for those in need and Purim games. Light refreshments served. Dietary laws observed.

5:00-5:30pm - Family Purim activities
5:30-7:00pm - Hamentashen Make and Take
$10 (before 2/19) includes all ingredients & supplies to make a dozen hamentashen*
$18 (after 2/20 or walk-in)

Contact Lara Nicolson lnicolson@jcc.org for more information. Pre-registration preferred.
*If you have attended any of the other JCC family holiday programs in 2017/18, please contact Lara Nicolson for a $5 off online discount code.

Register Online

Annapolis Purim Lobby Night with JUFJ

February 26, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm
Lowes House Office Building | 6 Bladen Street, Rm 143
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Right before Purim we are going to get the celebration going by delivering holiday gift bags to our state legislators. Each festive package, following the tradition of mishloach manot, will have sweet treats and a note letting our lawmakers know the issues we care about most: bail reform, raising the minimum wage, rent court reform, and strengthening the Maryland Dream Act.

5:15pm - Buses leave Baltimore
6:00pm - Meet in Annapolis for those coming by car
6:30-8:00pm - Deliver Packages to Legislators
Meet in the Lowes House Office Building, Rm 143

Kids are welcome. Costumes are encouraged (no masks or pretend weapons). Let's bring some Purim fun to Annapolis!!
Never lobbied before? It's easy, fun, and effective! We'll meet up together beforehand, do a brief training, and then fan out to share stories with our legislators and their staff.
Please let us know your transportation preferences when you RSVP! A seat on the bus from Baltimore will cost $10. If there is enough interest, we will have additional buses from Silver Spring and Rockville.
Interested in helping to bake hamentaschen cookies in advance of lobby night? Please let us know below!
Questions? Contact isaac@jufj.org

Beginner Hebrew Classes

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

Wednesdays | 7:00–8:30pm | $180/session, 10 classes

Spring 2018: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

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

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.