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  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
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    7:00am - 5:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:18pm
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Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    7:00am - 5:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:18pm

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.

Fall dates coming soon.
Downtown Baltimore JCC

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.

Tuesdays | September 5-December 19 | 6:25-9:15pm

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

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!

Wednesdays | Beginning September 6, 2017 | 10 sessions
7:00-8:00pm
Cost: $150 + Text Book ($45)

Babysitting stipends available upon request. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Interfaith Grandparents Program

For Parents Whose Children Are In A Mixed Faith Marriage

This 3-session series will help Jewish parents and grandparents learn how to:

  • Approach and communicate sensitive issues regarding religion with your adult children
  • Share your family’s Jewish traditions and values in a welcoming and supportive way
  • Cultivate the Jewish identities of your grandchildren while respecting the religious traditions of their parents

Mondays | November 5, 13, 27 | 7:00-9:00pm

Beth El Congregation, Pikesville
Fee: $36 per individual and $72 per couple
Pre-registration required

Register for Interfaith Grandparents Program

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. 

Fall dates coming soon.

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:
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.

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

Classes start in the Fall
Fees: $180 each session, fall and spring, 10 classes each session. 

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

Americana: Summertime Family Farm Festival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 11:00am-5:00pm
Pearlstone Center
5425 Mt. Gilead Rd. Reisterstown, MD 21136

Family fun, pool, ziplining, Ultimate Frisbee, Live performance by Bobby Beetcut and more. Learn more at pearlstonecenter.com.

PJ Library Tot Shabbat at the JCC Pool

Friday, July 14, 2017 | 4:30-7:00pm
$20 per family for JCC/DBJCC members
$25 for guest families

Register Online

Charm City Tribe, Shabbat Picnic in the Park

Friday, July 22, 2017 | 12:00-2:00pm

Summer time and the livin' is easy....especially when you spend Shabbat afternoon with Charm City Tribe by the pagoda in Patterson Park! Come for Jewish learning, blessings over challah & grape juice and a picnic! We provide: tent, chairs, blankets, frisbee, water, challah and grape juice. You bring: Food for yourself or food to share. 

Questions? Contact Ellie Brown, Charm City Tribe Program Manager | ehbrown@jcc.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/charmcitytribe

Honeymooning in the Borscht Belt, America’s Jewish Vacationland

Jewish Museum of Maryland in conjunction with the exhibit Just Married! Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland, the Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a book talk by photographer Marisa Scheinfeld. Scheinfeld’s new book, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, presents a contemporary view of dozens of Borscht Belt hotels and bungalow colonies, taking the viewer deep into the heart of the lost world of the beloved region. Her book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information visit www.borschtbeltbook.com.

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.