Today's Building Hours
  • Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Weinberg Park Heights JCC
    5:30am - 10:00pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 7:05pm
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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: 7:05pm

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


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 |

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.

Tuesdays | January 24-May 23, 2017 | 6:45-9:15pm
Weinberg Park Heights JCC

For more information, please contact Lara Nicolson | 410.559.3532 |

Register for Introduction to 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 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 |

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

Jewish Organizations that Interfaith families can connect to:

Congregations that Interfaith families can join:


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 to view our full Got Shabbat calendar through June 2017.

A Young Adult Night at the Museum

March 23, 2017 | 7:00- 9:00pm
Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Join IMPACT and the Baltimore Jewish Council for a young adult community evening at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as we tour and discuss the exhibits commemorating Auschwitz and the Holocaust. 


Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed!

March 30, 2017 | 7:30-9:00pm
Morstein Performa at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC 

An evening of stories culled from the transcripts of “On The Fringe,” a documentary film about Los Angeles female rabbis this theatre piece shares the struggles, joys, accomplishments and losses of these women. These are their stories and the story of all women trailblazers and innovators who follow the calling to embrace their life’s work. Three actresses breathe life into their memories.

In advance: $20/adult, $50/ VIP ticket 
At the door: $25/adult 

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Is That All There Is? Heaven and Hell in the Jewish and Christian Religious Imaginations

April 3, 2017 | 7:00-8:15pm
Beth El Congregation
8101 Park Heights Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 

One of life’s “ultimate” questions concerns the issue of what happens next? Is “this” all there is? Is there an afterlife? If so, what is life like after this life? This mini course will explore both classical and contemporary Jewish and Christian responses to these questions along with a number of underlying assumptions that animate them: notions of human freedom and divine judgment, to name a few. Come join us for this four-part mini course that promises a little bit of heaven and so much more.

Fees: $40 Beth El member, $45 non-member 


Beginner Hebrew Classes

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 For inquires contact Jill Max at BHI | 410.704.7120 |

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

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: 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

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.