Bolton Street Synagogue, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, is an inclusive home for the diverse Baltimore community. Led by Rabbi Andy Gordon, we are known for our openness to inquiry and debate, our culture of Jewish innovation, our commitment to social justice in the city of Baltimore, and our uncommon warmth.
Diversity and inclusion are core values at Bolton Street Synagogue. We pride ourselves in our embrace of interfaith families, Jews by choice, LGBTQIA+ members, and Jews of Color, all of whom are well-represented and well-loved in the Bolton Street family. Recently, our congregation campaigned actively for racial justice; marched at Baltimore Pride; and partnered with our interfaith allies around justice and equity issues in Baltimore City. At this moment, our leadership is working on “Not Free to Desist,” a more intentional focus on inclusivity for Black Jews and non-Black Jews of Color as well as ensuring a sense of belonging for all who come through our doors.
The Bolton Street Synagogue building is now open for programming, services, and events. Friday evening Shabbat services are being held in-person and over Zoom. If you are interested in joining us remotely, please email Administrator, Monica Blum, to receive Zoom links. All of our services are also live on our Facebook page.
Bolton Street Synagogue is now mask-optional for all events, meetings, services, and religious school. However, with rising Covid rates, we strongly encourage masking while inside the BSS building. In addition, all of our Shabbat services, Torah study, and many other events will continue to have a Zoom option. We want to remind you that if you are not feeling well, or if someone in your household is not feeling well, to please stay at home. We want to keep all in our community safe. Going forward, we will continue to be guided by our Covid Task Force, the CDC guidelines, as well as any recommendations by Baltimore City or the State of Maryland.
We embrace the dignity of all people. We are an accessible, welcoming community where audacious hospitality is a fundamental practice. We look forward to welcoming you!
We believe in the principal of l’dor v’dor, the passing of Jewish values, wisdom, and traditions from generation to generation by exploring spirituality within the broad framework of Jewish tradition.
We are deeply committed to the repair of the world through everyday acts, participation in interfaith and community programs, and dedicated advocacy that furthers the cause of justice.
We celebrate spirituality, Jewish tradition, and Jewish life through Shabbat and holiday services rich in song and prayer. Whether in our beautiful sanctuary or outside the walls of our synagogue, we gather together to celebrate joyful milestones.
We are committed to rich Jewish education for our children and teens and for our adults. Learning takes place through robust conversations and interactive study of Torah and Jewish history, custom, and practice.