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.
With the rising Covid rates in the Baltimore area, we have decided to move all services, programs, committee meetings, and religious school classes online through the end of January. We take this pause in our in-person programming in order to keep all members of our congregational community safe. We will provide an update about future programming at the end of the month.
The Bolton Street Synagogue building is now open for some 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.
In keeping with the core values of Bolton Street Synagogue, we take seriously our responsibility to adapt our Covid safety protocols in order to keep our community safe. Masks and physical distancing will be required for all indoor services and events. More information about our current Covid-19 protocols: Indoor Events and Outdoor Events. This guidance may be updated at any time based on available information. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding.
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.