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 some programming, services, and events. Friday evening Shabbat services are being held outdoors on the BSS patio this summer. In case of poor weather, services are moved indoors. Vaccinated individuals may choose not to wear a mask when at outdoor events at BSS. All individuals must still mask and physically distance when inside the BSS building. Services can be accessed via Zoom as well. 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. More information about our current Covid-19 protocols: Indoor Events and Outdoor Events.
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.