We’re delighted that you’re interested in finding out more about connecting with your Jewish heritage as part of a supportive community. At Oseh Shalom, we create a warm, friendly atmosphere for celebrating Jewish life through prayer, learning and mutual support.
Oseh Shalom is a regional synagogue community comprised of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds who live in the Baltimore-Washington region. We are affiliated with the Reconstructionist Judaism and are dedicated to personal, communal and ecological tikkun (wholeness and healing) through Jewish tradition. We provide a Jewish spiritual experience that is egalitarian, participatory, and creative, yet rooted in tradition.
As an inclusive community, our members include both traditional Jewish families and nontraditional households, including same-sex couples and many interfaith families. We believe that the quality of the relationship defines the family, not its composition. Our diverse membership includes Jews with Conservative, Reform and Orthodox backgrounds, as well as Jews by choice and those exploring Judaism. Many of our members are interfaith families.
We welcome participation from members at all stages of life, including young singles, newlywed couples, families with young children, empty-nesters and seniors. Oseh Shalom also welcomes members with disabilities. We have an active inclusion committee and are committed to removing barriers of architecture, communications and attitudes that exclude people with disabilities from full participation. We have had many Autistic, ADHD and other special children celebrate their bnei mitzvah with us. Both family services and High Holiday services are ASL interpreted. We are a peanut free building and our school further limits certain foods to protect children with allergies. We always offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options at our meals.
As a regional community, Oseh congregants come from Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel counties and beyond. Parents who are searching for a Hebrew School or Jewish School for their children find a warm, engaging and inclusive environment at Oseh Shalom Religious School. Our mid-week online school is an an award winning program that offers families flexibility.
We are committed to the Jewish value of tikkun olam (the repair of the world) both locally and globally. Our Caring and Support committee provides assistance and comfort to our members in need; Social Action reaches out to the larger community through such efforts as organizing food and blood drives, and taking part in Winterhaven, a program which provides shelter to homeless men and women during the winter months. We are also engaged in national and international issues that call out for action.
We offer a variety of lifelong learning programs, which include classes, movies Torah study and discussion. These programs are offered at various times of the week, including Sunday mornings during Religious School and evenings.
Take as long as you like to get to know our community and decide whether it is for you. Please join us at our services, classes, meals, and other synagogue events while you consider joining our family. Our monthly pot luck dinners, the First Friday of every month, and other community events give members the opportunity to bond with one another. Explore our website and calendar for all the ways you can connect with our community.
Questions? Contact us at 301-498-5151 if you would like to speak to Rabbi Daria, Rabbi Josh, our Synagogue Administrator Mark, or Religious School Director Rabbi Rebecca. We also firmly believe that finances should not be a barrier to being part of our community and will work confidentially with those whose circumstances call for a special accommodation in dues. Have membership questions? Email Membership Chair Ann Wittik-Bravmann