Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

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Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is a synagogue and Jewish community in Baltimore. It is affiliated with the Reform Judaism movement.

Originally named Nidche Yisroel,[1] the synagogue was founded in 1830, and for the first fifteen years of its existence, services were held in a small room above a local grocery.

In 1845, the congregation moved to Lloyd Street under the new name, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The new synagogue was dedicated by the Rev. S. M. Isaacs of New York and the Rev. Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia, together with the ministers of the congregation, Abraham Rice and A. Ansell (Anshel).[1] That building, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the third-oldest synagogue building in the United States, is now preserved as a museum. As the city of Baltimore and its Jewish population continued to grow, so too did the number of congregants, and thus also the size of its endowment. Thus, in 1891, the congregation moved to Madison Avenue, where it built a brand new building. This building, the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The congregation finally moved to Park Heights Avenue on the border of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, as the Jewish population fled to the countryside following the Second World War.

The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew[edit]

Under the direction of Rabbi Murray Saltzman, BHC senior rabbi at the time, BHC added a day school to its educational programming in 1991 for children from 18 months through 8th grade. In early 2008, it was officially renamed The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew. The Day School received accreditation from the State of Maryland and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), was a member of the Center for Jewish Education of The Associated, Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools (PARDeS) and The Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). It closed after the 2012–2013 school year. It was slated to reopen as a new school, The Independent Academy, as a joint venture with The Cardin School, but the Cardin school pulled out and closed and the new school did not materialize.

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  1. ^ a b  "BALTIMORE". Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906. Retrieved Feb/18/14. 
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