Beth Sholom Congregation (Frederick, Maryland)

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Beth Sholom Congregation
The sanctuary at Beth Sholom's community center location
AffiliationConservative Judaism
LocationFrederick, Maryland, United States
Beth Sholom Congregation (Frederick, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Beth Sholom Congregation (Frederick, Maryland)
Location within Maryland
Geographic coordinates39°25′40″N 77°24′29″W / 39.4278026°N 77.4080764°W / 39.4278026; -77.4080764Coordinates: 39°25′40″N 77°24′29″W / 39.4278026°N 77.4080764°W / 39.4278026; -77.4080764

Beth Sholom is a Conservative synagogue, currently located in Frederick, Maryland.


Frederick Hebrew Congregation was chartered on October 6, 1917.[1] In 1919, the congregation incorporated with name of Beth Sholom Congregation.[1] The first synagogue was built in Brunswick, Maryland, the same year.[1]

In 1923, the original synagogue was dedicated at the town's former Elks Club.[2]

Yehuda E. Perkins was the rabbi in 1959.[3] In 1961, Morris Kosman became the congregation's spiritual leader.[4]

Beth Sholom built a community center in Frederick in 1984.[1] The community center was intended for the preschool, religious school, youth activities, and social activities.[1] A new, larger community center was opened in 1994.[1][5]

Spiritual leaders[edit]

Rabbi Morris Kosman, a Detroit native who had served as the congregation's spiritual leader since 1961, retired and assumed emeritus status in 2010.[6] At that time, Rabbi Murray Singerman became the congregation's new spiritual leader.[7] After a year and a half, Singerman resigned, and Beth Sholom was served until July 2014 by a visiting rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York under the Gladstein Fellowship program,[8] Rabbi Jordan Hersh and his wife, Cantor Shulie Hersh.

In July 2014, the Hershes became the permanent spiritual leaders of Beth Sholom.[9]

Kosman died October 22, 2016.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "History". Beth Sholom Congregation. Accessed November 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Weissbach, Lee Shai (2005). Jewish life in small-town America a history. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. p. 184. ISBN 9780300127652.
  3. ^ County, Historical Society of Frederick (2007). Frederick County revisited. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub. p. 44. ISBN 9780738552583.
  4. ^ "Kosman Retiring From Frederick Shul". Jewish Times.
  5. ^ Hernandez, Nelson (9 Oct 2005). "A Fresh Start on Fertile Ground". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ Cassie, Ron (18 Sep 2009). "Rabbi to assumed emeritus status at year's end". Frederick News Post.
  7. ^ "Archived from [ the original
  8. ^ Feiler, Alan H. "In The Short Run: Rabbi resigns from Frederick's largest Jewish congregation". Baltimore Jewish Times. pp. 15–16.
  9. ^ "Leadership". Beth Sholom Congregation. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Spiritual Leadership". Beth Sholom Congregation. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Frey, David (Nov 4, 2016). "Remembering Rabbi Morris Kosman, longtime spiritual leader of Beth Sholom Congregation". The Frederick News-Post. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.

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