The Central Maryland region is home to a vibrant Jewish community, with a long and rich history of religious and cultural traditions. For over a century, synagogues in the area have partnered with The Associated to create a thriving Jewish Baltimore. These places of worship are essential for connecting people from all Jewish movements, and encouraging them to explore their own spirituality within the framework of Jewish tradition. The first Jewish congregation in Baltimore was founded in 1830 by a small group of German-speaking immigrants, known as Nidche Israel (“The Dispersed of Israel”), later known as the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
This congregation occupied the Lloyd Street Synagogue for forty-four years, during which time they modified the building to reflect their struggle to create an American Judaism that served both their American and Jewish identities. Today, the Lloyd Street Synagogue is part of the Maryland Jewish Museum campus, and continues to fulfill its mission of transmitting Jewish values, wisdom and traditions from generation to generation. The synagogue celebrates spirituality, Jewish tradition and Jewish life through Shabbat and holiday services that are rich in songs and prayers. In Anne Arundel County, there are several popular synagogues that are worth exploring.
- Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, founded in 1830, is one of the oldest synagogues in the area.
- Lloyd Street Synagogue, which has been modified over the years to reflect the struggle to create an American Judaism.
- Maryland Jewish Museum, which is part of the Lloyd Street Synagogue campus and continues to transmit Jewish values.