Peek into our little Synagogue and you'll find that we are a welcoming and egalitarian congregation serving the needs of the Jewish Community of Southern MarylanD
Who We Are
Beth Israel Synagogue was founded in the early 1950's by 20 families who moved to Southern Maryland with the building of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Throughout the years we have grown and evolved, catering to a diverse membership with a wide spectrum of both spiritual and religious needs. Our members come not only from St. Mary's County, but also from neighboring Charles and Calvert Counties.
Beth Israel provides scheduled religious services for Shabbat and the High Holidays. We sponsor congregational holiday celebrations, such as for Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Pesach. We support all Jewish life cycle events of our congregants. Our Hebrew School classes take place on Sundays from the weekend after Labor day through the beginning of June for children from pre-school age through middle school. Bar and Bat Mitzvah preparation is also available by special arrangement. Religious services are lead by Rabbi Kenneth Cohen. Please check the Calendar for all scheduled dates and times.
Rabbi Ken Cohen is a writer, speaker and pastor. His delight is helping people find a connection to Judaism. Ken served as Hillel Director at American University in Washington, DC and held pulpits in Cardiff, Wales, Southfield, Michigan and Columbia, Maryland. He was a broadcaster with the BBC. Ken lectures widely and has taught classes on Jewish ethics at the US Capitol. Ken was ordained by Leo Baeck College in London. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, an MA in Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew University (summa cum laude) and a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Ken is a Fellow of Leo Baeck College in London. He is available to officiate at life cycle events and speaking engagements. www.rabbicohen.com/blog-a-guide-for-the-perplexed The views expressed in the Rabbi's blog do not reflect the views of Beth Israel Synagogue