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Har Sinai - Oheb Shalom Congregation is the combination of two historic Baltimore Reform synagogues working together to create one joyful, warm, inclusive, and socially conscious congregation. Because we are striving to live our Jewish values through the lens of a dynamic modern world, we are constantly growing and evolving in pursuit of that goal. Read more. 

Announcement of Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD, as our inaugural Rabbi

Dear HSOSC Community,

We are delighted to share with you exciting news: Har Sinai Oheb Shalom Congregation has overwhelmingly ratified the Board of Trustees’ unanimous recommendation to welcome Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD, as our inaugural rabbi. This is a joyous and historic moment in the life of our new congregation.

Rabbi Sabath joins us officially on July 1, 2021, bringing twenty-five years of rabbinic experience in a wide array of settings. She is a visionary rabbinic leader, a compassionate spiritual counselor, and an engaging teacher and public speaker. As both a congregational leader and an international scholar, Rabbi Sabath is primed to help us both live our mission and grow into the congregation that takes Baltimore’s Reform Jewish community to new heights.

Today represents the culmination of over a year of work to find the right shidduch (“match”) for our new community. Our community thanks the dedicated members of our Rabbinic Search Committees which reviewed over thirty resumes and interviewed over twenty candidates to find the rabbi with the skills and gravitas to ensure stability, excitement, and growth for our future.

As we celebrate today’s milestone, we look forward to helping Rabbi Sabath and her family transition to HSOSC and Baltimore later this year. We recognize that a thoughtful and intentional transition will help build a successful, long-term relationship with Rabbi Sabath and her family and have assembled a diverse and dedicated transition team to assist with this process. We will keep everyone informed as we get closer to Rabbi Sabbath’s official start.

Please join us as we say a collective Sheyhecheyanu to express gratitude for reaching this moment in time.
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

Debbi Jacobs and David Buchalter
Co-Chairs, HSOSC Rabbinic Search Committee

*We appreciate the dedicated members of our Rabbinic Search Committees, entrusted to find our congregation a rabbi, for literally countless hours of thoughtful, collaborative work. We cannot thank you enough! Wendy Bralove, Harold Burgin, Micah Damareck, Jesse Feller-Kopman, Dan Hirschhorn, Diane Israel, Jessica Krasnick, Wendy McChesney, Karen Oppenheimer, Rachel Padden, Cecelia Rund, Barbara Schlaff, Nancy Solomon, Leslie Toll, Scott Trager, Andrew Weinman

Upcoming Programs

All Events
  • Tuesday ,
    JanJanuary  26 , 2021
    Posner JEM Religious School: Grade 8 & 9 Class

    Tuesday, Jan 26th 5:00p to 6:00p


  • Wednesday ,
    JanJanuary  27 , 2021
    Pirkei Avot

    Wednesday, Jan 27th 9:30a to 10:30a
    Join Aviva Janus as we take a deep dive into the classic text on Jewish ethics. New students are always welcome. The Pirkei Avot class is growing and we are continuing this winter with a new day and time. Join us to delve deeply into the Oral Law (mishna) of Ethics of our sages. Come explore ancient Jewish wisdom and see how it applies to our lives today. New students are always welcome!


  • Wednesday ,
    JanJanuary  27 , 2021
    Barry Rascovar: After the Inauguration: Now What?

    Wednesday, Jan 27th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Barry has been an influential voice on Maryland politics for four decades with The Baltimore Sun. Today, Barry teaches courses on Presidential elections and Foreign Policy at various local lifelong learning programs.


  • Thursday ,
    JanJanuary  28 , 2021
    SPICE: The Diaspora Journey of Judaism

    Thursday, Jan 28th 10:30a to 12:00p
    Join us for an exploration of the journey of the Jewish community from medieval times through the modern day. Take a journey across time and land as we figure out how Jews came to be in Israel, Europe, South America, North America, and even in space. Facilitator: Rabbi Jennifer Weiner


  • Thursday ,
    JanJanuary  28 , 2021
    Sing Unto God

    Thursday, Jan 28th 8:00p to 10:00p
    Please join us to celebrate Debbie Friedman's memory. HUC-JIR will be presenting an evening of song and memory to celebrate the memory of Debbie Friedman commemorating her 10th yahrzeit. Pre-registration required.


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Tue, January 26 2021 13 Sh'vat 5781