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"BHC is a vibrant, caring community that warmly welcomes, embraces and engages..."
- Martha Weiman
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation is rich in tradition and history.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation has provided generations of Jewish families a spiritual haven where members unite in enduring faith. As the first Jewish organization to be chartered by the State of Maryland and the first to build a synagogue, BHC continues to offer a religious environment in which every member, regardless of age or background feels welcome to participate in Jewish life. Today, BHC is a thriving Congregation situated on a 17 acre campus in the heart of the Jewish community, with a comprehensive Religious School and an ever-growing preschool.
Originally named Nidche Yisroel, BHC 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 Baltimore. In 1845, the Congregation moved to Lloyd Street under the new name, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. That building, the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the third-oldest synagogue building in the United States, is now preserved as a museum. By the end of the 1800's, as the city of Baltimore and its Jewish population grew, so too did the number of BHC Congregants. In 1891, BHC moved to Madison Avenue, where it built a new temple to meet the growing Congregation's needs. The Congregation moved to its final home on Park Heights Avenue, on the border of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, following the Second World War in 1951.