Beth Shalom is a Conservative synagogue in Columbia, Maryland. It is currently the only Conservative congregation in Howard County, Maryland.


When the town of Columbia, Maryland was formed in the 1960s, in accordance with an idea of James Rouse, an Interfaith Center was created where all places of worhsip in the town would initially share a hall.[1]

The attempt to first organize a Jewish community in the Columbia area began in 1967. Temple Solel (now known as Temple Isaiah) became the area's Reform temple, and Beth Shalom became the area's Conservative congregation [2]. Both have since obtained their own buildings. An attempt to form an Orthodox community was unsuccessful.

Beth Shalom was founded in 1969. It has since grown to more than 400 families[3].

Spiritual leaders

The original spiritual leader was the late Rabbi Noah Golinkin, who has hired in 1978. Rabbi Kenneth Cohen was the second spiritual leader, who assumed the position in 1986[4].

The third and current spiritual leader of Beth Shalom is Rabbi Susan Grossman, who has held the position since 1997. Grossman was ordained in the Class of 1985, and is considered unusual for being a female rabbi in the Conservative movement from that generation[5]. Grossman is known for authoring works on the Conservative view of ritual purity[6][7].

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