Welcome to Our Temple

Serving the growing Jewish population on the Delmarva Peninsula, Temple Bat Yam is a Reform Jewish congregation committed to the ideals and eternal truths of Judaism. Our intent is to maintain the traditions and lessons of our rich heritage while respecting the realities and integrity of interfaith marriages and interfaith families. We encourage participation by all family members and spouses in our congregational life, despite religious diversity within a household. We believe the spiritual interests of both our congregation and those of our interfaith couples and families are best served by inclusion within the nurturing community of Temple Bat Yam.

For more information of the events click on the image.

Due to limited seating capacity, the first 80 people who pay
will be Movin’ with Motown!



Shown above, Rabbi Rutburg delivers the opening prayer at the March 19, 2024
session of the Maryland State Senate. Above left, Rabbi Rutburg poses with
Maryland State Senator Mary Beth Cardozza for the 38 District.

Stand Up to Jewish Hate 

According to 2020 FBI Hate Crime Statistics, Jews are the victims of 55% of all religious based hate crimes in the United States. Yet Jews make up only 2.4% of the American population. Please Read More.

Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 19

    Religious School – Last Day

    May 19 @ 9:30am - 12:00pm
  2. Thu 23
  3. Fri 24

    Shabbat Service

    PreNeg at 6:15, Service begins at
    May 24 @ 6:15pm - 8:00pm
  4. Fri 31

    Shabbat Service

    PreNeg at 6:15, Service begins at
    May 31 @ 6:15pm - 8:00pm
  5. Wed 05

    Executive Board Meeting

    Jun 05 @ 9:00am - 11:00am
  6. Fri 07

    Shabbat Service & Oneg

    Jun 07 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm


From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Being Honest with God and Myself

Being Honest with God and Myself jemerman

I took the Commandments seriously. However, one of the Commandments deeply resonated above all others: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," meaning "You shall not lie" (Exodus 20:13). This affected me most because I was lying to others and myself about a core aspect of my identity: my bisexuality.

A Message of Support

A Message of Support urjadmin

While we recognize that the deep conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will not be resolved over the summer, we believe that come the fall, college campuses must once again be safe for all students - and this includes Jewish students living their Jewish commitments openly and proudly.

B'midbar Haiku

B'midbar Haiku jemerman

Haiku based on the week's Torah portion.

You’re Invited to Remember

You’re Invited to Remember jemerman

Growing up, I saw Yizkor as a mysterious event on Yom Kippur afternoon. The grownups would return to temple in the afternoon, while my sister and I stayed home. There was no explanation, just an understanding that this was a thing our parents and grandparents did, and we did not.