I was asked, recently, what had led us, my late husband and me, to decide to make Ocean City our home. My immediate response was “the ocean”, and then I stopped short. Even as the words reached my ears, I knew that my answer had been far too glib and thoughtless. While living on the water was a strong factor in our decision, surely there had to have been a more profound reason for our conclusion.
After a moment of reflection, I realized that my answer should have been “Temple Bat Yam”. While we loved spending spare time and “breaks” next to the sea, while we adored hosting friends in our high rise condo, this shore town was NOT home. I have always believed that fate was on our side as we happened to be around when someone put the tiny ad, in a local paper, which asked “How would you like to spend High Holy Days on the Beach.” The rest is our history with this precious place.
Michelle & Jack Schachter
Bat Yam has grown to be a vibrant Jewish presence in an area that had recognized no Jews. Bat Yam has become the extended family we all need. Bat Yam is here to rejoice when rejoicing is appropriate, and to comfort when open arms are what’s needed… Bat Yam is what has made the Eastern Shore of Maryland the HOME of my Heart.
Our family has been a part of Temple Bat Yam since 1996. We have enjoyed belonging to the Bat Yam family as we have celebrated the growth of our family and coped with losses over the years. The weekly and holiday services, Religious education provided to children and adults, and the spiritual leadership offered by our amazing rabbi offer something for everyone. We treasure our connections through Temple Bat Yam!
Veronica & Stan Kahn, Paul Kahn
We have been members from the inception of Temple Bat Yam. With the help of a dedicated congregation, and an outstanding Rabbi, it has continued to flourish. We are so proud of finally having a positive, inclusive Jewish presence on our little piece of sand on the ocean facing east.