Bonnie & Steve Kirschbaum
“In Search for a Temple Home”, Steve and I retired from Ellicott City, Maryland in 2016 and we relocated to Selbyville, Delaware! In Columbia, Maryland and Ellicott City, the majority of the Temple’s used the Interfaith Centers and we eventually joined a Temple in Laurel, Maryland where our children had their B’nai Mitzvah. We dropped out shortly thereafter. We didn’t feel comfortable there and welcomed as they had their founding congregants. We found Temple Bat Yam while riding our tandem bike to Berlin on many occasions and were very curious. While volunteering at Freeman Stage, we met a TBY congregant who invited us to services. The first year we had a Gifted Membership and the rest is history. Temple Bat Yam has become our Jewish Home. We have more friends now that are considered family!! People are warm, inviting and friendly. I have been involved on the Sisterhood board for many years and help on different committees! Steve is currently the zoom expert and is involved with other activities. We have enjoyed the many classes, social events and services.
Barbara & Marvin Garber
Marvin and I have been members of Temple Bat Yam since September 2016. We moved from Central Jersey to Delaware and felt it was vitally important to join a synagogue. Fortunately for us, our daughter lives in Ocean Pines and introduced us to the reform congregation that was in Berlin …Temple Bat Yam. We are so glad we joined our vibrant, warm and caring congregation. The Temple is a welcoming place to pray, to learn and to create life-long friendships. We met one of our dearest couple friends outside of the Temple and started to attend events with them. It was not long before Marv and I felt embraced by so many TBY members. We now have a circle of dear, dear friends that we see in Temple and outside of the Temple. Our experience with Rabbi Rutberg and his beautiful wife Sara has been one of the highlights of our Temple life. Our Temple family are our dear friends, our support system and people we love. How fortunate Marv and I feel to have found this beautiful Jewish community here on the Eastern Shore.
Temple Bat Yam has given me a most wonderful link to my Jewish heritage and observance in an area where few Jews reside. The Friday night Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rutberg are inspiring and fulfilling. The camaraderie I have experienced with fellow congregants, many of whom have become dear friends, has added a very important dimension to my life here, on Delmarva!
Until I came to the area and joined Temple Bat Yam, I never felt that feeling of community and because of this, I’ve become more and more involved in Temple life. Right from the start, I felt an immediate warmth and fellow congregants went out of their way to make me feel included. If you get involved, you will not regret it. One of the best things I did was to join TBY’s Sisterhood. What a wonderful and warm group of women. My husband and I began TBY’s Social Committee and we have had some wonderful activities for the entire family and we plan many more. The most important thing to remember about Temple Bat Yam is its service to the Jewish community and all of our friends and neighbors. When you need us, we will be there with you. We will laugh and smile with you, and we will cry and grieve with you. At Temple Bat Yam we are one big family. If you join us, you will see what I mean … there is a difference.
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.