Upcoming Events
Mah Jongg July 17
Knit & Knosh July 18
Talmud class July 19
Yedid Nefesh July 20
Tisha B'Av July 21
Mah Jongg July 24
Dinner Club July 24
Knit & Knosh July 25
Talmud class July 26
Yedid Nefesh July 27

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July 15, 29

July 16, 23, 30

Doors open at 5 p.m.
Games start at 7 p.m.

Sunday: July 29
Monday: Aug. 13

Sunday, July 22


Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Morris Kosman z"l, emeritus

Rabbi Morris Kosman was the spiritual leader of Beth Sholom Congregation from 1961 until January 2010, when he became rabbi emeritus.

During the 48 years he served as Beth Sholom's spiritual leader, Rabbi Kosman also taught Hebrew school, prepared teens for Bar and Bat Mitzvah and offered adult education classes in a wide array of topics. The guiding principles of Rabbi Kosman's leadership incuded the encouragement and nurturing of ongoing education in the Jewish experience for aduts, as well as the development of a positive attitude toward Judaism and a solid educational background for children. For about five years after retiring, Rabbi Kosman continued to be a presence in the congregation, attending services and performing life-cycle events.

Rabbi Kosman completed his training at the Rabbinical College of Telshe, an Orthodox institution transplanted from Lithuania to the United States. In addition, Rabbi Kosman is a graduate of the Baltimore Hebrew University and is a recipient of a Distinguished Scholar's Certificate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These institutions cover a wide spectrum of Judaism. With that background, Rabbi Kosman was especially well-suited to guide the diverse Frederick Jewish community, whose members represent the spectrum of the Jewish experience.

His wife, Carol, taught in the religious school for decades, and long served as the president of Sisterhood. Their seven children were raised here, and the entire Kosman family enriched Beth Sholom by their joyous presence.


Rabbi Kosman
Rabbi Kosman, along with his wife Carol, set the standard for Jewish cultural, religious and educational outreach. From Bar and Bat Mitzvah training to adult education to festive zimrot after Kiddush lunches to creative Torah readings, Rabbi Kosman provided 48 years of guidance to the Frederick Jewish community.