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.