About Us

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Calah Congregation is a liberal, unaffiliated Jewish congregation that embraces everyone, especially interfaith families. We offer you modern services with traditional melodies in a warm, inviting environment. 


We are a congregation with a desire to keep the door open for all who wish to enjoy and appreciate our Jewish heritage. Our services emphasize congregational participation with readings and communal prayers in English as well as in Hebrew. Several prayers are also transliterated into English.


Our aim is to keep the costs to our members low and quality of the Synagogue high.


Our congregation meets twice per month to celebrate the Sabbath at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia, MD.  We also celebrate throughout the year with dinners, picnics, fun events, and special occasions.  We offer a full service High Holiday experience as well. In addition, Calah has a great Hebrew Sunday School, offering children and young adults small class sizes, fun activities, and a robust Jewish education.  We also offer Bar and Bat Mitzvah training.

Robert Sacks, Spiritual Leader

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Jon Blankman, Cantor

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Michael Markowitz ​​Cantor Emeritus

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Our Founders

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 Rabbi Dr. Herbert Kumin


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Our Founders

Bernice Kumin

Bernice Kumin