B'er Chayim (Well of Life) Congregation

B'er Chayim (Well of Life) Congregation (HM2H7Y)

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N 39° 39.048', W 78° 45.641'

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Dedicated March 2, 1867

Jewish citizenry in Cumberland can be documented back to 1816. By 1853 twelve Jewish families had taken residence in this growing city of 6150 people. It was this small group which applied to the Maryland General Assembly for an Act incorporating the B'er Chayim (Well of Life) Congregation on May 23, 1853. Steps were taken in 1865 to acquire a site for the temple and by 1866 the temple's construction was completed at the corner of South Center and Union Streets at a cost of $ 7,427.02. The synagogue was dedicated on March 2, 1867. Weekly dues of 25 cents, offerings, and help from other communities paid the construction cost. B'er Chayim was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is the oldest continuously operating synagogue building in the State of Maryland, the sixth oldest Reform Congregation in America and the tenth oldest synagogue in country.
HM NumberHM2H7Y
Year Placed2017
Placed ByB’er Chayim Congregation, Historic Preservation Commission City of Cumberland, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation
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Date Added Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692126 N 4391397
Decimal Degrees39.65080000, -78.76068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.048', W 78° 45.641'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 2.8800000000001" N, 78° 45' 38.46" W
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