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We are excited that you are considering joining us at Temple Adas Shalom!

Our congregation remains a warm and welcoming assembly of approximately 132 families.  We have a seasoned spiritual leader in Rabbi John Franken with strong ties to both the local and regional Jewish community.  Our membership is very welcoming, friendly, and diverse, running the complete gamut of ages and marital status.  We are comprised of both traditional and interfaith families, and have an active relationship across the county with other religious organizations such as churches and the mosque, making a statement of peace and tolerance.

Temple Adas Shalom offers a robust community engagement aside from the weekly worship services and life cycle events.  Our HJC Early Learning Center has an excellent accredited learning program for toddlers through Pre-K that fully prepares children for many of our public and private schools in both Harford and Cecil County.  The Kehillah MAGNET Religious School offers a traditional religious education with a virtual midweek class every Wednesday for Grade 3 through Grade 6 that meets via zoom from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm; as well as classes for Pre-K through High School that meet on Sunday mornings in our building from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The majority of our students who complete confirmation continue on as teacher assistants (Madrichim) with our religious school , gaining valuable work experience. Our Adas Shalom Temple Youth (ASTY) teenagers are the most active in the National Federation of Teen Youth – Mid Atlantic Region (NFTY-MAR) and participate in various events throughout the year.  Adult Education provides healthy variety of activities for our members such as Hebrew classes, a Prayer of the Month club, regular Lunch ‘N Learn, and spirited book discussions.  We have an active Sisterhood that plans many functions throughout the year that are open to members as well as non-members who might be interested in checking out what they have to offer.  The Social Committee organizes several Shabbat, holiday, and special dinners during the year as well as fun social activities around the community.  Our Social Action Committee is involved in community affairs and sponsors volunteer opportunities throughout the year including feeding the needy, care for people in difficult periods of their life, and essential support to other community support groups that need our assistance.

Regardless of your membership status, you are always welcome to worship with us for Friday evening services which generally begin at 7:00 PM; the exception for Friday night is our once a month quick 1 hour Daven & Dine service that starts at 6:00 PM and is followed by a dine out opportunity with our fellow congregation (please make sure to check our calendar website for an updated and detailed list of events and services). If you have little ones and those times do not work for you, join us virtually on Friday nights via zoom or in person for one of our Tot Shabbat services on select Saturday mornings at 9:30 am.  All of our services are led by a healthy combination of Rabbi Franken and our lay leadership.

You can download the following components to our Membership package by clicking on the below links:
Membership Application
Annual Donation Pledge Form
Letter from our Religious Practices Committee regarding Weekly Services
Note from our Sisterhood President

If you would like to return the above member forms to us, you can do so by:

Our treasurer and finance team are happy to work with you for any financial considerations that affect your decision. They can be reached directly at and  

Please give us the opportunity to make a difference in your life.  If you would like to discuss Membership at any time myself or any of our Elected Board officials would be happy to discuss with you. We would love to become your congregation of choice for a lifetime.

Shalom Aleikhem,
Stephen Marksamer
V.P. of Membership