BHC is a truly inclusive, accessible and accommodating synagogue community to those with disabilities and/or special needs. To give special attention to this task, BHC Cares has formed a vibrant offshoot, the Inclusion and Accessibility Sub-committee. Our goal is to raise awareness and to make BHC more accessible spiritually, socially, educationally and physically. We seek the participation of all who would like to help us work towards that goal, especially those with special needs themselves or who have family members with special needs. BHC has joined the National Organization on Disabilities Committed Congregations Campaign, and has been recognized as an Exemplar Congregation in the URJ Ruderman Disabilities Inclusion Learning Center. INFO: Carol J. Caplan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.
Accessible Parking is available on the main lot closest to the Hoffberger Chapel entrance, in the Chapel driveway marked by blue curbs, as well as outside of the Adalman Lobby near the Sanctuary.
Accessible Automatic Entrances to the building are located at the Hoffberger Chapel entrance adjoining the main parking lot and at the entrance to the Adalman Lobby.
Accessible Restrooms and a family restroom are located in the gallery hallway.
An Access Ramp to the Sanctuary is off of the Adalman Lobby.
Accessible Seating in the Sanctuary is available in the front rows on both sides.
Wheelchairs are available near the Hoffberger Chapel, in the Adalman Lobby and in the Park Heights Lobby.
Railings are at each side of the bema in the Sanctuary, as well as leading up to the ark.
An elevator is located in the building.
Accessible Mezzuzah is located outside the Hoffberger Chapel entrance.
Sign Language Interpretation is provided at some High Holy Day Services and upon sufficient advance request.
Large print prayerbooks are provided in each of our three worship spaces.
Video magnifier available in the Myerberg Library enables individuals to enlarge and view their books and other printed materials on a monitor.
BHC has a hearing loop system installed in our main gathering areas that effortlessly ties into a tiny receiver already built into most hearing aids and cochlear implants. Hearing loops transmit the audio from a PA system directly to telecoil-equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. The telecoil functions as an antenna, relaying sounds directly into the ear without background noise just like Wi-Fi connects people to the web. Our five largest venues—Sanctuary, Straus Social Hall, Hoffberger Chapel, Dalsheimer Auditorium and Goodwin Center—will be looped and ready for the High Holy Days.
The BHC Hearing Loop Project was supported by generous gifts from Dr. Ira Kolman, Betty W. Cohen and the Selma T. & Joseph Wagner Fund. INFO: David Weis, email@example.com or 410-764-1587, ext. 243.
BHC is happy to provide videostreaming for all of our congregational Shabbat and High Holy Day services. Videostreaming allows those who cannot attend due to health or distance challenges to be able to share in worship with our community. Through our videostreaming link or app, you can watch services live or view any from our archives. Registration is not necessary and this service is completely free. INFO: Jo Ann Windman, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-764-1587 ext. 223.
Click here to begin videostreaming or download the app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android.
The Shabbat Shalom Program provides an opportunity for individuals with special needs to gather for dinner at BHC before attending the congregational Shabbat Evening Service. Volunteers from BHC serve as hosts for the dinner, and food service is assisted by the Brotherhood Chicken Flickers. The program is facilitated in part by the Jewish Community Center Special Needs Department. Dinners are held several times each year. INFO: Sara Rubenstein, Special Needs Coordinator, JCC of Greater Baltimore, email@example.com or 410-559-3576,
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation wants to help you get to services and events. We have two different services that provide rides to members of BHC and BHC auxiliary members.
On behalf of BHC Cares, we offer assistance by arranging transportation to BHC services and events for members, and for members of Brotherhood and Sisterhood. INFO: Sid Bravmann, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-952- 6352.
The Irene Gogel Transportation Fund offers taxi transportation, at no charge, to congregants and auxiliary group members who have no alternative means of attending BHC services and activities. INFO: Temple Office, 410-764-1587.