Baltimore, MD – Oct. 22, 2020 - The name “Summit Park” may not ring a bell for many veterans here in the frum community of Baltimore. However, over the past few years, our community has grown by leaps and bounds causing many young families to make the move to this beautiful neighborhood where housing is more available and affordable. With the recent pressing need for a community shul in the area, a fledgling Friday-night minyan, who called themselves Congregation Ohr HaTorah, stepped up to the plate and hired a young and energetic rav, Rabbi Duvi Rubin.

Since his hiring in April 2019, Rabbi Rubin has transformed the minyan into a thriving kehilla with over thirty-five young families and counting. Rabbi Rubin is a musmach of Yeshivas Ner Yisrael, a current member of its esteemed Kollel, and a 12th grade rebbi at the Mechina of Ner Yisrael. He serves on the rabbinical board of Chazkeinu, a support group founded in Baltimore for Jewish women coping with mental illness. Having spent many years learning under the tutelage of multiple rabbonim of our community, such as Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, Rabbi Moshe Hauer, and Rabbi Yosef Berger, Rabbi Rubin has brought the trademark beauty of the Baltimore Jewish community to this new neighborhood.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohr HaTorah was operating in a humble basement with minimal space, forcing the crowded minyanim to pack in. With the cold winter months looming ahead, the thought of davening outdoors was concerning and moving back into the basement was clearly not an option. It was therefore nothing short of a miracle when the property behind the current shul became available in early September. This was Hakadosh Baruch Hu’s gift sent at the perfect time, in the perfect location. The shul quickly capitalized on the opportunity and got the house under contract. Not only will this new location provide ample space and warmth for the shul’s daily activities, it gives the shul the ability to provide much more for the community.

To secure this acquisition, the fundraising goal was set to $200K. This money will enable the shul to pay for the down payment, as well as cover additional costs which include basic renovation expenditures. By joining us in the Kinyan HaBinyan Campaign, you are becoming a partner in the expansion of the Baltimore Jewish community and in Ohr HaTorah’s mission to be Mikadesh Shem Shomayim; the prestigious hallmark of every other shul in this wonderful community.