Beth Am is an urban synagogue located in Baltimore’s historic Reservoir Hill neighborhood. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the residents of the blocks surrounding Beth Am were predominantly Jewish. Many current Beth Am members grew up here.
Today Reservoir Hill is an economically and racially integrated community, and Beth Am is an important participant in community activities. Beth Am belongs to the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, partners with the John Eager Howard Elementary School, and is active in the Lakeside Neighbors Coalition, which has played a vital part in the revitalization of northern Reservoir Hill, including by helping to purchase and rehab abandoned homes and resell them to homeowners.. Community groups use the synagogue for meetings, voting, and social events. Social action is an important piece of Beth Am’s identity as a congregation.