About Ner Tamid
Ner Tamid Congregation Greenspring Valley Synagogue is an Orthodox synagogue located in an area of Northwest Baltimore/Pikesville that is the home of the area’s largest concentration of Orthodox Jews and synagogues. More than just a synagogue, Ner Tamid is an inclusive community dedicated to the spiritual growth of its unique and diverse population.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
In addition, in the mid-1960’s, the Quantico Avenue Synagogue , being in an area from which Jewish families were leaving, merged with Ner Tamid. Shortly before the merger, its Rabbi, Rabbi Herschel Leibowitz became Ner Tamid’s first full time Rabbi. Previously, Rabbi George Taschman was a part time Rabbi supplementing his position as a military chaplain at Edgewood Arsenal in Harford County. By the late 1960’s Ner Tamid had become one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Baltimore area.
In the mid 1980’s, Rabbi Leibowitz retired after leading the Congregation for more than 25 years. After a widespread Rabbinic search, Rabbi Chaim Landau was offered and accepted the pulpit of Ner Tamid, coming from his prior position in Charleston, West Virginia.
During Rabbi Landau’s tenure of 25 years, there were considerable changes in both the Congregation and the surrounding Jewish Community along the Greenspring Avenue corridor. The neighborhood absorbed a steady and significant influx of observant families. This new generation also was more likely to send their children to Jewish Day Schools rather than local public schools. Thus, the need for afternoon Hebrew Schools diminished. As a result, Ner Tamid closed its once overflowing afternoon Hebrew School and two floors of empty classrooms remained behind. This situation was an opportunity for fledgling institutions to have a location to start. Etz Chaim, Rambam, Rabbi Slanger’s Yeshiva and Bina Institute all had their origins in these classrooms.
To fulfill another need of the community, Ner Tamid, with the indefatigable enthusiasm of Noa Goldman, began the first Montessori Nursery School in this space and evolved into an enormous success.
In 2013, Ner Tamid hired its third rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Motzen. To read more about Rabbi Motzen, please click on the link.
Ner Tamid is led by a President of the synagogue, a Chairman of the Board, an Executive Committee, and a Board of Directors.
Rabbi Yisrael Motzen
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Board of Directors
Dr. Arnold Goldberg
Director of Operations: Hava Barr
Administrative Assistant: Esther Huff
President: Pini Zimmerman
Co-Presidents: Abby Sattell & Yael Goldstein