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Forty years later, an urban synagogue celebrates its birth
Forty years later, an urban synagogue celebrates its birth

Four decades ago, one of the area's oldest synagogues moved from its longtime home in the city to a sprawling campus in Pikesville, becoming part of a sweeping postwar exodus of Jews to the northwestern suburbs. A few members of Chizuk Amuno didn't want to go. They arranged to buy their building in Reservoir Hill, reorganized under a different name, and prayed for the best. "We had no idea whether we had any future or not," says Efrem Potts, the first president of Beth Am Congregation and its longest-tenured member. Today, Beth Am is the largest Conservative congregation in the city, one of the few non-Orthodox synagogues with a growing membership, and a force for...

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