"I love the stimulating davening and Rabbi Kaplan's inspirational sermons, the warmth and friendliness of the congregants, and the outstanding Kiddush after davening (that includes my all-time favorite matjes herring) and Seudah Shlishis on Shabbos."
- Harry Rashbaum
I have been davening at the Shul at the Lubavitch Center for the past four years. Over that time, I have developed a special appreciation for the many features that the shul provides, from both a spiritual and a material perspective. The shul offers all mispallelim, from established members to first-time attendees, a warm, heimish environment. With comfortable, spacious seating arrangements, and friendly, outgoing gabbeim and shul representatives, every person who comes to the shul feels welcome. Additionally, I am always impressed with the Rav's ability to take a message from the parsha or the events of the day and clearly impart valuable hadracha for processing current events or an approach for living one's life. Of course, when discussing the shul, it is hard to ignore the weekly sit-down kiddushim, an experience which allows mispallelim to socialize with friends, listen to divrei torah from the Rav, sing zemiros, and enjoy some of the best cholent and herring in town. I hope to continue davening at the shul for many more years and do my part to help the membership grow. It is my wish that in the coming years, other community members are introduced to the spiritual, inspiring experience that is the Shul at the Lubavitch Center. -- Dovi Ziffer
"It is never easy to move to a new community, leaving friends, family and everything familiar behind. Upon arriving in Baltimore we called Rabbi Kaplan and said we would like to "check out" the Shul. "Of course" said the Rabbi.. "please come and introduce yourselves .. I am the guy with the black hat and the beard." Before we even stepped foot in the Shul, we knew we picked the right place, and we were brought into the congregation with kindness and humor (and the BEST Cholent ever at Kiddush!)" - Liz Mayer
There is a feeling of warmth as soon as one enters the womens' section of our shul. But there is no need to check the air conditioning (which works perfectly, by the way.)
Upon entering the beautiful balcony section, you will be noticed. This is first and foremost. You will then receive a smile of recognition, even though you may never have met us. And it won't be long before you are approached (at an appropriate time) by Rebbitzin Kaplan or another congregant, who will introduce herself and want to learn a little about you.
As you resume your davening, you will soon forget that you are a "first-timer" and as more women and children walk in, you will feel as if you are surrounded by family.
We always hope that you will "stay for kiddush" because that is a perfect time to schmooze. In between morsels of herring and cholent, you will be treated to some "timeless tidbits" from Rabbi Kaplan. A l'chayim will soon follow and, once again, the feeling of comraderie permeates the room.
Upon your departure, you will be wished a "Good Shabbos" and you'll walk out of the shul, knowing that your presence has impacted the women you have met.
For this reason (and so many others), I am happy that The Shul at the Lubavitch Center is "my shul."
"Rabbi Kaplan is friendly and very sincere and has a nice sense of humor. I appreciate that when he davens Pesuka D'Zimra, as my Shaleach Zibur, he says each word, knows what he is saying, and is serious and sincere. Our Shul is comfortable and child-friendly, and everyone is made to feel welcome. " - Howard Kaplon