Baltimore, MD - Nov. 27, 2023 - The following was sent by Rabbi Shmuel Silber to members of Suburban Orthodox Congregation

Dear Friends, 

I hope this message finds you well. As Aviva and I enter our 21st year at this incredible Kehilla, we have so much to be grateful for. Over the last two decades, we have been zocheh to teach Torah, learn from so many of you, create meaningful relationships, and watch the beautiful growth of our community. I feel privileged to be the rav of this Kehilla, and it is my hope to IYH make this Shul our spiritual home for many years to come. 

As many of you know, I have dreamed of creating a community in Eretz Yisroel. I have dreamed about how beautiful it would be to take the energy, achdus and kedusha we have created together and channel it to establish a sister Kehilla in Eretz Yisroel. A number of months ago, I was approached by Meir and Chanan Sand, the principals of Sand Real Estate Group about a new project in the Katamonim neighborhood in Yerushalayim. I am not making aliyah – but this is a unique opportunity to purchase together in Yerushalayim, have a dedicated Shul (which the builder has committed to), and when we do find ourselves in Yerushalayim together, have a unique Kehilla experience. For Aviva and I this represents a beautiful opportunity to remain with our beloved Kehilla (in Baltimore IYH for many years to come) and during those times when we are in Eretz Yisroel to help create, cultivate, and shape our satellite Kehilla. It has been our dream to create something in Eretz Yisroel but not at the expense of all we have built together here. This project would allow us to IYH continue to build our Baltimore kehilla (in our new Mikdash Mi’at) and build something beautiful in Yerushalayim as well.  

It may appear that the timing is not ideal given that we are in the midst of our ambitious building/capital campaign. I would provide three points of insight. Firstly, opportunity never comes at a convenient time. Opportunity shows up when the Ribbono Shel Olam wills it, and we have the choice to embrace or ignore. This is something I felt I could not ignore. Secondly, I find the timing profoundly auspicious as we can simultaneously build two beautiful Kehillos, one on Seven Mile Lane and a second in Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh. Thirdly, during this time of challenge, difficulty, and heartbreak for our people, we demonstrate our commitment and resolve by doing our part in building our ancestral and eternal homeland.  

This email is not a solicitation as the Katamonim project is a real estate project not a tzedaka or capital campaign. I am sharing this information with you, my beloved Kehilla, to keep you informed of my plans and to offer the opportunity for anyone who is interested in joining this project. The estimated completion of the buildings is May 2029. For any further information about the Katamonim project you can contact Meir Sand at or Chanan Sand at Meir and Chanan Sand will be in Baltimore on Sunday, December 3rd and there will be an informational event at the Shul on Sunday evening, December 3rd at 7pm for those who want to learn more about the project. Please see details below.  

I want to again, reiterate my commitment to our Kehilla, my commitment to each of you, and I look forward to many years of building and growing together. There are many exciting things in our collective future, and I feel privileged to experience them with all of you. 

Kol Tuv 

Shmuel Silber