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General Beth El Information

BEENS (Beth El Empty Nesters)

Beth El Judaica and Gifts

Education

Men’s Club

Refuah Shleimah

Religious School

Scroll

Senior Caucus

Sisterhood/Zhava

Youth Activities

Community Notes

 

 

 

 

Congregation Beth El

8215 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301-652-2606

Fax: 301-907-8559

 

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GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION


HIGH HOLIDAY PACKETS

High Holiday packets have been mailed.  Be sure to complete and turn in your form promptly; forms are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  The earlier you submit it, the more likely it is that you will receive tickets for the service of your choice.

 

WEEKDAY MORNING MINYAN

 

Beth El's schedule of services includes a daily morning minyan, Monday through Friday, at 7:30 am.  Please consider attending services in the morning to assist with making a minyan.  Torah is read on Monday and Thursday mornings.  This is a good way to start your day; a light breakfast follows the service.

 

WEEKDAY EVENING MINYAN 

Beth El members have always been asked (in alphabetical rotation) to attend at least one Evening Minyan each year.  For the week of July 13 through 17, assignments are for those families with surnames from Epstein to Fink. Signing up is easier than ever!  When it’s your week, you will receive an email with a link directing you where you can easily sign-up online (click here to check out the link).  Please try to join us Sunday through Thursday at 8:00 pm for 20 minutes; Sundays and national holidays are especially helpful. 

 

SANCTUARY RENOVATIONS CONTINUE

Construction of the new bimah is underway! Check out the pictures on our website here on our Facebook page here.  New photos are being added as work progresses.

 

INTERESTED IN READING TORAH? 

We have openings for Torah readers for the main Shabbat service on July 19 and August 9 and 16.  Click here to sign-up using our new online tool.  For more information, please contact Nancie at ntajip@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 302.

 

BRISKET AND BEYOND – UPDATED 

Brisket and Beyond, Beth El’s food blog has a new recipe for brisket, two ways!  Be sure to check it out at http://brisketandbeyondbethel.blogspot.com/ and leave comments! 

 

SPONSOR A KIDDUSH

Celebrate a special day or remember a loved one by sponsoring a kiddush on a Shabbat or Festival when there are no b’nai mitzvah. Hospitality kiddushim sponsorships cost $250, $350, or $425, depending on the menu selected, and include the congregation and up to 15 of your own guests. Sponsorships may be shared. Available dates through December are:  July 12, 19, and 26; August 2 and 9; October 9 (1st day Sukkot), 16 (Shemini Atzeret), and 17 (Simchat Torah).  To sponsor a kiddush or to obtain more info about sponsorship and menus, please contact Sisterhood Catering Chair Barbara Friedman at matzaballmom@aol.com.    

 

EMPTY NESTERS SUMMER BARBECUES

Are you an Empty Nester? Rabbi Bill Rudolph and Gail Fribush are hosting two of their famous barbeques for you this summer.  Sunday, July 13, at 6:00 pm is for new Empty Nesters, those whose last child left for college in the last few years (or those of that age).  Sunday, August 24, at 6:00 pm is for our original BEENs group, many of whose children are getting married around now (or those of that age); BEENs will soon be celebrating its tenth anniversary.  You don’t have to have participated in other empty nester activities to attend a barbeque.  For more information, contact Ricardo at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316.   

 

BETH EL BLOOD DRIVE

Save a Life! Donate blood at Beth El's Blood Drive on Sunday, August 3, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, in memory of Steve Frankz’l, organizer of our blood drives for many years.  We need both donors and helpers; for more information, please contact info@bethelmc.org.

 

PJ LIBRARY AND BETH EL GO FOR ICE CREAM!

Stop by for a sweet treat on a hot summer night.  Join Beth El and PJ Library for dessert, story time, and crafts on Wednesday, August 13, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, at Haagen-Dazs (7237 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda).  What could be better?  Oh, a 10% discount on your purchase!

 

BETH EL MISSION TO ISRAEL

Join Rabbi Rudolph and Gail Fribush on a trip to Israel May 27 – June 6, 2015. This trip will focus on the “New Israel: Food, Technology, and the New Political Reality”.  This trip is geared towards active adults who have been to Israel before and want to see the many sights not included on standard first-timer trips.   Please contact Geryl Baer, gbaer@bethelmc.org, for details and cost information.  Deposit of $500/person due by September 1.

 

ATTENTION PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADS

Our colleagues at Hillel want parents to know about a new website to connect incoming college students with Jewish life on campus.  If you have a student headed to campus next fall, visit http://www.hillel.org/college-guide/jewish-college-bound to notify the appropriate Hillel of incoming students.  They will receive a warm welcome!

 

BETH EL COLLEGE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

We want to stay in touch with our college students while they are away at school! Please update your college student’s contact info (name of school; a current email and street address indicating on/off campus; expected year of graduation) so they don’t miss out on any emails and holiday packages through the year.  Be sure to submit your information to Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org by September 12. This information needs to be updated every year.

 

MITZVAH DAY T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

Help shape the look of this year's Mitzvah Day!  Children 18 and under are invited to submit their design for this year’s Mitzvah Day t-shirt.  The winner will have their design printed on the front of the shirts.  All designs will be displayed at this year's Mitzvah Day publicity drive in October.  Designs should be no more than 3 colors and measure 18” X 24”. Vector Art format (i.e. Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw) is acceptable.  Submit your entry no later than September 2 to Geryl Baer in the main office.

 

PURCHASE YOUR GROCERIES AND SUPPORT BETH EL***  

Do you shop at KosherMart, Shalom, Giant, or Shoppers?  Help support Beth El without any additional cost to you by purchasing gift cards/scrip for any of these stores at Beth El. (Safeway shoppers, call the office for special info).  You receive full face value and Beth El receives a percentage from each store.  This is an easy but important component of our fundraising.  For more information, stop by the office on your next visit to the shul, or call 301-652-2606.

 

SHABBAT KIDDUSH HOSPITALITY TABLE 

Don’t forget to stop by the hospitality table during Shabbat kiddush to meet and talk to board members, clergy, and other congregants.  With hundreds of people at Shabbat services each week, it is hard to welcome each and every person.  If you are a new member or looking to get more involved and meet more people, please stop by the hospitality table so we can properly welcome you into our shul.  Hospitality table begins 15 minutes after services end. 


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL


BEENS (BETH EL EMPTY NESTERS)

THIRD ANNUAL BEENS BASEBALL GAME

Announcing the third annual BEENs baseball game on Wednesday August 6,   at 7:00 pm, featuring the Nationals against the New York Mets.  We will have good seats for only $30 per ticket.  Feel free to have your children and grandchildren join us. RSVP to info@bethelmc.org. Checks should be made to Beth El and mailed or dropped off to Ricardo Munster or Hattie Goodman in the main office.


BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS

During the summer, gift shop hours are by appointment only.  Contact info@bethelmc.org to make an appointment or for more information.   


EDUCATION

A TASTE OF TALMUD

This class, taught by Adjunct Rabbi David Abramson, meets every Tuesday morning year-round (except Jewish holidays) at approximately 8:15 am, following morning minyan.  There is no fee.  All are welcome.   


MEN’S CLUB

 

HEARING MEN’S VOICES

 

All Beth El men are invited on Thursday, July 10, at 8:30 pm to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men.   This session, Marvin Yudkovitz will lead the discussion.   

 

MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST AND OPEN MIC SESSION

 

Come to the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, July 6, at 9:30 am, following the 9:00 am morning minyan. Throughout the summer at 10:00 am, there will be an open microphone session to provide an opportunity for attendees to speak about any topic of interest.   

 

IT'S ACADEMIC 2014-2015!  (ALSO KNOWN AS JEWISH JEOPARDY)

 

The Beth El Men’s Club team is looking for a few good people to help us win the competition (or at least have a strong showing).  The team(s) of 4 will compete in mid-December against other local shuls.  Please contact Howie Stein at hstein512@gmail.com if interested in participating or if you have any questions.  


REFUAH SHLEIMAH

 

Refuah Shleimah:  Have you ever found out about someone’s illness or surgery after the fact and, if you had known earlier, you would have sent a card, called, visited, or helped them in some way?  In keeping with the Jewish value of bikkur cholim (caring for the sick), Beth El has a Refuah Shleimah (complete healing) list that is included in the Tuesday listserv announcements and in the hard copy Shabbat announcements.  Names will be included for the duration of the illness or for four weeks, whichever period is shorter.  While we hope congregants will participate, we recognize that not everyone may want his/her name included.  Therefore, we will accept names only from the person him/herself, or an immediate family member, and details of the illness will not be disclosed.  To be included on the list, please contact the clergy or the main office at 301-652-2606. 

 

Refuah Shleimah to Noah Friedlander.  


RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

 

2014-15 REGISTRATION

 

Complete your registration online here.  The option of the 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade L2G Program, powered by ShalomLearning, is available.  For more information, contact the Religious School office at tmoscowitz@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 309, or Geryl Baer (regarding L2G) at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.


SCROLL

 

SACRED SPACES

 

Is a certain place sacred to you? Perhaps a mountaintop, a soup kitchen, the beach, the Kotel, a synagogue? For an upcoming issue of the Scroll, tell us what space has become sacred to you and why. Send your submission, up to 400 words, by July 25 to scroll@bethelmc.org. Photographs are also welcome.


SENIOR CAUCUS

 

BRIDGE MEETS TWICE A WEEK

 

Enjoy a friendly afternoon of bridge (almost) every Monday and Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The next sessions will be Thursday, July 10, and Monday, July 14.  No partner or RSVP is needed. This program is sponsored by Beth El’s Senior Caucus. For more information, please contact Ricardo Munster at 301-652-8569, ext. 316 or rmunster@bethelmc.org.

 

NEED A RIDE TO SHUL?

 

A generous benefactor enables Beth El to offer free taxi rides to senior members to facilitate attendance at services, lectures, and other programs at the shul.  To arrange a ride, please contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316, at least four days in advance.  Our thanks to the donors, Senior Caucus, and the Center for Community Engagement for helping to maintain this important service for our congregants.


SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA

 

SISTERHOOD TALLIT WORKSHOP***

 

Registration is now being accepted for the annual Sisterhood Tallit Workshop.  Introductory session will be on Thursday, December 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a group shopping trip on Sunday December 7.  Working sessions will be on Thursdays, December 11, and 18; January 8, 15, 22, and 29; and February 5, with a snow make-up date on February 12. Sisterhood and Zhava members are invited to participate at no charge; non-member charge is $50.  Knowledge of sewing is not required. To register or for further information, please contact Judy Marcus at 301-365-2305 or arnolddmar@aol.com.

 

MAH JONGG NIGHT

 

Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.  Beginning and experienced players welcome!  RSVP to Nancy Kay at nanseak@starpower.net.

 

SISTERHOOD CALENDARS FOR 5775

 

Order your pocket calendar(s) today so you can plan ahead.  Published by Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, they are compact and full of useful info on holidays, prayers, etc.  They are $12 each; make your check payable to Sisterhood (indicate “calendar” in the memo line) and mail to Beth El.  For more information, contact Ina Young at inayoung@verizon.net.     

ORDERING BAR/BAT MITZVAH INVITATIONS?

Why not order them online and give back to Beth El?  Sisterhood and Beth El receive 100% of the net proceeds.  We price match.  Please contact Marilyn Hammerman at 301-881-0011 or MHammerman@aol.com.


YOUTH ACTIVITIES

 

5th – 11th GRADERS:

  • August 18 - 24: Best week of the summer is at Capital Camps.  Don’t miss out!  Come spend an amazing week with 150 other Jewish middle and high schoolers.  Highlights include a day trip to Hershey Park, a day-long color war, wacky relay races, pool parties, bonfires, and tons of other games and fun. For more information and to sign up for this incredible week, click here.  Deadline to register is July 18.

COMMUNITY NOTES

 

CAMP RAMAH DAY CAMP - AUGUST 18 – 22

 

Camp Ramah is excited to announce the inaugural season of the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington!  Ramah Day Camp will feature all of the classic programming and fun of Ramah overnight camping in a day camp setting.  This year, camp will be held August 18 - 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, MD, for kids entering Kindergarten through 4th grades.  To learn more and to register, please visit http://www.campramahne.org/day-camp-washington-dc.

 

JSSA HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

Do you want to help people during their most challenging days? Make a real difference in the life of a patient or family by volunteering your time and compassion.  Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), a non-sectarian community agency, is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to help enhance the quality of life of individuals and families facing life-threatening or terminal illness.  The next 20-hour training course is scheduled for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, July 27, 28, and 29, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at JSSA's office, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Applications and interviews will be required for those interested in the volunteer training. No walk-ins accepted. For more information and to sign up for the course, please contact Amy Kaufman Goott, Manager of Volunteer Services for JSSA Hospice and Transitions, at 301-816-2650 or agoott@jssa.org, no later than 5 days prior to the start of the course.

 

CAMP RAMAH PROSPECTIVE FAMILY DAY

 

Join Camp Ramah in New England for their Prospective Family Day on Sunday, July 27, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Come and see for yourself where all of the Ramah magic happens!  Beautiful lake, refurbished tennis courts and sports fields, newly designed arts and crafts and woodworking studios, our thrilling ropes and adventure course, and so much more!  Tour our spacious bunks and see where our campers eat, pray, and play!  Learn about the unique Jewish education program that enables campers to learn Hebrew and study their Jewish heritage in an informal setting. Meet the director, assistant director, and other key staff who will be there to answer questions and tell you about the extraordinary opportunities that await your child at Camp Ramah.   Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10.  To learn more or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at lorib@campramahne.org.

 

HEBREW FREE LOAN ASSOCIATION

 

Kids clamoring for summer camp? Wish they could get enrichment classes for school? Time to start learning a new musical instrument? We can help you pay for these and many other costs. The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington, supported by and supporting the Jewish community of Greater Washington, DC since 1909, has loans of up to $10,000 for a range of legitimate needs including, but not limited to, school or camp tuition, medical bills, emergency bills, and credit card debts. The Hebrew Free Loan Association exists to enable individuals to meet financial challenges and advance their ability to support themselves and their families. Visit www.hebrewfreeloandc.org for more information.


           

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WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE***

Morning minyan on Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1, will be at 9:00 am.  Evening minyan on Wednesday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 31, will be at 5:30 pm.  It’s often hard to get a quorum this time of year; please come if you can.  Preschool and Religious School are now closed.  Preschool will resume on Thursday, January 2, and Religious School will resume on Sunday, January 5.  Beth El offices will be closed Sunday, December 22, Wednesday, December 25, Sunday, December 29, and Wednesday, January 1.  Friday Evening Service December 27, 6:30 pm; Kol Haneshama service (with musical instruments during Kabbalat Shabbat) in the Swoff Chapel and traditional service in the Library.

 

ISRAEL BIKE RIDE

Join us on Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm to hear about the ride that was memorialized by Rabbi Rudolph in many exciting listserv columns this past fall. He hopes to repeat the experience with many Beth El bikers who will sign up for next fall’s ride. Learn about the ride, the financing, the bikes, the snacks, and more. Questions? Contact Rabbi Rudolph at wrudolph@bethelmc.org.

 

SHABBAT KIDDUSH HOSPITALITY TABLE

Don’t forget to stop by the new hospitality table during Shabbat kiddush to meet and talk to board members, clergy, and other congregants.  With hundreds of people at Shabbat services each week, it is hard to welcome each and every person.  If you are a new member or looking to get more involved and meet more people, please stop by the hospitality table so we can properly welcome you into our shul.  Hospitality table begins 15 minutes after services end. 

GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION

WEEKDAY MORNING MINYAN

Beth El's schedule of services includes a daily morning minyan, Monday through Friday, at 7:30 am.  Exception: Morning minyan on Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1, will be at 9:00 am. Please consider attending services in the morning to assist with making a minyan.  Torah is read on Monday and Thursday mornings.  This is a good way to start your day; a light breakfast follows the service.

 

WEEKDAY EVENING MINYAN

Beth El members have always been asked (in alphabetical rotation) to attend at least one Evening Minyan each year.  Now, signing up is easier than ever!  When it’s your week, you will receive an email with a link directing you where you can easily sign-up online (click here to check out the link).  Please try to join us Sunday through Thursday at 8:00 pm, for 15 - 20 minutes; Sundays and national holidays are especially helpful.  For the week of December 29 through January 2, assignments are for those families with surnames from Estrina to Fishman.  Please note that evening minyan on Wednesday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 31, will be at 5:30 pm.   

 

YEAR-END GIFTS

Every December, we see a marked increase in contributions to Beth El, as members wish to support the congregation and also take advantage of the tax-exempt status of such gifts. You might also want to consider donating appreciated stock, mutual funds, or bonds, as Federal tax law offers special incentives for gifts that appreciated in value. Please note that stock must be received in Beth El’s stock account by December 31 in order to qualify as a 2013 tax-exempt gift. Perhaps your donation could be doubled if you work for a company that matches charitable contributions of employees.  Please review the mailing sent out in late November. For further information, please contact Andrea Glazer at aglazer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 328.  

 

BRISKET AND BEYOND – UPDATED

Brisket and Beyond, Beth El’s food blog has a new update with a recipe to keep you warm this winter.  Try a new recipe and post comments!  Be sure to check it out at www.brisketandbeyondbethel.blogspot.com.

 

HOSTS NEEDED FOR LIGHTEN UP: FRIDAY NIGHT INVITES

Lighten Up: Friday Night Invites is a program in which volunteer families invite other Beth El families to their home for a warm and relaxing Shabbat meal.  Last year, Beth El members hosted 40 dinners, introducing more than 80 families to new friends and new Shabbat traditions.  Our goal for Lighten Up is to have 60 dinners in February 2014.  To accomplish our goal, we need additional host families.  If you would like to be a host, please contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

 

AGE & STATE EMPTY NESTER PROGRAM: “HOUSING CHANGES AS WE CHANGE”

Join us on our new date, Tuesday, January 21, at 7:30 pm, for this workshop designed to educate and enlighten people when considering individual living styles as we grow and change.  We will discuss adapting your existing home to fit current needs, downsizing, and other important topics.  Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

 

AGE & STAGE PARENTING SERIES: “MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT: ENRICHING READING TIME WITH YOUR KIDS”

Come on Thursday, January 23, at 7:30 pm, and welcome Sarah Rabin Spira, the new PJ Library Outreach Associate.  Learn how children’s books, even those that aren’t explicitly Jewish, can communicate Jewish values. RSVP to Geryl Baer, gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

 

SIXTH ANNUAL LITERARY LUMINARY EVENT***

Join us on Sunday, January 26, at 10:00 am, for “Backstage at Theater J: Jewish Art and Community in the Nation’s Capital,” featuring Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J, and Carole Zawatsky, CEO of the Washington DCJCC.  Sponsored by the Library Committee, Men’s Club, and Sisterhood.  All are welcome!

 

LAWYERS BREAKFAST AND STUDY***

Join your fellow congregants and Rabbi Rudolph on Tuesday, January 28, at 8:30 am, for the Beth El Lawyers Breakfast at Paley Rothman offices (4800 Hampden Lane, Bethesda). Rabbi Rudolph will lead us in a discussion of Jewish perspectives related to ethics and the practice of law. Space is limited and preference will be given to non-downtown lawyers.  These breakfasts present an opportunity for lawyers who are Beth El congregants to meet one another, informally network, and learn more about the congregation. RSVP to info@bethelmc.org by Thursday, January 23.  A light, dairy breakfast will be served.

 

YOU SHOP, AMAZON GIVES!***

Shop online as you normally do and support Congregation Beth El at no additional cost.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to Beth El whenever you use AmazonSmile. Visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0698176 to get started.

 

LARGE CALENDARS FOR THE HEBREW HOME

Beth El is collecting 2014 large-sized wall calendars for residents and patients of The Hebrew Home complex.  If you have extra calendars, please bring them to the main office.  For more information, contact info@bethelmc.org.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL

BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS

We are here for all of your Judaica and gift needs!  Great hostess gifts for any occasion and items for all ages.  Now carrying rainbow looms and bands!  The shop is now closed and will re-open on Sunday, January 5.  Regular shop hours when Religious School is in session are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 4:00 to 6:15 pm; and Sundays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

Volunteer to work in the shop and receive a 10% discount on purchases you make during your shift.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact info@bethelmc.org.

EDUCATION

A TASTE OF TALMUD

This class, taught by Adjunct Rabbi David Abramson, meets every Tuesday morning year-round (except Jewish holidays) at approximately 8:15 am, following morning minyan.  There is no fee.  All are welcome. 

LIBRARY

READ ALONG WITH THE BETH EL BOOK CLUB

This month, we are reading Dara Horn’s The World to Come,” a National Jewish Book Award winner.  Join us to discuss it at our Sunday, January 26, book club chat at 11:30 am.  For more information, please contact info@bethelmc.org.   

MEN’S CLUB

MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST

Join the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, December 29, at 9:30 am, following the 9:00 am morning minyan. The breakfast will be sponsored by John Rosenthal in honor of his birthday, and by Michael Kay in memory of his mother, Diane Kay.  There is no post-breakfast program this week; programs will resume on Sunday, January 12.

NITZANIM

NITZANIM TU B’SHEVAT***

Join Nitzanim on Sunday, January 19, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, at the Audobon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Center (8940 Jones Mill Rd., Chevy Chase) for a special program in honor of Tu B’Shevat.  We will learn about trees, enjoy special snacks, and an activity to celebrate the holiday.  Please RSVP to jonpolon@hotmail.com with the number of children attending.  Cost of event is $5 per child.

SENIOR CAUCUS

BRIDGE MEETS TWICE A WEEK

Enjoy a friendly afternoon of bridge (almost) every Monday and Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  The next sessions will be on Thursday, December 26 and Monday, December 30.  No partner or RSVP is needed. This program is sponsored by Beth El’s Senior Caucus. For more information, please contact the main office at 301-652-2606.

 

DOR L’DOR***

Beth El Preschool (BEPS) 4’s class and a group of Beth El seniors blend together naturally to form Dor L’Dor.  Join BEPS and the Senior Caucus on Thursday, January 9, at Noon, to share some delicious pizza and enjoy this special intergenerational program connecting children with seniors.  RSVP to Audrey Berger at 301-986-9257 or Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316. 

 

NEED A RIDE TO SHUL?

A generous benefactor enables Beth El to offer free taxi rides to senior members to facilitate attendance at services, lectures, and other programs at the shul.  To arrange a ride, please contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316, at least four days in advance.  Our thanks to the donors, Senior Caucus, and the Center for Community Engagement for helping to maintain this important service for our congregants.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA

MAH JONGG NIGHT

Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.  Beginning and experienced players welcome!  RSVP to info@bethelmc.org.

 

MAH JONGG CARDS

Sisterhood is selling Mah Jongg Cards.  Forms can be found in the lobby lucite holders.  Save the date for the Third Annual Tournament on Sunday, February 9!  If there are any questions, please contact info@bethelmc.org.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

KADIMA (6th -7th)

  • Kadima Saturday Night Live, Saturday, January 4: 7:30 – 10:00 pm at B’nai Israel, Montrose Road at Executive Blvd., in Rockville: Don’t miss the BIGGEST Middle School Party of the Year!  Join more than 250 other Jewish kids from our area for a night of video games, inflatables, in-synagogue laser tag, a DJ, gaga, ice cream, and much more! To register in advance, send a $15 check made out to Seaboard Kadima to 6010 Executive Blvd, Suite, 705, Rockville, MD 20852.  Or you can pay $20 at the door. This is open to all Kadima members.  If you’re not a Kadima member, please email Adam at azeren@bethelmc.org.
  • Registration for Kadima Basketball Team now open: Sign up now to play for the defending Seaboard Kadima League champions! Only $60 gets you eight games with referees. The season starts mid-January and runs through mid-March. Games are late Sunday afternoons or evenings. It’s a very laid back league; you don’t have to worry about practice. To register, please email Adam at azeren@bethelmc.org.

USY (8th - 12th)

  • Registration for USY Basketball team now open: Sign up now for to play in a fun winter basketball league against teens from other area synagogues. Only $60 gets you 8 games with referees.  The season starts mid-January and runs through mid-March.  Games are late Sunday afternoons or evenings.  It’s a very laid back league; you don’t have to worry about having practice.  To register, please email Adam at azeren@bethelmc.org
  • Registration is open for USY Summer Trips to Israel and USY on Wheels/early bird discounts available: Whether touring across North America on USY on Wheels or exploring Israel and/or parts of Europe on our various Israel Pilgrimage programs, USY has something for everyone! USY Summer Programs provide an exciting way to explore your Jewish identity and tour North America, Europe and Israel. Experience the beauty of Shabbat, learn about the power of Tzedakah, and gain inspiration through creative prayer and engaging interactive Jewish learning programs. Get More Information at http://www.usy.org/escape/

COMMUNITY NOTES

JSSA HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Do you want to help people during their most challenging days? Make a real difference in the life of a patient or family by volunteering your time and compassion.  Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), a non-sectarian community agency, is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to help enhance the quality of life of individuals and families facing life-threatening or terminal illness.  The next 20-hour training course is scheduled for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, January 12, 13, and 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm at JSSA's office, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. Applications and interviews will be required for those interested in the volunteer training. No walk-ins accepted. For more information and to sign up for the course, please contact Amy Kaufman Goott, Manager of Volunteer Services for JSSA Hospice and Transitions, at 301-816-2650 or agoott@jssa.org, no later than 5 days prior to the start of the course.

 

OVER 50 AND LOOKING FOR WORK?

The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) is pleased to announce two new sessions of The Career Gateway.  This innovative job search training program comprises 30 hours of small-group instruction over five non-consecutive days, comprehensive take-home materials, and one-on-one mentoring – all for only $75!  Nearly three-quarters of our participants who are actively looking for a job find employment within four months after graduating – why not join the club?  The next session begins January 13, and the second begins on February 10.  For more information, contact Ellen Greenberg at egreenberg@AccessJCA.org or call 301-255-4215.

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Congregation Beth El is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

 
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