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Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION
HIGH HOLIDAY PACKETS
- Be sure to complete and turn in your form by Friday, August 8. Forms are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. (Tickets go on sale to non-members on Monday, August 11). If you have not received your packet or have questions, please call the main office at 301-652-2606.
ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS
- Is Israel an apartheid country? Are the settlements a real obstacle to peace? Neither is the case, but why do we hear that? Rabbi Rudolph has bought up 40 copies of Mitchell Bard’s On One Foot, a pocket version of his Myths and Facts. It is perfect for high school and college kids who have or will have to defend Israel this fall, and it has helped the Rabbi too to develop his own responses. Contact him (email@example.com) if you want a copy.
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 August 10 through 14, assignments are for those families with surnames from Hansen to Jacobstein. 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.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least eight days prior to the date you would like.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com 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, or you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or Sherylrosemiller@gmail.com.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL
BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS
During the summer, gift shop hours are by appointment only. Contact email@example.com to make an appointment or for more information.
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.
HEARING MEN’S VOICES***
- All Beth El men are invited on Thursday, August 7, at 8:30 pm to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men. This session, Jon Shields will lead a discussion on “What Holds Men Back?” For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST AND OPEN MIC SESSION***
- Come to the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, August 10, at 9:30 am, following the 9:00 am morning minyan. Breakfast will be sponsored by Etia Dvorkina in memory of her husband Yakov Sanovich. 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.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com or 301-652-8569, ext. 309, or Geryl Baer (regarding L2G) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.
ROUNDTABLE WITH THE RABBI
- Celebrate with the Senior Caucus on Wednesday, August 6, at 2:00 pm, as we honor August birthdays with desserts, coffee, and an inspiring discussion led by Rabbi Rudolph.
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, August 7, and Monday, August 11. 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 email@example.com.
SENIOR ART CLASS
- Discover your hidden talent and join this wonderful creative experience on Tuesday, August 12, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. All materials will be provided by the instructor, Jerry Ross; this once a month activity is free; no art experience required. RSVP to Ricardo Munster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext 316. If you need a ride, please let Ricardo know when you RSVP.
SENIOR CAUCUS LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM***
- Join the Senior Caucus for their monthly luncheon, on Thursday, August 21, at Noon. Following lunch, stay for a special program to be announced. Note: the screening of the film “The Other Son,” originally scheduled for this lunch has been postponed to a later date. Lunch is $10; RSVP by Tuesday morning, August 19, to Ricardo Munster at 301-652-2606, ext. 316, or email@example.com. Program itself is free and begins around 1:00 pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
MAH JONGG NIGHT
- Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Beginning and experienced players welcome! RSVP to email@example.com.
SISTERHOOD CALENDARS FOR 5775
- Plan ahead! Pick up your calendar in the main office for $12 each. Published by Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, they are compact and full of useful info on holidays, prayers, etc. Please make your check payable to Beth El Sisterhood (indicate “calendar” in the memo line). For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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, for kids entering Kindergarten through 4th grades. To learn more and to register, please visit http://www.campramahne.org/day-camp-washington-dc.
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION GROUP
- Struggling to conceive and looking for support? Interested in trying out some meditation and mindfulness techniques to help you relax? Wanting to add a sense of Jewish spirituality to your life? This group for you! The Red Stone welcomes individuals and couples who are experiencing fertility issues to its Mindfulness & Meditation Group. Group meets the first Wednesday evening of each month at Washington Hebrew Congregation, beginning August 6, at 7:00 pm. We also offer General Fertility, Third Party Reproduction and Secondary Fertility groups at different times/locations. Contact Amy Forseter at firstname.lastname@example.org. No cost; preregistration is required.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of children attending. Cost of event is $5 per child.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
MAH JONGG NIGHT
Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Beginning and experienced players welcome! RSVP to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
- 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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.