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General Beth El Information
Beth El Preschool (BEPS)
Beth El Judaica and Gifts
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
CONVERSATIONS WITH KEY AMERICAN LEADERS – POSTPONED***
Due to an unforeseen conflict, the dialogue with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Kenneth Feinberg, originally scheduled for December 16, has been postponed. We are working to reschedule this in early winter. Watch for coming details!
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.
HAVDALAH IN RHYTHM: COMMUNITY SING
In the tradition of the campfire sing-along, the kumsitz, and Israeli shira b’tzibbur, we invite you on Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 pm, to bring your favorite song and join us for a communal “sing-in” of songs from throughout the Jewish world. Bring your voice, an instrument, a story, or a niggun. Come join in a spiritually rousing evening of community and song.
AGE & STAGE PARENTING SERIES: “CO-PARENTING: TIPS FOR DIVORCED PARENTS”
Join us for the next Age & Stage Parenting Series discussion on Sunday, December 8, at 10:30 am, featuring Dr. Edward D. Farber, author of “Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex you Hate.” Dr. Farber is a clinical psychologist specializing in families in transition or conflict. Event is free, but please RSVP to Geryl Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.
AGE & STATE EMPTY NESTER PROGRAM: “NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL: THE INTRODUCTORY HOME SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP”
Join us on Tuesday, December 10, 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. RSVP to Geryl Baer, email@example.com or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.
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. 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 a 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 8 through 12, assignments are for those families with surnames from Casser to Crystal.
COMMUNITY BASED SHELTER***
Volunteer opportunities are now filled; however, donations of any staples like coffee, hot cocoa mix, HE-detergent, dishwashing/hand soap, or 55 gallon plastic bags are greatly appreciated. Make a difference in your community and in the lives of less fortunate Montgomery County residents. For more detailed information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETH EL ISRAEL MEDIA SERIES CONTINUES: “HATUFIM”***
Join us Saturday, December 21, at 7:00 pm, for episodes 3 to 5 of "Hatufim" (Prisoners of War). This was Israel’s highest rated TV drama in 2010. It was later sold to 20th Century Fox TV and adapted into the acclaimed series Homeland for the cable channel Showtime, winning the 2011 and 2012 Golden Globe for Best TV series-Drama. “Hatufim” is the story of three soldiers, Nimrod Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin, captured seventeen years ago when their reserve unit was sent deep into Lebanon to eliminate a wanted terrorist leader. After years of secret negotiations, they were released in a prisoner swap; two returned alive, one in a coffin. These three prisoners became national icons of Israel while in captivity. The series explores their problems re-entering society. No reservations required. For more information, please contact Ricardo Munster at email@example.com. Admission is $5/person; light refreshments will be served. Pay at the door.
2ND ANNUAL CHINESE FOOD AND A MOVIE***
Spend “Erev Xmas” at Beth El on Tuesday, December 24. Beginning at 4:30 pm, different movies will be shown throughout the late afternoon and evening for individuals and families of all ages. Dinner will be catered by Baltimore’s David Chu’s. RSVP online HERE or to Geryl Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352. Volunteers are needed to help serve food and other small tasks. Please contact Geryl if you can volunteer.
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.
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 a couple weeks ago. For further information, please contact Andrea Glazer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 328.
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, please contact email@example.com.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL
BETH EL PRESCHOOL (BEPS)
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
The final open house tours for this year will be: Thursday, December 5, at 9:30 am, and Wednesday, December 11, at 7:30 pm. Come observe our vibrant preschool classrooms in action, as well as meet with the Preschool Director, Kim Lausin. Call the preschool office at 301-652-8569, ext. 307, for more information. Applications for the 2014-15 school year must be submitted by December 15; note that priority is given to current Beth El members. Please pass along our application information to your friends and relatives who are considering preschool in 2014.
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! Shop hours when Religious School is in session: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:00 to 6:15 pm; 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY 2014:
- Through December 14, at Theater J, at the DCJCC: “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” For more information: www.theaterj.org.
- December 19 – January 12, 2014, at Theater J at the DCJCC: “Our Suburb,” homage to “Our Town,” this world premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis marched on Skokie. As the Major and Edelman families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, Ricky and Thornton fall into an interfaith teenage romance. Off to embark on exciting futures both inside and out of their suburban hamlet, the teenagers find themselves absorbed in a growing menace that turns into heartbreak, surprise, and headlines involving the whole community. For more information: www.theaterj.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.
The Beth El Library has acquired an extra set of the Encyclopedia Judaica (1972). It's a complete set of 17 volumes in very good condition. The price is $30. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
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 19, book club chat at 11:30 am. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEARING MEN’S VOICES
All Beth El men are invited to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men. The next meeting is this Thursday, December 5, at 8:30 pm, when congregant David Margulies will lead a discussion on “Prayer: What is it; How do we do it; and does it Work?”
MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST
Join the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, December 8, at 9:30 am, following the 9:00 am morning minyan. At 10:00 am, congregant Bill Dauster, deputy chief of staff for policy for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, will discuss what we have learned from the recent government shutdown.
Beth El Preschool (BEPS) 4s class and a group of Beth El seniors blend together naturally to form Dor L’Dor. Join BEPS and the Senior Caucus on Thursday, December 5, 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.
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 5, and Monday, December 9. 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.
SENIOR CAUCUS LUNCHEON AND PROGRAM
Jon the Senior Caucus for their monthly luncheon on Thursday, December 19, at Noon. Following lunch, congregant Jack Minker, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, will speak about the exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union. Bring a friend along as they may find this story fascinating. Lunch is $8. Please RSVP for lunch no later than 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 17, to Ricardo Munster at 301-652-2606, ext. 316, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.
Beth El women who are cancer survivors or undergoing treatment meet for support, friendship, and resources. Join us on Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 pm and discuss anything from doctors and research to wigs and wardrobes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
LINKAGES TO LEARNING HOLIDAY GIVING PROJECT***
Consider supporting the Holiday Giving Project, which has been serving people in need throughout Montgomery County for the past 30 years. Sisterhood and Zhava have been helping with this effort for several years and ask for your support of local needy families. Stop by the main office with your check made out to Beth El, and Sisterhood/Zhava will gladly purchase the gift cards (any cash or check donations will be reflected on your Beth El statement as a charitable contribution) on your behalf. Donations will be collected through Wednesday, December 12. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Bring your needles and yarn or thread and join us on Thursday, December 19, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, for a little schmoozing and knitting. For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 February 9! If there are any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MACHAR (3rd - 5th)
- Sunday, December 15, Outdoor Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate: Nothing is better in winter than ice skating the way it was meant to be done… OUTSIDE. We’ve got an afternoon planned at the Rockville Town Center Outdoor Rink. Bus leaves from Bethesda Elementary at 11:30 am and Beth El at Noon, and returns to Beth El at 3:00 pm. Please send a dairy or parve, nut-free lunch. Cost is $15 and includes skating, skate rental, bus, and hot chocolate. RSVP to Adam at email@example.com.
KADIMA (6th -7th) NEW time***
- Saturday, December 14: Late Night Laser Tag Party at Shadowland. Three laser tag games! We’ll meet at Beth El at 8:00 pm and return at 11:45 pm. Cost is $30 and includes laser tag, bus, pizza, and drinks. RSVP to Danielle at Kadima@bethelmc.org.
USY (8th - 12th)
- Sunday, December 8, 5:00 to 7:00 pm: Top Chef: Hanukkah Edition. Hanukkah doesn’t have to end on the 5th. Celebrate some extended holiday with the best Hanukkah party of the year. There will be a latke-making contest, and lots of other yummy foods and fun games! RSVP to Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINTER FAMILY CAMP AT CAPITAL CAMPS
Ring in the New Year with your family at Capital Camps! Enjoy quality family time at Capital Camps' New Year's Family Camp, December 29 - January 1, including campfires, sports, games, arts & crafts, music, good food, good friends, s'mores and more. Families will enjoy the camp's beautiful new retreat building, Nesiya Lodge, while creating wonderful memories with the whole family (adults-only and kids-only activities as well), including two parties to celebrate the New Year (family and adults), as well as explore the world of stories with author-in-residence, Laurel Snyder. Click http://www.capitalcamps.org/program/family-camp to register. Questions? Call 301-468-2267.
VOICES OF THE VIGIL EXHIBITION OPENING
Don’t miss the opening of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington’s newest exhibition, Voices of the Vigil, on Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm; program and concert will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, DC). This original exhibition tells the story of the Washington-area Jewish community’s efforts to assist their oppressed brethren behind the Iron Curtain—most notably through a 1970-91 daily vigil across 16th Street, NW, from the Soviet Embassy. Two Beth El congregants, Danny Mann and Jack Minker, were on the committee that helped to develop this exhibit. This special opening program features remarks by Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and now Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and a concert by three Soviet emigre cantors, including Washington Hebrew’s Mikhail Manevich. Free and open to the public; advance registration is required to email@example.com or 202-789-0900.
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.
SUPPORT RELIEF EFFORTS
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is mobilizing a communal response to the super Typhoon Haiyan, which has wrought widespread destruction in the Philippines. Support the relief efforts through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). To donate online, visit www.shalomdc.org and click on the box that says “Typhoon Haiyan Donate Now!” (in the center of the page just under the slideshow banner); to make a gift by mail, send your check (payable to The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington) to: 6101 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852; or to make a gift by phone, call 301-230-7239.