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Holiday and Special Services

Traditional services take place on all Holidays.  If a Holiday falls on Shabbat, then alternative services often also take place.

Prayers and Songs of Comfort, Healing, and Renewal Special Service

Music-suffused traditions have long served to comfort us in the face of life’s challenges, and to help us find renewal when we, or others we know, are confronted by emotional, physical, or spiritual pain. In recognition of this truism, Evan Krame and Scott Glick have created a new service meant to engage the Beth El community in an exploration of faith, comfort, and healing through the liturgies, melodies, and poetry of Jewish music. Please join them when they will incorporate traditional as well as contemporary prayers and melodies in a special service. Songs will include some by the legendary Debbie Friedman (z”l), who has given the world Jewish music that is transformative, offering joy and comfort, hope and faith, healing and inspiration.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Beth El has an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service with the Bethesda United Methodist Church, our neighbors across the street.  This takes place on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and has been going on for several decades.  The service includes the clergy and adult and children's choirs from both places of worship.  The location alternates between the church and synagogue.


Purim - Megillah Madness

If you want to be at the ultimate Purim shpiel, come to Beth El's Megillah Madness.  Megillah Madness brings together a number of different segments of the shul, combining tradition and creativity in a unique Purim service. While Beth El also offers a full traditional reading of the Megillah, as well as a “Bit of Megillah” for preschool age children, Megillah Madness takes a fun, innovative and musical approach to Purim for adults, teenagers and children.  After selected verses of each chapter are read in Hebrew, key aspects are then acted out in English, in both word and in song parodies, with either karaoke or live music in the background.

2004 Winner of the Solomon Schechter Silver Award 
Mentioned on the NBC hit series “The West Wing”

Filmed and shown on Israeli TV Channel 1


Sukkot and Sukkahs


Passover Seder Melodies

Listen to Hazzan Emeritus Abe Lubin sing selected Seder Melodies from the Feast of Freedom -- the Passover Haggadah of the Rabbinical Assembly. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN


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