The Beth El Family
Beth El’s clergy and members are our extended family, and the synagogue is our “home away from home.” It is where we pray, learn, sing, dance, celebrate, schmooze, debate, and, last but not least, eat. Our full schedule of services, classes, and programs offers almost infinite ways for us to share a vibrant, communal Jewish life. At Beth El, we are accepting of differences and embrace what makes each of us unique.
Beth El has grown from sixteen families sixty years ago to approximately 1100 families today. We are continually reinvigorated by young families, often attracted to our vibrant preschool and religious school programs. We’re balanced among ages, stages of life, professions, and community and civic interests. We span the gamut of religious observance within conservative Judaism. We welcome you to join us.
Freedom of religion at Beth El means that you can find the service that is right for you and your family. On Shabbat and the High Holidays, you can choose a traditional or alternative service, a large gathering in the main sanctuary or a more intimate one in the chapel, a clergy or lay-led service. We have morning and evening minyanim every day.
Life Cycle Events
Beth El is a community that embraces each of us through all turns of the life cycle. Joy and sorrow, celebration and mourning–wherever you are in the life cycle, you are not alone. Our clergy, educators, and staff will guide you through the anxieties and culminating joy of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings. We comfort and remember lovingly at funerals and shiva minyans.
Lifelong Jewish learning is part of the lifeblood of Beth El. Our unique cooperative preschool affords a perfect play-oriented start along the Jewish path for young children. Our religious school hosts more than 500 students, integrating the latest techniques of experiential learning with the basics of our Jewish faith and teachings and Hebrew. Our panoply of adult education programs, classes and lectures affords members, regardless of knowledge or age, to study, learn, and appreciate the wisdom and relevance of Judaism.
Our Sisterhood/Zhava and Men’s Clubs, our Senior Caucus and numerous Havurot offer a seemingly endless array of activities. Would you like to sew a new tallit? Play softball or basketball? Perform in a Purim show? Improve your cooking and baking? Become a bridge master? Attend film screenings or concerts? You may join Beth El for religious services or education, but you will grow to love it as you become part of and contribute to our community.
Congregation Beth El has an unwavering dedication to community service. Throughout the year, our members of all ages reach out to support the needy and disenfranchised in our community. We have established relationships with Shepherd’s Table, A Wider Circle, and other charitable organizations in Montgomery County. We never forget that there’s life outside the shul, and we accept our responsibility for Tikkun Olam–repairing the world.
We have a deep and abiding commitment to the safety, security, and well being of our brothers and sisters in Israel. We demonstrate our support in myriad ways: our annual clergy-led mission to Eretz Yisrael, our annual Israel Bond drive, tzedakah to Israeli charities, and pro-Israel political activism. Twice in times of Israeli national emergency, we have rallied our members to purchase an ambulance to assist victims of terrorism in Israel.