COVID-19 Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has had wide ramifications.  We are aware that there have been acute financial consequences for many. With the generosity of an anonymous donor, funds are available for members unable to cover the costs of basic needs such as rent/mortgage, utility bills, food, etc.  Contact Rabbi Harris at  All inquiries will remain confidential.

Beth El’s virtual services, classes, and other activities are ongoing, and our offices remain closed.  If you need to reach clergy or staff at Beth El, please send an email or leave a message in our voicemail boxes (contact information is available on the website). We are checking our emails and voicemails daily, except on Shabbat and holidays.  We ask for your patience if we don’t respond right away, as most of us are working remotely.

Beth El clergy, staff, and volunteers will continue to make every effort to assist those in need during this difficult time. If you, or someone you know, needs some additional support, please contact Lori Ulanow at or Ricardo Munster at

While Beth El is physically closed, the Beth El community continues to be wide open.

In case of a life cycle emergency, you will be able to reach the clergy as follows:
Rabbi Harris: 301-928-7288
Rabbi Werbin: 540-598-6035
Hazzan Fradkin: 240-543-0218

B’nai Mitzvah

August 2020 update: Click here for the B’nai Mitzvah FAQ during Covid-19.

Other Beth El Activities

No activities will take place at Beth El until further notice. However, our staff is busy planning a wide range of opportunities for you to engage remotely in classes, virtual field trips and other programs.

Click here to view the Beth El calendar to see all of our virtual events, activities, and services.

You can also sign up for various online events and activities by selecting a item below:

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Staying current

As circumstances change, we will keep you current via email. If you use social media, please “like” Beth El’s Facebook page. That will help make sure that you see posts highlighting upcoming activities. Now, more than ever, it is important for all congregants to be on the synagogue listserv in order to receive the latest information about everything that is happening at Beth El. From services and classes to social groups and meetings, the listserv has it all. To be added to the listserv, please contact Sara Greenbaum at or 301-652-2606, ext. 102, or Pam Kocher at or ext. 103.

Assistance Available

Beth El clergy, staff, and volunteer congregants are available and happy to assist those in need with shopping, transportation, etc. during this difficult time. If you or someone you know needs some additional support, please contact Ricardo Munster at