COVID-19 Response

Please note that as of March 23, the Beth El offices and building are closed. There will be no one in the office to answer phone calls. If you require assistance, please contact info@bethelmc.org and someone will be in touch with you.

As we all continue to navigate these tumultuous times, Beth El clergy, staff, and lay leadership are exploring the best ways for our community to remain connected. We know that our personal connections are vitally important and as we are increasingly being guided to avoid gatherings, our virtual connections become even more important.

These are anxious times. Our spiritual community has been built over many years to celebrate simchot together and to be with you through challenges. This situation is no different. Please join remotely for services and activities and be in touch if you need support.

While our building is physically closed the Beth El community is wide open.

Status of Services

As of March 18, religious services will not take place in person until further notice.  Services have moved online though!

Daily Minyan

Weekday morning and evening minyanim (mornings, Monday through Friday at 8:15 am, Sunday at 9:00 am, and evenings, Sunday through Thursday at 8:00 pm), will be led by our clergy and be available through Beth El’s livestreaming; click on Remote Stream. Near the top of the livestreaming page, there is a link where you can download Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays.

Shabbat Morning

The main Shabbat morning service at 9:15 am will be conducted in the Bender Sanctuary by two of our clergy and will be available by livestreaming; click on Sanctuary Stream. Near the top the livestreaming page, there is a link where you can download Siddur Lev Shalem for the Shabbat service.

For now, the Early Morning Shabbat service will not take place. If that changes, we’ll notify you via The Week Ahead email this Friday

Other Beth El Activities

No activities will take place at Beth El until further notice. At this time we are expecting in-person activities to be curtailed until at least Thursday, April 30. 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:

Date/Time Event
May 21, 2020 - June 11, 2020
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shimirat HaGuf - Caring for Body, Mind and Soul
May 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Torah and Trope Class
May 27, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
May 27, 2020
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual Torah Unwrapped
May 27, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
May 27, 2020
7:30 pm
Men's Club Annual Meeting and Elections
May 28, 2020
5:00 pm
Torah with an Accent
May 28, 2020
7:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Teen Discussion - Tikkun Leil Shavuot
May 28, 2020
7:15 pm
Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5780
May 29, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online Jewish Meditation
May 29, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online Torah and Trope Class
May 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
May 29, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Evening Musical Shabbat Service
May 30, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nitzanim Shabbat Songs
May 30, 2020
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Havdalah with Hazzan Fradkin and Family
May 31, 2020
5:00 pm
Beth El Bingo for Shavuot
June 01, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 01, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 02, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 03, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 03, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 04, 2020
5:00 pm
Torah with an Accent
June 04, 2020
8:30 pm
Hearing Men's Voices
June 05, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online Jewish Meditation
June 05, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 07, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sisterhood Annual Meeting
June 07, 2020
11:00 am
June Book Club Virtual Meeting
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
June 08, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 08, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 09, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 10, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 10, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 11, 2020
5:00 pm
Torah with an Accent
June 12, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online Jewish Meditation
June 12, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 15, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 15, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 16, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 17, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 18, 2020
5:00 pm
Torah with an Accent
June 19, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online Jewish Meditation
June 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 22, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 24, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
June 24, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
June 25, 2020
5:00 pm
Torah with an Accent
June 26, 2020
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online Jewish Meditation
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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.

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 rmunster@bethelmc.org.