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.

Please click here to read the latest COVID-19 update email from March 18, 2020.

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, Sunday through Friday 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
April 01, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 01, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 02, 2020
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hearing Men's Voices
April 03, 2020
12:00 am - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 03, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online Talmud Masechet Brachot
April 03, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 03, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Evening Musical Shabbat Service
April 04, 2020
8:25 pm - 9:00 pm
Havdalah with Hazzan Fradkin and Family
April 05, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Religious School Passover Program with The Bible Players
April 05, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Women's Health Care Professionals Online Meeting
April 06, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 08, 2020
9:00 am
Siyyum for the Firstborn
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
April 08, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 08, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 08, 2020
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Passover Evening Service and First Night Seder
April 08, 2020
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Spanish Havurah First Night Seder with Rabbi Werbin
April 09, 2020
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Passover Evening Service and Second Night Seder
April 10, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 10, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Evening Musical Shabbat Service
April 11, 2020
8:30 pm - 9:05 pm
Havdalah with Hazzan Fradkin and Family
April 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 15, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 17, 2020
12:00 am - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 17, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 17, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Evening Musical Shabbat Service
April 18, 2020
8:45 pm - 9:20 pm
Havdalah with Hazzan Fradkin and Family
April 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 21, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
April 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 22, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 24, 2020
12:00 am - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 24, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online Talmud Masechet Brachot
April 24, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 24, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday Evening Musical Shabbat Service
April 25, 2020
8:45 pm - 9:20 pm
Havdalah with Hazzan Fradkin and Family
April 27, 2020
11:00 am
April Book Club Virtual Meeting
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
April 27, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
April 28, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
April 29, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Story Time with Rozzie
April 29, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
May 01, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Online Talmud Masechet Brachot
May 01, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
May 04, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Jewish Meditation
May 05, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
May 12, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
May 19, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
May 26, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 02, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 09, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
June 16, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Learn: King David Through A 2020 Lens
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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.