Join us on Sunday, April 30, at 10:00 am, to honor:
Max Levitt, Founder and Executive Director, Leveling the Playing Field. Donations of sports equipment, valued at almost $2 million in just over 4 years, enable underprivileged kids to enjoy the pleasures of athletic activity.
Rob Fersh, President and Founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, promotes consensus solutions for major societal issues of domestic and international import. He previously served as president of the Food Research and Action Center.
Gina Polley led the creation of our Montgomery County Legal Aid office and served as its chief attorney. She is now the deputy chief counsel for Maryland Legal Aid. Before coming to Maryland, she was the managing attorney for Legal Aid in the Detroit area.
Tali Brown, a recent bat mitzvah, took on support of the work of the nonprofit Comfort Cases as her mitzvah project, helping through one-time events and ongoing activities to provide backpacks of essentials to foster children ages 1-18.
This program is named in honor of Sondra Benderz”l, who was a volunteer and leader with dozens of charities, social service organizations, hospitals, cultural institutions, and universities. A model citizen who made a difference in so many lives, she died in 2012.
SHABBAT EARLY MORNING SERVICE 33RD ANNIVERSARY
Beth El’s Shabbat Early Service will celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Saturday, April 29. It began on the first Shabbat following Passover in 1984. The service, an integral part of the congregation, begins at 7:30 am and concludes at 9:00 am. It is a full service held in the Swoff Chapel every Saturday. Everyone is welcome, including children. The anniversary is always an enjoyable time. Please join in this festive occasion.
MARAK HAYOM AUDITIONS
Marak Hayom, a teen-run a cappella group for Jewish high schoolers, is holding auditions for next year. If you are entering 9th – 12th grade and would enjoy performing throughout the DC area at concerts, religious services, b’nai mitzvah, and workshops, we would love to meet you! We rehearse and eat bagels together every Sunday morning in the Bethesda area. Auditions will be held this Sunday, April 30, at 10:30 am at a private residence. Please prepare a song of your choice (any genre, approximately one minute in length). For information, including the location of the audition, please contact Samantha Redlich.
“BEFORE THE FLOOD”
On Sunday, April 30, enjoy a free pizza dinner at 5:45 pm, followed at 6:15 pm by a showing of “Before the Flood,” a film by Academy Award winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens. This film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents meeting people whose lives have been devastated by global warming and learns how we already have the capacity to solve this crisis. Montgomery County’s Residential Energy Program will be on hand to give out free LED light bulbs in exchange for incandescent/CFL lightbulbs you bring in (maximum 3). The dinner and movie will be followed by a discussion at 8:00 pm. Please reply with number of people attending (for pizza ordering) to email@example.com. Everyone is welcome even without advance reply. Hosted by the Green Tikkun Committee.
STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS) PROFESSIONALS AFFINITY GROUP DINNER
All STEM professionals and other interested individuals are invited to join the STEM dinner on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm. This dinner is free for everyone courtesy of the “Scientists in Synagogues” grant that the STEM Affinity Group was awarded. Congregant Wendy Rubinstein will lead the discussion about her research on Kohanim lineage in DNA. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.
YOM HA’ATZMAUT CONGREGATIONAL SHABBAT DINNER
Join us to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with an Israeli-themed Shabbat dinner on Friday, May 5, at 6:30 pm. Please complete the reservation form (in the April Scroll, page 14) and send with your check, payable to Beth El, to 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, or register online at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/yom-haatzmaut-congregational-shabbat-dinner/. RSVP deadline is Tuesday morning, May 2. Cost of dinner is: $22/adult member, $27/adult non-member, $10 for children 6 -12 years, and $5 for children up to 5 years; a maximum of $64/member household (i.e. immediate family members living at the same address). For more information, call 301-652-2606 or email email@example.com.
SINGING SHABBAT SERVICE
Please join us on Friday, May 5, at 8:00 pm for a ruach-filled Singing Shabbat Service. Hazzan Matthew Klein and cantorial intern Gil Ezring will lead us in an engaging, participatory service with guitar accompaniment. A delicious and decadent oneg will follow. Spread the word and bring your children and friends! This is in addition to our regular Friday evening service at 6:30 pm.
BETH EL ANNUAL MEETING
Join us on Thursday, May 18, at 8:15 pm for the congregational Annual Meeting followed by a reception. The agenda will include: D’var Torah, Minutes of the previous annual meeting, President’s Report, Proposed FY’18 budget, and Election of Officers and At-Large Directors. Agenda materials will be mailed in early May.
TRIBUTE TO HAZZAN MATTHEW KLEIN
Join us on Friday, June 2, at 6:30 pm, when we thank Hazzan Matthew Klein for his service to Beth El. This will be followed by the Friday Evening Service at 7:20 pm, and a Congregational Shabbat Dinner at 8:00 pm. There is no admission fee for the program and service; voluntary donations in honor of Hazzan Klein may be made to Beth El’s General Fund. Dinner RSVPs are required by Tuesday morning, May 30. Cost of dinner is $25/adult or teen members, $30/adult or teen non-members, $12/children age 6 – 12 years, and no charge for children under six years. There is a maximum per member household (immediate family members living at the same address) of $74. A special project is being planned; please help by providing 3-5 words that you think best describe Hazzan Klein. To RSVP, fill out the form located in the April Scroll, page 10, and mail (or drop off) a check, payable to Beth El, to 8215 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda, MD 20814. You can also register online at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/tribute-hazzan-klein/.
END OF OUR FISCAL YEAR
Please keep in mind that payment of outstanding balances for dues, Religious School tuition, security assessment, and building fund is due by May 31, the end of Beth El’s fiscal year. You are encouraged not to wait to pay outstanding balances with your High Holiday registration form that you will receive around the third week of June, by which time we will have closed our books for 2016-17. Checks dated no later than May 31 and received by Wednesday, June 7, will be included in the current fiscal year. Beth El’s ability to fulfill its financial obligations and also reach our projected year-end figures is based on your support and cooperation with this payment schedule. Anyone who needs to extend their payments past May 31 should contact Sheila Bellack at 301-652-8569, ext. 306, or firstname.lastname@example.org, so that the appropriate adjustments can be made in our records. Your assistance with this is most appreciated.
2017 BETH EL MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY IS HERE!
Next time you are at shul, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2017 directory. Office hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Sunday (when Religious School is in session), 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
REFUGEE ASSISTANCE NEEDED
Beth El’s Refugee Response Team initially voted to sponsor a refugee family for a year. However, before formal applications to provide that assistance are submitted, we need to know that there are volunteers available to staff the committees to do the necessary work. Please consider if you would like to participate and click on this link (Google Doc) to sign up for one or more committees. Right now the Finance, Housing & Furnishings, and Transportation committees, which are critical positions, need more volunteers. Your consideration in helping in this way would be most appreciated. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Linda Segal.
WEEKDAY MORNING MINYAN
Beth El’s schedule of services includes a daily morning minyan, Monday through Friday, at 7:30 am. Please consider attending services in the morning to assist with making a minyan. Torah is read on Monday and Thursday mornings. This is a good way to start your day; a light breakfast follows the service.
WEEKDAY EVENING MINYAN
Beth El members have always been asked (in alphabetical rotation) to attend at least one Evening Minyan each year. For the week of April 30 through May 4, assignments are for those families with surnames from Niman to Pikovsky. Please try to join us at 8:00 pm for 15 minutes; click here to sign up or just show up at 8:00 pm.
REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS BREAKFAST
Join your fellow real estate professionals and Hazzan Matthew Klein on Tuesday, May 9, at the RCLCO offices (7200 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor, Bethesda). Many thanks to Adam Ducker for hosting. Breakfast will be available at 8:00 am and discussion will begin at 8:30 am. This session will present an opportunity for Beth El real estate professionals to meet one another, informally network, and learn with the Hazzan. RSVP to Geryl Baer at email@example.com.
ISRAEL DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
Please join us on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 pm, at Beth El, when Congressman Jamie Raskin will be the featured guest in the second of our Israel Distinguished Speakers Series. He will discuss “Defending Democracy in the U.S. and Abroad: Reflections on My First Hundred Days in Congress”. In just a few short months, Congressman Raskin has emerged as a leading progressive voice on Capitol Hill and a dynamic supporter of a very strong U.S.-Israel relationship. After prepared opening remarks, he will take questions directly from the audience. Admission is free and open to the community. A dessert reception will follow.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS OF AGING PARENTS
We are holding an interest meeting for a new Support Group for Caregivers of Aging Parents on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 pm. The group will discuss topics such as coping with your parents’ changes in housing, family dynamics, health, and estate while maintaining your own life and wellbeing. The Support Group will be led by congregant Tricia Sachs, a social worker with nearly 30 years’ experience with individual and couples therapy and leading support groups on the challenges of different life stages. If interested, please RSVP to Geryl Baer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.
LAG B’OMER BONFIRE CELEBRATION
Join Beth El and the Bender JCC at Locust Grove Park on Sunday, May 14, as we celebrate Lag B’Omer with a bonfire and activities for families with kids ages up to 10 years. Be art of a nature scavenger hunt, work on craft projects, eat s’mores, and sing songs around the bonfire. Nature crafts and hike begin at 3:30 pm. Song session begins at 4:00 pm. S’mores immediately following song session. $5 per child, a maximum of $10 per family. Please RSVP online at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/lag-bomer/. For more information contact Geryl Baer at email@example.com.
CHUG KRIAH: HEBREW LITERATURE READING GROUP
On Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 pm, the Chug Kriah will complete its discussion, led by Professor Arnold Band, of David Grossman’s book, Ishah Borachat Mibesorah. The next book we will be reading with Professor Band is “Tashach”, by Yoram Kaniuk. The Chug is for fluent Hebrew readers and welcomes new participants. For further information, contact Bill Kanter or Neil Schechter.
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AFFINITY GROUP BREAKFAST
The next breakfast meeting will be on Thursday, May 25, 8:30 am, at Beth El. Breakfast is $5 per person. Congregant Carol Miller will lead a discussion on “Collaborative Divorce and Jewish Values.” Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALK AND TALK WITH GERYL BAER IS BACK!
Join Geryl Baer to walk the Capital Crescent Trail every Friday in May at 9:45 am. Come for the exercise, socialization, and conversation. We will meet at the fountain by Barnes and Noble Bethesda (4801 Bethesda Avenue). Everyone is invited. Strollers welcome. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, to Geryl Baer at email@example.com.
CONGREGATIONAL TRIP TO ARGENTINA
Please join Rabbi Werbin for the first Beth El congregational trip to Argentina in June 2018! Visit Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls, enjoy good meat, and dance. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited. The tentative duration of the trip is 10 days. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316. The first information meeting is on Sunday, May 21, at 12:00 pm.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL
Looking for something special? We have it! Find the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift or special birthday present. Shop hours when Religious School is in session: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and Sundays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, or by appointment. Contact Michelle Gips.
Volunteer to work in the shop and receive a 10% discount on your purchases you make during your shift. For more information, contact Michelle Gips or Debbie Olchyk.
JTS EVENING OF LEARNING: RELATING TO THE OTHER IN JEWISH TEXTS AND WITH JEWISH VALUES
Join JTS scholars on Sunday, May 7, at 5:00 pm at Beth El, as they explore Jewish attitudes toward members of different faiths as well as the marginalized within our own communities. Enjoy university-level instruction and stimulating discussions in sessions that ask: How has the Jewish experience of marginalization informed the way in which we relate to other marginalized populations? What is our obligation to those we perceive as different? How have Jews challenged the norms of the community from within?
A celebration of adult Jewish learning featuring JTS’s renowned faculty:
- Dr. Benjamin Gampel, Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History
- Dr. Barbara Mann, Simon H. Fabin Associate Professor of Jewish Literature
- Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and dean of the Division of Religious Leadership
- Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages
For more information, please contact Tani Schwartz-Herman. Register online at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/jts-evening-of-learning/.
BETH EL PRESCHOOL (BEPS) OPEN HOUSE
Will your child be two by September? Now is the time to think about their first school experience. On Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 pm, you will meet the director, see the classrooms, learn about the fantastic program that BEPS has to offer, educational philosophy, and hear about the active preschool community at this Open House. Please contact Lynn Pikovsky at LPikovsky@bethelmc.org to RSVP or to inquire about our program.
A LEGEND: A CLASS ON MIDRASH
The next session of “A Legend: A Class on Midrash” with Rabbi Fabian Werbin will take place Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Rabbi Werbin at email@example.com. Everyone welcome!
A TASTE OF TALMUD
This class, taught by Adjunct Rabbi David Abramson, meets every Tuesday morning year-round (except Jewish holidays) at approximately 8:15 am, following morning minyan. There is no fee. All are welcome.
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
Join Beth El Empty Nesters (BEENs) to see Brighton Beach Memoirs on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 pm at Theater J. Tickets cost $47 each. Those who wish can dine together afterwards at a restaurant to be announced. If desired, we can facilitate carpools from Beth El. To purchase your tickets, please mail a check, payable to Beth El, to Ricardo Munster at 8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814. Checks must arrive no later than Friday, April 26. Make a notation on the check that it is for BEENs. Contact Ricardo Munster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316, if you are interested and/or have questions.
Attend the Men’s Club breakfast this Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 am, and then join us at 10:00 am for the Second Annual Sondra D. Bender Community Service Awards. For more details, see above under Highlights.
HEARING MEN’S VOICES
All Beth El men are invited to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men on Thursday, May 4, at 8:30 pm. Ben Bronheim will lead the discussion on “The Music that Lifts my Soul”. For more information, please contact Jon Shields.
2017 BLUECADEMY AWARDS BLUE YARMULKE MEN OF THE YEAR
Join the Men’s Club to honor Jordan Rosner, Beth El’s Blue Yarmulke Man of the Year 2017/5777, on Sunday, May 21, at 5:00 pm, at Congregation Har Shalom (11510 Falls Road; Potomac, MD). Go to https://www.wizadjournal.com/fjmcseaboard2017/ for further information and to register online. Limited seating – reserve your seats now. Only $90 per person.
BRIDGE MEETS TWICE A WEEK
Enjoy a friendly afternoon of bridge (almost) every Monday and Thursday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm. No partner or RSVP is needed. The next session is Thursday, April 27. Bridge is sponsored by Beth El’s Senior Caucus. For information, contact Ricardo Munster at email@example.com or 301-652-2606, ext. 316.
SENIOR CAUCUS BROWN BAG LUNCH
Bring a dairy or pareve brown bag lunch and join the Senior Caucus on Thursday, April 27, at 12:00 pm, to socialize with your friends and enjoy refreshments and dessert.
ROUNDTABLE WITH THE RABBI
On Wednesday, May 3, at 2:00 pm, celebrate with the Senior Caucus as we honor May birthdays with desserts, coffee, and an inspiring discussion. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of Annette Moshman.
Beth El Preschool (BEPS) 4’s class and a group of Beth El seniors blend together naturally to form Dor L’Dor. Join BEPS and the Senior Caucus on Thursday, May 11, at 12:00 pm, to share some delicious pizza and enjoy this special intergenerational program connecting children with seniors. Please RSVP to Susan Bruckheim or Ricardo Munster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of Annette Moshman. Transportation is available for those who require it (see “Need a Ride to Shul?” below).
NEED A RIDE TO SHUL?
A generous benefactor enables Beth El to offer free taxi rides to senior members to facilitate attendance at services, lectures, and other programs at the shul. To arrange a ride, please contact Ricardo Munster at email@example.com or 301-652-2606, ext. 316, at least four days in advance. Our thanks to the donors, Senior Caucus, and the Center for Community Engagement for helping to maintain this important service for our congregants.
ZHAVA MOVIE SCREENING OF “EMBRACE”
Join Zhava for a screening of “Embrace” on Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 pm, at Beth El. This documentary uncovers why poor body image has become a global epidemic and what people everywhere can do to change the relationship they have with their bodies. The film’s trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vnaRiF_-U. Please RSVP to Ilana Tanowitz by Monday, May 1.
SISTERHOOD ANNUAL MEETING
Join the Sisterhood for their annual meeting featuring the 2017-2018 Board Elections on Sunday morning, May 21, at 10:15 am. At 12:00 pm, following the meeting, Rabbi Fabian Werbin will take us on a trip to Argentina to see what the Jewish Community there is like using words and pictures. For more information about the presentation, see above under General Beth El Information. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, May 18.
ROSH CHODESH – IT’S A WOMAN THING
On Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 pm, join Sisterhood/Zhava for this monthly program open to all women for learning, socializing, and discussion. For more information, please contact Rabbi Mindy Portnoy.
Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Beginning and experienced players welcome! RSVP to Nancy Kay. If you are interested in an afternoon game, please contact Doris Povich at 301-320-5440 and she will make the arrangements, if there is sufficient interest.
For Mother’s Day and every day, purchase the brand new bi-color Seeds bracelet for only $18. Proceeds go to Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Seeds project for JTS scholarships for student rabbis and cantors. Supplies are limited. $18.00 per bracelet. Make your check out to Torah Fund and indicate “Seeds Bracelet.” Mail to Ina Young, 7710 Woodmont Avenue, #905, Bethesda, MD 20814, or drop off your check in the Beth El main office, clearly stating it’s for the “Seeds Bracelet.” Bracelets must be paid for in advance and may be picked up in the office and at Sisterhood events. For questions, and to check for availability, contact Ina Young.
SUPPORT THE TORAH FUND CAMPAIGN
Order your beautiful Torah Fund pin/pendant today! Simply contact Ina Young to order yours. A sample pin is on display in the main office. “P’ri Yadehah, The fruit of her hands,” a phrase from Eishet Chayil in the Book of Proverbs, is this year’s meaningful theme. The wheat branch signifies the sustenance we wish our family and friends; the olive branch signifies our prayers for peace. Please make your check out to Torah Fund for $180 as your tax-deductible contribution. This will help provide scholarships for students at the Jewish Theological Seminary and related Conservative educational institutions in New York, Los Angeles, Argentina, Jerusalem, and Potsdam, ensuring our legacy for future generations.
Torah Fund also offers several newly designed greeting cards ($4 each), available at the Beth El office and at Sisterhood events.
BONIM (K – 2nd Grade)
- Krav Maga, Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm. Learn the fun of Israeli self-defense, kid-style. Cost $10. Please RSVP to Tali Moscowitz at Bonim@bethelmc.org.
TORAH 14s (FOR TEENS)
- Teens, join Rabbi Werbin on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 pm, to learn Torah, eat ice cream, and discover new things about being Jewish – and have fun! RSVP to Rabbi Werbin at email@example.com.
KADIMA (6th & 7th) AND USY (8th – 12th)
- April 30, Kings Dominion Day – We can’t wait to see ALL 6th – 12th graders on Sunday, April 30, at the Seaboard Region USY and Kadima Kings Dominion Day! Join over 250 USYers and Kadimaniks from Conservative synagogues across Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and North Carolina for a day of fun at Kings Dominion! Your registration fee includes round-trip charter bus transportation, admission to Kings Dominion, a pavilion where we will all eat lunch together, and snacks and drinks for the bus ride home. Participants will be asked to bring a pareve or dairy brown bag lunch with them, which we will hold and deliver to you at our pavilion at lunch time. 6th and 7th graders will be escorted around the park with staff (groups will be created based on the requests you list on your application so you can be with your friends and with other people who “Like Roller Coasters” or “Do Not Like Roller Coasters,” etc). The link to register can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/Seaboard16-17.
USY (8th – 12th Grades)
- Havdalah and Schmooze: Saturday, May 6, at 8:00 pm. Details coming soon!
- May 26 – 29, Camp Louise – You will not want to miss an incredible 4 days and 3 nights with over 200 Jewish 8th – 12th graders from across Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, DC! Highlights include a weekend full of non-stop FUN with AMAZING and EXCITING activities and games, a beautiful Shabbat experience, movie night, sports, a bonfire, a dance, the USY End-of-Year Slide Show and awards, elections for the 2017 – 2018 USY Regional Executive Board, the opportunity to see old friends and make new friends from across Seaboard Region, and more!! Click here to register.
SCREENING OF 2004 DOCUMENTARY “PAPER CLIPS”
On Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 pm, Charles E. Smith Life Communities will host a screening of the award-winning 2004 documentary “Paper Clips”, followed by a discussion with producer Robert Johnson. The film follows middle school children from a rural town in Tennessee as they collect a paper clip to represent each Jew killed during the Holocaust. This 2004 film won 14 major awards including an Emmy nomination. RSVP at www.smithlifecommunities.org.
ISRAELI DANCE FESTIVAL DC 2017
Come to the Israeli Dance Festival DC on Sunday, May 14, at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:15 pm), at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy at 13300 Arctic Ave Rockville, MD. The festival showcases DC area dance groups comprised of a wide range of groups from young children dancing in their first festival to veterans of many performances. Special guest performance by Shiluv of Boston. Advance Tickets: Adult/$15, Student (with ID)/$10. At the Door: Adult/$20, Student (with ID)/$15. There will be a pre-festival Harkada Saturday, May 13, 9:15 pm at B’nai Israel Congregatio,; 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. The Harkada is free ($5 suggested donation). For more information, go to http://www.israelidancefestivaldc.com/.
JSSA HOSPICE AND TRANSITIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), a non-sectarian community agency, is seeking volunteers to help enhance the quality of life of individuals and families facing life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Volunteers make a difference for our patients and their families by providing comfort, respite, and companionship. JSSA offers specialized training for prospective volunteers for its Hospice and Transitions programs. Following the training, volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two hours a week visiting patients. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, please contact Carrie Myatt, Volunteer Coordinator for JSSA Hospice and Transitions, at 301-816-2611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.