Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week of June 15, 2018

GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION

BETH EL MEMBER SURVEY 

Beth El’s leadership is committed to continuously improving our synagogue and the programs and experiences we offer our members. To give you a chance to make your voice heard and contribute to this work, we are initiating an annual spring survey. The plan is that this survey will be our regular report card. It’s important that you provide your honest feedback because input will help the clergy and other Beth El leaders make decisions about Beth El’s direction, including our worship, education programs, and other activities and events. The survey is very short and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It was sent to the listserv on Tuesday, June 12. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, July 10. Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bethelmc2018

 HIGH HOLIDAY PACKETS

 The High Holiday packets will be mailed the last week of June. Be sure to return your registration form by Tuesday, July 31.  Some of the services fill up even before this date, the earlier you return your form, the better chance of getting seats at the service of your choice. Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, September 9.  Questions? Call 301-652-2606.

BETH EL MEMBER PORTAL

View your account, pay your invoices, update your contact information and so much more is available on the Beth El Member portal. Coming soon: request your High Holiday tickets and register for events with easy pre-filled forms.  If you have already signed up, you can access the member portal at members.bethelmc.org. Not enrolled? Email Tiarra Joslyn at tjoslyn@bethelmc.org to get started.

CATERING SCHEDULER NEEDED

 Sisterhood Catering Committee is looking for someone to be our twice-yearly scheduler.  Our long-time scheduler, Amanda Ford, is stepping down.  This job entails receiving the list of upcoming b’nai mitzvah students around August and December and creating a spreadsheet.  The content for each week will be which volunteer is responsible, which families are responsible, the name of the student and any information we might need.  Contact Shoshannah Freilich at ssfreilich@yahoo.com or Amanda Ford at amandaford123@verizon.net for more information.

 KIDDUSH SERVERS NEEDED

 30 Minutes and a Smile! That’s all it takes for one of the happiest mitzvot at Beth El!  Serve the kiddush luncheon after services on Shabbat and make sure every congregant, family member, and guest gets a warm “Shabbat Shalom” with their delicious food. Adults and children 12 and over are welcome to serve. Arrive at 11:50 am and serve until about 15 minutes after the service ends.  For more information or to sign up, visit www.bethelmc.org/groups/sisterhood/kiddush-volunteer or contact Sue Kanter at besisterhoodsignup@gmail.com.

 SPONSOR A KIDDUSH

Celebrate a special day or remember a loved one by sponsoring a kiddush on a Shabbat or festival when there is no bar/bat mitzvah. Hospitality kiddush sponsorships run $350, $450, or $525, depending on menu, and include up to fifteen of your own guests plus the congregation. Available dates through September 30 are June 30; July 7, 14, and 21; August 4, 11, 18, and 25; September 8, 22, and 24 (first day Sukkot). To sponsor a kiddush or to obtain more information and menus, contact Shoshannah Freilich at least two weeks prior to the kiddush you wish to sponsor.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL

SERVICES

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. While you enjoy breakfast, feel free to join Rabbi Werbin in a 5-10 minute discussion about prayer.

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 June 17 – 21 assignments are for those families with surnames from Gerber through Goldin. 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.

BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS

Looking for something special?  We have it!  Find the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift or special birthday present.  Until Religious School begins in September, shop hours are by appointment.  Contact Michelle Gips at michellelgips@gmail.com.

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 at michellelgips@gmail.com or Debbie Olchyk at dsolchyk@gmail.com.

EDUCATION

ADULT B’NAI MITZVAH CLASS 2018/2019

Join Rabbi Fabian Werbin this fall for the next Adult B’nai Mitzvah class, which offers an opportunity for adults in all walks of life to learn the skills to be called to the Torah.  The class culminates with an Adult B’nai Mitzvah Shabbat.  Classes take place on Sundays at 10:00 am.  For more information, please contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316.

LIBRARY

 A HOME FOR YOUR BOOKS!

The Beth El library is able to accept some donations of Jewish-themed books, but only with prior approval.  If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Lois Zuckerman at library@bethelmc.org to discuss which books we are able to take for the library or resale.

SENIOR CAUCUS

 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 rmunster@bethelmc.org 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.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA

EAT IN GOOD HEALTH, the Sisterhood /Zhava Community Cookbook

Just as delicious smells waft out of a kitchen, praise for our Eat in Good Health Cookbook is spreading. The Jewish Food Experience did a feature article about the book and the synagogue-wide collaboration that made it a reality. There are recipes and photos, also. Please share it widely, and don’t forget that Eat in Good Health is a perfect gift for Father’s Day, new graduates, newlyweds and anyone who likes to eat!  You can buy it at www.bethelmc.org/groups/sisterhood/cookbook/.  See the Jewish Food Experience article on us at: https://jewishfoodexperience.com/ess-gezunterheit-eat-in-good-health/.

SUPPORT THE TORAH FUND CAMPAIGN

With a $180 donation to the Torah Fund, you will receive this year’s beautiful pin; a sample is on display in the Beth El office.  The pin reflects the Torah Fund theme of the year, Mah Tovu. Please contact Sally Ehrlich at 301-652-9385 or salehrlich@yahoo.com to make your donation.

We also have Torah Fund cards for many different occasions. The cards are $4 each and your contribution helps provide scholarships for students at the Jewish Theological Seminary and related conservative educational institutes around the world.

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SEEKING VOLUNTEER LEADERS FOR MITZVAH DAY

 We are beginning the planning process for Mitzvah Day on October 28 , 2018! If you would like to volunteer to help or captain a new project, please email co-chairs Donna Shimshi and Jon Polon.

HIAS PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT BETH EL

 Mark Hetfield, President of HIAS (formerly called the Hebrew International Aid Society) spoke about the global refugee crisis at Congregation Beth El on Shabbat morning of May 19, 2018. He cited astounding recent statistics, explaining the magnitude of the crisis and stressed that Jews know all too well what happens when America shuts its doors to those trying to flee persecution. To watch Mark Hetfield’s entire speech, click here, which also appears on the Social Action page of Beth El’s website.

 TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL’S REFUGEE RESPONSE TEAM

We are continuing to accept donations to help our refugee family get settled once they arrive.  The complete list of items needed is on our sign-up genius page. Please donate items for the refugee family here. Questions? Contact Danielle Wagner at daniellejmw@yahoo.com.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL YEAR ROUND FILMS

The WJFF Year Round Films is showing three acclaimed films at the Edlavitch DCJCC this June. Maktub, shows on Tuesday, June 19, at 7:30 pm, and Muhi: Generally Temporary, will be screened Tuesday, June 26, at 7:30 pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website at: https://www.wjff.org/films/.

 CAMP RAMAH IN NEW ENGLAND – PROSPECTIVE FAMILY DAY

Join us this summer at Camp Ramah in New England on Sunday, July 

15 or Sunday, August 5, for 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Come see for yourself where all of the Ramah magic happens!  Check out our beautiful lake, refurbished tennis courts and sports fields, newly designed arts and crafts and woodworking studios, our thrilling ropes and adventure course and so much more. Learn about the unique Jewish education program which enables our campers to learn Hebrew and study their Jewish heritage in an informal setting. Meet the Director, Assistant Director and other key staff who will be there to answer questions.  Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10.  To learn more or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at lorib@campramahne.org.

CAPITAL CAMPS ROOKIE CAMP

 Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: April 15, April 22, July 1, 7, 18, 29, and August 5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING

Volunteers are needed at Sunrise Senior Living at 4925 Battery Lane in Bethesda. There are many opportunities available, including visiting with residents, playing the piano, giving a talk, playing cards or chess, gardening, and more! For information, contact them at 301-657-6880 or Bethesda.AVC@sunriseseniorliving.com. SSL hours are available for students.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

THE VISITORS PROJECT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

 The Visitors Project for People with Dementia (VPPD) provides compassionate human connection to residents in local nursing homes who do not receive regular visits from family or friends. This project is a collaborative effort of local clergy, and health and social service professionals and consultants on aging. VPPD is seeking volunteers to participate in the most precious gift you can give another – the gift of your time and presence. Our training program with area experts prepares you to provide one-on-one visits with a person whose heart is longing for your companionship. Scheduling is flexible. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Ken Silverstein, VPPD Coordinator, at 301-570-6664 or KenVisitorsProject@gmail.com.