Weekly Announcements

ShabbatClipartAnnouncements for the week of February 21.

HIGHLIGHTS

HAZZAN CANDIDATE ASA FRADKIN TO VISIT BETH EL FEBRUARY 24-26

Cantor Asa Fradkin has been serving as Hazzan at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT for the past 10 years. He was raised in Baltimore and spent his younger years on an ashram outside of Philadelphia where he learned yoga and meditation, practices that he continues to incorporate into and blend together with traditional worship. Cantor Fradkin holds an undergraduate degree in Vocal Studies from the Indiana University School of Music. While at IU, he became actively involved in Hillel and also graduated with a Certificate in Jewish Studies. In 2007, he was ordained by the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at JTS, earning the degrees of Hazzan and Masters in Sacred Music. He also has extensive experience as a song leader and teacher.

According to Cantor Fradkin, the most rewarding part of his job is building community and being actively involved in congregational life. He places strong value on establishing relationships with members of all age groups – with those experiencing joyous life cycle events as well as with the sick and bereaved.  He strives to “rouse the soul,” to make prayer a moving and spiritual experience for all congregants. One of his proudest accomplishments is having founded and directed the Temple Sholom Teen Choir, one of the most active synagogue teen choirs in the country.

Please join us in welcoming Cantor Fradkin, his wife, Sarah, and their children, Dafna and Noam. More information about Cantor Fradkin, including music samples, can be found on his website: asafradkin.com

During the weekend, Cantor Fradkin will:

– lead the 6:30 pm Friday evening service

– lead the 9:30 am Shabbat morning service

– teach a session after Shabbat kiddush at 1:00 pm

– lead the Sunday morning minyan. Given that it is Rosh Hodesh, the service will start at 8:45 am, as it is somewhat longer than usual.

He will also have the opportunity to mingle with different Beth El groups on Sunday morning.

We encourage you to attend these services and teaching session. After the visit, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Search Committee through a survey on the Beth El website; paper copies will also be available.

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

The next Mental Health Professionals Affinity Group breakfast meeting will be on Thursday, February 23, 8:30 to 9:30 am, at Beth El. Breakfast is $5 per person. Congregant and psychiatrist Sandra Rubin will lead a discussion on “Mental Illness and the Synagogue Community”.  Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA IS COOKING UP A COOKBOOK!

Something’s cooking at Beth El Sisterhood/Zhava. Please join us on Sunday, February 26, at 9:30 am for “Come to Meet/Stay to Eat: A Taste of the Sisterhood/Zhava Community Cookbook.” Taste some of the delicious recipes that will be included in the new cookbook, hear the stories behind them, and find out the winner of the cookbook naming contest! Please RSVP by Friday, February 24, at 12:00 pm, to sisterhoodevent@bethelmc.org.

There’s still time to submit your favorite recipe. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 24. We want your favorite recipes, those with a story behind them, that your family loves, and that you rely on every day and for holidays.  Our goal is to stock this book with all new recipes for how you cook and eat now. Full details about the cookbook and the easy to use online submission form can be found at www.bethelmc.org/groups/sisterhood/cookbook.

You can also still enter the cookbook title contest. Cook up as many clever names for the new book as your creativity allows and submit them to cookbook@bethelmc.org by Friday, February 24. The winner will be announced at Come to Meet, Stay to Eat event, and will receive acknowledgment in the book, bragging rights, and a free cookbook!

Details about the cookbook, name contest, volunteer signup, and directions for submitting recipes, can be found on the Sisterhood/Zhava website at www.bethelmc.org/sisterhood/cookbook. The deadline for submission of recipes and suggestions for cookbook titles is Friday, February 24. Questions? Please email cookbook@bethelmc.org, or call the synagogue office at 301-652-2606.

COLLEGIATE JEWISH A CAPPELLA COMPETITION

Hear Hazzan Klein and Marak HaYom on Saturday, February 25, at 8:00 pm, as they make a special appearance at Kol HaOlam (www.kolhaolam.org) at Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC). Jewish collegiate performance groups from around the country battle it out to be crowned number one in American Jewish a cappella! Tickets are available at the door or online at https://www.wizevents.com/register/register_add.php?sessid=7702&id=4654.

FEMALE PHYSICIANS AFFINITY GROUP MEETING

All women physicians are invited to our next affinity group meeting at Beth El on Sunday, February 26, at 10:00 am. There has been a change to the meeting. We are fortunate to have a special guest joining us, Maharat Dasi Fruchter.  Dasi is the Maharat, the female religious leader in Orthodox Judaism, at Beth Sholom in Potomac. She will be leading a conversation about Women’s Health in Halacha (Jewish Law). To RSVP and for more information, please contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org.

WELCOMING OUR NEW EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Please join the Religious School community on Sunday, February 26, 10:30 – 11:30 am, to welcome Elisha Frumkin as our new Education Director and learn more about Elisha’s vision for the school. Elisha will also answer questions people may have about the school. Refreshments will be served.

CHUG KRIAH: HEBREW LITERATURE READING GROUP

On Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 pm, the Chug Kriah will continue its discussion, led by Professor Arnold Band, of David Grossman’s book, Ishah Borachat Mibesorah. The chug is for fluent Hebrew readers and welcomes new participants.  For further information, contact Bill Kanter.

ISRAELI MUSIC LIVE!

Get excited about today’s music scene in Israel. Join us for ISRAELI MUSIC LIVE!, a fun, interactive, music-filled, audio-visual introduction to popular music in Israel today. On Sunday, February 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, you’ll learn about the hottest singers and music styles, and the different ways that popular music is woven into Israeli culture. Tickets are $5 for 17 years and under; $10 for 18 years and older; $40 maximum for immediate family members living in the same household. Order tickets online at Beth El’s website at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/israeli-music-live-concert/. For more information, contact Dan Bender at danieljbender@gmail.com or Larry Sidman at larrysidman@live.com.

COME TOUR BETH EL PRESCHOOL!

Beth El Preschool is still enrolling students for our two’s classes for the 2017- 2018 school year. We welcome prospective families to visit our school, meet our teachers and staff, and learn more about our program. Contact Lynn Pikovsky at LPikovsky@bethelmc.org to schedule a tour.

GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION

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 February 26 through March 2, assignments are for those families with surnames from Horn to Jutkowitz. 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. Note: Minyan on Wednesday evenings from March 1 through April 5 will be at 8:20 pm due to Scolnic Adult Institute classes in session.

CHALLAH TOTS

At Challah Tots, you and your children (up to age 6) will enjoy story time, and crafting and braiding challah to take home to bake for Shabbat!  Join us on Thursday, March 2, at 4:00 pm at Whole Foods Friendship Heights (4220 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase). Whole Foods Market will provide the dough, and PJ Library and Beth El will provide the activities and braiding help. It’s fun, easy, and free! Register online at: https://youngleadership.wufoo.com/forms/ruav6mr1m86zf3/. Please contact Geryl Baer for more information at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

CONVERSATIONAL HEBREW GROUP

Interested in keeping your conversational Hebrew fresh?  Join us on Tuesday, March 7, at 1:30 pm to hone your Hebrew conversation skills.  Please contact congregant Art Salwin for more information.

ISRAEL DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES

Aaron David Miller, renowned Middle East expert, former State Department analyst, and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiator for more than 20 years, will speak at Beth El on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 pm, on “The State of the U.S.-Israel Relationship in 2017”.  Coming one month following the meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump, his remarks will be very timely and should be most illuminating. Mr. Miller currently is vice president for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He is also the first guest in the new Israel Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by Beth El’s Am Yisrael Chai Committee. Mr. Miller’s speech is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. A reception will follow. For more information, please contact Larry Sidman.

AGE & STAGE PRESENTS: PALLIATIVE CARE – IT’S NOT HOSPICE

Palliative care is often misunderstood. The goal of palliative care is to improve the life of the patient. Learn more about the options involved, how and when to elect to utilize a palliative care approach, and what this means to you and your family. Dr. Elisa Gil-Pires will lead a presentation about palliative care and provide answers to your questions. Join us on Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm for an educational discussion to help you gain a better understanding on this newer approach.  Dr. Gil-Pires is the vice president of Medical Affairs/Medical Director on the Charles E. Smith Life Communities Campus and holds board certifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Internal Medicine.  She was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a certified Medical Director. RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

LECTURE: “GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS: TIME FOR NEW THINKING”

On Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 pm, there will be a Livestream showing of “Global Refugee Crisis: Time for New Thinking” with David Milliband and Rebecca Bardasch at Beth El. This Jewish Theological Seminary Public Lecture is sponsored by the Refugee Committee of ToBE. For more information or questions, contact Howie Stein.

NEW MEMBER ALIYAH

Congregants who joined Beth El since November 2015 are welcome to join together on the bimah for a special joint Aliyah on Saturday, March 18, during the 9:30 am main service.  Then join together after kiddush for a special meet and greet with the clergy 1:00 – 1:30 pm. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

AGE AND STAGE SERIES PRESENTS: RECOGNIZING EARLY STAGES OF ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA IN YOUR LOVED ONES***

As our parents age, we worry to make sure they are healthy of body and mind. On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 pm, learn how to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia with Elinor Ginzler, director of the Cahmann Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging.  RSVP to Geryl Baer, gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS) PROFESSIONALS AFFINITY DINNER***

All STEM professionals, and others interested, are invited to join the STEM dinner on Monday, March 27, at 6:30 pm. This dinner is free for everyone, courtesy of the “Scientists in Synagogues” grant that the STEM Affinity Group was awarded. Jonathan Fritz, neuroscientist, will lead the discussion on “God Circuits in the Brain.” Please RSVP to Geryl Baer, gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569 ext. 352.

KIDDUSH SERVERS NEEDED

Did you know that kiddush is an integral part of the Shabbat experience at Beth El and is served by volunteers when a bar or bat mitzvah celebrates this very important event?  Adult men and women and teen volunteers are needed. Perform a mitzvah and help make this day even more memorable by offering to assist other congregants and guests with their selections of the food choices at the conclusion of the service.  After approximately 15 minutes, you are welcome to dine and socialize with others as your responsibilities will be concluded. Want to perform this mitzvah on any Shabbat of your choice? Contact Margy Nurik.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL

BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS

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.  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.

EDUCATION

RABBI SAMUEL SCOLNIC ADULT INSTITUTE – SPRING 2017

Would you like to engage more directly with Beth El’s clergy while expanding your Jewish knowledge? The Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute Spring semester offers some great options for learning starting February 28 and March 1. Study Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Harris about David Ben Gurion, the latest in his series on innovative Jewish thinkers. Or you can explore how fables can help us understand the Talmud and Midrash and Jewish tradition and wisdom with Rabbi Werbin. Or join Hazzan Klein to examine the entrance of Jews into the artistic and social world of Western classical music. Rabbi Emeritus Bill Rudolph will help both skeptics and believers explore the subject of the immortality of the soul. You can also review with Adjunct Rabbi Mindy Portnoy (either Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening), how the lives of Jewish women have changed in the past 50 years, or engage with Adjunct Rabbi Evan Krame on a textual analysis of Jewish values and traditions in estate planning. These fascinating courses and many more will be offered Wednesday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Course brochures have been mailed and are also available at https://www.bethelmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Spring-2017-Scolnic-Brochure-vWeb.pdf. You can sign up by mail, or online at https://www.bethelmc.org/lifelong-learning/scolnic-institute/. Register by February 17 for the early bird discount.

LUNCH AND LEARN ONLINE

Get ready for Pesach! Lunch and learn online studying with Rabbi Fabian Werbin on Wednesday, March 15, at 12:00 pm. For more information, contact Rabbi Werbin at fwerbin@bethelmc.org.

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.

EMPTY NESTERS

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 – these are very good seats! 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. Make a notation on the check that it is for BEENs. Contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316, if you are interested and/or have questions.

NUBEENS BETH EL’S NEW EMPTY NESTERS GROUP

Are you a recent empty nester? Please consider participating in Beth El’s newest empty nesters’ group!  We engage in various social and cultural activities throughout the year.  Contact Margie Hoffman or Lori Ross if you want your name added to the list.

LIBRARY

OVERDUE BOOKS AT HOME?

Attention, book lovers! Many books are missing from the Beth El library. Please check your home for overdue Beth El books and return them to the bin outside the library, no questions asked. The Beth El Library is open whenever Beth El is open. The library operates on a self-service honor system. To check out a book, remove  the card from the book’s back pocket, print your name and date, place that card in the library desk basket, and then insert a predated, yellow date due card in the back pocket. Books may be checked out for four weeks. To return books, place them in the book bin in the hallway right outside the library. On Shabbat and holidays, follow the printed directions on the library desk to learn how to check out books without writing. Volunteer librarians are available to help you on Sunday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. To see what is available in our collection, as well as the new books that are available, visit http://bethelmc.mysurpass.net/. Send suggestions, questions, and comments to: librarian@bethelmc.org.

Please note that the Beth El library is not accepting book donations at this time.

MEN’S CLUB

MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST AND PROGRAM

Come to the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, February 26, at 9:30 am in Zahler Social Hall, following the 8:45 am minyan (please note earlier time). At 10:15 am, hear Jonathan Leshnoff, a well-known Jewish classical composer who is visiting the area to present a concert, will speak about his new piece that recently premiered at Carnegie Hall and is paired with the Brahms Requiem at Strathmore on Saturday, March 18. Leshnoff and Hazzan Klein recently worked on a commission of a new piece of cantorial music. The breakfast is sponsored by Larry Sidman in memory of his mother, Rose Sidman.

HEARING MEN’S VOICES

All Beth El men are invited to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men on Thursday, March 2, at 8:30 pm.  This month, congregant Howie Stein will lead a discussion on “How are we affected in our views and perspectives by our family’s history?” For more info, contact Jon Shields.

45th ANNUAL MEN’S CLUB KAVOD AWARDS BREAKFAST

Join us on Sunday, March 5, at 9:45 am, as we honor congregants David Mills for service to Beth El, Joe Hoffman for service to the Jewish community, and Max Levitt for service to the community-at-large. We invite everybody to join us in expressing our appreciation to David, Joe, and Max for all they do to enrich our communal lives. Enjoy a superb breakfast as an added bonus!  Reservations required. Cost of the breakfast is $18 per adult. Registration forms are available in the February Scroll (page 9) and online at: http://bethelmc.org/scroll-archive/Vol%2066%202016-17/1702%20Feb%2017%20Scroll%20vWeb.pdf

MITZVAH PROJECTS

Talia Jacobsohn’s mitzvah project is in support of the art program at Yemin Orde, a boarding school for at-risk youth in Israel. Yemin Orde gives at-risk kids a home and a great education so they can have a good and productive life in Israel. Otherwise, the Village’s fragile children would be lost, with little chance for a healthy and hopeful life. Visit https://www.yeminorde.org/help-raise-funds-yemin-ordes-risk-youth.

PURIM

ANNUAL JFGH PURIM PARTY

Come to this annual party for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) residents sponsored by Beth El’s day school families on Sunday, March 5, 5:30–7:00 pm, at Beth El. The cost for dinner and DJ is $25/family. Additional donations are welcome to cover the cost of our guests. We are also in need of volunteers.  This can provide SSL hours for teens. RSVP to Stacey Topol by Monday, February 27.

PURIM: SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 11 – SUNDAY, MARCH 12  

Please join us at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 11, for Ma’ariv and the full Megillah reading. Purim refreshments will be served.  Be sure to come in costume!

The fun continues the next day…

PURIM MORNING

Morning Minyan at 8:45 am includes a special Torah reading for the holiday plus reading of the Megillah.

Bit O’Megillah, for children six years of age and under and their parents, begins at 11:00 am when the Not-Quite-Ready-for-Sanctuary Players present “The Purim Story According to Sesame Street.”

PURIM CARNIVAL

Join the games, prizes, food, magician, face painting, caricatures, and more at the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12, 11:45 am to 2:30 pm.  Purchase your tickets in advance at the discount rate of 5/$2 (2/$1 on Carnival day).

MEGILLAH THEATRE II: HAMILTASCHEN – AN AMERICAN MEGILLAH READING

On Sunday, March 12, at 5:30 pm, come see Beth El’s Purim musical extravaganza! This evening of frolic features a full script, a cast of actors, and Jewish musical parodies from the hit musical, “HAMILTON”, along with other classic and contemporary Broadway numbers. Watch hilarious acting and singing from over forty of your favorite friends, clergy, and fellow congregants (plus our Beth El Band). Bring your costume, and join us for this evening of music and fun! For more information, contact Hazzan Matthew Klein at mklein@bethelmc.org.

SCROLL

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Though it is not yet Purim, the staff of the Scroll is already looking for articles for our Pesach (April) issue. Please email your submission of 300 words or less about Pesach to scroll@bethelmc.org by Wednesday, March 1. What will you do to make this year’s Pesach unique or what have you done in the past? What will be new or different with Pesach this year for you (or what was different last year)? Will there be someone new joining you? Will you be trying a new recipe? Will you be traveling? Are you inviting someone who is not Jewish? How do you explain the seder to them?

SENIOR CAUCUS

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, February 23. Bridge is sponsored by Beth El’s Senior Caucus. For more information, contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316.

SENIOR CAUCUS BROWN BAG LUNCH

Bring a dairy or pareve brown bag lunch and join the Senior Caucus on Thursday, February 23, at 12:00 pm, to socialize with your friends and enjoy refreshments and dessert.

ROUNDTABLE WITH THE RABBI

On Wednesday, March 1, at 2:00 pm, celebrate with the Senior Caucus as we honor March birthdays with desserts, coffee, and an inspiring discussion. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of Annette Moshman

FREE PIZZA! FREE COOKIES! FREE HUGS AND SMILES!

Do you have one hour per month to partner with an adorable four-year-old from our Beth El Preschool? If so, please join us at Dor L’Dor for lunch and fun! Next meeting is Thursday, March 2, at 12:00 pm. For more information, please contact Ricardo Munster at 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).

KNITTERS, START YOUR ENGINES

Knitters, prepare your needles for battle. Make small, easy items, like hats, scarves, and booties, for residents at the Hebrew Home. Patterns are available. If you need help, call Sarah Kalser at 301-530-2423 or Heather Janssen at 202-364-8585. Sponsored by the Senior Caucus and Zhava.

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 301-652-8569, 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

ROSH CHODESH – IT’S A WOMAN THING

On Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 pm, join Sisterhood/Zhava for this monthly program open to all women for learning, socializing, and discussion.  For more information, contact Rabbi Mindy Portnoy at breenport@gmail.com.

CHALLAH BAKING WORKSHOP WITH JANICE LIEBOWITZ

On Thursday, March 2, at 9:45 am, bake a challah at Beth El to enhance your Shabbat celebration at home. Cost is $3 for Sisterhood/Zhava members, and $5 for non-members. Register by Monday, February 27, by emailing Sisterhoodevent@bethel.org. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Janice Liebowitz at Janiceliebowitz@yahoo.com.

HAMANTASCHEN BAKING EVENT

Bake hamantaschen on Tuesday, March 7, at 9:45 am, to help fulfill the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick). All skill level bakers will learn how to make and fill hamantaschen. After baking, Religious School 4th graders will fill Mishloach Manot baskets so they can be distributed at the Hebrew Home. Space is limited; sign up early by emailing Sisterhoodevent@bethel.org.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA WOMEN’S SEDER

The Beth El Sisterhood/Zhava Annual Women’s Seder is back! Please join us on Sunday, March 19, at 5:30 pm. Register online www.bethelmc.org/events/womens-seder/, or send a check, payable to Beth El Sisterhood, to 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Cost is $36 for Sisterhood/Zhava members or $45 for non-members. The Seder fills up quickly so please RSVP early. Also, we are in need of volunteers to help make this a meaningful and enjoyable event.  There are lots of jobs, small and large.  Please contact Sue Kanter to volunteer.

SHARING STORIES AND DE-STIGMATIZING DISABILITIES

Join us for a discussion about disability awareness through sharing stories to help our children and grandchildren (and ourselves) learn how to interact with people with disabilities on Thursday, March 30, 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

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.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

USY (9th – 12th GRADE)

  • MARCH 3-5, USY WINTER KINNUS – Get together with Jewish teens from across the DMV (and Raleigh, NC) for a great weekend of fun, friendship, and Shabbat. Click here for more details

MACHAR (3rd – 5th GRADE)

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, SNOW TUBING – Spend the last days of winter having the most fun of the season. We’re going snow tubing! You get 2 hours swooshing down the hill, a pizza lunch, and a bus to and from Liberty Mountain. Cost is $40. RSVP to Machar@bethelmc.org.

BONIM (K – 2nd GRADE)

  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 11:45 am – 1:30 pm, KID- FRIENDLY YOGA – Come relax with some kid-friendly yoga. Cost is $5.  Please bring a dairy or parve, and nut-free lunch. RSVP to Tali Moscowitz at Bonim@bethelmc.org.

TORAH 14s (FOR TEENS)

Teens, join Rabbi Werbin on Saturday, March 4, at 1:00 pm, and on the first Shabbat of every month, to learn Torah, eat ice cream, and discover new things about being Jewish – and have fun!  RSVP to Rabbi Werbin at fwerbin@bethelmc.org.

COMMUNITY NOTES

J STREET ANNUAL CONFERENCE

J Street is offering a 20% discount for Beth El members attending their annual conference, Saturday-Tuesday, February 25-28, in downtown Washington. The discount code is BethElB17. The 20% discount applies to conference registration and Gala Conference packages. It does not apply to Gala only tickets. More information is available at the J Street’s website at http://jstreet.org. Anyone who has already registered and wants the 20% discount should contact Josh Friedes at josh@jst.org. The refund will be processed after the conference. Those using the code will get the discount at the time of registration.

SCREENING OF “CROSSING THE LINE 2: THE NEW FACE OF ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS”

The Bender JCC of Greater Washington and Jerusalem U are partnering to bring you an important program on Monday, February 27, at 7:00 pm at the JCC in Rockville, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. We will screen Jerusalem U’s 30 minute film, “Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus”, which reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses and demonstrates when reasonable criticism of Israel ‘Crosses the Line’ into anti-Semitism. The film educates high school and college students, parents, administrators, and community leaders to understand the problem, and inspires them to learn more and take action. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by an incredible young speaker, Chloe Valdary, a recent college graduate and rising star in the pro-Israel movement. See one of her videos watched by over 1 million people on Facebook at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_nR6B8DgX0.

CAMP RAMAH INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Please join us for to learn more about Camp Ramah New England on Wednesday, March 1, at B’nai Israel Synagogue (Room 208) at 7:00 pm.  Hear firsthand how Camp Ramah’s rich and varied program offer campers the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop life-long friendships as they connect to Judaism in a unique way. 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.  Parents and children are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lori Fish Bard at lorib@campramahne.org.

Upcoming Events

Date/TimeEvent
February 23, 2017
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Mental Health Professionals Breakfast
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
February 23, 2017
7:30 pm
AIPAC Student Spotlight
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
February 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017
6:30 pm
Hazzan Candidate Asa Fradkin
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
February 25, 2017 - February 28, 2017
12:00 am
J Street National Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washginton DC
February 26, 2017
9:30 am
Sisterhood Winter General Meeting and Taste of Sisterhood/Zhava Cookbook
Congregation Beth El, Bethesda MD
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For a more comprehensive list of events at Beth El, please see our calendar.