Weekly Announcements

HIGHLIGHTS

BETH EL AT THE MOVIES***

Join Beth El on Wednesday, June 21, at 12:15 pm to see the new Israeli hit film, “Past Life”, at the Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC.  “Past Life” is inspired by true events.  It tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted, ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative, liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or on the website, http://www.theavalon.org/  Let Geryl Baer know if you can come, gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

 PLEASE HELP HOST SOME TEENS THIS SUMMER***

 Summer is coming and we are hosting a USY On Wheels bus. USY On Wheels is a 6½ week bus trip that Jewish teens take across the country.  We are looking for congregants wanting to perform the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim, welcoming the stranger into your home. We need housing for approximately 40 teens for less than 24 hours, from Thursday evening, July 20, through Friday morning, July 21.   If you can host at least two teens of the same gender, please respond with the following information: how many kids you can take and which gender you would prefer; if you have any pets; and if you have kids of your own between the ages of 13 and 18. You do not have to keep kosher, just provide dairy or pareve food, and you do not need to have any children of your own.  Please contact Adam Zeren at azeren@bethelmc.org

 GRAND SLAM SUNDAY***

 Buy your tickets now for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s third annual Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community at Nationals Park on Sunday, August 27, when the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets. Join more than 1,500 of your Greater Washington community members as we gather two hours before game time for activities, food tastings, and fun for all ages!  Don’t’ drop the ball – buy your tickets today with Beth El’s ticket block: shalomdc.org/gss2017bethel We’ll see you at the Ballpark!

 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 and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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 June 25 through June 29, assignments are for those families with surnames from Silverman through Solkowitz. Please try to join us at 8:00 pm for 20 minutes; click here to sign up or just show up at 8:00 pm

 BABY ZUMBINI® CLASSES

 Beth El is happy to host Baby Zumbini® classes this summer! Bring the joy of music and movement to the littlest dancers (ages 9 months to 2 years) with the Zumbini® program. Registration is open for classes on Wednesday mornings, June 21 – August 2.  You can choose the class that best fits baby’s nap schedule.  REGISTER TODAY!  Classes are offered 9:30 – 10:15 am OR 10:30 – 11:15 am. For more information, contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org, or the instructor at bouncingbambini@gmail.com.

 CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Being a caregiver is a hard job. Join our new support group for caregivers on Thursday, June 29, 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 is 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 you are interested, please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

GRAY PANTHERS COHORT #5

Openings are now available in the new Gray Panthers Cohort #5. Rabbi Rudolph is taking on a new cohort of mostly retired congregants for a two year commitment. You will do some traditional learning once per month, using classical and contemporary texts about issues in your lives and in the news. There are cultural and social events as well. The first four cohorts did all of this and more, building great little communities in the process, and have continued to this day. They are happy to be contacted as references. Information and an application form are available from Rabbi Rudolph at wrudolph@bethelmc.org.

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 15 of your own guests plus the congregation. Available dates in 2017: July 15, 22, 29, August 12, September 23, October 5 (first day Sukkot), 12 (Shemini Atzeret), 13 (Simchat Torah), 28, and December 23. To sponsor a kiddush or to obtain more information and menus, contact Shoshannah Freilich at least two weeks in advance of the kiddush you wish to sponsor.

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.  Until Religious School begins in September, shop hours are 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.

EDUCATION

 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.

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

Attend the Men’s Club breakfast this Sunday, June 25, at 9:30 am, following the 9:00 am minyan.  During the summer, there will be an open-mic discussion every Sunday at 10:00 am. Post-breakfast programs will resume in September. 

 SAVE THE DATE FOR GRAND SLAM SUNDAY!***

Join Men’s Club at the Ballpark on Sunday, August 27, for Jewish Community Day. Information and registration is in the Highlights section above.

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.  Bridge is sponsored by Beth El’s Senior Caucus. For information, contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org 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, June 22, at 12:00 pm, to socialize with your friends and enjoy refreshments and dessert.

NEED A RIDE TO SHUL?

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

MAH JONGG

Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Beginning and experienced players welcome! No RSVP required. For questions, please email Nancy Kay. If you are interested in an afternoon game, please contact Doris Povich and she will make the arrangements if there is sufficient interest.

TIKKUN OLAM

 Join us and become involved in helping refugees. There will be a Beth El Refugee Training Session on Monday June 26, at 7:00 pm in the Zahler Social Hall. Contact Michael Kieval with questions and to RSVP.

YOUTH

USY ENCAMPMENT/KAMP KADIMA (RISING 6th – 12th GRADERS)

 Spend August 21-27 with other Jewish 6th-12th graders and have the opportunity to make over 200 new friends from across Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and North Carolina, while having the time of your life!! Highlights include a day trip to Hershey Park, a day-long Maccabiah (color war) with sports, wacky relays, and song and banner competitions, a luau/pool party, ropes/challenge course activities, bonfire and song sessions, a community service project, leadership training activities, a beautiful and fun Shabbat experience, games, sports, arts and crafts, free time, and more. Registration is $690 which includes round trip transportation, six nights at camp, all meals, a day at Hershey Park, a camp t-shirt, and a week full of activities making memories that will last a lifetime!!! We also offer a 10% sibling discount. Payment plans and scholarship assistance are available. Click here to get more information and to register. http://seaboardusy.org/calendar/usy-encampment-kamp-kadima-2017/

COMMUNITY NOTES

CAMP SHORESH STAFF NEEDED

Camp Shoresh is looking for one staff person, male or female, to work on their challenge course this summer. Must commit to seven weeks starting Monday, June 26. Will be trained. Daily bus transportation available between the camp site and Beth El. For further information, please contact camp director Rabbi Dave Finkelstein.

CAMP RAMAH IN NEW ENGLAND PROSPECTIVE FAMILY DAY

Join Camp Ramah in New England for Prospective Family Day from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 16, or Sunday, July 30. See for yourself where all of the Ramah magic happens!  Check out the beautiful lake, refurbished tennis courts and sports fields, newly designed arts and crafts and woodworking studios, thrilling ropes and adventure course, and so much more.  Tour the spacious bunks and see where campers eat, pray, and play!  Learn about the unique Jewish education program that enables 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 and tell you about the extraordinary opportunities that await your child at Camp Ramah.   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.

FREE ON-LINE HEBREW COURSES AVAILABLE TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBRARY CARD HOLDERS

Want to learn or improve your Modern Hebrew skills? Two free full-length courses are available online to anyone with a Montgomery County library card: Mango Languages and Rosetta Stone. These courses may be found at https://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/elibrary/languages. Use your library card number to gain access to the Hebrew courses and those in dozens of other languages.