Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week of October 19, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

ROSH CHODESH GROUP 

Sisterhood’s monthly Rosh Chodesh group meets this evening, Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 pm. It is open to all women members of Beth El, and coordinated and led by Adjunct Rabbi Mindy Portnoy. Enjoy an evening of learning, discussion, and sisterhood among a varied group of women. We will read several texts about the month of Cheshvan and an article about the Talmud’s view of “sanctuary cities”. Contact Rabbi Mindy Portnoy at breenport@gmail.com  for information.

BREAKFAST WITH A BEDOUIN ENTREPRENEUR***

The Washington Forum for Israeli Arab Issues, of which Rabbi Rudolph is a co-chair, invites congregants to a private meeting at Beth El on Friday, October 20, at 8:30 am, with a fascinating Bedouin entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Tamar Center (see mtamar.org.il). Ibrahim Nsasra will be in DC and ready to discuss the work Tamar is doing to bridge the socio-economic gaps between Bedouins and the rest of Israeli society through education.  No charge for the breakfast, but you must reserve in advance at wrudolph@bethelmc.org.

 A TASTE OF SHABBAT FOR BABIES BIRTH TO 2 YEARS OLD

Babies (0–2 years) and their caregivers are welcome to our new Ta’am Shel Shabbat (A Taste of Shabbat) for singing and dancing with Shabbat flavor led by Kim Lausin, Director of Beth El Preschool.  This new activity will take place on Fridays at 9:30 am starting October 20 and follow the Beth El Preschool calendar.  The program is free and Beth El membership not required.  No RSVP necessary.  For information, please contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569 ext. 352.

KOL HANESHAMA SERVICE – cancelled

 This Friday, October 20, the Kol Haneshema service is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.  A regular Friday evening minyan will be held in the chapel at 6:30 pm. Please join us for the Kol Haneshama service next month on November 17 at 6:30 pm.

ISRAEL MEDIA SERIES

 Our 2017-18 series starts on Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 pm in the Zahler Social Hall. It’s a great way to begin the New Year and to come together with old and new friends.  As always, the charge is only $5 for the movie and unlimited refreshments. A better bargain can’t be had anywhere else.  Our first film, Ajami, explores five different stories set in an impoverished Christian and Muslim Arab neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Ajami won the Ophir Award for Best Film of 2009 and was the first predominantly Arabic-language film submitted by Israel for the American Academy Award.  Future IMS dates are November 18, December 30, January 20, February 17, March 17, and April 21.

 SISTERHOOD WOMEN’S SHABBATON

Pray, eat, learn, and play with Beth El women as we celebrate Shabbat together on November 11 at Beth El from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm.  Spend a spiritual Shabbat exploring your connection to the most important Jewish holiday.  Regardless of your level of observance, knowledge, and years at Beth El, this program will help you build connections and strengthen friendships among Beth El women.  Advance registration is required by Monday, October 23; $45 for Sisterhood/Zhava members includes all meals and programming/$50 for nonmembers. Registration information is on the Beth El website or in the Beth El lobby.  If you have questions, please contact co-chairs Susan Jerison or Michelle Hainbach.

BETH EL GALA FEATURING MENTALIST GUY BAVLI

 Don’t miss seeing Guy Bavli perform at Beth El! Mark your calendars for Saturday evening, December 9, 8:00 pm. and join us at this amazing fun-raising and fund-raising annual event. Dessert reception follows. Invitations have been mailed.

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 October 22-26, assignments are for those families with surnames from Gips through Golden. 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. On Wednesday, October 25, evening minyan is at 8:20 pm due to the Scolnic Institute classes.

 MINYAN CHAVERIM Join this spirited and participatory service on Saturday, October 21, at 9:30 am when congregants of all ages help lead prayers, read Torah, and facilitate our lively discussions about the weekly Torah portion. We are a warm and inclusive community, meeting on the third Shabbat of each month. A potluck lunch hosted at a nearby home follows the service and main Shabbat kiddush.  For further information, contact us at minyanchaverim@bethelmc.org.

LAWYERS AFFINITY BREAKFAST

All lawyers are welcome to join Rabbi Greg Harris and fellow Beth El lawyers on Thursday, October 26, at 8:30 am (doors open at 8:00 am for breakfast and schmoozing) for a morning of learning and community building at the law offices of Offit Kurman, 4800 Montgomery Lane, 9th Floor, Bethesda. Special thanks to congregant Ed Bloom for hosting. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org.

 AGE AND STAGE PRESENTS: PARENTING WITHOUT THE POWER STRUGGLES

Parenting can feel like one big power struggle. What fuels it and how do we deal with it? At this workshop on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 pm, parents can discuss the power struggles they are experiencing, and learn how to minimize and prevent them. This session will be led by Ellen Levin, LCSW-C, LICSW, the JSSA Synagogue Liaison for Beth El. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialty in children and families, and over 20 years’ experience working with children from preschoolers through high schoolers. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

CHARLES E SMITH JEWISH DAY SCHOOL PARLOR MEETING

 Join us at a private home on Monday, October 30, 7:30 – 9:00 pm for an engaging evening for the Beth El community to learn more about the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Learn about why we love CESJDS, our longstanding relationship with the school, and why we are so excited to send our children there in the future.  Administrators and current CESJDS parents will be present to discuss the extraordinary academics and extracurricular programs. Please RSVP to Jenna Schilit, jennaschilit@gmail.com for address.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Being a caregiver is a hard job. Join our support group for caregivers on Tuesday, November 7 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 interested, please RSVP to Tricia Sachs.

ANNUAL FRESHMAN MOM’S DINNER 

If you are the mom of a current college freshman, regardless if it’s your first, middle, or last, join us on Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 pm, at La Panetteria (4921 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda) for dinner. Cocktails and schmoozing begin at 6:30 pm, with dinner at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

BETH EL SCIENTISTS IN SYNAGOGUES – Life and Meaning in a Magnificent Universe: An Astronomers Perspective.

Please join the STEM Professionals Affinity Group on Sunday, November 12, at 10:00 am as we welcome Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Senior astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.  She is also the Director of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.  This program is co-sponsored by Men’s Club and the Beth El Stem Professional Affinity Group.

 CAMP RAMAH INFORMATION MEETING

 Learn more about Camp Ramah New England on Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm at Beth El. Hear how Ramah’s rich and varied program offers campers the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop lifelong 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.

KOL FOODS THANKSGIVING BUYING CLUB

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey that is true to the Thanksgiving spirit!  KOL Foods sells pastured, ethically raised, humanely treated, environmentally sound kosher turkeys. Order now through the Bethesda Buying Club for super-cheap shipping: $12 flat fee per order. Order at www.kolfoods.com and select the Bethesda Buying Club as the shipping method. The more you buy, the more you save. The order deadline for the Thanksgiving Club is Monday, November 13, with delivery on Thursday, November 16, right here at Beth El.

LOBBYIST/GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AFFINITY GROUP***

All lobbyists and government relations professionals are invited to our next affinity group meeting on Sunday, November 19, at 10:00 am at Beth El. Following the success of similar professional groups at Beth El, we will get together for networking and learning. Hazzan Asa Fradkin will join us for this session. Please RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569 ext. 352.

5TH TIMERS ISRAEL TRIP WITH RABBI HARRIS

Have you been to Israel many times and looking for a different experience? This will be the trip for you!  Designed specifically for “empty nesters” and “5th timers”, this unique trip is not to be missed. Add your name to the list of people going on this special trip. For more information, contact Rabbi Harris at gharris@bethelmc.org. Trip date is March 4 – 15, 2018.

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. The last available date in 2017 is December 23. 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

BETH EL EMPTY NESTERS (BEENs)

BEENS OUTING TO THE BARNES COLLECTION

BEENs (Beth El Empty Nesters) invite all BEENS, NuBEENS, singles, and any other empty nesters on an outing to the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 12, departing at 8:00 am and returning at 6:00 pm via coach bus.  Rabbi Rudolph and Gail Fribush will be with us as we tour The Barnes, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings, with especially deep holdings in Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Assembled by Dr. Albert C. Barnes between 1912 and 1951, and newly housed downtown, this is considered the most creative art arrangement ever seen. Includes docent overview of the collection and the history of Dr. Barnes, followed by self-guided touring before and after lunch (on your own).  Cost is $75/person and includes bus, Barnes admission, and docent overview. Deadline to register is Monday, October 30, at 12:00 noon. For registration or questions, contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org.

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, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  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.

BETH EL PRESCHOOL (BEPS)

 BEPS OPEN HOUSE

 BEPS is already planning for the 2018-19 school year!  See our preschool in action. Our next two open houses are on Thursday, November 9, 9:30 am, and Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 pm.  For info, call the preschool at 301-652-8569, ext. 307.

 THE BEPS BASH

 Mark your calendars and join the women of Beth El Preschool and Zhava as we co-host the BEPS BASH on Thursday, November 16, at 7:30 pm at Beth El. There will be cocktails, noshing, raffles, and shopping to get in the holiday spirit.  Vendors will bring jewelry, clothing for women and kids, accessories gifts for the home, Judaica and more!  There is something for everyone and will be a night to remember.  For more information or to register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beps-bash-tickets-38497599356.

EDUCATION

 RABBI SAMUEL SCOLNIC ADULT INSTITUTE – FALL 2017

 Classes just began this week, so it’s not too late to register for classes at the Rabbi Samuel Scolnic Adult Institute.  Tuesday morning classes begin at 10:00 am and Wednesday evening classes begin at 7:30 pm. Just arrive about 30 minutes earlier and sign up at the table in the Gallery.

 CHUG KRIAH: HEBREW LITERATURE READING GROUP

 Join us on Sunday, October 29, at 2:00 pm. Under the leadership of Dr. Band, we will complete our discussion of Yoram Kaniuk’s novel about Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, “Tashach.” Our next book will be an unusual love story by Amos Oz, Ha-Besorah Al Pi Yehuda.  The Chug welcomes new participants. For further information, please contact Bill Kanter at kanterdsw@aol.com or Neil Schechter at 410-370-7805.

 A TASTE OF TALMUD

A Taste of Talmud: 8:15 am – Library. This class, taught by Adjunct Rabbi David Abramson, meets (almost) every Tuesday morning year-round at approximately 8:15 am following morning minyan. There is no fee.  All are welcome.

LIBRARY

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

MEN’S CLUB

MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST

 On Sunday, October 22, join Men’s Club for breakfast at 9:30 am followed at 10:00 am by congregant Sid Groeneman discussing his new book, “American Sports Fans and Their Teams: Who Roots for Whom and Why.”

SORTING FOOD AT MANNA FOOD CENTER

Join Men’s Club on Monday, October 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, as we help sort food at the Manna Food Center. We are looking for dads, moms, sons, and daughters to help out. Contact Jonathan Epstein at jonathan.epstein@hklaw.com or 301-928-4820 to sign up.  Children 10 and older are welcome and SSL credit is available.

HEARING MEN’S VOICES

Thursday, November 2: 8:30 pm – Family Room. Join us when Hazzan Asa Fradkin will lead a discussion on “Nusach: Do Our Melodies Move You?” All men are welcome to this monthly discussion group. Further details are available from jonshields100@gmail.com.

 DOWNTOWN MONTHLY LUNCH MEETUP

Come have lunch at Shouk (655 K St NW, https://shouk.com), DC’s new-ish Israeli-owned, Israeli-style vegan restaurant. Join Men’s Club members on Thursday, November 9, at 12:00 noon. This monthly meetup is an informal way to get socialize and play backgammon (they have boards on the tables!) downtown during the work week. Please RSVP to Dan Bender at danieljbender@gmail.com. The cost is only that of your meal.

SCROLL

WHAT DID YOU SEE OR DO IN ISRAEL?

The Scroll, Beth El’s award-winning monthly newsletter, wants to hear your stories.  Please send us 300 words or less on something special or unusual you saw or did when you went to Israel.  Beth El’s president, Larisa Trainor, and secretary Michele Friedman kicked off this series of articles in the October issue.  Since the synagogue’s theme for the year is Israel, we will be accepting articles on this topic all year long.  Please send your submission to scroll@bethelmc.org.

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.

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

WHAT IF? GETTING ORGANIZED FOR LIFE!

 Leah Nichaman returns on Sunday, October 22, at 10:00 am to address the process of making a list of key financial information so that if something happens, the people who need the information will have it at their fingertips. This will enable attendees to identify issues in their financial life that need to be addressed and to take action before the issues become problems. RSVP at Sisterhoodevent@bethelmc.org.  Leah Nichaman is the daughter of long-time congregant, Rhoda Nichaman, and founder and president of Everyday Money Management.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA MEMBERSHIP DINNER

 Join us on Sunday, November 5, at 6:30 pm for a fun evening of socializing and delicious food by Margie Litman. This year, the Torah Fund Award will be presented to Susan King. Cost: $18/person. Please send your check to Beth El Sisterhood. RSVP by October 27. Click here to register online: https://www.bethelmc.org/events/sisterhood-membership-dinner/.  For information or if you have any questions, contact Linda Herman at lindaherman1229@gmail.com.

 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.

ToBE TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL

 SAVE THE DATE!

Beth El Mitzvah Day will take place on Sunday, October 29.  Please join us by helping those in need in our community and beyond. There is a wide array of meaningful projects and collection drives for all ages and interests, including food and clothing drives, a bicycle collection, a blood drive, musical concerts at the Hebrew Home, and many more!  Look for the list at www.bethelmc.org/social-action and in the Scroll. To register, email the captain of the project of your choice. During these challenging times, let’s mobilize our Beth El community into action. For other info, please contact co-chairs Donna Shimshi or Jon Polon.

TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL’S REFUGEE RESPONSE TEAM

Beth El has filed an application to adopt a refugee family and help them become self-sufficient in our community.  We have established six subcommittees: Employment, Food and Clothing, Housing and Furnishings, Transportation, Financial Planning, and Welcome. To get involved, please email Refugee Response Co-Chair Michael Kieval.

TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL: INVENTORY OF BETH EL’S SOCIAL ACTION ACTIVITIES

 Thanks to congregant Fran Rubin, the ToBE Task Force has posted a comprehensive inventory of about 90 social action activities that occur at Beth El throughout the year. There is information for each project, categorized by areas of interest. The inventory also includes a Beth El contact for each activity, as well as links to the organizations with which Beth El partners. The categories include helping the homeless, environment, Israel, school children, those hospitalized in our community, and many more.  If you are interested in any of these projects, please get in touch with the Beth El contact listed on the ToBE Inventory.  Click here to see the inventory: www.bethelmc.org/social-action/opportunities.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

KADIMA (6th-7th GRADES) 8TH GRADERS INVITED AS WELL.

Fall Kadima Kallah, October 27-29, at Sandy Hill Camp and Retreat Center, is a time for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from all over the Seaboard Region (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.) to get together and make new friends, participate in fun games and amazing activities, experience Judaism, and have a fantastic time!  In addition to all of our regular Kallah activities, there will be our incredible Kadima Extravaganza on Saturday night, complete with a bonfire and s’mores!  Click here for information. http://seaboardusy.org/calendar/fall-kadima-kallah-2017/.

BONIM (K-2)

 Come to our Mitzvah Day Project on Sunday, October 29, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. The children will make stuffed animals for kids staying at the NIH Children’s Inn.  Help us put smiles on their faces.  There’s nothing like giving kids with potentially life-threatening illnesses a brand new stuffed animal.  Cost is $10.  Please rsvp to Bonim@bethelmc.org.

MACHAR (3RD-5TH)

 Join us for our Mitzvah Day Project on Sunday, October 29, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.  We are making no-sew blankets for kids staying at the Greentree Shelter.  Winter is coming and we want the kids and families at the Greentree Shelter to be warm. Cost is $10 to cover the materials.  Please rsvp to Machar@bethelmc.org.

JEWISH BOY SCOUTS TROOP 1800

Do you enjoy backpacking trips, hiking, overnight camping trips, and movie nights?  Do you want to learn wilderness survival, independence, and responsibil­ity? Then join the Jewish Boy Scouts!  We are open to boys starting in sixth grade. Troop 1800 meets at Beth El on the first and third Monday evenings of each month from 7:15 to 8:30 pm during the school year, except on holidays. Kosher meals are served on all camping trips. You do not need to be Jewish to join the troop. For more information, contact Marsha Liss or just come and check us out.

COMMUNITY NOTES

THE GENERATION AFTER***

The Washington area organization for Holocaust survivors and their descendants is sponsoring its annual Fall Tea at Beth El on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, featuring “Gina Roitman in Conversation with Esther Safran Foer.” Ms. Roitman, author of Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth, was born in 1948 in a DP camp in Germany and is the co-producer of a documentary entitled My Mother, the Nazi Midwife, and Me, parts of which will be screened at the Tea. Ms. Foer is the founding CEO of Sixth & I historic synagogue in Washington, DC. The program will be followed with a book signing and a reception. On Monday, October 23, 7:00-9:30 pm, Ms. Roitman, will hold a writer’s workshop at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville “Unpacking the Suitcase; Uncovering the Past.” Registration information is available on The Generation After’s web site, www.genafterdc.com. The fee for each event is $15 for Generation After paid-up members and $20 for non-members.

ISRAEL AND THE DRIVERLESS CAR: THE FUTURE IS NOW!***

Learn about the recent INTEL acquisition of MobilEye, an Israeli company that makes crucial technology for driverless cars.  Hear how this partnership will revolutionize the autonomous vehicle market and the ways it can enhance your quality of life through greater mobility and independence for people of all abilities.  MobileEye executive, Gene Gurevich, will be interviewed on stage by Beacon Publisher, Stuart Rosenthal, on Sunday, October 22, 2:00 – 2:30 pm at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. This free event also provides vision screenings, exhibits and refreshments beginning at 1:00 pm. RSVP to Debbie at 301-348-3760 or email adults@benderjccgw.org. This event is co-sponsored by Lions International, Israeli American Council, Beacon Newspapers, and the Bender JCC of Greater Washington.

RETIRE YOUR WAY – PLAN NOW FOR SUCCESS

 Join us on Sunday, October 29, at 9:30 am at the Hebrew Home for a bagel brunch and workshop on retirement. What comes to mind when you hear the word “retirement?” Does it heighten anxiety or make you excited for your future? In this lively workshop with Lizabeth Wagger, Wealth Management Advisor, and Amy K. Harbison, CPCC, ACC, learn what you need to ask yourself and find out what resources and tools you can use now to understand and develop your own whole-life thoughts and plans around how to live your best life in retirement. To register: Click Here

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS,  SONG OF SONGS LECTURE

 On Monday, October 30, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Professor Gary Rendsburg of Rutgers University will lecture on Song of Songs. Following the lecture there will be a display of the Library’s rare books relating to the Song of Songs. This is free and open to the public. Professor Rendsburg serves as the Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History at Rutgers University and teaches in the Department of Jewish Studies and the Department of History.  His teaching and research focus on ancient Israel, primarily language and literature.

19TH WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL***

 The WJMF returns November 2 through November 12 with an exciting line-up of concerts showcasing the diaspora of global Jewish music. The Festival spans genres including hip-hop, classical, cantorial, jazz and bossa nova. Visit WJMF.ORG for a full listing of events and to purchase tickets.

 

 

For further information on Beth El activities, be sure to check our website, www.bethelmc.org.