Weekly Announcements

HIGHLIGHTS

LUNCH AND LEARN ONLINE

Get ready for Pesach! Lunch and learn online studying with Hazzan Matthew Klein on Wednesday, March 22, at 12:00 pm. On Wednesday, March 29, you can study with Rabbi Fabian Werbin, and on Wednesday, April 5, with our shaliach, Itsik Sayag. For information and to RSVP, contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316.

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

As our parents age, we worry about how 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 at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

B’NAI MITZVAH MEETING

Don’t miss this important meeting on Sunday, March 26, at 10:00 am for parents of children who will become B’nai Mitzvah from September 2018 through August 2019.  Learn about core planning items, including tutors, family participation, kiddush, receptions, etc.  Key materials will be distributed.

BETH EL BOOK CHAT

Join us on Sunday March 26, at 11:30 am to discuss “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. For further information, please contact Margery London or Robin Jacobson.

CHUG KRIAH: HEBREW LITERATURE READING GROUP

On Sunday, March 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 or Neil Schechter.

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

All STEM professionals and other interested individuals 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.

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Please join us on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00 pm, to approve the recommendation of both the Board and Search Committee to hire Asa Fradkin as Beth El’s next hazzan, effective July 2017. All members in good standing (i.e. dues and tuition paid through at least the end of February 2017) are eligible to vote, with each adult in the household (excluding adult children) having one vote. Please try to attend this short but extremely important meeting.

#JEWSFORREFUGEES ASSEMBLY GREATER DC CALLS FOR WELCOME

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 pm at Adas Israel (2850 Quebec St NW, Washington, DC), join Beth El’s ToBe Refugee Committee, HIAS, and other delegations and congregations around the area to sound a rallying cry to the leadership of our country to continue welcoming those seeking refuge. RSVPs are required; please go to https://www.hias.org/events/jewsforrefugees-assembly.

UPSHERIN: “BEHOLD, MAN IS LIKE A TREE OF THE FIELD” (Deuteronomy 20:18)

The Torah compares a person to a tree. A person and a tree grow from a small seed, extend branches, reach maturity, and bear fruit. During the first three years of a tree’s life, its fruits may not be cut for use. So too, David Werbin’s hair was not cut during his first three years. With joy and gratitude to Hashem, Rabbi Fabian and Patricia Werbin take great pleasure in inviting you to the Upsherin (Yiddish for cutting hair)/third birthday celebration of their son, David, on Sunday, April 2, at 4:00 pm, at Beth El. No gifts please. If you wish, in lieu of presents, please send a donation to Beth El Preschool and/or Beth El General Fund. Coffee and cakes will be served. Please RSVP to rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316.

ISRAEL DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES

Aaron David Miller is one of America’s leading Middle East experts and served both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State for more than two decades, formulating policy and advising on Arab-Israeli negotiations. He will speak at Beth El on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 pm, on “Migraines and Root Canals: Welcome to the Middle East, President Trump.” Mr. Miller is 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 is free of charge. A reception will follow. For more information, please contact Larry Sidman.

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 March 26 through March 30, assignments are for those families with surnames from Lavine to Levine. 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 Wednesdays through April 5 will be at 8:20 pm due to Scolnic Adult Institute classes in session.

GOOD DEEDS DAY

Beth El is participating in a Washington, DC, community-wide Good Deeds Day on Sunday, April 2. At Beth El:

  • Blood Drive: An INOVA mobile donation center will be in the parking lot from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Jack Ventura jack.ventura@verizon.net to schedule your appointment.
  • Cooking for Shepherd’s Table: Join Sisterhood/Zhava from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in our community effort to provide food for the local homeless population. Please RSVP to sisterhoodevent@bethelmc.org.
  • New Bath Towel/Washcloth Collection: Donate new bath towels and washcloths in the Beth El lobby from 9:00 am to Noon for the Greentree Shelter, located in Bethesda at the National Center for Children and Women.
  • B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E./JSSA Holiday Basket Delivery: Volunteer to deliver Passover baskets to hundreds of needy Jewish families in the Washington, DC area. Drivers will pick up 4 or 5 bags at Beth El after 9:00 am and deliver them by 1:00 pm to locations that JSSA will designate and for which driving directions will be provided. To volunteer, please contact Jack Ventura at jack.ventura@verizon.net or 301-593-1872 (h) or 301-437-1872 (c). To support the project financially, mail a check (payable to B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E.) to B’nai B’rith Project H.O.P.E., PO Box 4488, Silver Spring, MD 20901, or donate online by going to: http://www.jssa.org/holidaybaskets.
  • Knit/Crochet Project: Sponsored by Zhava/Sisterhood craft group. Join us from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm to make knitted knockers for breast cancer patients (www.knittedknockers.org).
  • Chametz Food Collection: As you clean out your pantries for Pesach, don’t forget our neighbors in need. Donations of chametz are welcomed and encouraged. Boxes will be in the Beth El lobby the week of March 27 – April 2, and all donations will be given to Bethesda Cares. No matzah please!
  • Electronics Collection for Recycling: A list of acceptable electronics donations can be found here: www.tinyurl.com/joaglsp. Erase hard drives if important to you. Please, no microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, or smoke detectors. If your items work and are current, please donate them to A Wider Circle or elsewhere.

Register online: www.shalomdc.org/BethElGoodDeedsDay. For more information on Beth El’s Good Deeds Day events, contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352. For more information of what’s going on community-wide, click here.

KOL FOODS PASSOVER BUYING CLUB IS BACK

For Passover, KOL Foods is bringing their 100% grass-fed glatt kosher meat to town at super-low shipping costs through a Buying Club. Just order here and select the Buying Club as your shipping method. Flat-rate shipping means: the more you buy, the more you save.  The order deadline for the Passover Club is Monday, April 3, with delivery on Wednesday, April 5, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm right here at Beth El.

MUSIC & ME WITH CELLIST ZUILL BAILEY

Do you play a musical instrument? Are you interested in music? Bring your child to a “chat and play” with world-renown cellist and music educator Zuill Bailey on Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 pm, at Beth El. Hear Zuill and Hazzan Matthew Klein talk about things like practicing, life as a musician, and how to get excited about music. All children who RSVP will also go home with a personalized piece of Jewish sheet music to add to their repertoire. Please RSVP online by Thursday, April 6, at www.bethelmc.org/music-and-me. Zuill Bailey’s participation is provided courtesy of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore.

GOVERNMENT/LOBBYIST PROFESSIONAL AFFINITY GROUP

We are starting a new professional affinity group at Beth El for government/lobbyist professionals. Following the success of similar groups at Beth El, we will get together for networking and learning. Our first meeting will be on Sunday, April 23, at 10:00 am, at La Madeleine, 7607 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. For the first meeting, Rabbi Harris will be joining us. RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569 ext. 352.

SENATOR BEN CARDIN SPEAKING AT BETH EL

Please join us on Monday, April 24, at 7:00 pm as Senator Ben Cardin discusses immigration and refugees. After his opening remarks, Senator Cardin will engage in a discussion with attorney and Beth El congregant Ken Levine, followed by a question and answer session. A reception will follow the program. Senator Ben Cardin is the senior senator from Maryland and the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Free event. Open to the public. For more information, contact Linda Segal.

THE SECOND ANNUAL SONDRA D. BENDER COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS HONORING ORDINARY PEOPLE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS

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 $1 million in the first two years alone, has enabled thousands of underprivileged kids to enjoy athletic activities.
  • Rob Fersh, president and founder, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, promotes consensus solutions for major societal issues of domestic and international import. Previously, Rob served as president of the Food Research and Action Center.
  • Gina Polley, Deputy Chief Counsel for Maryland Legal Aid, formerly led the creation of the Montgomery County Legal Aid office and served as its Chief Attorney. Prior to coming to Maryland, she was the Managing Attorney for Legal Aid in the Detroit area. Training and supervising attorneys has been her focus in all three positions.
  • Tali Brown, a recent bat mitzvah, supports of the work of the non-profit Comfort Cases as her mitzvah project, helping through both one-time events and ongoing activities to provide backpacks of essentials to children ages 1 – 18 who are in the foster care system.

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.

“BEFORE THE FLOOD”

Enjoy a free pizza dinner followed by Leonardo DiCaprio’s film Before the Flood on Sunday, April 30. Dinner starts at 5:45 pm, film starts at 6:15 pm, followed by a discussion at 8:00 pm. The 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. This inspiring film not only underscores the urgency of acting on climate, it shows that there is hope for our world and our future. Please reply with number of people attending (for pizza ordering) to Beth El Green Tikkun at greentikkun@bethelmc.org. Everyone is welcome even without advance RSVP. Hosted by Green Tikkun Committee.

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 served basis. Space is limited. The tentative duration of the trip is 10 days. RSVP to rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316. The first information meeting is on Sunday, May 21, at 12:00 pm.

SHABBAT HOSPITALITY

Volunteer homes are needed to offer Shabbat hospitality (sleeping arrangements and a possible meal) for shomer Shabbat visitors to Beth El. If you are willing to participate in the mitzvah of hachnassat orchim, please contact Marilyn Hammerman.

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.

ToBE: TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL

Update from Linda Segal, chair, Refugee Outreach Committee: We have been discussing ways for interested congregants to become involved in helping refugees. Sponsoring a refugee family requires a one-year commitment to help resettle a family in an apartment and to assist with needs such as tutoring, transportation, and rental assistance until the family becomes self-sufficient. An article about these efforts will be included in the March Scroll (page 12) that was mailed, and online. Watch the announcements for news and details on plans for home dinners, advocacy, and speakers. See www.bethelmc.org/qoX3h for the latest updates on new social action projects and collections. Contact Sheryl R. Miller, ToBE chair, to become involved or to add your project to Beth El’s growing list of upcoming social action programs.

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, or by appointment.

Volunteer to work in the shop and receive a 10% discount on your purchases you make during your shift.

EDUCATION

BEPS OPEN HOUSE

Will your child be two by September? Now is the time to think about their first school experience. Learn about the fantastic program that Beth El Preschool (BEPS) has to offer on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 pm. You will meet the director, see the classrooms, learn about our educational philosophy, and hear about the active preschool community at this Open House. Contact Lynn Pikovsky at LPikovsky@bethelmc.org to RSVP or to inquire about our program.

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

JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, DC WALKING TOUR

All Nubeens are invited to join a Jewish Historical Society of Washington, DC, walking tour of H Street NE on Sunday, April 30. More than 75 Jewish-owned businesses once lined H Street NE. Learn about our immigrant roots and Jewish history in this rapidly changing neighborhood. The 1 – 1½ hour tour will begin at 2:00 pm at the CVS located at 645 H Street, NE (corner of 7th), Washington, DC, and end at 14th and H Street NE. We plan to meet for coffee and snacks afterwards. The cost is $15.00 per person. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, March 27. Please note, a check made payable to Lori Ross must be received in order to hold your spot (check mailing address provided upon RSVP).

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. 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.

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

Come to the Men’s Club for breakfast on Sunday, March 26, at 9:30 am in Zahler Social Hall, following the 9:00 am minyan. At 10:00 am, congregant Roy Niedermayer, an attorney, will speak about identity theft. Roy will discuss why identity theft should be taken seriously, how it can be prevented, and how to minimize the possibility of it happening to you.

HEARING MEN’S VOICES

All Beth El men are invited to participate in this monthly discussion group specifically for men on Thursday, April 6, at 8:30 pm. Barry Friedman will be leading the discussion on “Once a Parent, Always a Parent”. For more information, please contact Jon Shields.

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN TO COMMEMORATE YOM HASHOAH (HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY)

During March and April, the Men’s Club is conducting its annual campaign to commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). We will be distributing yellow candles and urging congregants to light them when Yom HaShoah begins on the evening of Sunday, April 23, and allow them to burn for 24 hours.

PASSOVER HIGHLIGHTS

PASSOVER BEGINS MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 10, AND ENDS TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 18

SELLING OF CHAMETZ

During the week of Passover, it is forbidden, according to Jewish tradition, to eat chametz or even to own the chametz that has been put away in your home. Therefore, we annually observe the custom of Mechirat Chametz, selling the chametz to someone who is not bound by Jewish law.  If you would like to have Rabbi Harris sell your chametz, be sure to mail or drop off the form (available in the March Scroll) so that it is received by 9:00 am on Monday, April 10.  Donations are also being accepted for Maot Chittim, feeding the hungry. Please make checks payable to Congregation Beth El.

SIYYUM FOR THE FIRSTBORN

On Monday, April 10, at 7:15 am, the Morning Minyan will include a brief study session so that firstborn can eat that day, and a special breakfast honoring our firstborn will follow. Our sincere thanks to Debby and Menachem Shoham who are sponsoring the Siyyum in memory of Sy and Barbara Wolf, Abraham and Sarah Krupsaw, Abraham and Dora Wolf, Mildred Hecht, and Israel Shoham.

CONGREGATIONAL SEDER

Our annual Second Seder will take place on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 pm, following the festival evening service at 6:30 pm. Seder RSVP deadline is Monday, April 3, or the first 150 people, whichever comes first. Reservation forms can be found in the March Scroll. Reservation forms should be mailed/dropped off with a check, payable to Beth El, to 8215 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Attention: Congregational Seder. Registration is also available online at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/congregational-seder-5777/.

CAFÉ PESACH

Tired of eating at home every night during Passover? Join us on Friday, April 14, at 7:00 pm, following the 6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service, for a delicious meal. RSVP deadline is Wednesday, April 5.  Reservation forms can be found in the March Scroll. Mail a check, payable to Beth El, to 8215 Old Georgetown Road; Bethesda, Maryland 20814, Attention: Café Pesach. Online registration is available at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/cafe-pesach-2017/.

PESACH YIZKOR BOOK LISTING

The Beth El Pesach Yizkor Book will be available at the morning Festival services on Tuesday, April 18. To have a listing included, please return the appropriate form to Beth El by Monday, April 3.  Forms are available in the March Scroll.

HACHNASSAT ORCHIM

Do you have extra room at your Seder table?  If you would like to perform the mitzvah of hachnassat orchim (welcoming of guests) and open your home to one or more individuals for a seder, or if you would like to be invited to the home of another congregant for a seder, please contact Hattie Goodman in the Beth El Office at 301-652-2606 or hgoodman@bethelmc.org.

PURCHASE YOUR PASSOVER GROCERIES AND SUPPORT BETH EL

Regardless of where you buy your Passover supplies – Moti’s Market, Shalom, Giant, or Shoppers – you can do your shopping and support Beth El without any additional cost to you.  Just purchase gift cards/scrip for any of these stores at Beth El.  You receive full face value and Beth El receives 5% from each store.  This is an easy but important component of our fundraising; for more information, call the office at 301-652-2606, ext. 304.

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 Monday, March 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.

DOR L’DOR

There will be no Dor L’Dor program in April (due to spring break and Passover). It will resume on Thursday, May 11, at 12:00 pm.

SENIOR CAUCUS BROWN BAG LUNCH

Bring a dairy or pareve brown bag lunch and join the Senior Caucus on Thursday, March 23 and 30, at 12:00 pm, to socialize with your friends and enjoy refreshments and dessert.

ROUNDTABLE WITH THE RABBI

On Wednesday, April 5, at 2:00 pm, celebrate with the Senior Caucus as we honor April birthdays with desserts, coffee, and an inspiring discussion. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of Annette Moshman.

SENIOR CAUCUS LUNCHEON PROGRAM

Lunch starts at 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20. Following lunch, our guest speaker, Jim Resnick from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, will present “Spring into Safety.” He will cover tips to keep you safe both in and out of your home. Everything from fall prevention to smoke alarms will be explained. This presentation will be shocking and stimulating. Cost of lunch is $10. To RSVP for lunch, contact Ricardo Munster Wednesday morning, April 19, at 301-652-2606, ext. 316 or rmunster@bethelmc.org. The program itself is free and begins after lunch. This program is made possible in part through the generosity of Annette Moshman.

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, March 28, at 7:45 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. Please note slightly later meeting time so that participants may attend the special congregational meeting at 7:00 pm.

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, at 7:30 pm.

ZHAVA MOVIE SCREENING OF “EMBRACE”

Another chance to see “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.

MAH JONGG

Join us (almost) every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.  Beginning and experienced players welcome!  RSVP to Nancy Kay at nanseak@starpower.net. 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.

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

BONIM (K – 2ND GRADE) – DANCE PARTY

Dance your way into spring at the Dance Party, Sunday, March 26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Music, lights, and games. Cost is $10. Make sure to send a dairy or parve and nut-free lunch. RSVP to Tali Moscowitz at Bonim@bethelmc.org.

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.

COMMUNITY NOTES

JSSA HOSPICE AND TRANSITIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED***

JSSA, a nonsectarian 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 cmyatt@jssa.org.

CAMP SHORESH IS NOW PICKING UP AND DROPPING OFF AT BETH EL

Camp Shoresh will now have an 8:00 am pick up and a 4:45 pm (2:45 pm on Fridays) drop off in the Beth El parking lot! Shoresh is a Jewish day camp with an overnight feel. It has sports fields, challenge courses, a pool and water slide, arts and crafts, woodworking, a game room, nature hikes, archery, and mini-golf. Field trips include going to Guppy Gulch and Hershey Park. Transportation is with a coach bus (air conditioned and bathroom) that shows movies to and from camp each day. Please see http://www.shoresh.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/brochure-and-application-for-web.pdf to register and learn more about the camp. For questions, please contact Rochelle Fink at rochelle.fink@gmail.com or 202-403-1996. You can also contact Camp Shoresh at 410-358-8571 or shoresh@shoresh.com.