Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week of April 20, 2018

GENERAL BETH EL INFORMATION

BETH EL MEMBER PORTAL

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

 GOOD DEEDS DAY

 On Sunday, April 29, join more than two million volunteers around the world for this day of service. Roll up your sleeves and make an impact through a variety of hands-on volunteer projects including:

BLOOD DRIVE

 An INOVA mobile donation center will be available in the Beth El parking lot from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Contact Jack Ventura at jack.ventura@verizon.net to schedule your appointment.

COOKING FOR SHEPHERD’S TABLE

 Join Sisterhood/Zhava from 9:30 am to noon in our community effort to provide food for the local homeless population. Or you can cook at home and bring the food to Beth El. Please RSVP to sisterhoodevent@bethelmc.org  or online at shalomdc.org/bethelshepherdsgdd2018.

NEW TOWEL/WASHCLOTH COLLECTION

 Donate new washcloths and bath towels in the Beth El lobby from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for the Greentree Shelter, located in Bethesda at the National Center for Children and Families.

ELECTRONICS COLLECTION

 Drop off electronics from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. We assess, do small repairs, donate, and recycle electronics! We can find new homes for your old electronics. Common donation items include computers, televisions, VCRs, and more! For a full list of electronics we can accept, visit tinyurl.com/y7wszund.

KNIT/CROCHET FOR PROJECT 67

 Sponsored by Zhava/Sisterhood craft group. Join us from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm to make 10-inch squares, which will be made into blankets and distributed to local charities in Maryland/DC. Project 67 is a worldwide initiative to honor Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of public service.

BE THE MATCH

Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Join the National Marrow Donor Program Registry with a simple swab of your cheek. The registry is the connection between patients searching for a cure and life-saving bone marrow donors.

BETH EL GOES TO THE THEATER

 Join us on Thursday, May 3, 8:00 pm, at the Strathmore for the world premiere of Iron & Coal, a pow­erful new theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Inspired by the memoir of Schonfeld’s father, who spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten, this soaring production strives to find meaning in a life and relationship built in the shadow of the Holocaust.

Discounted ticket price is $57. They can be purchased by April 29 in the front office with cash, check, or credit card, or by calling Ian Rothman at 301-652-8569, ext. 304, to pay over the phone. Questions? Contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.orgor 301-652-8569, ext. 352. Strathmore Music Center, is located at 5301 Tuckerman Ln, North Bethesda.

 THE 21%: LIVES OF ARAB CITIZENS OF ISRAEL

 As part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Beth El is co-presenting an in-depth exploration of the daily lives and challenges of Arab Citizens of Israel. Join us on Sunday, May 6, 1:00 – 4:30 pm, at the DCJCC, for the screening of In Her Footsteps. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion about Bedouin society within Israel with filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha and Dr. Safu Abu-Rabia. For more information go to https://wjff.org/21percent/.

KIDDUSH SERVERS NEEDED

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

 SPONSOR A KIDDUSH

Celebrate a special day or remember a loved one by sponsoring a kiddush on a Shabbat or festival when there is no bar/bat mitzvah. Hospitality kiddush sponsorships run $350, $450, or $525, depending on menu, and include up to fifteen of your own guests plus the congregation. Available dates in the first half of 2018 are May 20 and 21 (1st and 2nd days Shavuot), June 23, and June 30. To sponsor a kiddush or to obtain more information and menus, contact Shoshannah Freilich at least two weeks prior to the kiddush you wish to sponsor.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETH EL

SERVICES

WEEKDAY MORNING MINYAN

Beth El’s schedule of services includes a daily morning minyan, Monday through Friday, at 7:30 am.  Please consider attending services in the morning to assist with making a minyan. Torah is read on Monday and Thursday mornings.  This is a good way to start your day; a light breakfast follows the service. While you enjoy breakfast, feel free to join Rabbi Werbin in a 5-10 minute discussion about prayer.

WEEKDAY EVENING MINYAN

Beth El members have always been asked (in alphabetical rotation) to attend at least one Evening Minyan each year.  For the week of April 22 – 26, assignments are for those families with surnames from Berkow through Bozof. Please try to join us at 8:00 pm for 15 minutes; click here to sign up or just show up at 8:00 pm.

BETH EL JUDAICA AND GIFTS

Looking for something special?  We have it!  Find the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift or special birthday present.  Shop hours when Religious School is in session: Tuesdays, 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 or call the main office at 301-652-2606.

EDUCATION

ADULT B’NAI MITZVAH CLASS 2018/2019

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

LIBRARY

 A HOME FOR YOUR BOOKS!

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

SENIOR CAUCUS

 NEED A RIDE TO SHUL?

A generous benefactor enables Beth El to offer free taxi rides to senior members to facilitate attendance at services, lectures, and other programs at the shul. To arrange a ride, please contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316, at least four days in advance. Our thanks to the donors, Senior Caucus, and the Center for Community Engagement for helping to maintain this important service for our congregants.

SISTERHOOD/ZHAVA

EAT IN GOOD HEALTH, the Sisterhood /Zhava Community Cookbook

Buy it for yourself or as a hostess gift….in the Office, Judaica Shop, or online Here!

ToBE TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL

ToBE Tikkun Olam at Beth El: Start 2018 by Volunteering with Bethesda Help!

Bethesda Help needs five “Officers of the Day” volunteers to work from their homes one day/month in a valuable and fulfilling way. Bethesda Help is a local, all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides emergency food as well as financial assistance for rent, utilities, and prescriptions to needy residents in the Bethesda area.  Officers of the Day check for and respond to client messages during Bethesda Help’s operating hours (9:00 am – 4:00 pm). All you need is a telephone and a computer with an internet connection to perform simple duties of determining the location of callers and referring their needs to our food deliverers and financial consultants. Volunteer phone numbers remain private. We provide all the training. To volunteer or for more information, Please contact Richard Lieberman at rliebermanconsultant@gmail.com or Tobie Bernstein at info@bethesdahelp.org.

TIKKUN OLAM AT BETH EL’S REFUGEE RESPONSE TEAM

We are now accepting donations to help our refugee family get settled.  They need many household items; the complete list is on our sign-up genius page. Please donate items for the refugee family here. Questions? Contact Danielle Wagner at daniellejmw@yahoo.com.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 THE ARLENE P. STEINBERG MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES

 On Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 pm, Hadassah presents Dr. Michael Eric Siegel, Ph.D. speaking on U.S. Presidents as Leaders and Tweeters since Watergate. Dr. Siegel is a Senior Training Specialist in the division of Education, The Federal Judicial Center in Washington DC.  He has received numerous awards from the Center and is also an award-winning adjunct professor of government at American University and Johns Hopkins University. The lecture will be held at Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook lane, Chevy Chase.  To RSVP, contact Hadassah of Greater Washington at 301-881-8203. Cost is $20.

PERSONAL SAFETY DURING THE TAHARA: Caring for the Living While Caring for the Departed.

The Men’s Chevra Kadisha of Greater Washington presents a free training session, open to the entire Jewish community, on Sunday, April 29, 9:30 am to Noon, at Kemp Mill Synagogue, 11910 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD. Learn the risks of injury, infection, and disease attendant to performing a tahara and how to protect yourself against the risks. Our instructor, Ms. Ellie Barbarash, is a board certified professional environmental safety auditor with an MS degree in occupational safety and 25 years’ experience in the field of public health. She has developed a thorough two-hour presentation on tahara safety and has given it to groups in several cities.  Reservations requested but not required. If you plan to attend or if you have any questions, contact artboyars@gmail.com

28TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

 Starting Wednesday, May 2, through Sunday, May 13. The WJFF returns with a robust lineup of international films, filmmaker talkbacks and special events. This year’s slate includes narrative, documentary. And short films from 27 countries, showcasing the diversity of the Jewish experience.  The 28th edition includes the special series Starring Wonder Women, showcasing the lives of trailblazing women overcoming boundaries. For full information and to purchase tickets at https://WJFF.org or bring a group at a discount by emailing alexisr@edcjcc.org.

Follow a DC area family in Life Is Rich, a documentary premiering at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. Life Is Rich is a real-life comedy about Bonnie Rich, a filmmaker and Jewish mom, on a mission to persuade her millennial daughters to raise her unborn grandchildren Jewish. There’s eating, praying, lively debate, and more eating. Tickets and information at: https://www.wjff.org/film/lifeisrich/ .

 JEWISH-ISLAMIC DIALOGUE SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON SPRING PICNIC

 Join us on Sunday, May 6, 3:00 – 6:00 pm for a picnic in Rock Creek Park!  We will gather at Picnic area 24, near the Rock Creek Tennis Center at 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW, Washington DC.  This is a potluck vegetarian lunch, so please bring a dish according to your last name: A-F Salads and Dressing, G-L Entrée, M-S Appetizers, Drinks and Side dishes, T-Z Desserts.  JIDS will supply paper goods, cups, utensils, water and ice.  RSVP to herbcl1@gmail.com by April 30.  Co-sponsored by JAM-AT, Congregation Beth El, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Hill Havarah, Rumi Forum, Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum.

CAMP RAMAH IN NEW ENGLAND – PROSPECTIVE FAMILY DAY

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

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

CAPITAL CAMPS ROOKIE CAMP

 Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: April 15, April 22, July 1, 7, 18, 29, and August 5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING

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

THE VISITORS PROJECT FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

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

HEBREW FREE LOAN ASSOCIATION

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington (HFLAGW) has been offering interest-free loans to Jewish members of the Washington, DC metropolitan community for over 100 years. Since 1909, its mission has been to help Jewish individuals and families in the DC metropolitan area overcome financial challenges with dignity. Loans are available for a range of legitimate needs, including, but not limited to medical bills, emergency costs, and credit card debts. Student loans are available for students in their junior and senior years of college and graduate students. Money for the loans comes entirely from donations from the community; this then becomes a revolving loan fund that provides interest-free loans to those in need of temporary financial assistance. For further information, please contact congregant David Farber at dfarber@kslaw.com.