Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week of August 17, 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH HOLIDAY TICKETS – SOME SERVICES NOW FILLED

The Main Sanctuary Service is now filled, as is the Family Service for families with 3rd – 5th graders, led by Rabbi Jess Minnen. Space is still available for all other services. If you have not already returned your High Holiday form, please do so as soon as possible. Tickets will be mailed the week of September 4. The first day of Rosh Hashanah is September 21, five weeks from today. Questions? Call 301-652-2606.

SENIOR CAUCUS BBQ WITH THE CLERGY

Join us on Sunday, August 27, at 5:30 pm when Rabbi Harris, Rabbi Werbin, and Hazzan Fradkin will host a BBQ at Beth El for our more senior members – those approximately 75 and older.  It’s a great opportunity to socialize, give ideas about senior programming, have fun, and run up our cholesterol a tad!  There is no charge but be sure to RSVP no later than Wednesday morning, August 23, to Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 316. Need a ride? Let Ricardo know when you RSVP.

BETH EL GOES TO ARGENTINA WITH RABBI WERBIN

Registration is now open through August 31, 2017, for the trip to Argentina with Rabbi Werbin, scheduled for June 20 – July 1, 2018. On this exciting excursion, you will explore Buenos Aires, visit Iguazu Falls, enjoy good meat, and dance! Estimated cost of $3,200/person (+/- $500) includes hotels, breakfasts, ground transportation, flight to and from Iguazu, guided tours, and a Tango show; air fare between Washington and Argentina is not included. A nonrefundable deposit of $200/person is required by Friday, September 15. This active trip is open to all ages, including children. To register, contact Ricardo Munster at rmunster@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 316.

SHIR YACHAD – A COMMUNAL SHABBAT IN SONG

Friday night is a time for community, song, and joyful noise. Join us on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 pm for this exciting service filled with music past and present that stirs the soul and welcomes Shabbat with joy and warmth. An oneg Shabbat will follow.

ShalOM: JEWISH MINDFULNESS

Pause, take a deep breath, and lay the groundwork for truly meaningful and fulfilling High Holidays. On Saturday, September 9, at 3:00 pm, at Greenwich Park across Old Georgetown Road (at Beth El in case of rain), join Hazzan Fradkin as he leads “Days of Awe/some”, a special outdoor meditation designed to deepen our connection to the fall Jewish holidays. Everyone welcome and no experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel to sit on. Prayer is talking…meditation is listening.

SELICHOT – SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 16

As the month of Elul draws to a close, we come together to reflect on the year that has passed and to ready ourselves for a better year in 5778. Join us at 7:55 pm under the stars (weather permitting) in the Beth El parking lot, for a Kol Haneshama Havdalah and Selichot Service followed by refreshments inside.

As in past years, we will also join together with Ohr Kodesh Congregation for a traditional Selichot program and service. This year, we will meet at 9:00 pm at Ohr Kodesh, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD, for an interfaith panel discussion on “Grace and Forgiveness”, co-sponsored by the Rumi Forum. This will be followed by the Selichot service at 11:00 pm, a musical evening of meditation and penitent prayer, led by Beth El’s hazzan, Asa Fradkin, and the hazzenet at Ohr Kodesh, Hinda Eisen Labovitz. The music will include songs from both the Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions, rich cantorial and contemporary harmonies, and a prelude of classical piano.

BACK TO SHUL BBQ

Join us on Sunday, September 10, 4:30 – 6:30 pm for this annual event featuring burgers, hot dogs, local veggie options, and all the fixin’s. New this year: DUNK THE CLERGY – start practicing your throws now! Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Cost: $10 per person over 10 years of age; $5 per child 3-10. $35 maximum/immediate family household. Free for prospective members. Please RSVP online no later than Tuesday, September 5, at https://www.bethelmc.org/events/back-shul-bbq/. Questions? Contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.

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 August 20 through August 24, assignments are for those families with surnames from Blank to Brodey. 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.

BETH EL GOES TO THE MOVIES

Join us to see “Menashe” at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema next Thursday, August 24, at 1:30 pm. This film is about an Orthodox, widowed, single father and his fight to be with his son. You can watch the trailer and purchase tickets at http://menashemovie.com/ or purchase at the box office. If you are coming, please let Geryl Baer know at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352

THE MITZVAH OF HOSPITALITY – HACHNASSAT ORACHIM

Do you enjoy meeting and greeting people? Do you enjoy making people feel comfortable? Do you want to be more involved at Beth El and make new friends?  Then being a Shabbat usher is a great place to start!  The commitment is once or twice per year from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon.  Contact Hattie Goodman at hgoodman@bethelmc.org or 301-652-2606, ext. 301.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS

Are you looking for a way to keep your college student connected to Beth El?  Send current email and mailing addresses, and name of school with expected graduation date to rmunster@bethelmc.org by Friday, September 8. Your college student will receive regular email messages from the rabbi and special holiday packages filled with greetings and goodies. Note:  This information needs to be updated each year.

DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

If you are interested in meeting other congregants over a chess board, please contact Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org.

CHUG KRIAH: HEBREW LITERATURE READING GROUP

First meeting of the new season will be on Sunday, September 10, at 2:00 pm. Dr. Arnold Band, professor emeritus of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at UCLA, will again be leading the discussions. The first book will be Tashach, by Yoram Kaniuk, an award-winning book based on the author’s service, at age 17, in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. For information, contact Bill Kanter or Neil Schechter.

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 on October 20 and following 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.

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: October 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 SALES EVENT

The Gift Shop is making room for new merchandise with a one-of-a kind sales event on Sunday, September 10, at 9:30 am.  Many items are available at a deep discount.  Find the perfect Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift, special birthday present, a lovely hostess gift, or that distinctive piece of Judaica that would make a holiday table perfect!  But don’t wait until September.  You can have early access to this sale in August by contacting Michelle Gips or Debbie Olchyk for your private appointment.

EDUCATION

TORAH STUDY CLASS WELCOMES NEW STUDENTS

Scholar and Beth El Religious School teacher Marilyn Fine has, for many years, taught a Torah study class at Beth El on Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:00 am, during the school year. Each session begins with an overview of the weekly parasha, followed by consideration of traditional and contemporary commentary and midrash as they relate to specific verses or topics in the text. Personal reflection and lively discussion are encouraged. First fall semester class is September 7. For more information, registration fee, etc., please contact Pat Danoff  or Marilyn Fine.

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.

BETH EL BOOK CLUB – SUMMER READING

Going to the beach?  Traveling? Take along In the Unlikely Event, a novel by Judy Blume, set in Elizabeth, N.J. in the 1950s where Jewish families and others react to a series of airplane crashes in the town.  Beth El’s book club will discuss this book on Sunday, September 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon.  Conventional, large type, audio, and e-copies are available through Montgomery County Public Library, and inexpensive paperback and e-copies are available on Amazon.  For more information, contact Margery London or Robin Jacobson.

MEN’S CLUB

Following minyan on Sunday mornings, Join Men’s Club for breakfast at 9:30 am. During August, there will be an open mic session at 10:00 am.

SENIOR CAUCUS

SENIOR CAUCUS BBQ WITH THE CLERGY

See information under Highlights at the top of these announcements.

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

WELCOME COFFEE AND SPECIAL NOSH

Drop by on Sunday, September 10, 9:00 am to Noon, to meet Sisterhood and Zhava members and see how you can get involved, plus find out what’s on tap for this year. Refreshments will preview recipes from Eat in Good Health, the soon-to-be published Beth El Community Cookbook.

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.

FIRST EVER SISTERHOOD “SHABBAT IN THE ‘HOOD”

Save Saturday, November 11, for a day of spirited and creative learning, rejuvenation, and community building.  For more information, contact Susan Jerison or Michelle Hainbach.

COMMUNITY NOTES

POLINGER ARTISTS OF EXCELLENCE CONCERT SERIES AT BENDER JCC

The Bender JCC presents its 46th season of rising stars and renowned artists in the 2017-18 concert series. Detailed information and purchase of subscription tickets are available at 2017-2018 Artists of Excellence season