Life Cycle Events

At Beth El, we recognize the extraordinary importance of life cycle events to our congregants.  They are among the very highest and very lowest points in the lives of those within our community.  We go to extra lengths to celebrate the joyous events–B’nai Mitzvah, weddings, etc., with exuberance and dignity.  We mark the sorrowful events–the passing of a loved one–with loving support and communal presence.

Brit Milah and Simchat Bat

Judaism provides plenty of opportunities to celebrate the birth of a son or daughter. You might choose to hold a bris here in the shul or join us for services to name your child within the community. Our facilities are here for you and you can contact our clergy for help with the process.

B’nai Mitzvah

A bar or bat mitzvah at Beth El is a precious opportunity in your child’s life — and in yours.

In their months of study, we hope your child will grow in their self-confidence, their faith, and their ability to participate in our traditions.  We also hope that your whole family will embrace this opportunity to rediscover your heritage in Judaism, and to re-engage with our community.

Our b’nei mitzvah are a truly meaningful experience, including a mitzvah project and essay. Click here for the B’nai Mitzvah handbook.


Is there any occasion more joyous than the beginning of a new family? We have facilities for both large and small weddings and can assist you with details such as finding a kosher caterer and planning the service. For more information, contact the main office at 301-652-2606 or


Our funeral guide will tell you everything you need to know about:

  • Choosing a cemetery and funeral home
  • The role of the Chevra Kadisha
  • The Jewish process of mourning

Jewish Process of Mourning

The Jewish tradition is very sensitive to the emotions and needs of mourners.  These rituals honor the deceased and offer support for mourners.  Click here to learn more about the Mourner’s Kaddish.