Lifecycle Events

Beth El embraces our community through all turns of the life cycle. You are not alone through, whether it is joy and sorrow, celebration and mourning. Our clergy, educators, and staff will guide you through the anxieties and culminating joy of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings. We comfort and remember lovingly at funerals and shiva minyans.

B’nai Mitzvah

A b-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’nai mitzvah are a truly meaningful experience, including a mitzvah project and essay.

B’nai Mitzvah Guide and Resources


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

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.


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

Funeral Guide