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-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-mitzvah are a truly meaningful experience, including a mitzvah project and essay.

B-Mitzvah Guide and Resources

Weddings

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 info@bethelmc.org.

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.

Funerals

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

Pastoral Care

We offer pastoral care for Beth El members in times of immediate crisis, such as after a death or during a sudden illness. We are also present and accessible for support as you confront the challenges and joys of everyday life.

For lifecycle emergencies, you can reach Rabbi Harris at 301-928-7288, Rabbi Megdal at 240-781-8689, and Hazzan Fradkin at 240-543-0218.

For pastoral support on a non-emergency timeline, we have created two new access points: Call 301-652-2607, or email pastoral@bethelmc.org.