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Congregational
Direct Links to Services and Programs

  • All Services - Morning, evening, Shabbat & weekend. Access Facebook Live here. Download digital sidurim for all services here.
  • Torah Study Class - Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Access Zoom here
  • 1st Wednesdays @ Beth El - Every First Wednesday of the month Access Facebook Live here
  • Count Your Blessings - Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Access Facebook Live here
  • Afternoon Tea Time - Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Access Zoom here
  • Clergy Connection - Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m. Access Facebook Live here
  • Fitness for All with Marilyn Pick - Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Access Zoom here *This is a Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning program.
Adult Education
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
NEW! The New Normal: Understanding an Evolving Israel
*In partnership with the Israel Affairs Committee
Beginning Monday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Leadership turnover and landmark peace deals will reshape the face of Israeli culture and politics. Do you know what comes next? Find out in this enlightening four-part series. Our first guest speaker will be Ms. Nicole Maor, Director of the Legal Aid Center for Olim (immigrants) and a leading immigration lawyer, she will explore Jewish immigration to Israel (Aliyah), the cultural and language barriers immigrants face, and the specific challenges resulting from how Israel defines who is entitled to immigrate, and who is considered a “Jew.” For more information including a full list of dates, and to register, click here.
NEW! Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in that Order) with Michael Takiff
Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
The show explores the big questions, asked by people of all origins and beliefs: about God, spirituality, faith, reason, heritage, modernity. As the show provokes people to think, it also gets them to laugh. Jews, God, and History features a broad range of performing styles, beginning with a variety of comedic forms – stand-up, sketch, character, impressions, and just plain jokes. For more information and to register, click here.
Family Corner
The Genesis Project
Wednesdays through March 17 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
A 10-part interactive workshop for families.
Rabbis Steven Schwartz and Dana Saroken invite parents, grandparents, and their teens and tweens to bond in new and profound ways, as we dive into stories from the Book of Genesis. For more information and to register, click here.
The Soul Center
The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Center for Healing & Spirituality
The P.O.D.
Thursdays, February 11, 24 & March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
via Zoom
Podcast Over Drinks: it's like a book club for commitment-phobes! Pandemic-brain got you struggling to move through books the way you used to? Just love a great podcast to listen to on a sunny winter's day walk? This is the program for you! Come to 1, 2 or all 3. We'll send you a link to the podcast episode a week in advance. Listen beforehand and join us for a great discussion guided by Soul Center wisdom leaders. Click here to register.
#nofilter
Thursdays, February 18 & March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
via Zoom
Remember girls nights out? Neither do we....but we're craving them! Guided by Soul Center wisdom leader (and beloved professor) Andrea Lieber, we’ll spend an hour in unfiltered, unvarnished, honest conversation about topics we’re burning to discuss with other women in their 40s & 50s. So mix up your favorite hot toddy, enter our virtual “living room” and let’s get talking! Click here to register.
Happy Half Hour
Saturdays throughout February at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom
Join Rabbi Saroken, Rabbi Shalva and friends for Happy Half Hours! Pre-party your way into a new week spending 30 minutes with some spirits and inspiration. Click here for more information.
Affiliates
Social Action Committee Presents:
Passover Food Drive
Collecting now through Wednesday, March 17
The drive benefits the women and children of CHANA.
We are collecting funds to purchase grocery store gift cards, to help the women and children shop for needed Passover items. For more information on how to participate, click here.
Men's Club Book Review:
A Better Man: A Mostly Serious Letter to My Son by Michael Ian Black
Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Michael Ian Black is an actor, come­di­an, and writer who started his career on MTV’s “The State” and has since cre­at­ed and starred in many TV shows and appeared in icon­ic movies, such as Wet Hot Amer­i­can Sum­mer and The Bax­ter. Black is the author of sev­er­al award-win­ning books for chil­dren and adults. As a stand-up come­di­an, he reg­u­lar­ly tours the coun­try and has released com­e­dy albums and pod­casts includ­ing Mike & Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Top­ics with Michael Showal­ter. He lives in Connecti­cut with his wife and two children.
Please RSVP via email at bethelcongregationmensclub@gmail.com
This is a Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs event, co-sponsored by the Beth El Men’s Club.
United Nations 2021 Holocaust Remembrance Film Discussion: “The Windermere Children”
Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom
“The Windermere Children”, a biographical drama, tells the little-known stories of some of the 300 orphaned Jewish refugees who began new lives in England’s Lake District in the summer of 1945 after the end of the Second World War, and the pioneering project to rehabilitate these child survivors. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with a Holocaust survivor and a historian.
Please RSVP via email at bethelcongregationmensclub@gmail.com
This is a Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs event, co-sponsored by the Beth El Men's Club. 
Sisterhood Virtual Trip to Sistine Chapel
Thursday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Join Laura Weinstein, art historian, educator, and tour guide, for her second of three virtual tours, live from Rome. During this tour, Laura will focus on the famous Sistine Chapel. This world-renowned building has served as the Pope’s private chapel for over 500 years and is the home of the conclave for Papal elections. For more information and to register, click here.
Seniors Present: Midrashim of the Book of Ruth with Ben Kreshtool
Sunday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join Beth El’s Ritual Director, Ben Kreshtool for a virtual chat. Cost per household: $5/Seniors members; $8/Non-members. Reservations due no later than Monday, February 1. Please make your check payable to Beth El Seniors and mail your check to: Ruthye Steinberg, 8248 Brattle Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.
Sisterhood Presents: The Angina Monologues
with Dr. Kathy Magliato
*A special American Heart Month event
Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Dr. Magliato, one of the few female heart surgeons in the world, is an attending staff surgeon at Providence St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA, and the President of the Western States Board of the American Heart Association. This talk can save your life and since heart disease is also a leading killer of men, your husband's life as well. Please wear RED to raise awareness of heart disease.
For more information and to register, click here.