The Buzz at Beth El
Memory and Meaning: Beth El Reflects on a Year of COVID-19
Saturday, March 13 - Sunday, April 4
From guided reflections and writing workshops to special services like Shir Joy: Hope & Strength Edition and a moving memorial service on the Eighth Day of Passover, we hope you will join our sacred community on this journey of commemoration.
Passover 5781/2021
Sunday, March 28 through Sunday, April 4
The days between Passover and Shavuot are said to be "Rising in Holiness," so join us as we ascend to new levels of spirituality: 

  • Virtual Community Seder
  • Ritual Bootcamp - Weekly Challenges
  • Passover Dinner for Two 

Plus, find out how to:

  • Sell Your Chametz
  • Purchase Our Haggadah
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.
Community Wide Event:
Baltimore's Annual LGBTQ Seder
Sunday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
The Annual Baltimore Queer Seder is a chance to retell Passover narratives from unique and welcoming perspectives focusing on diverse gender expressions and sexualities and to connect with other LGBTQ Jews and allies in our community. On this night, we will tell our stories, ancient and new, speaking of silenced souls and celebrating equality. On this night, we will recall our struggles and dream of a future redeemed. For more information and to register, click here.
This event is co-sponsored by Beth El.
Adult Education
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
NEW! Mishpacha Divided with Phil Jacobs
Thursdays, March 25 - April 8 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
How do we react to the Jews who attended the January 6 Trump rally and either participated in or witnessed the eventual seditionary acts on our nation’s Capitol? The shockwaves within Klal Yisroel have been felt from here to New York to Israel. This event is free and open to all, please feel free to make a donation. Register here.
Family Corner
Shabbat Sha'Zoom
*For families with children ages 0-6
Friday, March 19 at 5:10 p.m. via Zoom
Rabbis Saroken and Shalva invite you to our second
Shabbat Sha’Zoom Service: 20 minutes of joyful song, prayer, dancing, movement, and community. If you’re missing each other, joy, and playful prayer, than join us to bring in Shabbat with love, together. Join us via Zoom here. Questions? Please contact: Mandy Barish at or Jill Suffel at
Passover Palette
*For families with children ages 5 and up
Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m.
via Zoom
Join the Berman-Lipavsky Religiou School for a week full of activities, programs, and special guests. Songs, storytelling, paint night, and more! Our special guests include former DC Comics creator, Jordan Groff, who will take us through the Passover story through cartoons. For a full list of programs and to register, click here.
The Soul Center
The Alvin & Lois Lapidus Center for Healing & Spirituality
Writing Workshop with Barbara Roswell
Wednesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom
Our beloved writer in residence returns for the second of our three-part series. With her generous and gentle style, Barbara will help guide us as we explore where we are and what comes next. For more information and to register, click here.
Caregiver Café
Thursday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Each month, a devoted group of caregivers gather for support and community, facilitated by in-house social work consultant Sarah Shapiro. For more information and to register, click here.
COVID, Loss & Change
Sunday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
For those who are looking to try to make sense of the losses we’ve endured throughout the year - we’ve got a program that every one of us should show up for. Stephanie Handel from the Wendt Center in Washington, D.C. will be leading us in a night that will help us make sense of so many of our emotions and experiences. For more information and to register, click here.
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.
Order your Passover Dinner for Two
*Sponsored by the Beth El Sisterhood
Order by: Thursday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m.
$50/dinner. Menu includes: Chicken Matzah Ball Soup with Carrots, Honey Herb Roasted Chicken with Light Sauce, Potato Kugel and more! For full menu and to place your order, click here. Pick-up on Friday, March 26, between 10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
A designated pick-up time will be emailed to you on Friday, March 19. Questions? Please contact: Donna Unterman at 410-913-6013 or Dale Kahn at 410-486-1414,
Marlene Siegel at 410-484-1844 or Gloria Luchinsky 410-653-0153.
Infrastructure Investing: Financial Insights
Wednesday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
Josh Kohn, a financial professional, will give us a good grounding and will explore specific opportunities ranging from earth moving to commodities, electricity grids and 5G.  We are not giving investment advice, just a place to share insights. Our presentations will be from a lay person’s perspective. You should consult your financial advisor before taking actions. The views expressed are for discussion purposes because everyone is different in their short and long term needs. Please RSVP via email at
This is a Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs event, co-sponsored by the Beth El Men's Club. 
Expand Your Life's Possibilities by Developing Your Story Intelligence
Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
In this short talk, Richard Stone will discuss some key findings and takeaways from his new book, Story Intelligence. He'll show you how we each possess 7 Powers of Story, and give you a preview in how you can harness each of these powers to transform your personal and professional life. Please RSVP via email at
This is a Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs event, co-sponsored by the Beth El Men's Club. 
Sisterhood Presents:
Virtual Book Review with Rabbi Dana Saroken
Wednesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom
Rabbi Saroken will review The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. This book is an inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in rural Nigeria who longs to get an education, find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself. The Girl with the Louding Voice is both a heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams. RSVP is required. Please send your name and email address to Ilene Merenbloom at This event is free and open to all.
Sisterhood Presents: L'Dor V'Dor Cook Book
Support the Beth El Sisterhood and pre-order your copy today. Each book costs $25 and demand is high! The book includes 397 recipes, which were contributed by our wonderful Sisterhood ladies. Get a copy for yourself, a family member or a friend, and start cooking! For more information and to place your order, click here.