The Buzz at Beth El
“I've learned I don't need much to be happy. I have a loving family,
a great dog, a fulfilling job, a comfortable house and wonderful friends. These are my priorities because, in their comfort and security, I can focus more on self-care and how I can offer the most to those around me in need.” - Cantor Melanie Blatt

#Reflect4Rosh  is a series of provocative questions, designed to help guide teshuva.
To learn more and participate, please go to our Facebook page
or read our High Holy Day Guide here .
Sunday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m., Outdoor Pavilion

Join us for a fun Rosh Hashanah celebration for the whole family!
* Apple dipping and honey treats for kids
* Get your new year's photo with our clergy in our "Clergy Photo Booth"
* Live music and much more!
We're looking forward to seeing you all there!

Questions? Please contact us at 410-484-0411
Click here for a full High Holy Day schedule
Beth El Congregation Security Statement
The security of our congregants, community, and facilities is of paramount concern and we take your safety very seriously. While Beth El makes security an integral part of our culture year-round, we remain especially vigilant during the High Holy Days. Click  here  to read the full statement.
This Weekend 
Friday, September 20
Morning Service: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Service: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, September 21
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Service - Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Fruman : 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Prayground Shabbat: 11:15 a.m., Outdoor Pavilion
Evening Service: 6:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Selichot Service: 9:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Selichot Drum Circle: 11:30 p.m., Soul Center - offsite location

Sunday, September 22
Morning Service: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Beth El Memorial Park Open House: 10:00 a.m., Beth El Memorial Park
Beth El Men's Club Breakfast with Cantor Thom King: 10:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Zentangling: 3:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Evening Service: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Unable to attend Shabbat services? Live stream available here .
Beth El Memorial Park
Upcoming Events:
* Beth El Memorial Park Open House  - Sunday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
* Annual Service of Remembrance  - Sunday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Click here for full details. Questions? Please contact Ben Kreshtool at
or Yvonne Epstein at or call us at 410-484-0411
In Loving Memory - Weekly Yahrzeit List
Tuesday, September 17 - Monday, September 23
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Interested in getting hospital and bereavement notices from Beth El?
Please sign up here .
If you know of anyone who might need a C hesed visit and have told the clergy in person, please fill out this form so that we have all the details we need and no one is forgotten. Thank you for partnering with us to provide Chesed to our members in need.  For information regarding our Chesed group, contact Cantor Blatt at
Affiliates, Committees and Other Happenings

*Last Chance*
Support Beth El Sisterhood and Enjoy Delicious Varieties of Kugel
Available Kugels are: Sweet Kugel ($23), Potato ($23), Raisin Kugel ($23)
Apple Kugel (sweet bread pudding) ($30), Peach Kugel ($23).
Gefilte Fish loaves are also available ($30/pan).
All of the above come in a 9x13 pan, are pareve and will serve 24 small pieces. For order form and more information, click here .
Selichot - Getting into the ZONE for the High Holy Days
Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
At this year’s Selichot service, Beth El is going to employ not only the traditional texts and music of the service, but also a page from our American culture - Rod Serling’s classic television series, The Twilight Zone .
As has become our custom, Rabbi Schwartz, Rabbi Saroken, and Cantor King will be accompanied by our fellow Beth El congregant, internationally known cellist Evan Drachman, and the mighty men of the Beth El Choir.
Beth El Men's Club Breakfast with Cantor Thom King
Sunday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Cantor Thom King will share his reflection on the Beth El trip to Eastern Europe. Cost: $18/Men's Club member; $22/Guest. Fore more information and to download a reservation form, click here .
Volunteers Needed
Volunteers needed for the Blood Drive on October 23. For information, please contact Steve Silber at or 410-491-9157.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
Special Series:
The African-American/Jewish Component
of the Civil Rights Movement
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Schapiro Auditorium
Thanks to an anonymous donor, all sessions in this series are now
free of charge.
Session 3 - September 19: Mid 1970’s to 1990’s.
For information, please click here .
Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation - September 26:
6:45 p.m. in the Gorn Chapel . Read more here .
Baltimore Hebrew Institute Ulpan
Wednesdays, beginning September 18 at 7:00 p.m., Rooms 201-205
Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned Hebrew speaker, our professional educators work with you to read, write, and speak the language. Advanced levels engage in dynamic conversations about movies, literature, and current events. For pricing and more information, click here .
How Will the Israeli Elections Affect YOU and Israel?
Monday, September 23
at 7:15 p.m., Agus Library
Click here for information.
Sponsored by Beth El's
Israel Affairs Committee
Living Your Life with Joy, Resilience & Spirit
6 sessions, beginning Thursday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Kolker Room
Click here for information.
To Kill a Mockingbird:
 Whose Story is it?
Thursdays, beginning
October 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Kolker Room
Click here for information.
The 2019-2020 Adult Education Booklet is out NOW!
Click here to download a copy.
The Family Corner

Prayground Shabbat
Saturday, September 21 at 11:15 a.m., Outdoor Pavilion
Join us for a musical service as we sing and play together in our beautiful Generations Park Kiddush to follow. For kids up to 5 years old and their families. *In case of rain, the service will take place in the Preschool Community Room. Click here for a full list of upcoming dates.
The Soul Center

New This is Real - A High Holy Day Book Talk
Book: This Is Real and You are Completely Unprepared. By: Alan Lew
Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Join our Wisdom Leader, Rabbi Ben Shalva, as we workshop this seminal book on the meaning of the high holidays. It will transform the way you think about the holidays. $10/person. Click here for registration and more information.
Midnight Selichot Drumming Circle
with Rabbi Dana Saroken and Jordan Goodman of Beatwell
Saturday, September 21 at 11:30 p.m.
This service, traditionally undertaken at midnight, is our wake-up call to start the High Holiday season. No prior drumming experience required. Drums and other instruments will be provided. This event will be held at a private home and space will be limited. Register here .
Caregiver Cafe
Thursday, September 19
at 2:00 p.m. *Corrected time
Click here for information.
Chair Yoga
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for information.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Click here for information.
For information regarding up-coming programs, go to
or contact Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103