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This Weekend  at Beth El

Friday, December 22
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, December 23
Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 4:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, December 24
*Offices Closed; No Hebrew School.
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Monday, December 25
*Offices Closed
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

A Hanukkah Tribute to Ailene Sher

The 2017-2018 Annual Appeal is dedicated to the memory of our beloved friend and colleague, Ailene Sher whose legacy will shine bright for many years to come. Join hundreds of congregants and community members in keeping Beth El strong. A gift to Beth El's Annual Appeal supports the sacred work that is accomplished 7 days a week - 365 days a year at Beth El.  From essential educational scholarship for students, healing and mindfulness programs  in the Soul Center, hundreds of compelling educational and cultural programs, to supporting/comforting bereaved families during their time of need, and more, your gift ensures that we can continue to provide the depth and breadth of services and programs that make Beth El a special community.

Considering a gift? Learn more about Beth El's Annual Appeal here or contact Lisa Silverstein in our Development Office at or 410-484-0411.
Community Celebrations

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Enjoy a taste of paradise at Beth El's Annual Island Shabbat!  Hear the sounds of the Catonsville High School Steel Band, under the direction of Jim Wharton and the Beth El Choir. A delicious island-themed Oneg will take place after the service. The event is free and open to the public.
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings

Tuesdays, December 26 at 10:30 a.m., Schuster Library
Sisterhood is looking for knitters/crocheters and anyone who wishes to lear n.  We k nit/crochet Afghans for Special People. We do this in individual squares and the n join these squares together into an Afghan of love  for those who are home bound or in a nursing home.  For questions or to RSVP, please contact 
Susan Himmel at   or 410 -484-7521.

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Kolker Room
This program will help Jewish parents and grandparents learn how to:
* Approach and communicate sensitive issues regarding religion with your adult children.
* Share your family's Jewish traditions and values in a welcoming and supportive way.
* Cultivate the Jewish identities of your grandchildren while respecting the religious traditions of their parents.  Fee: $36 per person. Pre-registration required.  To register, please contact Lara Nicholson at  or 410-559-3532. 
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong  Learning

Featured Event:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Alyson Shirk, Katy Stevens and Todd Twining blend their voices for a powerful presentation of song. Their vibrant personalities, nuanced tones, and love of music weave together a tapestry of sound for all to enjoy. Alyson, Katy, and Todd are educators, and their passion is to make beautiful music together and bring joy to all who hear them.

Wednesdays, December 27 and January 3,10,17 at 4:00 p.m., Myers Auditori um
Back by popular demand, Geri Willen will teach you to play Canasta! These classes, limited to 12 players. The fee is $40 for Beth El members and $50 for non-members. 

Thursdays, December 28 and January 4, 11, 18 at 4:00 p.m.,  Myers Auditorium
Geri Willen will facilitate 4 classes for those who just learned to play Canasta or  who want to re-learn to play this fun game. This series, limited to 12 players. The fee is $40 for Beth El members and $50 for non-members. 

For more courses, check out the  2017-18 Adult Learning Opportunities Booklet.

Please register for ALL classes, regardless of fee, to Ellen Marks at or  410-580-5166.
The Family Corner
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library
Or Shabbat is led by Morah Becky, the T'filah Team and Mitzvah Monsters in the Schuster Library. Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for songs, stories and a wonderful family Shabbat experience.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:15 a.m., Kreitzer Memorial Room
Join Morah Becky for an interactive service filled with song, prayer, puppets and Torah stories. For kids up to 5 years old and their families.
The Soul Center

Wednesdays, December 20 and January 3 at 
5:45 p.m.,  The Soul Center
These 30-minute transformational gatherings will allow you to step out of th e busyness of your life and experience the benefits of being present in the moment and free of self-judgment.  Generously sponsored by Robert and Florence Chertkof.

Thursday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Take a breath, enjoy a snack, chat with fellow caregivers and meet health and human service professionals to learn about valuable resources that can help  you take care of yourself and the ones you love.
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