The Buzz at Beth El
Beth El's Guide to Yom HaZikaron and
Yom Ha'Atzma'ut
A siren pierces the air. Bustling traffic comes to a standstill. Drivers park their cars on streets or in the middle of the highway, then stand silently next to their vehicles. The busyness of everyday life comes to
a halt...
This Weekend
Friday, April 20
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Cultivating Character: 8:30 a.m., The Soul Center
Friday Evening Meditation: 5:20 p.m., Schuster Library
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Mixology with Jeff Elkin: 7:00 p.m., The Soul Center

Saturday, April 21
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Services - Bat Mitzvah of Lindsay Wachs : 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
OR Shabbat: 10:15 a.m, Schuster Library *Kids of all ages
TOT Shabbat: 11:15 a.m., Kreitzer Memorial Room *Kids ages 0-5
Evening Services - Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Berman : 7:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, April 22
Shredding Truck: 9:00 a.m., Rear Parking Lot
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Torah & Yoga: 9:30 a.m., Kolker Room
Shalom Aleichem Hebrew Class: 9:30 a.m., Agus Library
Mother Love: 2:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel
On Sunday, April 22, the shredding truck will be at
Beth El's rear parking lot from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Click here for further information.
Special Announcement
Beth El Congregation hires Melanie Blatt as
Cantor Educator & Director of Community Engagement.
Read more  here
Congregational Celebrations
Beth El's Annual Meeting - Celebrating 70 Years!
Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
* For Congregation members only *
Don't miss this important meeting:
• Vote on revision to by-laws
• Election of officers and new board members
• Complimentary Congregational Dinner
• Memorial Service
• Keynote: Soul Center - “2 Years of Healing, Rejuvenation and Mindfulness” - Rabbi Saroken and Rachel Siegal
RSVP to Lori Downing at  by May 9
The Music Of Bernstein And Gershwin
Presented By Cantor Thom King And The Beth El Choir
Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday and George Gershwin's 120th with an afternoon of songs, stories and surprises! Admission: $18/person. To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact Yvonne Epstein at 410-484-0411 or
Unique Boutique
Spring Shopping Show - 40+ Vendors!
Sunday, April 29 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 30 - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1 - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a wonderful show! Find your favorite items from women's clothes, jewelry, accessories to children's toys and gifts. Read more * Presented by Beth El's Sisterhood
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings
Community-wide Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration:
Celebrating Israel's 70th Birthday!
Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m., Beth T'filoh Congregation
An incredible evening featuring SoulFarm in concert, a Kumsitz songfest and fireworks! Free admission, open to the entire community. Click here for more information.
Join Men's Club for an Italian Dinner and a Sports Talk with
John Eisenberg
Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m., Kolker Room
John Eisenberg worked for major newspapers from 1979 until
2007. $15/person, all are welcome! Click here for more information.
Blood Drive
Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m., Offit Auditorium
The blood drive will go on until 7:00 p.m., walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, click here .
Beth El Seniors Proudly Present: The Navy Band Brass Quartet
Sunday, May 6 at 7:45 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Offit Auditorium. Dinner cost: $20/members; $22/guests. We are inviting the entire congregation FREE OF CHARGE to join us at 7:45 p.m. for the program.
 For more information, click here .
Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m., Everyman Theater
After the performance, Rich Hollander, a Past President of Beth El Congregation, will host a question and answer session. Click  here  for more information.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
Special Event
Celebrating Israel's 70th Birthday:
Wednesday Night @ The Movies
Wednesdays, May 23, 30; June 6, 13 at 7:00 p.m.,
Offit Auditorium
 Share 4 Israeli films as we celebrate Israel’s milestone 70th birthday. Each film will represent a different story in the history of the growing State of Israel. There will be 2 speakers: one with an American perspective and one with an Israeli perspective presented at each screening.   Click here for more information.
Shabbat Kidush Speaker Series with Marina Furman
Life for Russian Jews in Russia and Israel: 1991 - Present
Saturday, April 28 at 12:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Click here for information.
1st Wednesdays @ Beth El:
Cojot , a Documentary by Boaz Dvir
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
We welcome back award-winning filmmaker, Boaz Dvir who astounded us 2 years ago with his riveting documentary, A Wing and a Prayer and last year with his preview of this documentary. 
 Click here for more information.
Intermediate Bridge Class
Beginning Thursday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium
*UPDATE* Class will now begin on May 3rd instead of April 17th.
Click here for more information.
Learn to Play Mah Jongg for Beginners
Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30 at 9:30 a.m., Myers Auditorium
The fee for these 4 classes is $40 for Beth El Congregation members and $50 for non-members.   Click here for more information
For more courses, check out the 
Please register for ALL classes, regardless of fee, to Ellen Marks at  or 410-580-5166
The Family Corner
OR Shabbat
Saturday, April 21 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, April 21 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.
Kindergarten Hebrew School Open House
Sunday, May 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join us to learn more about the Gan Kindergarten class at Beth El’s Religious School. Students who will be entering kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year are welcome to join the Gan class for the day to learn with Morah Rachel and Morah Emily, enjoy music with Morah Becky and get to know each other. Click here for more information.
The Soul Center
Special Event
An Evening with Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m., The Soul Center & Community Room
Barbara Bradley Hagerty discussing her new book Life Reimagined: The Science, Art and Opportunity of Midlife.
To pre-register and for more information, click here .
Caregiver Cafe
Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.
 Click here for information
Mixology with Jeff Elkin
Friday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for information
Cultivating Character
Fridays, April 20, 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Click here for information
Mother Love with Rea Bochner
Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us for a conversation with Rea Bochner, author of the unforgettable memoir, The Cape House, written when her mother moves to her family’s beloved summer house in Cape Cod with terminal cancer.   Click here for more information
Wise Aging
Beginning Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
To the current Wise Aging program participants:
Due to overwhelming interest, The Soul Center is opening a new evening cohort for the Wise Aging program, starting this spring. Please feel free to forward this email to family or friends who may be a good fit for this incredible experience, and feel free to add your own personal commentary on how the experience has been for you.Click here to register and for more information
Weekly Meditation
Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.
Click here for information
Friday Evening Meditation
Fridays at 5:20 p.m.,
Schuster Library
Click here for information
Torah & Yoga
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Click here for information
For further information, go to or contact
Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103