Birth Announcement!
Mazal Tov to our Executive Director, Josh Bender and his wife Julie on the birth of their daughter, Sophie Laila Bender, born 12/17/19 at 12:55 a.m. Siblings are Noah, Jacob and Ethan. Wishing Sophie and her entire family many years of health and happiness. We can’t wait to meet Sophie and welcome her to the Beth El community!
Celebrate Hanukkah With Us!
Beth El Community Hanukkah Celebration
Sunday, December 22 at 4:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
All ages are welcome to join us for a fun Hanukkah celebration! Candle lighting (BYO menorah), holiday sing-a-long and light dinner. $5/person, kids under 12 are free. Open seating.
To RSVP or for more information, email Cantor Blatt at by December 12.
Island Shabbat
Friday, January 10 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, led by Cantor Thom King. A delicious island-themed Oneg will take place after the service.
Donate to Beth El Directly from your IRA
Did you know that if you are over age 70 ½ the IRS allows you to donate up to $100,000 directly from your traditional IRA to Beth El Congregation. Your IRA gift can count toward meeting your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2019 if we receive it on or before December 31, 2019. Your IRA gift can also be used to fulfill a pledge you have already made including Beth El’s Annual Appeal. Your contribution must be paid directly by the IRA Trustee.  As in all such matters you should consult your tax adviser as to other details that may be applicable. Contact Randy Arndts at 
410-484-0411 or  to make arrangements. Your gift to Beth El Congregation supports the sacred work that we do 7 days a week, 365 days a year. May this Hanukkah bring you light and peace!
This Weekend 
Friday, December 20
Morning Service: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
The Spark: 8:30 a.m., The Soul Center
Evening Service: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, December 21
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Service: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Service: 4:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, December 22
Erev Hanukkah - 1st Candle
Morning Service: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Congregational Hanukkah Celebration: 4:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Evening Service: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Want to know what is going on at Beth El all month? Go to our calendar of events here .

Unable to attend the Shabbat services? Live stream available here . Please note, we'll be changing our live stream platform in the next couple months, stay tuned for updates.
In Loving Memory - Weekly Yahrzeit List
Tuesday, December 17 - Monday, December 23
Click here
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, 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, Visiting Voices , contact Cantor Blatt at
Affiliates, Committees and Other Happenings

Beth El Choir on WCBM Radio
Tired of the endless Christmas music on the radio? On Friday morning, December 20th, members of the Beth El Choir under the leadership of Cantor Thom King will perform Hanukkah songs on WCBM Radio (AM 680). Their appearance will take place during the 8:30-9:00 a.m. segment. Be sure to tune in, and support your fellow congregants!
Volunteers Needed!
Movable Feast is in need of volunteers for Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25. We'll be delivering food to people who are home-bound due to illness. It is a true Mitzvah ! Want to help? Please contact Myra Katz at .
Sisterhood General Meeting, Luncheon & Program with Guest Speaker Pat Wirth
Monday, January 6 at 11:30 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Pat Wirth’s presentation is “The Best Kept Secret in American History,” the seven-decade suffrage movement and many of the women who were involved. RSVP by December 27 . Click here for more information and to download your reservation form.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
1st Wednesday @ Beth El
Meet Pianist Michael Angelucci
Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Hailed as “a great artistic talent” by the A&B Foundation, pianist Michael Angelucci holds First Place awards in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and the American Prize National Competition. Click here for more information.
Really Good Stories:
How to Tell a Jewish Story 
Tuesdays, beginning January 14
at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Click here for more information.
Mah Jongg for Beginners
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 - Feb. 5
at 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium
Click here for more information.
Canasta for Beginners
Wednesdays, Jan. 15 - Feb. 5
at 4:00 p.m., Myers Auditorium
Click here for more information.
American Judaism in the 21 st Century:
An Exploration with Rafi Rone
Wednesdays, January 15, 21 & 29 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Join Rafi Rone as he discusses “Not Your Bubbe’s Yids” A Bird’s Eye View of How our Community Looks Today”, “Israel as the Flash Point: What Used to Unite Us, Now Divides Us”, and “ So, Now You’re a Prophet? What American Judaism Might Look Like in 20 Years”. Fee: $50/Beth El Congregation members; $60/non-members. 
The 2019-2020 Adult Education Booklet is out NOW!
Click here to download a copy.
The Family Corner

Or Shabbat Family Service *For all ages
Saturday, January 11 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.
Prayground Shabbat *For all ages
Saturday, January 11 at 11:15 a.m., Community Room
Join us for a musical service as we sing and play together, Kiddush to follow . Click here for a full list of upcoming dates. *Due to the cold weather, Prayground Shabbat will take place in the Community Room.
The Soul Center

Special Event:
Women, Wine & Wisdom
Thursday, January 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join us for the third annual Women, Wine and Wisdom: An Intimate Conversation Around Soulful Living and Spritual Journeys with Rabbi Dana Saroken and Sarah Hurwitz. This event is a community builder, a chance to connect with friends and make new ones. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $36 per person *All available “reserved” tables have been purchased. Pre-purchase Sarah Hurwitz’s book  Here All Along-Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and A Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) – $28 (includes sales tax). Reserve your spot here .

Caregiver Cafe
Thursday, December 19
at 2:00 p.m.
Click here for information.
New Moon Nia
Sunday, December 29
at 7:00 p.m.
Click here for information.
Chair Yoga
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m
and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for information.
The Spark
Fridays at 8:30 a.m.
Click here for information.
Torah & Yoga
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
*No class on Dec. 22 & 29
Click here for information.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
*No class on Dec. 22 & 29
Click here for information.
For information regarding up-coming programs, go to
or contact Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103