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This Weekend  at Beth El

Friday, December 8
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
The Braid: 4:00 p.m., The Soul Center *Pre-registration only
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Mixology: 7:00 p.m., The Soul Center *Pre-registration only

Saturday, December 9
Bat Mitzvah of Remy Alperstein;  Honoring Rabbi Dana Saroken
Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Or Shabbat: 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library *For kids of all ages
Kol Echad - An Experiential Shabbat: 11:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Tot Shabbat - Honoring Grandparents: 11:15 a.m., Schapiro Auditorium *For kids up to age 5 
Evening Services: 4:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, December 10
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Torah Yoga: 9:30 a.m., Community Room
Around One Pot - Family Cooking Experience: 11:30 a.m, Preschool Kitchen
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Community Celebrations

Special Shabbat Honor for Rabbi Saroken
Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
We will be honoring Rabbi Saroken during Shabbat services in advance of the JWI  Gala in Washington, D.C. on December 11, where she will be honored along with the othe r "Women to Watch". There will be special moment during the Shabbat service to mark the occas ion and we will hold a special congregational kiddush in the Myers in honor of her prestigious  award. 

Monday, December 18 at 5:45 p.m., Chizuk Amuno
Join us at Chizuk Amuno for an evening of holiday lights and fun.
Dinner cost: $5/person or $18/family.
For more information, please click HERE
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings

Tuesdays, December 5, 12 at 10:30 a.m., Schuster Library
Sisterhood is looking for knitters/crocheters and anyone who wishes to lear n.  We knit/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.

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Beth El Men's Club Brunch - Guest Speaker: Dr. Steven Kravet
Sunday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Beth El Men's Club proudly presents our own Dr. Steven Kravet for a complimentary brunch for all Men's Club members. *Non-members, men and women, are welcome for only $15/person.
We look forward to seeing you then! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jack Boonshaft at or 410-484-3 112.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong  Learning

Featured Event:
Wednesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Join us in the Offit Auditorium on the 1st Wednesday of the month for an evening of music, entertainment, and learning. Bring your friends and family and meet new frien ds.  You are invited to sponsor any or all of these programs to show your support for our programming. No charge to attend. Read more  here

Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Enjoy reading selected short fiction by Jewish writers of note and participate in lively group discussions.  Fee: $40/Beth El member; $50 non-member . Read more  here

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Learn how to maximize your social security benefits. Invest properly after you retire. Read more here

Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m.
In an age of radical polarization in modern society, with a rise in religious fundamentalism on the one hand and a rise of atheism on the other, how does the Jewish tradition approach dilemmas of faith?  Read more  here

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
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Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Inclusive Shabbat services for school-aged children with special needs and their  fa milies.  Upcoming dates/locations: 
December 9 - Beth El Congregation; January 20 - Chizuk Amuno Congregation; February 24 - Beth Tefiloh Congregation;  March 3 - Temple Oheb Shalom.  For more information, please contact Mia Aronin at  or 410-935-5171.  

Saturday, December 9 at 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library
Led by Morah Becky, the T'filah Team and Mitzvah Monsters. Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for songs, stories and a wonderful family Shabbat experience.

Tot Shabbat - Honoring Grandparents
Saturday, December 9 at 11:15 a.m., Schapiro Auditorium
Calling all Grandparents! Join us at Beth El for a Special Tot Shabbat (ages 0-5) honoring grandparents. Singing, dancing, and celebrating with Morah Becky Gordon and all our precious preschoolers. Stay and join the congregation for a yummy Kiddush luncheon.

Sunday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m., Preschool Kitchen
Family cooking experience with Huppit Bartov Miller. Huppit is an Israeli-American, Jewish mother of three and an educator who happens to have a HUGE passion for food. She loves preparing food, cooking, baking and any type of kitchen activity. Cost: $20/person, space is limited! To reserve your spot at the table, please RSVP to Fran Davis at
The Soul Center

Wednesdays, December 6, 13 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.

Wednesday, December 6 at 1:30 p.m., The Soul Center
Learn about these beautiful and exotic poems with Rabbi Dana Saroken. Then create an original, whimsical, and colorful piece of art based on the images of King Solomon's Song of Songs with teacher Judy Schlossberg using mixed media of paint, pen and collage. 
$125/person. Click  HERE to register. 

Friday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m., The Soul Center
The perfect "do together" activity for moms and their teens, best friends, and more. Flavored with a pinch of Shabbat learning, unwind from the past week and reconnect as you braid freshly prepared challah dough into two take-home loaves ready to freeze or rise, bake and serve. $20/household (includes 2 challot). Must be 13 or older. Limited space. Click HERE to register. 

Friday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Three craft cocktails and three shots of Torah in between.  That's the basis of what we're doing.  Each month, we bring in a fun-spirited and inspiring mixologist to show us how to mix up three fun and different cocktails.  In between, there's three short and powerful pieces of Torah offered.  Add some terrific people and you've got yourself a Shabbos treat! $30 per person; 36 person limit. Lite fare will be served. Click HERE to register. 

Sunday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m., Community Room
This yoga class will include 10 minutes of inspirational Torah at the beginning, and then a full hour-long yoga class.  Please bring a mat and a water bottle.
$10/person. Click  HERE to register.
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