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This Weekend  at Beth El

Friday, February 23
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

Saturday, February 24
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Shabbat Kiddush Series - Life for Russian Jews Under Soviet Control: 1917-1967  with Dr. Neil Rubin: 12:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, February 25
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Shalom Aleichem Hebrew Class: 9:30 a.m., Agus Library
Torah & Yoga: 9:30 a.m., The Soul Center
Men's Club and Sisterhood's Purim Carnival: 10:00 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Around One Pot - Family Cooking Experience: 11:30 a.m., Preschool Kitchen
Zentangling: 3:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

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Community Celebrations

Wednesday, February 28
Join us for a Purim celebration full of fun, including: Megillah reading, costume parade and the best voices of Shushan compete in Beth El's The Voice! The celebration continues with a party full of good music, karaoke and delicious Hamantaschen!

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Sunday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Join us for a fun Purim carnival for the whole family. We'll have fun games and prizes, costumes are encouraged! Lunch will be available for purchase. Cost per family: $7/in advance, $10/at door.

Winter Mitzvah Drive
Please join our Social Action Committee, from now through March 4th, in collecting non-perishable food items (cans, pasta, rice, cereal, etc.), toiletries (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), school supplies  (pencils, notebooks, markers, rulers, etc.)  and household  cleaners (dish det ergent, laundry 
detergent,  floor cleaning products, etc.) to benefit the Community Crisis Center in honor of Purim. For more information, please contact the Beth El office at  410-484-0411 or Tammy Schnydman at 

Monday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Our presenter will be Max Weiss, managing editor of Baltimore magazine and a film and pop culture critic. Her random musing about film, pop culture, politics, sports, and all things Baltimore will make for a very entertaining afternoon. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 21st. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact  Marcia Boonshaft at or 410-484-3112 or  Myra Coonin at or  410-653-9435.

Sunday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
We will be having a dinner with entertainment in the Offit Auditorium. There will be a presentation of Annie Get Your Gun. Cost: $21/person.  Reservations and payments are due no later than February 26. Please mark your envelope "Ruthye". For further information, call Ruthye Steinberg at 410-655-8242 or Ellen Budish at 443-857-7499.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong  Le arning

Featured Event:
Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Join us for a lovely evening that will feature the Odessa String Quartet, a professional musical group established in 2012 by members of the orchestra of the Opera of Valencia. 
The Quartet is part of the cultural life of Spain. The Quartet consists of four young temperamental, bright and ambitious musicians, who are looking for perfection in every sound. The repertoire of the quartet is extensive, and includes pieces of classical compositions, American stage such as  West Side Story, Hairspray, Fiddler On the Roof, and light classical compositions. 

Wednesdays, February 21, 28 at 9:30 a.m., Agus Library
Few would argue that one of life's most stunning experiences is the sudden death of a husband, wife, partner, or child. Books have been written. Movies have been made, exploring the unfathomable reality of living with and trying to make sense out of the impossible disorientation of such inexplicable loss. Click here for more information.

Saturday, February 24 at 12:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
This month's topic is - Life for Russian Jews Under Soviet Control: 1917-1967; Spe aker is Dr. Neil Rubin, Chair at the Department of History at Beth T'filoh Dahan High School; instructor at Baltimore Hebrew Institute of Towson. For more information, click here.

Sundays, February 25 at 9:30 a.m., Agus Library
We offer a ten-session class for parents, grandparents, or special frien
ds who would like to learn how to read Hebrew. These classes are also for those who would like to refresh reading skills in order to support their children's reading from a Siddur or any Hebrew text. Fee: $36 for Beth El members and non-members. For more information or to register, contact Fran Davis, School Administrator at or 410-484-4543.

The Inside Story of Theodor Herzl, From Private Individual to a Renowned 
Jewish Political Leader
Mondays, March 5, 12, 19 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
In this three part series, we will explore Herzl's intellectual, spiritual, and political jou r ney as we study his life and his transformation through his diaries and other writings. $40/Beth El members; $50/non-members. 
Click here for further information. 

Beginning Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Jon Aaron, teacher at McDonogh School will begin the discussion for this 6  p art s er ies on Tuesday evenings at  7:00 p.m. in the Agus Library beginning on Tuesday, Ma rch 20, 2018. Mr. Aaron will pose the question:  To Kill a Mockingbird: Whose Story is It?  To Kill a Mockingbird  has remained beloved and relevant since its publication in 1960. Click here for more information.

Please register for ALL classes, regardless of fee, to Ellen Marks at or 410-580-5166.
The Family Corner

Kol Echad: An Experiential Shabbat
Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m., Beth T'filoh Congregation; March 3 at 11:00 a.m., Temple Oheb Shalom
Inclusive Shabbat services for school-aged children with special needs and their families. For more information, contact Mira Aronin at or 410-935-5171.

Around One Pot: Family Cooking Experience
Sunday, February 25 at 11:30 a.m., Preschool Kitchen
Family cooking experience with Huppit Bartov Miller.  For Purim we will be making traditional Hamentashen dough with creative filling combinations. Cost: $20/person, space is limited! To reserve your spot at the table, please RSVP to Fran Davis 

Friday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m., Kolker Room
A musical Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Student Cantor Melanie Blatt. Families with children 3rd grade and above (siblings too!) are invited to join us for this fun and spirited service. Snacks will be served in the Kolker Room at 5:45 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m., Preschool Room 7
Join us to a fun, educational, and enriching experience for adults and children 18 months to 5 years. A great parent-child or grandparent-child bonding experience. No charge. Please RSVP to Mandy Barish at
The Soul Center

Wednesdays at  5:45 p.m.,  The Soul Center
$10/person. For further information, click HERE

Sundays at 9:30 a.m., The Soul Center
$10/person. For further information and to register, click  HERE.

Fridays at 5:20 p.m., Schuster Library
Drop-in and join us as we ease our way into Shabbat with guided meditation from our expert facilitators.  If you choose, we welcome you to stay for Shabbat services at 6:00 p.m.

Thursdays, February 22 and March 8 at 7:00 p.m., The Soul Center
With Rabbi Ben Shalva, explore the sefirot, the "Jewish Chakra System", through acombination of text study and meditation. $20/session; $60/for all 4 sessions. For further information and the complete list of dates, click HERE

Fridays, February 16, 23 and March 2 at 8:30 a.m., The Soul Center
Join Rabbi Saroken for an hour discussion on Mussar, a set of Jewish character traits developed in the 17th Century to help us lead an ethical, balanced life. For further information and the complete list of dates, 
click HERE

Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m., The Soul Center
Creative and looking for an outlet?  Like doodling?  Zentangling sounds complicated... but it's not.  It's like yoga for the brain.  It's like meditation for those who struggle to sit still in silence and would rather be in gentle motion. $25/person. For further information, click HERE.

Friday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m., The Soul Center
The perfect "do together" activity for moms and their teens, best friends, and more. 
$20/household (includes 2 challot). Must be 13 or older. Limited space. For further information and to register, click HERE 

Friday, March 9 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. $18/person. For further information and to register,  click HERE
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