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Rosh Hashanah Weekend
Friday, September 7
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, September 8
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Service: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 7:15 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, September 9
Erev Rosh Hashanah
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary *Open Seating

Monday, September 10
Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service: 9:30 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary and Offit Auditorium
Early Childhood Family Service: 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium *Ages 2-5; Babysitting available in Preschool classrooms 12 & 13.
Family Service Option #1: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel *2nd graders and above
Preschool Activities: 10:45 a.m., Myers Auditorium
Teen Service: 11:00 a.m., Religious School rooms 213 & 214.
Family Service Option #2: 11:30 a.m., Gorn Chapel *2nd graders and above
Tashlich Service: 4:45 p.m., Druide Ridge Cemetery
Evening Service: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Tuesday, September 11
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Morning Service: 9:30 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary *Open Seating
Early Childhood Family Service: 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium *Ages 2-5; Babysitting available in Preschool classrooms 12 & 13.
Family Service: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel *2nd graders and above
Evening Service: 6:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Services will be live streamed here .
*High Holiday services are available to live stream for Beth El Congregation members only.
Beth El Welcomes Rabbi Ben Shalva
Rabbi Shalva is a writer, a Rabbi, a meditation teacher, a yoga instructor, and a spiritual guide. Rabbi Shalva will infuse Beth El with his creativity, energy, and thoughtfulness. You will see him on the bimah once per month, he'll be teaching in our schools, adult education program, Soul Center, and will support the clergy team in the area of pastoral care. Learn more about Rabbi Shalva here .
High Holy Days 2018 / 5779
The High Holy Days are right around the corner and we're looking forward to having all of you here at Beth El, enjoying our services and celebrating together. For full schedule of services, including family services, please click here .
See Beth El's complete guide to the High Holy Days here .
High Holy Day Family Service Registration
Please join us for our High Holy Day 2018/5779 family services.
Click here to register. We're looking forward to seeing you there!
For further information, contact Fran Davis at 410-484-4543 or
Dining with the Stars
Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an elegant sit-down dinner and live music in our newly decorated Sukkah. Cost: $18/person. *Adults only
For further information, click here .
Survey on Community Safety
CHANA is partnering with area synagogues and conducting a survey on Community Safety. The information will be used to understand awareness of safety issues in the Baltimore community and develop programs to address community safety needs. Please take 10 minutes to complete the web survey. The survey is anonymous and the results will be reported in aggregate.   Click here  to access the survey which should be completed by September 1. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Affiliates, Committees and Other Happenings
Steak, Salmon, Suds & Schwartz in the Sukkah
Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Join our Men's Club as they welcome guest speaker Keith Mills, WBAL Radio & TV sports personality, and our own Rabbi Steve Schwartz. Seating is limited , registration due September 19.
Cost: $30/member; $40/guest (At the door - $35/member; $45/guest). For further information and to pre-register, click here .
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
Preparing Our Spirits with Music to Set the Mood for the New Year - Featuring Herbert Greenberg
In Memory of H. Allan Lipsitz z"l
Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m, Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Our Jewish tradition encourages us to experience life with our senses, and music is an integral part of our tradition. This special program will prepare us for the High Holidays and the year ahead with inspirational Jewish and classical music. Click here for further information.

  • Intermediate Bridge, beginning September 29, is now FULL.

  • Learn to Play Canasta for Beginners, beginning Wednesday, October 10, is now FULL.
The next available class begins Wednesday, November 7.

  • Joseph Cassar's class, Monet, Impressionism and Giverny, beginning October 30, is now FULL. His next available class, The Art of the Classical World, begins Tuesday, March 12.
The 2018-2019 Program Brochure is available here
To register for ALL classes, regardless of fee,
contact Ellen Marks at  or 410-580-5166
Family Corner
Back to School Shabbat in the Sukkah
Friday, September 28 at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a musical Shabbat service for Preschool, Day School and Hebrew School families, led by Cantor Melanie Blatt, followed by dinner and fun in the Sukkah. Reservations due by September 17, RSVP to Mandy Barish at or 410-602-2245. *No charge
Religious School Registration
Registration for Religious School is OPEN for the 2018-2019 school year! Please register as soon as possible so we can accurately determine class sessions, number of teachers & classrooms needed and decide on student placement. 
You can register online at
If you have any questions, please contact Fran Davis in the religious school office at 410-484-4543 or

The Soul Center
Spiritual Check-In
Sign up for a 30 min. meeting with members of our Beth El clergy, where you’ll have a chance to explore questions such as “When do you feel most inspired jewishly?” “How might you want to grow in your Judaism this year?” “What do you think is missing or might be an area of growth in your spiritual or religious life?”
Leave feeling affirmed, guided and with opportunities and assignments to help you stretch and grow and deepen your commitments and knowledge in the year to come. To register for a 30-minute Spiritual Check-In, click here .
Healing Service
Wednesday, September 12 at 9:15 a.m.
With so many people in our community in need of healing, Rabbi Saroken will be leading a prayer circle/healing service. Anyone in need of healing or praying for your loved ones is welcome. We look forward to seeing you.
Caregiver Café
Thursday, September 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Caregiving is a crucial and oftentimes exhausting and difficult role. The first ½ hour of each gathering we have a different visiting “expert” who will address some aspect of caregiving and well-being. After this, our support group meets with the facilitation of a social worker and doctor.
For information regarding up-coming programs, go to
or contact Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103