Announcement for Congregation Members
Change of Date for Annual Meeting
Beth El’s 72 nd Congregational Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:15 p.m. (a week earlier than the original date) for all members of the congregation. Dinner and Program included.
Beth El Welcomes Our New Members

* David & Stacey Rubin
* Dr. Miriam Godfrey
* Patrick & Arleen Shepherd
* Stanley Rogosin
* Lee & Miriam Greenspon
* Michael & Stephanie Fellerman and their children, Dylan, Judah & Lainy
* Lewis Klotzman
* Robert & Monica Raffel
* Robert & Abby Millhouser
* Brian & Ricki Weisbort and their child Ensley
This Weekend!
A Weekend with Executive Director of JCC Krakow,
Jonathan Ornstein
March 13, 14 & 15
*This program is sponsored by the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb's Center for Lifelong Learning and the Beth El Israel Affairs Committee
Join us for a full weekend with Jonathan Ornstein and get to know how this personable, charismatic leader created a thriving Jewish community.
Click here for full details. *Please note, the Friday night dinner is sold out!
A FREE breakfast is included in Sunday's program.
Mitzvah Extravaganza at Beth El in Partnership with JVC
Sunday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join the fun at Beth El Congregation for Good Deeds Day! Volunteers will be participating in a variety of hands on projects that will benefit students participating in Thread, a comprehensive volunteer mentor program. Volunteers will also be able to delve deeper with Rabbis and other educators to learn more about how and why we can make every day Good Deeds Day. Event is sponsored by Beth El Congregation.
Open to all ages, click here to register.
This Weekend 
Friday, March 13
Morning Service: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
The Spark: 8:30 a.m., The Soul Center
POP UP Kabbalat Shabbat (see information below): 5:30 p.m.,
Gorn Chapel Hall
Evening Service: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
A Weekend with Jonathan Ornstein - Shabbat Dinner & Discussion:
6:45 p.m., Schapiro Auditorium *Sold Out

Saturday, March 14
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Service - Bat Mitzvah of Julia Levin : 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Or Shabbat Family Service: 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library
Prayground Shabbat: 11:15 a.m., Kolker Room
A Weekend with Jonathan Orsntein - Kiddush & Discussion: 12:00 p.m., Myers Auditorium & Gorn Chapel
Evening Service: 7:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, March 15
Morning Service: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Torah & Yoga: 9:30 a.m., The Soul Center
A Weekend with Jonathan Orsntein - Discussion & Light Breakfast: 10:00 a.m., Agus Library
Zentangling: 3:00 p.m., The Soul Center
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 .
In Loving Memory - Weekly Yahrzeit List
Tuesday, March 10 - Monday, March 16
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Interested in getting hospital and bereavement notices from Beth El?
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Affiliates, Committees and Other Happenings

POP UP Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel Hall
Led by Cantor Blatt and members of the Beth El community, we will sing familiar psalms from Kabbalat Shabbat to spiritually prepare ourselves for Shabbat. This service is perfect for any age, from babies to bubbies. Come and join the fun!
The Social Action Committee is Collecting Used Stamps
We're helping a school in Howard County collect used stamps. The school has a goal of collecting 6 million stamps to represent the 6 million Jews from the Holocaust. Please bring your used stamps Beth El's main office.
Beth El Sisterhood Luncheon & Book Review
with Rabbi Dana Saroken
Wednesday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m., Myers Auditorium
Rabbi Saroken will review the book Eternal Life by Dara Horn. The protagonist, Rachel’s current problem following scores of marriages, hundreds of children and 2,000 years going back to Roman occupied Jerusalem is explored in this novel. Click here to read more.
Sisterhood Shabbat
Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Join us for this annual event as Sisterhood members of Beth El lead Shabbat services and host a wonderful Kiddush. The women serve as rabbis and cantors, chant the alyiot and read Torah and Haftorah. All congregants, families and friends are invited to this meaningful morning service as Sisterhood celebrates its 71 st anniversary.   
Beth El Israel Affairs Committee Presents: Shabbat Kiddush Speaker Series - Molding a country: Israel's Prime Ministers
Saturdays, March 21, April 18 & May 16 at 12:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Our anticipated series will examine the lives and legacies of seven iconic Israeli Prime Ministers. What qualities does it take to create a democratic state for a disparate people in a barren land surrounded by hostile neighbors?
March 21 - Beth El's Ritual Director, Ben Kreshtool, will discuss David Ben Gurion and Golda Meir.
For full details on this year's series, click here .
Beth El Blood Drive
Wednesday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Did you know that every blood donation saves up to 3 lives? Join us and save lives! Walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment, click here . For more information, contact Steve Silber at 410-491-9157 or
KEDEM: Game Night
FIDF in partnership with Beth El's Israel Affairs Committee
Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Join the FIDF Baltimore Chapter and the Beth El Israel Affairs Committee for the Seventh Annual KEDEM Game Night benefiting our adopted battalion! Play Black Jack, Poker, Mah Jongg and Canasta. Click here for full details including pricing and registration.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning

Debbie Friedman
and Shlomo Carlebach:
Jewish Music Legacies
with Cantor Melanie Blatt
Thursdays, beginning March 12
at 10:00 a.m., Kolker Room
Click here for information.
The History of Marriage
with Barbara Blumberg
Tuesdays, beginning March 24 at 10:30 a.m., Agus Library
Click here for information.
Rikud Baltimore
Israeli Dance for Beginners
Mondays through April 6
at 7:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Click here for information.
Fly On The Wall: Exploration Of The Creative Spirit
with Jon Aaron
Thursdays, beginning March 26 at 7:00 p.m., Kolker Room
Come explore short stories, poems, film clips, paintings, visual art, and political cartoons as we discuss what we see, what we think, and how these provocative, creative pieces allow us to distill meaning that enriches our intellectual and spiritual lives. Fee: $50/Beth El Congregation members; $60/non-members. Click here for more information.
Click here to download a copy of the 2019-2020 Adult Education Booklet.
The Family Corner

Or Shabbat Family Service
Saturday, March 14 at 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library
Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for songs, stories and a wonderful family Shabbat experience. Or Shabbat is led by Morah Becky and the T’filah Team and Mitzvah Monsters in the Schuster Library.
Prayground Shabbat - Honoring Infant/Toddler
Saturday, March 14 at 11:15 a.m., Kolker Room
All are welcome to celebrate Shabbat! Come join our musical service as we sing and play together in our beautiful Generations Park! (Winter location: Kolker Room) Kiddush to follow.
The Soul Center

An Evening with Lori Gottlieb
Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic. She blends her clinical experience with the latest research and cultural developments to help people live better lives. Don’t miss your chance to learn from Lori in person when she comes to The Soul Center to discuss her latest book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed.   Click here for more information and registration.
Happy Hour: Talmud & Torah on Tap
Wednesdays through March at 5:30 p.m.
March 11 with Rabbi Ben Shalva @ R House
March 18 with Rabbi Jessy Gross @ Union Craft Brewery
March 25 with Rabbi Dana Saroke, location TBD
Who says Torah talk only happens at temple? All through March, we’ll be hosting after-work Torah learning over drinks at a rotation of convenient local hot spots. Moderated by some of Baltimore’s coolest rabbis, we’ll start with happy hour at 5:30 p.m.; Torah talk around the table begins at 6:00 sharp. You’ll be headed home in time for dinner before 7:00 p.m.…or stay after to grab a bite and watch March Madness with new Soul Center friends!   Click here for more information and registration.
Healing Service
Wednesday, March 11
at 9:15 a.m.
Click here for information.
Caregiver Cafe
Thursday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m.
March's Topic:
Anticipatory Grief with
Carol Hallinan from Gilchrist
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.
March’s Topic:
 Between Jealousy and Love: the Biblical Elijah 
Click here for information.
Torah & Yoga
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Click here for information.
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Click here for information.
For information regarding up-coming programs, go to
or contact Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103