The Buzz at Beth El
This Weekend
Friday, May 18
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Friday Evening Meditation: 5:20 p.m., Schuster Library
Evening Services with Beth El's Junior Choir: 6:00 p.m.,
Gorn Chapel

Saturday, May 19
Erev Shavuot
Torah Study Class: 9:00 a.m., Agus Library
Morning Services - Bat Mitzvah of Meredith Hoppenstein : 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
TOT Shabbat: 11:15 a.m., Kreitzer Memorial Room *Kids ages 0-5
Shavuot Evening Services: 7:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Special Shavuot program - From Sinai to Social Justice with speakers Lynne Kahn, Seth Franz and John Zerivitz: 8:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
Tikkun Leyl Dessert: 9:00 p.m., Schapiro Auditorium
Tikkun Leyl: 9:30 p.m., Schapiro Auditorium

Sunday, May 20
Shavuot Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Brunch Congregation Kiddush & Ice Cream: 12:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Monday, May 21
Shavuot Yom Tov
Morning Services including Yizkor: 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Italian Congregation Kiddush with Sundaes: 12:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Evening Services: 6:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel
From Sinai To Social Justice: How Jewish Social Entrepreneurs
Embody Torah Values
Saturday Erev Shavuot, May 19 at 8:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel
On this Shavuot, we will explore the connection between Torah values and social entrepreneurship during a conversation with three Beth El members who address social justice issues through creativity, community organizing, innovation, and a commitment to healing humanity and the world.

Our presenter list includes Jon Zerevitz , co-founder and creative director of Union Craft Brewing Company, Lynne Kahn , founder of Baltimore Hunger Project (BHP), and Seth Franz , the founder of Volunteering Untapped, for some an inspired Shavuot discussion. Read More

Want to know more about Shavuot? Click here for Beth El's Guide to Shavuot.
Join Beth El in Partnership with Pearlstone Center and One Straw Farm in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Initiative
Why CSA? Support your local farmers, receive fresh, organic produce delivered to Beth El for pick-up each week during the growing season, and support environmental sustainability and stewardship practices. Read more about CSA's and their transformational benefit here .

To sign up for the CSA go to:  and click on the "membership" tab, then choose" join now" from the pull down menu. Choose Beth El as your pick-up location. For every 10 shares sold, Beth El will receive a free share that will be donated to charity.
Congregational Celebrations
Beth El's Annual Meeting - Celebrating 70 Years!
Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
* For Congregation members only * - RSVP list is now closed.
Don't miss this important meeting:
• Vote on revision to by-laws
• Election of officers and new board members
• Complimentary Congregational Dinner
• Memorial Service
• Keynote: Soul Center - “2 Years of Healing, Rejuvenation and Mindfulness” - Rabbi Saroken and Rachel Siegal
The Music Of Bernstein And Gershwin
Presented By Cantor Thom King And The Beth El Choir
Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday and George Gershwin's 120th with an afternoon of songs, stories and surprises! Admission: $18/person. To purchase tickets or for further information, please contact Yvonne Epstein at 410-484-0411 or
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings
Sisterhood Closing Meeting And Installation Of Officers
Wednesday, May 23 at 11:30 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Alumni of the Peabody Institute, The Titan Trio bring together three virtuoso musicians who deliver unforgettable concerts for listeners of all ages.  Click here for more information.
Wednesday, May 30 at 12:00 p.m., Myers Auditorium
Sonia Obstler will lead a discussion on the book Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. For information, please call Barbara Berkowitz 410-296-8424, Carol Cummins 410-486-1504, Joan Flaks 410-486-6246, Gail Shugarman 410 486-1661 or
Rita Silverman 410 484-1731.
Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m., Everyman Theater
After the performance, Rich Hollander, a Past President of Beth El Congregation, will host a question and answer session. Please purchase your tickets by May 1 5. Click  here  for more information.
B eth El Seniors Joint Entertainment & Dinner Event
with Jule Styne
Sunday, June 3 at 5:45 p.m., Beth Israel
$22/members. RSVP by Tuesday, May 22. Your check is your reservation.
Checks payable to: Beth El Seniors. Mail to: Beth El, Attn: Ruthye Steinberg or Ellen Budish, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208.
Click here for more information.
Sisterhood Trip to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ
Tuesday, June 5 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we travel to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Following a docent-led tour, you will have lunch in the Peacock Cafe. Cost: $130/member; $140/non-members. WAIT LIST ONLY.
For more information, contact Robin Kleiman at 410-653-0113 or or Marlene Siegel at 410-484-1844 or
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning
Special Event
Celebrating Israel's 70th Birthday:
Wednesday Night @ The Movies
Wednesdays, May 23, 30; June 6, 13 at 7:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
 Share 4 Israeli films as we celebrate Israel’s milestone 70th birthday.
May 23 - Jerusalem Cuts (2008) with Rabbi Steven Schwartz and
Rafi Rone of Weinberg Foundation.
May 30 - The Women Pioneers  (2013) with Rabbi Dana Saroken and Idan Zrihren of BZD.
June 6 - Sallah Shabati  (1964) with Ben Kreshtool, Beth El Ritual Director and Sivan Chaban of BZD.
June 13 - Dimona Twist  (2016) with Hana Bor, Ph.D. of BHI, Towson University and Neil Rubin, Ph.D. of Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School.

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Summer Siddur Class with Shira Zeliger
Wednesdays, May 30; June 13; Mondays, June 4, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16
at 5:30 p.m., Schuster Library
For further information, contact Shira Zeliger at
For more courses, check out the 
Please register for ALL classes, regardless of fee, to Ellen Marks at  or 410-580-5166
The Family Corner
Calling all parents who are planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Beth El in 2021!
Dates for B’nai Mitzvah events for the year 2021 will be assigned this June. If your child was born in 2008 and you are planning to celebrate this event at Beth El, you are welcome to request special dates. Please submit 2-3 choices to Ellen Marks at or call 410-580-5166. We try to honor requests but cannot guarantee a single Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  
TOT Shabbat - Honoring Infants/Toddlers
Saturday, May 19 at 11:15 a.m., Kreitzer Memorial Room
Join Morah Becky for an interactive service filled with song, prayer, puppets and Torah stories. For kids up to 5 years old and their families.
The Soul Center
Caregiver Cafe
Thursday, May 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Click here for information.
The Zen of Fishing *Only a few spots left
Sunday, June 3
Click here for registration and information.
Weekly Meditation
Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m.
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Friday Evening Meditation
Fridays at 5:20 p.m.,
Schuster Library
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Torah & Yoga
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
*No class on May 20*
Click here for information
For further information, go to or contact
Julie Hettleman at or 410-484-0411 x 1103