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Thanksgiving Weekend  at Beth El

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Friday, November 24
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, November 25
Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Evening Services: 4:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, November 26
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

*Please note, the synagogue will be closed on Thursday and Sunday and the building will only be open during morning and evening services.
Special Event

Monday, December 18 at 5:45 p.m., Chizuk Amuno

Join us at Chizuk Amuno for an evening of holiday lights and fun.

5:45 P.M.    Pasta Bar, Salad, and Latke Dinner,  Hanukkah Games
6:00 P.M.    Our Students Perform
6:30 P.M.    Hanukkah Candle Lighting
6:45 P.M.    Fireworks Light Up the Sky

Cost for Dinner: 
By December 11 - $5 per person or $18 per family 
At the Door - $6 per person or $20 per family
Children 3 and under are free.

For registration information, please click HERE
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings

Tuesdays, November 28 and 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.

Monday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m., Offit Auditorium
Join us for an in-depth panel discussion on the topic of Islamophobia. Dr. Rosann Catalano, Dr. Homrya Ziad from the Institute for Muslim, Christian and Jewish Studies, and our very own Rabbi Steven Schwartz will lead the discussion, in what should be a fascinating, important and timely program. RSVP by Wednesday, November 22 to Esther Harris at or 410-486-3177 or Marcia Boonshaft at or 410-484-3112.
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

Monday, November 27 and December 4, 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, November 29 and December 6, 13 at 9:30 a.m., The Soul Center
Fee: $40/Beth El member; $50 non-member. Read more  here

Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., Agus Library
Read more here

The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning's Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class Receives A Gift!
We are thrilled to tell you that The Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class has received a generous gift that will enable interested congregants to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience. The program has undergone some changes from the original advertised class to accommodate this gift and provide a solid foundation for each adult. We will offer this B'nai Mitzvah journey, facilitated by Ben Kreshtool, from Thursday, December 7 through Thursday, May 17 at 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Agus Library for a fee of $50. All participants will have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah on Sunday morning, Shavuot, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Berman-Rubin Sanctuary.  

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.  

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, November 22, 29 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.

Wednesdays, November 29 and 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. 

Sunday, December 3 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.

The Braid
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. 

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