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This Weekend  at Beth El

Friday, December 29
Morning Services: 8:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 6:00 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Saturday, December 30
Morning Services: 10:00 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 4:45 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Sunday, December 31
*Offices Closed; No Hebrew School.
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Monday, January 1
*Offices Closed
Morning Services: 9:15 a.m., Gorn Chapel
Evening Services: 5:30 p.m., Gorn Chapel

Community Celebrations

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Berman-Rubin Sanctuary
Enjoy a taste of paradise at Beth El's Annual Island Shabbat!  Hear the sounds of the Catonsville High School Steel Band, under the direction of Jim Wharton and the Beth El Choir. A delicious island-themed Oneg will take place after the service. The event is free and open to the public.
Affiliates, Committees & Other Happenings

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., Kolker Room
This program will help you, as Jewish grandparents, learn how to better your relationships with  your children and Interfaith grandchildren through communication and cultivation of the Jewish connections in your home.
Fee: $36 per person. Pre-registration required.  To register, please contact Lara Nicholson at  or 

Monday, January 8 at 11:30 a.m., Offit Auditorium
We struggle with self-care throughout our lives. We extend more thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion to the people that we love than we do to our own selves. In this experiential workshop, Julie Reisler and Rabbi Dana Saroken will help us pay attention to the ways that we take care of our bodies and minds. For further information or to RSVP by Wednesday, December 27, please contact Myra Coonin at or 410-653-9435 or Marcia Boonshaft at or 410-484-3112.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m, Kolker Room
Biblio is delighted to welcome again our Ritual Director, Ben Kreshtool, as our guest reviewer. Ben has elected The Nazzi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer, a riveting tale of perilous deception. Bring your own dairy lunch. Our hostess, Congregational President, Denise Franz, will provide dessert, Beth El supplies us with tea and coffee.  For further information, please contact Carol Cummins at 410-486-1504 or Joan Flaks at  410-486-6246.

Sunday, January 14 at 12:15 p.m., Kolker Room
We will be presenting the dramatic movie Paris Can Wait, which portrays a wife of a successful movie producer who takes a road trip from the south of France to Paris with one of her husband's associates.  Cost: $15/members and $18/guests.  Reservations and payments are due no later than December 26, 2017 For further information, please contact 
Ruthye Steinberg at 410-6655-8242 or Ellen Budish at 443-857-7499.
The Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong  Learning

Featured Event:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Offit Auditorium
Alyson Shirk, Katy Stevens and Todd Twining blend their voices for a powerful presentation of song. Their vibrant personalities, nuanced tones, and love of music weave together a tapestry of sound for all to enjoy. Alyson, Katy, and Todd are educators, and their passion is to make beautiful music together and bring joy to all who hear them.

Thursdays, December 28 and January 4, 11, 18 at 4:00 p.m.,  Myers Auditorium
Geri Willen will facilitate 4 classes for those who just learned to play Canasta or  who want to re-learn to play this fun game. This series, limited to 12 players. The fee is $40 for Beth El members and $50 for non-members. 

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 at 9:30 a.m., Agus Library
The poet W. H. Auden wrote, "The funniest of mortals, and the kindest, are those who are most aware of the baffle of being." Living presents us humans with baffling questions beyond both our reckoning and our escaping. Click here for more information.

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
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:15 a.m., Schuster Library
Or Shabbat is led by Morah Becky, the T'filah Team and Mitzvah Monsters in the Schuster Library. Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for songs, stories and a wonderful family Shabbat experience.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, January 6, 2018 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

Featured Event:
Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m., Offit Auditorium
An intimate conversation around soulful living and spiritual journeys with Rabbi Dana Saroken and Rabbi Sherre Hirsch. Yummy desserts and warm beverages & wine. $36/person. Click HERE to register. For further information, please contact Rachel Siegal at or 410-484-0411.

Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17 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.

Sundays, January 7, 14 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. The yoga class will accommodate all levels of ability, showing modifications to poses to increase the difficulty level.
$10/person.  Click HERE to register. 
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