Chai-Lights 2/15: Shabbat Services, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: February 15 - 21

 ♦  Shabbat Service & Potluck Dinner, with Wine Tasting - Fri.,  Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Volunteer Your Home for Shabbat Service & Oneg - Contact Heather at: heather_zimmerman@verizon.net.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner with Wine Tasting - Friday, February 16

Please join Bet Chaverim for Shabbat Services on Friday,  Feb. 16, at 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.  

Bring your sweetheart and socialize. Hot drinks to include coffee, tea, and apple cider. Several kosher wines will be available for sampling to help choose wines for future events.

Please sign up to bring a kosher dairy or pareve dish. This is a chance to show off your culinary skill or buy something and just relax.  RSVP at: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-february

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1

Holocaust Survivor and Bet Chaverim Member Edith Cord will discuss her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution, as well as as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. See details under Federation events.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 16, families around the country who have created the Rosenthal special candlesticks will light them in solidarity with families in California. Steve and Laurie Diener will be hosting a pot-luck dinner and candle lighting at their home that evening for those who sign up as part of the group referenced in the activity above. This event is open to the community – please share with anyone who might have interest. For additional information, please contact: Laurie Diener, 410-591-2603 eventions48@verizon.net.

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services Throughout 2018, Beginning With April

Bet Chaverim needs volunteer hosts to hold home-based Friday night services, approximately once each month. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting any of the remaining 2018 home-based Shabbat services.

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County has continuous need of welcome baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Woo hoo, the Bet Chaverim Congregation responded and helped the Social Action Committee create “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing.  Kudos to Jon & Risa Kipnis, Karyn & Les Gross, Michelle & Jon Goldberg, Laurie & Steve Diener, Doris & Ben Zingman, Mary & David Marker, Ivy Konel &Marvin Zeldin, Alethea & Mark Schmall, Nancy & Ed Kutler, and Shelli & Henry Rossman. The “Welcome Home” baskets were transported by Heather Zimmerman, and unloaded with the assistance of 5 Bridges to Housing Stability staffers on January 8th.

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with:

  • Hammer and changeable head screwdriver
  • Scented candle
  • Febreeze
  • Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dial soap bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 LED light bulbs
  • Facial tissues
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen towels
  • Toothpaste
  • $20 Giant gift card

There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Volunteer for Purim Palooza!

This year, Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo is February 25, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Long Reach High School. The Federation is seeking volunteers to help with event set-up, supervising games, craft projects, giving out prizes, and more! To sign up as a volunteer, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a9ac2ea3fc1-purim1.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Feb. 15  - 21

2/15                     30 Shevat         Albert Silverman, beloved father of Stacey Berger

2/16                       1 Adar            Hannah Marker, beloved mother of David Marker

 

Week of Feb. 22 - 28

2/24                       9 Adar            Maxwell S. Jacobs, beloved father of Robert Jacobs

2/26                     11 Adar            Lee Forman, beloved mother of Grant Forman

2/26                     11 Adar            Luecille Silverman, beloved mother of Stacey Berger

2/27                     12 Adar            Paul Harris, beloved father of Marsha Gorelik

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

Acknowledgements*

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM at the home of Laurie & Steve Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Mar. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 31, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Israel in Its 70th: Challenges & Opportunities - Thurs., Feb. 22, 7:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. Look back on 70 years with Reuven Azar, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. Hear about the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces as it moves into its 71st year. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Register at Associated.org/HoCoIsrael. Find more information about Israel in Howard County at JewishHowardCounty.org/shlichut.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1, 12:30 - 2:00 PM; HCC SET Building, Community Room 101. Holocaust Survivor Edith Cord speaks about her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution -- What kept her going? Where could she go? -- as well as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. RSVP required to shlichut@jewishhowardcounty.org

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org
 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 2/8: Shabbat Services, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: February 8- 14

 ♦  Shabbat Service Sat.,  Feb. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Volunteer Your Home for Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri.,  Mar. 2, 7:30 PM; Contact Heather at: heather_zimmerman@verizon.net.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1

Holocaust Survivor and Bet Chaverim Member Edith Cord will discuss her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution, as well as as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. See details under Federation events.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 16, families around the country who have created the Rosenthal special candlesticks will light them in solidarity with families in California. Steve and Laurie Diener will be hosting a pot-luck dinner and candle lighting at their home that evening for those who sign up as part of the group referenced in the activity above. This event is open to the community – please share with anyone who might have interest. For additional information, please contact: Laurie Diener, 410-591-2603 eventions48@verizon.net.

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services Throughout 2018, Beginning With Friday, Mar. 2

Bet Chaverim needs volunteer hosts to hold home-based Friday night services, approximately once each month. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting any of the remaining 2018 home-based Shabbat services.

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County has continuous need of welcome baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Woo hoo, the Bet Chaverim Congregation responded and helped the Social Action Committee create “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing.  Kudos to Jon & Risa Kipnis, Karyn & Les Gross, Michelle & Jon Goldberg, Laurie & Steve Diener, Doris & Ben Zingman, Mary & David Marker, Ivy Konel &Marvin Zeldin, Alethea & Mark Schmall, Nancy & Ed Kutler, and Shelli & Henry Rossman. The “Welcome Home” baskets were transported by Heather Zimmerman, and unloaded with the assistance of 5 Bridges to Housing Stability staffers on January 8th.

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with:

  • Hammer and changeable head screwdriver
  • Scented candle
  • Febreeze
  • Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dial soap bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 LED light bulbs
  • Facial tissues
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen towels
  • Toothpaste
  • $20 Giant gift card

There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Volunteer for Purim Palooza!

This year, Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo is February 25, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Long Reach High School. The Federation is seeking volunteers to help with event set-up, supervising games, craft projects, giving out prizes, and more! To sign up as a volunteer, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a9ac2ea3fc1-purim1.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Feb. 8 - 14

2/10                     25 Shevat         Harold Gross, beloved father of Les Gross

2/12                     27 Shevat         Gertrude Rose Sinay, beloved mother of Jerry Sinay

 

Week of Feb. 15  - 21

2/15                     30 Shevat         Albert Silverman, beloved father of Stacey Berger

2/16                       1 Adar            Hannah Marker, beloved mother of David Marker

 

Week of Feb. 22 - 28

2/24                       9 Adar            Maxwell S. Jacobs, beloved father of Robert Jacobs

2/26                     11 Adar            Lee Forman, beloved mother of Grant Forman

2/26                     11 Adar            Luecille Silverman, beloved mother of Stacey Berger

2/27                     12 Adar            Paul Harris, beloved father of Marsha Gorelik

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

Acknowledgements*

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM at the home of Laurie & Steve Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Mar. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 31, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel in Its 70th: Challenges & Opportunities - Thurs., Feb. 22, 7:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. Look back on 70 years with Reuven Azar, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. Hear about the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces as it moves into its 71st year. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Register at Associated.org/HoCoIsrael. Find more information about Israel in Howard County at JewishHowardCounty.org/shlichut.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1, 12:30 - 2:00 PM; HCC SET Building, Community Room 101. Holocaust Survivor Edith Cord speaks about her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution -- What kept her going? Where could she go? -- as well as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. RSVP required to shlichut@jewishhowardcounty.org

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org
 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 2/1: Shabbat Services, RSVPs & Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: February 1- 7

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 PM at the home of Lynn & Lew Weinstein, 4260 Lilac Lane, Ellicott City.

 

♦  Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder & Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045.

 

♦  “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, The Gary Rosenthal Collection, 4218 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

 

♦  Volunteer Your Home for Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 PM; Contact Heather at: heather_zimmerman@verizon.net.

 

♦ RSVP for  Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder & Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045.

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder and Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Join Bet Chaverim in wishing "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045! Families of children from preschool through middle school will:

  • Share in a Tu B'Shevat Seder together, eating and sipping our way through foods that represent the changing of seasons in Israel!
  • Create nature-themed crafts with upcycled and natural objects, some to take home and some to donate to Kosher Meals on Wheels and to children at Sinai Hospital!
  • Participate in mitzvah projects to benefit the animals at the Baltimore Humane Society while they wait for their forever homes!

This program is FREE and open to the community.Please RSVP at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-seeds .

Sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and Bet Chaverim Religious School in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County.

     
 

 “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Create Shabbat Candlesticks for Jewish families touched by the wild fires in California. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is fighting fire with fire! Join an open studio where participants help create glass mosaics for two pairs of Shabbat candlesticks. One pair will be donated to a family in California touched by the fire, while the second set will be picked up by the participant (at the studio or at Laurie Diener's home in Columbia) for personal use.

 

Two styles of candlesticks are available. A $20 deposit reserves your spot at this open studio event and will be applied towards whichever candlesticks you wish to make. Only one ticket is required per family. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is reducing the cost of these candlesticks to two for the price of one so that a family in California can receive their Shabbat candlesticks at no cost to you or them.

 

Gary, who is a world-renowned artist (and the Dieners' first-cousin), will give studio tours. Wine and refreshments will be served. Open to all ages – family participation is encouraged. More details and sign-up here: https://californiashabbat2.eventbrite.com

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1

Holocaust Survivor and Bet Chaverim Member Edith Cord will discuss her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution, as well as as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. See details under Federation events.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 16, families around the country who have created the Rosenthal special candlesticks will light them in solidarity with families in California. Steve and Laurie Diener will be hosting a pot-luck dinner and candle lighting at their home that evening for those who sign up as part of the group referenced in the activity above. This event is open to the community – please share with anyone who might have interest. For additional information, please contact: Laurie Diener, 410-591-2603 eventions48@verizon.net.

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services Throughout 2018, Beginning With Friday, Feb. 2

Bet Chaverim needs volunteer hosts to hold home-based Friday night services, approximately once each month. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting any of the remaining 2018 home-based Shabbat services.

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County has continuous need of welcome baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Woo hoo, the Bet Chaverim Congregation responded and helped the Social Action Committee create “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing.  Kudos to Jon & Risa Kipnis, Karyn & Les Gross, Michelle & Jon Goldberg, Laurie & Steve Diener, Doris & Ben Zingman, Mary & David Marker, Ivy Konel &Marvin Zeldin, Alethea & Mark Schmall, Nancy & Ed Kutler, and Shelli & Henry Rossman. The “Welcome Home” baskets were transported by Heather Zimmerman, and unloaded with the assistance of 5 Bridges to Housing Stability staffers on January 8th.

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with:

  • Hammer and changeable head screwdriver
  • Scented candle
  • Febreeze
  • Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dial soap bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 LED light bulbs
  • Facial tissues
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen towels
  • Toothpaste
  • $20 Giant gift card

There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Volunteer for Purim Palooza!

This year, Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo is February 25, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Long Reach High School. The Federation is seeking volunteers to help with event set-up, supervising games, craft projects, giving out prizes, and more! To sign up as a volunteer, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a9ac2ea3fc1-purim1.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

 Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Feb. 1 - 7

2/1                      16 Shevat         Solomon Zeldin, beloved father of Marvin Zeldin

2/2                      17 Shevat         Sadie Laiefsky, beloved grandmother of Karyn Gross

2/6                      21 Shevat         Anne V. Mason, beloved sister of Judy Schiffer

2/7                      22 Shevat         Joseph Laiefsky, beloved grandfather of Karyn Gross

 

Week of Feb. 8 - 14

2/10                     25 Shevat         Harold Gross, beloved father of Les Gross

2/12                     27 Shevat         Gertrude Rose Sinay, beloved mother of Jerry Sinay

 

Week of Feb. 15  - 21

2/15                     30 Shevat         Albert Silverman, beloved father of Stacey Berger

2/16                       1 Adar            Hannah Marker, beloved mother of David Marker

 

Week of Feb. 22 - 28

2/24                       9 Adar            Maxwell S. Jacobs, beloved father of Robert Jacobs

2/26                     11 Adar            Lee Forman, beloved mother of Grant Forman

2/26                     11 Adar            Luecille Silverman, beloved mother of Stacey Berger

2/27                     12 Adar            Paul Harris, beloved father of Marsha Gorelik

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

Acknowledgements*

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

 

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM at the home of Laurie & Steve Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Mar. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 31, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel in Its 70th: Challenges & Opportunities - Thurs., Feb. 22, 7:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. Look back on 70 years with Reuven Azar, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. Hear about the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces as it moves into its 71st year. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Register at Associated.org/HoCoIsrael. Find more information about Israel in Howard County at JewishHowardCounty.org/shlichut.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1, 12:30 - 2:00 PM; HCC SET Building, Community Room 101. Holocaust Survivor Edith Cord speaks about her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution -- What kept her going? Where could she go? -- as well as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. RSVP required to shlichut@jewishhowardcounty.org

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org
 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/25: Shabbat Services, RSVPs & Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: January 25 - 31

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Volunteer Your Home for Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 PM; Contact Heather at: heather_zimmerman@verizon.net.

 

♦ RSVP for  Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder & Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045.

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder and Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Join Bet Chaverim in wishing "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045! Families of children from preschool through middle school will:

  • Share in a Tu B'Shevat Seder together, eating and sipping our way through foods that represent the changing of seasons in Israel!
  • Create nature-themed crafts with upcycled and natural objects, some to take home and some to donate to Kosher Meals on Wheels and to children at Sinai Hospital!
  • Participate in mitzvah projects to benefit the animals at the Baltimore Humane Society while they wait for their forever homes!

This program is FREE and open to the community.Please RSVP at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-seeds .

Sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and Bet Chaverim Religious School in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County.

     
 

 “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Create Shabbat Candlesticks for Jewish families touched by the wild fires in California. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is fighting fire with fire! Join an open studio where participants help create glass mosaics for two pairs of Shabbat candlesticks. One pair will be donated to a family in California touched by the fire, while the second set will be picked up by the participant (at the studio or at Laurie Diener's home in Columbia) for personal use.

 

Two styles of candlesticks are available. A $20 deposit reserves your spot at this open studio event and will be applied towards whichever candlesticks you wish to make. Only one ticket is required per family. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is reducing the cost of these candlesticks to two for the price of one so that a family in California can receive their Shabbat candlesticks at no cost to you or them.

 

Gary, who is a world-renowned artist (and the Dieners' first-cousin), will give studio tours. Wine and refreshments will be served. Open to all ages – family participation is encouraged. More details and sign-up here: https://californiashabbat2.eventbrite.com

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1

Holocaust Survivor and Bet Chaverim Member Edith Cord will discuss her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution, as well as as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. See details under Federation events.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 16, families around the country who have created the Rosenthal special candlesticks will light them in solidarity with families in California. Steve and Laurie Diener will be hosting a pot-luck dinner and candle lighting at their home that evening for those who sign up as part of the group referenced in the activity above. This event is open to the community – please share with anyone who might have interest. For additional information, please contact: Laurie Diener, 410-591-2603,  eventions48@verizon.net.

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services Throughout 2018, Beginning With Friday, Feb. 2

Bet Chaverim needs volunteer hosts to hold home-based Friday night services, approximately once each month. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting any of the remaining 2018 home-based Shabbat services.

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County has continuous need of welcome baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Woo hoo, the Bet Chaverim Congregation responded and helped the Social Action Committee create “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing.  Kudos to Jon & Risa Kipnis, Karyn & Les Gross, Michelle & Jon Goldberg, Laurie & Steve Diener, Doris & Ben Zingman, Mary & David Marker, Ivy Konel &Marvin Zeldin, Alethea & Mark Schmall, Nancy & Ed Kutler, and Shelli & Henry Rossman. The “Welcome Home” baskets were transported by Heather Zimmerman, and unloaded with the assistance of 5 Bridges to Housing Stability staffers on January 8th.

 

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with:

  • Hammer and changeable head screwdriver
  • Scented candle
  • Febreeze
  • Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dial soap bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towel
  • Liquid dish soap
  • 2 LED light bulbs
  • Facial tissues
  • Pot holders
  • Kitchen towels
  • Toothpaste
  • $20 Giant gift card

There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Volunteer for Purim Palooza!

This year, Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo is February 25, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Long Reach High School. The Federation is seeking volunteers to help with event set-up, supervising games, craft projects, giving out prizes, and more! To sign up as a volunteer, visit www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a9ac2ea3fc1-purim1.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

 Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Jan. 25 - 31

1/31                   15 Shevat          Elmore Rosenthal, beloved father of Steven Rosenthal

 

Week of Feb. 1 - 7

2/1                      16 Shevat         Solomon Zeldin, beloved father of Marvin Zeldin

2/2                      17 Shevat         Sadie Laiefsky, beloved grandmother of Karyn Gross

2/6                      21 Shevat         Anne V. Mason, beloved sister of Judy Schiffer

2/7                      22 Shevat         Joseph Laiefsky, beloved grandfather of Karyn Gross

 

Week of Feb. 8 - 14

2/10                     25 Shevat         Harold Gross, beloved father of Les Gross

2/12                     27 Shevat         Gertrude Rose Sinay, beloved mother of Jerry Sinay

 

Week of Feb. 15  - 21

2/15                     30 Shevat         Albert Silverman, beloved father of Stacey Berger

2/16                       1 Adar            Hannah Marker, beloved mother of David Marker

 

Week of Feb. 22 - 28

2/24                       9 Adar            Maxwell S. Jacobs, beloved father of Robert Jacobs

2/26                     11 Adar            Lee Forman, beloved mother of Grant Forman

2/26                     11 Adar            Luecille Silverman, beloved mother of Stacey Berger

2/27                     12 Adar            Paul Harris, beloved father of Marsha Gorelik

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

Acknowledgements*

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD.

 

♦  Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder & Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045.

 

♦  “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, The Gary Rosenthal Collection, 4218 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

 

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM at the home of Laurie & Steve Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Mar. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 31, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Zikaron BaSalon - Sat., Jan. 27, 7:00 PM at the Home of Shulamit & Jonathan Finkelstein. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join our community at Zikaron BaSalon (“Memories in the Living Room”), a tradition originating in Israel where family and friends gather to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors and commemorate this solemn day. We will meet at the home of a local community member to hear from a survivor and participate in a discussion. Program is free, but registration required at Associated.org/HolocaustRemembrance. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel in Its 70th: Challenges & Opportunities - Thurs., Feb. 22, 7:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. Look back on 70 years with Reuven Azar, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. Hear about the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces as it moves into its 71st year. Program is free, but advance registration is recommended. Register at Associated.org/HoCoIsrael. Find more information about Israel in Howard County at JewishHowardCounty.org/shlichut.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Facing Nazi Persecution—Lessons for Today - Thurs., Mar. 1, 12:30 - 2:00 PM; HCC SET Building, Community Room 101. Holocaust Survivor Edith Cord speaks about her experiences growing up in Europe and facing Nazi persecution -- What kept her going? Where could she go? -- as well as the importance of Zionism and Israel for her survival. Sponsored by the HCC Jewish Group and open to the community. RSVP required to shlichut@jewishhowardcounty.org

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org
 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/18: Shabbat Services, Movie Night & Dessert Reception, & Teen Survey

This Week: January 11 - 17 

♦  Shabbat Service, With Rabbi Morris Zimbalist - Fri., Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Rosenwald Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sun., Jan. 21, 7:00 PM, at the homer of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.

 

♦  RSVP for Rosenwald -- it's not too late!!

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

It's Still Possible to Register for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20

 

 

For those who have been meaning to sign-up, but just haven’t gotten around to it, don’t worry! You may still sign up and pay at the door.

 

Commemorate MLK Day by joining us for a powerful documentary, renowned Rosenwald expert, and dessert.

"Rosenwald" is the little-known story of the Jewish businessman/ philanthropist who gave millions to causes benefiting African-Americans. Register today! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aeaf2a1-rosenwald

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the home of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

For this gathering, we will be holding a mini Tu B'Shevat seder. Please RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.

 

Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder and Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Join Bet Chaverim in wishing "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045! Families of children from preschool through middle school will:

  • Share in a Tu B'Shevat Seder together, eating and sipping our way through foods that represent the changing of seasons in Israel!
  • Create nature-themed crafts with upcycled and natural objects, some to take home and some to donate to Kosher Meals on Wheels and to children at Sinai Hospital!
  • Participate in mitzvah projects to benefit the animals at the Baltimore Humane Society while they wait for their forever homes!

This program is FREE and open to the community. Sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and Bet Chaverim Religious School in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County.

     
 

 “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Create Shabbat Candlesticks for Jewish families touched by the wild fires in California. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is fighting fire with fire! Join an open studio where participants help create glass mosaics for two pairs of Shabbat candlesticks. One pair will be donated to a family in California touched by the fire, while the second set will be picked up by the participant (at the studio or at Laurie Diener's home in Columbia) for personal use.

 

Two styles of candlesticks are available. A $20 deposit reserves your spot at this open studio event and will be applied towards whichever candlesticks you wish to make. Only one ticket is required per family. The Gary Rosenthal Collection is reducing the cost of these candlesticks to two for the price of one so that a family in California can receive their Shabbat candlesticks at no cost to you or them.

 

Gary, who is a world-renowned artist (and the Dieners' first-cousin), will give studio tours. Wine and refreshments will be served. Open to all ages – family participation is encouraged. More details and sign-up here: https://californiashabbat2.eventbrite.com

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

On Friday, March 16, families around the country who have created the Rosenthal special candlesticks will light them in solidarity with families in California. Steve and Laurie Diener will be hosting a pot-luck dinner and candle lighting at their home that evening for those who sign up as part of the group referenced in the activity above. This event is open to the community – please share with anyone who might have interest. For additional information, please contact: Laurie Diener, 410-591-2603,  eventions48@verizon.net.

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

 Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Jan. 18 - 24 

1/19                    4 Shevat           Irving Kaufer, beloved father of Gloria Greene

1/21                    5 Shevat           Henry Sweet, beloved father of Sue Schaffer

1/22                    6 Shevat           Paul Freedman, beloved stepfather of Daniel Freedman 

 

Week of Jan. 25 - 31

1/31                   15 Shevat          Elmore Rosenthal, beloved father of Steven Rosenthal

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD.

 

♦  Seeds of Change: Tu B'Shevat Seder & Mitzvah Experience - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, 21045.

 

♦  “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. collectgaryrosenthal.com) - Sun., Feb. 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, The Gary Rosenthal Collection, 4218 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

 

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Feb. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Feb. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, TBD.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

"Fighting Fire With Fire" Solidarity Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM at the home of Laurie & Steve Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Mar. 21, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 31, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Zikaron BaSalon - Sat., Jan. 27, 7:00 PM at the Home of Shulamit & Jonathan Finkelstein. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join our community at Zikaron BaSalon (“Memories in the Living Room”), a tradition originating in Israel where family and friends gather to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors and commemorate this solemn day. We will meet at the home of a local community member to hear from a survivor and participate in a discussion. Program is free, but registration required at Associated.org/HolocaustRemembrance. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/11: Shabbat Services, Monthly Minyan, Movie Night & Dessert Reception, & Teen Survey

This Week: January 11 - 17 

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 13, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  RSVP By 1/12 for Rosenwald 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20; RSVP online by Jan. 12 

 

 

Commemorate MLK Day by joining us for a powerful documentary, renowned Rosenwald expert, and dessert.

"Rosenwald" is the little-known story of the Jewish businessman/ philanthropist who gave millions to causes benefiting African-Americans. Register today! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aeaf2a1-rosenwald

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the home of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

For this gathering, we will be holding a mini Tu B'Shevat seder. Please RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.
 

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

 Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

Week of Jan. 11 - 17 

1/12                   25 Tevet           Dorothy Kipnis, beloved mother of Jon Kipnis

1/14                   27 Tevet           Marian Backer, beloved mother of Sandy Cohen

 

Week of Jan. 18 - 24 

1/19                    4 Shevat           Irving Kaufer, beloved father of Gloria Greene

1/21                    5 Shevat           Henry Sweet, beloved father of Sue Schaffer

1/22                    6 Shevat           Paul Freedman, beloved stepfather of Daniel Freedman 

 

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossman for their donation in memory of Shelli's beloved father, Harvey Maxwell Balter, z"l;  Arlene Malech, z"l; and Steve Kovel, z"l.

 

Welcome Home Baskets

Thank you to the following donors for their generous support of this Social Action Project:

  • Laurie & Steve Diener
  • Michelle & Jon Goldberg
  • Karyn & Les Gross
  • Risa & Jon Kipnis
  • Ivy Konel & Marvin Zeldin
  • Kutler Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Shelli & Henry Rossman
  • Heather & Alan Zimmerman
  • Doris & Ben Zingman

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Rosenwald Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sun., Jan. 21, 7:00 PM, at the homer of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Zikaron BaSalon - Sat., Jan. 27, 7:00 PM at the Home of Shulamit & Jonathan Finkelstein. On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join our community at Zikaron BaSalon (“Memories in the Living Room”), a tradition originating in Israel where family and friends gather to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors and commemorate this solemn day. We will meet at the home of a local community member to hear from a survivor and participate in a discussion. Program is free, but registration required at Associated.org/HolocaustRemembrance. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Feb. 14, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Feb. 25, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Ln, Columbia. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features photo novelties, airbrush hats and shirts, face painting, DJ Doug’s Simon Says, games, prizes, food, and more! FREE Entry! Proceeds raised will support Howard County synagogues and religious school education. Purchase unlimited wristbands at Associated.org/PurimWristband. For more information about the Palooza and sponsorship opportunities, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2018.

 

Pop Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 9. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Young families in Howard County are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. Sign up here as a host or guest and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! Please note: there is a guest fee of $18/family to help defray host expenses. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at Mschwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Save the Date: Rick Recht LIVE IN CONCERT! - Sun., Apr.  29, 11:00 AM, at Oakland Mills High School,

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians.  Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. STAY TUNED FOR TICKET INFORMATION! For more information contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/4: Shabbat Services,Movie Night & Dessert Reception, & Teen Survey

This Week: January 4 - 10 

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Jan. 4,7 :30 PM

at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The Formans request that people do not park in the common drive. Instead, there may be room for a few cars to park in the Forman's driveway, and the rest should park along the street elsewhere in the neighborhood.

 

♦  RSVP for Rosenwald 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20; RSVP online by Jan. 12 

 

 

Commemorate MLK Day by joining us for a powerful documentary, renowned Rosenwald expert, and dessert.

"Rosenwald" is the little-known story of the Jewish businessman/ philanthropist who gave millions to causes benefiting African-Americans. Register today! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aeaf2a1-rosenwald

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the home of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

For this gathering, we will be holding a mini Tu B'Shevat seder. Please RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.
 

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

 Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/
 

Week of Jan. 4 - 10 

1/4                      17 Tevet           Aaron Stanley Ely, beloved father of Jacalyn Ely

1/5                      18 Tevet           Ruth Raderman, beloved mother of Michael Raderman

1/7                      20 Tevet           Abraham Cohen, beloved father of Sandy Cohen

1/10                    23 Tevet           Harvey Baronovich Gorelik, beloved father of Ivan Gorelik

 

Week of Jan. 11 - 17 

1/12                   25 Tevet           Dorothy Kipnis, beloved mother of Jon Kipnis

1/14                   27 Tevet           Marian Backer, beloved mother of Sandy Cohen

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Irene Griff and Mark Hasegawa for their generous donation to the Rabbi's Compensation Fund in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 13, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Rosenwald Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sun., Jan. 21, 7:00 PM, at the homer of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/29: Shabbat Services, Last Call - Welcome Home Baskets, Movie Night & Dessert Reception, & Teen Survey

This Week: December 28 - January 3 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. 

 

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20; RSVP online by Jan. 12 

 

 

Bet Chaverim will screen the acclaimed documentary, Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 20, 2018 at the Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. 


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible, but little known story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools to advance black education in the American south during the early part of the 20th century.

Stephanie Deutsch, great-granddaughter-in-law of Julius Rosenwald and author of "You Need a Schoolhouse," will introduce the film and host a Q&A after the showing.  The program will conclude with a dessert reception.

 

The cost for the evening is $15 per person.  Please register online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aeaf2a1-rosenwald.  You may pay online by credit card (the Fee is 5% of total + a 5% transaction fee).  If you prefer to pay by check,  please send your payment to Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD  21041. (Please indicate "Rosenwald" in the notes area of your check).  Payments are due by 1/12.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the home of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

For this gathering, we will be holding a mini Tu B'Shevat seder. Please RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.
 

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

Bet Chaverim is looking to establish programming for our teenage population. The programming will be based on their interests, and may include social events, Jewish talks (like Torah on Tap for Teens), social action, and just hanging out. To start this, we need your help.

If you have teenage children in your household, please complete the very brief survey at the link below. This will help us build a membership list of our teenagers, and gather their interest areas. Please complete a survey for each teenager.

 

The survey is found at: https://tinyurl.com/BCTeenSurvey

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Last Call: Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of  Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/28                 10 Tevet           Paulina Kaufman, beloved mother of Rella Zimmerman

12/31                 13 Tevet           Frank Kipnis, beloved father of Jon Kipnis

1/1                     14 Tevet           Harvey Maxwell Balter, beloved father of Shelli Rossman

1/1                     14 Tevet           Ronald Barry Cooper, beloved father of Jamie Biegeleisen

1/3                     16 Tevet           Martin Isaac Deitz, beloved father of Sharyn Sinay

 

Week of Jan.4  - 10 

1/4                      17 Tevet           Aaron Stanley Ely, beloved father of Jacalyn Ely

1/5                      18 Tevet           Ruth Raderman, beloved mother of Michael Raderman

1/7                      20 Tevet           Abraham Cohen, beloved father of Sandy Cohen

1/10                    23 Tevet           Harvey Baronovich Gorelik, beloved father of Ivan Gorelik

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Irene Griff and Mark Hasegawa for their generous donation to the Rabbi's Compensation Fund in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 6, 7:30 PM. Details to Follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 13, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Rosenwald Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044. 

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/22: Shabbat Services on Friday Night -- Please Help Make a Minyan!!

This Week: December 21 - 27 

♦ Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

 

Congratulations to Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid on their re-election to the Board of Trustees, and to 

Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky on their first terms as Trustees!!

 

All proposed changes to the Bylaws were accepted by Congregational vote. New Bylaws including those changes that will be posted on our website, and the Congregation will be notified when they are ready for viewing.

 

The next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018; we  hope to see you there!!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
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Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of  Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/28                 10 Tevet           Paulina Kaufman, beloved mother of Rella Zimmerman

12/31                 13 Tevet           Frank Kipnis, beloved father of Jon Kipnis

1/1                     14 Tevet           Harvey Maxwell Balter, beloved father of Shelli Rossman

1/1                     14 Tevet           Ronald Barry Cooper, beloved father of Jamie Biegeleisen

1/3                     16 Tevet           Martin Isaac Deitz, beloved father of Sharyn Sinay

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in loving memory of Vivian's father, Willie Millman, z"l.

 

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044. 

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/15: Happy Chanukah! Chanukah Party, Congregational Meeting, Toy Drive & Welcome Home Baskets

This Week: December 14 - 21 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15. Cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17, 7:00 PM at The Community Room, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia. 

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

Please support our Toy Drive and Welcome Home Baskets social project -- bring donations to Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting.

 

Links

 

HAPPY CHANUKAH!

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MAY YOUR CANDLES BURN LONG, AND YOUR CELEBRATION BE JOYOUS!!

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 PM in The Community Room at 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. 

 

Agenda to Include:

  • Election of TrusteesThere are four open Board of Trustee seats and at this writing, four declared candidates:
    • Incumbents Seeking A Second Two-Year Term:  Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid
    • First-time Candidates: Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky

Background information about these candidates was emailed earlier this week, along with a statement regarding our new Safety and Security Committee.

 

Officer positions and the other four elected trustee slots will be up for election at the Fall, 2018 Congregational meeting.

Nominations will remain open until the election, including from the floor at the meeting. Congregants who wish to run for the Board should contact either of the Nominations Committee Co-chairs - Ben Zingman (443.802.8809) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8849).

  • Bylaws Changes: The Board is proposing a number of Bylaws changes that will require the congregation’s approval. Chief among these are:
  • A proposal to include the Immediate Past President as either a non-voting advisor to the Board, or as a trustee, which would expand the current 12-person Board to thirteen members (four officers and nine trustees). Meeting attendees will be asked to decide
  • A new article (Article 8) defining the relationship of the Bet Chaverim Religious School to the broader congregation.
  • Clarification of the roles of the officers and trustees.
  • A revision to the process for dealing with special dues and tuition requests that enhances the dignity and privacy of congregants.

Numerous minor changes in wording and certain procedures are also included. A copy of the Bylaws showing tracked-change revisions is attached for review by the membership.

  • Financial Report: There will be a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the financial health of the congregation.
  • Additional agenda items may be added.

A few reminders:

  • All members in good standing are entitled to vote.
  • Proxy voting is limited to one’s spouse or partner. Members cannot have friends deliver proxy votes on their behalf.
  • After this meeting, the next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

PS: If you're able to assist with set up, the building will open at 5:00 PM.

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Holiday Toy Drive for the Jewish Community Services

This holiday season, Bet Chaverim will be collecting toys for the Jewish Community Services (JCS) in Baltimore. The lovely thing about this organization is that gifts are not only distributed to those in need during Chanukah, but throughout the year, as well on special occasions such as birthdays.
 
Your donation of new, unwrapped toys, games, books, crafts, school supplies or gift cards ($10 or less for gift cards) will brighten the holiday for children whose families are facing hardship and are receiving help from JCS.

 

If you are able and would like to donate to this organization, please bring your donation to the Bet Chaverim Chanukah party on Saturday, December 16, or to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 17. 

 

 

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of  Dec. 14 - 20

12/17               29 Kislev         William Millman, beloved father of Vivian Goldman

12/17               29 Kislev         Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal, beloved mother of Stephen Rosenthal

12/19                 1 Tevet           Sally Levin, beloved mother of Susan Robbins
 

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in loving memory of Vivian's father, Willie Millman, z"l.

 

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦ Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/7: Shabbat Services, and RSVPs for Upcoming Dec. Activities

This Week: December 7 - 13

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

  RSVP for Latke & Lights, and our Social Action Project, as well as the upcoming Federation events.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 PM in The Community Room at 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. 

 

Agenda to Include:

  • Election of Trustees:  There are four open Board of Trustee seats and at this writing, four declared candidates:
    • Incumbents Seeking A Second Two-Year Term:  Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid
    • First-time Candidates: Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky

Background information about these candidates - and any others who come forward -- will be sent to the congregation prior to the meeting.

Officer positions and the other four elected trustee slots will be up for election at the Fall, 2018 Congregational meeting.

Nominations will remain open until the election, including from the floor at the meeting. Congregants who wish to run for the Board should contact either of the Nominations Committee Co-chairs - Ben Zingman (443.802.8809) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8849).

  • Bylaws Changes: The Board is proposing a number of Bylaws changes that will require the congregation’s approval. Chief among these are:
  • A proposal to include the Immediate Past President as either a non-voting advisor to the Board, or as a trustee, which would expand the current 12-person Board to thirteen members (four officers and nine trustees). Meeting attendees will be asked to decide
  • A new article (Article 8) defining the relationship of the Bet Chaverim Religious School to the broader congregation.
  • Clarification of the roles of the officers and trustees.
  • A revision to the process for dealing with special dues and tuition requests that enhances the dignity and privacy of congregants.

Numerous minor changes in wording and certain procedures are also included. A copy of the Bylaws showing tracked-change revisions is attached for review by the membership.

  • Financial Report: There will be a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the financial health of the congregation.
  • Additional agenda items may be added.

A few reminders:

  • All members in good standing are entitled to vote.
  • Proxy voting is limited to one’s spouse or partner. Members cannot have friends deliver proxy votes on their behalf.
  • After this meeting, the next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah-lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Holiday Toy Drive for the Jewish Community Services

This holiday season, Bet Chaverim will be collecting toys for the Jewish Community Services (JCS) in Baltimore. The lovely thing about this organization is that gifts are not only distributed to those in need during Chanukah, but throughout the year, as well on special occasions such as birthdays.
 
Your donation of new, unwrapped toys, games, books, crafts, school supplies or gift cards ($10 or less for gift cards) will brighten the holiday for children whose families are facing hardship and are receiving help from JCS.

 

If you are able and would like to donate to this organization, please bring your donation to the Bet Chaverim Chanukah party on Saturday, December 16, or to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 17. 
 

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of Dec. 7 - 13

12/7                 19 Kislev         Maxyne Berger, beloved mother of Marc Berger

12/8                 20 Kislev         Herbert Laiefsky, beloved father of Karyn Gross

12/11               23 Kislev         Edward Fishman, beloved father of Jodi Fishman

 

Week of  Dec. 14 - 20

12/17               29 Kislev         William Millman, beloved father of Vivian Goldman

12/17               29 Kislev         Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal, beloved mother of Stephen Rosenthal

12/19                 1 Tevet           Sally Levin, beloved mother of Susan Robbins
 

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Andrea Shapiro/The Elijah Fund for the generous donation to Bet Chaverim.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦ Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Howard County Chanukah Candle Lighting - Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, HoCo Executive Office Building—George Howard Building Lobby,

3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Jewish Federation of Howard County invite you and your family to a Chanukah candle lighting and reception. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11 to ckawata@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/30: Shabbat Services, and RSVPs for Upcoming Dec. Activities

This Week: November 30 - December 6

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Latke & Lights, and our Social Action Project, as well as the upcoming Federation events.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting. This is the meeting when Congregants vote to select Board members (consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed).

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah-lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/
 

Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

 

11/30               12 Kislev         Ruth Jacobs, beloved mother of Robert Jacobs

12/4                 16 Kislev         Chaim H. Zimbalist, beloved father of Rabbi Morris Zimbalist
 

 

Week of Dec. 7 - 13

12/7                 19 Kislev         Maxyne Berger, beloved mother of Marc Berger

12/8                 20 Kislev         Herbert Laiefsky, beloved father of Karyn Gross

12/11               23 Kislev         Edward Fishman, beloved father of Jodi Fishman

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Mazel Tov to Marsha and Ivan Gorelik on the naming of their new granddaughter, Clara Rose Gorelik.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦ Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Howard County Chanukah Candle Lighting - Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, HoCo Executive Office Building—George Howard Building Lobby,

3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Jewish Federation of Howard County invite you and your family to a Chanukah candle lighting and reception. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11 to ckawata@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/16:

This Week: November 16 - 22

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

  RSVP for Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting. This is the meeting when Congregants vote to select Board members (consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed).

Upcoming Events

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman. They will discuss the story of Judith.

 

Please bring a dairy dish or Chanukah food to share with everyone. Also, please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

Save the Date: Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Planning is already underway, so details will follow shortly....

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041).

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/
 

Week of Nov. 16 - 22

 

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Seymour Osheroff, beloved father of Michael Osheroff

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Hannah Landau, beloved grandmother of Shelli Rossman

11/18               29 Cheshvan    Rose Selfon, beloved aunt of Karyn Gross

11/22                 4 Kislev         Burton Steinberg, beloved father of Craig Steinberg

 

Week of Nov. 23 - 29

11/28                 4 Kislev         Burton Steinberg, beloved father of Craig Steinberg

11/26               10 Kislev         Arnold S. Light, beloved father of Barbara Frederick

 

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Mazel Tov to Alethea and Mark Schmall, and Diane Schmall, on the forthcoming Bat Mitzvah of Alana Schmall.

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Nov. 25, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 9, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

 Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Dec. 30, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/9: Shabbat Services, Board Meeting, and Monthly Minyan

This Week: November 9 - 15

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Nov. 11, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

  Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning & Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Exhibit - Sun,  (details under Federation Events)

 

  RSVP for Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning/Yitzak Rabin Exhibit and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of Nov. 9 - 15

 

11/26               23 Cheshvan    Harry Konel, beloved father of Ivy Konel

 

Week of Nov. 16 - 22

 

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Seymour Osheroff, beloved father of Michael Osheroff

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Hannah Landau, beloved grandmother of Shelli Rossman

11/18               29 Cheshvan    Rose Selfon, beloved aunt of Karyn Gross

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Nov. 25, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Global Day of Jewish Learning & Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Exhibit - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. View the list of sessions and speakers at JewishHowardCounty.org/GDJL and RSVP at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Also, on November 12, at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation is bringing the international Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Exhibit to Howard County as we mark the anniversary of his death. This interactive exhibit from the Habonim Dror organization explores the different stages of Rabin’s life, the hard decisions he made, and the peace process he led. Discussion will highlight the struggle for Israeli democracy, and look to the future of Israeli politics. The exhibit addresses tough questions and provides a place to express your own thoughts and opinions.Although there will be two sessions featuring this exhibit--one from 2:15 - 3:15 PM and one from 3:35-4:35 PM--space at both sessions is limited and advance registration is required. To attend either session, please RSVP to Ella Haetzni, Howard County Shilcha at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

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REVISED Chai-Lights 11/2: Shabbat Services, and Progressive Dinner

This Week: November 2 - 8

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Progressive Dinner for Registered Participants - Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 PM, starting at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning/Yitzak Rabin Exhibit and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Information for Participants in Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th

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A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

For those who have registered to participate, please note:

 

Appetizers will begin at 6:30 PM at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, MD, 21044, (443) 545-5611. You will receive information regarding your hosts' names and addresses for the main course before leaving the Heine's home.

 

We will all re-assemble for the final dessert cours at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia, MD, 21044, (410-499-5865 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: https://www.facebook.com/BCRSHowardCo/?fref=ts to enjoy pictures of the students and school activities!!
  • The Bet Chaverim website has an updated page for the Religious School that is found under the "Learn" tab (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool). There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

Kugel Connection was launched by Cheryl Kaufman in January 2014 to help Jewish senior citizens in the area, who would like to be matched with volunteers to receive help with grocery shopping, transportation to non-medical events, and social interaction (e.g., visits for home-bound seniors). There are no costs for these services. If you would like to volunteer or to receive services (or know someone who can benefit from such services), please contact Cheryl at info@kugelconnection.com or 443-745-2866.

Yahrzeits

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. Yahrzeit candles should be lit the evening before the Yahrzeit date. If you would like to attend a Minyan to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371.

Thank you to Laurie Diener, who alerted us to an online minyan should you wish to participate from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

Week of Nov. 2 - 8

 

11/8                 19 Cheshvan    Albert Levine, beloved father of Jerry Levine

 

Week of Nov. 9 - 15

 

11/26               23 Cheshvan    Harry Konel, beloved father of Ivy Konel

 

If you'd like to have your loved ones' Yahrzeit anniversaries included in future Chai Lights, please send your Yahrzeit information to: shellirossman@verizon.net  

 

Acknowledgements*

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossmanr for their donation in Memory of Henry's beloved mother, Frances Rossman, z"l, and Shelli's beloved grandmother, Hannah Warshaw Landau, z"l

 

 

*Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's General Fund for operating expenses,  our Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation, or the Melissa B. Gorelik Fund that supports youth activities for children and adolescents. Donations can also be earmarked for the BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit. Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the reason for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Nov. 11, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Nov. 25, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 


Federation Events

Tots & Tales Thursdays - Beginning Thurs,, Sept. 7, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121*. Join us for a PJ Library story time and enjoy a healthy snack! Make new friends and get connected to Jewish life in Howard County. Led by Lisa Gerber. $80 per family for the entire year or drop-ins welcome for $10 per month. Register at associated.org/totstales or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information. (*December 7 program at Suite 400.)

 

PJ Library’s Shabbat Tots - Fri., Sept. 8, 2017 - June 8, 2018, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Join us to celebrate Shabbat on Fridays each week with singing, stories and crafts! Led by Laurie Avrunin. Registration is $200 per family for the whole year. Register at associated.org/shabbattots or contact Michelle Goldberg for more information.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Nov. 8, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Also, on November 12, at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation is bringing the international Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Exhibit to Howard County as we mark the anniversary of his death. This interactive exhibit from the Habonim Dror organization explores the different stages of Rabin’s life, the hard decisions he made, and the peace process he led. Discussion will highlight the struggle for Israeli democracy, and look to the future of Israeli politics. The exhibit addresses tough questions and provides a place to express your own thoughts and opinions.
 
Although there will be two sessions featuring this exhibit--one from 2:15 - 3:15 PM and one from 3:35-4:35 PM--space at both sessions is limited and advance registration is required. To attend either session, please RSVP to Ella Haetzni, Howard County Shilcha at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and h