Chai-Lights 4/19: Guest Cantor at Shabbat Services

This Week: Apr. 19 - 25

♦  Shabbat Service with Cantorial Candidate - Sat.,  Apr. 21, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow. 

 

♦ No Monthly Minyan is scheduled for April. Please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net if you would like her to arrange a Minyan (see details below).

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Guest Cantor at Bet Chaverim Services - Saturday, April 21

 

 

Please join us for Shabbat Services this Saturday, April 21st at 9:30 AM at the Hawthorn Center. Cantor Neil M. Frau-Cortes will lead Shacharit and the Torah service.

 

Cantor Frau-Cortes is a musician, scholar, and writer, born in the island of Mallorca. He currently works for the libraries of the University of Maryland, where he catalogs and digitizes Hebrew resources. Cantor Frau-Cortes has a PhD in Medieval Hebrew Literature, an MA in Cantorial Arts and Jewish Music, cantorial investiture, and an MA in Semitic languages. He is a member of Cantors Assembly, plays piano and guitar, and composes music of diverse genres. When not making music or surrounded by old books, Cantor Frau-Cortes enjoys long walks, yoga, cooking, traveling, and learning languages. For more information on the Cantor's background, visit his site: www.neilfrau.com.

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months. In an effort to support our congregants who would like to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, we are asking that you notify Karyn Gross (301-233-4371 or krglcg@verizon.net) by the day before, so that she can make sure a minyan will be present.

 

If you would like to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371 at least one week before (give or take a day or two) and she will arrange a minyan at the location of your choice.

 

If you are not able to make the regular commitment, but are willing to be available on an on-call basis to be part of the minyan, please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net.

 

The monthly minyan for April will not be able to be held on April 18 as anticipated. If you would like to attend a minyan by April 12, please contact Karyn Gross(at the above email or phone).

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 May

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 towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $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!

 

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 Apr. 19 -- 25

4/19                        4 Iyyar       Roberta Ann Harris Goldsteen, beloved sister 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 and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 27, 7:30 PM, at the home of Susan & George Groman, 9236 Broken Timber Way, Columbia, MD 21045

 


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.

 

Beera VeNashira - Thurs. Apr. 19, 7:30-9:00 PM; Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Join us for an evening of beer and song, Israeli style! Featuring a sing-along with Cantor Ben Kintisch and shlicha Ella Haetzni. In collaboration with Columbia Jewish Congregation. Ages 21 and older. Free event! RSVP requested, but walk-ins welcome. Register at Associated.org/Beera. For more information, contact Ella Haetzni.

 

Federation’s Thank-A-Thon - Tues., Apr. 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM; 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400, Columbia. Volunteer with the Federation as we go to the phones to say "Thank You" to the hundreds of incredible donors who are building a better Jewish future in Howard County, in Israel, and around the world! Snack and schmooze as we make phone calls to show our gratitude. Please RSVP with Jamie Nelson.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! FREE ENTRY! Food and activities are cash only. Register for the event and for the beer and wine tasting at Associated.org/IsraelAt70. More information at JewishHowardCounty.org/IsraelAt70.

 

Fed Live! Celebrate the Magic - Mon., Jun. 4, 6:30 PM; HCC Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy. This year’s Fed Live! celebrates the magic with mentalist Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, and honors Roni Berkowitz, Community Builder; Barbara Frederick, Woman of Valor; Abby Glassberg, Jacques Fein Tikkun Olam Volunteer; Michael Milstein, Young Leadership; and Elliot Shefrin, Avodah Distinguished Service Award. Also featuring the Give4Good Auction to benefit the Federation. Tickets are on sale now at Associated.org/Magic. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Magic or email Meghann Schwartz.

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

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. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 4/12: Guest Rabbi at Shabbat Meet & Greet and Services

This Week: Apr. 12 - 18

♦  ♦  Meet Rabbi Faith Cantor at Shabbat Services and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 13, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044 (see details below).

 

♦ No Monthly Minyan is scheduled for April. Please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net if you would like her to arrange a Minyan (see details below).

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Guest Rabbis at Bet Chaverim Services - April 13

The Rabbi Search Committee is delighted to announce it has identified several superlative candidates interested in being considered as the future Rabbi for Bet Chaverim. The Congregation will have the opportunity to meet these candidates in the near term, beginning at this week's Shabbat Service.

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor will lead services and meet informally with Congregants at services on Friday, April 13th.  The Schedule is as follows:

  • 6:30 to 7:30 PM -- Rabbi Cantor will hold a Meet & Greet for children and families; this will include a short T'filah and a Rabbi Cantor Jewpardy exchange, as well as an open question session for the youth and families to query the Rabbi on issues of interest to participants.
  • 7:30 to Approx. 8:15 PM -- Rabbi Cantor will lead Friday night services.
  • 8:30 to 9:30  PM -- Rabbi Cantor will participate in a Q&A Session with Congregants.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all segments of the evening! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know Rabbi Cantor more personally, and to give her the chance to more fully experience Bet Chaverim first hand. 

 

The future of our community depends on everyone's active involvement at this critical juncture! Please make a concerted effort to join us for the special services that feature our Rabbinic Candidates.

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months. In an effort to support our congregants who would like to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, we are asking that you notify Karyn Gross (301-233-4371 or krglcg@verizon.net) by the day before, so that she can make sure a minyan will be present.

 

If you would like to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371 at least one week before (give or take a day or two) and she will arrange a minyan at the location of your choice.

 

If you are not able to make the regular commitment, but are willing to be available on an on-call basis to be part of the minyan, please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net.

 

The monthly minyan for April will not be able to be held on April 18 as anticipated. If you would like to attend a minyan by April 12, please contact Karyn Gross(at the above email or phone).

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 May

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 towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $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!

 

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 Apr. 12 -- 18

4/12                    27 Nissan       Marilyn Raderman, beloved wife of Michael Raderman

 

 

Week of Apr. 19 -- 25

4/19                        4 Iyyar       Roberta Ann Harris Goidsteen, beloved sister 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 with Cantorial Candidate - Sat.,  Apr. 21, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 27, 7:30 PM, at the home of Susan & George Groman, 9236 Broken Timber Way, Columbia, MD 21045

 


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.

 

Guys Night Out - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM; Launch Trampoline Park, 9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia. Spend a night out with the guys, meeting first at Launch Trampoline Park and then for beers at Black Flag Brewing Co. Registration required at Associated.org/GuysNightOut. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 15, Various Times & Various Locations.

This year's Good Deeds Day in Howard County features new sites and more ways to positively impact the world! Pack bags for children in foster care, help seniors at a food pantry, volunteer at an animal shelter, paint a preschool classroom, and more! Visit JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay for more site information and to register.

 

Beera VeNashira - Thurs. Apr. 19, 7:30-9:00 PM; Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Join us for an evening of beer and song, Israeli style! Featuring a sing-along with Cantor Ben Kintisch and shlicha Ella Haetzni. In collaboration with Columbia Jewish Congregation. Ages 21 and older. Free event! RSVP requested, but walk-ins welcome. Register at Associated.org/Beera. For more information, contact Ella Haetzni.

 

Federation’s Thank-A-Thon - Tues., Apr. 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM; 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400, Columbia. Volunteer with the Federation as we go to the phones to say "Thank You" to the hundreds of incredible donors who are building a better Jewish future in Howard County, in Israel, and around the world! Snack and schmooze as we make phone calls to show our gratitude. Please RSVP with Jamie Nelson.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! FREE ENTRY! Food and activities are cash only. Register for the event and for the beer and wine tasting at Associated.org/IsraelAt70. More information at JewishHowardCounty.org/IsraelAt70.

 

Fed Live! Celebrate the Magic - Mon., Jun. 4, 6:30 PM; HCC Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy. This year’s Fed Live! celebrates the magic with mentalist Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, and honors Roni Berkowitz, Community Builder; Barbara Frederick, Woman of Valor; Abby Glassberg, Jacques Fein Tikkun Olam Volunteer; Michael Milstein, Young Leadership; and Elliot Shefrin, Avodah Distinguished Service Award. Also featuring the Give4Good Auction to benefit the Federation. Tickets are on sale now at Associated.org/Magic. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Magic or email Meghann Schwartz.

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

BonBons and Bubbly Hadassah Auction - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM, at the home of Laurie Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia, MD 21044. Please join The Howard County Chapter of Hadassah for our Auction!! Spend a fun evening at our rescheduled Hadassah Auction Fundraiser. The Theme is: Things that Make You Happy! To participate, 1) bring a new wrapped gift valued at $15.00, and 2) write a poem or riddle giving clues as to what's inside. Each item will go to the highest bidder.  Money raised will go to the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Enjoy wine, soft drinks and snacks as well and catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

You don’t need to be a Hadassah member to attend! Bring your friends!! RSVP to: Julie Rosenthal at jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

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. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 4/5: Guest Rabbi at Shabbat and Holiday (Yiskor) Services

This Week: Apr. 5 - 11

♦  Meet Rabbi Faith Cantor at Shabbat and Yiskor Services - Sat., Apr. 7 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Shabbat services will begin at 9:30 AM, and Yiskor is anticipated at approximately 10:30 AM.

 

♦ No Monthly Minyan is scheduled for April. Please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net if you would like her to arrange a Minyan (see details below).

 

Links

 


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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

Enjoy Health And Peace, And May Your Cup Always Be Full

 

Upcoming Events

Guest Rabbis at Bet Chaverim Services - April 7, April 13

The Rabbi Search Committee is delighted to announce it has identified several superlative candidates interested in being considered as the future Rabbi for Bet Chaverim. The Congregation will have the opportunity to meet these candidates in the near term, beginning at this week's Shabbat Service.

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor will lead services and meet informally with Congregants at services on Saturday, April 7th and Friday, April 13th. (Detailed information regarding Rabbi Cantor has been emailed under separate cover.)

 

The future of our community depends on everyone's active involvement at this critical juncture! Please make a concerted effort to join us for the special services that feature our Rabbinic Candidates.

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months. In an effort to support our congregants who would like to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, we are asking that you notify Karyn Gross (301-233-4371 or krglcg@verizon.net) by the day before, so that she can make sure a minyan will be present.

 

If you would like to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371 at least one week before (give or take a day or two) and she will arrange a minyan at the location of your choice.

 

If you are not able to make the regular commitment, but are willing to be available on an on-call basis to be part of the minyan, please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net.

 

The monthly minyan for April will not be able to be held on April 18 as anticipated. If you would like to attend a minyan by April 12, please contact Karyn Gross(at the above email or phone).

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 May

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 towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $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!

 

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 Apr. 5 -- 11

4/9                        24 Nisan        Lillian Gorelik, beloved mother 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 Shelli & Henry Rossman for their donation in Appreciation of Rabbi Zimbalist 's Assistance in the Sale of Chametz.

 

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossman for their donation in Memory of Paul Bernstein, z"l, beloved father of Jeffrey Bernstein.

 

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossman for their donation in Memory of Conrad Janus, z"l, beloved father of Jennifer Rogofsky.

 

*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

♦  Meet Rabbi Faith Cantor at Shabbat Services and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 13, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 21, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 27, 7:30 PM, at the home of Susan & George Groman, 9236 Broken Timber Way, Columbia, MD 21045

 


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.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Guys Night Out - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM; Launch Trampoline Park, 9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia. Spend a night out with the guys, meeting first at Launch Trampoline Park and then for beers at Black Flag Brewing Co. Registration required at Associated.org/GuysNightOut. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 15, Various Times & Various Locations.

This year's Good Deeds Day in Howard County features new sites and more ways to positively impact the world! Pack bags for children in foster care, help seniors at a food pantry, volunteer at an animal shelter, paint a preschool classroom, and more! Visit JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay for more site information and to register.

 

Beera VeNashira - Thurs. Apr. 19, 7:30-9:00 PM; Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Join us for an evening of beer and song, Israeli style! Featuring a sing-along with Cantor Ben Kintisch and shlicha Ella Haetzni. In collaboration with Columbia Jewish Congregation. Ages 21 and older. Free event! RSVP requested, but walk-ins welcome. Register at Associated.org/Beera. For more information, contact Ella Haetzni.

 

Federation’s Thank-A-Thon - Tues., Apr. 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM; 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400, Columbia. Volunteer with the Federation as we go to the phones to say "Thank You" to the hundreds of incredible donors who are building a better Jewish future in Howard County, in Israel, and around the world! Snack and schmooze as we make phone calls to show our gratitude. Please RSVP with Jamie Nelson.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! FREE ENTRY! Food and activities are cash only. Register for the event and for the beer and wine tasting at Associated.org/IsraelAt70. More information at JewishHowardCounty.org/IsraelAt70.

 

Fed Live! Celebrate the Magic - Mon., Jun. 4, 6:30 PM; HCC Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy. This year’s Fed Live! celebrates the magic with mentalist Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, and honors Roni Berkowitz, Community Builder; Barbara Frederick, Woman of Valor; Abby Glassberg, Jacques Fein Tikkun Olam Volunteer; Michael Milstein, Young Leadership; and Elliot Shefrin, Avodah Distinguished Service Award. Also featuring the Give4Good Auction to benefit the Federation. Tickets are on sale now at Associated.org/Magic. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Magic or email Meghann Schwartz.

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

BonBons and Bubbly Hadassah Auction - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM, at the home of Laurie Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia, MD 21044. Please join The Howard County Chapter of Hadassah for our Auction!! Spend a fun evening at our rescheduled Hadassah Auction Fundraiser. The Theme is: Things that Make You Happy! To participate, 1) bring a new wrapped gift valued at $15.00, and 2) write a poem or riddle giving clues as to what's inside. Each item will go to the highest bidder.  Money raised will go to the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Enjoy wine, soft drinks and snacks as well and catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

You don’t need to be a Hadassah member to attend! Bring your friends!! RSVP to: Julie Rosenthal at jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

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. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/29: Holiday & Shabbat Services, Monthly Minyan, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: Mar. 15 - 21

♦  Siyyum - Fri.,  Mar. 30, 7:00 AM, at the Home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path,  Columbia, 21044. Bagel breakfast at the conclusion of brief services.

 

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

 

Links

 


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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

Enjoy Health And Peace, And May Your Cup Always Be Full

 

Passover 5778/2018 begins Friday evening, March 30th, and ends Saturday evening, April 7th. The first Passover seder is on the evening of Friday, March 30th, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of Saturday, March 31st.

 

Rabbi Zimbalist has provided the following Passover guidance, produced by the Rabbinical Assembly, for our information and convenience:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Passover-Guide-2018-1.pdf

 

The Rabbi hopes that the guide is helpful, but also encourages Congregants to contact him if they have any questions.
 

Sale of Hametz: Deadline – Thurs., March 29th at 11:00 PM EST

In preparing for Passover, it is customary to sell your hametz. If you would like to appoint Rabbi Zimbalist to sell your hametz, please:

1. Cut and paste the text below in a new email and send it to the Rabbi at Rabbi.Zimbalist@gmail.com

 

I/We (fill in your name) are hereby appointing Rabbi Morris Zimbalist to sell to a non-Jew all of my/our chametz for the duration of the festival of Passover 2018/5778.  This sale applies to all chametz, whether known to me/us or unknown to me/us, in all locations that I/we work, travel and dwell - including any/all modes of transportation, cars, boats, planes, etc., as well as all food and beverages.
 
In particular, I/we appoint Rabbi Zimbalist to sell all of the chametz at the following locations: (list all mailing addresses)
 
I/We understand that I/we am/are relinquishing my/our ownership of all chametz in the above locations for religious purposes only and this sale will take effect on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST and expire on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:30 PM EST.
 
Your Name
 

2. Please make the subject line: Sale of Chametz.

3. Emails must be sent to Rabbi Zimbalist no later than Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 PM EST.
 
4. All chametz will be sold on Friday, March 30th at 9:00 AM EST. 

 

Bet Chaverim Passover Services

 

Siyyum B'khorim - March 30th

Passover commemorates our freedom from bondage under Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. This holiday is particularly significant for firstborn sons (B'khorim) who were spared during the slaying of the firstborn in Egypt. The significance is so pronounced that the day preceding Passover is a special fast day for the firstborn, known as Taanit B'khorim. Traditionally, the completion of a course of study, a Siyyum, allows us to celebrate with a Seudat Mitzvah, a ritual feast, which exempts the firstborn from this fast day.

 

Bet Chaverim will conduct it's Siyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah on Friday, March 30th at 7:00 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Everyone is invited, but all firstborn sons and daughters are especially urged to attend.

 

Please remember to bring your Tallisim and Tefillin. If you have extra sets of tefillin, please bring to share with others. Join us even if you don't have these items. 

 

A delicious bagel and lox breakfast will follow the service. The service will be short, allowing everyone to meet his/her normal schedules.

Yiskor - April 7th

Yizkor, the memorial prayer for departed loved ones, is said four times each year: the eighth day of Passover, the second day of Shavuot, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret. The text of the prayer asks G‑d that the souls of our loved ones be “bound up in the bond of life with the souls of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah, and with the other righteous men and women who are in Gan Eden.”

 

Yizkor is typically recited at synagogue during the morning services after the reading of the Torah. Bet Chaverim will hold our Yizkor Service on the eighth day of Passover, Saturday, April 7th at Hawthorn Center. Shabbat services will begin at 9:30 AM, and Yiskor is anticipated at approximately 10:30 AM.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim.

 

We have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months. In an effort to support our congregants who would like to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, we are asking that you notify Karyn Gross (301-233-4371 or krglcg@verizon.net) by the day before, so that she can make sure a minyan will be present.

 

If you would like to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371 at least one week before (give or take a day or two) and she will arrange a minyan at the location of your choice.

 

If you are not able to make the regular commitment, but are willing to be available on an on-call basis to be part of the minyan, please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net.

 

The monthly minyan for April will not be able to be held on April 18 as anticipated. If you would like to attend a minyan between March 23 and April 12, please contact Karyn Gross(at the above email or phone).

 

Wishing you all a good week and a very Happy Pesach,

Karyn

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 May

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!

 

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 Mar. 29 -- Apr. 4

4/4                        19 Nisan        Selig Freedman, beloved father of Maury Freedman

 

Week of Apr. 5 -- 11

4/9                        24 Nisan        Lillian Gorelik, beloved mother 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*

 

*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 and Yiskor Service - Sat.,  Apr. 7, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Speaker - Fri., Apr. 13, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 21, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 27, 7:30 PM, at the home of Susan & George Groman, 9236 Broken Timber Way, Columbia, MD 21045

 


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.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 15, Various Times & Various Locations.

This year's Good Deeds Day in Howard County features new sites and more ways to positively impact the world! Pack bags for children in foster care, help seniors at a food pantry, volunteer at an animal shelter, paint a preschool classroom, and more! Visit JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay for more site information and to register.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! Registration coming soon!

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

BonBons and Bubbly Hadassah Auction - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM, at the home of Laurie Diener, 10622 Millet Seed, Columbia, MD 21044. Please join The Howard County Chapter of Hadassah for our Auction!! Spend a fun evening at our rescheduled Hadassah Auction Fundraiser. The Theme is: Things that Make You Happy! To participate, 1) bring a new wrapped gift valued at $15.00, and 2) write a poem or riddle giving clues as to what's inside. Each item will go to the highest bidder.  Money raised will go to the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Enjoy wine, soft drinks and snacks as well and catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

You don’t need to be a Hadassah member to attend! Bring your friends!! RSVP to: Julie Rosenthal at jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

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. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/22: Shabbat Services & Bar Mitzvah, Monthly Minyan, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: Mar. 15 - 21

♦  Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Ben Glaros - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, 21044.

♦  Volunteer Your Home for Shabbat Service & Oneg on April 27 - Contact Heather at: heather_zimmerman@verizon.net.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Service and Speaker - Friday, Apr. 13

On Friday, April 13th, Bet Chaverim will welcome Ella Haetzni, who is currently serving as the Jewish Fecderation of Howard County's Shlicha. Additional details will follow in upcoming Chai Lights.

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim.

 

We have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months. In an effort to support our congregants who would like to recite the Mourner’s Kaddish, we are asking that you notify Karyn Gross (301-233-4371 or krglcg@verizon.net) by the day before, so that she can make sure a minyan will be present.

 

If you would like to recite the Mourner's Kaddish on your loved one's actual Yahrzeit date, please call Karyn Gross at 301-233-4371 at least one week before (give or take a day or two) and she will arrange a minyan at the location of your choice.

 

If you are not able to make the regular commitment, but are willing to be available on an on-call basis to be part of the minyan, please email Karyn Gross at krglcg@verizon.net.

 

The monthly minyan for April will not be able to be held on April 18 as anticipated. If you would like to attend a minyan between March 23 and April 12, please contact Karyn Gross(at the above email or phone).

 

Wishing you all a good week and a very Happy Pesach,

Karyn

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!

 

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 Mar. 22 -- 28

3/26                      10 Nisan        Freda Greene Cantor, beloved mother of Geoffrey Greene

3/28                      12 Nisan        Selig Freedman, beloved father of Maury Freedman

 

Week of Mar. 29 -- Apr. 4

4/4                        19 Nisan        Selig Freedman, beloved father of Maury 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*

Mazel Tov to Rachel and Greg Glaros on Ben's Bar Mitzvah.

 

Condolences to Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein and Family on the passing of Paul Bernstein, z"l, beloved father and grandfather.

 

*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

♦  Siyyum - Fri.,  Mar. 30, 7:00 AM, at the Home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path,  Columbia, 21044. Bagel breakfast at the conclusion of brief services.

 

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 7, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Speaker - Fri., Apr. 13, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 21, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Apr. 27, 7:30 PM.  Host home needed. Details to follow.

 


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.

 

The Red Tent Club: What’s Love Got to Do With It? - Mon., Mar. 26, 6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Program at Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Dr. Bohne Silber, a local psychologist and certified relationship therapist who practices couples therapy, will discuss how relationships can change from butterflies and rainbows to something resembling a war zone. She will look at how we end up with the partners we choose and ways to manage conflict better, so that we strengthen our relationships instead of tearing them down. This will be an interactive session with an opportunity to ask questions. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. The Red Tent Club’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 15, Various Times & Various Locations.

This year's Good Deeds Day in Howard County features new sites and more ways to positively impact the world! Pack bags for children in foster care, help seniors at a food pantry, volunteer at an animal shelter, paint a preschool classroom, and more! Visit JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay for more site information and to register.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! Registration coming soon!

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Hadassah Auction - Thurs., Apr. 12, 7:00 PM, at the home of Laurie Diener

10622 Millet Seed, Columbia, MD 21044. Please join The Howard County Chapter of Hadassah for our Auction!! Spend a fun evening at our rescheduled Hadassah Auction Fundraiser. The Theme is: Things that Make You Happy! To participate, 1) bring a new wrapped gift valued at $15.00, and 2) write a poem or riddle giving clues as to what's inside. Each item will go to the highest bidder.  Money raised will go to the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Enjoy wine, soft drinks and snacks as well and catching up with old friends and meeting new ones!

You don’t need to be a Hadassah member to attend! Bring your friends!! RSVP to: Julie Rosenthal at jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

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. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

Ready for the first independent overnight experience for your child? Yotair, Capital Camps’ Rookie Camp (August 14-17) packs an entire summer of overnight fun into four awesome days, leading right into Summer Family Camp! Learn more at 301-468-2267 or on an upcoming tour: 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 7/1, 7,18, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5. Also: Extend your summer at Capital Camps with Bubbie-Zadie Family Camp (June 1-3) and/or Summer Family Camp (August 17-19)! All the best parts of summer camp shared with family – swimming, ropes course, sports, dance, music, and the Capital Camps Shabbat experience. Visit capitalcamps.org for more information or to RSVP for a tour.

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/15: Shabbat Services & Speaker, Chocolate Seder, Rosh Chodesh Group, Monthly Minyan, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: Mar. 15 - 21

♦  Catered Dinner, Shabbat Service, and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM Dinner, 7:45 PM Program & Services; Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. RSVP required only for dinner.

 

Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder and Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:30 -3:30 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD. RSVP required.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group - Sun., Mar. 18, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie & Jodie Fishman. Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address and send her a passover recipe to share.

 

  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.

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

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM (advance reservations required for catered dinner, but not the speaker program or services)

Please join us on Friday, March 16th at the Hawthorn Center for a special speaker and Shabbat services, as well as a catered Shabbat Dinner (for those who RSVP'd in advance). Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mehmet Sarcolglu, the Executive Director of Rumi Forum-Maryland and a Board Member of the American Turkish Friendship Association of Maryland (ATFA-MD). Dr. Sarcolglu will discuss the “Hizmet (Gulen) Movement`s View of Islam in the Modern Age and the Dialogue Among the Great Religions of the World.” 

 

All are welcome! If you're unable to join us for dinner, please consider joining us for the speaker and services, which will begin at 7:45 PM.

 

For those who RSVP'd for our catered Shabbat dinner by  last Mon., March 12th, please remember that payment of $15/person should be mailed, as soon as possible, to Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, Maryland 21041.

 

Chocolate Seder, Followed by Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative (advance reservations required)

If you have already RSVP'd, please join our other participants for the annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder on Mar. 18th from 2:00 - 3:30 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.  Families with young children through 3rd grade (older children welcome too!) are invited to join us for a joyous seder that explores the traditions, symbols, and songs of Pesach in a fun and age-appropriate way... and all in chocolate!

 

Stick around after the seder to learn all about Bet Chaverim Religious School! Fun Passover crafts will be available for the children.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Mar. 18 at 7:00 PM

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Mar. 18 at the home of Debra Brodlie & Jodie Fishman. 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. The upcoming gathering is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening out with the ladies,before getting caught up in all the planning and preparation for Pesach.

 

This month, Nisan, will be led by Debra on the topic of "Passover....Is it really all about Moses?"  

 

Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address and send her a passover recipe to share. Debra will print copies of everyone's recipes to share among participants. Lastly, bring some Chametz as refreshments to share with the group.

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!

 

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 Mar. 22 -- 28

3/26                      10 Nisan        Freda Greene Cantor, beloved mother of Geoffrey Greene

3/28                      12 Nisan        Selig Freedman, beloved father of Maury 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*

 

 

*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 Bar Mitzvah of Ben Glaros - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

♦  Siyyum - Fri.,  Mar. 30, 7:00 AM, at the Home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path,  Columbia, 21044. Bagel breakfast at the conclusion of brief services.

 

♦  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.

 

Preserving & Accessing History at the US Holocaust Museum - Sun., Mar. 18, 7:00 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the International Tracing Service Archive, the largest collection of Holocaust-era documentation in the world. Learn more from Andres Abril, Director of USHMM's Mid-Atlantic Region, and Diana Afoumado, Chief, Research & Reference at USHMM. Co-sponsored by Temple Isaiah and the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Register.

 

The Red Tent Club: What’s Love Got to Do With It? - Mon., Mar. 26, 6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Program at Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Dr. Bohne Silber, a local psychologist and certified relationship therapist who practices couples therapy, will discuss how relationships can change from butterflies and rainbows to something resembling a war zone. She will look at how we end up with the partners we choose and ways to manage conflict better, so that we strengthen our relationships instead of tearing them down. This will be an interactive session with an opportunity to ask questions. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. The Red Tent Club’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 15, Various Times & Various Locations.

This year's Good Deeds Day in Howard County features new sites and more ways to positively impact the world! Pack bags for children in foster care, help seniors at a food pantry, volunteer at an animal shelter, paint a preschool classroom, and more! Visit JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay for more site information and to register.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! Registration coming soon!

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

Adas Israel Hosts National Collegiate Jewish A Capella Kol Haolom VIII Championship - Sat., March 10, 8:00 - 10:30 PM at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St, NW, DC 20008. Bet Chaverim members love a good song, and the Jewish collegiate a capella championship has become an annual event for many of us. Jewish collegiate performance groups from around the nation will battle it out to be crowned #1 in American Jewish A Capella! This Year's 2018 Contestants Are: Ani V’Ata (NYU), Chai Notes (Hofstra), ChaiTunes (Emory), Hooshir (Indiana), Kaskeset (Binghamton), Ketzev (Johns Hopkins), Kol Sasson (Maryland), Mezumenet (Maryland), ShireiNU (Northwestern), and Special Performances by Rak Shalom and Tizmoret!Ticket prices start at $20.00 ($10.00 for students). Visit the Adas Israel website for more details or to order your tix: https://www.adasisrael.org/event/kolhaolam

 

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

Notices

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/8: Shabbat Services & Oufruf, RSVP for Catered Dinner & Chocolate Seder, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: Mar. 8 - 14

♦  Shabbat Service and Oufruf of Starr & Bill Sowers' son, Stephen & Rebecca Zuck - Sat.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

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

 

♦  RSVP by Mar. 12th for Catered Shabbat Dinner and for Chocolate Seder (details below)

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM; RSVP by Mon., Mar. 12

Please join us on Friday, March 16th at the Hawthorn Center for a catered Shabbat dinner and service, including a special guest speaker, Dr. Mehmet Sarcolglu. Dr. Saracoglu,  the Executive Director of Rumi Forum-Maryland and a Board Member of American Turkish Friendship Association of Maryland (ATFA-MD) will discuss the “Hizmet (Gulen) Movement`s View of Islam in the Modern Age and the Dialogue Among the Great Religions of the World.”

 

The Rumi Foundation describes the Hizmet Movement as “a global network of volunteers, teachers, intellectuals, business people, and students who are inspired by Fethullah Gulen's philosophy based on dialogue and peaceful coexistence." Gulen advocates cooperation between followers of different religions, as well as those practicing different forms of Islam.
 

Our catered Shabbat dinner will feature a chicken entree for $15.00/person. Please RSVP for the dinner, by Mon., March 12th using the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548A8AB2CA02-march1. Payment should be mailed to Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, Maryland 21041.

 

All are welcome! If you're unable to join us for dinner, please consider joining us for the speaker and services, which will begin at 7:45 PM.

 

Chocolate Seder, Followed by Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative; RSVP by Mar. 12

Please join us for the annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder on Mar. 18th at the Howard County Nonprofit

Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.  Families with young children through 3rd grade (older children welcome too!) are invited to join us for a joyous seder that explores the traditions, symbols and songs of Pesach in a fun and age-appropriate way... and all in chocolate!

 

The cost is: $5/adult, $4 child. Children under 2 are free! RSVP required by Monday, March 12th! Space is limited, so please reserve your spots today: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-chocolate2 

 

Stick around after the seder to learn all about Bet Chaverim Religious School! Fun Passover crafts will be available for the children.

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!

 

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 Mar. 8 -- 14

3/10                      23 Adar           Benjamin Selfon, beloved uncle of Karyn Gross

3/12                      25 Adar           Melissa Beth Gorelik, beloved daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

3/12                      25 Adar           Harvey Landis, 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*

Mazel Tov to Starr & Bill Sowers on the forthcoming marriage of their son, 

Stephen Sowers & Rebecca Zuck.  

 

 

*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

♦  Catered Dinner, Shabbat Service, and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. RSVP required.

 

Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder and Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:30 -3:30 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD. RSVP required.

 

  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 and Bar Mitzvah of Ben Glaros - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 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.

 

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

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Mar. 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.

 

Preserving & Accessing History at the US Holocaust Museum - Sun., Mar. 18, 7:00 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the International Tracing Service Archive, the largest collection of Holocaust-era documentation in the world. Learn more from Andres Abril, Director of USHMM's Mid-Atlantic Region, and Diana Afoumado, Chief, Research & Reference at USHMM. Co-sponsored by Temple Isaiah and the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Register.

 

The Red Tent Club: What’s Love Got to Do With It? - Mon., Mar. 26, 6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Program at Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Dr. Bohne Silber, a local psychologist and certified relationship therapist who practices couples therapy, will discuss how relationships can change from butterflies and rainbows to something resembling a war zone. She will look at how we end up with the partners we choose and ways to manage conflict better, so that we strengthen our relationships instead of tearing them down. This will be an interactive session with an opportunity to ask questions. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. The Red Tent Club’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! Registration coming soon!

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Concert Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday – Sun., Apr. 15, 3:00 PM at the Smith Theatre, Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. The concert—part of the Candlelight Concert Society’s 17-18 Chamber Music Series—will feature Bernstein’s Trio (1937), Ernest Bloch’s  From Jewish Life for cello and piano, Joachim Stuchevsky’s Hassidic Fantasy (1954), and Mendelssohn’s  Trio No.1 in D Minor Op.49. These are all Jewish composers: Mendelssohn was a grandson of Moses Mendelssohn; however, he was raised without religion and was baptized as a Christian at age 7; Stuchevsky was born in the Ukraine, then lived and composed in Israel.

 

The selections will be presented by the Tempest Trio, comprised of: Alon Goldstein, an Israeli-born and trained pianist, now living in Bethesda when he is not concertizing around the world; Amit Peled, an Israeli-born and trained cellist, now living in Baltimore, teaching at the Peabody Institute, and performing around the world; and Ilya Kaler, a Russian-born and trained violinist, now living in the US and concertizing widely. Tickets are available at www.candelightconcerts.org for: Adults $35 | Students $12, Ages 9-17 FREE with paying adult.

 

Adas Israel Hosts National Collegiate Jewish A Capella Kol Haolom VIII Championship - Sat., March 10, 8:00 - 10:30 PM at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St, NW, DC 20008. Bet Chaverim members love a good song, and the Jewish collegiate a capella championship has become an annual event for many of us. Jewish collegiate performance groups from around the nation will battle it out to be crowned #1 in American Jewish A Capella! This Year's 2018 Contestants Are: Ani V’Ata (NYU), Chai Notes (Hofstra), ChaiTunes (Emory), Hooshir (Indiana), Kaskeset (Binghamton), Ketzev (Johns Hopkins), Kol Sasson (Maryland), Mezumenet (Maryland), ShireiNU (Northwestern), and Special Performances by Rak Shalom and Tizmoret!Ticket prices start at $20.00 ($10.00 for students). Visit the Adas Israel website for more details or to order your tix: https://www.adasisrael.org/event/kolhaolam

 

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

Notices

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/1: Shabbat Services, Volunteer Requests, Teen Survey, & Upcoming Events

This Week: Mar. 1 - 7

♦   Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jodie & Jarrett Reid, 2825 Carroll Wind Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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

 

♦  RSVP for Catered Shabbat Dinner and for Chocolate Seder (details below)

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM

Please join us on Friday, March 16th at the Hawthorn Center for a catered Shabbat dinner and service followed by a guest speaker, Dr. Mehmet Sarcolglu. Dr. Saracoglu,  the Executive Director of Rumi Forum-Maryland and a Board Member of American Turkish Friendship Association of Maryland (ATFA-MD) will discuss the “Hizmet (Gulen) Movement`s view of Islam in the Modern Age and the Dialogue Among the Great Religions of the World.”

 

The Rumi Foundation describes the Hizmet Movement as “a global network of volunteers, teachers, intellectuals, business people, and students who are inspired by Fethullah Gulen's philosophy based on dialogue and peaceful coexistence." Gulen advocates cooperation between followers of different religions, as well as those practicing different forms of Islam.
 

Our catered Shabbat dinner will feature a chicken entree for $15.00/person. Please RSVP for the dinner, using the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548A8AB2CA02-march1. Payment should be mailed to Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, Maryland 21041.

 

"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.

 

Chocolate Seder, Followed by Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:00 - 3:30 PM at Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative; RSVP by Mar. 12

Please join us for the annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder on Mar. 18th at the Howard County Nonprofit

Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.  Families with young children through 3rd grade (older children welcome too!) are invited to join us for a joyous seder that explores the traditions, symbols and songs of Pesach in a fun and age-appropriate way... and all in chocolate!

 

The cost is: $5/adult, $4 child. Children under 2 are free! RSVP required by Monday, March 12th! Space is limited, so please reserve your spots today: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-chocolate2 

 

Stick around after the seder to learn all about Bet Chaverim Religious School! Fun Passover crafts will be available for the children.

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  Mar.  1 - 7

3/1                        14 Adar           Helene "Hindy" Kaufer, beloved mother of Gloria Greene

3/2                        15 Adar           Alicia Miller, beloved mother of Temrah Okonski

3/3                        16 Adar           Howard Blackman, beloved brother of Jodie Reid

3/4                        17 Adar           Barbara Louise Harris, beloved sister of Marsha Gorelik

3/6                        19 Adar           Sarah Eisenberg, beloved grandmother of Karyn Gross

 

Week of Mar. 8 -- 14

3/10                      23 Adar           Benjamin Selfon, beloved uncle of Karyn Gross

3/12                      25 Adar           Melissa Beth Gorelik, beloved daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

3/12                      25 Adar           Harvey Landis, 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*

Thank you to The Brumberger-Gruber Foundation for the generous donation to Bet Chaverim.

 

Thank you to Jay Fridkis for his generous donation to the Welcome Home Basket project.

 

 

*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.,  Mar. 10, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Catered Dinner, Shabbat Service, and Speaker - Fri., Mar. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. RSVP required.

 

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

 

Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder and Religious School Orientation - Sun., Mar. 18, 2:30 -3:30 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD. RSVP required.

 

  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 and Bar Mitzvah of Ben Glaros - Sat.,  Mar. 24, 9:30 AM, Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 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.

 

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

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Mar. 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.

 

Preserving & Accessing History at the US Holocaust Museum - Sun., Mar. 18, 7:00 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the International Tracing Service Archive, the largest collection of Holocaust-era documentation in the world. Learn more from Andres Abril, Director of USHMM's Mid-Atlantic Region, and Diana Afoumado, Chief, Research & Reference at USHMM. Co-sponsored by Temple Isaiah and the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Register.

 

The Red Tent Club: What’s Love Got to Do With It? - Mon., Mar. 26, 6:00 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Program at Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Dr. Bohne Silber, a local psychologist and certified relationship therapist who practices couples therapy, will discuss how relationships can change from butterflies and rainbows to something resembling a war zone. She will look at how we end up with the partners we choose and ways to manage conflict better, so that we strengthen our relationships instead of tearing them down. This will be an interactive session with an opportunity to ask questions. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. The Red Tent Club’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

Yom HaShoah: Blossoming Beyond Tragedy: The Jacques Fein Story - Tues., Apr. 11, 6:30 PM Exploration of Artifacts; 7:00 PM Program at

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045. Join the community in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Howard County. This year's Yom HaShoah service honors the memory of Howard County community member Jacques Fein, z”l, and recounts his story of rescue as a child in France. Please bring artifacts and photographs that you’d like to display to the Yom HaShoah service. For more information, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.

 

Israel@70 in Howard County - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Save the date for Israel@70 in Howard County! The community-wide festival features live performances by The Highlights--Molly Krief & Saar Gez, synagogue choirs, and dance troupes; an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli crafts, food, and wine; face painting and kids’ activities; PJ Library Goes to Israel booth; and more! Registration coming soon!

 

HCC Jewish Group - The HCC Jewish Group at Howard Community College has open, bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month in Room 310 of the HCC SET Building. All HCC students are invited to participate. For more information or to find out about JG leadership opportunities, please contact Ella Hatezni or Janet Schreibstein.

 

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Adas Israel Hosts National Collegiate Jewish A Capella Kol Haolom VIII Championship - Sat., March 10, 8:00 - 10:30 PM at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St, NW, DC 20008. Bet Chaverim members love a good song, and the Jewish collegiate a capella championship has become an annual event for many of us. Jewish collegiate performance groups from around the nation will battle it out to be crowned #1 in American Jewish A Capella! This Year's 2018 Contestants Are: Ani V’Ata (NYU), Chai Notes (Hofstra), ChaiTunes (Emory), Hooshir (Indiana), Kaskeset (Binghamton), Ketzev (Johns Hopkins), Kol Sasson (Maryland), Mezumenet (Maryland), ShireiNU (Northwestern), and Special Performances by Rak Shalom and Tizmoret!Ticket prices start at $20.00 ($10.00 for students). Visit the Adas Israel website for more details or to order your tix: https://www.adasisrael.org/event/kolhaolam

 

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 2/22: Shabbat Services, Volunteer Requests, & Teen Survey

This Week: February 22 - 28

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

 

♦  Purim Celebration - Wed.,  Feb. 28, 6:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Purim Celebration at Bet Chaverim

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Grab a gragger, costume the kids (and/or yourself), and join Bet Chaverim Congregation for a fun, friendly, family-focused Purim celebration and Megillah reading!

 

Date: 02/28/2018 (Wed.)

Time: 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Location: Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD

 

Our agenda for the evening includes:

 

6:30-7:30 PM: Crafts, Games & Costume Parade for Kids

7:15 PM: Congregational Ice Cream Social & Hamantashen Noshin’** for Adults and Kids

7:30 PM: Megillah Reading

 

This event is free and open to the community! 

 

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. 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

 

Week of  Mar.  1 - 7

3/1                        14 Adar           Helene "Hindy" Kaufer, beloved mother of Gloria Greene

3/2                        15 Adar           Alicia Miller, beloved mother of Temrah Okonski

3/3                        16 Adar           Howard Blackman, beloved brother of Jodie Reid

3/4                        17 Adar           Barbara Louise Harris, beloved sister of Marsha Gorelik

3/6                        19 Adar           Sarah Eisenberg, beloved grandmother 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 & Oneg - Fri., Mar. 2, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075.

 

♦  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 2/15: 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