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The upcoming holidays promise to be jam-packed with both religious and social events.  Estimated times for holiday services are provided below based on prior years’ experience.

SELICHOT — Saturday, September 21, Hawthorn Center at 8:30 PM. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness called Selichot help us identify with the themes of the holidays. Join us to welcome the new week with a Havdallah service, followed by the Selichot service. Refreshments will be served.

ROSH HASHANAH — Monday and Tuesday, September 30th and October 1st, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

Rosh Hashanah--Day 1 and Day 2

9:00 AM: Waking Up to a New YearA combination of traditional introductory prayers, study, and reflection to open our hearts and minds to the New Year.

10 AM: Tefillah b'KehillahCommunity Prayer, the traditional Rosh Hashanah service highlighted by songs for the season, Torah reading, and the sounding of the Shofar.

**Children will join the congregation in the Torah parade and the sounding of the shofar.**

12 PM: Musaf--Sovereignty, Memory, Redemption

♦ TASHLICH — Sunday, October 6th at Lake Kittamaqundi Pavilion near Clydes. Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lake at approximately 12:30 PM, followed by a brief service and program. Cheryle Franceschi will be talking about the environment and conservation. She is a local environmental educator who just finished her film Conservation Kids about teaching children to appreciate nature. The film can be streamed at Conservation Kids – A Green STEM Documentary. B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bread (and cast away your sins).

Location and Time TBD.

♦ KOL NIDRE Tuesday, October 8th,  6:15 PM SHARP, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045

♦ YOM KIPPUR Wednesday, October 9th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.


9 AM: Kavannot—Intentions, a combination of traditional introductory prayers, study and reflection to set the tone for this sacred day.

10 AM: Tefillah b'Kehillah--Community Prayer, the traditional Yom Kippur service highlighted by songs for the season, Torah reading, and an interpretive Avodah service led by the children of Bet Chaverim.

12 PM: Yizkor--Memorial Service, followed by Musaf.

4:45 PM: Mincha, the afternoon service, highlighted by continued prayer as the day draws towards its conclusion, and the reading of the Book of Jonah.

5:45 PM: Neila, The gates are closing. We end the holiday with joy and satisfaction after committing ourselves to strive towards goodness in the year.

7:15 PM: Sounding of the Shofar

SUKKOT — Services in the Sukkah. TBD

SHEMINI ATZERET/YIZKOR AND SIMCHAT TORAH — Monday, October 21st . We will hold a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, then transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served




Back to Shul Schmooze - September 8 

Join us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, while enjoying little bites and drinks. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your summer adventures and socialize with Rabbi Blumenthal.  All prospective members are welcome! Hope to see you there!  


Cost: $15 per person payable by check or credit card no later than September 3rd

RSVP at:

Please contact Hedy Tanenholtz at if you have questions or require assistence.

Torah on Tap - September 10

Torah on Tap returns from its Summer Hiatus. 

Join us for good Torah, good company, and good pizza with a full bar.   Avoid the cooking and learn why Yom Kippur is the Happiest Day of the Year. 


Date: Tuesday September 10, 2019 

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Location:  HomeSlyce, 9400 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, 21045

Cost:  None (except what you order)

Prospective Members Welcome!!


Become an “Emotional Support Human”

The Horizon Foundation launched a new public outreach campaign designed to help people effectively support those in their lives who may be struggling with mental health challenges. The “Emotional Support Human" campaign aims to normalize conversations around mental health and offer tips for people to approach those conversations.

Learn more about the Horizon Foundation's campaign at


Bet Chaverim Awarded Horizon Foundation Grant

Bet Chaverim is honored to have been awarded a Horizon Foundation Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement grant. The goals of this initiative are to decrease the stigma of seeking mental health and to learn how to intervene and direct someone to appropriate resources. Free training is now available to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to learn to Question, Persuade,and Refer (QPR) someone to help. Click here for more information and to register for training:


Bet Chaverim will hold other relevant programs in the coming months, including a presentation by Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday June 28th. Rabbi Glazer will discuss his book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.


Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!


That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary:

Click here for the application and additional information: 


 “We planned this trip for both the first-time visitor to Israel, and those who haven’t been there recently,” Rabbi Blumenthal explained.   She is already fielding inquiries about the trip.  “People are excited and I am very pleased with the initial reaction,” she said. 


Organized by ITC Tours, the trip will spark or renew appreciation for - and understanding of - the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Israel.  Starting in Tel Aviv, participants will explore a wide range of “must see” cultural, historical and religious sites, museums, and institutions.  They will be immersed in the uniquely Israeli blend of old and new ideas, biblical and modern history, and powerful emotions that are both freely shared and yet highly personal.   


From Tel Aviv, the tour heads north along the sea and then inland to the Galilee, including visits to Roman ruins, the mystical city of Tzfat, and a night on a kibbutz.  Activities include touring the Golan Heights, visiting the exquisite Dan Nature Preserve, wine tasting, learning about Ethiopian Jews, and then, driving south to Jerusalem to greet Shabbat at the Western Wall. 



With more than four days to discover Jerusalem, BCers will explore the Jewish Quarter, Yad Vashem, the Chagall windows, Dead Sea Scrolls, markets, museums and much more.  Plus there’s a day trip to the Dead Sea (swim suits!), Qumran and Masada.


An information meeting about the trip was held on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house. If there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: or 917.742.4214.



  Come Join Us!

Sun, October 13 2019 14 Tishrei 5780