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Join Bet Chaverim in Wishing "Happy New Year" to the Trees This Tu B'Shevat! 


WHEN:  Sunday, February 4 at 1:30 PM - 3 PM

WHERE: Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia



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:

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

Adult Social Events

 “Fighting Fire With Fire” at The Gary Rosenthal Collection (www. - 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:


"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,


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