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Chai-Lights 2/14: Shabbat Services on Saturday at Watermark; No BCRS this Sunday

This Week: Feb. 14 - 20

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 16, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BCRS - Sun., Feb. 17, Closed for Presidents Weekend

 

 

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Business

Upcoming Congregational Meeting on Contract Renewal
A year has passed since the congregation approved the hiring of our new rabbi, Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, and education director, Rabbi Faith Cantor. Each were approved for one year, and the time for the congregation to decide on renewal is fast approaching. 
 
Our Bylaws require the Board to make recommendations on hiring key personnel to the entire congregation, after which, our congregants then make the final decisions.  This past Sunday, February 9, the Board approved recommending renewal of both contracts. The recommendation for Rabbi Blumenthal is for up to two years, with the possibility of up to three years of extensions.   For Rabbi Cantor, the board is recommending a single one-year extension.  The Board recognizes the importance of investing in our youth both as a mitzvah, as well as a growth engine for the congregation.  These two recommendations strive to balance the investment the congregation chose to make last year with the very positive inertia we’ve made so far this year. It provides the congregation with certainty about the immediate future, as well as flexibility to manage change, if necessary. 
 
Given these Board recommendations, we are convening a Special Congregational Meeting to present the Board's recommendations and allow members to vote on these two actions. The Special Congregational Meeting will take place, as follows:
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM
  • Place: The Watermark Club Room, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia
  • Congregants will vote on allowing the Board to enter into contract renewal negotiations.  The terms of the contracts, as appropriate, will be discussed at the regular Spring Congregational Meeting in May or June.
  • The Board‘s recommendations will be presented to the congregation as two separate actions for consideration. These will be the only items on the agenda.  
  • As with all congregation votes, proxies are limited to a member’s spouse or partner within a single household. 

The Board strongly urges all Bet Chaverim members to attend the meeting. If there are any questions, feel free to contact Alan Zimmerman (alan_zimmerman@verizon.net) or any Board members. We look forward to seeing you on February 27.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

Given the potential for inclement weather at this time of year, Bet Chaverim events will follow the guidance that the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) issues for community events in their facilities. If HCPSS cancels daytime or evening activities, then Bet Chaverim activities for the parallel time(s) also will be canceled; where feasible, such events will be rescheduled for a later date.

Hawthorn Center Construction

Due to construction at the Hawthorn Center, we are bringing back Friday night Shabbat at home with host homes. hat means, we still need volunteers to host Shabbat at home on February 22nd. If you can host this service, please contact Heather Zimmerman at 321-698-1412 for details.

 

Please note that Saturday Shabbat Services during February will be held in the Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

Upcoming Events

Join Us For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night at the Howard County Center for the Arts - Saturday, March 2nd

 

https://ecp.yusercontent.com/mail?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.shulcloud.com%2F583%2Fuploads%2F319-Movie-Night.png&t=1550180049&ymreqid=d0d2ddd8-9f9c-da83-2f9c-9a0049010000&sig=VVZ99VHQmE9CTYaoAOJM2A--~CIts got baseball. Its got Israel. You won't want to miss the award-winning film "HEADING HOME: the Tale of Team Israel." And, you'll have the bonus opportunity to enjoy the Q&A session with Yoni Rosenblatt, the team trainer.

 

Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/y6gsq3hy by Monday, February 25.

 

The cost is $20/person. Payments can be mailed to Bet Chaverim at: P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Laurie Diener by email or phone at: diener.lauren@gmail.com or 410.591.2603.

 

 

Theater Group for INDECENT at Baltimore's Center Stage  - Sunday, March 10

INDECENT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogelwinner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. God of Vengeance is seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of this incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “This powerful drama...sheds light on a time when history, Jewish culture and the depiction of lesbian love explosively intersected.” —NY Times. “…[a] riveting backstage drama…” —The New Yorker. “…marvelous…more than just the re-telling of a long forgotten gem, INDECENT melds fact and fiction with the kind of insight and emotional depth that comes from theatre at its most poetic.” —NY1. “INDECENT ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general. …we are indebted to Vogel…for reminding us of a brave play that fearlessly told the world there’s nothing indecent about love.” —TheaterMania.com. See a recent review at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/how-indecent-about-art-happening-against-all-odds-speaks-to-our-time/2018/12/03/c10b1682-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a4ae55cdf6b

 

To join the group on Sunday, March 10th for the 2:00 PM performance at the Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, please:

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the congregational meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman by Feb. 4. Send to BC's post office box (see below) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

Torah on Tap - March 12th  https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/torah-on-tap-pic.png

Rabbi Blumenthal is looking forward to leading Torah on Tap on a monthly basis the second Tuesday of each month. The next event will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 12th at 7:30 PM, in the Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044. All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share.

 

 

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

 

 

What better way to strengthen our Hebrew vocabulary then by learning about different fruits and vegetables hands-on? Our Howard County Shaliach, Shay, visited BCRS this past weekend. He spoke with the kids in Hebrew and taught them lots of new words. A fun and delicious way to learn. We delved deeper into our unit, Achrayut, learning about responsibility and what we can do to make the world a better place. 
https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/thumbnail/uploads/hotshot-logo.png

 

 

 

To Be Announced....
 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s  Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 

 

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.

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/

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 22, 7:30 PM, details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 2, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bet Chaverim Movie Night - Sat., Mar. 2, 6:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Mar. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun.,  Mar. 10, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Oakland Mills High School,  9410 Kilimanjaro Road Columbia, 21045.

 

♦  Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Mar. 12, 7:30 PM, Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar 16, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BCRS Special Program at Purim Palooza - Sun.,  Mar. 17, 9:00 AM, at Reservoir High School,11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton MD.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Guest Speaker - Fri.,  Mar. 22, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

Pop-Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 1, Evening, Private Homes. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Jewish Howard County community members are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. To sign up as a host or guest, visit Associated.org/PopUpShabbat, and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! For more information, please contact Shauna Leavey.  

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Mar. 6, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Confused about Israeli politics? Have lunch with shaliach Shay Rubinstein and learn about Israeli government and the upcoming Israeli elections! Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Bereavement Support Group - Mon.: Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, at 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Join the Federation’s Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman and Dr. Barry Frieman, Ed. D., LCSW-C for a 9-week Bereavement Support Group. The group will focus on helping those who have experienced the loss of a loved one navigate their grief in a small group discussion environment. Free and open to the community, but advance registration required to Michalah Hoffman.

 

Trump & the Middle East with Amir Tibon - Thurs., Mar. 14, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, HCC Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Amir Tibon, an award-winning Israeli journalist who covers US politics and the Whitehouse for Haaretz, will speak about Trump and the Middle East. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation, the HCC Jewish Group, and Howard Community College. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein.

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features a DJ, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, face painting, an Israel Escape Room, food, and more! FREE Entry! Purchase wristbands at Associated.org/purimwristband to get unlimited tickets for games and activities: $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds raised from Purim Palooza will help support programs and services for the Jewish community in Howard County. To sponsor the event or register as an exhibitor, visit Associated.org/PurimSponsorship. For more information about the event, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2019.


The Red Tent Club: Communications Skills for Everyday Life - Wed., Mar. 27, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Presentation; HCC Monteabaro Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Empower yourself and improve your relationships by drawing on sources from the Torah with Dr. Erica Brown, an expert in the area of leadership and communication, and author of 11 books, including Take Your Soul to Work. Visit Associated.org/RedTent to register. For more information, contact Amy Bober-Schenerman.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability is partnering with Main Event, a family entertainment venue, to put the FUN into FUNdraising! On Sunday, March 17th, 2019 (from 3 – 6 pm) come catch the luck of the Irish while enjoying all the fun activities Main Event has to offer including: bowling, laser tag, 100+ arcade games, billiards, and shuffleboard! This Saint Patrick’s Day join us at Main Event to help Bridges to Housing Stability with “the raising of the green”!! 20% of the sales of food, gift cards, non-alcoholic beverages, and all activities listed above will go to Bridges to Housing Stability to help end homelessness and housing instability in Howard County! To have a portion of your purchase benefit Bridges to Housing Stability you must drop your receipts into the receipt drop box at the BRIDGES table. We hope to see you there! Event page is www.bridges2hs.org/events/bridges-at-main-event/.

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3 – 6 PM

WHERE: Main Event, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway #2520, Columbia, MD 21044

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 2/7: Shabbat Services Tonight at the Reid Home

This Week: Feb. 7 - 13

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Feb. 8, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jarrett & Jodie Reid, 2825 Carroll Wind Drive, Ellicott City, 21043

 

 

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

Due to construction at the Hawthorn Center, we are bringing back Friday night Shabbat at home with host homes. hat means, we still need volunteers to host Shabbat at home on February 22nd. If you can host this service, please contact Heather Zimmerman at 321-698-1412 for details.

 

With uncertain weather, if Howard County cancels evening activities, we ask you not to travel to the host home and instead celebrate Shabbat at your own home.

 

Please note that Saturday Shabbat Services during February will be held in the Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night -

Saturday, March 2nd
Its got baseball.  Its got Israel.  You won't want to miss the award-winning film "HEADING HOME."
Details in next week's Chai-Lights.
 

Theater Group for INDECENT at Baltimore's Center Stage  - Sunday, March 10

INDECENT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogelwinner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. God of Vengeance is seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of this incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “This powerful drama...sheds light on a time when history, Jewish culture and the depiction of lesbian love explosively intersected.” —NY Times. “…[a] riveting backstage drama…” —The New Yorker. “…marvelous…more than just the re-telling of a long forgotten gem, INDECENT melds fact and fiction with the kind of insight and emotional depth that comes from theatre at its most poetic.” —NY1. “INDECENT ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general. …we are indebted to Vogel…for reminding us of a brave play that fearlessly told the world there’s nothing indecent about love.” —TheaterMania.com. See a recent review at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/how-indecent-about-art-happening-against-all-odds-speaks-to-our-time/2018/12/03/c10b1682-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a4ae55cdf6b

 

To join the group on Sunday, March 10th for the 2:00 PM performance at the Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, please:

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the congregational meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman by Feb. 4. Send to BC's post office box (see below) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

 

We surprised our students with a special visit from our Shaliach, Shay. Both groups played Israel Bingo. Each time a student chose a word, Shay would ask questions about the place, thing or idea and the students were introduced to some really fun aspects of Israeli culture! We talked about the value of Achrayut (responsibility) in the Purim story. We also talked about how in order to be responsible, Queen Esther had to hide away her true self. There is a tradition to wear masks or costumes on Purim and we took this custom a step further by creating masks that represented people in our community who act with Achrayut. The list we brainstormed was spectacular:  firefighters, teachers, rabbis, political leaders, soldiers, police officers, God and us, just to name a few. An amazing shout out to Elijah. He wanted to make his mask represent God, but knows that God can’t be drawn. He drew flags from all around the world showing that God loves us all because we are B’tzelem Elohim (made in the image of God).
So many students tried for Hebrew Hotshots and it was awesome!
https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/thumbnail/uploads/hotshot-logo.png

 

 

Aila, Jake, Jonah and Sam B. were our Hebrew Hotshots this week! Yasher koach!

 

 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s  Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 

 

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.

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/

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 16, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 22, 7:30 PM, details to follow.


Federation Events

Pop-Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 1, Evening, Private Homes. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Jewish Howard County community members are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. To sign up as a host or guest, visit Associated.org/PopUpShabbat, and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! For more information, please contact Shauna Leavey.  

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features a DJ, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, face painting, an Israel Escape Room, food, and more! FREE Entry! Purchase wristbands at Associated.org/purimwristband to get unlimited tickets for games and activities: $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds raised from Purim Palooza will help support programs and services for the Jewish community in Howard County. To sponsor the event or register as an exhibitor, visit Associated.org/PurimSponsorship. For more information about the event, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2019.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/31: February Shabbat Services at Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia, 21044

This Week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 2, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

 

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

Due to construction at the Hawthorn Center, we are bringing back Friday night Shabbat at home with host homes. hat means, we will need volunteers to host Shabbat at home on February 8th and 22nd. If you can host either of these services, please contact Heather Zimmerman at 321-698-1412 for details.

 

With uncertain weather, if Howard County cancels evening activities, we ask you not to travel to the host home and instead celebrate Shabbat at your own home.

 

Please note that Saturday Shabbat Services during February will be held in the Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

Watch our BCRS students in action last Sunday: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Video1.MOV

 
This past Sunday, we continued our discussion about Achrayut (responsibility). We looked at one quote from the Torah (“Love your neighbor as you love yourself”) and a rabbinic text from Rabbi Hillel (“What is hateful to you, do not do unto others.”). It was really special when Morah Heather’s class was heard saying, “If you want to be responsible, you cannot be a bystander!”
 
Morah Jeanne’s class has started a weekly Hebrew Hotshots activity. As part of our regular Hebrew language curriculum, students will have the chance to read 2-6 sentences each week, and see how much they can translate. Everyone who attempts the hotshot challenge will be cheered for; and the weekly winners will be mentioned in this update, as well as on our Facebook picture page.
 

https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/thumbnail/uploads/hotshot-logo.png

 

 

This week’s Hebrew Hotshots are:

Sam B. and Jonah! Yasher koach!

 

 

 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s  Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 

 

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.

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/

 

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

 

 

January Yahrzeits

01/31

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 16, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

Pop-Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 1, Evening, Private Homes. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Jewish Howard County community members are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. To sign up as a host or guest, visit Associated.org/PopUpShabbat, and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! For more information, please contact Shauna Leavey.  

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features a DJ, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, face painting, an Israel Escape Room, food, and more! FREE Entry! Purchase wristbands at Associated.org/purimwristband to get unlimited tickets for games and activities: $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds raised from Purim Palooza will help support programs and services for the Jewish community in Howard County. To sponsor the event or register as an exhibitor, visit Associated.org/PurimSponsorship. For more information about the event, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2019.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/24: Shabbat Dinner and Speaker

This Week: Jan. 24 - 30

♦  Shabbat  Dinner and Discussion With Rabbi Amy Scheinerman - Jan. 25, 7:00 PM Dinner, 7:45 PM Services, 8:15 PM Speaker; Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 

NOTE: SOME LINKS APPEAR NOT TO BE WORKING PROPERLY; IF YOU ENCOUNTER THIS  PROBLEM, COPY THE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONNECT....

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

Due to construction at the Hawthorn Center, we are bringing back Friday night Shabbat at home with host homes. hat means, we will need volunteers to host Shabbat at home on February 8th and 22nd. If you can host either of these services, please contact Heather Zimmerman at 321-698-1412 for details.

 

With uncertain weather, if Howard County cancels evening activities, we ask you not to travel to the host home and instead celebrate Shabbat at your own home.

 

Please note that Saturday Shabbat Services during February will be held in the Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Dinner, Services, and Guest Speaker - Friday, January 25

Please join us on January 25th for a Friday night program with special guest speaker, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2. The Talmud of Relationships was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Award 2018 (see: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2018-national-jewish-book-awards-winners-and-finalists).

 

The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building—with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves.
Rabbi Amy will address topics such as: How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult co-workers? How can I best relate to people in need?

 

At 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, participants will enjoy a catered chicken dinner followed by Shabbat Services at approximately 7:45 PM. At 8:15 PM enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began 2,000 years ago.

 
Please RSVP for the catered dinner at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-book. Payment for dinner is due by January 21st. Those who prefer not to participate in the dinner are welcome to join us at 7:45 PM for services, followed by our speaker.

 

SAVE THE DATE For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night -

Saturday, March 2nd
Its got baseball.  Its got Israel.  You won't want to miss the award-winning film "HEADING HOME."
Details in next week's Chai-Lights.
 

Theater Group for INDECENT at Baltimore's Center Stage  - Sunday, March 10

INDECENT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogelwinner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. God of Vengeance is seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of this incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “This powerful drama...sheds light on a time when history, Jewish culture and the depiction of lesbian love explosively intersected.” —NY Times. “…[a] riveting backstage drama…” —The New Yorker. “…marvelous…more than just the re-telling of a long forgotten gem, INDECENT melds fact and fiction with the kind of insight and emotional depth that comes from theatre at its most poetic.” —NY1. “INDECENT ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general. …we are indebted to Vogel…for reminding us of a brave play that fearlessly told the world there’s nothing indecent about love.” —TheaterMania.com. See a recent review at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/how-indecent-about-art-happening-against-all-odds-speaks-to-our-time/2018/12/03/c10b1682-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a4ae55cdf6b

 

To join the group on Sunday, March 10th for the 2:00 PM performance at the Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, please:

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the congregational meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman by Feb. 4. Send to BC's post office box (see below) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

This past Sunday’s session started out with a wonderful question:

Elijah: How do you know God is there if you can’t see him?
Rabbi Faith: How do you know love is there if you can’t see it?
Elijah: it’s in my heart.

 

Adonai S’fatai Tiftach is the opening line of the Amidah. We are working on learning this line (and the beautiful English lyrics) to a melody written by Craig Taubman. Here is a link to the melody: https://youtu.be/77qW97iOYIw When we sing it in class, it is a bit faster with a little more umph!

 

We talked about the connection between the Hebrew word Achrayut (responsibility) with the Hebrew word Acher. Acher means “other.” We talked about how it is easier to show responsibility to people we know well and care about, but there must be some reason why the word responsibility is connected to otherness. We brainstormed a whole bunch of examples of different ways we show responsibility and how there are different expectations of responsibilities based on age and different relationships. We looked at one very unique sense of responsibility: “Operation Good Neighbor,” the Israeli decision to open the border to Syria in order to provide medical support and supplies to Syrian civilians and even soldiers fighting the the Syrian civil war. A wonderful and extensive conversation ensued, putting us on the right track for this month’s unit, Achrayut.

 

BCRS Information

Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s  Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 

 

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.

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/

 

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

 

January Yahrzeits

 

01/02/2019

Dorothy Kipnis

Beloved Mother of Jon Kipnis

25 Tevet

01/04/2019

Harvey Baronovich Gorelik

Beloved Father of Ivan Gorelik

27 Tevet

01/06/2019

Ronald Barry Cooper

Beloved Father of Jamie Biegeleisen

29 Tevet

01/09/2019

Irving Kaufer

Beloved Father of Gloria Greene

3 Shevat

01/11/2019

Henry Sweet

Beloved Father of Sue Schaffer

5 Shevat

01/13/2019

Aron Pollokoff

Beloved Brother of Gordon Pollokoff

7 Shevat

01/14/2019

Royal Pollokoff

Beloved Father of Gordon Pollokoff

8 Shevat

01/15/2019

Paul Freedman

Beloved Step-Father of Daniel Freedman

9 Shevat

01/18/2019

Elmore Rosenthal

Beloved Father of Steven Rosenthal

12 Shevat

01/19/2019

Anne V. Mason

Beloved Sister of Judy Schiffer

13 Shevat

01/22/2019

Solomon Zeldin

Beloved Father of Marvin Zeldin

16 Shevat

01/23/2019

Saidie Laiefsky

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

17 Shevat

01/28/2019

Joseph Laiefsky

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

22 Shevat

01/31/2019

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards: Deadline - January 18th

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 2, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 16, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

Pop-Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 1, Evening, Private Homes. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Jewish Howard County community members are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. To sign up as a host or guest, visit Associated.org/PopUpShabbat, and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! For more information, please contact Shauna Leavey.  

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features a DJ, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, face painting, an Israel Escape Room, food, and more! FREE Entry! Purchase wristbands at Associated.org/purimwristband to get unlimited tickets for games and activities: $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds raised from Purim Palooza will help support programs and services for the Jewish community in Howard County. To sponsor the event or register as an exhibitor, visit Associated.org/PurimSponsorship. For more information about the event, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2019.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Local Jewish Events

Tu B'Shevat Program at Temple Sinai - On Sunday, January 27, Temple Sinai (3100 Military Rd. NW, Washington DC) will celebrate Tu B'Shevat by welcoming Brian Frosh, the Attorney General of Maryland, and Karl Racine, the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, to discuss the important work they are doing to protect the environment in our area and throughout the country. This event will begin with Tu B'Shevat refreshments at 3:00 PM, followed by the Attorneys General speaking and answering questions at 3:30 PM.

 

Both Attorneys General have brought a number of lawsuits, including legal challenges to rolling back the Clean Power Plan, reversing Clean Car standards, eliminating the Clean Water rule, expanding off-shore drilling, weakening federal authority to ban ozone-depleting chemicals, and censoring science data. They are actively concerned about environmental justice, climate change, and protecting our children and grandchildren. For more information on their work, visit these websites: Racine and Frosh.

 

Please join us. For further information, contact Regina Ziegler (zieglerrg@gmail.com), Robyn Miller-Tarnoff (robynmtwork@gmail.com, or Lois Schiffer (loisschiffer@msn.com).

 

 

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/17: Shabbat Services and Tu B'Shevat Seder

This Week: Jan. 17 - 23

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 19, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Oakland Mills High School cafeteria, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045. RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com

 

♦ RSVP Now for Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker

 

NOTE: SOME LINKS APPEAR NOT TO BE WORKING PROPERLY; IF YOU ENCOUNTER THIS  PROBLEM, COPY THE LINK TO YOUR BROWSER AND YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONNECT....

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Dinner, Services, and Guest Speaker - Friday, January 25; RSVP Now

Please join us on January 25th for a Friday night program with special guest speaker, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2. The Talmud of Relationships was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Award 2018 (see: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2018-national-jewish-book-awards-winners-and-finalists).

 

The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building—with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves.
Rabbi Amy will address topics such as: How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult co-workers? How can I best relate to people in need?

 

At 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, participants will enjoy a catered chicken dinner followed by Shabbat Services at approximately 7:45 PM. At 8:15 PM enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began 2,000 years ago.

 
Please RSVP for the catered dinner at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-book. Payment for dinner is due by January 21st. Those who prefer not to participate in the dinner are welcome to join us at 7:45 PM for services, followed by our speaker.
 

Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sunday, January 20th

Bet Chaverim will be wishing a "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat. Tu B'Shevat marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.


Join our unique Tu B'Shevat seder, which will include the traditional fruits that represent the changing of seasons in Israel, and ice cream that represents it as well! This program is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and is open to the community; the cost is $5 per person or $10/family collected at the door. We're looking forward to seeing you at our celebration on January 20th, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School cafeteria, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045. RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-tubshevat

 

SAVE THE DATE For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night -
Saturday, March 2nd
Its got baseball.  Its got Israel.  You won't want to miss the award-winning film "HEADING HOME."
Details in next week's Chai-Lights.
 

Theater Group for INDECENT at Baltimore's Center Stage  - Sunday, March 10

INDECENT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogelwinner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. God of Vengeance is seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of this incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “This powerful drama...sheds light on a time when history, Jewish culture and the depiction of lesbian love explosively intersected.” —NY Times. “…[a] riveting backstage drama…” —The New Yorker. “…marvelous…more than just the re-telling of a long forgotten gem, INDECENT melds fact and fiction with the kind of insight and emotional depth that comes from theatre at its most poetic.” —NY1. “INDECENT ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general. …we are indebted to Vogel…for reminding us of a brave play that fearlessly told the world there’s nothing indecent about love.” —TheaterMania.com. See a recent review at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/how-indecent-about-art-happening-against-all-odds-speaks-to-our-time/2018/12/03/c10b1682-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a4ae55cdf6b

 

To join the group on Sunday, March 10th for the 2:00 PM performance at the Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, please:

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the congregational meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman by Feb. 4. Send to BC's post office box (see below) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

Bet Chaverim Religious School just finished our unit on Gevurah—strength. We all had the honor and privilege of taking a personal tour of the 911 Call Center in Baltimore with Captain Scott Brillman. Our students were able to see firsthand how gevurah is used in the real world. The hundred employees who are on each shift answered calls with patience, calm and grace. Their three month-long training for the job prepares them for anything. We are so thankful to have had this opportunity, and even more grateful for people like Captain Brillman and the employees of the Call Center, the police officers, fire fighters, EMS and other first responders who use their inner and outer strength every day to take care of our communities and neighborhoods.

 

Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

January Yahrzeits

 

01/02/2019

Dorothy Kipnis

Beloved Mother of Jon Kipnis

25 Tevet

01/04/2019

Harvey Baronovich Gorelik

Beloved Father of Ivan Gorelik

27 Tevet

01/06/2019

Ronald Barry Cooper

Beloved Father of Jamie Biegeleisen

29 Tevet

01/09/2019

Irving Kaufer

Beloved Father of Gloria Greene

3 Shevat

01/11/2019

Henry Sweet

Beloved Father of Sue Schaffer

5 Shevat

01/13/2019

Aron Pollokoff

Beloved Brother of Gordon Pollokoff

7 Shevat

01/14/2019

Royal Pollokoff

Beloved Father of Gordon Pollokoff

8 Shevat

01/15/2019

Paul Freedman

Beloved Step-Father of Daniel Freedman

9 Shevat

01/18/2019

Elmore Rosenthal

Beloved Father of Steven Rosenthal

12 Shevat

01/19/2019

Anne V. Mason

Beloved Sister of Judy Schiffer

13 Shevat

01/22/2019

Solomon Zeldin

Beloved Father of Marvin Zeldin

16 Shevat

01/23/2019

Saidie Laiefsky

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

17 Shevat

01/28/2019

Joseph Laiefsky

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

22 Shevat

01/31/2019

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards: Deadline - January 18th

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat  Dinner and Discussion With Rabbi Amy Scheinerman - Jan. 25, 7:00 PM Dinner, 7:45 PM Services, 8:15 PM Speaker; Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 2, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Feb. 16, 9:30 AM, Watermark Clubroom, 

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Feb. 6, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM,

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Confused about Israeli politics? Have lunch with shaliach Shay Rubinstein and learn about the Israeli governmental system! Shay will explain the differences between the Israeli and American systems of government and speak about the different parties in the Israeli Knesset. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Maryland Jewish Advocacy Day & Reception - Wed., Feb. 20,  5:00 PM, Legislative Meeting & 6:45 PM Reception, Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Rooms West I, Annapolis. Join Howard County's Jewish Community Relations Council, the Baltimore Jewish Council, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington for Advocacy Day in Annapolis. Meet with elected officials to discuss issues of importance to the Jewish community. Dinner provided. Dietary laws observed. RSVP to pgwynn@baltjc.org or 410- 542-4850 by February 15. For more information, please click here.

 

Pop-Up Shabbat - Fri., Mar. 1, Evening, Private Homes. Looking for a way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your Jewish neighbors? Jewish Howard County community members are invited to Pop Up Shabbat, a fun, informal way to celebrate Shabbat and get to know your community. To sign up as a host or guest, visit Associated.org/PopUpShabbat, and we’ll match you with the perfect fit for your Shabbat meal! For more information, please contact Shauna Leavey.  

 

Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM,

Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. This year’s Purim-themed carnival features a DJ, carnival games, prizes, crafts, a photo booth, face painting, an Israel Escape Room, food, and more! FREE Entry! Purchase wristbands at Associated.org/purimwristband to get unlimited tickets for games and activities: $18 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds raised from Purim Palooza will help support programs and services for the Jewish community in Howard County. To sponsor the event or register as an exhibitor, visit Associated.org/PurimSponsorship. For more information about the event, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Purim2019.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/10: Shabbat Services on Fri, Jan. 11th

This Week: Jan. 10 - 16

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Jan. 11, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Board Meeting (Everyone Welcome)- Sun.,  Jan. 13, 9:00 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦ Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Jan. 15, 7:30 PM at Sue & Marty Leshin's home, 6817 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777.

 

♦ RSVP Now for Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker

 

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Links

 

Upcoming Events

Torah on Tap - January 15th  Watermark

https://ecp.yusercontent.com/mail?url=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.shulcloud.com%2Fresize%2F141%2F184%2F583%2Fuploads%2Ftorah-on-tap-pic.png&t=1547232436&ymreqid=d0d2ddd8-9f9c-da83-2fb5-cd002f010000&sig=Q.4CB89xwshfWydnte1MzA--~CRabbi Blumenthal is looking forward to leading Torah on Tap on a monthly basis, beginning on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 PM. All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share. Generally speaking, we plan to hold Torah on Tap at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044. However, due to a scheduling conflict, the January 15th gathering will be held at Sue & Marty Leshin’s home, 6817 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777.

 


 

Shabbat Dinner, Services, and Guest Speaker - Friday, January 25; RSVP Now

Please join us on January 25th for a Friday night program with special guest speaker, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2. The Talmud of Relationships was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Award 2018 (see: https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2018-national-jewish-book-awards-winners-and-finalists).

 

The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building—with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves.
Rabbi Amy will address topics such as: How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult co-workers? How can I best relate to people in need?

 

At 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, participants will enjoy a catered chicken dinner followed by Shabbat Services at approximately 7:45 PM. At 8:15 PM enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began 2,000 years ago.

 
Please RSVP for the catered dinner at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-book. Payment for dinner is due by January 21st. Those who prefer not to participate in the dinner are welcome to join us at 7:45 PM for services, followed by our speaker.
 

Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sunday, January 20th

Bet Chaverim will be wishing a "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat. Tu B'Shevat marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.


Join our unique Tu B'Shevat seder, which will include the traditional fruits that represent the changing of seasons in Israel, and ice cream that represents it as well! This program is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and is open to the community; the cost is $5 per person or $10/family collected at the door. We're looking forward to seeing you at our celebration on January 20th, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School cafeteria, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045. RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-tubshevat

 

Theater Group for INDECENT at Baltimore's Center Stage  - Sunday, March 10

INDECENT, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogelwinner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. God of Vengeance is seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. INDECENT charts the history of this incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. “This powerful drama...sheds light on a time when history, Jewish culture and the depiction of lesbian love explosively intersected.” —NY Times. “…[a] riveting backstage drama…” —The New Yorker. “…marvelous…more than just the re-telling of a long forgotten gem, INDECENT melds fact and fiction with the kind of insight and emotional depth that comes from theatre at its most poetic.” —NY1. “INDECENT ranks as a must-see for anyone who cares about the important legacy of Yiddish theater, or of theater in general. …we are indebted to Vogel…for reminding us of a brave play that fearlessly told the world there’s nothing indecent about love.” —TheaterMania.com. See a recent review at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/how-indecent-about-art-happening-against-all-odds-speaks-to-our-time/2018/12/03/c10b1682-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a4ae55cdf6b

 

To join the group on Sunday, March 10th for the 2:00 PM performance at the Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, please:

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the congregational meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman by Feb. 4. Send to BC's post office box (see below) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

Bet Chaverim Religious School just finished our unit on Gevurah—strength. We all had the honor and privilege of taking a personal tour of the 911 Call Center in Baltimore with Captain Scott Brillman. Our students were able to see firsthand how gevurah is used in the real world. The hundred employees who are on each shift answered calls with patience, calm and grace. Their three month-long training for the job prepares them for anything. We are so thankful to have had this opportunity, and even more grateful for people like Captain Brillman and the employees of the Call Center, the police officers, fire fighters, EMS and other first responders who use their inner and outer strength every day to take care of our communities and neighborhoods.

 

Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

January Yahrzeits

 

01/02/2019

Dorothy Kipnis

Beloved Mother of Jon Kipnis

25 Tevet

01/04/2019

Harvey Baronovich Gorelik

Beloved Father of Ivan Gorelik

27 Tevet

01/06/2019

Ronald Barry Cooper

Beloved Father of Jamie Biegeleisen

29 Tevet

01/09/2019

Irving Kaufer

Beloved Father of Gloria Greene

3 Shevat

01/11/2019

Henry Sweet

Beloved Father of Sue Schaffer

5 Shevat

01/13/2019

Aron Pollokoff

Beloved Brother of Gordon Pollokoff

7 Shevat

01/14/2019

Royal Pollokoff

Beloved Father of Gordon Pollokoff

8 Shevat

01/15/2019

Paul Freedman

Beloved Step-Father of Daniel Freedman

9 Shevat

01/18/2019

Elmore Rosenthal

Beloved Father of Steven Rosenthal

12 Shevat

01/19/2019

Anne V. Mason

Beloved Sister of Judy Schiffer

13 Shevat

01/22/2019

Solomon Zeldin

Beloved Father of Marvin Zeldin

16 Shevat

01/23/2019

Saidie Laiefsky

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

17 Shevat

01/28/2019

Joseph Laiefsky

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

22 Shevat

01/31/2019

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards: Deadline - January 18th

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 19, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat  Dinner and Discussion With Rabbi Amy Scheinerman - Jan. 25, 7:00 PM Dinner, 7:45 PM Services, 8:15 PM Speaker; Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/3: Happy New Year!

This Week: Jan. 3 - 9

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 5, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Membership Committee Meeting (Everyone Welcome)- Sun.,  Jan. 6, 9:00 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

Links

 

Our 2019 Board

Thank You and Mazel Tov

Thank you to Marty Leshin for serving as Bet Chaverim's first and only President from our founding in 2013 through 2018. Marty's dedication, along with the support offered by his wife, Sue Leshin, contributed immeasurably to Bet Chaverim's growth during our initial formative years. Each has demonstrated critical leadership grounded in strong Jewish values, kind hearts, deep understanding, and generosity of spirit. We are in their debt, and are pleased that as “Immediate Past President,” Marty will continue to serve as a counselor to the new Board. Plans are under development to officially honor Marty and Sue in the near future for their service to our Bet Chaverim community.

 

Thanks also are due to retiring board member, Laurie Diener, who completed her Board service in December, having served as a Trustee with energy, enthusiasm, and creative flair, while helping to organize and manage several of our exciting social events. We are pleased Laurie will generously continue to share her significant event planning skills with Bet Chaverim as we develop exciting opportunities for future social events.

 

Mazel Tov to Bet Chaverim's 2019 Officers and Trustees, and thank you in advance for your dedication to leading Bet Chaverim in the coming year. Our Officers include: 

  • President:  Alan Zimmerman
  • Vice President:  Phil Rogofsky
  • Secretary:  Alethea Schmall
  • Treasurer:  Stuart Goldman

Our open Trustee positions have been filled by:

  • Jamie Biegeleisen 
  • Steve Bloom
  • Richard Gerber
  • Ivy Konel
  • Lynn Weinstein

Additionally, the following members are continuing into their second year as Trustees:

  • Robert L. Jacobs
  • Jeff Kinstler
  • Jarrett Reid

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Dinner, Services, and Guest Speaker - Friday, January 25

Please join us on January 25th for a Friday night program with special guest, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2. At 7:00 PM,  we will enjoy a catered chicken dinner followed by services at approximately 7:45 PM. At 8:15 PM enter the Talmudic study house with innovative teacher Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and continue the Jewish values-based conversations that began 2,000 years ago.
The Talmud of Relationships, Volume 2 shows how the ancient Jewish texts of Talmud can facilitate modern relationship building—with family members, colleagues, strangers, the broader Jewish community, and ourselves.
Rabbi Amy will address topics such as: How can I lead others with authority and kindness? How can I strengthen my self-control? How can I balance work and family? How can I get along with difficult co-workers? How can I best relate to people in need?
 
Please RSVP for the catered dinner at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-book

 

Payment for dinner is due by January 21st. Those who prefer not to participate in the dinner are welcome to join us at 7:45 PM for services, followed by our speaker.

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

January Yahrzeits

 

01/02/2019

Dorothy Kipnis

Beloved Mother of Jon Kipnis

25 Tevet

01/04/2019

Harvey Baronovich Gorelik

Beloved Father of Ivan Gorelik

27 Tevet

01/06/2019

Ronald Barry Cooper

Beloved Father of Jamie Biegeleisen

29 Tevet

01/09/2019

Irving Kaufer

Beloved Father of Gloria Greene

3 Shevat

01/11/2019

Henry Sweet

Beloved Father of Sue Schaffer

5 Shevat

01/13/2019

Aron Pollokoff

Beloved Brother of Gordon Pollokoff

7 Shevat

01/14/2019

Royal Pollokoff

Beloved Father of Gordon Pollokoff

8 Shevat

01/15/2019

Paul Freedman

Beloved Step-Father of Daniel Freedman

9 Shevat

01/18/2019

Elmore Rosenthal

Beloved Father of Steven Rosenthal

12 Shevat

01/19/2019

Anne V. Mason

Beloved Sister of Judy Schiffer

13 Shevat

01/22/2019

Solomon Zeldin

Beloved Father of Marvin Zeldin

16 Shevat

01/23/2019

Saidie Laiefsky

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

17 Shevat

01/28/2019

Joseph Laiefsky

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

22 Shevat

01/31/2019

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31/2019

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards: Deadline - January 18th

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Family Service - Fri..,  Jan. 11, Details to follow.

 

♦ Board Meeting (Everyone Welcome)- Sun.,  Jan. 13, 9:00 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Jan. 19, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat  Dinner and Discussion With Rabbi Amy Scheinerman - Jan. 25, 7:00 PM Dinner, 7:45 PM Services, 8:15 PM Speaker; Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 


Federation Events

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Jan. 9, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Please note the new date: January 9 instead of January 2. Join shaliach (Israeli emissary) Shay Rubinstein for a lunch ‘n learn program about diversity in Israel, with examples from the Israeli kitchen, Israeli slang, pluralistic cities like Tel Aviv, and the army as a mirror of Israeli society. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/13: Happy Chanukah!

This Week: Dec. 13 - 19

♦  BCRS Student-Led Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner - Fri.,  Dec. 14, Dinner 6:00 PM; Service 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bagel Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun.,  Dec. 16, 9:30 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

Links

 

Help Us Form Our 2019 Board

Bagels Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 16th
 

Please plan to join us for breakfast as part of our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will take place at 9:30 AM on December 16th at Oakland Mills High School in the Cafeteria. Bagels and coffee will be served.

 

All members of the congregation in good standing should attend and vote for our new Officers and Trustees. To hold the election, we need a quorum, which consists of 25 members being in attendance. Proxy votes do not count toward the quorum. (Please Note: Our Bylaws stipulate proxy votes may only be carried for spouses and partners within the same family unit of a member who is in attendance.)

 

This election is critically important because the terms of all four Officers and half of the eight Trustees are expiring. After several calls for nominations, the following candidates have volunteered to seek Officer positions:

  • President:  Alan Zimmerman (currently Vice President)
  • Vice President:  Phil Rogofsky (currently a Trustee)
  • Secretary:  Alethea Schmall (currently Secretary)
  • Treasurer:  Stuart Goldman (currently Treasurer)

Both the Treasurer and Secretary positions will be for a single year, respectively, to preclude all four Officer terms expiring simultaneously in the future. The Officer election will take place prior to the election of Trustees.

A total of four Trustee positions will be open, plus a fifth if Phil Rogofsky is elected as Vice President. The following members have volunteered to run for the Trustee positions:

  • Jaime Biegeleisen  (currently completing her term and seeking re-election)
  • Steve Bloom  (currently completing his term and seeking re-election)
  • Richard Gerber  (currently seeking election to the Board)
  • Ivy Konel  (currently completing her term and seeking re-election)
  • Lynn Weinstein  (currently seeking election to the Board)

In addition to the individuals listed above, nominations will be accepted from the floor on Sunday for both the Officer and Trustee positions. If there are more nominees than positions, the top four vote-getters will serve a two-year term, and the next highest will serve the remainder of Phil Rogofsky’s term, if he becomes the VP.

All candidates will have a minute to introduce themselves and explain what they hope to accomplish, if elected.

Please Note: The following members are continuing into the second year of their term as Trustees:

  • Robert L. Jacobs
  • Jeff Kinstler
  • Jarrett Reid
  • Phil Rogofsky

This will be the final Congregational Meeting for two Board members whose terms are expiring. Laurie Diener served as a Trustee with energy, enthusiasm, and creative flair, helping to organize and manage many of our most exciting social events. We are pleased she will continue creating social events in 2019.

 

In addition, we bid an official farewell to Marty Leshin, Bet Chaverim’s only President since our formation in 2013. Marty has been, and continues to be, the navigator who guides us and the voice reminding us our mission is to provide “a warm, inclusive Jewish experience, which enables all members to participate and fulfill their religious and spiritual needs.” Marty and Sue have demonstrated rare leadership grounded in strong Jewish values, kind hearts, deep understanding, and generosity of spirit. We are in their debt, in every respect, and are pleased that as “Immediate Past President,” Marty will continue to serve as a counselor to the new Board. We will have more to say about Marty and Sue at the meeting.

 

Your Board of Trustees looks forward to seeing you this Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Upcoming Events

BCRS Student-Led Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner  - Friday, December 14

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On December 14, Bet Chaverim Religious School students will be helping to lead Shabbat services. They would love the support of the Congregation while they lead prayers and demonstrate what they have been learning this year. Come join us as we welcome Shabbat as a community at 6:00 PM with a group candle lighting, followed by a dairy potluck meal. A lively Shabbat service will begin at 7:00 PM.

 

This is an important opportunity for the students and Congregation to share the impact each has on the other. We hope to see you there!

 

The link for the potluck is below. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are coming for the potluck & service or just the service, so that we know for how many we should plan.

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

December Yahrzeits

 

12/02/2018

Phyllis Pollokoff

Beloved Mother of Gordon Pollokoff

24 Kislev

12/05/2018

Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal

Beloved Mother of Steven Rosenthal

27 Kislev

12/15/2018

Esther Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

7 Tevet

12/18/2018

Paulina Kaufman

Beloved Mother of Rella Zimmerman

10 Tevet

12/21/2018

Frank Kipnis

Beloved Father of Jon Kipnis

13 Tevet

12/22/2018

Harvey Maxwell Balter

Beloved Father of Shelli Rossman

14 Tevet

12/22/2018

Ruth Raderman

Beloved Mother of Michael Raderman

14 Tevet

12/23/2018

Lew Fein

Beloved Father of Bonnie Pollokoff

15 Tevet

12/24/2018

Martin Isaac Deitz

Beloved Father of Sharyn Sinay

16 Tevet

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 22, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Dec. 28, Details to follow.   Please contact Heather Zimmerman at  321-698-1412 or heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can volunteer your home.


Federation Events

The Red Tent Club: Healthy Jewish Eating with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer - Tues., Dec. 18, 6:00 PM Dinner & 7:00 PM Program, HCC Monteabaro Hall (10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia). Learn the art of creating healthy and delicious recipes for the Jewish kitchen with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer. Dinner includes samples from Paula's latest cookbook, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, which will also be available for purchase. A percentage of sales will benefit the Federation. To find out more about this year’s Red Tent Club series or to register, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Red-Tent. For more information, please contact Amy Bober-Schenerman.

 

Mitzvah Day - Tues., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 10:30 AM; Bet Yeladim Preschool (8910 Route 108, Columbia). Join PJ Library in Howard County for family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects making trail mix bags for Paul’s Place, assembling no-sew blankets for Project Linus, creating Mugs of Love for Meals on Wheels, making Blessing Bags for the homeless, and designing "giving bags" for grocery donations.  We will also be accepting donations of women’s underwear or lounge-wear for clients of the Jewish Community Social Worker and Walmart and Target gift cards for clients of the Jewish Emergency Network. Snacks and entertainment for the whole family! Appropriate for families with children 9 and under. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Jan. 9, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Please note the new date: January 9 instead of January 2. Join shaliach (Israeli emissary) Shay Rubinstein for a lunch ‘n learn program about diversity in Israel, with examples from the Israeli kitchen, Israeli slang, pluralistic cities like Tel Aviv, and the army as a mirror of Israeli society. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/6: Happy Chanukah!

This Week: Dec. 6 - 12

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 8, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

Bet Chaverim Board Meeting - Sun, Dec. 9, 9:00 AM at Oakland Mills High School. 

 

Links

 

Help Us Form Our 2019 Board

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/large/uploads/board-2.jpg

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees. Board service is a great way to participate in shaping our future to become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Robert Jacobs at betchaverim.business@gmail.com or 443-535-0325 as soon as possible.

 

 

Save the Date: Bagels Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 16th
 

Please plan to join us for breakfast as part of our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will take place at 9:30 AM on December 16th at Oakland Mills High School. At this important meeting, Congregants will confirm the slate of Board members and officers for the upcoming calendar year. Consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Minyan - Thursday, December 13

Please join us for Monthly Minyan on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 PM. The Minyan will be held at the home of Les & Karyn Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia. We have members who are saying Kaddish, so please RSVP to Karyn at either krglcg@verizon.net or 301-233-4371.

 

BCRS Student-Led Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner  - Friday, December 14

Inline image

On December 14, Bet Chaverim Religious School students will be helping to lead Shabbat services. They would love the support of the Congregation while they lead prayers and demonstrate what they have been learning this year. Come join us as we welcome Shabbat as a community at 6:00 PM with a group candle lighting, followed by a dairy potluck meal. A lively Shabbat service will begin at 7:00 PM.

 

This is an important opportunity for the students and Congregation to share the impact each has on the other. We hope to see you there!

 

The link for the potluck is below. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are coming for the potluck & service or just the service, so that we know for how many we should plan.

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

December Yahrzeits

 

12/02/2018

Phyllis Pollokoff

Beloved Mother of Gordon Pollokoff

24 Kislev

12/05/2018

Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal

Beloved Mother of Steven Rosenthal

27 Kislev

12/15/2018

Esther Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

7 Tevet

12/18/2018

Paulina Kaufman

Beloved Mother of Rella Zimmerman

10 Tevet

12/21/2018

Frank Kipnis

Beloved Father of Jon Kipnis

13 Tevet

12/22/2018

Harvey Maxwell Balter

Beloved Father of Shelli Rossman

14 Tevet

12/22/2018

Ruth Raderman

Beloved Mother of Michael Raderman

14 Tevet

12/23/2018

Lew Fein

Beloved Father of Bonnie Pollokoff

15 Tevet

12/24/2018

Martin Isaac Deitz

Beloved Father of Sharyn Sinay

16 Tevet

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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

Save the Date

 

Monthly Minyan - Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:30 PM at the home of Les & Karyn Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia. Please RSVP to Karyn at either krglcg@verizon.net or 301-233-4371.

 

♦  BCRS Student-Led Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner - Fri.,  Dec. 14, Dinner 6:00 PM; Service 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bagel Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun.,  Dec. 16, 9:30 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 22, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Dec. 28, Details to follow.   Please contact Heather Zimmerman at  321-698-1412 or heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can volunteer your home.


Federation Events

The Red Tent Club: Healthy Jewish Eating with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer - Tues., Dec. 18, 6:00 PM Dinner & 7:00 PM Program, HCC Monteabaro Hall (10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia). Learn the art of creating healthy and delicious recipes for the Jewish kitchen with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer. Dinner includes samples from Paula's latest cookbook, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, which will also be available for purchase. A percentage of sales will benefit the Federation. To find out more about this year’s Red Tent Club series or to register, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Red-Tent. For more information, please contact Amy Bober-Schenerman.

 

Mitzvah Day - Tues., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 10:30 AM; Bet Yeladim Preschool (8910 Route 108, Columbia). Join PJ Library in Howard County for family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects making trail mix bags for Paul’s Place, assembling no-sew blankets for Project Linus, creating Mugs of Love for Meals on Wheels, making Blessing Bags for the homeless, and designing "giving bags" for grocery donations.  We will also be accepting donations of women’s underwear or lounge-wear for clients of the Jewish Community Social Worker and Walmart and Target gift cards for clients of the Jewish Emergency Network. Snacks and entertainment for the whole family! Appropriate for families with children 9 and under. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Jan. 9, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Please note the new date: January 9 instead of January 2. Join shaliach (Israeli emissary) Shay Rubinstein for a lunch ‘n learn program about diversity in Israel, with examples from the Israeli kitchen, Israeli slang, pluralistic cities like Tel Aviv, and the army as a mirror of Israeli society. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/15: Shabbat Services and RSVPs

This Week: Nov. 15 - 21

♦  Shabbat Service  - Fri.,  Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Please RSVP by this Sunday, Nov.18th if you plan to attend Shabbat Services on Sat., Nov. 24: Contact David Cohen, Religious Committee Chairperson at 410-905-8340 or cohen.david09@gmail.com

 
♦  Please RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 25th if you plan to attend the Chanukah Party - Details below.
 

Links

 

Help Us Form Our 2019 Board

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/large/uploads/board-2.jpg

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees. Board service is a great way to participate in shaping our future to become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Robert Jacobs at betchaverim.business@gmail.com or 443-535-0325 as soon as possible.

 

 

Save the Date: Bagels Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 16th
 

Please plan to join us for breakfast as part of our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will take place at 9:30 AM on December 16th at Oakland Mills High School. At this important meeting, Congregants will confirm the slate of Board members and officers for the upcoming calendar year. Consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Bet Chaverim's Annual Latke & Lights Congregational Chanukah Celebration - Sunday, Dec. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

RSVP by Nov. 25

 

 

 

Your family is invited to Bet Chaverim's Annual Latkes and Lights Party for kids, teens, & adults at 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD (off Broken Land Parkway). Bring your Chanukiahs and your friends--we'll help you light them all up! 

 

This event will feature:

  • A dairy potluck dinner
  • Our annual homemade latke cook-off
  • Chanukah crafts for the kids
  • Chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your menorah and candles!)
  • A fabulous NEW CHANUKAH SCIENCE SPECTACULAR Show by Eric Energy (he captivated kids & adults last year)
  • A toy drive
Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Non-members are welcome to join these festivities; a $10/family donation will be requested from non-members at the event (please be prepared with cash; thank you).

 

Please RSVP by November 25th: https://tinyurl.com/BetChaverimChanukah

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

November Yahrzeits

 

11/01/2018     Harry Konel                Beloved Father of Ivy Konel                 23 Cheshvan

 

11/06/2018     Seymour Osheroff      Beloved Father of Michael Osheroff    28 Cheshvan

 

11/08/2018     Rosa Selfon                 Beloved Aunt of Karyn Gross                30 Cheshvan

 

11/11/2018     Arnold S. Light           Beloved Father of Barbara Frederick     3 Kislev

 

11/20/2018    Ruth Jacobs                 Beloved Mother of Robert Jacobs          12 Kislev 

    

11/21/2018    Edward Fishman         Beloved Father of Jodi Fishman            13 Kislev 

 

11/24/2018    Chaim H. Zimbalist     Beloved Father of Morris Zimbalist     16 Kislev 

 

11/27/2018    Maxyne Berger             Beloved Mother of Marc Berger            19 Kislev

 

11/28/2018    Herbert Laiefsky          Beloved  Father of Karyn Gross            20 Kislev
 

11/30/2018    William Millman          Beloved  Father of Vivian Goldman      22 Kislev   
 


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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

 

 

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Nov. 30, home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky, 6110 Timothy Court, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Annual Chanukah Party - Sun., Dec. 2, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 8, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Dec. 14, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bagel Breakfast and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun.,  Dec. 16, 9:30 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 22, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Dec. 28, Details to follow.   Please contact Heather Zimmerman at  321-698-1412 or heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can volunteer your home.


Federation Events

Childhood Memories of the Holocaust - Sun., Nov. 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. The Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Howard County Board of Rabbis, and the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts present a cantata commemorating the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Written and used with the permission of Stephen Freedman. Adapted and directed by Toby Orenstein with production assistance by Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier.  Musical direction by Ira Singer & Doris Sugar. Free and open the community! No registration required. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

PJ Library’s Moms’ Night Out - Wed., Nov. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, Black Flag Brewing Company (9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia 21046). Moms are invited to a Pallet Painting Party at Black Flag Brewing Co! Paint a custom pallet while schmoozing, snacking, and sipping local beer. Cost is $30, which includes a custom pallet, kosher snacks, and one beer. Register early as space is limited: Associated.org/MomsNightOut. For more information, please contact Allison Weil.

 

Knesset Club’s Latkes & Vodka - Sat., Dec. 1, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Home of Michelle & Len Ostroff. Why should the kids have all the fun at Chanukah? Join your friends to celebrate the Festival of Lights. This event is for donors who make a gift of $1,200 or more to the Annual Campaign. Cost is $10. RSVP at Associated.org/LatkeVodka. For more information, please contact Susan Stuart.

 

PJ Chanukah - Monday, Dec. 3, 5:00-6:15 PM, Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville). PJ Library presents PJ Chanukah! Celebrate Chanukah with a craft, a latke snack, and a magic show featuring Captain Silly Bones. Kids are invited to come in their pajamas! Cost is $5 per person. Register at Associated.org/PJChanukah. For more information, please contact Allison Weil.

 

The Red Tent Club: Healthy Jewish Eating with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer - Tues., Dec. 18, 6:00 PM Dinner & 7:00 PM Program, HCC Monteabaro Hall (10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia). Learn the art of creating healthy and delicious recipes for the Jewish kitchen with Kosher Baker Paula Shoyer. Dinner includes samples from Paula's latest cookbook, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, which will also be available for purchase. A percentage of sales will benefit the Federation. To find out more about this year’s Red Tent Club series or to register, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Red-Tent. For more information, please contact Amy Bober-Schenerman.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/8: Shabbat Services and Torah on Tap

This Week: Nov. 8 - 14

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun.,  Nov. 11, 9:00 AM, Oakland Mills High School.

 

♦  Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Nov. 13, 7:30 PM, at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044.

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Torah on Tap:  "Isaac:  Patriarch for the Sandwich Generation" - November 13th, 7:30 at Watermark

 

Rabbi Blumenthal is looking forward to leading new Torah on Tap sessions beginning in November. She intends to focus her first informal, interactive discussion on Isaac.

 

Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share.  Join us for some intellectual fun at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044 on November 13 at 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: Bet Chaverim's Annual Latke & Lights Congregational Chanukah Celebration - Sunday, Dec. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

RSVP by Nov. 25

 

 

 

Your family is invited to Bet Chaverim's Annual Latkes and Lights Party for kids, teens, & adults at 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD (off Broken Land Parkway). Bring your Chanukiahs and your friends--we'll help you light them all up! 

 

This event will feature:

  • A dairy potluck dinner
  • Our annual homemade latke cook-off
  • Chanukah crafts for the kids
  • Chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your menorah and candles!)
  • A fabulous NEW CHANUKAH SCIENCE SPECTACULAR Show by Eric Energy (he captivated kids & adults last year)
  • A toy drive
Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Non-members are welcome to join these festivities; a $10/family donation will be requested (payment details will follow in November).

 

Please RSVP by November 25th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-latkes1

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

November Yahrzeits

 

11/01/2018     Harry Konel                Beloved Father of Ivy Konel                 23 Cheshvan

 

11/06/2018     Seymour Osheroff      Beloved Father of Michael Osheroff    28 Cheshvan

 

11/08/2018     Rosa Selfon                 Beloved Aunt of Karyn Gross                30 Cheshvan

 

11/11/2018     Arnold S. Light           Beloved Father of Barbara Frederick     3 Kislev

 

11/20/2018    Ruth Jacobs                 Beloved Mother of Robert Jacobs          12 Kislev 

    

11/21/2018    Edward Fishman         Beloved Father of Jodi Fishman            13 Kislev 

 

11/24/2018    Chaim H. Zimbalist     Beloved Father of Morris Zimbalist     16 Kislev 

 

11/27/2018    Maxyne Berger             Beloved Mother of Marc Berger            19 Kislev

 

11/28/2018    Herbert Laiefsky          Beloved  Father of Karyn Gross            20 Kislev
 

11/30/2018    William Millman          Beloved  Father of Vivian Goldman      22 Kislev   
 


Acknowledgements**

Thank You to Sharon & Daniel Freedman for their donation in Memory of Linda Bloom, z"l, beloved Mother of Steve Bloom.

 

Thank You to Sharon & Daniel Freedman for their donation in Memory of Sheldon Saferstein, z"l, beloved Brother in-law of Martin Leshin.

 

⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔

**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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

Imagine the stress knowing you have to choose between buying food or medicine this month because you only have enough money for one….This is a scary reality for 1 out of 9 Marylanders  who have to make this choice EVERY MONTH.  Kugel Connection is a non-profit organization that is working to eliminate this awful decision for  Howard County Jewish residents.   Chances are you may know one our clients.  They may be that nice person you see at Synagogue, or the friendly face you see at the grocery store.  Jewish senior citizens in our community need our help.

 

During the months of November and December, Kugel Connection is launching a fundraiser.  Its goal is to raise $5,000.00, which will enable Kugel Connection to continue to deliver monthly food to current clients and to increase the number of clients it can help during 2019.

 

For just a small and generous donation of a DOUBLE CHAI ($36.00), Kugel Connection will continue to help our Jewish neighbors.  Please donate today by going to www.kugelconnection.com or sending a check to Kugel Connection, P.O. Box 531, Highland, MD 20777. If you are interested in doing a double Mitzvah by donating the food and delivering it, please contact Cheryl Kaufman at info@kugelconnection.com.

 

2019 Mah Jongg Cards

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

 

 

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service & Meet the Nominees for Board Elections - Fri.,  Nov. 16, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Nov. 30, home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky, 6110 Timothy Court, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Annual Chanukah Party - Sun., Dec. 2, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 8, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Dec. 14, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bagel Brunch and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun.,  Dec. 16, 9:30 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 22, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Dec. 28, Details to follow.   Please contact Heather Zimmerman at  321-698-1412 or heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can volunteer your home.


Federation Events

Childhood Memories of the Holocaust - Sun., Nov. 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. The Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Howard County Board of Rabbis, and the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts present a cantata commemorating the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Written and used with the permission of Stephen Freedman. Adapted and directed by Toby Orenstein with production assistance by Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier.  Musical direction by Ira Singer & Doris Sugar. Free and open the community! No registration required. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

PJ Library’s Moms’ Night Out - Wed., Nov. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, Black Flag Brewing Company (9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia 21046). Moms are invited to a Pallet Painting Party at Black Flag Brewing Co! Paint a custom pallet while schmoozing, snacking, and sipping local beer. Cost is $30, which includes a custom pallet, kosher snacks, and one beer. Register early as space is limited: Associated.org/MomsNightOut. For more information, please contact Allison Weil.

 

Knesset Club’s Latkes & Vodka - Sat., Dec. 1, 6:00-8:00 PM, Home of Michelle & Len Ostroff. Why should the kids have all the fun at Chanukah? Join your friends to celebrate the Festival of Lights. This event is for donors who make a gift of $1,200 or more to the Annual Campaign. Cost is $10. RSVP at Associated.org/LatkeVodka. For more information, please contact Susan Stuart.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/1: Shabbat Services

This Week: Nov. 1 - 7

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Nov. 2, 7:30 PM at the home of Lynn & Lew Weinstein, 4260 Lilac Lane, Ellicott City, 21042.

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Torah on Tap:  "Isaac:  Patriarch for the Sandwich Generation" - November 13th, 7:30 at Watermark

 

Rabbi Blumenthal is looking forward to leading new Torah on Tap sessions beginning in November. She intends to focus her first informal, interactive discussion on Isaac.

 

Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share.  Join us for some intellectual fun at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044 on November 13 at 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: Bet Chaverim's Annual Latke & Lights Congregational Chanukah Celebration - Sunday, Dec. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

RSVP by Nov. 25

 

 

 

Your family is invited to Bet Chaverim's Annual Latkes and Lights Party for kids, teens, & adults at 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD (off Broken Land Parkway). Bring your Chanukiahs and your friends--we'll help you light them all up! 

 

This event will feature:

  • A dairy potluck dinner
  • Our annual homemade latke cook-off
  • Chanukah crafts for the kids
  • Chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your menorah and candles!)
  • A fabulous NEW CHANUKAH SCIENCE SPECTACULAR Show by Eric Energy (he captivated kids & adults last year)
  • A toy drive
Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Non-members are welcome to join these festivities; a $10/family donation will be requested (payment details will follow in November).

 

Please RSVP by November 25th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-latkes1

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

November Yahrzeits

 

11/01/2018     Harry Konel                Beloved Father of Ivy Konel                 23 Cheshvan

 

11/06/2018     Seymour Osheroff      Beloved Father of Michael Osheroff    28 Cheshvan

 

11/08/2018     Rosa Selfon                 Beloved Aunt of Karyn Gross                30 Cheshvan

 

11/11/2018     Arnold S. Light           Beloved Father of Barbara Frederick     3 Kislev

 

11/20/2018    Ruth Jacobs                 Beloved Mother of Robert Jacobs          12 Kislev 

    

11/21/2018    Edward Fishman         Beloved Father of Jodi Fishman            13 Kislev 

 

11/24/2018    Chaim H. Zimbalist     Beloved Father of Morris Zimbalist     16 Kislev 

 

11/27/2018    Maxyne Berger             Beloved Mother of Marc Berger            19 Kislev

 

11/28/2018    Herbert Laiefsky          Beloved  Father of Karyn Gross            20 Kislev
 

11/30/2018    William Millman          Beloved  Father of Vivian Goldman      22 Kislev   
 


Acknowledgements**

Thank You to Sharon & Daniel Freedman for their donation in Memory of Linda Bloom, z"l, beloved Mother of Steve Bloom.

 

Thank You to Sharon & Daniel Freedman for their donation in Memory of Sheldon Saferstein, z"l, beloved Brother in-law of Martin Leshin.

 

⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔

**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
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • 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 through the:

  • Chumash Fund 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 fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

2019 Mah Jongg Cards

Are you ready for your new Mah Jongg card?  Order yours now and do a mitzvah at the same time!

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  The National Mah Jongg League sent JEN a check last year for $567 for our card orders.  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children. Standard cards are still $8 and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 18th to: Edna Nacht,  5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia 21044.

 

 

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Nov. 13, 7:30 PM, at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service & Meet the Nominees for Board Elections - Fri.,  Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Nov. 30, home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky, 6110 Timothy Court, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Annual Chanukah Party - Sun., Dec. 2, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 8, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Dec. 14, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Bagel Brunch and Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun.,  Dec. 16, 9:30 AM, Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Dec. 22, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri..,  Dec. 28, Details to follow.   Please contact Heather Zimmerman at  321-698-1412 or heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can volunteer your home.


Federation Events

Rabin Memorial with David Makovsky - Sun., Nov. 4; 2:00 PM VIP Session,  General Program 2:30 - 3:30 PM, Temple Isaiah. On the anniversary of his assassination, commemorate the life and legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with David Makovsky, former diplomatic correspondent and editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post who travelled the world with Rabin.  Hear about Rabin’s political philosophy and his willingness to make peace with former enemies. Free admission. Special VIP session for $1,200+ donors with Mr. Makovsky on "Trump Peace Plan: What are the Prospects?” Registration coming soon. For more information, please contact Susan Stuart.

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., Nov. 7, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Join shaliach (Israeli emissary) Shay Rubinstein for a lunch ‘n learn program about diversity in Israel, with examples from the Israeli kitchen, Israeli slang, pluralistic cities like Tel Aviv, and the army as a mirror of Israeli society. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Childhood Memories of the Holocaust - Sun., Nov. 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM,

Temple Isaiah. The Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Howard County Board of Rabbis, and the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts present a cantata commemorating the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Written and used with the permission of Stephen Freedman. Adapted and directed by Toby Orenstein with production assistance by Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier.  Musical direction by Ira Singer & Doris Sugar. Free and open the community! No registration required. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

PJ Library’s Moms’ Night Out - Wed., Nov. 28, 7:00 - 9:30 PM, Black Flag Brewing Company (9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia 21046). Moms are invited to a Pallet Painting Party at Black Flag Brewing Co! Paint a custom pallet while schmoozing, snacking, and sipping local beer. Cost is $30, which includes a custom pallet, kosher snacks, and one beer. Register early as space is limited: Associated.org/MomsNightOut. For more information, please contact Allison Weil.

 

Knesset Club’s Latkes & Vodka - Sat., Dec. 1, 6:00-8:00 PM, Home of Michelle & Len Ostroff. Why should the kids have all the fun at Chanukah? Join your friends to celebrate the Festival of Lights. This event is for donors who make a gift of $1,200 or more to the Annual Campaign. Cost is $10. RSVP at Associated.org/LatkeVodka. For more information, please contact Susan Stuart.

 

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Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 10/26: Shabbat Services

This Week: Oct. 25 - 31

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

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Torah on Tap:  "Isaac:  Patriarch for the Sandwich Generation" - November 13th, 7:30 at Watermark

 

Rabbi Blumenthal is looking forward to leading new Torah on Tap sessions beginning in November. She intends to focus her first informal, interactive discussion on Isaac.

 

Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share.  Join us for some intellectual fun at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044 on November 13 at 7:30 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date: Bet Chaverim's Annual Latke & Lights Congregational Chanukah Celebration - Sunday, Dec. 2, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

RSVP by Nov. 25

 

 

 

Your family is invited to Bet Chaverim's Annual Latkes and Lights Party for kids, teens, & adults at 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD (off Broken Land Parkway). Bring your Chanukiahs and your friends--we'll help you light them all up! 

 

This event will feature:

  • A dairy potluck dinner
  • Our annual homemade latke cook-off
  • Chanukah crafts for the kids
  • Chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your menorah and candles!)
  • A fabulous NEW CHANUKAH SCIENCE SPECTACULAR Show by Eric Energy (he captivated kids & adults last year)
  • A toy drive
Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Non-members are welcome to join these festivities; a $10/family donation will be requested (payment details will follow in November).

 

Please RSVP by November 25th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-latkes1

Youth Activities

Religious School News - Registration for 2018/2019 is Now Open

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website (www.bet-chaverim.org/religiousschool) for more information, or to register go to https://tinyurl.com/2018-BCRS-Registration  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen (jscoop5@yahoo.com) and/or Jarrett Reid at betchaverimreligiousschool@gmail.com 
 

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.

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/

 

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

 

October Yahrzeits

 

10/01/2018

Frances Rossman

Beloved Mother of Henry Rossman

22 Tishrei