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Chai-Lights 7/19: Shabbat Services, Religious School Registration, & Volunteers Needed Now; Shabbat Under the Stars is Coming Soon!

This Week: July 19 - 25

♦ Shabbat Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Register Your Children for Bet Chaverim Religious School, 2018/2019 - see Youth Activities below.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed - see Get Involved below.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

2018 Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20 at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion

  

Please join us for a special service, Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service -- which is open to Congregants and the greater Jewish community -- is the perfect opportunity to meet members and our leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have the Lake Elkhorn pavilion reserved starting at 7:00 PM; Bet Chaverim will  provide refreshments (water, fruit, and cookies) and lead Shabbat services. Please bring a flashlight - no promises about the number of fireflies to light the walk back to the car!

 

Feel free to come earlier and enjoy the lake, the park, and the company. You can bring you own dairy or pareve picnic meal. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Please RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-shabbat 

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News - 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 
 
We have a lot of exciting things already planned:  fun-filled family culminations, learning conversational Hebrew, super fun chuggim (electives) and much more. 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 
 
Have a great summer!
 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Marketing or Advertising Skills Needed

Bet Chaverim needs a volunteer to handle marketing and the placement of ads in local publications such as The Jewish Times and Baltimore’s Child magazines. Please contact Jamie Biegeleisen at jscoop5@yahoo.com if you're able to assist the congregation with these outreach efforts.
 

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of July 19 - 25

7/24                   12 Av                 Sylvia Lief, beloved mother of Karyn Gross

 

Week of July 26 - Aug 1

7/30                   18 Av                 Alan Reid, beloved husband of Elaine Reid and father of Jarrett Reid

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

Thank you to Ivy Konel & Marvin Zeldin for their generous donation to Bet Chaverim Religious School  in Memory of Marvin's mother, Annette Zeldin, z'l.

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri., Aug. 3, 7:30 PM at the home of Edith Cord, 6161 Llanfair Drive,Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Aug. 17, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 7/12: Shabbat Services, Religious School Registration, & Volunteers Needed Now; Shabbat Under the Stars is Coming Soon!

This Week: July 12 - 18

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group Cancelled  - Sun., July 15.

 

♦  Register Your Children for Bet Chaverim Religious School, 2018/2019 - see Youth Activities below.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed - see Get Involved below.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

2018 Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20 at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion

  

Please join us for a special service, Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service -- which is open to Congregants and the greater Jewish community -- is the perfect opportunity to meet members and our leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have the Lake Elkhorn pavilion reserved starting at 7:00 PM; Bet Chaverim will  provide refreshments (water, fruit, and cookies) and lead Shabbat services. Please bring a flashlight - no promises about the number of fireflies to light the walk back to the car!

 

Feel free to come earlier and enjoy the lake, the park, and the company. You can bring you own dairy or pareve picnic meal. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Please RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-shabbat 

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News - 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 
 
We have a lot of exciting things already planned:  fun-filled family culminations, learning conversational Hebrew, super fun chuggim (electives) and much more. 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 
 
Have a great summer!
 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Marketing or Advertising Skills Needed

Bet Chaverim needs a volunteer to handle marketing and the placement of ads in local publications such as The Jewish Times and Baltimore’s Child magazines. Please contact Jamie Biegeleisen at jscoop5@yahoo.com if you're able to assist the congregation with these outreach efforts.
 

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of July 19 - 25

7/24                   12 Av                 Sylvia Lief, beloved mother of Karyn Gross

 

 

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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 Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 7/5: Shabbat Services, Religious School Registration, & Volunteers Needed Now; Shabbat Under the Stars is Coming Soon!

This Week: July 5 - 11

♦ Shabbat Services and Oneg - Fri., Jul. 6, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky,  6110 Timothy Court Columbia, MD 21044.  Rabbi Blumenthal is planning on attending, so here's a great chance to get to know her better in a more informal setting.

 

♦ Board Meeting - Sun., July 8, 9:00 AM,  at Marty’s office: 6708 Alexander Bell Dr., Suite 200. Please RSVP to Alethea (alethea@schmallhome.com) if you're planning to attend. 

 

♦  Register Your Children for Bet Chaverim Religious School, 2018/2019 - see Youth Activities below.

 

 

♦  Volunteers Needed - see Get Involved below.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

2018 Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20 at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion

  

Please join us for a special service, Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service -- which is open to Congregants and the greater Jewish community -- is the perfect opportunity to meet members and our leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have the Lake Elkhorn pavilion reserved starting at 7:00 PM; Bet Chaverim will  provide refreshments (water, fruit, and cookies) and lead Shabbat services. Please bring a flashlight - no promises about the number of fireflies to light the walk back to the car!

 

Feel free to come earlier and enjoy the lake, the park, and the company. You can bring you own dairy or pareve picnic meal. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Please RSVP at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a8ab2ca02-shabbat 

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News - 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 
 
We have a lot of exciting things already planned:  fun-filled family culminations, learning conversational Hebrew, super fun chuggim (electives) and much more. 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 
 
Have a great summer!
 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Marketing or Advertising Skills Needed

Bet Chaverim needs a volunteer to handle marketing and the placement of ads in local publications such as The Jewish Times and Baltimore’s Child magazines. Please contact Jamie Biegeleisen at jscoop5@yahoo.com if you're able to assist the congregation with these outreach efforts.
 

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of July 5 - 11

7/8                     25 Tammuz        Helene Levitt, beloved mother of Jeff Levitt

7/8                     25 Tammuz        Doris Zimmerman, beloved mother of Dov Zimmerman

 

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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.,  July 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., July 15, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 6/28: Shabbat Services, Religious School Registration, & Volunteers Needed

This Week: June 28 - July 4

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Register Your Children for Bet Chaverim Religious School, 2018/2019 - see Youth Activities below.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed - see Get Involved below.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20

We hope you'll join us and also invite your friends from the community to enjoy a special service -- Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service is the perfect opportunity to meet our members and leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have reserved the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. So plan to participate by bringing your own dairy/pareve dinner. Water and dairy desserts will be provided by Bet Chaverim. The committee is working to finalize details; in the meantime, mark your calendars.

 

Lake Elkhorn Pavilion: Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Also, bring flashlights to guide your way back to your car at the end of the evening!!

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News - 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 
 
We have a lot of exciting things already planned:  fun-filled family culminations, learning conversational Hebrew, super fun chuggim (electives) and much more. 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 
 
Have a great summer!
 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Marketing or Advertising Skills Needed

Bet Chaverim needs a volunteer to handle marketing and the placement of ads in local publications such as The Jewish Times and Baltimore’s Child magazines. Please contact Jamie Biegeleisen at jscoop5@yahoo.com if you're able to assist the congregation with these outreach efforts.
 

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of June 28 - July 4

7/1                     18 Tammuz       Paul Fridkis, beloved father of Jay Fridkis

7/1                     18 Tammuz       Deena Osheroff,  beloved mother of Michael Osheroff

 

Week of July 5 - 11

7/8                     25 Tammuz        Helene Levitt, beloved mother of Jeff Levitt

7/8                     25 Tammuz        Doris Zimmerman, beloved mother of Dov Zimmerman

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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 and Oneg - Fri., Jul. 6, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky,  6110 Timothy Court Columbia, MD 21044

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., July 15, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 6/21: Congregational Meeting, Shabbat Services, Religious School Registration, & Save the Date for Shabbat Under the Stars

This Week: June 21 - 27

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Thurs.,  June 21, at the Community/Party Room of Vivian & Stu Goldman's home, 10001 Windstream Dr.,  Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  June 23, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Register Your Children for Bet Chaverim Religious School, 2018/2019 - see details below.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

Links

 

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Thursday, 7:30 PM, June 21

We hope all Congregants will attend our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting at which members will be asked to vote on the budget for Bet Chaverim's next fiscal year.

 

Our by-laws stipulate that proxies for absentee members cannot be submitted before/during the meeting, except in cases where a spouse/partner attends the meeting with a proxy for their own absent spouse/partner.

 

Please plan to attend the meeting that will be held:

  • WHEN:  Thurs., June 21, 7:30 PM
  • WHERE: Vivian & Stuart Goldman's home, party room at 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia, MD 21044 (Stu: 301-775-8834; Vivian: 301-706-6454)

Please make a concerted effort to join us for this Important Congregational Meeting. 

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20

We hope you'll join us and also invite your friends from the community to enjoy a special service -- Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service is the perfect opportunity to meet our members and leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have reserved the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. So plan to participate by bringing your own dairy/pareve dinner. Water and dairy desserts will be provided by Bet Chaverim. The committee is working to finalize details; in the meantime, mark your calendars.

 

Lake Elkhorn Pavilion: Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Also, bring flashlights to guide your way back to your car at the end of the evening!!

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News - 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 
 
We have a lot of exciting things already planned:  fun-filled family culminations, learning conversational Hebrew, super fun chuggim (electives) and much more. 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 
 
Have a great summer!
 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of June 21 - 27

6/25                   12 Tammuz        Annette Zeldin, beloved mother of Marvin Zeldin

6/27                   14 Tammuz        Isadore Kaufman, beloved father of Rella Zimmerman

 

Week of June 28 - July 4

7/1                     18 Tammuz       Paul Fridkis, beloved father of Jay Fridkis

7/1                     18 Tammuz       Deena Osheroff,  beloved mother of Michael Osheroff

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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 and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jul. 6, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky,  6110 Timothy Court Columbia, MD 21044

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., July 15, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

 


Federation Events

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 6/14: Shabbat Services and Oneg; Save the Date for Shabbat Under the Stars

This Week: June 14 - 20

♦  Shabbat Service & Oneg - Fri.,  June 15, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

Links

 

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Thursday, 7:30 PM, June 21

Please save the evening of Thursday, June 21st for our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will be held in the community/party room of Vivian and Stu Goldman's home. Traditionally, this meeting covers the proposed budget. Details on the exact time and other agenda items will follow.

 

UPDATE: Bet Chaverim held a Special Congregational Meeting on May 31st, during which Congregants voted to empower The Rabbi Search Committee to enter negotiations with Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, who led Shabbat Services on May 11-12. 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Shabbat Under the Stars - Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, July 20

We hope you'll join us and also invite your friends from the community to enjoy a special service -- Bet Chaverim's Annual Shabbat Under the Stars. This family-friendly Friday night service is the perfect opportunity to meet our members and leadership, learn about our innovative religious school, and enjoy Shabbat with friends! We have reserved the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. So plan to participate by bringing your own dairy/pareve dinner. Water and dairy desserts will be provided by Bet Chaverim. The committee is working to finalize details; in the meantime, mark your calendars.

 

Lake Elkhorn Pavilion: Picnic tables are available under the pavilion or feel free to bring lawn chairs. Also, bring flashlights to guide your way back to your car at the end of the evening!!

 

Parking: Please use the parking lot entrance off Broken Land Parkway, or the overflow parking at 9821 Broken Land Parkway (use the underpass to walk safely to the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion)

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of June 14 - 20

6/14                    1 Tammuz       Natalie Landau Balter, beloved mother of Shelli Rossman

6/14                    1 Tammuz       Samuel H. Landau,  beloved grandfather of Shelli Rossman

6/19                    6 Tammuz       Shelbie Myra Oppenheimer, beloved friend of Jodie Fishman

 

Week of June 21 - 27

6/25                   12 Tammuz        Annette Zeldin, beloved mother of Marvin Zeldin

6/27                   14 Tammuz        Isadore Kaufman, beloved father of Rella Zimmerman

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Thurs.,  June 21, at the Community/Party Room of Vivian & Stu Goldman's home, 10001 Windstream Dr.,  Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  June 23, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jul. 6, 7:30 PM, at the home of Jennifer & Phil Rogofsky,  6110 Timothy Court Columbia, MD 21044

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., July 15, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Under the Stars - Fri., July 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Lake Elkhorn Pavilion, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  July 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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


Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 6/7: Shabbat Service With Rabbi Zimbalist

This Week: June 7 - 13

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  June 9, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

Links

 

Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - June 21

Please save the evening of Thursday, June 21st for our Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will be held in the community/party room of Vivian and Stu Goldman's home. Traditionally, this meeting covers the proposed budget. Details on the exact time and other agenda items will follow.

 

UPDATE: Bet Chaverim held a Special Congregational Meeting on May 31st, during which Congregants voted to empower The Rabbi Search Committee to enter negotiations with Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, who led Shabbat Services on May 11-12. 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

Rabbi Zimbalist Will Lead Services - Saturday, June 9

Join Bet Chaverim Congregation for Shabbat Services and a chance to bid Rabbi Zimbalist another fond farewell!
 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

Remembering our loved ones is a sacred Jewish tradition. The monthly minyans began in an effort to help provide that opportunity for the members of Bet Chaverim. Nonetheless, we have not had a minyan (without reaching out to those living close) for the past few months.

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of June 7 - 13

6/8                         25 Sivan        Stanley Cissell, beloved father of Darlene Bloom

6/11                       28 Sivan        Joseph Eisenberg, beloved grandfather of Karyn Gross

 

Week of June 14 - 20

6/14                         1 Tammuz    Natalie Landau Balter, beloved mother of Shelli Rossman

6/14                         1 Tammuz    Samuel H. Landau,  beloved grandfather of Shelli Rossman

6/19                         6 Tammuz    Shelbie Myra Oppenheimer, beloved friend of Jodie Fishman

 

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

Acknowledgements**

Mazel Tov to Randi & Ricky Leshin proud parents of Ilan Axel Leshin, grandson of Sue & Marty Leshin.

 

Thank You to Mary & David Marker for galvanizing our Members to donate to the Howard County Food Bank in support of Ellicott City's current needs.  Thank You also to the many individuals and families who brought donations to our Celebration Picnic for the Zimbalists, last Sunday.  As a result, we succeeded in contributing more than 50 pounds of cleaning supplies and groceries!!

 

**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 - Fri.,  June 15, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Thurs.,  June 21, at the Community/Party Room of Vivian & Stu Goldman's home, 10001 Windstream Dr.,  Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 23, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., July 15, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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


Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

PJ Library Annual Family Picnic - Sun., June 10, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Cedar Lane Park--East, 10725 Rt. 108, Columbia. PJ Library presents its Annual Family Picnic! Wrap up the year and bring in the summer with PJ Library! Free & fun for the whole family (pets included). Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy time with your friends and family! RSVP at Associated.org/PJPicnic. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey.

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 5/25: Shabbat Services During Memorial Day Weekend -- Please Help Make a Minyan!

This Week: May 24 - 30

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.


♦  RSVP to Participate in the Celebration for Rabbi Zimbalist and Family on Sun., Jun 3 (details below): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

Links

 

Congregational Meeting - May 31

The Rabbi Search Committee has recommended that Bet Chaverim enter negotiations with Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, who led Shabbat Services on May 11-12.

 

We ask that Congregants join us for a Special Congregational Meeting at which you will be asked to vote on whether to offer Rabbi Blumenthal a contract. Please attend that meeting next Thursday evening:

  • WHEN:  May 31, 7:30 PM
  • WHERE: Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

RSVP to Celebrate With Rabbi Zimbalist and Family - Sunday, June 3

Join Bet Chaverim Congregation for a picnic in the park to wish the Zimbalists a fond farewell as they get ready to make their move to The Windy City. Bring your lunch, blankets/chairs, outdoor games, etc. We'll supply the water and dessert. Don't forget your sunscreen!
 
Date:  June 3rd
Time:  12:00 - 3:00 PM
Place: Schooley Mill Park, Highland, MD   
 
Please RSVP  to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell
 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of May 24 - 30

5/28                       14 Sivan      I. Elliott Goldberg, beloved father of Jon Goldberg

5/28                       14 Sivan      Benjamin Goldman, beloved father of Stu Goldman

5/28                       14 Sivan      David Robbins, beloved father of Michael Robbins

5/29                       15 Sivan      Alan Schmall, beloved husband of Diane Schmall, & father of Mark Schmall

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

 

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Congregational Meeting on Rabbi Contract - Thurs., May  31, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Celebration for Rabbi Zimbalist and Family  - Sun., Jun 3, 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777.  RSVP required: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scheduled) - Sun., Jun 17, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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


Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 5/17: Shabbat Services & Oneg, and Shavuot and Yizkor Services

This Week: May 17 - 23

♦ Shabbat Service, Facilitated Discussion on Current Events, and Lavish Oneg  - Fri., May 18, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Tikkun L'Eil Shavuot - Sat., May 19, 8:00 PM at the home of Ron Kohanski & Leslie Pick, 6085 Covington Rd.,Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shavuot and Yizkor Services - Mon.,  May 21, 6:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

RSVP to Celebrate With Rabbi Zimbalist and Family - Sunday, June 3

Join Bet Chaverim Congregation for a picnic in the park to wish the Zimbalists a fond farewell as they get ready to make their move to The Windy City. Bring your lunch, blankets/chairs, outdoor games, etc. We'll supply the water and dessert. Don't forget your sunscreen!
 
Date:  June 3rd
Time:  12:00 - 3:00 PM
Place: Schooley Mill Park, Highland, MD   
 
Please RSVP  to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell
 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of May 17 - 23

5/18                        4 Sivan       Stanley E. Greene, beloved father of Geoff  Greene

5/20                        6 Sivan       Sanford Lehrfeld, beloved father of Eileen Levitt

 

Week of May 24 - 30

5/28                       14 Sivan      I. Elliott Goldberg, beloved father of Jon Goldberg

5/28                       14 Sivan      Benjamin Goldman, beloved father of Stu Goldman

5/28                       14 Sivan      David Robbins, beloved father of Michael Robbins

5/29                       15 Sivan      Alan Schmall, beloved husband of Diane Schmall, & father of Mark Schmall

 

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

Acknowledgements**

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

 

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Celebration for Rabbi Zimbalist and Family  - Sun., Jun 3, 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777.  RSVP required: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scvheduled) - Sun., Jun 17, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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


Matkon Im Zikaron: A Taste of Memories - Thurs., May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia. Known in English as "A Taste of Memories," this program provides a unique memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism with a cooking session that features one of their favorite foods. In collaboration with Bet Aviv. Cost is $5. Space is limited, so please register early at Associated.org/TasteOfMemories. For more information, contact Ella.

 

Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 5/10: Shabbat Services with Guest Rabbi, and Monthly Minyan

This Week: May 10 - 16

Shabbat Service, Guest Rabbi, and Oneg - Fri., May 11, 6:30 PM, Meet & Greet Rabbi Blumenthal for children and families; 7:30 PM Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Blumenthal; 8:15 PM, Oneg and Informal Q&A with Congregants and Rabbi Blumenthal; at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Informal Meeting with Guest Rabbi - Sat.,  May 12, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Services will be led by Rabbi Blumenthal with an informal meeting after services conclude.

 

  Monthly Minyan - Wed., Mar. 16, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. Please RSVP to Karyn at krglcg@verizon.net or 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

Join Bet Chaverim as Rabbi Kim Blumenthal Guest Leads Services on May 11-12

 

 

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal has more than a decade of Rabbinic experience. She and her family are re-locating to Olney, MD in June. Until now, Rabbi Blumenthal has been a Rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, MI since 2008, before which she served as a Rabbi to Congregation Beth Israel in Vernon, CT for three years.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal received Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). She also holds a MA in Jewish Education and a BA in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, as well as a BA from Columbia University in Sociology. Prior to ordination, she worked with congregations throughout New York City, and in Scranton, PA and Ventnor, NJ.  Additionally, Rabbi Blumenthal completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the New York University Medical Center. She also was a 2006 recipient of The Jewish Theological Seminary Prize in Homiletics, as well as the Prize for Student Leadership.

 

Whether volunteering alongside teenage students on Alternative Spring Break, teaching in the community, or providing pastoral support, Rabbi Blumenthal regards herself as an enthusiastic leader in all facets of Jewish life. She is an organizational and spiritual leader with demonstrated skills in shaping vision, mission, and strategic plans for achieving growth and managed change. As a Rabbi, she is committed to nurturing individuals, couples, and families through supportive pastoral care. And, Rabbi Blumenthal is focused on creating immersive programming, engaging with the larger community, inspiring social action, and providing broad opportunities for experiential Jewish education for youth and  adults.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal loves to travel, a passion she developed as a teenager participating in USY on Wheels, a Jewish cross-country summer program. She later returned to work for the program for several years, during which time she met her husband, Ira Horowitz. Rabbi Blumenthal and her husband, Ira, are the proud parents of Andrew and Maya, and have two cats, Kona and Westley.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal will be leading services and interacting with Congregants at Bet Chaverim on Shabbat, Friday, May 11th,  and Saturday, May 12th, at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044 (see details under Save the Date, below).

 

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these activities! Please make an effort to join us for this special Shabbat weekend.

 

Save the Date: Celebrate With Rabbi Zimbalist and Family - Sunday, June 3

Join Bet Chaverim Congregation for a picnic in the park to wish the Zimbalists a fond farewell as they get ready to make their move to The Windy City. Bring your lunch, blankets/chairs, outdoor games, etc. We'll supply the water and dessert. Don't forget your sunscreen!
 
Date:  June 3rd
Time:  12:00-3:00
Place: Schooley Mill Park, Highland, MD   
 
Please RSVP  to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell
 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of May 10 - 16

5/12                       27 Iyyar       Stanley Bloom, beloved father of Steve Bloom

5/15                         1 Sivan      Michael Louis Cohen, beloved father of Risa Kipnis

5/16                         2 Sivan      Lillian Gross, beloved mother of Les Gross


Week of May 17 - 23

5/18                        4 Sivan       Stanley E. Greene, beloved father of Geoff  Greene

5/20                        6 Sivan       Sanford Lehrfeld, beloved father of Eileen Levitt

 

 

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

Acknowledgements**

Mazel Tov to Barbara Frederick, who is receiving the prestigous Woman of Valor Award this year at the Jewish Federation of Howard County's Fed Live! Celebrate the Magic on Jun. 4th.

 

Thank you to Alan & Heather Zimmerman for their generous donation to Bet Chaverim.

 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

 

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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 - Fri., May 18, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Tikkun L'Eil Shavuot - Sat. evening, May 19, details to follow.

 

♦  Shavuot and Yizkor Services - Mon.,  May 21, 6:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.


♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Celebration for Rabbi Zimbalist and Family  - Sun., Jun 3, 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777.  RSVP required: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-farewell

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scvheduled) - Sun., Jun 17, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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


Matkon Im Zikaron: A Taste of Memories - Thurs., May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia. Known in English as "A Taste of Memories," this program provides a unique memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism with a cooking session that features one of their favorite foods. In collaboration with Bet Aviv. Cost is $5. Space is limited, so please register early at Associated.org/TasteOfMemories. For more information, contact Ella.

 

Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 5/3: Shabbat Services & Oneg at the Goldberg's Friday, May 4; and Celebration of Israel at 70 Festival

This Week: May 3 - 9

Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., May 4, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Jon Goldberg, 5912 Indian Summer Dr., Clarksville, 21029

 

 Howard County Community-Wide Israel at 70 Festival in - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, FultonVisit the Bet Chaverim booth!

 

♦  Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee - see details below.

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New Educational Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

Join Bet Chaverim at Community-Wide Israel at 70 Festival - Sunday, May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Bring your friends and visit the Bet Chaverim booth on the Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah (12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton) for Howard County's biggest Israeli celebration of the year! The community-wide festival will features live performances by The Highlights (Molly Krief & Saar Gez), synagogue choirs, and dance troupes. Featured activities will include an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli food, dance, and crafts; an Israeli beer and wine tasting booth; a moon bounce; face painting; an army training obstacle course; and more! FREE ENTRY! Food and activities are cash only. Register for the event, for kids activities, and for the beer and wine tasting at Associated.org/IsraelAt70. More information at JewishHowardCounty.org/IsraelAt70.

 

If you have some time, Sign up to volunteer at the festival! There are lots of fun options, including bartending at the Israeli wine and beer tasting, running our Western Wall simulation booth, or overseeing the moon bounce for the kids! For more information, contact Ella Haetzni.

 

 

Join Bet Chaverim as Rabbi Kim Blumenthal Guest Leads Services on May 11-12

 

 

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal has more than a decade of Rabbinic experience. She and her family are re-locating to Olney, MD in June. Until now, Rabbi Blumenthal has been a Rabbi at Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, MI since 2008, before which she served as a Rabbi to Congregation Beth Israel in Vernon, CT for three years.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal received Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). She also holds a MA in Jewish Education and a BA in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, as well as a BA from Columbia University in Sociology. Prior to ordination, she worked with congregations throughout New York City, and in Scranton, PA and Ventnor, NJ.  Additionally, Rabbi Blumenthal completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the New York University Medical Center. She also was a 2006 recipient of The Jewish Theological Seminary Prize in Homiletics, as well as the Prize for Student Leadership.

 

Whether volunteering alongside teenage students on Alternative Spring Break, teaching in the community, or providing pastoral support, Rabbi Blumenthal regards herself as an enthusiastic leader in all facets of Jewish life. She is an organizational and spiritual leader with demonstrated skills in shaping vision, mission, and strategic plans for achieving growth and managed change. As a Rabbi, she is committed to nurturing individuals, couples, and families through supportive pastoral care. And, Rabbi Blumenthal is focused on creating immersive programming, engaging with the larger community, inspiring social action, and providing broad opportunities for experiential Jewish education for youth and  adults.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal loves to travel, a passion she developed as a teenager participating in USY on Wheels, a Jewish cross-country summer program. She later returned to work for the program for several years, during which time she met her husband, Ira Horowitz. Rabbi Blumenthal and her husband, Ira, are the proud parents of Andrew and Maya, and have two cats, Kona and Westley.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal will be leading services and interacting with Congregants at Bet Chaverim on Shabbat, Friday, May 11th,  and Saturday, May 12th, at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044 (see details under Save the Date, below).

 

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these activities! Please make an effort to join us for this special Shabbat weekend.

 

Save the Date: Celebrate With Rabbi Zimbalist and Family - Sunday, June 3

Mark your calendars now to celebrate Rabbi Zimbalist and Family at a Bet Chaverim picnic at Schooley Mill Park on Sunday, June 3rd! Festivities are now being planned, so details will follow.
 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Are You a Mensch? Your Help is Needed on the Membership Committee

Our Membership Co-Chairs, Heather Zimmerman and Elan Abutboul are looking for a few good mensches to round out the Membership Committee. This is a wonderful time to join the committee, as they are ready to plan some membership events and support activities with the hope of highlighting our future Rabbi and the newly hired BCRS Education Director. Please call 410-480-8361 or email Heather at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net to apply.

 

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

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

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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


Week of May 3 - 9

5/3                        18 Iyyar       Irving Zimmerman, beloved father of Dov Zimmerman

5/5                        20 Iyyar       Peggy Harris, beloved mother of Marsha Gorelik

5/8                        23 Iyyar       Robert Schaffer, beloved father of Steve Schaffer

 

Week of May 10 - 16

5/12                       27 Iyyar       Stanley Bloom, beloved father of Steve Bloom

5/15                         1 Sivan      Michael Louis Cohen, beloved father of Risa Kipnis

5/16                         2 Sivan      Lillian Gross, beloved mother of Les Gross

 

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

Acknowledgements**

Mazel Tov to Aden Schmall, son of Alethea & Mark Schmall and grandson of Diane Schmall, on his Performances with HaZamir, The International Jewish Teen Choir.

 

Mazel Tov to Barbara Frederick, who is receiving the prestigous Woman of Valor Award this year at the Jewish Federation of Howard County's Fed Live! Celebrate the Magic on Jun. 4th.

 

Thank you to Michelle & Jon Goldberg for their donation in Appreciation of Rabbi Zimbalist 's Assistance in the Sale of Chametz.

 

Thank you to Michelle & Jon Goldberg for their donation in Memory of Conrad Janus, z"l, beloved father of Jennifer Rogofsky.


 

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives.

Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • 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, Guest Rabbi, and Oneg - Fri., May 11, 6:30 PM, Meet & Greet Rabbi Blumenthal for children and families; 7:30 PM Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Blumenthal; 8:15 PM, Oneg and Informal Q&A with Congregants and Rabbi Blumenthal; at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Informal Meeting with Guest Rabbi - Sat.,  May 12, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Services will be led by Rabbi Blumenthal with an informal meeting after services conclude.

 

  Monthly Minyan - Wed., Mar. 16, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., May 18, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shavuot and Yizkor Services - Mon.,  May 21, 6:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.


♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Celebration for Rabbi Zimbalist and Family  - Sun., Jun 3, 12:00 - 3:00 PM, Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777.  Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scvheduled) - Sun., Jun 17, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Matkon Im Zikaron: A Taste of Memories - Thurs., May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia. Known in English as "A Taste of Memories," this program provides a unique memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism with a cooking session that features one of their favorite foods. In collaboration with Bet Aviv. Cost is $5. Space is limited, so please register early at Associated.org/TasteOfMemories. For more information, contact Ella.

 

Single Parents Raising Young Jewish Families Support Group - Tues., May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM; Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Single parents who are raising young children are invited to join the Jewish Federation’s support group with Community Social Worker Michalah Hoffman. Get to know other single parents, learn about resources, and have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with Michalah. No charge to join the group, and childcare will be available on site. To register, contact Michalah at 410-730-4976 x120 or mhoffman@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

Enjoy a Performance by HaZamir, The International Jewish Teen Choir (Which Includes Bet Chaverim Youth)  - Sunday, May 6, Gordon Center

Shalom Chaverim! You may be missing the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Choir performance by HaZamir! HaZamir is the The International Jewish Teen Choir. In case you aren't familiar with this group, HaZamir is a by-invitation-only, audition-screened choir of high school students in the US and Israel. Despite their age, relative experience, and exposure, these youth look, sound, are treated, and perform as professionals. A few weekends ago they performed at Lincoln Center. Here's a video from that performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrYM82lBPb4.

 

What's more: Aden Schmall,  a Bet Chaverim family's child is a current member of HaZamir, who performed that day! And,  on Sunday May 6th, together with some members of other nearby chapters, you can have the good fortune to hear Aden and the Baltimore and DC chapters recreate their repertoire at the Gordon Center at 2:00 PM. The audience will also be treated to a few songs from (hopefully) the up-and-coming HaZamir singers from the KSDS middle school choir, as well as the newly chartered "HaZa-Prep" choir for 7th and 8th graders. Together, these add even more youth and families into the event.

 

Even if you're not into choral music, HaZamir performances transcend the music and raise your optimism about the future of our kids and our people. If your spirit can use an infusion of hope and joy, you don't want to miss seeing, hearing, and being inspired by these teens.

 

Tickets can be purchased directly from the Gordon Center. Open seating in advance or at the door. All seats are the same price, but tickets are higher when purchased at the door. http://www.jcc.org/gordon-center/event/hazamir-concert

 

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 4/26: Shabbat Services and Oneg at the Groman's Friday, May 27

This Week: Apr. 26 - May 2

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

 

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

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School is Pleased to Welcome Rabbi Faith Cantor as the New School Director

 

Rabbi Faith Cantor has been involved in Jewish education for more than 20 years. She received her Masters in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary at the same time she was ordained. Additionally, Rabbi Cantor is experienced in Pastoral Counseling, and has completed several units of Pastoral Counseling courses. 

 

As a Rabbinical student, Rabbi Cantor opened a small multi-aged Cheder (one-room school house) and discovered the importance of both differentiation and multi-sensory learning. She has worked in Solomon Schechter Day Schools, Congregational Schools, and various sized congregations throughout her career. She was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, where she participated in lifecycle events, adult education, pastoral care, and curriculum development. 

 

Most recently, as the Rabbi Educator at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD, Rabbi Cantor designed a program for students with language-based learning differences and a second program for students on the Autism spectrum.  She is also experienced in adult education, and enjoys creating learning opportunities for diverse interests and groups of learners. Rabbi Cantor loves Jewish camping, and often uses a camp model of informal learning with her students.

 

Rabbi Cantor lives in Baltimore, with her husband and five children (and their Veiled Chamelion Moe). In her limited free time, she loves cooking, reading, and watching veterinary shows on tv.  Rabbi Cantor is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning, inclusion, community building, and both transmitting and creating Jewish traditions with the Bet Chaverim family

Upcoming Events

Join Bet Chaverim at Community-Wide Israel at 70 Festival - Sunday, May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Bring your friends and visit the Bet Chaverim booth on the Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah (12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton) for Howard County's biggest Israeli celebration of the year! The community-wide festival will features live performances by The Highlights (Molly Krief & Saar Gez), synagogue choirs, and dance troupes. Featured activities will include an official ceremony in honor of Israel's 70th birthday; Israeli food, dance, and crafts; an Israeli beer and wine tasting booth; a moon bounce; face painting; an army training obstacle course; and more! FREE ENTRY! Food and activities are cash only. Register for the event, for kids activities, and for the beer and wine tasting at Associated.org/IsraelAt70. More information at JewishHowardCounty.org/IsraelAt70.

 

If you have some time, Sign up to volunteer at the festival! There are lots of fun options, including bartending at the Israeli wine and beer tasting, running our Western Wall simulation booth, or overseeing the moon bounce for the kids! For more information, contact Ella Haetzni.

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

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

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

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

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

 

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

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with: Hammer and changeable head screwdriver, Scented candle, Febreeze, Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes, Liquid hand soap, Dial soap bar, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $20 Giant gift card. There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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


Week of May 3 - 9

5/3                        18 Iyyar       Irving Zimmerman, beloved father of Dov Zimmerman

5/5                        20 Iyyar       Peggy Harris, beloved mother of Marsha Gorelik

5/8                        23 Iyyar       Robert Schaffer, beloved father of Steve Schaffer

 

 

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

Acknowledgements*

 

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

Save the Date

Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., May 4, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Jon Goldberg, 5912 Indian Summer Dr., Clarksville, 21029

 

 Howard County Community-Wide Israel at 70 Festival in - Sun., May 6, 1:00 - 5:00 PM, The Lawn Behind Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, FultonVisit the Bet Chaverim booth!

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 12, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan - Wed., Mar. 16, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., May 18, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Shavuot and Yizkor Services - Mon.,  May 21, 6:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.


♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  May 26, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to follow.

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh Group  (tentatively scvheduled) - Sun., Jun 17, 7:00 PM, at the home of Debra Brodlie.

 

♦ Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Jun. 29, 7:30 PM, at the home of Mary & David Marker, 7131 Willow Brook Way, Columbia, MD 21046

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Matkon Im Zikaron: A Taste of Memories - Thurs., May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia. Known in English as "A Taste of Memories," this program provides a unique memorial for fallen IDF soldiers and victims of terrorism with a cooking session that features one of their favorite foods. In collaboration with Bet Aviv. Cost is $5. Space is limited, so please register early at Associated.org/TasteOfMemories. For more information, contact Ella.

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Apr. 19 - 25

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

 

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

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Guest Cantor at Bet Chaverim Services - Saturday, April 21

 

 

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

 

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

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

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

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

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

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

 

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

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with: Hammer and changeable head screwdriver, Scented candle, Febreeze, Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes, Liquid hand soap, Dial soap bar, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $20 Giant gift card. There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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


Week of Apr. 19 -- 25

4/19                        4 Iyyar       Roberta Ann Harris Goldsteen, beloved sister of Marsha Gorelik

 

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

Acknowledgements*

 

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

Save the Date

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

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

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians. Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Apr. 12 - 18

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

 

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

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Guest Rabbis at Bet Chaverim Services - April 13

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

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

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

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

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

 

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

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with: Hammer and changeable head screwdriver, Scented candle, Febreeze, Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes, Liquid hand soap, Dial soap bar, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $20 Giant gift card. There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of Apr. 12 -- 18

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

 

 

Week of Apr. 19 -- 25

4/19                        4 Iyyar       Roberta Ann Harris Goidsteen, beloved sister of Marsha Gorelik

 

 

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

Acknowledgements*

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Other Jewish Events

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Rick Recht, the most celebrated Jewish artist of our time, believes Jewish rock is a tool for developing Jewish pride. Recht will bring his unique brand of high-energy, interactive Jewish rock music to Oakland Mills High School for an all-ages family concert. This extraordinary, inspirational, and moving experience will feature on-stage participation from Columbia Jewish Congregation's community of singers and musicians. Recht's concert is presented by Columbia Jewish Congregation. Purchase tickets at: https://cjcrickrecht.bpt.me Groups of 10 or more can receive special rates. For more information, contact Robin, 410-730-6044

Notices

 

 

Summer Fun for Everyone!

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Apr. 5 - 11

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

 

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

 

Links

 


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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

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

 

Upcoming Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Monthly Minyans - A Word From Our Hosts

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

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

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

 

Welcome Home Baskets: Bet Chaverim Social Action Project

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

 

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

 

Each sturdy laundry basket was filled with: Hammer and changeable head screwdriver, Scented candle, Febreeze, Lysol disinfecting cleaning wipes, Liquid hand soap, Dial soap bar, Toilet paper, Paper towels, Liquid dish soap, 2 LED light bulbs, Facial tissues, Pot holders, Kitchen towels, Toothpaste, and a $20 Giant gift card. There is still time to help by covering the cost of by sponsoring the value of items that were donated. Sign up at: Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets, and then send a check to Bet Chaverim (address below), indicating the donation is for the Welcome Basket Social Action Project. Thank You!

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of Apr. 5 -- 11

4/9                        24 Nisan        Lillian Gorelik, beloved mother of Ivan Gorelik

 

 

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

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossman for their donation in Appreciation of Rabbi Zimbalist 's Assistance in the Sale of Chametz.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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