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Chai-Lights 4/18: Passover & Shabbat Services, and March Madness Match

This Week: Apr. 18 - 24

♦  Siyyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah - Fri., Apr. 19 at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Bagel breakfast to follow service.

 

♦  Shabbat Services - Sat.,  Apr. 20, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

Links

 


 

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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

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

 

 Passover 5779/2019 begins Friday evening, April 19th, and ends Saturday evening, April 27th. The first Passover seder is on the evening of Friday, April 19th, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 20th.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal has provided the following Passover guidance, produced by the Rabbinical Assembly, for our information and convenience: www.rabbinicalassembly.org/pesah-guide

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

 

Bet Chaverim Passover Services

 

Siyyum B'khorim - April 19th

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

 

Bet Chaverim will conduct it's Siyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah on Friday, April 19th at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Everyone is invited, but all firstborn sons and daughters are especially urged to attend.

 

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

 

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

 

Yizkor - April 27th

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

 

Yizkor is typically recited at synagogue during the morning services after the reading of the Torah. Bet Chaverim will hold our Yizkor Service on the eighth day of Passover, Saturday, April 27th at Hawthorn Center. Shabbat services will begin at 9:30 AM, and Yizkor is anticipated at approximately 10:30 AM.

 

Happenings

March Madness Match Off and Running

 

25+% March Madness Participation

 

In the past week, participation exceeded 25 percent of BC members making their BC's March Madness matching donation! Can we pass the 50% mark before the end of Passover? This is our fund raiser where the first $50.00 each member household  contributes will be matched by our donors, and we say "Thank You" to those who have already participated.  Go Team!

 

What? You haven't gotten off the bench yet? No worries! The game isn't close to being finished, so send your contribution this week.

 

Members and the public can always make donations, pay dues, purchase tickets to events and otherwise make payments to Bet Chaverim and/or the Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS) by check or credit card through Bet Chaverim’s website:

 

1. Go to https://www.bet-chaverim.org\

2. Select Donations and Other Payments, and you will see a drop-down menu with two choices:

 

A. If you are mailing a check: choose Payment by Check to record mailed payments. Then, please send your check to Bet Chaverim at P.O. BOX 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041 Note: Please put March Madness on the check's memo line)

 

--OR--

 

B. If you prefer to pay by credit card or using PayPal (if you have an account): choose Online and Credit Card Payments, and complete the requested information.

 

You've got question? We've got answers. For more information, contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

 

Bet Chaverim Awarded Horizon Foundation Grant

Bet Chaverim is honored to have been awarded a Horizon Foundation Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement grant.  The Horizon Foundation is the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland. It leads community change so everyone in Howard County can live a longer, better life. The Foundation improves health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and advocacy to both meet the community’s needs, and find solutions that promise the greatest, lasting impact.

 

The goals of this initiative are to decrease the stigma of seeking mental health and to learn how to intervene and direct someone to appropriate resources. Free training is now available to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to learn to Question, Persuade,and Refer (QPR) someone to help. Click here for more information and to register for training: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/QPR-Flyer-2019-od-at.docx

 

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

 

Upcoming Events

Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) - Orientation Meeting on Tues., Apr. 30

 

BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00PM

Home of Sue & Marty Leshin

6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777

 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!

 

That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19-Bet-Chaverim-Congregation-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf-NO-BOX.pdf  Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/bet-chaverim-application.pdf

 

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


 

Congregants are invited to an information meeting about the trip at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house.  There, the rabbi and a representative from ITC Tourswill provide details and answer questions.  So save the date!

 

In the meantime, if there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214.

 

 

  Come Join Us!

 

 

Join Us For Shabbat With Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17

Edith Cord, Bet Chaverim Congregant, survivor of the Shoah, and author of  Finding Edith: Surviving the Holocaust in Plain Sight and Becoming Edith: The Education of a Hidden Child, will be our featured speaker at Friday night services on May 17th. 

Edith will talk about her experiences in Europe during the Shoah, putting them in a historic context: she will explain the ideas and events  that led up to it and also touch on the methods used to get the German people to sink so low. The slides and pictures in her power point will make her presentation vivid easy to follow.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Although younger children may not understand all of the subject matter, there will be no frightening images.

The program will begin at 7pm, followed by Shabbat services at 8pm. A delicious oneg will conclude the evening.

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

April Yahrzeits

 

4/01

Melissa Beth Gorelik

Beloved Daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

25 Adar II

4/08

Miriam Landis Freedman

Beloved Mother of Daniel Freedman

3 Nissan

4/15

Freda Greene Cantor

Beloved Mother of Geoffrey Greene

10 Nissan

4/29

Lillian Gorelik

Beloved Mother of Ivan Gorelik

24 Nissan

4/29

Selig Freedman

Beloved Father of Maury Freedman

24 Nissan

 

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat & Yizkor Services - Sat.,  Apr. 27, 9:30 AM (Yizkor at approx. 10:30 AM), Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting - Tues., Apr. 30, 7:00 PM, at the home of Sue & Marty Leshin, 6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, 20777.

 

♦  Holocaust Event at Beth Shalom -Wed., May 1. Details to Follow.
 
♦  Shabbat at Nature Center - Sat., May 11. Details to Follow.
 
♦  Torah on Tap - Tues., May 14. Details to Follow.

♦  Shabbat Service and Edith Cord as Guest Speaker - Fri.,  May 17,  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to Follow.

 

♦  Shabbat Under the Stars - Jul. 12. Details to Follow.

 

 


Federation Events

FED TOV Tikkun Olam Volunteers - Some Jewish residents right here in our community are homebound, isolated, and living below the poverty level. Just a little of your time makes a big difference! Sign up to volunteer with FED TOV, a new Federation program, and change the lives of those in need. For more information and to apply, visit JewishHowardCounty.org/FedTov.

 

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

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., May 1, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Have lunch with shaliach Shay on the first Wednesday of the month at our lunch ‘n learn. Shay will speak about diversity in Israel with a review of the recent Israeli elections. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Yom HaShoah - Wed., May 1, 6:00-8:15 PM at Beth Shalom Congregation.

The entire Howard County community is invited to this annual Holocaust Remembrance Day program, featuring the theme "From Kristallnacht to Tree of Life--Uniting Against Hate." Find more information and view the full Yom HaShoah schedule at JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.  

 

Federation’s Israel Film Festival - Sun., May 5, 2:30 - 9:40 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center and Beth Shalom Congregation. Celebrate Israel's 71st birthday with a special viewing of Israeli films, including reflections on the films with different community leaders. Free popcorn and Israeli food for purchase at the OMI location. For the full schedule of films and other details, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/FilmFestival.

 

Guys Night Out - Thurs., May 9, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Guys 21+ are invited to a Guys Night Out! Tour the Guinness Brewery and see where the magic happens! Includes a special guided tasting and a complimentary keepsake. $25/person. Limited slots available. Register at Associated.org/GuysNightOut. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey

 

Red Tent Club: Images & Impressions From a Jewish Mission to Cuba -

Mon., May 20, 6:00 PM, HCC Monteabaro Hall. Red Tent Club presenters Barbara Cohen and Ilene Cohen will share their experiences on a Jewish mission to Cuba. Learn about Cuba's unique history, the inspiring Jewish community there, and the current challenges its members face. For more information, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/Red-Tent.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 4/11: Shabbat Services & Food Collection, March Madness Match, Sale of Hametz

This Week: Apr. 11 - 17

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Apr. 12, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Please remember to bring your food donations to services for the Howard County Food Bank!

 

 

Links

 


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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

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

 

 Passover 5779/2019 begins Friday evening, April 19th, and ends Saturday evening, April 27th. The first Passover seder is on the evening of Friday, April 19th, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 20th.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal has provided the following Passover guidance, produced by the Rabbinical Assembly, for our information and convenience: www.rabbinicalassembly.org/pesah-guide

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

Sale of Hametz: Deadline – Mon., April 15th

In preparing for Passover, it is customary to sell your hametz. If you would like to appoint Rabbi Blumenthal to sell your hametz, please use the following link to give the Rabbi Blimenthal permission to proceed: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/hametz-2019.pdf

 

Congregants can return the completed form to: Rabbi Kim Blumenthal by email (rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com) or snail mail (Rabbi Blumenthal, 4604 Winding Stone Cir,, Olney, MD 20832) no later than April 15th.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Passover Services

 

Siyyum B'khorim - April 19th

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

 

Bet Chaverim will conduct it's Siyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah on Friday, April 19th at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Everyone is invited, but all firstborn sons and daughters are especially urged to attend.

 

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

 

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

 

Yizkor - April 27th

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

 

Yizkor is typically recited at synagogue during the morning services after the reading of the Torah. Bet Chaverim will hold our Yizkor Service on the eighth day of Passover, Saturday, April 27th at Hawthorn Center. Shabbat services will begin at 9:30 AM, and Yizkor is anticipated at approximately 10:30 AM.

 

Happenings

Collecting Donations for the Howard County Food Bank

Not sure what to do with your hametz? Bring it (unopened packages only) with you to services the next two Friday night Shabbat Servicess: April 12th. Bet Chaverim’s Social Action/Green Committee is collecting donations for the Howard County Food Bank.

 

Many of our neighbors need your help; please do a mitzvah and give to the needy. A list of most needed items can be found at https://www.cac-hc.org/wp-content/uploads/Items-Needed-at-Food-Bank-Flyer-v5.pdf

 

 

Bet Chaverim Awarded Horizon Foundation Grant

Bet Chaverim is honored to have been awarded a Horizon Foundation Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement grant.  The Horizon Foundation is the largest independent health philanthropy in Maryland. It leads community change so everyone in Howard County can live a longer, better life. The Foundation improves health through innovative initiatives, collaborative partnerships, strategic grantmaking and advocacy to both meet the community’s needs, and find solutions that promise the greatest, lasting impact.

 

The goals of this initiative are to decrease the stigma of seeking mental health and to learn how to intervene and direct someone to appropriate resources. Free training is now available to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to learn to Question, Persuade,and Refer (QPR) someone to help. Click here for more information and to register for training: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/QPR-Flyer-2019-od-at.docx

 

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

 

 

March Madness Match Off and Running

 

15% March Madness Participation

 

In the past week, participation increased to 15 percent of BC members making their BC's March Madness matching donation!  This is our fund raiser where the first $50.00 each member household  contributes will be matched by our donors, and we say "Thank You" to those who have already participated.  Go Team!

 

What? You haven't gotten off the bench yet? No worries! The game isn't close to being finished, so send your contribution this week.

 

Members and the public can always make donations, pay dues, purchase tickets to events and otherwise make payments to Bet Chaverim and/or the Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS) by check or credit card through Bet Chaverim’s website:

 

1. Go to https://www.bet-chaverim.org\

2. Select Donations and Other Payments, and you will see a drop-down menu with two choices:

 

A. If you are mailing a check: choose Payment by Check to record mailed payments. Then, please send your check to Bet Chaverim at P.O. BOX 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041 Note: Please put March Madness on the check's memo line)

 

--OR--

 

B. If you prefer to pay by credit card or using PayPal (if you have an account): choose Online and Credit Card Payments, and complete the requested information.

 

You've got question? We've got answers. For more information, contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

 

BC's Chocolate Seder

 

A wonderful, chocolatey time was had by all at Bet Chaverim Congregation’s 2019 Chocolate Seder. With more than 50 people from our synagogue and the Howard County community attending, the aroma of chocolate milk and chocolate matzah, charoset (frosting, chocolate chips & marshmallows) and maror (bitter sweet chocolate), and the rest of the chocolate symbolic seder plate items were fuel for kids and adults alike! Led by Rabbi Blumenthal, attendees took turns reading parts of the Haggadah, and instead of just the “youngest child,” everyone joined in for The Four "Chocolatey" Questions. The children were fantastic (and funny!) when acting out the plagues. BCRS students showed off their cups of chocolate milk for Elijah and water for Miriam, which they made in school for their own seders. We’re already looking forward to next year….in Jerusalem….with chocolate milk! 

 

 

Torah on Tap - Dayeinu?
Rabbi Blumenthal explains a key point as Vivian Goldman and Robert Jacobs review the text of "Dayeinu."
 
 
In this month’s Torah on Tap session on Tuesday, April 9, Rabbi Blumenthal led an exploration of the hidden symbolism and meaning of the Passover Seder’s “Dayeinu,” a favorite song that easily can be taken for granted in the rush to conclude the evening.  
 
While many of us join in the familiar “Dai, dai, einu” chorus, we may overlook the obvious question posed by each critical stage in the Exodus and subsequent Jewish history recounted in the song – “Would it really have been enough?”
 
Would it have been enough if…
 
  • We were brought out of Egypt, but no judgments were made against the Egyptians and their idols?
  • The Red Sea was split, but the Egyptians made it across to our side?
  • We received manna in the desert, but did not receive Shabbat?
  • We received the Torah, but were neither brought to Israel, nor given the Temple? 
The robust discussion included speculation about whether "Dayeinu" was written during the time of the Solomon's Temple.
 
Thank you Rabbi B. for another exciting session, and thanks to all those who brought beverages and munchies to sustain our efforts.
 
NOTE:  The next Torah on Tap is slated for Tuesday, May 15, so please mark your calendars.

Upcoming Events

Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) - Orientation Meeting on Tues., Apr. 30

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00PM

Home of Sue & Marty Leshin

6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777

 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!

 

That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19-Bet-Chaverim-Congregation-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf-NO-BOX.pdf  Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/bet-chaverim-application.pdf

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Congregants are invited to an information meeting about the trip at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house.  There, the rabbi and a representative from ITC will provide details and answer questions.  So save the date!

 

In the meantime, if there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214.

 

 

  Come Join Us!

 

 

Save the Date for Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17

BC’s speaker coordinator, Lynn Witkin-Weinstein, wants everyone to know the next Shabbat speaker: on May 17,    BC Congregant Edith Cord will discuss her experiences during the Holocaust.  (Note: This program may not be suitable for younger children.)

 

Discussions are underway with other speakers as well.  If anyone has suggestions or wishes to help arrange speaking engagements, please contact Lynn at: lynn.witkin@gmail.com. 

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

April Yahrzeits

 

4/01

Melissa Beth Gorelik

Beloved Daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

25 Adar II

4/08

Miriam Landis Freedman

Beloved Mother of Daniel Freedman

3 Nissan

4/15

Freda Greene Cantor

Beloved Mother of Geoffrey Greene

10 Nissan

4/29

Lillian Gorelik

Beloved Mother of Ivan Gorelik

24 Nissan

4/29

Selig Freedman

Beloved Father of Maury Freedman

24 Nissan

 

Save the Date

♦  Siyyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah - Fri., Apr. 19 at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Bagel breakfast to follow service.

 

♦  Shabbat Services - Sat.,  Apr. 20, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat & Yizkor Services - Sat.,  Apr. 27, 9:30 AM (Yizkor at approx. 10:30 AM), Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting - Tues., Apr. 30, 7:00 PM, at the home of Sue & Marty Leshin, 6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, 20777.

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Edith Cord as Guest Speaker - Fri.,  May 17,  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Details to Follow.


Federation Events

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

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., May 1, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Have lunch with shaliach Shay on the first Wednesday of the month at our lunch ‘n learn. Shay will speak about diversity in Israel with a review of the recent Israeli elections. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Yom HaShoah - Wed., May 1, 6:00-8:15 PM at Beth Shalom Congregation.

The entire Howard County community is invited to this annual Holocaust Remembrance Day program, featuring the theme "From Kristallnacht to Tree of Life--Uniting Against Hate." Find more information and view the full Yom HaShoah schedule at JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.  

 

Federation’s Israel Film Festival - Sun., May 5, 2:30 - 9:40 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center and Beth Shalom Congregation. Celebrate Israel's 71st birthday with a special viewing of Israeli films, including reflections on the films with different community leaders. Free popcorn and Israeli food for purchase at the OMI location. For the full schedule of films and other details, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/FilmFestival.

 

Guys Night Out - Thurs., May 9, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Guys 21+ are invited to a Guys Night Out! Tour the Guinness Brewery and see where the magic happens! Includes a special guided tasting and a complimentary keepsake. $25/person. Limited slots available. Register at Associated.org/GuysNightOut. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 4/4: Shabbat Services & Food Collection, March Madness Match, and Chocolate Seder

This Week: Apr. 4 - 10

♦  Shabbat Services - Fri.,  Apr. 5, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Chocolate Seder - Sun.,  Apr. 7, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046.  

 

♦  Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Apr 9, 7:30 PM, Club Room of Watermark Apartments, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, MD 21044

 

Links

 


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Throughout This Passover, May You and Those You Love

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

 

 Passover 5779/2019 begins Friday evening, April 19th, and ends Saturday evening, April 27th. The first Passover seder is on the evening of Friday, April 19th, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 20th.

 

Rabbi Blumenthal has provided the following Passover guidance, produced by the Rabbinical Assembly, for our information and convenience: www.rabbinicalassembly.org/pesah-guide

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

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

In preparing for Passover, it is customary to sell your hametz. If you would like to appoint Rabbi Blumenthal to sell your hametz, please use the following link to give the Rabbi Blimenthal permission to proceed: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/hametz-2019.pdf

 

Congregants can return the completed form to: Rabbi Kim Blumenthal by email (rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com) or snail mail (Rabbi Blumenthal, 4604 Winding Stone Cir,, Olney, MD 20832) no later than April 15th. The Rabbi intends to bring blank forms with her to the Chocolate Seder and Torah on Tap.

 

Bet Chaverim Passover Services

 

Siyyum B'khorim - April 19th

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

 

Bet Chaverim will conduct it's Siyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah on Friday, April 19th at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Everyone is invited, but all firstborn sons and daughters are especially urged to attend.

 

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

 

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

 

Yizkor - April 27th

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

 

Yizkor is typically recited at synagogue during the morning services after the reading of the Torah. Bet Chaverim will hold our Yizkor Service on the eighth day of Passover, Saturday, April 27th at Hawthorn Center. Shabbat services will begin at 9:30 AM, and Yizkor is anticipated at approximately 10:30 AM.

 

Happenings

Collecting Donations for the Howard County Food Bank

Not sure what to do with your hametz? Bring it (unopened packages only) with you to services the next two Friday night Shabbat Servicess: April 5th and 12th. Bet Chaverim’s Social Action/Green Committee is collecting donations for the Howard County Food Bank.

 

Many of our neighbors need your help; please do a mitzvah and give to the needy. A list of most needed items can be found at https://www.cac-hc.org/wp-content/uploads/Items-Needed-at-Food-Bank-Flyer-v5.pdf

 

 

March Madness Match Off and Running

 

10% March Madness Participation

 

Just one week in, and ten percent of BC members made their BC's March Madness matching donation!    This is our fund raiser where the first $50.00 each member household  contributes will be matched by our donors, and we say "Thank You" to those who have already participated.  Go Team!

 

What? You haven't gotten off the bench yet? No worries! The game isn't close to being finished, so send your contribution this week.

 

Members and the public can always make donations, pay dues, purchase tickets to events and otherwise make payments to Bet Chaverim and/or the Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS) by check or credit card through Bet Chaverim’s website:

 

1. Go to https://www.bet-chaverim.org\

2. Select Donations and Other Payments, and you will see a drop-down menu with two choices:

 

A. If you are mailing a check: choose Payment by Check to record mailed payments. Then, please send your check to Bet Chaverim at P.O. BOX 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041 Note: Please put March Madness on the check's memo line)

 

--OR--

 

B. If you prefer to pay by credit card or using PayPal (if you have an account): choose Online and Credit Card Payments, and complete the requested information.

 

You've got question? We've got answers. For more information, contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

Upcoming Events

Annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder -- Sunday, April 7; RSVP by April 1

Before you commemorate the exodus of the Jewish people around your Passover table, celebrate the sweetness of our freedom at the Annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder! Join us for a joyous seder that explores the traditions, symbols and songs of Pesach in a fun and age-appropriate way...and all in chocolate!

 

The cost for this event is: $5/adult, $4 child. Children under 2 are free! RSVP required by Monday, April 1. Space is limited - reserve your spots today!   RSVP:  https://www.tinyurl.com/

 

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Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) - Orientation Meeting on Tues., Apr. 30

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!

BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00PM

Home of Sue & Marty Leshin

6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777

 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!

 

That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19-Bet-Chaverim-Congregation-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf-NO-BOX.pdf  Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/bet-chaverim-application.pdf

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Congregants are invited to an information meeting about the trip at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house.  There, the rabbi and a representative from ITC will provide details and answer questions.  So save the date!

 

In the meantime, if there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214.

 

 

  Come Join Us!

 

 

Save the Date for Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17

BC’s speaker coordinator, Lynn Witkin-Weinstein, wants everyone to know the next Shabbat speaker: on May 17,    BC Congregant Edith Cord will discuss her experiences during the Holocaust.  (Note: This program may not be suitable for younger children.)

 

Discussions are underway with other speakers as well.  If anyone has suggestions or wishes to help arrange speaking engagements, please contact Lynn at: lynn.witkin@gmail.com. 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

We had a Pesach Scavenger Hunt this week! Rabbi Faith is now comfortable saying that there is no such thing as "friendly competition." She would ask a question reviewing the Pesach story or Seder, and the answers were pictures taped along the walls of a long hallway. Each team was able to choose a "runner" to go find a corresponding picture to the answer. Whichever team answered first received a point. It became way more intense than the Rabbi expected, and Morah Allison who was subbing this week and she both laughed at how competitive the hunt became!

 

We created matzah covers this week. (It was much easier than the Elijah cup project.) The kids had so much fun creating dot designs and then letting them bleed with rubbing alcohol. As parents saw when they brought them home, you get a really cool "tye-dye" effect. It was a lot of fun seeing how each kid approached their matzah covers. Some were quite exacting in their designs and others went free form. Every cover came out unique and beautiful.

 

We are learning a new prayer this next week. We have been working hard on "Roll into Dark" and "Emet" (ask your child to sing the chorus). Our next prayer is a blessing that is recited before the Sh'ma and talks about God spreading light all over Israel and all of us benefiting from that light!

 

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Maybe Next Week....

 

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

April Yahrzeits

 

4/01

Melissa Beth Gorelik

Beloved Daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

25 Adar II

4/08

Miriam Landis Freedman

Beloved Mother of Daniel Freedman

3 Nissan

4/15

Freda Greene Cantor

Beloved Mother of Geoffrey Greene

10 Nissan

4/29

Lillian Gorelik

Beloved Mother of Ivan Gorelik

24 Nissan

4/29

Selig Freedman

Beloved Father of Maury Freedman

24 Nissan

 

Acknowledgements

Thank you so much to those who sponsored the Mishloach Manot bags for BCRS’s fundraiser so that everyone in the Congregation could receive a bag for Purim. We truly appreciate your support. We also appreciate those of you who sent notes and emails to the students thanking them for putting together the Mishloach Manot bags.

 

Sponsors:

-Jamie, Adam, Sam & Jake Biegeleisen

-Michelle, Grant, Zachary & Audrey Forman

-Sharon & Daniel Freedman

-Jay Fridkis

-Lisa, Richard & Jonah Gerber

-Michelle & Jonathan Goldberg

-Allison, Derek, Alexa, Ryan & Zachary Goldbloom

-Vivian & Stuart Goldman

-Karyn & Les Gross

-Arlene & Al Heine

-Claudette & Robert Jacobs

-Ivy Konel & Marvin Zeldin

-Sue & Marty Leshin

-Mary & David Marker

-Elaine Reid

-Jodie, Jarrett, Alanna, Jake & Sam Reid

-Shelli & Henry Rossman

-Deb & Jeff Rubin

-Alethea, Mark, Aden, Alana & Aryeh Schmall

-Diane Schmall

-Sarita, Steve, Jake, Clarissa & Veronica Stein

-Heather & Alan Zimmerman

-Doris & Ben Zingman

      

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Apr. 12, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Siyyum B'khorim and Seudat Mitzvah - Fri., Apr. 19 at 7:30 AM at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia 21044. Bagel breakfast to follow service.

 

♦  Shabbat Services - Sat.,  Apr. 20, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat & Yizkor Services - Sat.,  Apr. 27, 9:30 AM (Yizkor at approx. 10:30 AM), Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting - Tues., Apr. 30, 7:00 PM, at the home of Sue & Marty Leshin, 6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, 20777.

 

 

 

 


Federation Events

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 7, Various Times & Various Locations.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam! This year's Good Deeds Day features new ways to give back and make a difference in our community. Limited space at certain sites. Sign up by April 1. Find more information at JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay.

 

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

 

PJ Library Playdate - Thurs., Apr. 11, 10:00-11:00 AM at Holiday Hills Park. Join PJ Library in Howard County for another special playdate at Holiday Hills Park in Columbia! RSVP required. For more information, click here or contact Allison Weil.  

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., May 1, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Have lunch with shaliach Shay on the first Wednesday of the month at our lunch ‘n learn. Shay will speak about diversity in Israel with a review of the recent Israeli elections. Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Program is free, but RSVP is requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe.  For more information, contact Shay Rubinstein.

 

Yom HaShoah - Wed., May 1, 6:00-8:15 PM at Beth Shalom Congregation.

The entire Howard County community is invited to this annual Holocaust Remembrance Day program, featuring the theme "From Kristallnacht to Tree of Life--Uniting Against Hate." Find more information and view the full Yom HaShoah schedule at JewishHowardCounty.org/YomHaShoah.  

 

Federation’s Israel Film Festival - Sun., May 5, 2:30 - 9:40 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center and Beth Shalom Congregation. Celebrate Israel's 71st birthday with a special viewing of Israeli films, including reflections on the films with different community leaders. Free popcorn and Israeli food for purchase at the OMI location. For the full schedule of films and other details, please visit JewishHowardCounty.org/FilmFestival.

 

Guys Night Out - Thurs., May 9, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Guys 21+ are invited to a Guys Night Out! Tour the Guinness Brewery and see where the magic happens! Includes a special guided tasting and a complimentary keepsake. $25/person. Limited slots available. Register at Associated.org/GuysNightOut. For more information, contact Shauna Leavey

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/27: Shabbat Services, March Madness Match, and RSVP NOW for Chocolate Seder

This Week: Mar. 28 - Apr. 3

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

 

♦  RSVP for Chocolate Seder by Mon., Apr. 1

 

Links

 

Happenings

Houdini Living History Performance Wows BC Audience

Following Friday’s (March 22) pot luck dinner and Rabbi Blumenthal’s excellent Shabbat service, historian and magician David London took an eager BC audience on a journey into the life, times and mindset of Erik Weisz, better known as Harry Houdini.  David is the curator of the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s traveling exhibit on Houdini, and an expert on the remarkable, Jewish entertainer.

David London

 

Combining the skills of an accomplished storyteller, actor and magician, David re-enacted key aspects of Houdini’s life and career for the BC audience, spinning a familiar tale of Jewish immigration to America, hard times and eventual success.  Houdini’s father, a rabbi, struggled to find a job, so young Harry started working as a child to help support the family.  After stumbling through various positions and occupations, Harry began to enjoy success as a magician and handcuff escape artist both on the vaudeville circuits and later, on his own. 

 

 

  Poster from Houdini Tour of Europe

 

As his career advanced, Houdini moved on to the daring escapes for which he is known today.

 

Houdini (bathing suit) prepares crate for underwater escape

 

During the extended Q&A after the performance, David alternated his on-stage persona between Houdini the legend and David the teacher, sliding seamlessly from one role to the other. 

 

Needless to say, the BC attendees were enthused and charmed by the performance, which included many wonderful nuggets about Houdini and his era.  Especially memorable was Houdini’s founding of the “Rabbis' Sons Theatrical Benevolent Association,” along with Al Jolson and Irving Berlin, because so many rabbinical offspring worked in vaudeville.  Also of note was Houdini’s ongoing attention to physical fitness, and his long-standing efforts to debunk “spiritualists” who preyed upon those in mourning, especially in the aftermath of World War I.

 

BC thanks all those who worked hard to create a very memorable Shabbat.  And, take a look at Upcoming Events for information regarding our next Guest Speaker.

Upcoming Events

BC’s “March Madness Match” Tips Off!

The NCAA basketball tourneys are here and so is Bet Chaverim’s “March Madness Match” fundraising campaign.  With planning proceeding for new programs and activities later this year and in 2020, BC needs all our members to get in the game.

 

By now, everyone should have received a letter explaining our March Madness Match Donation Campaign.  The goal is for every member household to contribute to the effort, the first $50.00 of which will be matched by generous congregant sponsors.  Whether you’re giving “chai” ($18.00), 10 “chai” ($180.00) or 100 “chai,” ($1800.00), or any amount of your choosing, our sponsors will match the first $50/household dollar-for-dollar!  

 

Check the scoring. If your household gives “chai,” the shul receives $36.00 with the match.  If you give 10 “chai,” the shul gets $230.00.  Going for a buzzer beater at 100 “chai?”  Then, BC will receive $1850.00.   

 

The goal is 100 percent participation, not a particular amount!  So, the winning play is to give what you can. 

 

Please join us in thanking our sponsors, and please consider making a donation to help achieve our goal of 100% participation!

 

Members and the public can always make donations, pay dues, purchase tickets to events and otherwise make payments to Bet Chaverim and/or the Bet Chaverim Religious School (BCRS) by check or credit card through Bet Chaverim’s website:

 

1. Go to https://www.bet-chaverim.org\

2. Select Donations and Other Payments, and you will see a drop-down menu with two choices: 

 

A. If you are mailing a check:  choose Payment by Check to record mailed payments. Then, please send your check to Bet Chaverim at P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041 Note: Please put March Madness on the check's memo line)

 

 --OR-- 

 

B. If you prefer to pay by credit card or using a PayPal  (if you have one):  choose Online and Credit Card Payments, and complete the requested information.

 

For more information, please contact March Madness “Coach” David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 


Annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder -- Sunday, April 7; RSVP by April 1

Before you commemorate the exodus of the Jewish people around your Passover table, celebrate the sweetness of our freedom at the Annual Bet Chaverim Chocolate Seder! Join us for a joyous seder that explores the traditions, symbols and songs of Pesach in a fun and age-appropriate way...and all in chocolate!

 

The cost for this event is: $5/adult, $4 child. Children under 2 are free! RSVP required by Monday, April 1. Space is limited - reserve your spots today!   RSVP:  https://www.tinyurl.com/

 

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Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) - Orientation Meeting on Tues., Apr. 7

 

SAVE THE DATE!

BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00PM

Home of Sue & Marty Leshin

6807 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777

 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!

 

That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19-Bet-Chaverim-Congregation-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf-NO-BOX.pdf  Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/bet-chaverim-application.pdf

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Congregants are invited to an information meeting about the trip at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house.  There, the rabbi and a representative from ITC will provide details and answer questions.  So save the date!

 

In the meantime, if there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214.

 

 

  Come Join Us!

 

 

Save the Date for Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17

BC’s speaker coordinator, Lynn Witkin-Weinstein, wants everyone to know the next Shabbat speaker: on May 17,    BC Congregant Edith Cord will discus her experiences during the Holocaust.  (Note: This program may not be suitable for younger children.)

 

Discussions are underway with other speakers as well.  If anyone has suggestions or wishes to help arrange speaking engagements, please contact Lynn at: lynn.witkin@gmail.com. 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

You know you’re doing something right in making religious school learning memorable when a student tells you they want their birthday party to be at BCRS!

 

 

 

 

 

This week, Morah Jeanne's Hebrew Boot Camp was a Siddur Scavenger Hunt. Each student had the chance to choose a page in the siddur by saying the page number in Hebrew, and then Rabbi Faith would give them a Hebrew word to find on that page. After finding each word, again in Hebrew, students needed to tell everyone which line on the page they found it.

 

Morah Heather’s class is working on an intensive vocabulary review with her Hebrew group. We started with Part One of retelling the Pesach story. While Rabbi Faith narrated the story, our students transformed into amazing actors: Moses floating down the river, the bush that was not consumed, slave masters and many more characters helped to bring the story alive. There was a lot of laughing too. Next week, we have Part Two when Moses returns to Egypt.

 

We started working on the songs and prayers of the Haggadah this week. Morah Allison worked on the 4 Questions with our younger students, and not only were they practicing singing, they were learning about the reason behind each of the questions. 

 

Morah Jeanne’s class began reviewing Dayeinu. We are focusing on four lines:  leaving Egypt, the gift of Torah, the gift of Shabbat, and entering into Israel. Most students remembered at least the first line and they caught on quickly to the next three. We are going to continue working on songs of the seder over the next few weeks.  

 

Lastly, we went on to our final project, which was creating an "Elijah's Cup." Each student was instructed to use Mod Podge and multi-color yarn to wrap a plain glass goblet. For some students this came so naturally, and others were frustrated trying to set the yarn the way they wanted it to look. It was really wonderful seeing students helping each other. 

 

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Special shout out to Sam R., who took it on himself to cut yarn, pass out Mod Podge, and cheer on his classmates when they were struggling. 

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

April Yahrzeits

 

4/01

Melissa Beth Gorelik

Beloved Daughter of Marsha & Ivan Gorelik

25 Adar II

4/08

Miriam Landis Freedman

Beloved Mother of Daniel Freedman

3 Nissan

4/15

Freda Greene Cantor

Beloved Mother of Geoffrey Greene

10 Nissan

4/29

Lillian Gorelik

Beloved Mother of Ivan Gorelik

24 Nissan

4/29

Selig Freedman

Beloved Father of Maury Freedman

24 Nissan

 

Acknowledgements

Thank You to Edith Cord for her donation to Bet Chaverim.
 
Thank You to Alan Zimmerman and the Northrop Grumman Charity Trust Account for their donation to Bet Chaverim.             

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Services - Fri.,  Apr. 5, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Chocolate Seder - Sun.,  Apr. 7, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046.  

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 13, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Siyyum - Details to follow

 

♦  Shabbat & Yizkor Services - Sat.,  Apr. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 


Federation Events

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 7, Various Times & Various Locations.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam! This year's Good Deeds Day features new ways to give back and make a difference in our community. Limited space at certain sites. Sign up by April 1. Find more information at JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay.

 

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Light 3/22: Houdini Living History Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, and Potluck Dinner

This Week: Mar. 22 - 27

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

 

Links

 

Happenings

Purim @BC - Pizza, Smiles, Family and Friends
Inspired by a horde of costumed kids, and several silly adults, Bet Chaverim partied Purim last night with pizza, crafts, a kid-drawn version of the Megillah scroll and an enthusiastic adult service too.
 
Nearly 70 congregants led by Rabbi Kim Blumenthal celebrated as Mordechai and Esther once again put the ka-bosh on Haman (Boo!  Snarl!  Hiss!), to the delight of all.  With the marker-barely-dry scroll as a backdrop, Rabbi Blumenthal led the kids in a dramatic but giggly performance of Esther’s tale, with appropriate sound effects from groggers made on-site and cell-phone ring tones. 
 
The pizza was tasty, hamantaschen were fruity and the evening was memorable as the grown-ups retold the sadly still-relevant story after the youngsters headed home.
 
Join us in thanking the many BC volunteers who made the evening a success for the kids, the adults, and those who were a bit of both.
 
Chag Purim Sameach to all! And please check out the snaps on our Facebook page; www.facebook.com/betchaverim.org/
 
Working on the Megillah
 
Happy Endings at BC Purim Party
 
 
Bet Chaverim Draws Costumed Crowd At Overflow Purim Palooza
Bet Chaverim’s booth at last Sunday’s Purim Palooza drew a record crowd of kids, parents, and grandparents, not to mention Esthers, Mordecais and even Hamans (Boo!  Snarl!  Hiss!).  The Federation event at Reservoir High School is a magnet for Jewish families from throughout the county, and a great opportunity for BC to showcase our unique blend of inclusive, participatory Conservative Jewish practice, and our innovative religious school.  Both the congregation and BCRS were well represented by a corps of members, students, parents, and faculty.   
 
The entire BC family says “Todah Raba” to our volunteers, young and old, who made Purim Palooza a success.

BC's Purim Palooza Booth

 

 

Upcoming Events

BC’s “March Madness Match” Tips Off!

The NCAA basketball tourneys are here and so is Bet Chaverim’s “March Madness Match” fundraising campaign.  With planning proceeding for new programs and activities later this year and in 2020, BC needs all our members to get in the game.

 

This week, everyone will receive a letter explaining our March Madness Match Donation Campaign.  The goal is for every member household to contribute to the effort, the first $50.00 of which will be matched by generous congregant sponsors.  Whether you’re giving “chai” ($18.00), 10 “chai” ($180.00) or 100 “chai,” ($1800.00), or any amount of your choosing, our sponsors will match the first $50/household dollar-for-dollar!  

 

Check the scoring. If your household gives “chai,” the shul receives $36.00 with the match.  If you give 10 “chai,” the shul gets $230.00.  Going for a buzzer beater at 100 “chai?”  Then, BC will receive $1850.00.   

 

The goal is 100 percent participation, not a particular amount!  So, the winning play is to give what you can. 

 

Please join us in thanking our sponsors, and please send your check to Bet Chaverim at P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041 (Note: Please put March Madness on the check's memo line).  Members also can contribute online or by credit card through Bet Chaverim’s website (https://www.bet-chaverim.org/payment.php).

 

For more information, please contact March Madness “Coach” David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

Youth & Education

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

March Yahrzeits

 

3/08        Hannah Marker                 Beloved Mother of David Marker                   1 Adar II  

3/13        Harvey Landis                    Beloved Father of Daniel Freedman               6 Adar II

3/23        Howard Blackman             Beloved Brother of Jodie Reid                       16 Adar II

 

Acknowledgements

Bet Chaverim thanks all our Members who contributed to the BCRS Mishloach Manot Project. We also thank Rabbi Faith Cantor, and the students and parents who donated their time and resources to make this project a success!!

 

 

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Shabbat Services - Fri.,  Apr. 5, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Chocolate Seder - Sun.,  Apr. 7, 6:00 - 7:00 PM, NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046.  

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Apr. 13, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Siyyum - Details to follow

 

♦  Shabbat & Yizkor Services - Sat.,  Apr. 27, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

 


Federation Events

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


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

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 7, Various Times & Various Locations.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam! This year's Good Deeds Day features new ways to give back and make a difference in our community. Limited space at certain sites. Sign up by April 1. Find more information at JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/14: Shabbat Services this Saturday, Purim Palooza, Support our Students' Mishloach Manot Project, Purim Services with Pizza & Hamantaschen, & RSVP for Houdini

This Week: Mar. 14 - 20

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


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

 

Federation Purim Palooza & Kids Activity Expo - Sun., Mar. 17, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton (see Federation Events for Details).

 

♦  Bet Chaverim Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar 20, 5:30 PM at the Hub Spot Conference Center - 6724 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 105, Columbia, MD. RSVP Requested: see Upcoming Events for Details.

 

♦  Please RSVP now for our Houdini Living History Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, & Potluck Dinner (Mar. 22)

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Purim at Bet Chaverim: RSVP for Pizza Dinner - Wednesday, March 20

https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/medium/uploads/purim-1.jpgPlease join us for our joyous Purim celebration and Megillah reading on Wednesday, March 20th, at 5:30 PM at the Hub Spot Conference Center, 6724 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 105, Columbia.

 

We will begin at 5:30 with a pizza dinner, or bring your own pareve meal, if you'd prefer. There is no charge for the pizza, but please help us predict the right amount of food by RSVP'ing by Monday, March 18. If bringing your own pareve dinner, please indicate that in your comment so we know not to order pizza for you.

 

Everyone can enjoy hamantaschen for dessert!

 

RSVP to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-purim2

 

Location Note: There are 3 ground level signs that point the way to the Center. It is on the back side of the building and there is parking outside the entrance of the Center. For those of you who have been to Marty's office, the back side of the Hub Spot Conference Center faces his building.

 

 

Houdini Living History Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, and Potluck Dinner - Friday, March 22nd

 

https://www.bet-chaverim.org/_preview/medium/uploads/Houdini.jpg

Join us and invite your friends for a Very Special Program, together with a Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Services on Mar. 22nd  at 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044 . Magician David London—who curated the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Maryland—will be presenting a unique living history performance at Bet Chaverim.

 

Harry Houdini wasn’t born; he was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878, immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Erich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

 

This living history performance will tell the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini, highlighting the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar.

 

RSVP Required: Additional details and the sign-up registration link are found here: https://tinyurl.com/Houdini-Live.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

 

Sunday rocked! Ok, so most weeks are very fun, but this week, we finished learning one new prayer, and in a single day learned to sing another! We had been working on the blessing that thanks God for creating day and night. Students did such a good job remembering this prayer for the last two weeks, that we moved onto an upbeat melody called "Emet," which is a line after the Sh'ma that talks about God being First and Last, and knowing that God will always protect us. Students had so much fun singing Emet that throughout the rest of the day, they would burst into the chorus.   

 

Hebrew with Morah Heather was a great review day. We also had the chance to spend some time with Morah Heather's friends, and we played "Yesh Li/Ein Li" - I have and I don't have. We learned two new words, sefer (book) and bottle (bakbuk). It is actually amazing to hear the students turn to each other and say, "I have a book,” then pass it to a friend and finish with “I don't have a book.” Our students are really speaking in sentences!

 

Hebrew Boot Camp is continuing and this week Morah Jeanne introduced familiar words from the Siddur (prayer book). We are working right now with a list of 30 words that are high frequency from the prayers that we are learning. The group is working together on decoding and recognizing these words by sight. Around the World was competitive this week and Bingo was intense. 

 

We reviewed four mitzvot associated with Purim, and worked to prepare Mishloach Manot bags, still available to order! We’ll see you next week at Purim Palooza!

 

BCRS Misloach Manot Project

Purim is coming; it starts on Wednesday, Mar. 20. There are four Mitzvot associated with Purim:

  • Listening to the Megillah.
  • Giving Tzedakah.
  • Eating a Festive Meal.
  • Gifting family and friends with festive foods.

Our BCRS students will be completing the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot (gifts of food and drink sent to family and friends)—and so can you!! Students will need our support to complete their project of providing Purim gift bags for all Bet Chaverim congregants. Look for more details, coming soon!!

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

March Yahrzeits

 

3/08        Hannah Marker                 Beloved Mother of David Marker                   1 Adar II  

3/13        Harvey Landis                    Beloved Father of Daniel Freedman               6 Adar II

3/23        Howard Blackman             Beloved Brother of Jodie Reid                       16 Adar II

 

Acknowledgements

 

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Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit.

Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book through the:

  • Chumash Fund that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash.

Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Bet Chaverim Needs Purim Palooza Assistance

We are looking for volunteers to help make this fun event the best Purim Palooza ever!   Volunteer slots are 2 hours- either 10-12 or 12-2. 
 
If you want to help out, please click on the following link: Purim Palooza Volunteers, 2019

 

Save the Date

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 7, Various Times & Various Locations.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam! This year's Good Deeds Day features new ways to give back and make a difference in our community. Limited space at certain sites. Sign up by April 1. Find more information at JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

 

Notices

 

 

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

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

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

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

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 3/7: Minyan Needed for Shabbat Services at Hawthorn Center, & RSVP for Upcoming Events

This Week: Mar. 7 - 13

 ♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  Mar. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Minyan Needed: Please make an effort to attend this Shabbat as a number of our regular participants are unable to attend these services!!

 

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

 

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

 
♦  Please RSVP now for our Houdini Living History Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, & Potluck Dinner (Mar. 22)
 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

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

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

 

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

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the Congregational Meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman. Send to BC's post office box (P.O. Box 2428,

    Ellicott City, Maryland 21041) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

 

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

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

 


 

Houdini Living History Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, and Potluck Dinner - Friday, March 22nd

Join us and invite your friends for a Very Special Program, together with a Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Services on Mar. 22nd at 7:00 PM. Magician David London—who curated the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Maryland—will be presenting a unique living history performance at Bet Chaverim.

 

Harry Houdini wasn’t born; he was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878, immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Erich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

 

This living history performance will tell the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini, highlighting the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar.

 

Additional details and the sign-up registration link are found here: https://tinyurl.com/Houdini-Live.

 

Youth Activities

 

Religious School News.

Going back to our nomadic roots, we traveled to Rabbi Faith’s house last Sunday. In our Hakarat Hatov unit, we have explored how and for whom we are grateful in our daily lives. As Elijah said during our davening, we are “thankful for a really great Rabbi right here.” We discussed wants and needs in detail. We made 50 bagged lunches and dropped them off at Grassroots in Columbia with lots of extra snacks.

 

 

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Thank you, BCRS parents, for providing the groceries for this mitzvah, and thank you, Rabbi Faith, for making this happen and for all you do.

 

 

 

 

BCRS Misloach Manot Project

Purim is coming; it starts on Wednesday, Mar. 20. There are four Mitzvot associated with Purim:

  • Listening to the Megillah.
  • Giving Tzedakah.
  • Eating a Festive Meal.
  • Gifting family and friends with festive foods.

Our BCRS students will be completing the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot (gifts of food and drink sent to family and friends)—and so can you!! Students will need our support to complete their project of providing Purim gift bags for all Bet Chaverim congregants. Look for more details, coming soon!!

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

 

Get Involved

Bet Chaverim Needs Purim Palooza Assistance

Bet Chaverim friends:
We are looking for volunteers to help make this fun event the best Purim Palooza ever!   Volunteer slots are 2 hours- either 10-12 or 12-2. 
 
If you want to help out, please click on the following link: Purim Palooza Volunteers, 2019

 

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.

If you wish to participate in an online minyan from home at any time: http://www.livejewishprayer.com/

 

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

 

March Yahrzeits

 

3/08        Hannah Marker                 Beloved Mother of David Marker                   1 Adar II  

3/13        Harvey Landis                    Beloved Father of Daniel Freedman               6 Adar II

3/23        Howard Blackman             Beloved Brother of Jodie Reid                       16 Adar II

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

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Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or honor and 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.
  • 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.,  Mar 16, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


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

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar 20, Details to Follow.

 

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

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

Good Deeds Day - Sun., Apr. 7, Various Times & Various Locations.

Help us build a better future in Howard County with a day of tikkun olam! This year's Good Deeds Day features new ways to give back and make a difference in our community. Limited space at certain sites. Sign up by April 1. Find more information at JewishHowardCounty.org/GoodDeedsDay.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

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

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

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

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 2/28: Minyan Needed for Shabbat Services at Hawthorn Center, & RSVP for Upcoming Events

This Week: Feb. 28 - Mar. 6

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat.,  Mar. 2, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Minyan Needed: Please make an effort to attend this Shabbat as a number of our regular participants are unable to attend these services!!

 

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

 

♦  Please RSVP now for Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, & Potluck Dinner (Mar. 22)
 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Business

Congregational Meeting on Contract Renewal - Results
Congregants voted to allow the Board to enter into contract renewal negotiations for Rabbis   Blumenthal and Cantor.  The terms of the contracts, as appropriate, will be discussed at the regular Spring Congregational Meeting in May or June.

 

Hawthorn Center

Hawthorn Center management has confirmed that construction has been completed. Bet Chaverim is returning there for Shabbat services as planned for March.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

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

Upcoming Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the Congregational Meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman. Send to BC's post office box (P.O. Box 2428,

    Ellicott City, Maryland 21041) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

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

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

 

 

 

Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, and Potluck Dinner - Friday, March 22nd

Join us and invite your friends for a Very Special Program, together with a Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Services on Mar. 22nd at 7:00 PM. Magician David London—who curated the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Maryland—will be presenting a unique living history performance at Bet Chaverim.

 

Harry Houdini wasn’t born; he was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878, immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Erich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

 

This living history performance will tell the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini, highlighting the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar.

 

Additional details and the sign-up registration link are found here: https://tinyurl.com/Houdini-Live.

 

Youth Activities

ligious School News

The new T’filot that students are mastering is the opening of the Amidah, Adonai Sifatai Tiftach and the blessing for thanking God for creating light and dark, day and night (Borei Yom Va’laila). Morah Jeanne is working with them, and what is really nice about both of these new melodies is that there are English words as part of the prayers. This combination really helps our students make a connection between T’filah skills and the meaning of each prayer.

 

Morah Heather has her crew answering and asking questions in Hebrew. Perhaps one of Sunday’s cutest moments was learning the Hebrew word for pants “mich’na’saim.” The kids practiced this by clapping out the syllables, and Morah Heather and Ms. Jamie B-E both smiled each time somebody tried to use this new and long word!

 

Hakarat Hatov, showing gratitude and appreciation, is the current theme. Today, students learned that the first time appreciation is shown in the Torah is actually the story of creation when God says that God’s creations were good! God sees the world and is happy and grateful that everything is working and in place. The group then talked about different ways that we show appreciation and the people in our lives for whom we are grateful. The students together brainstormed ways in which they could explain their appreciation, and then created cards and letters to be given to the special people in their lives. Students wrote cards to siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends. It was such an amazing activity that BCRS had to push off the second HaKarat Hatov lesson until next week because our students chose to write more than one letter of gratitude.

 

Hebrew Boot Camp this week went well! It was great this week that Alexa and Yael, who are just this year learning to read Hebrew, were able to read the first two lines of Hebrew Hotshots!

 

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Mazel Tov to Alexa and Yael!

 

 

 

 

 

BCRS Misloach Manot Project

Purim is coming; it starts on Wednesday, Mar. 20. There are four Mitzvot associated with Purim:

  • Listening to the Megillah.
  • Giving Tzedakah.
  • Eating a Festive Meal.
  • Gifting family and friends with festive foods.

Our BCRS students will be completing the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot (gifts of food and drink sent to family and friends)—and so can you!! Students will need our support to complete their project of providing Purim gift bags for all Bet Chaverim congregants. Look for more details, coming soon!!

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

 

 

March Yahrzeits

3/08        Hannah Marker                         Beloved Mother of David Marker                   1 Adar II  

3/13        Harvey Landis                            Beloved Father of Daniel Freedman               6 Adar II

3/23        Howard Blackman                     Beloved Brother of Jodie Reid                       16 Adar II

 

 

Acknowledgements**

 

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**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or honor and 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.
  • 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.,  Mar. 8, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar 20, Details to Follow.

 

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

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

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

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

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

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 2/21: Shabbat Services at Michael Osheroff's Home, Special Congregational Meeting, & RSVP for Upcoming Events

This Week: Feb. 21 - 27

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Feb. 22, 7:30 PM;

at the home of Michael Osheroff, 7841 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton, MD 20759

 

♦  Special Congregational Meeting - Wed., Feb. 27, 7:00 PM; The Watermark Club Room, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia, 21044

 

♦  Please RSVP now for Movie Night  & Dessert Reception - Movie on Mar. 2; RSVP Deadline Feb. 25 (Details below)

 

 

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Business

Upcoming Congregational Meeting on Contract Renewal - Wednesday, February 27th
A year has passed since the congregation approved the hiring of our new rabbi, Rabbi Kim Blumenthal, and education director, Rabbi Faith Cantor. Each were approved for one year, and the time for the congregation to decide on renewal is fast approaching. 
 
Our Bylaws require the Board to make recommendations on hiring key personnel to the entire congregation, after which, our congregants then make the final decisions. Therefore, the Board is convening a Special Congregational Meeting to present the Board's recommendations and allow members to vote on these actions.
 
The Special Congregational Meeting will take place, as follows:
  • Date & Time: Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM
  • Place: The Watermark Club Room, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia
  • Congregants will vote on allowing the Board to enter into contract renewal negotiations.  The terms of the contracts, as appropriate, will be discussed at the regular Spring Congregational Meeting in May or June.
  • The Board‘s recommendations will be presented to the congregation as two separate actions for consideration. These will be the only items on the agenda.  
  • As with all congregation votes, proxies are limited to a member’s spouse or partner within a single household. 

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

 

Inclement Weather Policy

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

Upcoming Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

  1. Email Questions and RSVPs to Laurie Diener at diener.lauren@gmail.com (not necessary if you signed up at the Congregational Meeting).
  2. Mail payment of $52/per ticket to Stu Goldman. Send to BC's post office box (P.O. Box 2428,

    Ellicott City, Maryland 21041) or Stu's home address (10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044)

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

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

 

 

 

Guest Speaker, Shabbat Services, and Potluck Dinner - Friday, March 22nd

Join us and invite your friends for a Very Special Program, together with a Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Services on Mar. 22nd at 7:00 PM. Magician David London—who curated the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Maryland—will be presenting a unique living history performance at Bet Chaverim.

 

Harry Houdini wasn’t born; he was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. In 1878, immigration to the U.S. transformed Erik Weisz into Erich Weiss. It was the first of many transformations for the man who would become the first international superstar.

 

This living history performance will tell the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini, highlighting the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar.

 

Additional details and the sign-up registration link will follow.

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

Purim is coming; it starts on Wednesday, Mar. 20. There are four Mitzvot associated with Purim:

  • Listening to the Megillah.
  • Giving Tzedakah.
  • Eating a Festive Meal.
  • Gifting family and friends with festive foods.

Our BCRS students will be completing the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot (gifts of food and drink sent to family and friends)—and so can you!! Students will need our support to complete their project of providing Purim gift bags for all Bet Chaverim congregants. Look for more details, coming soon!!

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

Acknowledgements**

 

⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or honor and 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.
  • 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.,  Mar. 2, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

♦  Purim Service - Wed.,  Mar 20, Details to Follow.

 

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

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

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

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

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

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Feb. 14 - 20

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Links

 

Bet Chaverim Business

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

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

 

Inclement Weather Policy

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

Hawthorn Center Construction

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

 

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

Upcoming Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

 

 

What better way to strengthen our Hebrew vocabulary then by learning about different fruits and vegetables hands-on? Our Howard County Shaliach, Shay, visited BCRS this past weekend. He spoke with the kids in Hebrew and taught them lots of new words. A fun and delicious way to learn. We delved deeper into our unit, Achrayut, learning about responsibility and what we can do to make the world a better place. 
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To Be Announced....
 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

Acknowledgements**

 

⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit.

Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book through the:

  • Chumash Fund that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash.

Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

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

 

WHO: Bridges to Housing Stability

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

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Feb. 7 - 13

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

 

 

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

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

 

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

 

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

Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night -

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

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

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

 

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

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

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

 

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

 

 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

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

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

Acknowledgements**

 

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**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit.

Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book through the:

  • Chumash Fund that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash.

Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Save the Date

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

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

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

This Week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 6

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

 

 

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

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

 

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

 

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

Youth Activities

Religious School News 

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

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

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This week’s Hebrew Hotshots are:

Sam B. and Jonah! Yasher koach!

 

 

 

 

 

BCRS Information

 

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

 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

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

 

 

January Yahrzeits

01/31

Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat

01/31

Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat

01/31

Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat

 

February Yahrzeits

2/02

Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat

2/02

Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat

2/05

Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat

2/14

Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I

2/16

Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar

2/16

Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar

2/17

Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I

2/19

Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I

2/20

Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar

2/22

Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I

2/24

Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar

2/28

Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar

Acknowledgements**

 

⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔⇔

**Bet Chaverim has established a number of ways for Congregants and other supporters to commemorate life cycle events, or to honor or memorialize individuals important to their lives. Donors can choose to allocate their donations to Bet Chaverim's:

  • General Fund for operating expenses
  • Chesed Fund to provide shiva trays for bereaved members of our Congregation
  • Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund that supports activities for children and adolescents.
  • BC Religious School, which provides Jewish education, and is currently running a moderate deficit.

Additionally, we recently introduced the new Eitz Hayim Chumash; for $72 (quadruple Chai), Donors can dedicate a book through the:

  • Chumash Fund that will be inscribed with a customized bookplate at the front of the Chumash.

Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box, but please remember to include the fund you've selected, as well as the tribute reason (e.g., in honor of X; in memory of X) for your donation [and for Chumashim, the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate(s)].

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

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

 

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

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

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

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

 

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


Federation Events

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

 

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

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

 

See Entire Community Calendar

Notices

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 1/24: Shabbat Dinner and Speaker

This Week: Jan. 24 - 30

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

 

 

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

 

Links

 

Hawthorn Center Construction

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

 

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

 

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

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.

Upcoming Events

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