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Shabbat Services Saturday Morning; Back to Shul Schmooze Upcoming in September

August 15

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 31, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

Back to Shul Schmooze - Sunday, September 8, 5:00 PM at 5485 Restaurant and Bar in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

 

Torah on Tap - Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 - 9:00 PM at HomeSlyce, 9400 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, 21045

 

The News

High Holiday Information

Our High Holiday Packet of Information is undergoing a few revisions. Look for this updated information to arrive shortly.

 

 

Back to Shul Schmooze - September 8 

Join us to catch up with old friends and meet new ones, while enjoying little bites and drinks. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your summer adventures and socialize with Rabbi Blumenthal.  All prospective members are welcome! Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions or need , assistence,  please contact Hedy Tanenholtz at  ehtanenholtz@verizon.net 
 

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 

 

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

 

Location: 5485 Restaurant and Bar in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia

 

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

 
  • To pay by mail, please go to: https://www.bet-chaverim.org/paybymail. Checks can be mailed to   Bet Chaverim Congregation, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD  21041.   Please  be sure to include the name of the event on  the memo line of  your check. 

 

Torah on Tap - September 10

Torah on Tap returns from its Summer Hiatus.  Join us for good Torah, good company, and good pizza with a full bar.   Avoid the cooking and learn why Yom Kippur is the Happiest Day of the Year. 
 

Date: Tuesday September 10, 2019 

 

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM

 

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

 

Cost:  None (except what you order)

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Federation's Upcoming Annual Challah Bake on December 5

The Federation has started planning it's 5th Annual Challah Bake. They are excited to bring together the women of Jewish Howard County on December 5th.  This event is the single largest gathering of Jewish women in the area.

 

The Federation's Challah Bake committee would like to partner with the women’s groups/sisterhoods of each local congregation in planning this energizing and engaging program. Consequently, they have asked us to recruit a Bet Chaverim volunteer to serve on the committee with women representing other local congregations. Bet Chevarim can only benefit from the partnership and exposure! 

 

If you are interested in representing Bet Chaverim on the Federation's planning committee, please contact Phil Rogofsky at  progofsky@yahoo.com or 410-627-1074.

 

 

Yahrzeits

August Yahrzeits

 

8/13

Sylvia Lief

Beloved Mother of Karyn Gross

12 Av

8/19

Alan Reid

Beloved Husband of Elaine Reid & Father of Jarrett Reid

18 Av

8/23

Miriam Freedman

Beloved Mother of Maury Freedman

22 Av

8/28

Miriam M. Block

Beloved Mother of Vivian Goldman

27 Av

8/30

Hilda Taneholtz

Beloved Mother of Eric Tanenholtz

29 Av

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Shabbat Services Tonight; Back to Shul Schmooze Upcoming in September

August 9

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 31, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

Back to Shul Schmooze - Sunday, September 8, 5:00 PM at 5485 Restaurant and Bar in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

 

Torah on Tap - Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 PM at HomeSlyce, 9400 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, 21045

 

The News

High Holiday Information

Our High Holiday Packet of Information is nearing completion. Look for this information to arrive shortly.

 

 

Back to Shul Schmooze - September 8 

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

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 

 

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

 

Location: 5485 Restaurant and Bar in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia

 

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

 
  • To pay by mail, please go to: https://www.bet-chaverim.org/paybymail. Checks can be mailed to   Bet Chaverim Congregation, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD  21041.   Please  be sure to include the name of the event on  the memo line of  your check. 

 

Torah on Tap - September 10

Torah on Tap returns from its Summer Hiatus.  Join us for good Torah, good company, and good pizza with a full bar.   Avoid the cooking and learn why Yom Kippur is the Happiest Day of the Year. 
 

Date: Tuesday September 10, 2019 

 

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

 

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

 

Cost:  None (except what you order)

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Federation's Upcoming Annual Challah Bake on December 5

The Federation has started planning it's 5th Annual Challah Bake. They are excited to bring together the women of Jewish Howard County on December 5th.  This event is the single largest gathering of Jewish women in the area.

 

The Federation's Challah Bake committee would like to partner with the women’s groups/sisterhoods of each local congregation in planning this energizing and engaging program. Consequently, they have asked us to recruit a Bet Chaverim volunteer to serve on the committee with women representing other local congregations. Bet Chevarim can only benefit from the partnership and exposure! 

 

If you are interested in representing Bet Chaverim on the Federation's planning committee, please contact Phil Rogofsky at  progofsky@yahoo.com or 410-627-1074.

 

 

Yahrzeits

August Yahrzeits

 

8/13

Sylvia Lief

Beloved Mother of Karyn Gross

12 Av

8/19

Alan Reid

Beloved Husband of Elaine Reid & Father of Jarrett Reid

18 Av

8/23

Miriam Freedman

Beloved Mother of Maury Freedman

22 Av

8/28

Miriam M. Block

Beloved Mother of Vivian Goldman

27 Av

8/30

Hilda Taneholtz

Beloved Mother of Eric Tanenholtz

29 Av

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Join us Tomorrow Morning for Shabbat Services

August 2

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Saturday, August 3, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 31, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

The News

High Holiday Information

Our High Holiday Packets of Information are nearing completion. Look for this information to arrive by email next week.

 

 

From the Desk of...BC's Chesed Committee Chair

Hope you are all enjoying the summer!  As the Chesed Committee chair, one of my major responsibilities is to assist families during shiva by providing information and the prayer books when needed and food for the shiva (which is from Bet Chaverim).  I get notified about the people needing this assistance through the condolence notices that are sent to the congregation.  
 
I recently received the attached thank you note from the Gloger family who asked me to share it with Bet Chaverim. I think this situation sends a quiet message  - at all times, but it almost seems especially in this political atmosphere, we need to come together as a community.
 

"Thank You" Note from the Gloger Family
 
As in this case, we sometimes receive notifications for condolences for people who may not be regular or official members, but are connected to our hearts from history. People always have differences, but we all need to remember why we chose to join this “group of “friends”” - and despite attitudes and behaviors of those who do not live the ideal of tikun olam (to heal the world), let us keep that in our hearts and as the leadership of Bet Chaverim lead with the hope for a strong Jewish community of which we are one little part that stands together.
 
Have a great day - Karyn Gross
 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date: September 8 - Back to Shul Happy Hour

The Social Committee is hard at work planning activities for the coming year.  Please mark your calendars now so you can join us for the first event -- Back to Shul Happy Hour -- on Sunday, September 8th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Details to follow.

 

 

Federation's Upcoming Annual Challah Bake on December 5

The Federation has started planning it's 5th Annual Challah Bake. They are excited to bring together the women of Jewish Howard County on December 5th.  This event is the single largest gathering of Jewish women in the area.

 

The Federation's Challah Bake committee would like to partner with the women’s groups/sisterhoods of each local congregation in planning this energizing and engaging program. Consequently, they have asked us to recruit a Bet Chaverim volunteer to serve on the committee with women representing other local congregations. Bet Chevarim can only benefit from the partnership and exposure! 

 

If you are interested in representing Bet Chaverim on the Federation's planning committee, please contact Phil Rogofsky at  progofsky@yahoo.com or 410-627-1074.

 

 

Yahrzeits

August Yahrzeits

 

8/13

Sylvia Lief

Beloved Mother of Karyn Gross

12 Av

8/19

Alan Reid

Beloved Husband of Elaine Reid & Father of Jarrett Reid

18 Av

8/23

Miriam Freedman

Beloved Mother of Maury Freedman

22 Av

8/28

Miriam M. Block

Beloved Mother of Vivian Goldman

27 Av

8/30

Hilda Taneholtz

Beloved Mother of Eric Tanenholtz

29 Av

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Join us Tomorrow Night for Shabbat Services

July 25

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 3, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 9, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, August 23, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, August 31, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

The News

Members Savor “Shabbat Under the Stars”

Our July 12th  Shabbat Under the Stars had it all – a joyful gathering of more than 40 Bet Chaverimers, a glowing sunset, spirituality-infused prayers, and for many families, pizza.  We’re talking about a lot of pizza, with several salads and other dishes.  And desserts; a lot of scrumptious cookies and cakes.  And fruit – you know, healthy stuff, too.

 

Our religious school parents organized an arts and crafts session for the kids, and Rabbi Kim Blumenthal led us, and several prospective members, in prayer.  All in all, it was a marvelous continuation of what is now an annual BC tradition. 

 

A hearty BC “thank you” to all those who helped organize this wonderful evening.

 

Friday services, picnic or social gathering?  Shabbat Under the Stars is all three.    der the Stars is all three.    

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date: September 8 - Back to Shul Happy Hour

The Social Committee is hard at work planning activities for the coming year.  Please mark your calendars now so you can join us for the first event -- Back to Shul Happy Hour -- on Sunday, September 8th, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Details to follow.

 

 

Federation's Upcoming Annual Challah Bake on December 5

The Federation has started planning it's 5th Annual Challah Bake. They are excited to bring together the women of Jewish Howard County on December 5th.  This event is the single largest gathering of Jewish women in the area.

 

The Federation's Challah Bake committee would like to partner with the women’s groups/sisterhoods of each local congregation in planning this energizing and engaging program. Consequently, they have asked us to recruit a Bet Chaverim volunteer to serve on the committee with women representing other local congregations. Bet Chevarim can only benefit from the partnership and exposure! 

 

If you are interested in representing Bet Chaverim on the Federation's planning committee, please contact Phil Rogofsky at  progofsky@yahoo.com or 410-627-1074.

 

 

Yahrzeits

July Yahrzeits

 

7/1

Joseph Eisenberg

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

28 Sivan

7/4

Natalie Landau Balter

Samuel H. Landau

Beloved Mother & Grandfather of Shelli Rossman

1 Tammuz

7/5

Shelbie Myra Oppenheimer

Beloved Friend of Jodi Fishman

2 Tammuz

7/10

Miriam Porcelain

 

7 Tammuz

7/15

Annette Zeldin

Beloved Mother of Marvin Zeldin

12 Tammuz

7/17

Isidor Kaufman

Beloved Father of Rella Zimmerman

14 Tammuz

7/21

Paul Fridkis

Beloved Father of Jay Fridkis

18 Tammuz

7/22

Berthold Stern

Beloved Father of Sharon Freedman

19 Tammuz

7/28

Doris Zimmerman

Beloved Mother of Dov Zimmerman

25 Tammuz

7/28

Helene Levitt

Beloved Mother of Jeff Levitt

25 Tammuz

 

 

August Yahrzeits

 

8/13

Sylvia Lief

Beloved Mother of Karyn Gross

12 Av

8/19

Alan Reid

Beloved Husband of Elaine Reid & Father of Jarrett Reid

18 Av

8/23

Miriam Freedman

Beloved Mother of Maury Freedman

22 Av

8/28

Miriam M. Block

Beloved Mother of Vivian Goldman

27 Av

8/30

Hilda Taneholtz

Beloved Mother of Eric Tanenholtz

29 Av

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Join us Tomorrow Night for Shabbat Under the Stars

July 11

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Friday, July 12, 7:00 PM ar Lake Elkhorn Pavilion

 

Saturday, July 20 , 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

The News

Friday July 12 - Shabbat Under the Stars

Bet Chaverim's signature summer event, Shabbat Under the Stars, is set for July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. Invite your relatives, friends, and potential BC members because it's a great event for mixing and mingling amidst the munching and davening. For more details, click here:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat3

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date: September 8 - Back to Shul Happy Hour

The Social Committee is hard at work planning activities for the coming year.  Please mark your calendars now so you can join us for the first event -- Back to Shul Happy Hour -- on Sunday, September 8th, from 5:00 - &;00 PM. Details to follow.

 

 

Yahrzeits

 

July Yahrzeits

 

7/1

Joseph Eisenberg

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

28 Sivan

7/4

Natalie Landau Balter

Samuel H. Landau

Beloved Mother & Grandfather of Shelli Rossman

1 Tammuz

7/5

Shelbie Myra Oppenheimer

Beloved Friend of Jodi Fishman

2 Tammuz

7/10

Miriam Porcelain

 

7 Tammuz

7/15

Annette Zeldin

Beloved Mother of Marvin Zeldin

12 Tammuz

7/17

Isidor Kaufman

Beloved Father of Rella Zimmerman

14 Tammuz

7/21

Paul Fridkis

Beloved Father of Jay Fridkis

18 Tammuz

7/22

Berthold Stern

Beloved Father of Sharon Freedman

19 Tammuz

7/28

Doris Zimmerman

Beloved Mother of Dov Zimmerman

25 Tammuz

7/28

Helene Levitt

Beloved Mother of Jeff Levitt

25 Tammuz

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

June 27 Chai-Lights: Potluck Dinner Cancelled for Tomorrow (6/28), but Join us for Services and Shabbat Speaker

June 27

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

      

Friday, June 28, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

The News

 

Shabbat Speaker Series: Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 PM

The Horizon Foundation grant that was awarded to Bet Chaverim has helped us raise awareness of mental health issues. In keeping with that theme, Rabbi Ilan Glazer will join us on Friday, June 28th to 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. "And God Created Recovery blends timeless Jewish wisdom with principles of recovery, spirituality, and the science of personal achievement to bring you a book that will dramatically move you forward toward the life you desire."

 

Please Note: the potluck dinner scheduled for this event has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience. We will still have services (at 7:30) followed by a special speaker, Rabbi Ilan Glazer. Please make every effort to attend.

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

 

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date - Friday July 12 - Shabbat Under the Stars

Bet Chaverim's signature summer event, Shabbat Under the Stars, is set for July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. Invite your relatives, friends, and potential BC members because it's a great event for mixing and mingling amidst the munching and davening. For more details, click here:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat3

Yahrzeits

 

July Yahrzeits

 

7/1

Joseph Eisenberg

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

28 Sivan

7/4

Natalie Landau Balter

Samuel H. Landau

Beloved Mother & Grandfather of Shelli Rossman

1 Tammuz

7/5

Shelbie Myra Oppenheimer

Beloved Friend of Jodi Fishman

2 Tammuz

7/10

Miriam Porcelain

 

7 Tammuz

7/15

Annette Zeldin

Beloved Mother of Marvin Zeldin

12 Tammuz

7/17

Isidor Kaufman

Beloved Father of Rella Zimmerman

14 Tammuz

7/21

Paul Fridkis

Beloved Father of Jay Fridkis

18 Tammuz

7/22

Berthold Stern

Beloved Father of Sharon Freedman

19 Tammuz

7/28

Doris Zimmerman

Beloved Mother of Dov Zimmerman

25 Tammuz

7/28

Helene Levitt

Beloved Mother of Jeff Levitt

25 Tammuz

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

June 20 Chai-Lights: Join us for Shabbat on Saturday; RSVP for Upcoming Shabbat Speaker

June 20

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

        

Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, June 28, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Congregational Meeting

 

Sunday, June 23, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

The News

 

Big Decision at Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 23, 7:00 - 10:00 PM at the Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

At this year’s Spring Congregational Meeting, BC members will be asked to decide about renting permanent, dedicated space in a Kings Contrivance business park. All members are urged to attend and ensure their voices are heard. Click here for details: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Big-Decision-at-Congregational-Meeting.docx

 

Please NOTE: proxy ballots can only be given to a spouse, partner or other member living in the same household.

 

 

Shabbat Speaker Series: Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

The Horizon Foundation grant that was awarded to Bet Chaverim has helped us raise awareness of mental health issues. In keeping with that theme, Rabbi Ilan Glazer will join us on Friday, June 28th to 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. "And God Created Recovery blends timeless Jewish wisdom with principles of recovery, spirituality, and the science of personal achievement to bring you a book that will dramatically move you forward toward the life you desire."

 

Please use this link to sign up:https://tinyurl.com/Rabbi-Glazer

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date - Friday July 12 - Shabbat Under the Stars

Bet Chaverim's signature summer event, Shabbat Under the Stars, is set for July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. Invite your relatives, friends, and potential BC members because it's a great event for mixing and mingling amidst the munching and davening. For more details, click here:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat3
 

Yahrzeits

 

   June Yahrzeits

 

6/04

Michael Louis Cohen

Beloved Father of Risa Kipnis

1 Sivan

6/05

Lillian Gross

Beloved Mother of Les Gross

2 Sivan

6/07

Stanley E Greene

Beloved Father of Geoffrey Greene

4 Sivan

6/09

Sanford Lehrfeld

Beloved Father of Eileen Levitt

6 Sivan

6/17

Benjamin Goldman

Beloved Father of Stu Goldman

14 Sivan

6/17

I. Elliott Goldberg

Beloved Father of Jonathan Goldberg

14 Sivan

6/18

Alan Schmall

Beloved Husband of Diane Schmall & Father of Mark Schmall

15 Sivan

6/22

Pauline Aksman

Beloved Mother of Sophie Novinsky

19 Sivan

6/28

Stanley Cissell

Beloved Father of Darlene Bloom

25 Sivan

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

June 14 Chai-Lights: Join us for Shabbat; RSVP for Upcoming Shabbat Speaker

June 14

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

        

Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, June 28, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Congregational Meeting

 

Sunday, June 23, 7:00 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

The News

 
"March Madness" Scores Big For Bet Chaverim - More Than $6,100
With thanks to fully one-third of BC's members who contributed to the fundraising effort, to the cadre of anonymous "match makers" who generously matched donated funds, and to fundraising leaders David Marker and Susan Groman, our shul raised $6,178 to support new programs, and expand current activities.  "Avodah nehederett!"   "Good job" to all who participated. 
 
Please remember how easy it is to commemorate life cycle events, honor individuals, or simply give "Thanks" with a donation to Bet Chaverim via our website or by mail.  
 
 

Big Decision at Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 23, 7:00 - 10:00 PM at the Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

At this year’s Spring Congregational Meeting, BC members will be asked to decide about renting permanent, dedicated space in a Kings Contrivance business park. All members are urged to attend and ensure their voices are heard. Click here for details: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Big-Decision-at-Congregational-Meeting.docx

 

Please NOTE: proxy ballots can only be given to a spouse, partner or other member living in the same household.

 

 

Shabbat Speaker Series: Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

The Horizon Foundation grant that was awarded to Bet Chaverim has helped us raise awareness of mental health issues. In keeping with that theme, Rabbi Ilan Glazer will join us on Friday, June 28th to 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. "And God Created Recovery blends timeless Jewish wisdom with principles of recovery, spirituality, and the science of personal achievement to bring you a book that will dramatically move you forward toward the life you desire."

 

Please use this link to sign up:https://tinyurl.com/Rabbi-Glazer

 


BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date - Friday July 12 - Shabbat Under the Stars

Bet Chaverim's signature summer event, Shabbat Under the Stars, is set for July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. Invite your relatives, friends, and potential BC members because it's a great event for mixing and mingling amidst the munching and davening. For more details, click here:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat3
 

Acknowledgements

Thank You to Arlene & Al Heine for their donation in Loving Memory of their Parents, Dr. William & Elaine Heine & Ralph & Irene Weber, and their Brother-in-Law, Dennis Kaplan.

Yahrzeits

 

   June Yahrzeits

 

6/04

Michael Louis Cohen

Beloved Father of Risa Kipnis

1 Sivan

6/05

Lillian Gross

Beloved Mother of Les Gross

2 Sivan

6/07

Stanley E Greene

Beloved Father of Geoffrey Greene

4 Sivan

6/09

Sanford Lehrfeld

Beloved Father of Eileen Levitt

6 Sivan

6/17

Benjamin Goldman

Beloved Father of Stu Goldman

14 Sivan

6/17

I. Elliott Goldberg

Beloved Father of Jonathan Goldberg

14 Sivan

6/18

Alan Schmall

Beloved Husband of Diane Schmall & Father of Mark Schmall

15 Sivan

6/22

Pauline Aksman

Beloved Mother of Sophie Novinsky

19 Sivan

6/28

Stanley Cissell

Beloved Father of Darlene Bloom

25 Sivan

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

June 6 Chai-Lights: Join us for Shabbat, Shavuot Services, and Torah on Tap

June 6

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

        

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, June 14, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, June 28, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Shavuot Services: 

 

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Learning session, Saturday, June , 8:00 PM at Elaine Reid's home, 9558 Angelina Circle, Columbia. Light dairy snack will be served.

                                 

Yizkor, Monday, June 10, 6:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Torah on Tap:     

                                     

Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 PM at The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr., Columbia, 21044.

 

The News

Big Decision at Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 23, 7:00 - 10:00 PM at the Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

At this year’s Spring Congregational Meeting, BC members will be asked to decide about renting permanent, dedicated space in a Kings Contrivance business park. All members are urged to attend and ensure their voices are heard. Click here for details: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Big-Decision-at-Congregational-Meeting.docx

 

Please NOTE: proxy ballots can only be given to a spouse, partner or other member living in the same household.

 

Shabbat Speaker Series: Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28 at 7:00 PM

The Horizon Foundation grant that was awarded to Bet Chaverim has helped us raise awareness of mental health issues. In keeping with that theme, Rabbi Ilan Glazer will join us on Friday, June 28th to 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. "And God Created Recovery blends timeless Jewish wisdom with principles of recovery, spirituality, and the science of personal achievement to bring you a book that will dramatically move you forward toward the life you desire."

 

Please use this link to sign up:https://tinyurl.com/Rabbi-Glazer

 

 

BCRS Students Had Fabulous Friday Night Services on May 31

 

Hawthorn was full on Friday night! BCRS hosted a Shabbat service, and the kids were able to participate with the prayers they have learned this year. A couple of other songs students learned were sung as well, such as “Role into Dark” (https://www.jewishlearningmatters.com/AC-Bar-chu/Roll-Into-Dark-(Ma-ariv-chant)-by-Noam-Katz-1889.aspx) and “Adonai Sifatai” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Zs7jeuO82Q). Students really enjoy belting out these tunes when they daven at BCRS. We ended the evening with ice cream sundaes! Thank you to all who came to support our students. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students and the Congregation to share Shabbat together.

 

 

BCRS Registration for 2019-2020

BCRS registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year! We have lots of great things planned for next school year. Save $25 if you register by July 1. Here is the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/BCRS-2019-Registration

 

 

Save the Date - Friday July 12 - Shabbat Under the Stars

Bet Chaverim's signature summer event, Shabbat Under the Stars, is set for July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion. Invite your relatives, friends, and potential BC members because it's a great event for mixing and mingling amidst the munching and davening. For more details, click here:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat3
 

Yahrzeits

 

   June Yahrzeits

 

6/04

Michael Louis Cohen

Beloved Father of Risa Kipnis

1 Sivan

6/05

Lillian Gross

Beloved Mother of Les Gross

2 Sivan

6/07

Stanley E Greene

Beloved Father of Geoffrey Greene

4 Sivan

6/09

Sanford Lehrfeld

Beloved Father of Eileen Levitt

6 Sivan

6/17

Benjamin Goldman

Beloved Father of Stu Goldman

14 Sivan

6/17

I. Elliott Goldberg

Beloved Father of Jonathan Goldberg

14 Sivan

6/18

Alan Schmall

Beloved Husband of Diane Schmall & Father of Mark Schmall

15 Sivan

6/22

Pauline Aksman

Beloved Mother of Sophie Novinsky

19 Sivan

6/28

Stanley Cissell

Beloved Father of Darlene Bloom

25 Sivan

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

May 31 Chai-Lights: Join Us for BCRS-Led Shabbat This Evening

May 31

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

        

Friday, May 31, 6:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center – This service will be led by our BCRS students after a pot-luck dinner.

 

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Shavuot Services: 

                                 

Yizkor, Monday, June 10, Details to follow

 

 

Torah on Tap:     

                                     

Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 PM at The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr., Columbia, 21044.

 

The News

Congregational Meeting Set for Sunday, June 23, 7-10 PM at the Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

The agenda includes: 1) State of the Congregation; 2) Status of finding a permanent location; 3) Budget for FY 2019-20; 4) Other business t.b.d. 

 

Please NOTE: proxy ballots can only be given to a spouse, partner or other member living in the same household.

 

BCRS Students To Lead Friday Night Services on May 31

 

The congregation is invited to join BCRS for a special Friday Night Shabbat service led by the students on Friday May 31. Shabbat services will begin at 6:30 PM, with an Oneg to follow at 7:30. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-spring

 

March Madness Match Ends on Friday May 31.  Last Chance to Score for BC.

 

BC’s March Madness Match fundraiser comes to a close on Friday, May 31.  To participate before the final buzzer, contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

 

Yahrzeits

 

   June Yahrzeits

 

6/04

Michael Louis Cohen

Beloved Father of Risa Kipnis

1 Sivan

6/05

Lillian Gross

Beloved Mother of Les Gross

2 Sivan

6/07

Stanley E Greene

Beloved Father of Geoffrey Greene

4 Sivan

6/09

Sanford Lehrfeld

Beloved Father of Eileen Levitt

6 Sivan

6/17

Benjamin Goldman

Beloved Father of Stu Goldman

14 Sivan

6/17

I. Elliott Goldberg

Beloved Father of Jonathan Goldberg

14 Sivan

6/18

Alan Schmall

Beloved Husband of Diane Schmall & Father of Mark Schmall

15 Sivan

6/22

Pauline Aksman

Beloved Mother of Sophie Novinsky

19 Sivan

6/28

Stanley Cissell

Beloved Father of Darlene Bloom

25 Sivan

 

Acknowledgements

Thank You to David & Marcia Cohen for their donation in Loving Memory of Sol Milogrome.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

May 24 Chai-Lights: How do you like our new format?

May 24

Upcoming Shabbat Services: 

         

Saturday, May 25, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center – This service will be led by our BCRS students after a pot-luck dinner.

 

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 AM at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

 

 

Shavuot Services: 

                                 

Yizkor, Monday, June 10, Details to follow

 

 

Torah on Tap:     

                                     

Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 PM at The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr., Columbia, 21044.

 

The News

Congregational Meeting Set for Sunday, June 23, 7-10 PM at the Hawthorn Neighborhood Center

The agenda includes: 1) State of the Congregation; 2) Status of finding a permanent location; 3) Budget for FY 2019-20; 4) Other business t.b.d. 

 

Please NOTE: proxy ballots can only be given to a spouse, partner or other member living in the same household.

 

BCRS Students To Lead Friday Night Services on May 31

 

The congregation is invited to join BCRS for a special Friday Night Shabbat service led by the students on Friday May 31. Shabbat services will begin at 6:30 PM, with an Oneg to follow at 7:30.

 

BCRS ENDS SUCCESSFUL THIRD YEAR

 

Bet Chaverim Religious School had an exciting third year, doubling in size and adding a new grade grouping. For story and pictures, click here: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/BCRS-Ends-Successful-Third-Year.docx

 

Edith Cord – Holocaust’s Lessons Still Relevant

 

Guest speaker Edith Cord left a powerful impression on her Shabbat audience last Friday (May 17), with her presentation about the Holocaust and her survival as a child in Europe. For more on Edith's presentation, click here: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Edith-Cord.docx

 

BC Hosts St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Members

 

On Friday May 17, several members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Glenwood, were Shabbat guests at Bet Chaverim where they heard Edith Cord’s presentation and participated in our service.   Their brief “thank you” note is a credit to our members, as well as to Edith. To read the note, click here: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/BC-Hosts-St.docx

 

March Madness Match Ends on Friday May 31.  Last Chance to Score for BC.

 

BC’s March Madness Match fundraiser comes to a close on Friday, May 31.  To participate before the final buzzer, contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

Become an “Emotional Support Human”

 

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

 

Learn more about the Horizon Foundation's campaign at https://supporthuman.org

 

Yahrzeits

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 5/16: Shabbat Services with Edith Cord as Guest Speaker, March Madness Match Winding Down

This Week:  May 16 - 22

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

 
 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Mrmbers To Join BC For Shabbat Service and Edith Cord Holocaust Discussion – This Friday – 7:00 PM;  BC Members, Committee Chairs, and Trustees Strongly Urged to Attend

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 BC’s guest speaker at Friday night services this week (May 17). Members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Glenwood will join us for Edith’s presentation and Shabbat service.  It is very important that we have a strong turnout for this event.  Everyone is urged to attend and invite friends, neighbors and relatives.

 

Edith will discuss her experiences in Europe during the Shoah, adding an historic context by explaining the ideas and events that led to the Holocaust.  She also will touch on the methods used to persuade the German people to accept otherwise unthinkable actions by the government. 

 

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 7:00 PM, followed by Shabbat services at 8:00 PM.  A special Oneg will conclude the evening.

 

Please make every effort to attend and help welcome Edith and our guests from St. Andrew’s.

 

 

Save the Date for a Special Shabbat Presentation on Addiction Recovery - – Friday, June 28, 7:00 PM

The Horizon Foundation Grant awarded to Bet Chaverim includes a special presentation by Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28th about his book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds and Unleash Your Inner Freedom.

 

Glazer BestRabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker, and transformation coach based in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Rabbis Without Borders fellow, Ilan hosts the new Torah of Life podcast (available on iTunes and at www.torahoflife.com) and is married to Sherri Vishner Glazer. Ilan has worked with Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has drummed with a who’s who of the Jewish musical world. He composes original melodies to prayers and psalms and offers a unique blend of Torah, humor, music, prayer, spirituality, healing, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth, and public speaking disciplines.
 
Please join us, and invite your friends, to participate in Shabbat services and this informative presenttion.

Other Happenings

BC’s March Madness Winding Down – Can We Hit 50 Percent?

 

BC’s March Madness Matching Campaign will end on Memorial Day. So far 30 percent of Bet Chaverim families have participated, but we can achieve 50 percent or more participation.  GO TEAM!

 

Please make a contribution and up to your first $50 will be matched.  So, if you send $18 it becomes $36; $50 becomes $100; and $200 becomes $250.  Please send your contribution via our website by check or Paypal.  Write “March Madness Match” on the check memo line, or click on that option if you use the website.

 

Questions? Contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

 

Robinson Center Shabbat – Naturally Superb!

Bet Chaverim held a wonderful outdoor Shabbat program May 11th at the Robinson Nature Center.  The nearly forty attendees ranged in age from 3 to 80, including two families considering joining the BC Religious School and a prospective member who found our event online.  

 

Congregants davened the Shacharit service in the woods, thanking G-d for the trees, clean air, and all living things. After a period of meditation, participants returned to Robinson Nature Center for a torah service and wonderful kiddush. Everyone learned about Judaism’s deep connection to nature and the environment, and had fun along the way.

 

 

Torah on Tap And the “B” Word – Belief

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Tuesday’s well-attended Torah on Tap (ToT) session, “What Happened on Mt. Sinai?” raised questions about our beliefs regarding the laws Moses gave to the Israelites. Rabbi Blumenthal led a fast-moving discussion as 20 BC members shared their own views and beliefs – did Moses receive the commandments straight from God, or, were the laws divinely inspired but written by others after the fact?

 

Throughout the discussion, attendees reflected on what they were taught as children and young adults. A full range of interpretations was reviewed, often in personal ways. Torah is a perfect symbol of the clashing and blending of old and new, magic and reason, belief and logic.

                                         

Learning about Mt. Sinai was punctuated, of course, with typical ToT kibitzing, noshing, beer and other refreshments.

 

The next ToT is set for Tuesday, June 11. Save the date and watch Chai Lights for details.

 

 

Register Now for Suicide Prevention Training - Last Session is Friday Afternoon, May 17
Bet Chaverim’s community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation includes free training to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and 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

 

 

Howard County Safety & Security Summit – June 13, 6:30-9:00 PM, Thursday, June 13, 6:30-9:00 PM. Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia

Federation is joining with the Howard County Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to host a Safety & Security Summit for religious organizations, nonprofits and small businesses.  It is free of charge and open to the public, but requires pre-registration  (RSVP: https://associated.org/security).  Bet Chaverim members are encouraged to attend.

 

In response to the tragic shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego as well as recent hate crimes and incidents of intolerance in Howard County, the Jewish Federation and its Jewish Community Relations Council are hosting a Safety & Security Summit for the community, in partnership with the Howard County Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. All Howard County residents, faith-based groups, and institutions are welcome to attend this important program.

 

Learn how to mitigate attacks and respond to other disasters, such as fire, severe weather, and even earthquakes. The presentation will include an overview of the All-Hazards Approach; information about Run, Hide, Fight; a Security Plan for Houses of Worship (SHOW); and information on Stop the Bleed.

 

 

Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting Draws Member Interest
On April 30, Rabbi Blumenthal, representatives from ITC Tours, and several congregants met at Marty and Sue Leshin's house for an overview and Q&A about Bet Chaverim's trip to Israel next Feb. 9-20. Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Israel-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf. Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19---2020-Israel-Trip-Application-Form.pdf. Please contact Rabbi Blumenthal at rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214 with any questions about the trip.

 

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

 

 

May Yahrzeits

 

5/02

Marilyn Raderman

Beloved Wife of Michael Raderman

27 Nissan

5/09

Roberta Harris Goldsteen

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

4 Iyyar

5/23

Irving Zimmerman

Beloved Father of Dov Zimmerman

18 Iyyar

5/23

Stanley Bloom

Beloved Father of Steven Bloom

18 Iyyar

5/25

Peggy Harris

Beloved Mother of Marsha Gorelik

20 Iyyar

5/25

Robert Schaffer

Beloved Father of Steven Schaffer

20 Iyyar

Acknowledgements

Thank You to  David & Marcia Cohen for their donation in Memory of David's Beloved Mother, Madeline Cohen, z"l.

 

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri.,  May 31,  7:30 PM.  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia,

 

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

 

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

 

♦  Torah on Tap - Tues., June 11, 7:30 PM. The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

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

 

Shabbat Service and Special Speaker on Combating Addiction - Fri., June 28 - Rabbi Ilan 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.  This event is supported by our community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation.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.

 

PJ Library Annual Family Picnic - Sun., May 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Cedar Lane Park East (10725 Rt 108, Columbia). Join PJ Library for its Annual Family Picnic! There will be a bounce house, family photo sessions by Eric McCormick Photography, playground time, crafts, and Kona Ice of Howard County for dessert. Bring your own dinner and drinks. Cost is $5 per family. Register at Associated.org/PJPicnic. For more information, contact Allison Weil.

 

Bereavement Support Group -  May 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.

 

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.

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., June 5, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Confused about Israeli politics? Join shaliach Shay Rubinstein for a lecture about the Israeli election results and how Netanyahu will be forming his new government. This will be the last Israel Café of this programming year. 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.

 

Howard County’s Safety & Security Summit - Thurs., June 13, 6:30 PM Doors Open, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center (5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia). Prepare yourself for an emergency and protect your community! Learn how to mitigate attacks and respond to other disasters, including fire, severe weather, and earthquakes. The entire community is invited to attend. Free entry, but RSVP required at JewishHowardCounty.org/Security. For more information, contact Ralph Grunewald.

 

Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Annual Meeting - Tues., June 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center (5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia). Join us as we install new board members and bid farewell to retiring members. Hear about the past year at Federation and our vision for the coming fiscal year. Open to the entire community. Please RSVP to Jamie at info@Jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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 5/9: Shabbat Services at Robinson Nature Center, and Torah on Tap

This Week:  May 9 - 15

♦  Shabbat at Nature Center - Sat., May 11, 9:30 AM. Rain or Shine at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

 
♦  Torah on Tap: What Happened on Mount Sinai? - Tues., May 14, 7:30 PM. The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044.
 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Services at the Robinson Nature Center - May 11th at 9:30 AM

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Please join Bet Chaverim--Rain or Shine--at our exciting outdoor Shabbat service this Saturday morning at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia! Learn how Nature, The Environment, and Their Protection are connected to Jewish Tradition, Ethics, and Prayer.

 

Join us for Shacharit service as we take a nature walk, followed by Torah service and Kiddush back at the Center.

 

Bring your friends (they don’t have to be members of the congregation).  Please RSVP so we can prepare the Kiddush for everyone: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44acab23a6ff2-shabbat2.

 

For more information, please contact David Marker, Social Action/Green Committee Chair at: DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531

 

 
Torah on Tap: What Happened at Mount Sinai? - Tuesday, May 14th 

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Join Rabbi Blumenthal and your friends for some lively discussions at our monthly Torah on Tap gatherings. This month's topic is:  What happened at Mount Sinai? 

 

Tradition teaches that it was the moment of the revelation of the Torah, but sages and scholars have debated the details for generations.  We'll add our voices to those who came before us, exploring the text of the Torah, some of its interpretations and how all of this comes together to form modern theology.

 

The next Torah on Tap will be held:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14th
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044

All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring friends, their favorite libation, and maybe a munchie or two to share.
 

 

Join Us For Shabbat With Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17 at 7:00 PM

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 7:00 PM, followed by Shabbat services at 8:00 PM. A delicious oneg will conclude the evening.

Other Happenings

Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting Draws Member Interest
On April 30, Rabbi Blumenthal, representatives from ITC Tours, and several congregants met at Marty and Sue Leshin's house for an overview and Q&A about Bet Chaverim's trip to Israel next Feb. 9-20. Click here for current information about the itinerary: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/Israel-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf. Click here for the application and additional information:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/3-21-19---2020-Israel-Trip-Application-Form.pdf. Please contact Rabbi Blumenthal at rabbiblumenthal@gmail.com or 917.742.4214 with any questions about the trip.

 

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut - Israeli Memorial Day & Independence Day (May 8 and 9, Respectively)

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Y’rushalayim (Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967). In Israel, these days are observed as national holidays; around the world, they are observed in various ways by Jewish communities.


The Israeli Knesset (parliament) established the day that precedes Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a day to memorialize soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and subsequent battles, as well as a day to remember civilian victims of terrorism. The official State name given to the day is Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma'arakhot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Pe'ulot HaEivah (יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה), which means "Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism" and was enacted into law in 1963.

 

Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day, commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. It falls on the 5th day of the Jewish lunar month Iyyar.

 

Yom HaZikaron 2019 in Israel was observed the evening of Tuesday, May 7 to the evening of Wednesday, May 8. Yom Ha'atzmaut 2019 in Israel began yesterday evening (Wednesday, May 8), and ends this evening (Thursday, May 9).

 

Watch The Ein Prat Fountainheads music video "Hope," in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

 

 

March Madness Matching Gift Plan Continues

March Madness is Bet Chaverim’s fundraiser 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. If you haven’t yet made a contribution, please do now by sending your contribution via our website by check or Paypal.
 
Questions? Contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

Register Now for Suicide Prevention Training
Bet Chaverim’s community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation includes free training to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and 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
 
…and Save the Date – Friday, June 28 – for a Special Presentation on Addiction Recovery: The Horizon initiative includes a special presentation by Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28th about his book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. His bio follows:
Glazer BestRabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker, and transformation coach based in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Rabbis Without Borders fellow, Ilan hosts the new Torah of Life podcast (available on iTunes and at www.torahoflife.com) and is married to Sherri Vishner Glazer. Ilan has worked with Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has drummed with a who’s who of the Jewish musical world. He composes original melodies to prayers and psalms and offers a unique blend of Torah, humor, music, prayer, spirituality, healing, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth, and public speaking disciplines.

 

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

 

 

May Yahrzeits

 

5/02

Marilyn Raderman

Beloved Wife of Michael Raderman

27 Nissan

5/09

Roberta Harris Goldsteen

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

4 Iyyar

5/23

Irving Zimmerman

Beloved Father of Dov Zimmerman

18 Iyyar

5/23

Stanley Bloom

Beloved Father of Steven Bloom

18 Iyyar

5/25

Peggy Harris

Beloved Mother of Marsha Gorelik

20 Iyyar

5/25

Robert Schaffer

Beloved Father of Steven Schaffer

20 Iyyar

Save the Date

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

 

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

 

Shabbat Service and Combating Addiction - Fri., June 28 - Rabbi Ilan 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.  This event is supported by our community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation.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.

 

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

 

Bereavement Support Group -  May 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 Annual Family Picnic - Sun., May 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Cedar Lane Park East (10725 Rt 108, Columbia). Join PJ Library for its Annual Family Picnic! There will be a bounce house, family photo sessions by Eric McCormick Photography, playground time, crafts, and Kona Ice of Howard County for dessert. Bring your own dinner and drinks. Cost is $5 per family. Register at Associated.org/PJPicnic. For more information, contact Allison Weil.

 

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.

 

Israel Café: Diversity in Israel - Wed., June 5, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121, Columbia. Confused about Israeli politics? Join shaliach Shay Rubinstein for a lecture about the Israeli election results and how Netanyahu will be forming his new government. This will be the last Israel Café of this programming year. 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.

 

Howard County’s Safety & Security Summit - Thurs., June 13, 6:30 PM Doors Open, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center (5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia). Prepare yourself for an emergency and protect your community! Learn how to mitigate attacks and respond to other disasters, including fire, severe weather, and earthquakes. The entire community is invited to attend. Free entry, but RSVP required at JewishHowardCounty.org/Security. For more information, contact Ralph Grunewald.

 

Jewish Federation of Howard County’s Annual Meeting - Tues., June 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center (5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia). Join us as we install new board members and bid farewell to retiring members. Hear about the past year at Federation and our vision for the coming fiscal year. Open to the entire community. Please RSVP to Jamie at info@Jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

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 5/3: Shabbat Services Friday, May 3, and March Madness Match Still Going!

This Week:  May 3 - 8

♦    Shabbat - Fri.,  May 3, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

Links

 

Happenings

 

Shiny but rumpled Israeli flag lying upon a white surface

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut - Israeli Memorial Day & Independence Day (May 8 and 9, Respectively)

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Y’rushalayim (Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967). In Israel, these days are observed as national holidays; around the world, they are observed in various ways by Jewish communities.


The Israeli Knesset (parliament) established the day that precedes Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a day to memorialize soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and subsequent battles, as well as a day to remember civilian victims of terrorism. The official State name given to the day is Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma'arakhot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Pe'ulot HaEivah (יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה), which means "Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism" and was enacted into law in 1963. 

 

Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day, commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948. It falls on the 5th day of the Jewish lunar month Iyyar.

 

Yom HaZikaron 2019 in Israel will begin in the evening of Tuesday, May 7, and end in the evening of Wednesday, May 8. Yom Ha'atzmaut 2019 in Israel will begin in the evening of Wednesday, May 8, and end in the evening of Thursday, May 9.

 

Watch The Ein Prat Fountainheads music video "Hope," in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day.

 

 

March Madness Matching Gift Plan Continues

More than 25 percent of BC members made their March Madness matching donation! Can we pass the 50% mark before the Congregational Meeting?   
 
March Madness is Bet Chaverim’s fundraiser 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!
 
If you haven’t yet made a contribution, it’s time to get in the game, so send your contribution via our website by check or Paypal.
 
Questions? Contact Social Action/Green Committee Chair David Marker (DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531).

 

Register Now for Suicide Prevention Training
Bet Chaverim’s community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation includes free training to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and 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
 
…and Save the Date – Friday, June 28 – for a Special Presentation on Addiction Recovery: The Horizon initiative includes a special presentation by Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday, June 28th about his book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds and Unleash Your Inner Freedom.  His bio follows:
       
Glazer BestRabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker, and transformation coach based in Silver Spring, Maryland. A Rabbis Without Borders fellow, Ilan hosts the new Torah of Life podcast (available on iTunes and at www.torahoflife.com) and is married to Sherri Vishner Glazer. Ilan has worked with Jewish environmental and social justice organizations and has drummed with a who’s who of the Jewish musical world.  He composes original melodies to prayers and psalms and offers a unique blend of Torah, humor, music, prayer, spirituality, healing, and insights from the storytelling, personal growth, and public speaking disciplines.
 

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Services at the Robinson Nature Center - May 11th at 9:30 AM

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Join us Rain or Shine at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia!

 

Congregants of all ages are invited to join Rabbi Blumenthal for this unique Shabbat experience as we learn how Nature, The Environment, and Their Protection are connected to Jewish Tradition, Ethic, and Prayer.

  • We will gather at the Nature Center at 9:30 AM, and begin our walk at 9:45 AM.
  • Join us for Kiddush back at the Center following our walk.
  • Congregants and guests may stay and tour the facility after the program.
  • There is no charge for this special Shabbat event, and there are plenty of free parking spaces.

For more information, please contact David Marker, Social Action/Green Committee Chair at: DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531

 

For information about the Robinson Nature Center, please visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Robinson.

 

Please RSVP so we know how many people to prepare for: https://www.tinyurl.com/Robinson19

 

 
Torah on Tap - Tuesday, May 14th 

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Join Rabbi Blumenthal and your friends for some lively discussions at our monthly Torah on Tap gatherings. The next event will be held:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14th
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044

 

All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring friends, their favorite libation, and maybe a munchie or two to share.
 

 

Join Us For Shabbat With Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17 at 7:00 PM

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 7:00 PM, followed by Shabbat services at 8:00 PM. A delicious oneg will conclude the evening.

 

 

Spring Congregation Meeting - Sunday, May 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Oakland Mills High School

Come daven with our BCRS students and teachers at Oakland Mills High School at 9:15 AM. Then, participate in our Annual Spring Congregational Meeting at 9:30 AM (agenda to follow). 

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

 

 

May Yahrzeits

 

5/02

Marilyn Raderman

Beloved Wife of Michael Raderman

27 Nissan

5/09

Roberta Harris Goldsteen

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

4 Iyyar

5/23

Irving Zimmerman

Beloved Father of Dov Zimmerman

18 Iyyar

5/23

Stanley Bloom

Beloved Father of Steven Bloom

18 Iyyar

5/25

Peggy Harris

Beloved Mother of Marsha Gorelik

20 Iyyar

5/25

Robert Schaffer

Beloved Father of Steven Schaffer

20 Iyyar

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat at Nature Center - Sat., May 11, 9:30 AM. Rain or Shine at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

 
♦  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.

 

  Spring Congregational Meeting - Sun., May 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045.

 

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

 

  Combating Addiction - Fri. June 28 - Rabbi Ilan 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.  This event is supported by our community mental health grant from the Horizon Foundation.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.

 

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.

 

Bereavement Support Group -  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.

 

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 4/25: Shabbat & Yizkor Services, and March Madness Match Still Going!

This Week: Apr. 25 - May 1

♦  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.

 

♦  Jewish Federation of Howard County Yom HaShoah Program - Wed., May 1, 6:00-8:15 PM at Beth Shalom Congregation. (See Federation Events below for details.)

 

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

 

Shabbat Services and Yizkor - April 27th, Hawthorn Center at 9:30 AM

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 February 2020 Israel Trip - Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, April 30th

 

BC Exploring Israel Adventure Information Meeting

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 PM

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/Israel-Itinerary-3.15.2019.pdf

Click here for the application and additional information:

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“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 Tours will provide details and answer questions.  So save the date!

 

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

 

 

 

  Come Join Us!

 

 

Shabbat Services at the Robinson Nature Center - May 11th at 9:30 AM

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Join us Rain or Shine at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia!

 

Congregants of all ages are invited to join Rabbi Blumenthal for this unique Shabbat experience as we learn how Nature, The Environment, and Their Protection are connected to Jewish Tradition, Ethic, and Prayer.

  • We will gather at the Nature Center at 9:30 AM, and begin our walk at 9:45 AM.
  • Join us for Kiddush back at the Center following our walk.
  • Congregants and guests may stay and tour the facility after the program.
  • There is no charge for this special Shabbat event, and there are plenty of free parking spaces.

For more information, please contact David Marker, Social Action/Green Committee Chair at: DMMarker@comcast.net or 301.854.2531

 

For information about the Robinson Nature Center, please visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Robinson.

 

Please RSVP so we know how many people to prepare for: https://www.tinyurl.com/Robinson19

 

 
Torah on Tap - Tuesday, May 14th 

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Join Rabbi Blumenthal and your friends for some lively discussions at our monthly Torah on Tap gatherings. The next event will be held:

  • Date: Tuesday, May 14th
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: The Watermark Clubroom, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044

 

All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring friends, their favorite libation, and maybe a munchie or two to share.
 

 

Join Us For Shabbat With Our Next Guest Speaker: Edith Cord - May 17 at 7:00 PM

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 7:00 PM, followed by Shabbat services at 8:00 PM. A delicious oneg will conclude the evening.

 

Spring Congregation Meeting - Sunday, May 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Oakland Mills High School

Come daven (9:15 AM) with our BCRS students and teachers at Oakland Mills High School at 9:15 AM. Then, participate in our Annual Spring Congregational Meeting (agenda to follow). 

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

 

May Yahrzeits

 

5/02

Marilyn Raderman

Beloved Wife of Michael Raderman

27 Nissan

5/09

Roberta Harris Goldsteen

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

4 Iyyar

5/23

Irving Zimmerman

Beloved Father of Dov Zimmerman

18 Iyyar

5/23

Stanley Bloom

Beloved Father of Steven Bloom

18 Iyyar

5/25

Peggy Harris

Beloved Mother of Marsha Gorelik

20 Iyyar

5/25

Robert Schaffer

Beloved Father of Steven Schaffer

20 Iyyar

Save the Date

  Shabbat - Fri.,  May 3, 7:30 PM  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat at Nature Center - Sat., May 11, 9:30 AM. Rain or Shine at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia.
 
♦  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.

 

  Spring Congregational Meeting - Sunday, May 19, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045.

 

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

 

♦  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 4/18: 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

 


 

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/passover-008.gif

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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https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/passover-008.gif

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.