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Chai-Lights 12/29: Shabbat Services, Last Call - Welcome Home Baskets, Movie Night & Dessert Reception, & Teen Survey

This Week: December 28 - January 3 

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

 

 

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20; RSVP online by Jan. 12 

 

 

Bet Chaverim will screen the acclaimed documentary, Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 20, 2018 at the Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. 


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible, but little known story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools to advance black education in the American south during the early part of the 20th century.

Stephanie Deutsch, great-granddaughter-in-law of Julius Rosenwald and author of "You Need a Schoolhouse," will introduce the film and host a Q&A after the showing.  The program will conclude with a dessert reception.

 

The cost for the evening is $15 per person.  Please register online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e48aeaf2a1-rosenwald.  You may pay online by credit card (the Fee is 5% of total + a 5% transaction fee).  If you prefer to pay by check,  please send your payment to Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD  21041. (Please indicate "Rosenwald" in the notes area of your check).  Payments are due by 1/12.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the home of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

For this gathering, we will be holding a mini Tu B'Shevat seder. Please RSVP to Lynn at lynn.witkin@gmail.com for home address and other details.
 

Youth Activities

Calling All Families of Teens - Youth Survey

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

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

 

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

 

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Last Call: Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of  Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/28                 10 Tevet           Paulina Kaufman, beloved mother of Rella Zimmerman

12/31                 13 Tevet           Frank Kipnis, beloved father of Jon Kipnis

1/1                     14 Tevet           Harvey Maxwell Balter, beloved father of Shelli Rossman

1/1                     14 Tevet           Ronald Barry Cooper, beloved father of Jamie Biegeleisen

1/3                     16 Tevet           Martin Isaac Deitz, beloved father of Sharyn Sinay

 

Week of Jan.4  - 10 

1/4                      17 Tevet           Aaron Stanley Ely, beloved father of Jacalyn Ely

1/5                      18 Tevet           Ruth Raderman, beloved mother of Michael Raderman

1/7                      20 Tevet           Abraham Cohen, beloved father of Sandy Cohen

1/10                    23 Tevet           Harvey Baronovich Gorelik, beloved father of Ivan Gorelik

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Irene Griff and Mark Hasegawa for their generous donation to the Rabbi's Compensation Fund in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

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

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 6, 7:30 PM. Details to Follow.

 

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

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Jan. 19, 7:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Rosenwald Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan. 20, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Howard County Arts Center, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City.

 

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


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044. 

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/22: Shabbat Services on Friday Night -- Please Help Make a Minyan!!

This Week: December 21 - 27 

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

 

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

 

Congratulations to Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid on their re-election to the Board of Trustees, and to 

Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky on their first terms as Trustees!!

 

All proposed changes to the Bylaws were accepted by Congregational vote. New Bylaws including those changes that will be posted on our website, and the Congregation will be notified when they are ready for viewing.

 

The next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018; we  hope to see you there!!

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
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Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of  Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

12/28                 10 Tevet           Paulina Kaufman, beloved mother of Rella Zimmerman

12/31                 13 Tevet           Frank Kipnis, beloved father of Jon Kipnis

1/1                     14 Tevet           Harvey Maxwell Balter, beloved father of Shelli Rossman

1/1                     14 Tevet           Ronald Barry Cooper, beloved father of Jamie Biegeleisen

1/3                     16 Tevet           Martin Isaac Deitz, beloved father of Sharyn Sinay

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in loving memory of Vivian's father, Willie Millman, z"l.

 

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

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

Save the Date

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044. 

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/15: Happy Chanukah! Chanukah Party, Congregational Meeting, Toy Drive & Welcome Home Baskets

This Week: December 14 - 21 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15. Cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17, 7:00 PM at The Community Room, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia. 

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

Please support our Toy Drive and Welcome Home Baskets social project -- bring donations to Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting.

 

Links

 

HAPPY CHANUKAH!

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MAY YOUR CANDLES BURN LONG, AND YOUR CELEBRATION BE JOYOUS!!

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 PM in The Community Room at 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. 

 

Agenda to Include:

  • Election of TrusteesThere are four open Board of Trustee seats and at this writing, four declared candidates:
    • Incumbents Seeking A Second Two-Year Term:  Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid
    • First-time Candidates: Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky

Background information about these candidates was emailed earlier this week, along with a statement regarding our new Safety and Security Committee.

 

Officer positions and the other four elected trustee slots will be up for election at the Fall, 2018 Congregational meeting.

Nominations will remain open until the election, including from the floor at the meeting. Congregants who wish to run for the Board should contact either of the Nominations Committee Co-chairs - Ben Zingman (443.802.8809) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8849).

  • Bylaws Changes: The Board is proposing a number of Bylaws changes that will require the congregation’s approval. Chief among these are:
  • A proposal to include the Immediate Past President as either a non-voting advisor to the Board, or as a trustee, which would expand the current 12-person Board to thirteen members (four officers and nine trustees). Meeting attendees will be asked to decide
  • A new article (Article 8) defining the relationship of the Bet Chaverim Religious School to the broader congregation.
  • Clarification of the roles of the officers and trustees.
  • A revision to the process for dealing with special dues and tuition requests that enhances the dignity and privacy of congregants.

Numerous minor changes in wording and certain procedures are also included. A copy of the Bylaws showing tracked-change revisions is attached for review by the membership.

  • Financial Report: There will be a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the financial health of the congregation.
  • Additional agenda items may be added.

A few reminders:

  • All members in good standing are entitled to vote.
  • Proxy voting is limited to one’s spouse or partner. Members cannot have friends deliver proxy votes on their behalf.
  • After this meeting, the next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

PS: If you're able to assist with set up, the building will open at 5:00 PM.

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Holiday Toy Drive for the Jewish Community Services

This holiday season, Bet Chaverim will be collecting toys for the Jewish Community Services (JCS) in Baltimore. The lovely thing about this organization is that gifts are not only distributed to those in need during Chanukah, but throughout the year, as well on special occasions such as birthdays.
 
Your donation of new, unwrapped toys, games, books, crafts, school supplies or gift cards ($10 or less for gift cards) will brighten the holiday for children whose families are facing hardship and are receiving help from JCS.

 

If you are able and would like to donate to this organization, please bring your donation to the Bet Chaverim Chanukah party on Saturday, December 16, or to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 17. 

 

 

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service, the Chanukah Party or Congregational Meeting, or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of  Dec. 14 - 20

12/17               29 Kislev         William Millman, beloved father of Vivian Goldman

12/17               29 Kislev         Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal, beloved mother of Stephen Rosenthal

12/19                 1 Tevet           Sally Levin, beloved mother of Susan Robbins
 

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in loving memory of Vivian's father, Willie Millman, z"l.

 

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their donation in memory of Arlene Malech, z"l.

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

oxyGEN’s Game Night - Sat., Jan. 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Rd, Fulton. Join oxyGen and Temple Isaiah's connecTIon for a fun game night featuring drinks, snacks, and lots of games! This event is for those in their 20s-40s and their significant others. Cost is $15. Register at Associated.org/GameNight.

 

See Entire Community Calendar

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 12/7: Shabbat Services, and RSVPs for Upcoming Dec. Activities

This Week: December 7 - 13

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

  RSVP for Latke & Lights, and our Social Action Project, as well as the upcoming Federation events.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 PM in The Community Room at 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. 

 

Agenda to Include:

  • Election of Trustees:  There are four open Board of Trustee seats and at this writing, four declared candidates:
    • Incumbents Seeking A Second Two-Year Term:  Robert Jacobs and Jarrett Reid
    • First-time Candidates: Jeff Kinstler and Phil Rogofsky

Background information about these candidates - and any others who come forward -- will be sent to the congregation prior to the meeting.

Officer positions and the other four elected trustee slots will be up for election at the Fall, 2018 Congregational meeting.

Nominations will remain open until the election, including from the floor at the meeting. Congregants who wish to run for the Board should contact either of the Nominations Committee Co-chairs - Ben Zingman (443.802.8809) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8849).

  • Bylaws Changes: The Board is proposing a number of Bylaws changes that will require the congregation’s approval. Chief among these are:
  • A proposal to include the Immediate Past President as either a non-voting advisor to the Board, or as a trustee, which would expand the current 12-person Board to thirteen members (four officers and nine trustees). Meeting attendees will be asked to decide
  • A new article (Article 8) defining the relationship of the Bet Chaverim Religious School to the broader congregation.
  • Clarification of the roles of the officers and trustees.
  • A revision to the process for dealing with special dues and tuition requests that enhances the dignity and privacy of congregants.

Numerous minor changes in wording and certain procedures are also included. A copy of the Bylaws showing tracked-change revisions is attached for review by the membership.

  • Financial Report: There will be a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the financial health of the congregation.
  • Additional agenda items may be added.

A few reminders:

  • All members in good standing are entitled to vote.
  • Proxy voting is limited to one’s spouse or partner. Members cannot have friends deliver proxy votes on their behalf.
  • After this meeting, the next Congregational Meeting will take place in the Spring of 2018.

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah-lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Holiday Toy Drive for the Jewish Community Services

This holiday season, Bet Chaverim will be collecting toys for the Jewish Community Services (JCS) in Baltimore. The lovely thing about this organization is that gifts are not only distributed to those in need during Chanukah, but throughout the year, as well on special occasions such as birthdays.
 
Your donation of new, unwrapped toys, games, books, crafts, school supplies or gift cards ($10 or less for gift cards) will brighten the holiday for children whose families are facing hardship and are receiving help from JCS.

 

If you are able and would like to donate to this organization, please bring your donation to the Bet Chaverim Chanukah party on Saturday, December 16, or to the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 17. 
 

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Dec. 7 - 13

12/7                 19 Kislev         Maxyne Berger, beloved mother of Marc Berger

12/8                 20 Kislev         Herbert Laiefsky, beloved father of Karyn Gross

12/11               23 Kislev         Edward Fishman, beloved father of Jodi Fishman

 

Week of  Dec. 14 - 20

12/17               29 Kislev         William Millman, beloved father of Vivian Goldman

12/17               29 Kislev         Beatrice Gordon Rosenthal, beloved mother of Stephen Rosenthal

12/19                 1 Tevet           Sally Levin, beloved mother of Susan Robbins
 

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Thank you to Andrea Shapiro/The Elijah Fund for the generous donation to Bet Chaverim.

 

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

Save the Date

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Howard County Chanukah Candle Lighting - Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, HoCo Executive Office Building—George Howard Building Lobby,

3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Jewish Federation of Howard County invite you and your family to a Chanukah candle lighting and reception. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11 to ckawata@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/30: Shabbat Services, and RSVPs for Upcoming Dec. Activities

This Week: November 30 - December 6

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Latke & Lights, and our Social Action Project, as well as the upcoming Federation events.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting. This is the meeting when Congregants vote to select Board members (consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed).

Upcoming Events

Latke & Lights Family Chanukah Celebration - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Your family is invited to Latkes and Lights, sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation. All are welcome! 

 

Date:                  Saturday, December 16, 2017

Location:           Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD

 

Schedule:

5:40 PM              Havdallah (welcoming the new week)

 

5:45 PM              Dairy potluck dinner and annual homemade latke cook-off, followed by Chanukah crafts for the kids and chanukiah-lighting (we encourage you to bring your chanukiah and candles!)

 

6:30-7:30 PM      Eric Energy presents CHANUKAH LIGHT SPECTACULAR - a Chanukah-themed science show for all ages, all about the miracle of light!

 

RSVP:                  http://tinyurl.com/latkes-lights

 

This event is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation in partnership with PJ Library of Howard County. Free and open to the community! Please RSVP by December 9th!

 

Save-the-Date for Bet Chaverim's Movie Night and Dessert Reception - Sat., Jan 20
Image may contain: one or more people and text

Bet Chaverim will screen Rosenwald on Saturday evening, January 202018 at the Howard County Arts Center. Details to follow.


Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build more than 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah and tikkun olam and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Jan. 21

 

 

Please join us for the next Rosh Chodesh group, which is  tentatively  scheduled for 7:00 PM on Sunday, Jan. 21. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.


 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041). Donations can be brought to any service or you may coordinate with Heather Zimmerman (heather_zimmerman@verizon.net) for pick-up or drop-off.

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year. Thank you for thinking of others.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6

 

11/30               12 Kislev         Ruth Jacobs, beloved mother of Robert Jacobs

12/4                 16 Kislev         Chaim H. Zimbalist, beloved father of Rabbi Morris Zimbalist
 

 

Week of Dec. 7 - 13

12/7                 19 Kislev         Maxyne Berger, beloved mother of Marc Berger

12/8                 20 Kislev         Herbert Laiefsky, beloved father of Karyn Gross

12/11               23 Kislev         Edward Fishman, beloved father of Jodi Fishman

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Mazel Tov to Marsha and Ivan Gorelik on the naming of their new granddaughter, Clara Rose Gorelik.

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  5:40 PM, Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

**Annual Gift Card Drive**

Our Annual Gift Card Drive is underway, and we are collecting cards for Giant, Target, Walmart, and gas stations. These cards help people who are in financial crisis and live right here in Howard County. Our goal is to collect 200 gift cards. Please mail or drop off your gift cards at the Federation Office, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, MD 21044.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Howard County Chanukah Candle Lighting - Thurs., Dec. 14, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, HoCo Executive Office Building—George Howard Building Lobby,

3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and the Jewish Federation of Howard County invite you and your family to a Chanukah candle lighting and reception. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11 to ckawata@howardcountymd.gov.

 

Mitzvah Day - Mon., Dec. 25, 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Bet Yeladim Preschool, 8910 Annapolis Rd, Columbia, MD 21045. Spend your day off doing family-friendly hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy entertainment and snacks for the whole family. Register at Associated.org/MitzvahDay. For more information, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/16:

This Week: November 16 - 22

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

  RSVP for Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Critical Congregational Business

Volunteers Requested to Serve on Our Board

 

 

Bet Chaverim is seeking Congregants to serve on the Board of Trustees.  Board service is a great way to help shape our future and help us become a stronger, more vibrant Congregation.  

 

If you are interested in running for the Board, please contact nominating committee co-chairs Ben Zingman (443.802.8809 or bzcom@aol.com) or Steve Bloom (443.520.8489 or sdbloom@comcast.net) as soon as possible. They will answer your questions, and help you prepare for the election at the Fall Congregational meeting (Dec. 17). 

 

Save the Date: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 17th

Please plan to join us for this important meeting. This is the meeting when Congregants vote to select Board members (consult future Chai Lights for information regarding candidates and other matters to be addressed).

Upcoming Events

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman. They will discuss the story of Judith.

 

Please bring a dairy dish or Chanukah food to share with everyone. Also, please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

Save the Date: Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16

 

Mark your calendars now, so you don't have to miss this fabulous party for kids, teens, and adults!!  Planning is already underway, so details will follow shortly....

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Please Support Our New Social Action Project (Ends Dec. 31st)

 

 

 

Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County is in need of Welcome Baskets to provide to the individuals and families placed into housing via their Shelter Diversion, Landlord Engagement, and Alliance Programs.

 

Our Social Action Committee has offered to create and donate 15 “Welcome Home” baskets for those new to housing. Donated items will be placed in a small laundry basket with a card.

 

We hope you'll help us achieve this goal! You can either sign-up to donate a specific item Bet Chaverim "Welcome home" baskets or make a donation that can be used to purchase needed items (mark "Welcome Home" on your check, and mail to Bet Chaverim, P. O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD 21041).

 

The goal is to have the 15 “Welcome Home” baskets ready to go before the secular New Year.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Nov. 16 - 22

 

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Seymour Osheroff, beloved father of Michael Osheroff

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Hannah Landau, beloved grandmother of Shelli Rossman

11/18               29 Cheshvan    Rose Selfon, beloved aunt of Karyn Gross

11/22                 4 Kislev         Burton Steinberg, beloved father of Craig Steinberg

 

Week of Nov. 23 - 29

11/28                 4 Kislev         Burton Steinberg, beloved father of Craig Steinberg

11/26               10 Kislev         Arnold S. Light, beloved father of Barbara Frederick

 

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Mazel Tov to Alethea and Mark Schmall, and Diane Schmall, on the forthcoming Bat Mitzvah of Alana Schmall.

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Fri., Dec. 1, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Dec. 10,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Light the First Chanukah Candle - Tues., Dec. 12.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, at the home of Michelle & Grant Forman, 4910 Irving Court, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

♦  Chanukah Party - Sat., Dec. 16,  Details to follow.

 

♦  Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting - Sun., Dec. 17.  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Dec. 20, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

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

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

HCC Jewish Student Group Hanukkah Relaxation & Fun Event - Thurs., Dec. 7, 12:30- 2:00 PM. Howard Community College Galleria. Howard Community College students are invited to a Hanukkah event featuring food, games, relaxation, and fun and friendly conversation! For more information, contact Janet Schreibstein or Ella Haetzni.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Dec. 13, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/9: Shabbat Services, Board Meeting, and Monthly Minyan

This Week: November 9 - 15

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

  Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning & Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Exhibit - Sun,  (details under Federation Events)

 

  RSVP for Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning/Yitzak Rabin Exhibit and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Nov. 9 - 15

 

11/26               23 Cheshvan    Harry Konel, beloved father of Ivy Konel

 

Week of Nov. 16 - 22

 

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Seymour Osheroff, beloved father of Michael Osheroff

11/17               28 Cheshvan    Hannah Landau, beloved grandmother of Shelli Rossman

11/18               29 Cheshvan    Rose Selfon, beloved aunt of Karyn Gross

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

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

Save the Date

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Global Day of Jewish Learning & Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Exhibit - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. View the list of sessions and speakers at JewishHowardCounty.org/GDJL and RSVP at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Also, on November 12, at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation is bringing the international Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Exhibit to Howard County as we mark the anniversary of his death. This interactive exhibit from the Habonim Dror organization explores the different stages of Rabin’s life, the hard decisions he made, and the peace process he led. Discussion will highlight the struggle for Israeli democracy, and look to the future of Israeli politics. The exhibit addresses tough questions and provides a place to express your own thoughts and opinions.Although there will be two sessions featuring this exhibit--one from 2:15 - 3:15 PM and one from 3:35-4:35 PM--space at both sessions is limited and advance registration is required. To attend either session, please RSVP to Ella Haetzni, Howard County Shilcha at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

REVISED Chai-Lights 11/2: Shabbat Services, and Progressive Dinner

This Week: November 2 - 8

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Progressive Dinner for Registered Participants - Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 PM, starting at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning/Yitzak Rabin Exhibit and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Information for Participants in Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th

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A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

For those who have registered to participate, please note:

 

Appetizers will begin at 6:30 PM at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, MD, 21044, (443) 545-5611. You will receive information regarding your hosts' names and addresses for the main course before leaving the Heine's home.

 

We will all re-assemble for the final dessert cours at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia, MD, 21044, (410-499-5865 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Nov. 2 - 8

 

11/8                 19 Cheshvan    Albert Levine, beloved father of Jerry Levine

 

Week of Nov. 9 - 15

 

11/26               23 Cheshvan    Harry Konel, beloved father of Ivy Konel

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossmanr for their donation in Memory of Henry's beloved mother, Frances Rossman, z"l, and Shelli's beloved grandmother, Hannah Warshaw Landau, z"l

 

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Nov. 8, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Also, on November 12, at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation is bringing the international Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Exhibit to Howard County as we mark the anniversary of his death. This interactive exhibit from the Habonim Dror organization explores the different stages of Rabin’s life, the hard decisions he made, and the peace process he led. Discussion will highlight the struggle for Israeli democracy, and look to the future of Israeli politics. The exhibit addresses tough questions and provides a place to express your own thoughts and opinions.
 
Although there will be two sessions featuring this exhibit--one from 2:15 - 3:15 PM and one from 3:35-4:35 PM--space at both sessions is limited and advance registration is required. To attend either session, please RSVP to Ella Haetzni, Howard County Shilcha at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 11/2: Shabbat Services, and Progressove Dinner

This Week: November 2 - 8

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦ Progressive Dinner for Registered Participants - Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 PM, starting at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Federation's Global Day of Jewish Learning/Yitzak Rabin Exhibit and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Information for Participants in Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th

Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

For those who have registered to participate, please note:

 

Appetizers will begin at 6:30 PM at the home of Arlene & Al Heine, 6177 Wooded Run Drive, Columbia, MD, 21044, (443) 545-5611. You will receive information regarding your hosts' names and addresses for the main course before leaving the Heine's home.

 

We will all re-assemble for the final dessert cours at the home of Shelli & Henry Rossman, 10634 Glass Tumbler Path, Columbia, MD, 21044, (410-499-5865 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Nov. 2 - 8

 

11/8                 19 Cheshvan    Albert Levine, beloved father of Jerry Levine

 

Week of Nov. 9 - 15

 

11/26               23 Cheshvan    Harry Konel, beloved father of Ivy Konel

 

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

 

Acknowledgements*

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossmanr for their donation in Memory of Henry's beloved mother, Frances Rossman, z"l, and Shelli's beloved grandmother, Hannah Warshaw Landau, z"l

 

 

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

Save the Date

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, at the home of Alethea & Mark Schmall, 7849 Grassy Garth, Elkridge, MD 21075; 410-799-2562. All refreshments for the Oneg will be provided by the Schmalls.

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Nov. 8, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Also, on November 12, at the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the Jewish Federation is bringing the international Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Exhibit to Howard County as we mark the anniversary of his death. This interactive exhibit from the Habonim Dror organization explores the different stages of Rabin’s life, the hard decisions he made, and the peace process he led. Discussion will highlight the struggle for Israeli democracy, and look to the future of Israeli politics. The exhibit addresses tough questions and provides a place to express your own thoughts and opinions.
 
Although there will be two sessions featuring this exhibit--one from 2:15 - 3:15 PM and one from 3:35-4:35 PM--space at both sessions is limited and advance registration is required. To attend either session, please RSVP to Ella Haetzni, Howard County Shilcha at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 10/26: The Great Challah Bake, and Shabbat Services

This Week: October 19 - 25 

♦ Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

  RSVP for Progressive Dinner and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

RSVP for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th; RSVP Deadline - Fri., Oct. 27th

Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

We'll be meeting at 6:30 PM for the beginning of our journey. The cost is only $25/Person.

 

Please RSVP by October 27th by emailing Suzy Wheeler (suzymatt@verizon.net) or Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  Checks should be made payable to Bet Chaverim, and mailed to: Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD, 21041.

 

In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services on Nov. 17th 

Bet Chaverim needs a few host homes for Friday night services. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting the remaining 2017 home-based Shabbat service.

 

2018 Mah Jongg Cards, Supporting the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN) - Place Order by January 19

It’s fall once again--which means it’s time to order your 2018 Mah Jongg cards.  Send your checks in early and avoid the rush.

 

A portion of the cost of each card goes to the Jewish Emergency Network (JEN).  JEN was established within the Jewish Federation of Howard County to help those individuals and families who struggle to place food on the table, heat their homes, and provide clothing for their children.

 

Standard cards are still $8, and the large cards are $9.  Please send your checks, made out to Jewish Emergency Network, no later than January 19th to: Edna Nacht, 5141 Oven Bird Green, Columbia, MD, 21044.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

 

10/26                6 Cheshvan    Cecile Ruth Goldstein, beloved mother of Suzy Wheeler

10/30              10 Cheshvan    Phillip Levitt, beloved father of Jeff Levitt

 

Week of Nov. 2 - 8

 

11/8                 19 Cheshvan    Albert Levine, beloved father of Jerry Levine

 

 

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

Acknowledgements*

General Fund

Thank you to Sharon & Gordon Fuller for the donation to Bet Chaverim in appreciation of High Holiday Services

 

Thank you to Stacey Belsky for her Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

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

Save the Date

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

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

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Nov. 12,  Details to follow.

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Nov. 15, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦   Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Nov. 17, 7:30 PM, Host home needed; please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you can host.

 

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

 


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

The Great Challah Bake - Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Kahler Hall,  5440 Tucker Row Columbia, MD 21044. Our biggest gathering of women of the year with 250 Jewish mothers, daughters, and sisters! We’ll be joining women all around the world, coming together in a global sisterhood to make challah on the very same evening. Register at Associated.org/ChallahBake.

 

Israel Café Lunch ‘N Learn - Wed., Nov. 8, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on the Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

#GivingTuesday - Tue., Nov. 28, 8:30 -10:30 AM or 5:30-7:30 PM

10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400. Kick off the giving season with the mitzvah of tzedakah! You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about #GivingTuesday? Join the movement sweeping the nation and come together on Tuesday, November 28 to give back. Help us make calls and connect to the community at the Federation office from 8:30-10:30 am or 5:30-7:30 pm. For more information and to get involved with #GivingTuesday, contact Meghann Schwartz at MSchwartz@jewishhowardcounty.org.

 

 

Other Community Events

Hadassah October Events: Save the Date

  • An Afternoon at Lee Andersen Clothing Designer. Manufacturer and Showroom - Sun., Oct. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 9010 Maier Road, Suite 100, Laurel. The Howard County Chapter of Hadassah invites you to join us for an exciting Sunday afternoon at local fashion designer Lee Andersen's showroom, factory, design studio, store and wearable art museum. On Sunday, October 29, 2-5 pm come meet Lee at her showroom, 9010 Maier Rd, Suite 100, Laurel.  Lee is a wonderful bundle of energy. She's originally from New Zealand.‎ Lee has promised to donate a percentage of sales to our chapter.Click below to visit some of Lee's fashions http://leeandersoncouture.com. There are many reasonably priced accessory items in the $20-$25 range.  Note that Lee creates at least one new design each day, so her website is a small representation of her merchandise! No obligation or pressure to purchase, but this is a delightful way to spend a relaxing and fun Sunday afternoon.  Clothing is available in all sizes and styles.  There is also a very unique selection of hat, scarves and gloves, just in time for your holiday gift giving. Please share with others who may be interested in attending, and bring your daughters, mothers, sisters, friends and neighbors.  You don't have to be a Hadassah member to attend. A $5/person donation includes a very unique shopping experience, wine, light snacks and door prizes (donated by Julie Rosenthal). RSVP by October, 26 (so that we can purchase enough food and wine) to jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 10/19: Shabbat Services and Oneg; RSVPs

This Week: October 19 - 25 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  RSVP for Progressive Dinner, Broadway Show, and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

RSVP for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th; RSVP Deadline - Fri., Oct. 27th

Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

We'll be meeting at 6:30 PM for the beginning of our journey. The cost is only $25/Person.

 

Please RSVP by October 27th by emailing Suzy Wheeler (suzymatt@verizon.net) or Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  Checks should be made payable to Bet Chaverim, and mailed to: Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD, 21041.

 

In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services on Nov. 17th 

Bet Chaverim needs a few host homes for Friday night services. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting the remaining 2017 home-based Shabbat service.

 

Introducing Bet Chaverim's New Chumash

We've retired our former Chumashim to use the new Eitz Hayim Chumash. This represents a lovely opportunity for you to honor or memorialize an individual or family; for $72 (quadruple Chai), you can dedicate a book that we will inscribe with a customized a bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box or made online, but please remember to include the reason for your donation (Chumash dedication) and the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Oct. 19 - 25

 

10/19                   29 Tishrei    Irving Berger, beloved father of Marc Berger

 

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

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

The Great Challah Bake - Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Kahler Hall,  5440 Tucker Row Columbia, MD 21044. Our biggest gathering of women of the year with 250 Jewish mothers, daughters, and sisters! We’ll be joining women all around the world, coming together in a global sisterhood to make challah on the very same evening. Register at Associated.org/ChallahBake.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

 

Other Community Events

Hadassah October Events: Save the Date

  • An Afternoon at Lee Andersen Clothing Designer. Manufacturer and Showroom - Sun., Oct. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 9010 Maier Road, Suite 100, Laurel. Donation of $5.00 is requested. Please RSVP to jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 10/12: Shabbat Services This Saturday Morning

This Week: October 12 - 18

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Torah on Tap: A Flood of Information - Major Themes and Subtle Nuance in the Story of Noah  - Mon., Oct. 16, 7:30 PM; Location TBD

 

  Monthly Minyan Wed., Oct. 18, 7:30 PM at the home of Karyn & Les Gross, 9498 Vollmerhausen Drive, Columbia 21046. If you need a Minyan at any other time, please call Karyn at 301-233-4371.

 

♦  RSVP for Progressive Dinner, Broadway Show, and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Service - Saturday, October 14

 

Now that the High Holidays are over, please join us for our regularly scheduled Shabbat Services, this Saturday at 9:30 AM at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

Trip to Broadway - Sunday, March 11; Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14

Bet Chaverim members and friends are invited to join us on Sunday, March 11 (3:00 pm, Ethel Barrymore Theatre) for the critically acclaimed new musical and New York Times Critics’ pick, “The Band’s Visit.”

 

An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. “The Band’s Visit” celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.

 

Details: $210 per person. Includes round-trip on brand new coach bus from Columbia, ticket (front mezzanine), driver gratuity. Light breakfast, deli dinner (on bus) and snacks included. Payment deadline: Friday, October 14. For more information, email Laurie Diener, eventions48@verizon.net; 410.591.2603 (cell or text).

 

Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner - Friday, October 20 

Please join us for our first Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner of the new year. The dinner will be featuring Ark-shaped baked potatoes to fit the Parashat Noach. Pareve/Dairy meal at 6:45 PM.

 

Kids should feel free to bring their favorite stuffed animal(s). We will have animal books, coloring pages, and toys as centerpieces. Since there's no school in Howard County that day, we're hoping that families can attend. This is an event that families can enjoy, but adults without children are encouraged to attend as well.

 

Services will follow the meal. Please RSVP at October 20th Family Potluck

 

RSVP for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th; RSVP Deadline - Fri., Oct. 27th

Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

We'll be meeting at 6:30 PM for the beginning of our journey. The cost is only $25/Person.

 

Please RSVP by October 27th by emailing Suzy Wheeler (suzymatt@verizon.net) or Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  Checks should be made payable to Bet Chaverim, and mailed to: Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD, 21041.

 

In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Host Homes Needed for Shabbat Services on Nov. 17th and Dec. 15th

Bet Chaverim needs a few host homes for Friday night services. A few desserts, kiddush, and seating for a small, intimate group is all that's needed, and arrangements can be very flexible.  Please contact Heather Zimmerman at heather_zimmerman@verizon.net if you are interested in hosting one of the remaining 2017 home-based Shabbat services.

 

Introducing Bet Chaverim's New Chumash

We've retired our former Chumashim to use the new Eitz Hayim Chumash. This represents a lovely opportunity for you to honor or memorialize an individual or family; for $72 (quadruple Chai), you can dedicate a book that we will inscribe with a customized a bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box or made online, but please remember to include the reason for your donation (Chumash dedication) and the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Oct. 12 - 18

 

10/17                   27 Tishrei    Gilda Fridkis, beloved mother of Jay Fridkis

10/17                   27 Tishrei    Donald Eli Witkin, beloved father of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein

 

Week of Oct. 19 - 25

 

10/19                   29 Tishrei    Irving Berger, beloved father of Marc Berger

 

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

Save the Date

♦  Shabbat Service and Potluck Dinner - Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30 PM.  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

The Great Challah Bake - Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Kahler Hall,  5440 Tucker Row Columbia, MD 21044. Our biggest gathering of women of the year with 250 Jewish mothers, daughters, and sisters! We’ll be joining women all around the world, coming together in a global sisterhood to make challah on the very same evening. Register at Associated.org/ChallahBake.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

 

Other Community Events

Hadassah October Events: Save the Date

  • An Afternoon at Lee Andersen Clothing Designer. Manufacturer and Showroom - Sun., Oct. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 9010 Maier Road, Suite 100, Laurel. Donation of $5.00 is requested. Please RSVP to jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 10/5:

This Week: October 5 - 11

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Oct. 8, 8:30 - 9:30 AM, Watermark Place, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. Welcome Event - The Board will  Welcome new Members at a small reception following the Board Meeting.

 

♦  Open House in the Sukkah – Sun., Oct. 8, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free. Please RSVP.

 

♦  RSVP for Progressive Dinner, Broadway Show, and Rosh Chodesh Group.

 

Links

 

Upcoming Events

Open House in the Zimbalist's Sukkah - Sunday, October 8, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

 

 

Everyone is invited to join Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist for a Sukkah Open House Party at their home, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Refreshments will be served. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free. 
 
Please RSVP now to Rabbi Zimbalist at:  rabbi.zimbalist@gmail.com

 

Shemini Atzeret, Yizkor, and Simchas Torah - Thursday, October 12, 5:45 - 9:00 PM

 

 

Rabbi Zimbalist will lead a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, before we transition into our Simchat Torah celebration at the Hawthorn Center. There will be special activities for our youth, and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served.

 

Trip to Broadway - Sunday, March 11; Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14

Bet Chaverim members and friends are invited to join us on Sunday, March 11 (3:00 pm, Ethel Barrymore Theatre) for the critically acclaimed new musical and New York Times Critics’ pick, “The Band’s Visit.”

 

An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. “The Band’s Visit” celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.

 

Details: $210 per person. Includes round-trip on brand new coach bus from Columbia, ticket (front mezzanine), driver gratuity. Light breakfast, deli dinner (on bus) and snacks included. Payment deadline: Friday, October 14. For more information, email Laurie Diener, eventions48@verizon.net; 410.591.2603 (cell or text).

 

RSVP for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th; RSVP Deadline - Fri., Oct. 27th

Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

We'll be meeting at 6:30 PM for the beginning of our journey. The cost is only $25/Person.

 

Please RSVP by October 27th by emailing Suzy Wheeler (suzymatt@verizon.net) or Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  Checks should be made payable to Bet Chaverim, and mailed to: Bet Chaverim, P.O. Box 2428, Ellicott City, MD, 21041.

 

In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Introducing Bet Chaverim's New Chumash

We've retired our former Chumashim to use the new Eitz Hayim Chumash. This represents a lovely opportunity for you to honor or memorialize an individual or family; for $72 (quadruple Chai), you can dedicate a book that we will inscribe with a customized a bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box or made online, but please remember to include the reason for your donation (Chumash dedication) and the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate.

 

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of Oct. 5 - 11

 

10/5                     15 Tishrei    Frances Rossman, beloved mother of Henry Rossman

10/10                   20 Tishrei    Rachel Sarah Kipnis, beloved daughter of Risa & Jon Kipnis

 

Week of Oct. 12 - 18

 

10/17                   27 Tishrei    Gilda Fridkis, beloved mother of Jay Fridkis

10/17                   27 Tishrei    Donald Eli Witkin, beloved father of Lynn Witkin-Weinstein

 

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

Save the Date

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor & Simchat Torah — Thurs., Oct. 12, 5:45 - 9:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Torah on Tap: A Flood of Information - Major Themes and Subtle Nuance in the Story of Noah  - Mon., Oct. 16, 7:30 PM; Location TBD

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30 PM.  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Save the Date: Israel Cafe - Wed., Oct. 11, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on her Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

The Great Challah Bake - Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Kahler Hall,  5440 Tucker Row Columbia, MD 21044. Our biggest gathering of women of the year with 250 Jewish mothers, daughters, and sisters! We’ll be joining women all around the world, coming together in a global sisterhood to make challah on the very same evening. Register at Associated.org/ChallahBake.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

 

Other Community Events

Hadassah October Events: Save the Date

  • An Afternoon at Lee Andersen Clothing Designer. Manufacturer and Showroom - Sun., Oct. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 9010 Maier Road, Suite 100, Laurel. Donation of $5.00 is requested. Please RSVP to jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 9/28: Gmar Chatima Tova

This Week:  September 28 - October 4

♦  Kol Nidre - Fri., Sept. 29, Mincha 6:15 PM; Kol Nidre 6:30 PM. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045

 

♦  Yom Kippur - Sat., Sept. 30. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045

 

♦  Bet Chaverim Community Break Fast - Sat., Sept. 30, following Yom Kippur Services.  

 

 

Links

 

High Holiday Information

 

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HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for 5778

 

Services will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045 for Rosh Hashanah (Thurs. and Fri., September 21st and 22nd), Kol Nidre (Friday night, September 29th), and Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30th).

 

Please remember to bring:

  • Your prayer books and tallit
  • Non-perishable food or diapers (see Hope Works list of Urgent Needs)

KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR — Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th

  • Evening Services - Friday, September 29th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

             Mincha                      6:15 PM

             Kol Nidre                  6:30 PM

             Sermon                      6:50 PM

 

  • Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:00 AM

                Babysitting                          10:00 AM – 1 PM

                Torah Service                      10:15 AM

                Junior Congregation           11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

                Sermon                               11:15 AM

                Yizkor                                 11:35 AM

 

                Break                                  2:30 PM

 

                Study Session                     3:45 PM

                Mincha                                4:45 PM

                Ne’ilah                                6:10 PM

                Ma’ariv                               7:25 PM

                Havdallah/Final Shofar

                Blast                                    7:40 PM                                               

  • Community Break Fast CelebrationSaturday evening, September 30th, immediately following Yom Kippur Services at The NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Building #100, Columbia 21046 (located off Broken Land Parkway). RSVP required.

SUKKOT — Services in the Sukkah.

  • Ma’ariv and Adult Education in the Sukkah – Wednesday, October 4th, 7:00 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. The service will last 15 minutes, followed by a study session for 1 – 1.5 hours.
  • Open House in the Sukkah – Sunday, October 8th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Refreshments will be served. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free.

SHEMINI ATZERET/YIZKOR AND SIMCHAT TORAH — Thursday, October 12th at the Hawthorn Center, time will be determined. Rabbi Zimbalist will lead a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, before we transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served.

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Upcoming Events

Third Annual Break Fast - Let's Celebrate the New Year Together!! Saturday, September 30

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It's not too late to decide to participate in our Bagels and Lox Dairy Buffet Extravaganza!! EVERYONE is welcome!! Free to Members, along with their dish to share; Ticketed guests $10/person or $20/family; Non-members without tickets are welcome too, for $15/person or $25/family.

 

Please use this link to Sign Up for your Potluck dish. Guidance for making this gathering a success is included in the Sign-Up Sheet:

https://tinyurl.com/BetChaverim-break-fast

 

If you're signing up late, just bring a dish or dessert that you'd enjoy sharing with everyone. Hope to greet you at Break Fast, following Yom Yippur Services (7:45 - 10:00 PM) at The Nonprofit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Building #100, Columbia, MD 21046 (located off Broken Land Pkwy) ....

 

Yom Kippur Teshuvah Opportunity

Regardless of whether you're coming to Break Fast, consider supporting Hope Works, an organization located in the Break Fast venue that provides support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence. They have an urgent need for the following items that you can bring to Yom Kippur Services or Break Fast: https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/HopeWorks-Pantry-Needs-List-November-FY17-1.pdf

 

Introducing Bet Chaverim's New Chumash

We've retired our former Chumashim to use the new Eitz Hayim Chumash. This represents a lovely opportunity for you to honor or memorialize an individual or family; for $72 (quadruple Chai), you can dedicate a book that we will inscribe with a customized a bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box or made online, but please remember to include the reason for your donation (Chumash dedication) and the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate.

 

Trip to Broadway - Sunday, March 11; Registration Deadline: Friday, October 14

Bet Chaverim members and friends are invited to join us on Sunday, March 11 (3:00 pm, Ethel Barrymore Theatre) for the critically acclaimed new musical and New York Times Critics’ pick, “The Band’s Visit.”

 

An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. “The Band’s Visit” celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.

 

Details: $210 per person. Includes round-trip on brand new coach bus from Columbia, ticket (front mezzanine), driver gratuity. Light breakfast, deli dinner (on bus) and snacks included. Payment deadline: Friday, October 14. For more information, email Laurie Diener, eventions48@verizon.net; 410.591.2603 (cell or text).

 

 

Save the Date for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th

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Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

Look for details in future Chai Lights....In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., November 19

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Kislev, will be led by Debra and Jodi Fishman (details to follow). Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

 

Week of Oct. 5 - 11

10/5                     15 Tishrei    Frances Rossman, beloved mother of Henry Rossman

10/10                   20 Tishrei    Rachel Sarah Kipnis, beloved daughter of Risa & Jon Kipnis

 

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

Acknowledgements

General Fund

Thank you to Amy & Bruce Cohen for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Sharon & Daniel Freedman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Gloria & Geoff Greene for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Arlene & Al Heine for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Amy & Glenn Solomon for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Lynn & Lew Weinstein for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Claudette, Robert, Ashley, & Adam Jacobs for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Risa & Jon Kipnis for their donation in Loving Memory of Rachel Sarah Kipnis.

 

Thank you to Rella & Dov Zimmerman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Melissa B. Gorelik Youth Fund

Thank you to Marsha & Ivan Gorelik for their donation in Loving Memory of Melissa Gorelik and other Family Members.

 

Thank you to Shelli & Henry Rossman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Religious School

Thank you to Karyn & Les Gross for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Chumash

Thank you to Claudette, Robert, Ashley, & Adam Jacobs for their donation in Loving Memory of Maxwell & Ruth Jacobs.

 

Thank you to the Glaros Family for their donation in Memory of Lois Glaros, Beloved Mother and Grandmother.

 

Save the Date

♦  Ma’ariv and Adult Education in the Sukkah – Wed., Oct. 4, 7:00 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris & Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. The service will last 15 minutes, followed by a study session for 1 – 1.5 hour

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Oct. 8, 8:30 - 9:30 AM, Watermark Place, 10001 Windstream Drive, Columbia 21044. Welcome Event - The Board will  Welcome new Members at a small reception following the Board Meeting.

 

♦  Open House in the Sukkah – Sun., Oct. 8, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Refreshments will be served. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free.

 

Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor & Simchat Torah — Thurs., Oct. 12, 5:45 - 9:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044. Rabbi Zimbalist will lead a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, before we transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 14, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Torah on Tap: A Flood of Information - Major Themes and Subtle Nuance in the Story of Noah  - Mon., 7:30 PM; Location TBD

 

♦  Shabbat Service and Oneg - Fri., Oct. 20, 7:30 PM.  Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  Shabbat Service - Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 AM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Save the Date: Israel Cafe - Wed., Oct. 11, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 121. On the second Wednesday of the month, come along with our shlicha (Israeli emissary), Ella Haetzni, as she recounts the different communities she encountered across Israel on her Israel National Trail, a hiking path that crosses the entire country of Israel.  Bring a brown bag lunch—we’ll provide the dessert and drinks. Free, but RSVP requested at Associated.org/IsraelCafe. For more information, please contact Ella at Shlichut@JewishHowardCounty.org.

 

The Great Challah Bake - Thurs., Oct. 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Kahler Hall,  5440 Tucker Row Columbia, MD 21044. Our biggest gathering of women of the year with 250 Jewish mothers, daughters, and sisters! We’ll be joining women all around the world, coming together in a global sisterhood to make challah on the very same evening. Register at Associated.org/ChallahBake.

 

Save the Date: Global Day of Jewish Learning - Sun., Nov. 12, 1:30 PM Registration/ 2:00 - 5:00 PM Program, River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029. Global Day of Jewish Learning is a community celebration of our heritage—brought to Howard County by the Jewish Federation and the Howard County Board of Rabbis. Session information available November 1st. Register at Associated.org/GlobalDay.

 

Red Tent: Estee Lauder: The Legacy of an Industry Titan - Mon., Nov. 20, 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Monteabaro Hall, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia. Estee Lauder famously once said that “there are no homely women, just careless ones.” Barbara Blumberg will discuss this titan of the makeup industry and how she evolved to build a successful company and imbued her family with the Jewish value of giving back. Cost is $100 for all three of this year’s Red Tent sessions. Red Tent’s special programs are available to anyone who contributes at least $36 annually to the Federation. RSVP at Associated.org/RedTent.

 

 

Other Community Events

Hadassah October Events: Save the Date

  • An Afternoon at Lee Andersen Clothing Designer. Manufacturer and Showroom - Sun., Oct. 29, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 9010 Maier Road, Suite 100, Laurel. Donation of $5.00 is requested. Please RSVP to jrosenthl@yahoo.com

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 9/19: L'Shana Tovah

This Week:  September 21 - 27

Rosh Hashonah & Tashlich - Thurs., Sept. 21. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045. Please Bring Non-Perishable Food or Diapers Donation.

 

♦  Rosh Hashonah - Fri., Sept. 22. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045. Please Bring Non-Perishable Food or Diapers Donation.

 

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

 

♦  Rosh Chodesh - Sun., Sept. 24, 7:30 PM. Please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

 

Links

 

High Holiday Information

 

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HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for 5778

 

Services will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045 for Rosh Hashanah (Thurs. and Fri., September 21st and 22nd), Kol Nidre (Friday night, September 29th), and Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30th).

 

Please remember to bring:

  • Your prayer books and tallit
  • Non-perishable food or diapers for our Food Drive (see details below)
  • Picnic lunch and bread crumbs for Tashlich on the first day of Rosh Hashanah

The upcoming holidays promise to be jam-packed with both religious and social events; here's what we have to look forward to:

 

ROSH HASHANAH — Thursday and Friday, September 21st and 22nd, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:00 AM

                Babysitting                          10:00 AM – 1 PM

                Torah Service                      10:10 AM

                Junior Congregation           10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

                Sermon                                12:10 AM    

          

TASHLICH Thursday, September 21st (only),  at Lake Kittamaqundi Pavilion near Clydes.  Please head directly to the Pavilion at Lake Kittamaqundi following services. If you like, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lake at approximately 2:00 PM, followed by a brief service at 2:30 PM. 

 

Our services this year will include the traditional and symbolic casting away of our sins by tossing bread crumbs into the water, as well as a brief family-friendly service. B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bread (and cast away your sins). Tashlich will last approximately one hour, and all are welcome to come!y.

 

KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR — Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th

  • Evening Services - Friday, September 29th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

             Mincha                      6:15 PM

             Kol Nidre                  6:30 PM

             Sermon                      6:50 PM

 

  • Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:00 AM

                Babysitting                          10:00 AM – 1 PM

                Torah Service                      10:15 AM

                Junior Congregation           11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

                Sermon                               11:15 AM

                Yizkor                                 11:35 AM

 

                Break                                  2:30 PM

 

                Study Session                     3:45 PM

                Mincha                                4:45 PM

                Ne’ilah                                6:10 PM

                Ma’ariv                               7:25 PM

                Havdallah/Final Shofar

                Blast                                    7:40 PM                                               

  • Community Break Fast CelebrationSaturday evening, September 30th, immediately following Yom Kippur Services at The NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Building #100, Columbia 21046 (located off Broken Land Parkway). RSVP required.

SUKKOT — Services in the Sukkah.

  • Ma’ariv and Adult Education in the Sukkah – Wednesday, October 4th, 7:00 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. The service will last 15 minutes, followed by a study session for 1 – 1.5 hours.
  • Open House in the Sukkah – Sunday, October 8th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Refreshments will be served. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free.

SHEMINI ATZERET/YIZKOR AND SIMCHAT TORAH — Thursday, October 12th at the Hawthorn Center, time will be determined. Rabbi Zimbalist will lead a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, before we transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served.

 

Teshuvah: Support Our Food Drive and Show That Bet Chaverim Cares!!

Bet Chaverim’s Social Action/Green Committee and the Bet Chaverim Religious School are jointly sponsoring a food drive for the Howard County Food Bank and Food on the 15th.  We request Congregants donate dry and canned food goods or diapers, to be delivered to those in need in our community. Bring your donations to Rosh Hashonah Services and to our Religious School; collection dates for the Food Drive are listed in the High Holiday Information package.

 

Help our students put Teshuvah into action by helping others, jointly with our Social Action/Green Committee, by contributing and helping our local community in need. Let’s show that Bet Chaverim Cares!

 

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Upcoming Events

Introducing Bet Chaverim's New Chumash

We've retired our former Chumashim to use the new Eitz Hayim Chumash. This represents a lovely opportunity for you to honor or memorialize an individual or family; for $72 (quadruple Chai), you can dedicate a book that we will inscribe with a customized a bookplate at the front of the Chumash. Donations can be sent to Bet Chaverim's post office box or made online, but please remember to include the reason for your donation (Chumash dedication) and the inscription you'd like to have on the bookplate.

 

Rosh Chodesh - Sun., September 24

 

 

Please join us for the next really enjoyable Rosh Chodesh group, which will be held at 7:30 PM on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the home of Debra Brodlie. Since our Rosh Chodesh group started meeting every other month last year, we've had 12 -16 women gathering for an evening of casual conversation and exchange of views on topics of relevance to Judaism.

 

This month, Tishrei, will be led by Ivy Konel. Ivy will discuss the matriarch Sarah. If possible, please bring a copy of a Chumash or an English translation of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) so we can have a variety of English translations to discuss. 

 

Please bring a sweet to share with everyone for a Sweet New Year. Also, please RSVP to Debra at dbrodlie@jhu.edu for address.

 

Save the Date for Our Third Annual Progressive Dinner: Saturday, November 4th

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Mark your calendars for our fabulous Progressive Dinner on Saturday, November 4th.  A wonderful evening is being planned...just for you! As we have in the past wonderful gatherings, we'll join together in one home for appetizers, then proceed to another home for a Kosher catered dinner...and we'll all meet up again for dessert.

 

Look for details in future Chai Lights....In the meantime, we're looking for a few volunteer homes to serve the main course (catered food provided). It doesn't matter whether you can host a small or large group of guests. Just let us know how many seats are at your table! If you can host in your home, please contact Sharon Freedman (safreedman@comcast.net).  

Youth Activities

Religious School News

Sources of information for our Religious School:

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

Get Involved

Volunteers Needed as Bet Chaverim Committee Chairs

Most Congregations such as our own Bet Chaverim require support from volunteers in order to thrive. If you have the time and interest to chair a committee, Bet Chaverim can really use your assistance! Right now we have two chairperson vacancies to fill: Facilities and Communications. Interested parties should please contact Alan Zimmerman, our new Vice President, at alan_zimmerman@verizon.net. If you don't want to chair a committee, but would be willing to co-chair or just serve as a supporting member, please let Alan know.

 

Kugel Connection

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

Yahrzeits

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

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

Week of  Sept 14 - 20

9/14                    23 Elul       Edward Fishman, beloved father of Jodie Fishman

9/15                    24 Elul       Murray Rogofsky, beloved father of Phil Rogofsky

9/16                    25 Elul       Harold Fishkin, beloved father of Michelle Levine

9/16                    25 Elul       Mary K. Deitz, beloved mother of Sharyn Sinay

 

Week of Sept 21 - 27

9/26                     6 Tishrei    Toby Gilda, beloved mother of Risa Kipnis

 

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

Acknowledgements

Mazel Tov to Marsha & Ivan Gorelik and Mindy & Perry Gorelik, proud grandparents and parents parents, on the birth of Clara Rose Gorelik.

 

Mazel Tov to Susan & George Groman and Meagan & Daniel Groman, proud grandparents and parents parents, on the birth of Murphy Moira Groman.

 

Mazel Tov to Jodie and Jarrett Reid, and Elain Reid, proud parents and grandmother, on the recent Bar Mitzah , Jacob Reid.

 

General Fund

Thank you to Vivian & Stu Goldman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Thank you to Gloria & Geoff Greene for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Chesed Fund

Thank you to Risa & Jon Kipnis for their donation in Loving Memory of Rachel Sarah Kipnis.

 

Thank you to Rella & Dov Zimmerman for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Melissa S. Gorelik Youth Fund

Thank you to Marsha & Ivan Gorelik for their donation in Loving Memory of Melissa Gorelik and other Family Members.

 

Religious School

Thank you to Karyn & Les Gross for their Book of Remembrance donation in Loving Memory of Their Family Members.

 

Chumash

Thank you to Claudette, Robert, Ashley, & Adam Jacobs for their donation in Loving Memory of Maxwell & Ruth Jacobs.

 

Thank you to the Glaros Family for their donation in Memory of Lois Glaros, Beloved Mother and Grandmother.

 

Save the Date

♦  Kol Nidre - Fri., Sept. 29, Mincha 6:15 PM; Kol Nidre 6:30 PM. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045

 

♦  Yom Kippur - Sat., Sept. 30. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045

 

♦  Bet Chaverim Community Break Fast - Sat., Sept. 30, following Yom Kippur Services.  


Federation Events

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

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

 

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

 

Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041

 

info@bet-chaverim.org

 

(410) 834-5583

 

 

 

 

Officers

 

Chai-Lights 9/7: Shabbat, Selichot, Membership Renewal, & High Holiday Information

This Week:  September 14 - 20

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

 

♦  Havdallah & Selichot Service - Sat., Sept. 16, 8:00 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.

 

♦  BCRS Food Drive - Sun., Sept. 17. 

 

♦  Board Meeting - Sun., Sept. 17.

 

 

Links

 

Membership Renewal - Please RSVP by September 10th; If You've Missed this Deadline, Please Act Now!!

Membership in Bet Chaverim Congregation includes High Holiday tickets. This year, tickets will be mailed by mid-September. To receive tickets at that time, Members must have either paid their dues in full or have made payment arrangements with our treasurer, Stu Goldman, by September 10th. Please contact Stu at: sgoldman302@verizon.net or by sending a note to the Bet Chaverim post office box (see address below) to let him know what payment arrangements you propose (up to 12 monthly payments) so he can track our finances appropriately and send email reminders, if desired. We would appreciate it if you make every effort to pay membership dues as rapidly as possible.

 

As previously noted, Membership dues are $1200 per two-adult family and $600 for single-adult family. We also have special reduced rates for young adults and families with young children as part of our L’Dor Va’dor program.

Interfaith partners are welcome as full members. No member will ever be turned away or made uncomfortable due to financial circumstances.

 

For questions about membership, please contact:

  • Heather Zimmerman, Membership Co-Chair:  heather_zimmerman@verizon.net ( 410-480-8361) —or—
  • Elan Abutboul, Membership Co-Chair:  elan828@yahoo.com  (732-233-6416)

High Holiday Information

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HIGH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for 5778

Our High Holiday Services will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045 for Rosh Hashanah (Thurs. and Fri., September 21st and 22nd), Kol Nidre (Friday night, September 29th), and Yom Kippur (Saturday, September 30th). Please remember to bring non-perishable food or diapers for our Food Drive (see details below).

 

The upcoming holidays promise to be jam-packed with both religious and social events; here's what we have to look forward to:

 

HAVDALLAH AND SELICHOT — Saturday, September 16, Hawthorn Center at 8:00 PM. As the month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. Prayers for forgiveness called Selichot are added to the daily cycle of religious services. Join us for this important community gathering, as we come together to initiate the Selichot for this holiday observance. Refreshments will be served.

 

ROSH HASHANAH — Thursday and Friday, September 21st and 22nd, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:00 AM

                Babysitting                          10:00 AM – 1 PM

                Torah Service                      10:10 AM

                Junior Congregation           10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

                Sermon                                12:10 AM    

          

TASHLICH Thursday, September 21st (only),  at Lake Kittamaqundi Pavilion near Clydes.  Please head directly to the Pavilion at Lake Kittamaqundi following services. If you like, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lake at approximately 2:00 PM, followed by a brief service at 2:30 PM. 

 

Our services this year will include the traditional and symbolic casting away of our sins by tossing bread crumbs into the water, as well as a brief family-friendly service. B.Y.O.B. – Bring Your Own Bread (and cast away your sins). Tashlich will last approximately one hour, and all are welcome to come!y.

 

KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR — Friday and Saturday, September 29th and 30th

  • Evening Services - Friday, September 29th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

             Mincha                      6:15 PM

             Kol Nidre                  6:30 PM

             Sermon                      6:50 PM

 

  • Yom Kippur - Saturday, September 30th, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia 21045.

                Morning Service                  9:00 AM

                Babysitting                          10:00 AM – 1 PM

                Torah Service                      10:15 AM

                Junior Congregation           11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

                Sermon                               11:15 AM

                Yizkor                                 11:35 AM

 

                Break                                  2:30 PM

 

                Study Session                     3:45 PM

                Mincha                               4:45 PM

                Ne’ilah                               6:10 PM

                Ma’ariv                             7:25 PM

                Havdallah/Final Shofar

                Blast                                  7:40 PM                                               

  • Community Break Fast CelebrationSaturday evening, September 30th, immediately following Yom Kippur Services at The NonProfit Collaborative of Howard County, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Building #100, Columbia 21046 (located off Broken Land Parkway). RSVP required.

SUKKOT — Services in the Sukkah.

  • Ma’ariv and Adult Education in the Sukkah – Wednesday, October 4th, 7:00 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. The service will last 15 minutes, followed by a study session for 1 – 1.5 hours.
  • Open House in the Sukkah – Sunday, October 8th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the home of Rabbi Morris and Alison Zimbalist, 7104 Newberry Drive, Columbia, 21044. Refreshments will be served. Please remember the Zimbalist home is Kosher and Nut-Free.

SHEMINI ATZERET/YIZKOR AND SIMCHAT TORAH — Thursday, October 12th at the Hawthorn Center, time will be determined. Rabbi Zimbalist will lead a Mincha/Yizkor service for Shemini Atzeret, before we transition into our Simchat Torah celebration. There will be special activities for our youth (details to follow), and we encourage everyone to come. Refreshments will be served.

 

High Holiday Information Packet for 5778 - PLEASE RSVP by Sunday, Sept. 17th

 

 

This High Holiday packet will enable you to:

  • Sign up for our Annual Break Fast
  • Order Guest Tickets
  • Volunteer to Usher during Holiday Services
  • Purchase Lulav and Etrog sets through Chabad
  • Publicly Remember Loved Ones on Yom Kippur
  • Participate in Childcare Activities,
  • Add loved ones to our Yahrzeit database to receive reminders in the coming year.

The High Holiday Information package is located here:

https://images.shulcloud.com/583/uploads/2017-High-Holiday-Package.docx

 

High Holiday Tickets for Members in Good Standing

Membership in Bet Chaverim Congregation includes High Holiday tickets; Guest Tickets can be ordered using the form included in the upcoming High Holiday Information Packet. This year, tickets will be by September 14th.

To receive tickets at that time, Members must have either paid their dues in full or have made payment arrangements with our treasurer, Stu Goldman at: sgoldman302@verizon.net.

 

Teshuvah: Support Our Food Drive and Show That Bet Chaverim Cares!!

Bet Chaverim’s Social Action/Green Committee and the Bet Chaverim Religious School are jointly sponsoring a food drive for the Howard County Food Bank and Food on the 15th.  We request Congregants donate dry and canned food goods or diapers, to be delivered to those in need in our community. Bring your donations to Rosh Hashonah Services and to our Religious School; collection dates for the Food Drive are listed in the High Holiday Information package.

 

Help our students put Teshuvah into action by helping others, jointly with our Social Action/Green Committee, by contributing and helping our local community in need. Let’s show that Bet Chaverim Cares!

 

Volunteers Needed to Lead Youth Services and to Blow Shofars