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Chai-Lights 1/3: Happy New Year!

This Week: Jan. 3 - 9

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


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




Our 2019 Board

Thank You and Mazel Tov

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


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


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

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

Our open Trustee positions have been filled by:

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

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

  • Robert L. Jacobs
  • Jeff Kinstler
  • Jarrett Reid


Upcoming Events

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

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


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

Youth Activities

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

Registration for Bet Chaverim Religious School is open. This year, we are welcoming our K/1 class. Please go to the Bet Chaverim website ( for more information, or to register go to  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s new Education Director, Rabbi Faith Cantor, or Jamie Biegeleisen ( and/or Jarrett Reid at 

Sources of information for our Religious School:

  • Go to: 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 ( There you can find school information, including the school's calendar.


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:


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


January Yahrzeits



Dorothy Kipnis

Beloved Mother of Jon Kipnis

25 Tevet


Harvey Baronovich Gorelik

Beloved Father of Ivan Gorelik

27 Tevet


Ronald Barry Cooper

Beloved Father of Jamie Biegeleisen

29 Tevet


Irving Kaufer

Beloved Father of Gloria Greene

3 Shevat


Henry Sweet

Beloved Father of Sue Schaffer

5 Shevat


Aron Pollokoff

Beloved Brother of Gordon Pollokoff

7 Shevat


Royal Pollokoff

Beloved Father of Gordon Pollokoff

8 Shevat


Paul Freedman

Beloved Step-Father of Daniel Freedman

9 Shevat


Elmore Rosenthal

Beloved Father of Steven Rosenthal

12 Shevat


Anne V. Mason

Beloved Sister of Judy Schiffer

13 Shevat


Solomon Zeldin

Beloved Father of Marvin Zeldin

16 Shevat


Saidie Laiefsky

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

17 Shevat


Joseph Laiefsky

Beloved Grandfather of Karyn Gross

22 Shevat


Harold Gross

Beloved Father of Les Gross

25 Shevat


Walter Zingman

Beloved Father of Ben Zingman

25 Shevat


Isaac Aksman

Beloved Father of Sophie Novinsky

25 Shevat





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

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

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

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

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

Get Involved

Help Kugel Connection Provide Food For Jewish Neighbors in Need

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


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


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


2019 Mah Jongg Cards: Deadline - January 18th

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

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

Save the Date

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


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


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


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



Federation Events

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


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Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041


(410) 834-5583






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