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Chai-Lights 1/10: Shabbat Services on Fri, Jan. 11th

This Week: Jan. 10 - 16

♦  Shabbat - Fri..,  Jan. 11, 7:30 PM, Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, 21044.


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


♦ Torah on Tap - Tues.,  Jan. 15, 7:30 PM at Sue & Marty Leshin's home, 6817 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777.


♦ RSVP Now for Catered Shabbat Dinner and Speaker






Upcoming Events

Torah on Tap - January 15th  Watermark Blumenthal is looking forward to leading Torah on Tap on a monthly basis, beginning on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 PM. All are welcome, and are encouraged to bring their favorite libation and maybe a munchie or two to share. Generally speaking, we plan to hold Torah on Tap at the Watermark, 10001 Windstream Dr, Columbia, 21044. However, due to a scheduling conflict, the January 15th gathering will be held at Sue & Marty Leshin’s home, 6817 Koandah Gardens, Highland, MD 20777.



Shabbat Dinner, Services, and Guest Speaker - Friday, January 25; RSVP Now

Please join us on January 25th for a Friday night program with special guest speaker, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2. The Talmud of Relationships was a finalist in the National Jewish Book Award 2018 (see:


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?


At 7:00 PM at the Hawthorn Center, participants will enjoy a catered chicken dinner followed by Shabbat 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.

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.

Tu B'Shevat Seder - Sunday, January 20th

Bet Chaverim will be wishing a "Happy New Year" to the trees this Tu B'Shevat. Tu B'Shevat marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Join our unique Tu B'Shevat seder, which will include the traditional fruits that represent the changing of seasons in Israel, and ice cream that represents it as well! This program is sponsored by Bet Chaverim Congregation and is open to the community; the cost is $5 per person or $10/family collected at the door. We're looking forward to seeing you at our celebration on January 20th, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at Oakland Mills High School cafeteria, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd, Columbia, 21045. RSVP at:


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

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


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

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


Youth Activities

Religious School News 

Bet Chaverim Religious School just finished our unit on Gevurah—strength. We all had the honor and privilege of taking a personal tour of the 911 Call Center in Baltimore with Captain Scott Brillman. Our students were able to see firsthand how gevurah is used in the real world. The hundred employees who are on each shift answered calls with patience, calm and grace. Their three month-long training for the job prepares them for anything. We are so thankful to have had this opportunity, and even more grateful for people like Captain Brillman and the employees of the Call Center, the police officers, fire fighters, EMS and other first responders who use their inner and outer strength every day to take care of our communities and neighborhoods.


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 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




Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041


(410) 834-5583






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