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

This Week: Feb. 7 - 13

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






Hawthorn Center Construction

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


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


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

Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE For Another Bet Chaverim Movie Night -

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

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

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


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



Aila, Jake, Jonah and Sam B. were our Hebrew Hotshots this week! Yasher koach!





BCRS Information


Please go to the Bet Chaverim website ( for more information, or to register go to  If you have any questions, please contact BCRS’s  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:


February Yahrzeits


Gertrude Rose Sinay

Beloved Mother of Jerald Sinay

27 Shevat


Rita Zingman

Beloved Mother of Ben Zingman

27 Shevat


Albert Silverman

Beloved Father of Stacey Berger

30 Shevat


Maxwell S. Jacobs

Beloved Father of Robert Jacobs

9 Adar I


Lee Forman

Beloved Mother of Grant Forman

11 Adar


Luecille Silverman

Beloved Mother of Stacey Berger

11 Adar


Paul Harris

Beloved Father of Marsha Gorelik

12 Adar I


Helene "Hindy" Kaufer

Beloved Mother of Gloria Greene

14 Adar I


Alicia Miller

Beloved Mother of Temrah Okonski

15 Adar


Barbara Louise Harris

Beloved Sister of Marsha Gorelik

17 Adar I


Sarah Eisenberg

Beloved Grandmother of Karyn Gross

19 Adar


Benjamin Selfon

Beloved Uncle of Karyn Gross

23 Adar




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

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

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

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

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

Save the Date

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

10001 Windstream Drive,  Columbia, 21044.


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

Federation Events

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


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

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


See Entire Community Calendar




Bet Chaverim Congregation

P.O. Box 2428

Ellicott City, Maryland 21041


(410) 834-5583






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