Back by popular demand – Summer Onegs at Beth El Congregation! Mark your calendars for June 28, July 19, and August 16.

Sponsorship opportunities for $18 are still available. For more information, please email yvonne@bethelbalto.com or call 410-484-0411.

Ready to elevate your prayer game? Join us in our class on making prayer (tefilah) meaningful and personal! 

We’ll learn about both ancient and modern ways of deepening our prayer practice, turning those moments of reflection into deeply personal and spiritually enriching experiences. From exploring ancient traditions in Torah to trying out innovative approaches from modern rabbis, we’ll help you find your unique rhythm in connecting with the divine. Whether you’re a seasoned prayer pro or just starting out, come as you are and let’s journey together toward more meaningful tefilah

Please bring a prayer book and pencil with you to each session. This class is a great way to get ready for the High Holiday season! While the class is hybrid, please come in person if you are able. 

To register, or if you need help finding a prayer book, please email rabbi.zaslow@bethelbalto.com

Together, We Count! We are beyond grateful to all of our 2023-2024 Annual Appeal Donors!

Celebrate your generosity at the Annual Appeal Donor Brunch on Sunday, June 23rd at Beth El.  

RSVP to Bekah Waltemeyer McDonald at RWALTEMEYER@BETHELBALTO.COM by June 10th.

There is still time to make your gift today! Count Me In! 

Join us for a Shavuot celebration full of learning, dinner, wine, snacks and good company. No registration needed; all are welcome!

TUESDAY, JUNE 11

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT: THE LAND OF ISRAEL

7:00 p.m. Evening Service

 Location: Gorn Chapel

7:30 p.m. Shavuot dinner

Location: Myers Auditorium

8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Learning Session 1

Dr. Eyal and Dr. Hana Bor: Jews Belong to Israel Just as Israel Belongs to the Jews; Land is an Expression of Identity

It can be said that Jews belong to Israel just as Israel belongs to the Jews; Land is an expression of identity. We will explore the connection between the chag of Shavuot and the Jewish State as we look at the past, present and future. How do 120,000 Israeli evacuees feel about living away from their land? Do they have a future and options? Let’s find out together.

9:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Learning Session 2

Rabbi Naomi Zaslow: Eretz Yisrael Through the Eyes of Exile

We’ll embark on an exploration of the tensions between the comforts of diaspora life and the sacred allure of the land of Israel. In this class, we’ll delve into the rich tapestry of Talmudic and Rabbinic texts, uncovering the nuanced perspectives on living outside the promised land. We’ll navigate the complex interplay between the biblical ideal of Israel as holy, and the pragmatic realities of diaspora existence. Join us as we grapple with timeless questions of identity, belonging, and longing, seeking wisdom and insight in the ancient words of our sages. 

Ben Kreshtool: In pursuit of the Divine; a search for the Ark of the Covenant

Let’s jump into the fascinating speculation surrounding the location of the Ark of the Covenant. From the Biblical to the modern, we will explore the various theories that have emerged over the years in an attempt to solve the age-old mystery of where it may be hidden today.

10:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. Learning Session 3

Rabbi Steven Schwartz: Jerusalem in Heaven and on Earth – Sacred Space or Sacred Spaces?

The tradition has long explored the idea of two Jerusalems = one that exists in this world, and one that exists in the heavenly realm. In a way the two Jerusalems echo one another – what happens in one may have ramifications in the other. But also the heavenly Jerusalem is often used as a metaphor for the kind of city we hope Jerusalem will one day be – a place of peace, where God’s presence is felt each and every day. What can we learn about today’s Jerusalem as we explore rabbinic sources that connect the heavenly and earthly ideas of the most important city in Jewish life?

10:45 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. Learning Session 4

Rebbetzin Matthew Lowe: May the Place (AKA God) Comfort You

Our siddur calls God a lot of things — Father, King, Shepherd, Rock, Shepherd and…The Place?!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12Shavuot Day 1
10:00 a.m. Morning Service 
Location: Gorn Chapel

6:00 p.m. Evening Service
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Shavuot Day 2

10:00 a.m. Morning Service with Yizkor service

Location: Gorn Chapel

6:45 p.m. Evening Service

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

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Join us for a blind matzah tasting following morning minyan on Pesach Sheni, Wednesday, May 22.

Beth El Congregation’s Ritual Director Ben Kreshtool will provide an introduction to Pesach Sheni. Taste each matzah and decide which you prefer without being swayed by tradition, expectations, or labels.

Who knows: perhaps you may change your matzah habits for next Passover!

Your ticket for admission is attendance at morning minyan, which starts at 8 am. The tasting should begin around 8:45.

Wednesday is the day when Cantor King leads the service. So much knowledge and a special culinary adventure, all in one morning!

Yizkor Service at Beth El Congregation of Baltimore 

April 30, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. 

Our Yizkor service provides us with a beautiful opportunity to honor our loved ones whom we have lost within the past year. The liturgical cycle of the year gives us four opportunities to recite these special prayers. Although Yizkor prayers are recited on all three pilgrimage festivals as well as on Yom Kippur, it is perhaps Passover that helps us to connect most deeply.

As we sit down at our seder tables, it is very easy to see who is no longer sitting in their favorite chair, or a certain line from the haggadah read by an unfamiliar voice, or a cherished recipe that is no longer among the dishes laid out for dinner. Yizkor provides us with an opportunity to see their faces, and think of all the reasons why we love them and why we miss them. Yizkor has its origins in the martyrdom of Jewish communities from the crusades, and this year especially we will have an opportunity to think of our brothers and sisters in the State of Israel, who will not be with their families during Pesach this year.

The Jewish people have always been a people of memory, and Yizkor provides a sacred moment for us to honor not only our own loved ones, but all those of the people of Israel. 

Join us for our annual Memorial Day Concert at Beth El Congregation’s Memorial Park! Cantor Thom King and the Beth El Choir will perform LIVE from the Tony Weil Memorial Chapel on May 27, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Let’s come together to honor the bravery and sacrifice of America’s military heroes and their families, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Location: Beth El Congregation’s Memorial Park, 9700 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland.

Can’t make it in person? Don’t worry! Tune in to our Facebook page for a LIVE broadcast of the concert.

We are excited to announce an exciting opportunity to participate in an exclusive private screening of the movie, Farewell Mister Haffman, followed by a discussion with Dr. Eyal Bor.

You can join Beth El Congregation’s Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning on Sunday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. at The Charles Theatre. Bus transportation is available from Beth El. Based on a stage play, this movie is a fictitious story of the unsafe situation of Jews in WW2 in occupied Paris. The story, focused on a Jewish jeweler and a French family, takes place over the period from early 1941, not long after the Nazis occupied part of France until the end of 1942. The film is in French with English subtitles.

Seating in our private theater is extremely limited and tickets will sell out quickly. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: 

https://bethelbalto.shulcloud.com/form/FMH-Screening

Beth El Congregation presents Gila Fine, acclaimed teacher of rabbinic literature, on Thursday, June 20, discussing her new book, “The Madwoman in the Rabbi’s Attic: Rereading the Women of the Talmud.”

The program is in memory of H. Allan Lipsitz, Beth El Congregation’s first Program Director for Adult Education from 1998-2007. The talk will take place from 1:00-2:15 p.m. in person at Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore.

Gila Fine lectures in rabbinic literature at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, exploring Talmudic tales through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop-culture, revealing their relevance for our time. She is also a faculty member of the London School of Jewish Studies, the Nachshon Project, and Amudim Seminary, and has taught thousands of students across the Jewish world.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks called Fine “one of the great Talmud teachers of our time.”

The program is open to the entire community without charge. For more information or to register, please visit:

https://bethelbalto.shulcloud.com/form/Talmudic-Tales

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