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

We are excited to announce that Beth El Congregation’s Judaica Shop will have a spring sale from May 1st – May 20th. Passover items will be discounted 20%, and all other merchandise (except mezuzah scrolls) will be discounted 10%.

We hope you had a happy and meaningful Passover. As you looked down at your table, was something missing? Could you have used an extra Sedar plate? The Beth El Judaica shop is here to help you start preparing for next year!

The Pauline Mash School for Early Childhood Education is on the lookout for a passionate music teacher to inspire infants through Pre-K students!

Candidates must be available to begin work during our upcoming summer program and stay for the 2024-25 school year!

For more information or to apply, please click here

April 14, 2024

Dear Beth El family,

In a week’s time we will sit down with family and friends at our seder tables to celebrate Passover. The Haggadah tells the story of ancient Israel and its exodus from Egypt, but also reminds us that in each generation an enemy will arise with the intent of harming Am Yisrael, the Jewish people. Sadly, that is an eternal truth of Jewish life, but at certain times we experience it in a more direct and profound way. We are living in one of those times.

Last night’s attack against Israel by Iran reminds us of this fundamental truth once again. Like Jews everywhere, our thoughts this morning are with the land of Israel and our brothers and sisters who live there. We are grateful for the strength of the IDF and the courage of its soldiers, for the support of the United States and other allies in Israel’s defense, and for the incredible resilience Israelis have shown day by day since the October 7th attacks.

We continue to pray for the return of the hostages, and we look forward to a day, God willing, when Israel will be able to dwell securely and in peace. In the words of the great prophet Micah, we know with faith that a day will soon come when “… they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not take up sword against nation, and they shall never again know war.”

And in the eternal words of the Psalmist: “May God give strength to the Jewish people; may God bless the Jewish people with peace.”

Rabbi Steve Schwartz

Acappella Shabbat at Beth El Congregation is only a few weeks away! 

Join us on Friday, May 3 for our Shabbat evening service with a special performance by Kol Sasson followed by a family Shabbat dinner (you must register for the dinner by April 26.) 

At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, we will host a special Shabbat Metukah with Kol Sasson- including a cappella workshop for the whole family, followed by a family Shabbat service.

To register for the family Shabbat dinner, please visit:

https://bethelbalto.shulcloud.com/event/a-cappella-shabbat

It is our pleasure to announce that Rabbi Cantor Emily Ellentuck will be joining our professional team at Beth El Congregation as the new Director of the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School.

Emily Ellentuck has over 20 years of experience in Jewish education, including both synagogue religious schools and Jewish day schools. She appreciates the importance of immersive Jewish experiences for our youth, having also worked at Jewish day camp and sleep away camp, and has chaperoned youth trips to Israel.

Emily is completing her 18th year at the Tucson Hebrew Academy where she has taught Jewish studies, Hebrew, tefillah, and secular subjects to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She also organized model seders, wrote and produced Hanukkah shows, and developed many other Shabbat and holiday programs for classes and families, as the school’s Director of Programming and Community Life. Emily has served as Cantor, previously cantorial soloist, of Congregation M’Kor Hayim in Tucson, Arizona, for 15 years.

Emily believes that our job as Jewish educators is to nurture love of Judaism through meaningful Jewish experiences.

Emily earned her certification as a Cantor through the Cantors Assembly internship program in 2021 (commissioning coming in May 2024) and was ordained as a Rabbi in 2022 through the Mesifta Adath Wolkowisk Rabbinical Academy. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and minor in Judaic Studies.

Emily has familial roots in Maryland. Growing up, she spent seders and summers visiting her grandparents in Potomac, Maryland where her mother was raised.

Emily loves to cook and is very excited for Pikesville’s kosher restaurant scene. She and her husband Max have 3 children- Hannah, Benny, and Naomi, and a poodle named Coco.

Rabbi Cantor Ellentuck will begin her tenure in Baltimore on July 1, 2024. We are excited about the opportunity for her to work with our current Interim Religious School Director, Barry Smith and Assistant Director, Andy Shankman, during her transition. There will be additional opportunities announced in the coming months to meet Rabbi Cantor Ellentuck.

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