Have you purchased your Beth El Haggadah yet? Our contemporary Haggadah is an easy to use, informative guide to the seder. To purchase a Haggadah, give us a call, stop by our office, or email yvonne@bethelbalto.com

Mark your calendars for Beth El Congregation’s 5K Run & Family Walk! As we continue to celebrate our 75th Anniversary, we hope you will join us for a 5K Run & Family Walk on Sunday, May 7 at 8:00 a.m.


8101 Park Heights Avenue
Pikesville, MD US 21208


In honor of Beth El Congregation’s 75th anniversary, we hope you will join us for a 5K Run and Family Fun Walk on Sunday, March 7, 2023. Your participation helps support Beth El Congregation. 

For more information or to register, please visit: https://runsignup.com/BethEl5k



$36 for adults 5K
$18 for 12 and younger 5K
$26 1 Mile Family Walk for Adults, $18 for kids (12 and younger)

$18 for adult shirt purchase only, $15 for youth shirt purchase only 

All runners registered by Friday, April 3rd, will receive a race t-shirt. Shirts may be available but are not guaranteed after this date.

5K FAMILY DISCOUNT: Sign up 4 or more family members at same time and receive a $5.00 discount per person!

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://runsignup.com/BethEl5k


We plan on having a pre race day packet pickup at Beth El Congregation. Date and time to be announced.

RACE DAY: Onsite starting at 6:30AM



Awards will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers overall as well as top male and top female finisher in the following age groups (10 and under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.



The 5K and 1 Mile start and finish at the Beth El Congegation. Both routes are out and back down Hooks Lane.


Beth El Congregation

Exploring the accumulated wisdom of our tradition.
We immerse ourselves in Jewish traditions, values, rituals, and wisdom, which anchor and guide us in an evolving world. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your Jewish identity, expand your Jewish knowledge, and (re)discover a personal Judaism that is deeply meaningful and relevant.
Extending kindness, hospitality, and generosity to others.
Our community puts intention into action because we believe Judaism feels most alive when it’s fresh, relevant, and uplifting. Torah values are more than warm-fuzzy concepts — they’re our way of life. At Beth El, Jewish wisdom is our GPS to a better world, and the toolkit for building that bright future. Together, we can unlock the power of new Jewish possibilities.
Bringing God and holiness into life’s everyday and sacred moments.
By bringing God and kedusha (holiness) into life’s everyday and sacred moments, we help spread the sense of wonder that life can bring. Beth El empowers our members to experience Judaism in both the routine and milestone moments of their lives.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://runsignup.com/BethEl5k

Thank you to everyone who signed up for our inaugural Mishloach Manot campaign. We are so excited to celebrate our 75th anniversary while starting this new tradition at Beth El. 

During this campaign, members had the option to send as many gift boxes as they wanted to other members. There was also an option to send a gift box to every member of the congregation. Several members took advantage of this option, which means each member family of our congregation, even if they did not participate in the campaign, will have one gift box available for pickup at Beth El. 

Within that box will be a letter that lists each person from the congregation that gave to you. The gift boxes will not be delivered to members. Instead, the boxes will be available for pickup on the dates listed below. Members who do not wish to pick up their gift box, will still receive a letter.

Mishloach Manot boxes will be available for pickup at Beth El on the following dates and times in the main lobby:

We are excited to announce the dates for our 2023 Unique Boutique, an annual event which showcases numerous vendors selling a wide variety of merchandise, including jewelry, crafts, clothing, toys, and judaica gifts. The Unique Boutique Cafe will be open as well.  

The Unique Boutique show will take place at Beth El Congregation on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. There are still opportunities for vendors to participate in this fabulous event. 

For more information, please email Sonia Obstler at seobstler@gmail.com. 

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks at the Unique Boutique!

Registration is now open for our Second Night Passover Community Seder. Join Cantor Thom & Shazy King and their family four our annual festive, song-filled, and sumptuous Community Seder. Registration is only open to 100 participants so sign up today!

For more details and to register visit: https://bethelbalto.shulcloud.com/event/passover-seder-2023

Join us on Sunday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. for an open and supportive discussion with Rabbi Naomi Zaslow about the challenges and rewards of being an interfaith family.

We had an amazing day at our Beth El snowbirds gathering in West Palm Beach. From Pikesville to Florida and everywhere in between, our Beth El community is incredible! Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 14 and helped make this possible.

In an effort to accommodate our entire Beth El community, beginning on February 11, 2023, we will offer two learning opportunities on Shabbat mornings.

The first will be a study of the weekly Torah portion offered only on zoom at 9:00 a.m. The second class will be an in-person study of the early prophetic books, beginning with the Book of Joshua, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Schuster Library. 

Join us on Friday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. for our inaugural family Shabbat experience. All families are welcome to participate in a casual Shabbat experience at no cost to you. 

The evening will be highlighted by The Levins, a contemporary harmony-driven folk duo and spiritual leaders in multiple New York and New Jersey synagogues. The Levins are known for weaving Jewish themes, songs and stories in a creative and engaging way that is beautiful, original, and compelling to children of all ages. Their service will also be a spirited preparation for Purim.

This family Shabbat experience has been made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Stuart and Hinda Dankner. The Dankner family has been very involved in Beth El Congregation for generations. In fact, Hinda’s mother has been attending services at Beth El since they were held in a movie theater, shortly after the congregation was founded. 

Dr. Stuart Dankner served as a pediatric ophthalmologist for 40 years. After retiring from his practice, he wanted to become more involved in the Beth El community. In addition to being a regular at our daily morning minyan services, Dr. Dankner has been working closely with our community engagement team. 

“Beth El has been a part of our lives for generations,” said Dr. Stuart Dankner. “After working with children for my entire career, we wanted to make a donation that would benefit future generations of children who walk through these doors. Beth El has provided more for our family than we can ever give back.” 

There will be child friendly food to nosh on along with both adult and children’s beverages. Stay tuned for more information about additional family Shabbat experiences throughout the year. 

Thank you to Brooke and Matt Rothstein, Jill and Idan Tzameret and Brook and Ethan Zweig for their help in planning this special gathering. 

Beth El Congregation is excited to introduce a fun opportunity to get in the “Purim” spirit. For Beth El’s 75th Anniversary, please help us start a new tradition as we celebrate Purim by sending  Mishloach Manot to your fellow congregants. 

As part of the mitzvah of giving gifts at Purim, you will have the opportunity to send Mishloach Manot boxes with hamantaschen, treats, and other gifts of the season. Each Mishloach Manot box will include a card indicating that you wish the recipients a joyous Purim. You can send as many Mishloach Manot boxes as you want, including an option to send a box to every member of our congregation. 

The deadline for completing all orders is Friday, February 17. 

A link to our campaign page can be found here: https://bethelbalto.shulcloud.com/campaign/purim-baskets.html 

To access the campaign, please ensure that your Shulcloud account has been set up. An email was sent out last week and earlier this week with a link and instructions to complete the process. 

Mishloach Manot boxes will be available for pickup at Beth El on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, March 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. during our First Wednesdays concert series. 

Thursday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Friday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and before evening Shabbat services from 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Sunday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Monday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

For more information, please email denise.franz@gmail.com or jeremy@bethelbalto.com

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