Cultural Trips

Cultural Trips Registration Process

Please read the following instructions so that we can include you on the trips. Only members of the Congregation and Sisterhood may register for the trip(s). 

The cultural trips usually require walking around museums, gardens and or homes.  Many of the trips require walking steps. Please consider these physical requirements before you sign up for the trip.  If you are in doubt, call the destination and inquire about their physical facilities, elevators, etc.

Registration forms for a specific trip or trips will be on the website at 9:30 a.m. on the specified date.  These forms will also be at the receptionist’s window at Beth El Congregation on the specified morning. A form needs to be completed by each person registering.  It is also important to complete a lunch form for each person if lunch is included on the trip.

Your registration form and your check made out to Beth El Sisterhood must be mailed to the person who is listed on the form.  Only registrations mailed to the address listed on the form will be accepted in the order that they are received.  The envelope must have a US post mark.  Only one registration per envelope unless you are a couple

If your registration form arrives after the trip is full, you will be notified, your check will be returned, and you will be placed on the waiting list.  The cultural trips, sponsored by Beth El Sisterhood, are open to members of Sisterhood and the Congregation.

Trip to the Harley Davidson Factory and National Clock and Watch Museum

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Harley Davidson York factory was established as an assembly facility in 1973. When we arrive at the Vaughn L Beals Tour Center, our group will see an introductory video and have the opportunity to explore exhibits that detail the manufacturing and production of motorcycles. The tour continues on the factory floor where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the people, processes and products of Vehicle Operations. Then it’s on to the end of the line, where every motorcycle is roll-tested prior to shipping. If you wish, you can sit on current models of motorcycles and take pictures to show your children or grandchildren.
Please be aware - you must wear fully enclosed, low heeled (one inch or less) shoes to go on this tour. Leaving the factory, we will travel to the Round the Clock Diner where lunch will be on your own. Following lunch, we will ride a short distance to the National Clock and Watch Museum where you will be taken on a tour through the entire history of time keeping. This exhibit is the most comprehensive collection of time pieces in North America.

COST: $110 for members of Beth El Congregation; $120 for non-members. Registration available here and at the reception desk at Beth El. For further information, please contact: Robin Kleiman 410-960-7997 or [email protected] or Marlene Siegel 410-484-1844 or [email protected].


Trip to Glenstone Museum

Thursday, September 19 from 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss our trip to Glenstone, the “must see” home to one of America’s finest private museums located on 234 acres of sculpture-dotted pastureland in Potomac, Maryland. Curator Emily Wei Rales and her husband billionaire Mitchell opened Glenstone on a former fox-hunting estate in 2006. The couple recently unveiled the Pavilions, a cluster of serene buildings surrounding a pool filled with water lilies and irises, to showcase their outstanding contemporary art collections. Spotlighted exhibits dating from Post World War ll to the present include works by such names as Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Ruth Asawa. The museum seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and soothing environment. Allow yourself to relax and de-stress as you become immersed in this unique connection between art and nature.

Please be advised that to fully enjoy all that Glenstone offers, there will be considerable walking and at times, on uneven ground. Please wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes. Also, be aware there are limited seating opportunities in the museum and on the grounds.

COST: $65 for Beth El members and $75 for non-members *Wait list only. Registration form is available here and on the Sisterhood stand in the Offit Lobby. If you have questions, please contact Linda Mondell 410-486-1542 / [email protected]

Trip to The National Museum of Women in the Arts and The National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where We Were, Where We Are Today – Journey with us to Washington DC to explore two unique exhibits that delve into the souls of women past and present. See how they confront daily challenges through their unique self-expression. We first visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts and take a docent led tour of the Judy Chicago exhibit. “Visually striking and emotionally charged, the newest body of work by feminist icon Judy Chicago continues her commitment to challenge the status quo and advocate for change. Nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, as well as two large bronze sculptures, comprise The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction. Through this series, the artist reflects on her own mortality and appeals for compassion and justice for all earthly creatures affected by human greed. Chicago’s bold, graphic style viscerally communicates the intense emotion she experienced while contemplating her own death as well as the death of entire species. “

Leaving the museum, we then travel a short distance by bus to the National Portrait Gallery. Lunch will be on your own. There are various restaurants in the area, click here for suggestions.

After lunch, you may walk to The National Portrait Gallery to view the exhibit “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.” This special exhibit will outline the more than 80-year movement for women to obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality that continued through the 1965 Civil Rights Act and arguably lingers today. The Portrait Gallery exhibition tells this complex history through an array of early photographic portraits, paintings, engravings, works on paper, lithographs, video, newspapers, postcards, books, ballots, banners, fliers, a china set, embroidery and pennants. Viewers will be able to see authentic objects, including original banners from the National Woman’s Party, a late-19th century ballot box and original writings by influential suffragists. Please note that we will be boarding our bus at 3:15 PM. Please allow yourself enough time to leisurely view the exhibit. *Please be aware that there is much walking and standing on this trip.

COST: $85 for members of Beth El Congregation; $95 for non-members. Registration is available here  and at the reception desk at Beth El. For further information, please contact: Sima Abarbanel 410-356-3873 or sabarba[email protected] or Helen Friedman 410-733-2289 or [email protected]


Trip to Arena Stage to see the play Right to Be Forgotten

Sunday, November 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The internet never forgets. A young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren’t going down without a fight. Secrets, lies, and political backstabbing abound in this riveting drama about one man’s fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.

COST: $135 for Beth El members and $145 for non-members Lunch will be on your own. Registration form is available here and on the Sisterhood stand in the Offit Lobby.

If you have questions, please contact: Linda Mondell - 410-486-1542 / [email protected] or Ellen Wiesenberger - 410-484-6411 / [email protected].