Beth El Congregation

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 Towson University

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (Snow date 2/20)

Take advantage of a one-time opportunity to experience a docent-guided white glove tour of Holocaust Rare Books and the chance to view the research completed by German high school students who uncovered their past by interviewing WWII survivors residing in their town.

Join us at Beth El at 10:30 a.m. to hear a presentation by a representative of the Albert S. Cook Library of Towson University which houses the largest Jewish cultural and religious collection of books and artifacts in the Southeastern United States.  Expert care is provided for this rare collection – thousands of which were reclaimed from the Third Reich. Bring a dairy lunch; beverages and desert will be provided. After lunch, we will board a bus for Towson’s Cook Library where we will learn that books have more stories to tell than what is printed on their pages.  This will prove to be an exciting and memorable reveal.

Total cost:  $50.00 for Beth El Congregation and Sisterhood members; $60 for non-member of Beth El Congregation and non-Sisterhood members.

Registration opens on November 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The registration form is available on Beth El's website or at Beth El’s reception desk. If you have questions, please contact Sima Abarbanel 410-356-3873 ([email protected]) or Marlene Siegel 410-484-1844 ([email protected]).

National museum of american jewish history and the national constitution center 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

This exciting trip will take us to Philadelphia for a docent-led tour of the National Museum of American Jewish History. Fortunately for us, the museum will have the special exhibit, Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music which celebrates the centennial of his birth. Leaving the museum, we have a short walk to the National Constitutional Center where we will have lunch on our own.   Following lunch, you will be free to immerse yourself in America’s constitutional history through innovative exhibits, films, photographs, and other activities.

Cost: $110 for Sisterhood and Beth El members; $125 for non-Beth El members. Registration form is available HERE and in Beth El's main office. If you have any questions, contact Barbara Levenson 410-484-8566 ([email protected])  or Sheila Rosenfeld 443-378-0181 ([email protected]).

A High Flying Sisterhood Trip

tuesday, May 8, 2018

A MONUMENT TO HONOR, COURAGE & COMMITMENT – The National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC)

THOUSANDS OF AVIATION AND SPACE ARTIFACTS - The Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center and Space Museum (UHASM)

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Following our docent led tour, all will enjoy a specially prepared box lunch of each traveler’s choice.  We will then depart the Marine Corps Museum at 1:00 pm and travel to the Udvar-Hazy Center and Space Museum. The Udvar-Hazy Center is a companion to the Smithsonian facility on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  It is characterized by two huge hangers displaying thousands of air and space artifacts.  Also, contained there is an Airbus IMAX Theater and an Observation Tower which avails visitors of a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area, and many other activities in which to engage and enjoy.

Please note that there will be walking on this trip and security screening will take place in both museums.  It is suggested that only a small purse containing essentials be brought.

Registration will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.  The form will include an opportunity for choice of your box lunch.  Cost will be $95 for Sisterhood and Beth El Members and $115 for non-Beth El Members.  The price will include your lunch box. Forms will be located online or at the reception desk of the synagogue. Questions should be directed toLinda Mondell 410-486-1542  [email protected] Or Ellen Wiesenberger 410-484-6411 [email protected]

Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, nJ

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Rain or Shine 

It is cold outside now but spring is almost here.  To help you look forward to warm sunny days, we have planned a special trip for you. Join us as we travel to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.  This 42-acre sculpture park and arboretum is unique with its collection of over 270 contemporary sculptures, by renowned and emerging artists, and five indoor galleries of exhibitions that change seasonally. When we arrive, our group will be divided into four groups and each group will have a docent led tour. Following your tour, you will have lunch in the Peacock Café where you have the option to eat inside or outside.  After lunch, you will have time to explore areas of the Gardens that interest you. Since this is a walking tour, please wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.

Cost: $130 for Beth El and Sisterhood members and $140 for Non-Beth El Sisterhood Members. Registration will open on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Registration forms will be on the Beth El website (bethelbalto.com) and at the reception desk at Beth El. If you have any questions, contact Robin Kleiman 410-653-0113 ([email protected]) or Marlene Siegel 410-484-1844 ([email protected]).