December 8, 2022 4:20 pm

Hanukkah Lights Up The Sky

December 6, 2022 6:04 pm

Update on Winter Coat Drive

The Beth El Congregation Social Action Committee, with help from the Beth El Sisterhood, continues to collect coats for men, women and children. The coats will be donated to the Community Crisis Center and distributed to families in need. Check out this video with Marcia Boonshaft, Anita goldsmith, and Randy Melnick:

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The Story of Hanukkah

By Rabbi Steven Schwartz The story of Hanukkah is really two stories, the first a tale of human courage, strength, resistance, resilience, and the human determination to push back the darkness and bring light into the world. And that is the story of the Maccabees, a group of Jews who lived more than a thousand […]

November 14, 2022 11:01 pm

Founders Shabbat at Beth El Congregation

As congregants entered Beth El this past Shabbat morning, they were greeted at the door by David Harrison, President of Beth El Congregation. Once inside the lobby, several past presidents and other volunteers handed out commemorative 75th anniversary kippot.  Hundreds of attendees filled the Berman—Rubin sanctuary, while others watched online. The service began as any […]

November 8, 2022 1:17 pm

The Wafflers Headline Saturday Evening at Beth El Congregation

It was an amazing night filled with live music and dancing as The Wafflers took the stage Saturday night at Beth El Congregation. Cantor Melanie Blatt surprised the crowd and performed several sets with the band. Thank you to the members of our Empty Nesters Club for organizing such an incredible evening.  ^jss

November 7, 2022 1:53 pm

Beth El Shines Spotlight on Antisemitism

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Beth El Congregation hosted a discussion about antisemitism. Rabbi Steven Schwartz and Rabbi Dana Saroken were joined by Mr. Howard Libit, Executive Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council.  Recently, there has been a concerning increase in the number of antisemitic incidents reported on college campuses nationwide. This alarming trend is […]

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Beth El Congregation Mourns the Death of Longtime Organist Michael Britt.

Our renowned Beth El Congregation organist, who was a fixture at High Holiday services, died last month. Michael Britt, 61, died on September 14, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center.  “Michael Britt was a consummate musician, with the ability to play in a wide variety of styles,” said Cantor Thom King.  “He had an intrinsic gift […]

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Family Shabbat Services During Sukkot

Beth El Congregation continued our Sukkot festivities with a family Shabbat Service on Friday, October 14. Cantor Melanie Blatt led a joyful service for approximately 50 children and their families. Rabbi Saroken, Rabbi Zaslow, and Stephanie Ziman, also joined the festivities to lead the temple’s youngest members and their families in the Shabbat blessings.   After […]

March 30, 2021 11:48 am

Michael Kinstlinger’s “Memory And Meaning” 

For a few reasons, and I’m not just saying this because it was requested by the rabbi, my COVID memories will always be connected to Beth El.  Two of the last events I went to before everything shut down were at Beth El: the Purim Carnival and a Saturday night Bat Mitzvah. About 60 days […]

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Judi Pachino’s “Memory And Meaning”

At this time of my life, things begin to change very rapidly or not at all.  COVID has brought these experiences to the front of my thinking. As an only ‘child’ with no siblings to share toys, contests, or experiences, I’ve learned to easily be content in my solitude. Consequently, the onset of isolation as […]

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