High Holidays

2017-18 High Holiday Schedule

Family Services

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NEW! Early Childhood Family Service for Preschool through 1st Grade
Thursday, September 21, 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium
Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m., Myers Auditorium   

An engaging and musical Early Childhood service led by Morah Becky Gordon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Student Cantor Melanie Blatt on Yom Kippur. This family service will require advance registration but there will not be assigned seats.

NEW! Family Service for Second Grade and Above
Thursday, September 21 (11:00 a.m.) & Friday, September 22 (10:30 a.m.)
Saturday, September 30 (11:00 a.m.)
Gorn Chapel  

A newly created second family service led by Rabbi George Wielechowski and Student Cantor Melanie Blatt on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The service will enable parents and children to engage together in a meaningful High Holy Day experience. It will be fun, participatory and a little more sophisticated for our families with older children. The service will also offer leadership opportunities for middle schoolers and teens. This service requires advance registration due to limited seating but there will not be assigned seats.

Support the Beth El Sisterhood & Enjoy Varieties of Kugel

Support Beth El Sisterhood and enjoy delicious varieties of Kugel!

Available Kugels are: Sweet Kugel ($19), Potato ($20), Raisin Kugel ($23), Apple Kugel (sweet bread pudding) ($29), Peach Kugel ($23). Gefilte fish loaves are also available ($25/pan). All of the above come in a 9x13 pan, are pareve and will serve 24 small pieces.

Fill out this form and submit it to the congregation office with payment by Friday, September 8. All orders must be picked up on Tuesday, September 19, between 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. All kugels must be paid for when ordering.  

Your check is your confirmation and receipt. Make checks out to Beth El Sisterhood and send to Beth El, Attn: Lori Downing.

For more information, contact Lori Downing, Event Coordinator, at 410-484-0411 or [email protected].

Selichot: The High Holidays Begin
Saturday, September 16, Gorn Chapel, 9:00 pM

Our sages taught that our time in this world should be spent preparing ourselves for eternity. In a similar sense, the time of Selichot is a time of preparation for the upcoming Days of Awe- a time at which we can reacquaint ourselves with the sights, sounds, and concepts of the High Holy Days.

Plan to join us for a very special service in the intimate Gorn Chapel, as we explore the meaning of this season with music, prayer, and meditation in a service created by our own Cantor Thom King. Rabbi Schwartz, Rabbi Saroken, renowned cellist Evan Drachman, and the men of the Beth El Choir will join to help you enter the Yamim Noraim on a spiritual high note.

As a special addition to the service, we will present and discuss an excerpt from a 1959 television play featuring a dramatization of I.L. Peretz’s classic story Bontsche Schweig, which stars such luminaries as Sam Levene, Jack Gilford, and Zero Mostel (before he created the role of Tevye). Bontsche Schweig asks the intriguing questions: What will they ask you when you go before the Heavenly Court? And more importantly, how will you answer?

A discussion and a light dessert reception will follow the service at approximately 10 pm.

Tashlich Service
Thursday, September 21, 4:45 PM
Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Ave.

Come cast away your sins! This ceremony, “Tashlich,” allows us to express our desire to be free from sin. As we toss crumbs into the waters we symbolically cleanse ourselves of our misdeeds. Everyone is invited to bring their shofar and bread crumbs. 

Beth El Congregation Annual Service of Remembrance
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:30 - 11:15 aM
Beth El Memorial Park, 9700 Liberty Road (South of Marriottsville Rd).

This service is led by Rabbi Steven P. Schwartz, Rabbi Dana Saroken and Cantor Thom King.

Individual, Interfaith and Family Lots are available with convenient payment plans.

Contact Sarah Rohan at 410.484.0411 or [email protected] to arrange a personal consultation.

Lulav and Etrogs set for Sukkot

Please submit your payment no later than Monday, September 11. Lulav & etrog are $60. Sets can be picked up on Monday, October 2. To order a luluav & etrog, please contact Diane Cole at [email protected].

Erev Sukkot begins Wednesday, October 4, and continues Thursday,  October 5 and Friday, October 6. 

First Aid for the High Holidays:

We will have an EMT available to provide first aid during all High Holiday services.  The first aid station is located in the main office, off of the Weil-Mandel lobby.

Parking for the Holidays:

Parking is difficult at this time of year. We appreciate your cooperation with our professional parking staff in alleviating unnecessary congestion. If the main lot is full, you may park your cars at one of the following locations:

Hooks Lane (where allowed) – Please take notice of all posted signs!

Greene Tree Road (off of Hooks Lane)

Brooks Robinson Drive (formerly Radio Tower Drive)

Park Heights Avenue (where allowed) – Please take notice of all posted signs!

For the convenience of our congregants, shuttle busses, provided by Len Stoler, will operate along these locations. No unaccompanied child under the age of 16 will be allowed on the bus.

Please remember that illegally parked cars are subject to ticketing by the Baltimore County Police Department. If you park in a fire lane, you will be towed or ticketed. These county regulations will be enforced and Beth El Congregation is not liable for cars ticketed or towed.

Celebrating the Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays

We come together as friends and family seeking God’s presence in song, celebration, and study.

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