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Adult education: Israel Elections – From the Inside Join Rabbi Debbie Cohen for a virtual adult ed0ucation. We will be talking about Israeli elections and have a special guest – Rabbi Cohen’s cousin Aviella will be joining us from her settlement in Migron on the West Bank to give us an Israeli perspective on the election. If you have questions that you would like either Rabbi Cohen or Aviella to address during the presentation, please email them to [email protected]. We will also take questions and comments during the presentation but having some questions in advance will help with the flow of the session. Sunday, March 22 from 11 to 11:45 am Beth Chai Online Meeting Information Meeting link: https://info-402720.my.webex.com/info-402720.my/j.php?MTID=m39bd7e2c121b692a10e5752dc529cf5c Meeting number: 954 934 547 Password:dQehkMky538 More ways to join Join by phone +1-650-215-5226 United States Toll Access code: 954 934 547
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I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy, Amazing and Peaceful 2019!!!!
Was hoping these would be the big winners at today's latke contest. Took second as the very articulate 10 year judge explained the veggies might have added a touch of unwanted moisture :).
I think these amazing pictures, along with Beth Chai's official statement on opposition to hatred and bigotry, create an inspiring message of courage, conviction, unity and joy.
I am reaching out to the Jewish Communities to help me fight RACISM. The Jewish people have experienced a great deal of racism all over the world. For centuries the Jewish people have been hated and discriminated against for no other reason than for their belief in God. I am sure, like me, that you are against all racism upon God’s sacred earth. I am asking you to help me reach out to the media to stop blatant racism against our fellow Native Americans. Every football season, Native Americans are discriminated with hatred against them in the newspapers, radio, television, and internet. The media openly display this racism without any concern, unlike the way they respect Black people. The Dictionary will tell you that the N-word and Redskin are equal racist offensive slurs against a minority. However, the word Redskin is much worse. When America was paying bounties for the dead bodies of Native Americans to remove them, so they could take their land. The first posters said the word Indian bodies and told how much was to be paid for the body of a man, woman, or child. The Church spoke out against this, not against the killing of Native Americans, but the word body being used. They felt it was too similar to the Body of Christ. Since they saw Native Americans as being animals, not human, the same way they saw black people who were their slaves. They had the word body removed. They decided that since these people are animals and not human that their dead bodies should be the same as animals. When you kill a deer and bring in its dead bloody carcass, we call it a deerskin. A bear, we call it a bearskin. So, from now on the bloody dead carcass of these animals will be called Redskin! I am writing to the Jewish communities in hope that you will use your voice to help fight this racism. I have tried contacting the media, but unfortunately to no avail. After finding out that over 60% of the media is own by Jewish people, I have decided to reach out to you. In hope that you will be able to persuade them to stop spreading this hatred all over the country through their media outlets. Gregory St. James Mundy
Saddened and outraged by the separation of families on the U.S. border? Channel that negativity into positive local action! Here’s how to help: Families in our own community live in fear of separation everyday. There are lots of small ways to help and have an immediate impact on MoCo immigrant families. The Jones Lane Elementary School PTA is sponsoring a Family Safety Planning Clinic in July 14th from 9am-3pm at Fields Road Elementary School in Gaithersburg, MD. Help is needed to make this important event a success. Please consider signing up to volunteer or provide food donations.
Looking to do a mitzvah? Have used clothes to share? A friend, who works for Interfaith Works, just posted this request.
Thought some folks might be interested in this family event that my book trolley is sponsoring on Friday.
Dear friends - Getting back on Facebook after our beautiful break-the-fast, I read this message from my friend and colleague Michael Feshbach in St. Thomas. I know that many of you were moved by Sheldon's words, urging us to donate to hurricane relief. I wanted to share. Wanted: Silver linings ISO: Better attitude. Will settle for: sunshine, moderate temperature, safe drinking water, repair, restoration, all-day long electricity, reliable phone signal, running water, the Internet. (Connecting to you now through data...). (Oh, and health, wealth and world peace!) Friends: I hope those observing Yom Kippur had an easy and meaningful fast. For me this was the weirdest, strangest and most difficult High Holy Day season not of my career, but of my entire life. Nothing close, not even, perhaps, 2001. I want to describe my last three days. I don't really mean it to be complaining, but at this point I am not sure I don't not mean it that way, either. OK, so Thursday night at the place we are staying the generator broke. (Already only runs ten some hours a day so this was the time we had saved up for at night). I have learned how to (sort of) shower with a single bottle of water, but not happily the day before YK! But... I have sleep apnea, and have grown dependent on the CPAP. (Anyone know how to get a battery-powered one; have tried multiple times but failed! Or a way to battery power mine?). So no power meant... well, I got an hour sleep. Managed on Friday. Through superhuman efforts on her part our HHDay Cantor had arrived on Thursday (yay Mindy Harris; great having you here!). But in preparing for a Sunday funeral (now postponed because gravesite filled with water) I had essentially zero prep time for YK. The 4pm Kol Nidrei service was very strange but went... nicely. Again, thank God Mindy was here. Haphazard, disorganized -- used to having participants lined up, knowing their parts, reviewing roles in advance. This place used to that too. Absolutely none of that was possible this year... Hope my remarks were helpful to someone. (Could not print... what's a printer? Well -- sometimes we can get one to work but did not get it to work for that...). A congregant had arranged for My Brother's Workshop to have 25 meals for people to eat, essentially, in their cars on the way home before curfew so we could actually being fasting at sundown... since the service was so crazy early. That wound up being a really, really good idea. I had originally been upset about the Nightime curfew and the governor's explicit refusal -- even in direct conversation -- to extend it for our community. But I have been on these roads after dark now and it is NOT a good idea. When driving home last night it started pouring. Not a tropical storm, not a hurricane but wow was that a lot of rain. Could not really see, drove through standing water, and the potholes are now the size of Pittsburgh. Got home to good news: lights on! Got some sleep. Felt refreshed, optimistic, ready to try again. And then I saw the roads. Miracle that we made it back to town at all. Some cars stuck in the water we drove through. Potholes bigger than yesterday; rocks everywhere, debris carefully gathered after Maria and Irma now back on the streets. And then... Then we got to the synagogue. My two lowest moments have been the moments before RH services on the Second Day, when the power was out again and could not get the generator started...and today when we walked in to the synagogue. It was flooded. There was water in the ark. Almost all of the white Torah mantles were soaked, perhaps ruined. Miraculously, only one scroll was wet, and I believe that will not have a long term affect. The mantles, on the other hand... There was water on the sand on the floor. There is water under the floors. Our museum area had a lot of water. One water pump broken. Several rows could not be sat on... We took the sifrei Torah out, uncovered them, placed them on a table, put tallitot on them... We cleaned up. We moved things around... Services were supposed to begin at 10am. I turned the first half hour into sharing, asking everyone (everyone! Hah! We had 20-some total for RH; we never had more than 30 people at any point last night or today! I THINK there are more members of this community out there somewhere!) how they were, how they fared last night. Repairs made after hurricanes almost gone. Water damage worse. For some people back to square one. One person awoke and put his feet into standing water when he got off of his bed (and he just got back to the island!) The service finally began and was going as well as it could be under the circumstances. And then... the power went out. And, of course, the generator we could not get started on RH (when, miraculously, the city power had gone back on literally, no joke, twelve minutes before the service)... still did not work. It was dark but doable. We got through the prayers which were distinctive and characteristic of the day. But... not sure when a last straw comes but, with apologies, I just could not go on. We switched to the president's report, I gave parts of a teaching/sermon/story (very abbreviated, and not what I had planned)... and we skipped the Torah service and ended early. At that point at least three folks advised me to cancel the rest of the day due to dangerous conditions and flash flooding. Struggled with this, thought long and hard with others who remained about what to do. I eventually decided that there was simply no way to let people know we were doing that, and in the Reform movement we have Yizkor in the afternoon. Torn, heartbroken, exhausted and not functioning at all well, decided to keep the schedule largely as planned. Power came back on around 1:30 PM! One family and one other adult came for the Family service at 2:00 PM. Did it anyway and felt good about that. And then came the afternoon service, Yizkor and Ne'ilah. This was originally scheduled to go from 4-7 PM. We cut, we slashed, we burned... We did the whole thing from 3-5 PM. It felt... look it wasn't easy, and there were important things left out, and just because I successfully did that once does not mean I think it is the right way to honor these services. But it did not feel like it was horribly inauthentic (except for the sun standing in the sky at Break Fast). But this intrepid traveler had come from New York bringing rugelach and smoked salmon and whitefish salad and challah, and bagels... and the curfew was looming... So we did Havdalah holding hands in a circle, then went to the community house for a terrific break fast. No idea what will come with Sukkot and Simchat Torah. No idea where other congregants or members of the Jewish community were (although some had flat tires and others were doing emergency work and some could not get past water in front of homes). I have always been able to read a congregation. I could always tell how services went, how a sermon was going over. Folks: I don't have a clue how this went. I couldn't read it, I don't have any sense, and I am numb. But I think everyone is numb. People were asking, before, about helping us. We all really appreciate it. You have wanted specifics? We have some. A new water pump. New mantles. Ways to permanently secure the ark. Furniture for the museum. Waterproof places to store prayerbooks. All I know is that I have done my part: one more link in an unbroken chain of Jewish observance going back to the 1790s. Wish I was able to be more present and more helpful to more people (shipment of 100 generators coming within days, and some other supplies next week, with thanks to our synagogue president and the Jewish Federation of North America!). To those of you who have expressed interest... we are stumbling, and we need a hand. Frankly, I am stumbling, and I need a hand. And I am worried about the fact that my whole agenda in coming here, six months of planning are washed away, and what I thought was my strongest skill set coming in is utterly useless for a long time to come? There are people without homes, without power, without water, without roofs. The real strength here is from those who make this work, time in and time out, and are pulling together again. In a statement I recently sent to the governor (who posted it online; I had thought he might use it as background and mention us directly)... this place will sparkle again. But the real sparkle, the real gem here is not the outer beauty, but the inner strength, dignity and perseverance of the people. Thank you for "listening." May it be a good year for you -- and, frankly, for us here as well!

The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist Congregation

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Israeli comic teaches mom to Zoom, scores video hit

Enjoy a little laugh, and perhaps learn a little Hebrew along the way.

timesofisrael.com Yonatan Gruber's patient tech lesson with his mother pays off, as his clip gains a following for its hilarious relatability

מגרון תודה לכוחות הרפואה

The residents of my Israeli cousin Aviella's community in Israel made this wonderful video thanking health care workers: https://bit.ly/MigronThanks You will see the Hebrew word Todah or Thank You תּוֹדָה repeatedly throughout the video.

I thought it would be great for Beth Chai to make our own, similar video for our local essential workers. To participate, make a poster that says "Thank you," take a picture or video of you and your poster, and send it to me at [email protected] by Friday, April 17.

Stay Healthy,

Rabbi Debbie Cohen

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Sunday School goes Virtual

The students can't gather in person right now, but the learning continues. If your family is enrolled in Sunday School, click below for details on how Beth Chai is keeping the kids engaged.

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Virtual Seder

SATURDAY APRIL 11: Reconnect with the Beth Chai community at our virtual seder. Click below for details.

bethchai.org We may need to be socially distant this Passover. But we can still celebrate as a community!

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Enjoy! Music by our very own Susan-Lisa!

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3 songs of hope, peace, and comfort Kol Haolam Kulo Oseh Shalom Lo Yisa Goy

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Adult education: Israel Elections – From the Inside

Join Rabbi Debbie Cohen for a virtual adult education. We will be talking about Israeli elections and have a special guest – Rabbi Cohen’s cousin Aviella will be joining us from her settlement in Migron on the West Bank to give us an Israeli perspective on the election. If you have questions that you would like either Rabbi Cohen or Aviella to address during the presentation, please email them to [email protected]. We will also take questions and comments during the presentation but having some questions in advance will help with the flow of the session.





Sunday, March 22 from 11 to 11:45 am

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Dear Friends,

I know that this week has been stressful and surreal. Shabbat, our time for peace and reflection, is coming and I feel confident that there are good times ahead. All of us doing our part to curb the spread of the virus and to "flatten the curb" will make a difference. The lack of personal connection, though, is difficult.

Please join my family and me at 6 pm this Friday night virtually as we light candles for Shabbat. It will be a chance to connect, check in with one another, and be a community. Information for signing on can be found below.

I hope that this note is reaching everybody in good health. Please let us know if there is anything that Beth Chai can do to support you. Or, if you would just like to chat.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Debbie Cohen

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[03/15/20]   May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically
Wrap our arms around each other
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of community and helpfulness to our neighbors.

[03/13/20]   COVID-19 Update
Sunday School and Adult Ed Cancelled Through March 29

The Board of Beth Chai has been tracking the outbreak of COVID-19 with great concern for the well-being of our members. As you may have heard, the Governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency, is discouraging large gatherings, and has closed schools for the next two weeks. As such, we are canceling all Beth Chai activities at Burning Tree Elementary for the next three weekends: 3/15, 3/22, and 3/29. As we approach the 29th, we will re-evaluate based on the plans of Montgomery County Schools and the guidance of state and local officials. The safety and health of our members has been and will continue to be our top priority.

While we aren’t meeting in person, we are reviewing the possibility of hosting some virtual Adult Ed sessions and we are working with our teachers to potentially develop remote assignments to keep students engaged.

As this situation progresses, we should remember how important it is to have a caring, loving community at a time like this. Beth Chai members and others in our society may be overwhelmed by physical, emotional, and financial stress. We need to support them, and support each other.

If you or a loved one is unable to leave home or needs food, medicine, and other essential items, please reach out to us at [email protected]. We will work within our Caring Committee to provide the support you need.

The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, but we are a strong and resilient community… we will persevere.

Be safe and be well,

Jake Stenzler
President, Beth Chai

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Beth Chai Auction

Get ready to bid! The annual Beth Chai auction is coming up Sunday March 1. Be a part of our biggest fundraiser of the year. The focus will once again be on gatherings. There will be international dinners, game nights and outings to bid on. Volunteers still needed, as are contributions to the auction cafe. Click below for details.

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Community Shabbat Dinners

Come celebrate Shabbat on February 21 with your Beth Chai friends at a community dinner near you. Or better, yet host one!

bethchai.org Come celebrate shabbat with your Beth Chai friends at a community dinner near you. Or better yet, host one!

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Rabbi Cohen Will Make Your Ceremony Memorable

Planning a wedding? Baby naming ceremony? Rabbi Debbie Cohen officiates for Jewish, interfaith and LGBTQ couples throughout the Washington, DC, Metro area. She can help you incorporate meaningful elements for different traditions into the ceremony. Click below for details.

bethchai.org Are you a brand new parent? Or maybe you are planning a wedding for yourself or someone else in your family? Rabbi Cohen is the perfect officiant for your marr

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Jews protest anti-Semitism in Takoma Park and New York - Washington Jewish Week

Read all about it! Beth Chai mentioned and Rabbi Cohen quoted in this article about the No Hate, No Fear rallies in Takoma Park and NYC.

washingtonjewishweek.com Nearly 500 people gathered in Takoma Park on Sunday night holding signs saying “Defeat Darkness With Light” and “Light, Love, and Liberty,” to protest recent violent attacks on Jews in Monsey, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J. Men, women and children, many wearing kippot and Stars of David, sang H...

Dear Beth Chai Friends,

On this Sunday, January 5, there will be a rally in New York in response to the recent anti-Semitic attacks in the New York area. I would like to go with a group from Beth Chai, if there are people available to join me. The Jewish community has chartered buses leaving from our area and going to the rally. Please follow this link for more information: www.jcouncil.org/node/124

Beth Chai has it annual day at a Wider Circle this Sunday - an important event each year. This event will go on as planned. I have spoken to Lisa Spain, our social action coordinator, who will be at a Wider Circle. We agree that there are enough Beth Chai volunteers to participate in both events.

Please, if you are interested in going to the New York rally, let me know so I can go ahead and make my plans as well.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Debbie Cohen
[email protected]

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Community Work Day at A Wider Circle

JANUARY 5th: The Beth Chai community will gather at A Wider Circle for our annual community work day. Bring the whole family for a meaningful start to the new year. Click below for details.

bethchai.org Meaningful tasks for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Bring the whole family.

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January 14th: Come join your Beth Chai friends for a night of drinks and trivia at Denizen's in Silver Spring. Prospective members welcome. Click below for details.

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Happy Hanukkah! A little holiday trivia: Who is the woman holding the menorah? Hint: the picture was taken in 1919 in the Midwest.

Happy Hanukkah! We spent the morning celebrating with our families the festival of lights. With dreidel play, art projects, costumes and (of course) LATKES, our congregation came together in a Hannukkah celebration that was fun for all! Thank you to all who came out. #hannukkah #channukkah #dreidels #menorah #latkes #festivaloflights #eightnights #eightlights

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Hanukkah Party

Fire that latke pan up. Put on your costume. Get ready for gelt. The Beth Chai annual Hanukkah party is this weekend. Be there. Click below for deets.

bethchai.org Latkes, music, crafts, games and contests.

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Hanukkah Board Game Night

Join us for this fun fusion of dreidels and board games on December 14th. Click below for details.

bethchai.org A board game night with Hanukkah as a theme.

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Bake Sale

Our annual bake sale is coming up on Sunday. All money raised will go toward holiday gifts for kids in need. Please bring a dish and some cash to make purchases. Click below for details.

bethchai.org A benefit to fund holiday gifts for kids in need. Please bring a dish!

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A Multifaith Celebration

Beth Chai joined a number of congregations and faith organizations in celebrating Montgomery County's rich diversity at last Sunday's Unity Walk.

bethchai.org Did you know “sukha” in Sanskrit means happiness? That was among the many discoveries Beth Chai congregants made at the recent Montgomery County Unity Walk.The

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Love Finds a Way

At Kol Nidre services, Maddy Ellis shared this harrowing story of her and Max's quest to travel home from Thailand at a tough time personally and politically. By popular demand, we've posted her remarks.

bethchai.org Maddy Ellis shared this inspiring story at Kol Nidre services. Below are her prepared remarks:Love Finds a Way – How my Son and I Escaped Thailand After a Coup

Join us for an inspiring and uplifting Yom Kippur morning service as we welcome Michael Signer, former mayor of Charlottesville, to Beth Chai. He will be speaking on finding optimism even in the face of increasing hate and anti-Semitism. Guests and community members are encouraged to join us. Find out more and get ticket information at www.bethchai.org

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Yom Kippur Services

Shana Tova! Wonderful to see so many of you at Rosh Hashana services this week. We will see you Oct. 8th and 9th to celebrate Yon Kipppur. Tickets still available for those who need them. Members and non-members welcome. Click below for details.

bethchai.org We warmly invite you to join us for Yom Kippur.

Searching for an Inclusive High Holidays Service? Come celebrate with us.

Beth Chai welcomes you. We are a diverse, open minded and intellectually curious congregation that enjoys the cultural and spiritual traditions of Judaism in a setting that allows members to find their own path.

Our thriving community’s services offer an opportunity to partake in the rituals of the holidays — the songs, the stories, the reflection — without rigid doctrine. Our secular humanist outlook welcomes you whether you are a believer, an atheist, or something in between. Our common bond is our love of Jewish life and pursuit of social justice.

Never set foot in a synagogue? You will feel welcome and comfortable participating in our high holidays program. Many of the families in our congregation are interfaith, and find our approach particularly accessible.

We warmly invite you to join us for holiday services this month. Our independent congregation is the perfect place to celebrate Judaism in a way that speaks to your values.

Our holiday services are held at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6301 River Rd., Bethesda.

Our Rosh Hashanah program starts Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 with a family service at 9:30 a.m. It will be followed by an adult service at 10:30 a.m.

On Yom Kippur, there is a Kol Nidre evening service at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8.

The family Yom Kippur service begins 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9. It is followed by an adult service at 10:30 a.m. with Special Guest speaker: Former Charlottesville Mayor Michael Singer Overcoming Extremism, and Democracy's Future

For more information, please visit www.bethchai.org or email [email protected]. Or you can go directly to our high holidays registration page: https://bethchai-registration.wildapricot.org/.

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September Hadvalah

Our first Havdalah of the school year. Join us in Bethesda SEPTEMBER 21st. Click below for details.

bethchai.org Our first Havdalah of the school year!

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It's time to renew your membership (or join!)

bethchai.org Sunday school is already under way. The high holidays are coming. Please renew your membership and makes sure your kids are all signed up. The regist

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Former Charlottesville Mayor to Speak at Beth Chai

Join us on Yom Kippur to hear about confronting extremism from former Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, who is on the front lines of the movement. Click below for details.

bethchai.org Michael Signer will talk about the aftermath of the violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville and his work to combat extremism at Beth Chai's Yom Kippur

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A man got cancer. Friends are helping him farm.

Beth Chai on the farm & in the news! Thirty Beth Chai families have been helping long-time congregant and friend Mark Israel on his organic farm, while he goes through cancer treatments. Mark is doing better now. A bountiful harvest for us all!

washingtonjewishweek.com Israel said in the month since he put out the call, about 30 families from Beth Chai, a Humanistic congregation, have come to help on the farm. Others volunteers are from Community Supported Agriculture, the community through which Israel sells his produce to private customers.

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You Should Know...Gabrielle Zwi - Washington Jewish Week

Gabrielle Zwi, Beth Chai's awesome music teacher, was featured in Washington Jewish Week: https://washingtonjewishweek.com/55534/you-should-know-gabrielle-zwi/you_should_know/?fbclid=IwAR07qZ6wK-QTp-MOHmDxTcoG7YAoS84fgIjhPLGarcoe7yvydGh8edNXPK8

washingtonjewishweek.com Changing hearts and minds with music

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Renew your membership now -- and save! | Home | Beth Chai

You have no idea how much it helps Beth Chai when you renew your membership now instead of waiting until the fall. Help us out. Go renew. And you'll save 25 bucks if you do it before the end of August. Click below for details.

bethchai.org Before you know it, we'll all be back celebrating the high holidays and gathering at Sunday School (classes start  September 8). Help Beth Chai out b

Well over 25 Beth Chai members joined together for the #lightsforliberty vigil in front of the White House, lending our voices to stop family separation and child detainment. A meaningful way to welcome Shabbat.

Photos courtesy of Alan Kotok.

A Humanist Approach to Judaism

Beth Chai Jewish Humanist Congregation of Greater Washington is an open, welcoming community that celebrates Jewish values, history, ethnicity, music and culture. We believe that it is up to humans to create the world we wish to live in, and we work to bring alive the principles of tikkun olam--“repair the world.”

We welcome all, including people who believe in God and those who do not, as well as interfaith families searching for a place where everybody feels at home.

Throughout the year, Beth Chai members gather for holiday services and celebrations and for a robust set of adult education and cultural events, as well as social action activities. Our Sunday School offers Jewish education beginning at pre-K, through our moving and personal B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies.

Our Sunday School meets at Burning Tree Elementary School, and our high holiday services are held at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, both in Bethesda, MD.

Our congregation is devoted to understanding and expressing Jewish heritage and culture in the light of humanistic principles and values. We deepen our Jewish identity by interpreting the history and traditions of Jewish civilization in a modern spirit.

Beth Chai is the perfect place for people looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Judaism that speaks to their values.

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Beth Chai, Jewish Humanist Congregation of Greater Washington, is an open, welcoming community that celebrates Jewish values, history, ethnicity, music and culture. We believe that it is up to humans to create the world we wish to live in, and we work to bring alive the principles of tikkun olam--“repair the world.” We welcome all, including people who believe in God and those who do not, as well as interfaith families searching for a place where everybody feels at home. Throughout the year, Beth Chai members gather for holiday services and celebrations and for a robust set of adult education and cultural events, as well as social action activities. Our Sunday School offers Jewish education beginning at pre-K, through our moving and personal B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies. Our independent congregation is the perfect place for people looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Judaism that speaks to their values. We invite you to explore, study and celebrate our Jewish heritage with us.
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Minyan Chaverim is one of Beth El's lay led Shabbat morning services. This traditional service is smaller, less formal, and more intimate. It typically features opportunities to follow along, sing, and pray together.

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8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, 20814

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7277 Persimmon Tree Rd
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6601 Bradley Blvd
Bethesda, 20817-3042

A Cutting Edge Synagogue. More traditional than you think - More Modern than you thought possible