Upcoming Events
Intro to Kabbalah Jan. 16
Knit & Knosh Jan. 17
Adult Ed Jan. 17
Talmud class Jan. 18
Rosh Chodesh group Jan. 18
Religious school-led services Jan. 19
Shabbat dinner Jan. 19
Casino Night Jan. 20
PJ Library event Jan. 21
Book Club Jan. 21
Mah Jongg Jan. 23
Intro to Kabbalah Jan. 23
Knit & Knosh Jan. 24
Adult Ed Jan. 24
Talmud class Jan. 25
Dinner Club Jan. 25

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Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Doors open at 5 p.m.
Games start at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 7
Monday, Jan. 22


Social and Cultural Programs

Program Committee

The Program Committee plans social and educational events that are of interest to Jewish adults. Activities such as trips to museums in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; guest speakers on Jewish, secular, political and Israeli topics; and musical concerts are just a few of the entertaining events offered throughout the year. In addition, the Board of Trustees sponsors a yearly casino night—a fun social event and fund-raiser. Check out all our upcoming events.

Special events

Casino Night: Join us Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. for our annual Las Vegas-style event. Gaming tables—Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, Craps, Roulette—a silent auction and prizes, along with a martini bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts round out what is always a fun-filled and eagerly anticipated evening. Tickets, which include $10,000 in playing chips, food and one drink ticket, are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Game table sponsors get free admission tickets.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 2; to purchase tickets, call the Beth Sholom office at 301-663-3437.

The silent auction opens for bidding January 7. For more information and to view and bid on the auction items, to to http://bit.ly/2DZOrDU. Items are added frequently, so check back often to see what's new.

For more information on volunteering on the committee or becoming a sponsor, call Ezra Elkon at 703-472-4441.

Concert: Join us Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. for a concert of Jewish-American music featuring congregants Norma and Morrie Kelsey and Andy Rosenfeld, and Cantor Shulie Hersh. The program includes musical numbers by the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more. There is no charge; light refreshments will be served.

Speakers Series: Join us for informative talks by experts on a variety of topics.

  • A View from the Ground: Join us Feb. 11, 2018, at 1 p.m. when University of Maryland Professor Shay Hazkani will discuss his new book project, a socio-cultural history of the 1948 War in Israel. Relying on never-before used personal letters in Hebrew and Arabic, the book tells the story of that war from the perspective of the ordinary Israeli, Palestinian, Iraqi and Egyptiam men and women who fought it.

  • The Land of Israel: Land of Longing, Land of Promise Commemorate Israel's 70th birthday with a celebration of Jewish learning featuring Jewish Theological Seminary renowned faculty. Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Congregatin B'nai Tzedek in Potomac, Md.

Movie Series: Join us throughout the year for screenings of Jewish-themed movies. Always free popcorn!

Ongoing Events

Play & Perk: Start the week with a playgroup for children under 2 and their parents. Relax each Monday—when school is in session—from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a cuppa joe and let the little ones play at Beth Sholom. Meet with old and new friends ... everyone is welcome! View the flier.

Knit & Knosh: Experienced and novice knitters and crocheters are welcome for an afternoon of stitching, socializing and noshing on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Join the gathering at any time. Some instruction is offered, but this is not a class. Check the events calendar for exact schedule. For more information, contact Beth Sholom at 301-663-3437.

Mah Jongg: Newbies and long-time players are invited to join us each Tuesday at noon for Mah Jongg.

Dinner Club: Join fellow congregants once a month for an evening of good food and conversation. Scrap the cooking and gather on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at a restaurant in Urbana. For details and to RSVP, please contact Liz Koozmin three days in advance at 571-345-8916 or ekoozmin@yahoo.com.

Book Group: Book Group generally meets on the fourth Sunday of every other month at 1 p.m. in the library. Books are selected based on their relevance to Jewish themes, culture and current events. Discussions are always lively and are sometimes led by guest speakers. The group is open to all who love to read! For more information, contact Joan Meyer at meyerjoan@rocketmail.com or call 240-285-2423.

Upcoming discussion

  • Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.: The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer, is a powerful family saga that takes place in the Jewish community of Warsaw over nearly a century prior to World War II.

Hazak: A social club for Jewish adults 60 years and older, Hazek meets on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Programs include interesting speakers, day trips, social activities and other areas of interest. For more information, contact Alice Haber, at alicehaber@aol.com or call 301-732-4625.

Meet Senator Cardin
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is just one of the many social and cultural offerings at Beth Sholom. Movie nights, speaker series, food festivals, holiday parties, a book club, a knitting circle and other fun-filled and informative events fill Beth Sholom's calendar each month. We invite you to become part of this lively community.