As members of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, religious services at Beth Sholom are egalitarian, participatory and inclusive within the framework of Halakha, or Jewish Law. Our services incorporate both Hebrew and English, our prayer melodies are lively and our rabbi offers talks on a broad range of contemporary topics. We welcome men, women and children as active participants in our prayer.
Traditionally the saddest day of the Jewish year, Tisha B'Av is the day both temples were destroyed in Jerusalem, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 and World War I began, among other tragic events. The date is commemorated with a 25-hour fast.
Join us Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 p.m. for a candle-lit ceremony with ancient and contemporary prayers and readings, learning and discussion opportunities and recitations from the Book of Lamentations.
Friday Evening Services and Shabbat Dinners
Our one-hour Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma'ariv services begin at 7 p.m. Learn the lively and spiritually uplifting prayers and tunes that are a part of our service. Also join us for:
Egalitarian services begin at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary followed by a Kiddush luncheon. There are many opportunities for congregation members to
participate in or lead the services. Contact the Beth Sholom office at 301-663-3437 for
information on service participation or Kiddush luncheon sponsorship.
Also join us for:
Bar and Bat Mitzvah-aged Students
In preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, students in grades 6-7 participate in leading the services Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Minyanim are held each Thursday morning 8 a.m. and the first Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Community Center, located at 1011 N. Market St. All are welcome to attend the 45-minute service.
Rosh Chodesh Women's Group
Rosh Chodesh, which literally means "head of the month," has traditionally been considered a special holiday for women. According to legend, the holiday was a reward given to the women of Israel becaused they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the Golden Calf. Because of their righteousness, the women were exonerated from working on Rosh Chodesh. In modern times, women gather to study, explore spirituality, share a meal, discuss topics of interest to Jewish women and work for social change.
This lively and diverse group, led by Cantor Shulie, meets once a month as close as possible to the beginning of the new Hebrew month. Activities and discussion topics are selected based on the participants' interests. For more information, contact the Beth Sholom office at 301-663-3437.
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