Upcoming Events
Talmud class June 14
Rosh Chodesh group June 14
Yedid Nefesh June 15
Mah Jongg June 19
Knit & Knosh June 20
Talmud class June 21
Yedid Nefesh June 22
Mah Jongg June 26
Knit & Knosh June 27
Frederick Keys game June 27
   

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Bingo

Sunday
June 3, 10, 17, 24

Monday
June 4, 11, 18, 25

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

Bonanzas
Sunday: June 10
Monday: June 25

 

Worship

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.

Tisha B'Av

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:

  • Tot Shabbat: Families with children ages 2-6 are encouraged to participate in this lively 45-minute service, filled with songs, stories, games and prayers focused on children, followed by a light kiddush. Join us on the first Friday night of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    Note: Regular services are also held at 6 p.m. in the winter months and at 7 p.m. during the spring and summer months.

  • Student-led services: Parents and families will enjoy seeing their children participate in leading services, held on the third Friday each month when school is in session.

  • Congregation/Religious School Family Dinners: Join us one Friday every month for Shabbat dinner following student-led services. Please RSVP no later than one week before. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Beth Sholom office at 301-663-3437.

  • Yedid Nefesh: Join us at 7 p.m. on select Friday nights in June, July and August for a musical, ruach-filled outdoor Friday night service.

  • Shabbat in the Park: Families are invited to an outdoor Shabbat experience at 6 p.m. on select Friday nights in June, July and August. Meet in Staley Park behind the tot lot. Bring a blanket and a dairy or vegetarian dinner. The abbreviated service is geared toward families with children in grades 3 and younger, but all are welcome. Regular Friday night services are held in the sanctuary.

Shabbat Services

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:

  • Lunch & Learn: Once a month following a Kiddush lunch, Rabbi Hersh leads a discussion on topics of Jewish interest.

  • Mincha, Seudah Shlishit, Havdalah: Close out Shabbat with a short service, a light meal and a beautiful, song-filled Havdalah service.

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.

Morning Minyanim

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.

 

Worship With Us
Beth Sholom offers numerous ways for congregants to grow and express their spirituality. From lively, song-filled Friday night services to egalitarian Shabbat morning and holiday services to weekday morning minyanim to Lunch & Learn and congregational Shabbat dinners to a women's worship group, there is something here for everyone.