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Two Weeks' Event Details
(Note: for Worship Service details, please see the Services this Month page.) 

Thursday, January 16

  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Drop-In Mah Jongg
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC Soccer
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility

Friday, January 17

  • Candlelighting Time: 4:55 PM
  • 9:30-10:30 AM, BEECC Shabbat Sing
  • 4:15-5:15 PM, Mitzvah: CBE hosts a brief Celebration of Shabbat for the Jewish residents at the Oakton Sunrise Living Center. Families welcome; children make it special! More info & signup: www.tinyurl.com/Sunrise-Shabbat.
  • 6:00 PM, Tu B'Shevat Shabbat Potluck Dinner – 6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Service. We’ll share a Potluck Shabbat Dinner and learn about Tu B’Shvat, “the birthday of the trees,” which is coming up on February 10. Please sign up to bring a dairy or pareve dish at www.bethemeth.org/shabbat-potluck.
  • 7:00 PM, Erev Shabbat Service (Note Special Time) followed by challah and wine. Special thanks to Debbie Katz for serving as greeter/bimah officer.

Saturday, January 18

  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service followed by Kiddush. Special thanks to the Stillman family for ushering for this service and to Denise Moldover for serving as greeter.
  • 10:45-11:45 AM, Tot Shabbat -- a child-focused, music-filled, and joyful experience recognizing the unique perspective children bring with them to synagogue. Join us each month for a musical and meaningful trip through the (abbreviated) Shabbat morning prayers, a Torah parade, a story, an activity, and snack. Our monthly service is led on a rotating basis by our Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith, lay leaders, and parent volunteers. Questions? Contact [email protected].
  • 7:00 PM, Bowling with Techilah. Let's go bowling! Join other young Jewish professionals for a night of bowling, drinks, and games at Bowl America in Fairfax, Virginia (9699 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031)! We will reserve a few lanes on us, just show up and enjoy! Warm up that bowling arm for a night of fun! For more information, check out our facebook page, Techilah - CBE Jewish Young Adult Group (facebook.com/groups/Techilah) or email [email protected].

Sunday, January 19

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • No Religious School
  • No Chai School
  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Education: Beyond Dispute
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Adult Trope Class
  • 12:00-2:00 PM, Minute Game Day. Join us at CBE for a series of Minute to Win it games, and a great time to come together and have fun. All Sixth through Eighth graders are welcome! Questions? [email protected].

Monday, January 20

  • MLK, Jr. Day
  • No BEECC
  • Offices Closed
  • 4:30-7:30 PM, Hypothermia Prevention Dinner at St. John Neumann Church CBE members will again participate in feeding and sheltering many homeless adults during Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston VA 20191. We'll provide and serve our signature roast chicken dinner on Monday (MLK, Jr. Day) and breakfasts for the week. A few things are still needed; please check the details and sign up ASAP at bit.ly/sjn2020 so we’ll know our commitments are covered!

Tuesday, January 21

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • 1:00-3:00 PM, Hazak with John Rybicki: Thoughts on the Afterlife in Judaism. Understanding both early and contemporary Judaic beliefs about death and afterlife is a challenge because there is no universally agreed-upon “Jewish” position on the topic. Over time, however, there has been a discernible development of thought within Judaism based on concepts of Divine justice and mercy, compassion and punishment. John Rybicki has numerous diplomas in Theology, and extensive pastoral, university-level teaching, and lecturing experience. We are looking forward to a thought-provoking session. Click here for more information about Hazak.
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC Dance Class
  • 7:00 PM, House & Facilities Committee Meeting
  • 7:00 PM, Welcome 2020 with a Sisterhood Pop Up Dinner. Join your Congregation Beth Emeth sisters for a ladies’ evening of great food and lively conversation. At Gregorio’s Trattoria, 1428 N. Point Village Ctr., Reston, VA 20194. Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 14 to [email protected].

Wednesday, January 22

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • 9:30-10:30 AM, Baby & Me Playgroup Socialize and get to know one another while giving the babies an opportunity to interact and play as well! Open to children born after September 30, 2017; siblings welcome. No need to be a member of CBE or to RSVP – just show up! Questions? Contact [email protected].
  • 12:00-1:30 PM, Adult Education: People of the Book Read the Book
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC Arts Play
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 2-7)
  • 7:00 PM, Executive Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, January 23

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Drop-In Mah Jongg
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC Soccer
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility

Friday, January 24

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • Candlelighting Time: 5:03 PM
  • 9:30-10:30 AM, BEECC Shabbat Sing
  • 6:15 PM, Erev Shabbat Service preceded by light snacks and followed by challah and wine. Special thanks to Robyn Feuerberg for serving as greeter/bimah officer.
  • 6:15-8:30 PM, Religious School B’Yahad (Grades 2, 3, 4 & 7)

Saturday, January 25

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann Church
  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service followed by Kiddush. Special thanks to Denise Moldover for serving as greeter and to the Rosensweig family for ushering for this service.
  • 5:15-7:30 PM, Religious School B’Yahad (Grades K, 1, 5 & 6)

Sunday, January 26

  • No Religious School
  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1948 Book Club
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Adult Trope Class
  • 1:00-3:00 PM, Chai School

Monday, January 27

  • 1:30-3:30 PM, Drop-In Bridge

Tuesday, January 28

  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC Dance Class

Wednesday, January 29

  • 10:00-11:30 AM, Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center (BEECC) Preschool Open House. Have young children? Don't miss this great opportunity to see the Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center (BEECC) in action, ask questions and find out if BEECC is the right fit for your family! Please share with your friends who may be interested. If anyone is interested but can't make it, just contact [email protected] to make an appointment. Questions? [email protected].
  • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Volunteer at The Closet [Offsite]. For more information, please go to www.bethemeth.org/closet.
  • 12:00-1:30 PM, Adult Education: People of the Book Read the Book
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC  Arts Play
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 2-7)
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, January 30

  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Drop-In Mah Jongg
  • 1:30-2:30 PM, BEECC  Soccer
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility

Save the Date

Friday, January 31 - Saturday, February 1

  • Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Rabbi Deborah Prinz. RSVP now! Friday evening we’ll have a kosher Chinese Shabbat dinner and a special presentation during services of What is the Best Chocolate? Jewish Ethics Mix into our Chocolate Eating. On Saturday evening, Rabbi Prinz will share with us a captivating presentation entitled Jews on the Chocolate Trail, and we’ll have  a special Potluck Chocolate Party! Complete info and RSVPs for the Chinese dinner (catered by Holy Chow in Silver Spring; only $8/adult, $5/child with children under 6 free; deadline January 24!) and the Saturday Chocolate Party at www.bethemeth.org/chocolate.

Sunday, March 29

  • Visit the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia with Beth Emeth friends! We’re pleased to say that we have reached the minimum number of participants and are looking forward to the trip on March 29!  Our day trip on March 29, 2020, includes bus transportation and admission to the museum. From a fellow congregant: “I have visited this museum many times, and each time I both learn something new about my own history and come away with a renewed sense of deep pride for my American Jewish heritage.” Cost is $50/adult and $40/child 12 and under.  We have a few additional spaces available on a first come, first served basis. After those seats are reserved, we’ll establish a wait list in case of cancellations. If you would like to sign up or get on the wait list, please check the trip details and complete the form at www.bethemeth.org/philly. If you are put on the wait list, we will let you know, and will contact you to confirm as space becomes available.

Sunday, April 19

  • 2:00 PM, Becoming Dr. Ruth -- Join your Beth Emeth friends for an unforgettable, heart-warming afternoon at Theater J, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC! Limited seats available; buy your ticket(s) now – more info at www.bethemeth.org/becoming. Cost: $55 per person (discounted from $69). Questions? Contact [email protected]

Keep your eyes on this page or check the calendar for more information about upcoming CBE events!


Other News

 

Summer Camps - Time to Start Getting Ready for Summer!

  • Registration is open for our NEW Vacation Torah Camp for grades 1-4! Science, art and sports, infused with Jewish Values. Campers will choose from fun activities in these 3 areas twice each day, and every Friday we'll visit a water park together. Four, week-long sessions in July; camp is 9:15 AM-1:15 PM with optional aftercare. Vacation Torah Camp welcomes Jewish and non-Jewish children, and families do not need to be members of CBE to attend. Sibling discounts available for Vacation Torah Camp and/or BEECC Summer Adventures. More info & registration.
  • Plan BEECC Adventures this Summer for Your Child Ages 2-5! Children learn best by "doing." At BEECC Summer Adventures, each child is encouraged to explore the environment, make discoveries, ask questions and gain competence by engaging in "hands-on" activities. We create a warm and supportive environment that helps children develop self-confidence, independence, and the ability to cooperate and solve problems, all in a Jewish setting. Most importantly, camp is FUN! Summer adventures will run from June 15 to August 21, 2020 with one-week sessions and half & full day options. Registration will open soon! Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to receive notification when registration is available.

New Erev Shabbat Service format the second Friday of every month, beginning February 14. Cantorial Soloist Michal Bilick, who leads the monthly Good Soul Shabbat Service at Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, DC, will join Rabbi Mina in leading Shabbat services the second Friday of the month.

Spring Cleaning Fundraiser! Everyone has items they wish to donate; now you’ll have the opportunity to turn these items into a cash (deductible) donation and help with Beth Emeth fundraising for this year. And if the value of your items is more that $180 total, you can choose to split the proceeds with CBE. How it works: from January 15 to March 8, you’ll upload photos of your items. ezDownsizing.com will hold an online auction, and then on March 22 you’ll bring your items to a central location for drop-off. More details and registration are at www.bethemeth.org/springclean. Start your spring cleaning now!

Check Out Mina’s Musings! Were you intrigued or inspired by a recent sermon and want to review and/or share it? Did you miss services and want to catch up with Rabbi Mina’s message about the parsha? Selected sermons are available on Rabbi Mina’s blog, Mina’s Musings, at www.bethemeth.org/blog/minas-musings.


Community News


Upcoming World Zionist Congress Election - VOTE MERCAZ! American Jews will have the opportunity to participate in the World Zionist Congress election between January 21 and March 11, 2020. It is critically important that we get as many delegates as possible by casting our ballots for the MERCAZ Slate (Slate #6) - the official voice of Conservative/Masorti Judaism. Details & Signup to Receive Updates are at www.mercaz2020.org/why-vote

A Year of Online Learning with the Jewish Theological Seminary. Join JTS faculty for live, online mini-courses offered throughout the year. Encounter compelling scholarship that brings Jewish text and wisdom to bear on contemporary life. All sessions take place from 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern Time and are reasonably priced. Recordings will be available for those unable to attend live. More Information: bit.ly/jts-5780.

Check www.jconnect.org/events for more community events.