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

Tuesday, January 15

  • 7:30 PM, House & Facilities Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 16

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Education: Making Prayer Real & Mastering the Liturgy
  • 12:00-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Judaism and the World Religions
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 2-7)
  • 5:15-6:15 PM, JCCNV Widow/Widower Support Group
  • 7:00 PM, Nominating Committee Meeting
  • 7:30 PM, Ritual Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, January 17

  • 9:30-10:30 AM, BEECC Roundtable with Robin
  • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Volunteer at The Closet [Offsite]
  • 12:30-4:00 PM, Drop-In Mah Jong
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 6-7)
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance & Mobility
  • 7:30 PM, Finance & Budget Committee Meeting
  • 7:30 PM, Technology Committee Meeting

Friday, January 18

  • Seaboard USY North Carolina Shabbaton [Offsite]
  • 9:45-10:30 AM, BEECC Shabbat Sing
  • 4:15-5:15 PM, Mitzvah Opportunity: CBE is hosting a monthly Celebration of Shabbat for the Jewish residents at the Oakton Sunrise Living Center. We bring challah, wine/grape juice and cookies, and recite the Shabbat blessings and play Shabbat songs. It is very joyful and meaningful. We would like to have 3-4 CBE volunteers at each monthly session, which lasts less than an hour. Children preschool age or older are welcome, and are especially appreciated by the attendees! There are 4-7 Jewish residents who attend and are very appreciative. Please consider helping to make this mitzvah – sign up at www.tinyurl.com/Sunrise-Shabbat.
  • 6:15 PM, Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, January 19

  • Seaboard USY North Carolina Shabbaton [Offsite]
  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service when we will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat.

Sunday, January 20 to Sunday, January 27

  • Hypothermia Prevention Week at St. John Neumann, Reston. CBE members will support a full week of shelter for 100 homeless guests - many volunteers and donations are needed! Our commitment is to provide and serve dinner on Monday, January 21 (MLK Jr. Day – and Tu B’Shvat), and to provide breakfasts, warm clothes and gift cards for daytime meals. You can help ensure that the homeless have all the things they need to make it through winter and that their week at St. John Neumann is filled with warm memories. Please sign up to donate and/or volunteer so we’ll know our commitments are covered. Please contact Ted Benjamin with questions or if you prefer not to sign up online.

Sunday, January 20

  • Seaboard USY North Carolina Shabbaton [Offsite]
  • No Religious School
  • No Chai School
  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Photo Directory Sittings. ! CBE is publishing a new Congregational Photo Directory, and we want every CBE member/family to be in it! Come for a FREE sitting, and your favorite photo will be included. Every family will receive a finished directory as well as a free 5 x 7 print, professionally printed on-site. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase additional photos (no obligation) at discounted prices. Our directory will honor Ita Mandel, retiring Religious School Director, for her many years of service to CBE, and will also celebrate CBE’s 40th anniversary; congratulatory greetings/ads are appreciated. Reserve your photo sitting today! Photo schedule/signup, as well as information on placing greetings & ads, is available at www.bethemeth.org/directory2019.

Monday, January 21

  • Tu B’Shevat
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Offices Closed
  • No BEECC
  • Hypothermia Prevention Dinner at St. John Neumann. Many food items are still needed! See Hypothermia Prevention Week entry above for more information.

Tuesday, January 22

  • 6:00 PM, Kosher Italian Feast. The Beth Emeth community is invited to a Kosher Italian Feast in recognition of the continuing government shutdown and the effects it may be having on members of our community. Eat, enjoy each other's company and support those who are affected by the shutdown. We hope you will attend! RSVP appreciated, but not required, to [email protected]. And if the shutdown ends before Tuesday, it's still on!

Wednesday, January 23

  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Education: Making Prayer Real & Mastering the Liturgy
  • 12:00-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Judaism and the World Religions
  • 12:30-1:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance and Mobility
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 2-7)
  • 7:00 PM, Executive Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, January 24

  • 12:30-4:00 PM, Drop-In Mah Jong
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Religious School (Grades 6-7)
  • 6:30-7:30 PM, Adult Education: Better Balance & Mobility
  • 7:00-9:00 PM, School Committee Meeting

Friday, January 25

  • 9:45-10:30 AM, BEECC Shabbat Sing
  • 6:15 PM, Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, January 26

  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service
  • 7:30 PM, Religious School Parents/Guardians: FREE Adults Only Social Evening Out. Trivia, schmooze with friends, enjoy drinks, appetizers & desserts. Watch for your Evite, or RSVP to [email protected].

Sunday, January 27

  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Religious School Grades K-7
  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Education: Ten Paths to God
  • 2:00-4:00 PM, BEECC Family Fundraiser
  • 4:00-6:00 PM, Chai School

Monday, January 28

  • 1:30-3:30 PM, Bridge!

Tuesday, January 29

  • 10:00 AM–12:00 PM BEECC Open House. Do you know someone who has children who are ready for preschool? If so please spread the word and share the following information: OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, January 29, 10 AM to noon, at Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center (BEECC)! Meet our Director, Robin Cohen, along with our caring, professional faculty. Tour the school and observe our engaging, stimulating and joyful classroom environment where your child will explore, discover and grow with us. Learn about our Reggio-inspired program designed to foster meaningful learning experiences for each child. BEECC programs are for ages 12 months to 5 years, with low student-teacher ratios and half-day and extended-day options. Stop by and see if we're the right fit for your family. We look forward to meeting you! RSVP appreciated to [email protected] or 703-860-4515 x114. If you're unavailable on the 29th, please contact Renee to arrange a personal visit and tour. 

Save the Date

Wednesday, January 30-Sunday, February 3

  • CBE Arts Extravaganza (Long) Weekend, with Artists-in-Residence The Bible Players (Improv’ing Jewish Lives) & Mordechai Rosenstein (Torah through Art). It’s going to be an amazing 5 days of events for all ages & interests. Open House for RS parents, Pinot & Paint for adults (RSVP), special Hazak and BEECC programs, two B’Yahads, Arts Shabbat for the whole CBE community, Dessert Reception, Religious School/Chai School family programs, and an art studio open for the duration! Check out the full program and info on our artists at www.bethemeth.org/arts, and mark your calendar for one or more of these events. Questions? [email protected].

Sunday, February 3

  • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Directory Photo Sittings added, to make up for the snow day on January 13! See description under January 20.

Keep your eyes on this page for more information about upcoming CBE events!

Other News


If you are affected by the shutdown, let us know if we can help. Your CBE community is here for you. Just call the office at 703-860-4515 x101. Also, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has published a list of resources, available at www.shalomdc.org/government-shutdown-resources/. “We know that thousands of our friends, families, and neighbors in the DMV region are facing an unsettling period of stress, anxiety and economic instability.”

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. Posts are open for (moderated) comments, so you can add your thoughts and questions, too.

Community News


Edlavitch DCJCC Inclusion Event: Social Bowling Power Hour January 16, 7:00-9:00 PM at Bowlero (formerly Bowlmor) in Bethesda. Individuals of all abilities welcome. More info about this and other EDCJCC inclusion events.

Screening of Paper Clips – a very positive story about what happened when the Christian children in a small, rural Tennessee community began to learn about the Holocaust. January 16, 2019, 7:15 PM at the Arlington Cinema & Draft House. Joe Fabb, the writer, producer and co-director, will be there to take questions after the film. More information and tickets

Shishi Israeli dinner celebrating Tu B’Shvat - in potluck style - Friday, January 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM! Create a shared experience by welcoming Shabbat, eating a family meal and enjoying Israeli dancing, games and activities for the children. Held at Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax , VA 22030. Tickets will be available online only until January 13. Pre-registration and ticket purchases are required. Event is in both English and Hebrew, organized by the Israeli American Council of Washington, DC, with partners: JCC of Norther Virginia, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Gesher and JNF. Questions? Contact Tamar Pinto at [email protected].

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