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

 

Tuesday, December 4

  • Hanukkah: 3rd Candle

Wednesday, December 5

  • Hanukkah: 4th Candle
  • 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)
  • 7:00-8:00 PM, Social Action Committee Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, December 6

  • Hanukkah: 5th Candle
  • 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

Friday, December 7

  • Hanukkah: 6th Candle
  • 9:45-10:30 AM, BEECC Shabbat Sing
  • 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Volunteer at The Closet. More Info.
  • 5:00-8:00 PM, CBE USY Disney Princess Tikkun Olam Shabbat
  • 5:30-7:15 PM, Religious School Shabbat B’Yahad Grades K-3
  • 6:15 PM, Family-Friendly Erev Shabbat Service with participation by Preschool through Grade 3 students, when we will observe Latke Shabbat and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Shabbat. Before services, the congregation is invited to join the Religious School for latkes at 5:30 PM.

Saturday, December 8

  • Hanukkah: 7th Candle
  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service when we will celebrate December birthdays and anniversaries with a special group aliyah, and with the Picarelli family as Timaeus becomes a bar mitzvah.
  • 6:00-7:30 PM, Religious School Shabbat B’Yahad Grades 4-7

Sunday, December 9

  • Hanukkah: 8th Candle
  • No Religious School
  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Sisterhood Hanukkah Potluck Brunch – Latke Cook Off. Bring your family’s favorite latkes or dairy side dish to share-secret ballot judging. No charge. Bring a potential new Sisterhood member and be entered into a special raffle. RSVP appreciated to [email protected].
  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Adult Education: Ten Paths to God
  • 2:45-4:00 PM, USY Board Meeting
  • 4:00-6:00 PM, Chai School – Hanukkah Lights, Laughter & Latkes
  • 6:00-7:30 PM, USY Hanukkah Gift Exchange

Monday, December 10

  • Hanukkah: 8th Day
  • 1:30-3:30 PM, Bridge!
  • 4:30-6:30 PM, Second Monday

Tuesday, December 11

  • 7:00 PM, Membership Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 12

  • 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, Board Meeting
  • 8:00 PM, Evening Minyan

Thursday, December 13

  • No BEECC
  • 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, Israel Support Committee Planning Meeting. We’ll be discussing programming and activities going forward. Hope to see you all there. If you have participated before or not, this is a great time to get involved. Just show up, or if you have any questions or want to get on the email list, email Andy Golkow at [email protected] or contact the office.

Friday, December 14

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

Saturday, December 15

  • 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Service
  • Pirkei Avot Study in the Library following Kiddush.
  • 6:00-10:00 PM, USY & Kadima Movie Night

Sunday, December 16

  • 9:00 AM, Morning Minyan
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Religious School (Grades K-7)
  • 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Religious School Grade 6 Project Mishpacha
  • 12:00-1:15 PM, Kadima Board Meeting
  • 12:15-1:45 PM, Adult Education: Introduction to Judaism
  • 4:00-6:00 PM, Chai School

Monday, December 17

  • 1:30-3:30 PM, Bridge!

Tuesday, December 18

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, First Date for Directory Photo Sittings. CBE is publishing a new Congregational Photo Directory, and we want every family to be in it! Come for a FREE sitting in December/January, 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 greetings & ads, is available at www.bethemeth.org/directory2019.
  • 1:00-3:00 PM, Hazak Meeting. “Kosher Cryptology” with Dr. David Hatch. One of the secret aspects of victory against the Axis in World War II was the widespread codebreaking by American and British experts. In the United States, many key figures in this codebreaking were Jewish, and many Jewish experts remained important in this work after the war. The curtain of secrecy has been lifted on this activity, and Dr. David Hatch will discuss the important contribution of these Jewish experts to winning the war. More Info.

Save the Date

Monday, December 24

  • 5:00 PM, CBE will serve dinner to homeless men and women at Epiphany Episcopal Church. The dinner will be on Christmas Eve; we choose this date each year to allow our Christian neighbors to celebrate with their families. Please go to www.bethemeth.org/prevent-hypothermia#dec24 and sign up to volunteer and/or donate cooked or uncooked food, so we’ll know our commitments will be covered. Families can sign up to volunteer as a unit; teens 13-17 can volunteer individually with a parental waiver.

Thursday, December 27

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Photo Directory Sittings. See December 18 entry for more information.

Sunday, January 6

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Photo Directory Sittings. See December 18 entry for more information.

Sunday, January 13

  • 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Photo Directory Sittings. See December 18 entry for more information.

 

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


Other News

 

Can you help greet & guide CBE members & visitors coming to services? This is an easy, gratifying way to get more involved at CBE. We hear what a difference it makes to be warmly greeted with a smile each Shabbat. And our guests appreciate having someone who can direct them to the kippot, sanctuary, or restroom and who can answer basic questions. You determine when and how often to volunteer; just sign up for dates that work for you, at bethemeth.org/greeters. Try it once, you’ll enjoy it! Questions? Contact Suzanne Stluka, Secretary, at [email protected].

Have a spare moment, but are away from your paper Shofar? You can read all about CBE activities & community news in the online Shofar, at bethemeth.org/shofar.

For his Bar Mitzvah project, Drew Levin is collecting gently used sports equipment to raise funds for Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Through our community, Drew learned about Gabriella Miller's story and how she is still making a difference through the foundation. “That has inspired me to want to make a difference too,” says Drew. Gabriella’s tumor was the size of a walnut, so they started this foundation to raise awareness and funds for childhood brain cancer research. Drew will bring the donated equipment to Play it Again Sports and will donate all funds raised to Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Bring your gently used sporting equipment to the Religious School Entrance at CBE or contact Drew to arrange a pickup time.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah class forming. Are you an adult who can already read Hebrew words and did not celebrate Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Then this class, taught by Gwen Sloan, is for you. Learn to chant Torah and possibly Haftarah, as well as learning to chant all or parts of the Torah and Musaf services, culminating in a group Adult B’nai Mitzvah on a Saturday morning. Class time, start date, and B’nai Mitzvah date will be determined based upon needs of participants and instructor’s schedule. Minimum enrollment of 4. Interested? Contact Gwen using the form at www.bethemeth.org/contact-gwen-sloan.

 


Community News

 

 

NextStop Theatre Special Event: A Kosher Christmas Cabaret. One time only on Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 PM. Following the surprise hit of the summer, A Kosher Cabaret, NextStop is bringing you more funny and heartfelt songs and stories celebrating Jewish life and culture—’tis the season. Jordan Friend (Disgraced, A Kosher Cabaret) returns to lead. Info and tickets: www.nextstoptheatre.org.

See the Tony Award-winning play “Indecent” at Arena Stage, running now through December 30. Filled with traditional Yiddish music, dance and humor, Indecent tells the true story of a 1923 Yiddish play, which received acclaim in Europe before coming to New York – where the entire cast was arrested for “obscenity.” Our Adult Program Committee has arranged a 20% discount on select performances; use promo code INDECENT20 online at www.arenastage.org or call Arena Stage Group Sales at 202-488-4380. This promo code is subject to availability and not able to be used on previous purchases.

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