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Our Vision

 

Beth El is an open, sacred community which recognizes that “every soul is a holy soul.” Inspired by the tenets of modern Reform Judaism, we provide a safe, supportive environment within which all individuals are encouraged to continue their spiritual journeys through exploration, education and participation. Understanding that the quest for personal holiness extends beyond each individual, we are dedicated to bringing wholeness and healing to both our own Beth El community and the wider community wherever and whenever possible.

 

Our Values

 

We are an open Congregation

We welcome all who enter: People of all ages, races, and abilities, Jewish or interfaith, individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and those with disabilities.  We make a conscious effort to ensure that each and every person can find a home here at Beth El.

We believe that every soul is a holy soul

While family constellations are important, we make a special effort to value every individual and understand that each member may have different needs and is worthy of attention.

We are guided by the tenets of Reform Judaism

While we are informed by the values and traditions of Judaism in its entirety, we are specifically influenced by the evolution in thought and values that has occurred in Reform Judaism. In order to be true to this, it is incumbent upon us to continually study, be aware of, experience and experiment with the constant innovation that Reform Judaism encourages.

We provide a safe, supportive environment

We are “safe” in the sense of not only of a physically safe environment but also an experientially safe environment.   We want Beth El to be a place where individuals can express differing opinions, try out different spiritual practices consistent with the synagogue’s mission, suggest new and untested ventures and be supported in all of these efforts, even if some are not sustainable or do not realize their full potential.

We encourage all individuals to pursue their own spiritual journeys

Beth El is not a homogeneous congregation and people come to our synagogue with differing needs. While we cannot be all things to all people, we can help individuals who are interested in pursuing their journeys along a Jewish path and ensure that Beth El becomes a spiritual home to those who wish it to be theirs.

We encourage involvement in the Beth El community as well as in the wider local, national, and international communities

Because we are a sacred community, we cannot just focus simply on the individual. We seek to promote and grow a greater sense of and investment in the idea of community both internally as well as externally. Involvement in the wider community strengthens our own, encourages acts of tikkun olam − acts to heal, reform, and transform the world − promotes a strong sense of “self” to make a difference in the real issues of the wider community.

We embrace our responsibility to perpetuate Jewish values, history, and culture

Our children represent the future of Judaism. Through its religious practices, life cycle events, religious education programs, connections to Israel, adult education programs, and moral leadership and example, Beth El transmits knowledge and understanding of Jewish faith, traditions, history, and culture to our children, ourselves, and interested members of the larger community.

Did You Know...?

Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!

 

Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects

 

ALIVE!

For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.

 

Beth El House

For more information go to https://www.bethelhebrew.org/community/beth-el-house

Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.

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United We Stand

 

Beth El Hebrew Congregation stands with the residents of Charlottesville in denouncing hatred. The truly shameful behavior of neo Nazi groups that descended upon the city was the latest example of domestic terrorism designed to further divide our nation. We believe that all people regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation are an asset to the social fabric of the United States. Any attempt by hate groups to deny the rights of citizens will always fail because our fundamental beliefs in liberty and equality. Our prayers go out to the families of Heather Heyer,  Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Berke M.M. Bates, along with all the counter protesters who were hurt.

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HIGH HOLIDAY FORMS

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NON-MEMBER TICKET REQUEST

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TO JOIN BROTHERHOOD OR SISTERHOOD CLICK HERE

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Summer services

begin at 6:30 PM

Services will not be streamed until the end of August due to renovations. We look forward to being with you towards the end of August.

 

upcoming events
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HIGH HOLIDAY CHOIR SCHEDULE

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SUMMER SOUL SHABBAT

August 11 @ 6:30 PM

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NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE

Sunday, August 13 @ 2:00 PM

Contact the office for information

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CHAPEL IN THE WOODS WORKDAY

Sunday, August 27 @ 10:00 AM

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2017-18 WRJ PAID-UP MEMBER OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, September 9

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA BREAKFAST FOR ISRAEL

at the JCC of Northern Virginia

Sunday, September 10 @ 10:00 AM

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WRJ/Brandeis BOOK & AUTHOR EVENT

Sunday, October 29

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

 


There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

the full calendar