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WRJ logoBeth El's Women of Reform Judaism is committed to women, our Congregation and to Judaism. We serve our synagogue, the community, and the Jewish world.

Members of Beth El's Women of Reform Judaism gain:

- New and lasting friendships
- New personal and professional growth and development
- An opportunity to learn more about Judaism
- A renewed sense of community
- A chance to develop talents and leadership skills

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WRJ Activities


Mah Jongg - Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 


ONEG or BIMAH FLOWER SPONSORSHIP: We ensure that each week there are beautiful flowers gracing our bimah. We also see to it that at every Erev Shabbat service there is a fresh loaf of challah and an array of delicacies for everyone to enjoy with their coffee or punch. Sponsoring an oneg or the Bimah flowers on weekends when there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a wonderful opportunity for our congregants to honor someone they love, or to celebrate something special in their lives. Just think--you can give a gift and not worry about the wrapping.

If you would like to sponsor an Oneg or Bimah Flowers, please contact Jo Ann Allen .


Executive Board
President, Jeanette Astrow
Vice President, Karen Aftergut
Vice President, Vacant
Vice President, Jo Ann Allen
Recording Secretary, Arline Sachs
Corresponding Secretary, Evy Englander
Treasurer, Sandra Seitz
Immediate Past President, Suzie Shalewitz
Counselor, Shelli Ross
District Liason, Jane Kraft-Burstein
At-Large, Annette Kilian*
At-Large, Susan Meisner*
At-Large, Linda Shapiro
At-Large, Sara Deshong
At-Large, Susan Whitman


Board Members and Committee Chairs
Book Club, Rita DiTrani
Carpenter Shelter, Karen Aftergut
Education, Vacant
Fundraising, Vacant
Judaica Shop Manager, Sara Deshong*
Judaica Shop Treasurer, Susan Whitman*
Judaica Shop Liason, Linda Shapiro*
Knitting Group, Gail Lipkin*
Mah Jong, Susan Whitman* and Sara DeShong*
Membership, Vacant
Oneg Shabbat, Jo Ann Allen*
Photography, Gale Goldfarb
Procurement, Risa Gordon*
Social Action, Janet Garber
Social Justice & Religious Issues, Jeanette Astrow


Judaica Shop

The Beth El Sisterhood Judaica shop specializes in selling a wide variety of ritual items as well as a collection of books. The shop strives to carry unique lines of Judaica Jewelry. We also specialize in personalized Judaica. We primarily purchase merchandise from Israel and American Jewish Artists.

We carry baby gifts, a stunning line of Kettubot and cards from Mickie Caspi and unique Judaic themed merchandise for everyone including pets. We have everything you'd need from Shabbat to Simchat Torah, High Holidays to Hanukkah. Make us your one stop shop for all your Judaic needs-personal and gift. Don't forget when you shop the shop you support WRJ Sisterhood. Remember paid up Sisterhood Members receive a 10% discount. If you are interested in making a monthly commitment and getting trained to volunteer in the shop please contact Sara Deshong-Rojas.


Judaica Shop Hours


Wednesday - 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunday - 10:00 AM - Noon

Friday - one-half hour prior to Shabbat



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!

Our next communal dinner will be Friday, April 28. RSVP to the Beth El office


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
See calendar for exact dates and subjects



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.



upcoming events



Food drive the month of April



for men and women

the month of April


April 30 and May 21


Lifelong Learning


Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 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