High Holy Days 2018/5779

Rabbi David Spinrad’s Installation Shabbat Dinner

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Beth El Hebrew Congregation is looking forward to spending the Jewish holidays with you. Rabbi David Spinrad and Cantor Jason Kaufman are excited to create community and build on our history as we begin a new chapter together. May we all be blessed with joy and peace in the coming year.

Important Note:


"For the safety of our congregation, please be prepared to have large purses, backpacks and other bags checked.

The bag check area will be at the main (parking lot) entrance.  Please consider bringing only what you need to services.  Thank you for your understanding."

"If you are a medical professional attending High Holiday services, Beth El would greatly appreciate you notifying the ushers upon entering the sanctuary.  While your services are rarely needed, we want to ensure that we are prepared in case of emergency.  Thank you in advance for your assistance."

Schedule of Services


S’lichot:        Saturday, September 1

7:00 PM        AT BETH EL


Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 9

8:00 pm        Service

Rosh Hashanah: Monday, September 10

10:00 am      Morning Service

1:00 pm        Family Service

                        (infants through 3rd grade)

2:00 pm        Junior Congregation Service

                        (4th through 7th grade)


Tashlich Service: Sunday September 16

10:30 am      Picnic at Burke Lake Park

11:00 am      Service


Kol Nidre:    Tuesday, September 18

8:00 pm        Service

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, September 19

10:00 am      Morning Service

1:00 pm        Family Service

                        (infants through 3rd grade)

1:15 pm        Study & Discussion

2:00 pm        Junior Congregation Service

                        (4th through 7th grade)

3:15 pm        Afternoon Service

4:45 pm        Yizkor and Neilah Service


Below is link to the forms you may need during the High Holy Days:

Additional Ticket Request Form

Single members who would like to request a second ticket free of charge should use this form.     

This is also for family members or older children who are not members at Beth El or any other reform synagogue who participates in the reciprocity agreement.

Bulletin Holiday Greetings Form

The deadline for submitting this form to the office is August 9.

Volunteer Ushers Form

Beth El is always interested in volunteer ushers for the holidays. This is a great way to get better acquainted with the community.

Babysitting Form

The deadline for submitting this form to the office is September 5.

Yom Kippur Book of Remembrance Form

The deadline for submitting this form to the office is September 7.

Non-member Ticket Request Form

Please contact the office with any questions or concerns.


Please contact the office at 703-370-9400 or email [email protected] with any questions.

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Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
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Upcoming Events and Reminders

JCCNV Stroke Class Cancelled

Please note the Spot a Stroke Save a Life Class is cancelled for the Wednesday. It will be rescheduled in the near future. Thank you for understanding. 

Summer Service Times

We have special service hours on Fridays for the duration of the summer.  On Friday nights beginning June 28, services will begin at 6:30 PM proceeded by the Shabbat social hour at 5:30 PM. There will be an informal dinner following services on Friday nights. There is no RSVP required. Meet in the lobby after services to join for dinner.


High Holy Days

High Holy Days might seem far away but they are right around the corner. Look out for our communications and buy tickets to come. Rosh Hashannah services take place September 29 and 30; Yom Kippur services are October 8 and October 9. 


New Website

We are currently moving over to our new information system on ShulCloud. Our current web page will remain active for a few more weeks. Please feel free to use the preview link to use our new webpage and register your school age child(ren) for Religious School. Please be patient as we build capacity over the next few weeks. You can see a preview here. We hope you enjoy the ease of use and the new look. 



Have you made a donation yet in support of the new playground at Beth El? We are more than halfway to our goal of $200,000. Help raise the remaining funds to begin construction this spring with your donation today. Donate online  and select the Playground Fund, or note Playground when sending your donation to Beth El. For sponsorship opportunities contact Dina Backer at 703-537-3084 or Harmony Knutson at 202-256-4133.Your donations are greatly appreciated! Explore our funds directly here. 

   Spring Cleaning? Donate Your Books!!                         

Help support Beth El while cleaning your home. Donate your used books anytime. The office is always accepting donations year-round. 


Please sign up for Ushering at Beth El for Friday Night Services ​

This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link to sign up.


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.

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