Our Vision and Values

Rabbi David Spinrad’s Installation Shabbat Dinner

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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.

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Early Childhood Learning Center Registration Open!

Information for the 2019-2020 Program Registration is available

 

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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  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.

Upcoming Events

 

Join Rabbi Spinrad and Cantor Kaufman for our family-friendly, all-congregation dinner and Shabbat service to welcome Rabbi Tuchman to Beth El!

Community dinner is before the service on March 1. Dinner is $7 per adult, $5 per child, $20 for a family of four, and $5 per person for each person over four, regardless of age.

To RSVP for dinner, go here.

Trivia Night

Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El.  Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play!  The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB.  Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion!  Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games).  RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here  Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected]  Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.

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:

 

             Order Your Hamantaschen Today!!                         

Help support the Women of Reform Judaism and its many programs by purchasing a dozen or more of your favorite hamantaschen – poppy, prune, apricot, or raspberry. (One flavor per dozen) Cost is $10 per dozen. Simply fill out this form and send in your payment by March 1, 2019. Pick up will be on March 17th at the Purim Carnival. WRJ thanks you for your support!!

 

 

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