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Learning CenterWho is wise? He who learns from all people. As it is said, 'From all my teachers, I have gotten understanding.'(Avot 4:1) - Rabbi Ben Zoma

Beth El's education programs provide opportunities to study and learn at all times during one's life. Whether you seek to learn new skills, share your own experiences or build a new foundation upon which to grow and learn, you can find classes and activities here at Beth El. Come, learn with us!

Religious School | Adult Education | Beth El Preschool/JCCNV | Interfaith & Outreach

Religious School

Our goal is to open the windows of Judaism and instill in our children that reform Judaism is exciting, relevant and important to the world. Visit the Religious School page for more information.

For parents of young children, we have a special program for non-members who wish to introduce their pre-K through second grade children to our religious school experience.

For details contact our Director, Barry Smith, or Assistant Education Director and Office Manager, Laura Naide, or call the Religious School office at 703 370 6644.

Adult Education

Beth El's clergy, staff, and knowledgeable lay leaders provide a wide variety of opportunities to meet your desire for life-long learning.

All course offerings, Shabbat afternoon seminars and scholar-in-residence programs are open to members and non-members alike, including religious school students who have completed the B'nai Mitzvah program.

Visit the Adult Education page for more information, or contact Deb Smith-Cohen.

Beth El Preschool/JCCNV

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), in collaboration with Beth El Hebrew Congregation is pleased to offer a Jewish preschool program with extended childcare! We welcome children ages two through four years old. Our goal is to promote developmental growth through creative interaction between children and teachers within a warm, caring, Jewish environment. Visit the Preschool page or contact Dina Backer, Director, telephone 703 537 3084.

Interfaith and Outreach

Beth El welcomes and supports families, couples, and those considering conversion. We offer targeted programming that increases informed Judaic knowledge among the outreach communities. Learn more.


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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



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Upcoming Events


We have a very special service January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic work.

We will be joined by our talented 5th grade class and singer-songwriter, LEA.

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:


Support During Shutdown                         

As the frustrating government shutdown drags on, we extend our sympathies during this anxious time for you and your family. While Beth El Hebrew Congregation is not a direct service provider, we can offer temporary dues relief until the shutdown has ended. We hope this resource list can be an asset during this difficult time and pray for an immediate resolution:


What Furloughed Workers Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Benefits:

A Furloughed Federal Employee’s Guide to Filing for Unemployment:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Furlough Guidance: tps://

Alexandria Center for Economic Support:

Coordinated Services Fairfax County:

Local Restaurants Offering Free or Discounted Meals and More:




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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