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Throughout its history as Northern Virginia's oldest Reform congregation, Beth El and its families have commemorated special moments in the Jewish lifecycle. These milestones are a recognized and integral part of Jewish life, reinforcing our sense of community, as well as our link to the past, present and future. Ritual acts are mitzvot, acts of obligation, sanctifying our history, our ideas and our land and uniting us in common practice.

There are four major lifecycle events, covering from birth to death:

 

Beth El follows a modern Reform Jewish approach to marking lifecycle events. Reform rituals are relatively short, liturgically simple, and allow the participants to provide for a reflection of their personal values. Those surrounding birth involve the hopes and dreams of parents for their children as they celebrate the continuation of the Jewish religion; bar and bat mitzvah rituals celebrate transition and both a family's and a young person's recognition of the new responsibilities of the bar/bat mitzvah; weddings consecrate the love of a couple and reaffirm the commitment to a Jewish future; and funeral practices allow the mourners to honor a life and receive comfort from their community.

For further information please call the Temple office at (703) 370-9400 or contact our clergy directly.

 

 

 

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

 

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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upcoming events
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SPREAD THE JOY OF PESACH

Food drive the month of April

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COLLECTING PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING

for men and women

the month of April
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CHAPEL IN THE WOODS WORKDAYS

April 30 and May 21

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Lifelong Learning

CALLING ALL TREKKIES

Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 PM

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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