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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...?

After 16 years at Beth El, Rabbi Isserow is retiring.  We are in the process of searching for a new rabbi and would like your input.

We welcome your thoughts by email at [email protected].  We will also be at the annual congregational meeting on June 20 if you would like your voice heard.

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!

 

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.

 

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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Summer service schedule begins Friday, June 23

6:30 PM

 

upcoming events
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INSTALLATION OF NEW BOARD

Friday, June 23 @ 6:30 PM

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TWILIGHT SUMMER CONCERT

Friday, June 23 @ 7:30 PM

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SUMMER SOUL SHABBAT

July 14, 28 and August 11 @ 6:30 PM

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HIGH HOLIDAY CHOIR SCHEDULE


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