Where Will You Discover the Diversity of Judaism? Learn with Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation – Building a “House of Friends” One Family at a Time

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Beth Chaverim, a Reform synagogue in Loudoun County, VA, is proud to announce a variety of innovative new classes and activities this fall. BCRC is the place to be to discover the Jewish perspective on meditation, enjoy a nosh with friends, or participate in tikkun olam, the repairing of the world that is a central tenet of Judaism.

Building a "House of Friends" One Family at a Time

The fall is the perfect time to explore the diversity of Judaism with programs for all ages at Beth Chaverim

Beth Chaverim– Hebrew for “House of Friends” – is a Reform synagogue in Loudoun County, VA, that offers a wide variety of worship, educational and social opportunities for those looking for a warm and welcoming Jewish community. In its sixteenth year, Beth Chaverim celebrates traditional Jewish rituals as well as creating many new ones for members to enjoy at their own comfort level. Full-time Rabbi Linda Joseph expertly leads memorable services and informative classes for all ages. There’s a place for you at BCRC whether you are single, partnered, married or divorced, young, empty nesters, or seniors – all are welcome.

What’s the most popular bagel? Find out at the Bagel Nosh. This is the first event sponsored by the “Culture Club”, a new offering from Beth Chaverim’s Adult Education team. During this inaugural event, hear lots of interesting bagel facts in a program that’s sure to delight both taste buds and mind. The noshing and learning will take place on Wednesday, October 24th at 12:30 pm. Please RSVP so we know how many bagels to order.

Ever feel there might be more to the idea of worship and movement? Or that one can embody prayer? Yoga for Yids, another innovative program, kicks off on Sunday October 28th at 4pm. Rabbi Joseph and yoga teacher AJ Ilkner will explore the link between Judaism and yoga in a one-hour mixed level class. Prior yoga experience isn't necessary, nor is flexibility! Please contact AJ at aj(at)jyoga(dot)com with questions about the yoga practice; contact Adult Education Coordinator Shelley Sheinwald to register or for more information.

An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah will be held Tuesdays from 7 – 8:30 pm, beginning on October 30th. From its beginnings, Judaism has sought to understand the realities of our inner life as well as the world around us. Jewish Mysticism, now known as the Kabbalah, has been a primary approach for achieving that goal. This 4-part lecture series, led by Dr. Michael Leavitt, will explore the history and meaning of Kabbalah. For further information and to register, please contact the Adult Education Coordinator Shelly Sheinwald.

The Fourth Annual “Day of Thanks and Service” is being sponsored by Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES (Building Relationships for Interfaith Dialogue, Goodwill, Education and Service), a project initiated by Beth Chaverim at the bequest of a donor. BRIDGES strives to bring together communities of different faiths to collectively address common challenges, and to build bridges of understanding and respect between diverse religious and ethnic entities. The focus of this event, Sunday November 4th from 3 to 7pm, is to address hunger in Loudoun County. All ages and faiths will join together in a day of education, advocacy, and direct action, preparing food for a local food pantry. Click here for more information.

Beth Chaverim’s “Little Latkes” programs are designed to help families with young children introduce their little ones to Judaism in an accessible, age-appropriate manner. This programming includes Bagels & Blocks (a mid-week facilitated parenting group), monthly Pajama Havdalah and Tot Shabbat services, and an informal playgroup during Sunday religious school. To ensure affordability, BCRC is offering reduced dues and deferred building fund payments to families with below school-aged children as well as reduced religious school tuition for pre-K and Kindergarten.

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, is a dynamic synagogue that lives up to its name - House of Friends. Located in Ashburn, Virginia, the synagogue connects new ideas with centuries of Jewish tradition. They celebrate diversity by welcoming young families, seniors, singles, teens, empty nesters, interfaith families, same sex couples, Jews by birth and Jews by choice. Attend a service, educational session, or cultural event and you will want to become part of Beth Chaverim.

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