The fall is the perfect time to explore all Beth Chaverim has to offer - worship, education and social events for individuals of all ages
Ashburn, Virginia (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
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 to those seeking 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 at BCRC for everyone; single, partnered, married or divorced, young, empty nesters, or seniors – all are welcome.
The fall at Beth Chaverim is starting with a wonderful “Welcome” weekend. Friday August 24th at 7pm is a Jammin’ Shabbat service – a joyous way to welcome the Shabbat Bride with live music and singing by talented congregants of all ages. This dynamic service appeals to all ages and culminates with refreshments (Oneg) and an opportunity to socialize at the Ashburn synagogue.
The fun continues at the annual congregational picnic on Sunday, August 26th starting at 11:30am. Algonkian Park in Sterling, VA, is the setting for the fun-filled afternoon. Games include kickball, volleyball, relay races, soccer and a water balloon toss. There will be live music by Beth Chaverim’s “House” band, CRS. The raffle and silent auction prizes include restaurant and movie gift cards, toys, school supplies, and items signed by Braden Holtby (Caps) and Chris Cooley (Redskins). The event is FREE for both current and future members. Hot dogs and burgers (meat and veggie) will be provided by BCRC. All attendees are requested to bring items to share based on last name: sides (A thru I), desserts (J thru Q), and drinks (R thru Z). Please RSVP to Brian Giblin at membershipvp(at)bcrcva(dot)org.
The fall is brimming with educational opportunities. Beth Chaverim is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, vibrant Jewish education program. Their goal is to nurture a positive Jewish identity in students of all ages by teaching Torah, Jewish life cycle events, celebrations and rituals, and Jewish heritage and history. Religious school, held on Sunday mornings, provides Judaic studies, Hebrew, and a music curriculum in an age-appropriate setting. Classes are held from pre-Kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. Classes begin Sunday, August 26th. A registration form is required for each child attending.
Beth Chaverim offers an evolving and expanding Adult Education program. Introduction to Judaism is being offered this fall, beginning on Sunday, September 9th. This 17-week class will be held Sundays from 9am until noon and will cover such basics as Jewish life cycle events, holy days, theology, conversion, history, and the decoding of Hebrew. This interactive course will involve pre-readings, classes, journaling, discussion, and events such as Shabbat dinner. Though it is not just a conversion course, Introduction to Judaism is a pre-requisite of the choosing Judaism process. The cost for the course is $50 for non-members, and all attendees pay for books & materials (cost TBA). Contact Rabbi Linda Joseph if you are interested in taking this course towards conversion or Adult Ed Coordinator Shelley Sheinwald for general enrollment.
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 now 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. Contact Jennifer Elgin at communityeventsvp(at)bcrcva(dot)org for more info.
The High Holy Days begin Sunday, September 16th and Beth Chaverim is the place to be. With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for families, adults, as well as separate children’s services, sharing your High Holy Days with Beth Chaverim is easier than ever. Babysitting services will also be available. The Days of Awe at BCRC culminate with a community Break the Fast. Check the website for details.
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, an affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, is a dynamic synagogue located in Ashburn, Virginia. Beth Chaverim connects new ideas with centuries of Jewish tradition and celebrates 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 it will be obvious why Beth Chaverim is building a "House of Friends," one family at a time.