Looking for ways to connect, meet people, learn new things, do good works in the community? We offer a host of ways to get involved.
And if you want to take part in planning, please let us know. We are always looking for talent and time in our Adult Education, Caring, Membership, Religious Practices, Sisterhood, and Social Action committees.
Here's just a taste of what's going on at Beth El:
Study & Movies
In addition to Torah Study on Saturday mornings when Rabbi Grumbacher is in town, the Tuesday morning minyan, and a class for potential Jews by choice, we offer opportunities to attend films of Jewish content, which also serve as fundraisers for the temple. Recently, we have partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse for airings of Fiddler on the Room, Menashe, and Yentyl.
For Beth El women, there’s a monthly Ladies Lunch Out at area restaurants. Come schmooze, nosh, connect.
Our Sisterhood supports B'nai Mitzvah families by hosting an Oneg Shabbat on Friday night and helps to coordinate community meals after deaths in the congregation. We also have fun!
Our Caring Committee coordinates visits to congregants who are recuperating from illness or surgery, sends cards to congregants, and makes phone calls to keep us all connected.
NEW! We have launched an interfaith couples group.
NEW! We also launched a Jewish Story Club, meeting once a month for little ones between 4 and 6. Non-members are welcome to this program. Check the calendar for dates.
Our Social Action projects are woven into the lifeblood of our congregation, including:
- Sisterhood-sponsored food collection and donation to CCAP, Congregational Community Action Project, of Winchester
- High Holidays collection and donation of food to CCAP and Winchester Rescue Mission
- Participation in the WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter) project, from overnight supervision to meal preparation to food and gift bags for homeless men and women at Christmas
- Involvement with other congregations of faith in Shenandoah University’s “Rise Up Against Hunger” program on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, including packaging 50,000 meals
- Contributions to local Thanksgiving food giveaways