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Upcoming Events

  1. May 25

    Shabbat Services-Larry Weiss

    7:30pm - 9:00pm
  2. Jun 01

    Shabbat Services-Rabbi Grumbacher-Confirmation

    Confirmation with Rabbi Grumbacher
    7:30pm - 9:00pm
  3. Jun 02

    Introduction to Judaism for Potential Jews-by-Choice

    9:00am - 10:00am
  4. Jun 02

    Torah Study with Rabbi Grumbacher

    10:15am - 11:15am
  5. Jun 03

    Annual Congregational Meeting

    Potluck Brunch at 10:00am Meeting to
    10:00am - 12:00pm

Your Jewish Home Away from Home

Beth El Congregation is like extended family in the Shenandoah Valley.

We celebrate holidays and happy occasions together. And we support each other during difficult times.   

Most of the year, we are a small, informal group, dressing casually, speaking casually, laughing often – and caring passionately.  

Join us as we enter a new era. After two wonderful years with Rabbi Peter Grumbacher as our interim part-time rabbi, we say a sad goodbye to him at the end of June 2018. During his two years with us, we grew in so many ways and enjoyed his unique sense of humor, thoughtful and inspiring sermons, sold-out second Seders, memorable b’nai mitzvah, and much more.  

In July, we welcome back Rabbi Scott Sperling. More about what we have planned coming soon. But save some key dates: 

  • Our “Welcome Back, Rabbi Sperling Service” will be Friday, August 24.
  • Our Open House for prospective temple members and those interested in learning more about our religious school is scheduled for Friday, September 7.  

For the High Holy Days 2018, we are pleased to welcome back to our pulpit Rabbi Scott Sperling and Cantor Karen Webber. Cantor Webber will once again offer her own deeply spiritual approach to the High Holy Day melodies and Rabbi Sperling will focus on helping us deepen our own spiritual journey with prayers and thought-provoking sermons.       

Please come. Visit. Ask questions. We want you to feel free to participate at whatever level is comfortable for you.  

When you visit a website there are many things you might be looking for. 

Hopefully Beth El Congregation’s website has just what you need, and if you go beyond the website and visit us for a Shabbat service or other program, you’ll find a warm, welcoming group of people who are committed to their synagogue and its future.

If I can be of help, please let me know how. My email address is interimbethelrabbi@gmail.com.

Shalom – Peace – to you and for all the world!

Rabbi Peter H. Grumbacher

 Excerpt from Rabbi Grumbacher’s sermon, delivered after Charlottesville, August 2017. 

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: bethelvaoffice@gmail.com 

HIGH HOLIDAY 2017 INFORMATION  (2018 schedule coming soon)

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