Beth Shalom Congregation 
8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Beth Shalom Congregation 

Special Musical Program: Learn About Israeli Music Live

Thursday, January 28 at 7:45 p.m.

Learn About Israeli Music Live is a fun, interactive, audio-visual introduction to popular music in Israel today. You’ll learn about the hottest singers and music styles, and the different ways in which popular music is woven into Israel’s culture.

The presenters are Mairov and Josh Shron, hosts of Israel Hour Radio on Rutgers University’s WRSU-FM for nearly 25 years. They want to make you a fan – whether or not you are fluent in Hebrew!


Adult Education 

Winter/Spring 2021 Course Offerings

Talmud ZOOOM! with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

Wednesday evenings beginning January 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Come explore stories from the Talmud about courage, decency, deception, and fear. Everyone is invited to this weekly class, and you may join at any time. Rabbi Amy Scheinerman is the hospice rabbi in Howard County, Maryland. She serves on the Responsa Committee of the CCAR and as editor of the Torah Commentary column of the CCAR newsletter. She is the author of The Talmud of Relationships: Volume One: God, Self, and Family and Volume Two: Community and Beyond. (Available through Amazon Smile on www.beth-shalom.net).

 Conversational Hebrew with Ora Fisch

Tuesdays, beginning February 2 at 2:00 p.m.

This intermediate level class, with emphasis on grammar, conversational Hebrew, and vocabulary acquisition, is led by master teacher and native Israeli Ora Fisch. This class continues previous classes, but newcomers are welcome.


A Mi Shebayrach and a Pill with Rabbi Philip Pohl

Thursdays, March 4, 11 & 18 at 7:45 p.m.

This course will review and discuss the traditional prayer texts Jews recite to promote spiritual healing. At least one text per class will be reviewed, and there will be a musical/meditative component to each class. If the participants agree, the course will conclude with a brief Jewish Healing service. Rabbi Philip Pohl received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, and Doctorate of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1978, he served as Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Shalom of Olney for 27 years. He has served as Jewish Chaplain for Montgomery General Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and co-founded the Washington Jewish Healing Network.

The Listening Room: Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with Cantor Rebecca Apt

Tuesdays, April 6, 13 & 20 at 7:45 p.m.

Come and relax by listening to some wonderful Israeli songs—submissions for the Eurovision Song Contest. We will learn about the immensely popular and ever-changing competition and see how Israel’s musical submissions have been viewed on an international stage! Cantor Rebecca Apt received degrees in Music and Midrash from Columbia University and Albert A. List College, and her Master’s degree in Sacred Music from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. Prior to joining Beth Shalom, Cantor Apt served as Hazzan of Shaare Tefila Congregation in Olney, MD.

Jewish Author Series* 

Sunday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m.: Searching for Bubbe Fischer: the Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom by Karen Gooen

Mah Jongg instructor and writer Karen Gooen from Randolph, NJ delights us with her engaging stories about her passion. Part Mah Jongg manual, part memoir, this book tells the story of how the author searched for the ultimate mentor, learned to play the game, and eventually became a Mah Jongg aficionado. 

Sunday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m.: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

NY Times Best Selling Author Kristin Harmel has been writing professionally since age 16 beginning with sports writing covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, FL, a former reporter for People magazine, and stints writing for many other magazines, including covering everything from the Super Bowl to high-profile murders to celebrity interviews. She contributed to numerous TV shows and has appeared on Good Morning America. Kristin currently lives in Orlando, FL.

This book tells the story of a young Jewish woman who is recruited to forge documents to assist in the escape of Jewish children, giving them a chance to live under a new identity. This heart-wrenching, well researched novel goes into great detail to answer the mystifying question of how will the young ever regain their original identity while taking readers into Nazi occupied France on a journey which includes many twists and turns.

Member price for the author series: 
1 session ($10); 2 sessions ($18)
Non-Member price for the author series: 
1 session ($15); 2 sessions ($27)

Sponsored by:
Beth Shalom Congregation's Adult Education Committee and Shaare Tefila