Save The Date! : An Evening Under The Stars Gala
Honoring Narda Oz
Be a Star Under the Stars!
Saturday, January, 11, 2020
(Snow Date January 18, 2020)
Join us for a festive evening full of fun, food, live & silent auctions and surprises!
To help with planning, learn about corporate or individual sponsorships, or for more information, please contact:
A three-part workshop entitled “Racism…Power...Privilege... Poison and Promising Possibilities.”
Participants will delve into America’s history with respect to ethnicity. They will engage in exercises which explore questions such as How Did We Get Here? Is it Over? And What can be Done? Individuals will be challenged. There will be opportunities for introspection and reflection. People will leave the workshop with knowledge and tools to help cleans the toxins that have resulted from systemic racism.
Anita Friday will be conducting the workshop. She is a local speaker and founder of Open Hearts a Path for Racial Healing. Her work addresses racism, stereotypes and the need for our communities to strengthen relationships across color lines, to engage in difficult conversations and to work together to eradicate the sin of racism.
The workshop will take place January 15th, 22nd and 29th from 6pm-9pm at Beth Chaim Reformed Congregation 389 Connestoga Rd. Malvern, PA.
The fee for the workshop is $150. Given the nature of the workshop participation is limited to 15 attendees.
Welcome Sukkot and join Rabbi Michelle Pearlman and Family for our annual open house. All are welome! Sunday October 13 5:30-8pm.
Cider, snacks, and community with brief Erev Sukkot Service at 6pm. RSVP via Evite or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Email email@example.com
Bring your car and your kids on October 13 at BCRC. Our teens will wash cars from 11-12:30 to raise money for youth programming at Beth Chaim. At 12:30 after religious school our Kid Wash begins. For a donation your kids are invited to play in our megga bubble machine.
Goggles and towels are great to have but not essential. Some kids like to wear raincoats for sudsy play. Friends are welcome. Good clean fun all to benefit teens at Beth Chaim!
…..and the Survey says:
Last Spring over half the our congregation participated in a URJ survey along with over 100 other reform congregations. The survey looked at all aspects of synagogue life: spirituality, why people join and why they leave or stay, the religious school, our sense of community, social action efforts, and financial & leadership strength – and so much more.
Join us at on Oct. 6 @ 10:15 AM in the Social Hall to find out the results for BCRC and how we measure up to other reform congregations. For more info. please contact Ed Nathan at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 21st of September, please join us for Selichot Services and a movie at Beth Chaim. During this service we change our Torah Covers from our regular ones to white, and our choir brings us the themes of the High Holidays. The movie is a recent favorite of mine called A Wrinkle in Time. This movie is appropriate for young and more seasoned folks and is focused on some important themes of the holy days. Bring your own dinner. We will provide film, dessert and discussion to follow.
Have a passion for social action? Want to learn more about climate change and how we can prevent it? Interested in hearing how YOU can be a proponent of progress?
If so, please join us September 20th from 6:00-7:30pm before Shabbat services for a potluck dinner and discussion on climate change! Beth Chaim teen Rebecca Schwartz will be leading the event, with guest speakers from environmental activism organizations. Hope to see you there!
Meet our Friends and Concerned members of Chester County, Learn about Education Equity and inequitable funding in Pennsylvani, Meet and hear Dr. Juan Baugh, Superintendent Chester-Upland School District, followed by Conversation and action steps!
Sponsored by: Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, NAACP (West Chester), St. Paul’s Baptist Church and POWER.
Friday dinner made so simple.
See whose smiles make a dimple.
Bring your appetite, bring a dish.
Shabbat together is super-delish!
Dates: September 6, 2019, October 18, 2019, November 1, 2019, December 6, 2019, February 7, 2020, March 6, 2020, April 3, 2020, May 1, 2020, & June 5, 2020
The Beth Chaim community regularly shares Shabbat potluck dinner before select Friday evening services throughout the year.
Volunteers help with setup and clean up, and everyone brings something kosher-style* to share, whether it is homemade, store-bought, or restaurant-pick-up. This is dinner only as desserts are served at oneg after the 7:30pm services.
Organizers provide homemade challah for the 6:30pm dinner, and latecomers are always welcome!
Prospective members are also welcome to join us; please contact email@example.com if you plan to attend.
*No pork or shellfish. No sausage or pepperoni. We kindly request dishes do not mix meat and milk in the same dish.
We want YOUR video for our Facebook page and website. Edited videos should be one minute in length and let people know what makes Beth Chaim a special and unique place.
Final videos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 25, 2019. Members of Beth Chaim of all ages are eligible and the winning video will earn $250.
Please join us for our annual Back to Shul Open House & Shabbat Service for prospective families, new members and current members!
Friday August 23, 2019, at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation, 389 Conestoga Road, Malvern PA 19355.
6:30 pm Open House with light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres
7:30 pm Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Michelle Pearlman
8:45 pm Oneg Shabbat and Social
We are excited to welcome you to our spiritual home! Please share this with friends who are also looking for a Jewish connection.
For more information & to RSVP email email@example.com
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Reeves Park, 401 Main Street, Phoenixville**
5:30: Picnic dinner, GaGa and games
(bring picnic dinner and blanket. Ices, water and snacks will be provided.)
6:45: Tzofim Friendship Caravan Concert
7:45: Meet the Tzofim (Israeli Scouts)
On street parking available surrounding the park.
Additional off street parking at the Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 55 Starr Street, Phoenixville
**In case of rain, the concert will take place at Congregation B’nai Jacob, Starr and Manovan Streets, Phoenixville
Did you know that Pennsylvania has one of the most inequitable public school funding distribution in the country? Beth Chaim wants to make change happen.
Part of Our Brit Olam (commitment to social justice) is dedicated to improving education environment for our kids this year.
We are partnering with Social Fundraising and Gatherings https://www.socialfundraisingandgatherings.org/about-1 with Back to School Shopping. All supplies go directly to elementary schools in Philadelphia!
Items needed: Pencils, Copy Paper, Dry Erase Markers, Tissues, Disinfectant Wipes and Glue Sticks.
Volunteer to help the teachers set up their class rooms for the first day of school
8/19 and 8/30, come to the schools and help make the teacher’s and kids classroom ready Click Here if you wish to help.
Help us share with the world what makes Beth Chaim a unique and special community!
We are forming a Beth Chaim marketing group to distill that uniqueness, and turn it into a brand for the synagogue. The group will also use technology and personal outreach to share our story more broadly across Chester County. We are looking for synagogue members to help form this group; we especially want to meet with those of you bringing experience in marketing, advertising, social media, sales, and technical areas such as search engine optimization and data analytics. Our first meeting will be a happy hour at the home of Alex Scherer on August 2, starting at 6PM. Interested members please RSVP Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to the summer shorts film festival, an eight-session film festival and discussion series featuring a fantastic collection of outstanding vintage, contemporary, international and award-winning Jewish short films!
DATE AND TIMES: Wednesdays July 10, 2019 - August 28, 2019 7:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA
COST: Suggested donation per session: $10.00* (cash or check only at the door, subject to availability) *No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Come join us in the fight against gun violence. Shira Goodman from CeaseFire PA, Madeline Denker, and other Beth Chaim teens will be speaking on Gun Violence’s effect on us and on Americans. There will also be an opportunity to write a postcard to your state and federal representatives urging them to help end gun violence.
June 13th : 6:00-8:30 PM
Next week’s June 4 Men’s Club dinner meeting will start off at Boulder Falls MiniGolf, 1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, Downingtown, PA 19335, at 6:00pm.
Admission is $8.00, $6.00 for seniors. After a round we’ll proceed to the Four Dogs Tavern at 1300 West Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA 19382 for the regular meeting around 6:30pm.
Through Women of Reform Judaism, we periodically have the opportunity to participate in regional educational events, where we can make connections with other sisterhoods and learn about WRJ initiatives. The June 2 Area Day will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Rabbi Marla Feldman, Executive Director of WRJ, will be the keynote speaker, and the event will include a docent-led tour of the museum. Lunch will be served. Please to contact Michelle at email@example.com for more information on how to register.