Beth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist CongregationBeth Chai: The Greater Washington Jewish Humanist Congregation

Past Events

August 17, 2008
Harvest for the Hungry
Beth Chai volunteers helped harvest produce for Food for Others (, a Northern Virginia organization that provides food assistance to those who need it.

August 2, 2008
Summer Havdalah Gathering
We met for a potluck dinner and a short Havdalah service led by Rain, on Saturday, August 2. Thanks to Karen and Howie Feinstein for hosting this event.

June 8, 2008 
Special Congregational Shavuot Program and End of Year Picnic
Students filled baskets with fruit and other goodies donated by our families for the LTHP and the Revitz House (the independent living part of the Hebrew Home). After a brief Adult Education program (Receiving Torah at Sinai -- Its Meaning Then and Now), the congregation came together for an intergenerational tour guided by Rabbi Gal Berner of a Torah scroll, during which the scroll was opened wide to allow examination of its calligraphy, craftsmanship, and artistry.  We wrapped up the day with our end-of-year picnic.

June 1, 2008
Annual Community Workday, 10:00 a.m. – noon
The Beth Chai annual Community Workday, a major part of our congregation-wide mission to contribute to our community, took place on Sunday, June 1. This year, we made made more than 600 peanut-butter sandwiches for distribution by Martha’s Table and worked with Friends of Sligo Creek to eradicate invasive plant growth from the creek beds.

May 18, 2008
Annual Meeting and Rabbi Blecher’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation
After a short and sweet Board meeting to recognize outgoing Board members and elect our leaders for next year, the congregation adjourned for a reception celebrating Rabbi Blecher's 25 years of leadership at Beth Chai. The celebration brought together many in the Beth Chai family: former congregants, college students home for the summer, and current members, for an evening of decadent desserts and  music from Alan Feldenkris' jazz trio.

May 4, 2008
Beth Chai Jewish Humanist Congregation Open House
Burning Tree Elementary School
Anyone interested was invited to come and learn more about our Jewish community: to observe classrooms in action or participate in a stimulating adult education session by Rabbi Art Blecher entitled “The Paradoxical Likeness of God.” 

April 20, 2008
Joint Seder with RRUUC
The service used our own humanist and inclusive Haggadah, revised and updated in 2006, illustrated with original artwork by Beth Chai member Rob Weinstein.

March 16, 2008 
Beth Chai Purim Party, Burning Tree Elementary School
We celebrated on March 16, with the theme "Channeling our Ancestors – What Would Happen if our Biblical Ancestors showed up at King Ahasuerus’s Court?"  There were prizes for all children and ADULTS who came in costume, plays and games for the children, and, of course, hammentashen.

March 2, 2008
Beth Chai Auction, Burning Tree Elementary School
The Beth Chai Auction took place on Sunday, March 2, and the proceeds exceeded all expectations. Between the auction and the Café, we took in $18,000, close to 20% more than in previous years. This total was enhanced by some major purchases by non-members and some direct donations. For this, thanks go both to our generous donors and our members and guests who made purchases.

2008 Auction Catalog

2008 Auction Supplement