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May 7, 2014


Dear Beit Tikvah Friends, 

Reasonable Words

Rabbi Lawrence M. Pinsker croppedBoth Young and Wise amid a Cutting of Cynics
Rabbi Larry Pinsker
Eldad Pann, age 20, the son of the great Israeli artist Abel Pann [the family surname was originally Pfeferberg], was killed in 1948 at Gush Etzion during Israel’s War of Independence.
His father memorialized him in a work titled “Eldad Pann as King David”, created with pastel crayons on thick cardboard. The picture is slightly larger than 27 inches square. The artist himself made the pastels to create the image of his son. Eldad is depicted as the youthful David, his eyes wide and sad, his head crowned with curly red hair, being escorted to meet the prophet Samuel who will anoint him as king. Eldad is surrounded by vines laden with dark, heavy grapes.
As his teenage years were ending, young Eldad Pann wrote the following...Read more

Please join us this week

Breakfast, Service and Torah Study

starSaturday, May 10
  • at 9:30am Children's Breakfast
  • at 10am Family-Oriented Service (for folks of all ages)
  • at 12:30pm Derech Torah Study "What is the Deepest Longing of Our Hearts? Biblical Texts on Finding Our Way to Love"
Community kiddush, please bring a dairy or pareve snack (fruit, cookies, cheese, etc.) to share.

Coming next week

The Voice of Fire: A Lag B'Omer Celebration

bonfire 4Saturday, May 17 from 5:30 to 9pm
  • 5:30pm Schmooze and appetizers.
  • 6pm Funtastic Falafel Bar and Cool Cookies and Ice Cream Bar (vegan options available).
  • 7pm Talent showcase, Havdalah and sing-along around the bonfire.
The perfect, fun outdoor outing for individuals and families of all ages, in the tradition of picnics, bonfires, music and storytelling to celebrate Lag B'Omer.  The holiday commemorates Bar Kokhba's rebellion against oppressive Roman rule in 132 C.E. and celebrates Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who wrote the Zohar.
(Read more about reasons and customs for this holiday.)
RSVP by Tuesday, May 13 to Beth or 410-464-9402.  Members, $5 / $20 max per family.  Non-members, $10 / $30 max per family. Children under 4, free.  A story of Lag B'Omer in Israel.

Spring Musicale

music notes - spring
Sunday, May 18th at 6:30pm at First Christian Church. Celebrate the arrival of spring with beautiful operatic arias, duets, and art songs performed by local Baltimore professionals in an intimate and relaxed setting. Featured singers include sopranos Thea Tullman Moore and Kimberly Christie, tenor Andrew Etherington, and baritone Jason Buckwalter. Patricia Amato accompanies on piano.
Suggested donation $5.


Save these dates   


  • Friday, May 23 at 7:30pm The first Klezmer service on our Musical Shabbat. Stay tuned for more information! Sponsor Oneg
  • Monday, May 26 from 12-3pm ICRP Memorial Day Picnic - Calling all performers! Please contact Diane if you are interested in performing at the Picnic! (Picnic details below)
  • Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service Sponsor Oneg

Maryland Food Bank delivery - 104 lbs!

Food Bank May 2014Ellen Frishberg was thrilled to deliver 104 pounds of food on May 1st to the Maryland Food Bank, collected informally throughout the last month! Food that is so desperately needed to feed Maryland's hungry! Collectively, Beit Tikvah and our sister congregations, have donated 800 pounds of food since Rosh Hashanah. Thank you for all of the donations and countless volunteer hours! We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, June 18 at 5:30 - 8pm.
Food Bank volunteering photos                                                        
Please continue to bring non-perishable food items when you come to synagogue and place them on the floor to the right of the entrance.

Honor a Loved One or Celebrate an Occasion

Donations to Beit Tikvah are always welcome and much appreciated.
Sponsor an Oneg or Kiddush taken your turn 6


Community Events

ICRP Memorial Day Picnic

Monday, May 26 from 12-3pm Annual Interfaith Communities of Roland Park Picnic at 5802 Roland Avenue. Activities for children and adults – face painting to egg tossing – games and fun! Bring a pot-luck dish – hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options and beverages provided. Flyer


The Baltimore Science Fiction Society presents Balticon 48 

May 23-26, 2014 Memorial Day weekend Balticon 48, The MD regional Science Fiction Convention will be held at the Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. For detailed information including costs, check
Rabbi Larry is speaking as part of the Science Track, on Monday, May 26 at Balticon.
Want to know more about the sci fi Jewish connection? Ask Rabbi Larry or Miriam Winder Kelly.

Spring Building Cleanup


Saturday, May 31 from 8am -12pm
Join the congregations of 5802 Roland Avenue for spring building clean up: the exterior (weather permitting); flower beds, windows, etc. and interior.


A Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park 2
What a beautiful spring day! Thank you to all of you who joined us for a wonderful walk in the park last Sunday! 
See our Facebook page for additional pictures.


Beit Tikvah on The North Baltimore Patch!

Be sure to visit our new North Baltimore Patch blog and "like" and review us!


Communications Committee
On behalf of Congregation Beit Tikvah

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Synagogue Contacts

Rabbi Larry Pinsker

Ray Wacks, Chair of Gemilut Chesed
(Caring Community)

Beit Tikvah Office
Beth Teles, Administrative Assistant  410-464-9402
(Select "Option 2" for upcoming events and  inclement weather schedule changes)
Hours:  Tues. and Thurs., 12:30 - 3:30pm

Diane Wacks, President

Debbie Rosenberg, Kesher School Principal

Congregation Beit Tikvah
5802 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210 | 410-464-9402

Baltimore's first Reconstructionist Jewish congregation welcomes individuals,

families, and interfaith families of all races, ethnicities, and heritages.

We are a Kehillah Mekabelet, welcoming the LGBTQ community,

their families and friends.  Wheelchair accessible.


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