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Beth-El School Happenings


By Ramona L. Brand
Director of Youth Learning
Come to a Mask-Car-Aid!

Purim was the last holiday we celebrated “in-person” last year, with one eye already on the impending arrival of the pandemic.

This past year has brought an entirely new perspective to ‘masking.’ The pandemic has required us to be creative, resilient and resourceful.

Purim is approaching and with it the injunction “Be Happy, It’s Adar.” Our traditions reinforce that even in the midst of difficult times, we need recognize the joy that is possible and to experience it fully.

Our school-wide celebration will begin with a virtual party followed by drive-thru festivities at the school. There are four Mitzvot to fulfill on Purim. Our celebration will set the stage for a fun-filled Purim with opportunities to fulfill them all.

To fulfill the Mitzvah of Mattanot La-evyonim, the Religious School will be collecting toiletries and paper products for residents of Beth Sholom Woods. Feel free to bring your items to the school between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

Mishloach Manot (gifts of treats) will be given out during the “Mask-Car-Aid.” These gifts can be an addition to each family’s se’udat Purim — festive meal. We will hold a creative, interactive drive-thru Megillah Reading to fulfill the Mitzvah of Kriat ha-megillah.


Mask-Car-Aid on Sunday, Feb. 28, is open to all in the community. To attend and are not a member of Beth-El, feel free to email me at r.brand@bethelrichmond.org for more information including a Zoom link.

Virtual Zoom Party

From 9 a.m. – 10:30, there will be Storytelling Duo Once Upon A Story with Sandy Ryder and Ramona Brand performing “The Bachelor and The Bean,” a Moroccan Jewish Tale filled with colorful characters.

There will be breakout rooms with games, music, a Hamantashen bake off, Grogger making and more! This will be followed by a virtual costume parade.

Drive-Thru Mask-Car-Aid

From 11:30 a.m. – noon is our Drive-Thru event at Religious School. Come and join Mask-Car-Aid!

Wear Your Costumes and masks! Bring your Grogger and enjoy an Interactive Drive-Thru Purim Shpiel. Bring donations of toiletries and paper products for The Woods and receive a Shalach Manot bag with yummy treats.

B’nai Mitzvah in times of COVID

Naomi Pirron and her family proudly celebrate her becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
Beth-El Photo

On Saturday, Jan. 16, Naomi Pirron became the first Beth-El Student to celebrate a Zoom Bat Mitzvah.

Scores of congregants attended as she took her place as an adult member of the Jewish Community. Surrounded by her family, Naomi chanted Torah with poise and confidence. Mazel Tov to the Pirron Family and Yasher Koach to Naomi!

February Religious School Calendar

Sundays: Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28
Wednesdays: Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24
Confirmation meets: Feb. 7, 14 and 24.
Beth-El  Zoom Tot Shabbat Services Saturday, Feb.  6, 10 a.m.

For families with children from infants to 5 years old. Open to the entire community. This is a Shabbat service via Zoom filled with music, stories, movement and more. For zoom access, email Ramona.

For more information about our school and/or programs, contact Ramona Brand, Director of Youth Learning at r.brand@bethelrichmond.org.

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