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Our Mission

The mission of the Beth El Seniors is to enrich the lives of Beth El Congregation's senior members by providing a high level of programming and entertainment in a setting designed to promote sociability and good fellowship.

Our History

The Beth El Seniors is the outgrowth of the former Beth El Club ’50 and the Beth El Couples Club.


  • Torah Maintenance Fund: As a result of successful fund raising efforts through contributions and sales of Mitzvah cards, the Torah Maintenance Fund was able to pay more than $11,000 to the congregation for repairs of the synagogue’s many Torah and Megillah scrolls.
  • Charitable Work: We donate to The Associated Sponsored Jewish Community Food Fund.Through the congregation’s Bikur Cholim outreach program, our members visit members of the congregation who, because of limited circumstances, are unable to attend congregational programs and events.
  • Seniors Shabbat: We sponsor and participate in the annual Seniors Shabbat services. Our seniors’ members take on the role of Clergy, Gabbaim and Torah readers, leading the congregation in prayer. Other members participate in congregational Aliyiot, English readings and even the weekly sermon. Following these special services, an outstanding Kiddush is offered to the entire congregation.
  • Monthly Dinners with Entertainment: Each month, The Beth El Seniors hold dinner meetings with tasty catered meals and talented entertainment. Our entertainment committee seeks out the finest local talent available, including many singers and musicians trained at Baltimore’s prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music. With attendance averaging over 120, Beth El Seniors consistently draws the largest senior crowd in Northwest Baltimore.
  • Affiliations - Hazak: The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism for members 55 and over.
  • Outside Events: Whenever possible, we try to hold programs that might interest the Senior Members of the congregation. In the past, we have had Medicare programs sponsored by organizations like AARP and AAA.
  • Membership: Our organization, which currently numbers about 140, is open to those who are 50 years of age or older. We welcome both members and non members of Beth El. Dues are only $18 per person or $36 per couple for the year. Dinner meetings run $21 for members and $24 for guests. Contact Sonya Goodman for a membership application.

Upcoming Events for 2021:

January 10th we will be zooming the exhibit Jews in Space provided by the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  Download your reservation form here.

February 14th Ben Kreshtool, our Ritual Director, will be zooming and speaking on the Midrashim of the Book of Ruth.   

March 14th please join us for a Zoom Bingo. 

April 11th we will be entertained from one of our own congregants, Ellen Katz.  She will be edu-tainer you by singing in full costume songs from Fiddler on the Roof. 

May 16th - TBD

June 13th – Singer, Michael Brown

July 11th - TBD

For information, contact Ruthye Steinberg at 410-655-8242 or Ellen Budish at 443-857-7499.

Current Officers of The Beth El Seniors:

Ellen Budish and Ruthye Steinberg, Co-Presidents
Irene Snyder, Vice President
Marcia Gellis, Treasurer
Barbara Berkowitz, Recording Secretary
Hulane Zolet, Corresponding Secretary

Wed, January 27 2021 14 Shevat 5781