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BCRC Confirmation Featured in Washington Jewish Week

06/19/2020 07:46:54 AM

Jun19

Seth Leventhal

Everyone who has joined us for our remote services on Zoom knows that they are a great way to worship while continuing to connect with our friends and neighbors in a time where this has become a challenge. Now our services are receiving area-wide recognition. Last week Washington Jewish Week featured an enlightening article about our Confirmation Shavuot. Click here to read it and join us this week as we continue our remote services.

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Rabbi Amy Joins March against Racism in Leesburg

06/03/2020 07:27:10 AM

Jun3

Seth Leventhal

The streets and sidewalks of historic downtown Leesburg were clogged Sunday May 31, with more than 1,500 people exercising their right to peacefully protest in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer earlier this week. Click here to read more. 

Rabbi Amy and Sonja Benson (taking the photo) joined in the protest and are here pictured with Commonwealth's Attorney Buta Biberaj and a...Read more...

Social Distancing for the High Holy Days?

05/24/2020 05:00:11 PM

May24

Seth Leventhal

Our own Rabbi Amy was quoted in the lead to an article in Washington Jewish Week addressing this topic on May 6. According to the article, "American synagogues closed their doors in March to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Many expected that several weeks or, at most, a few months would elapse before the pandemic was under sufficient control for in-person religious services to resume. But as the weeks wear on, it is becoming increasingly...Read more...

BCRC Remote Seder

04/12/2020 07:32:24 AM

Apr12

Seth Leventhal

 

BCRC joined with many of our nation's religious organizations by going remote this season. Our Remote Seder was a big hit, with 38 families joining us on Zoom for a full live streamed Seder hosted by Rabbi Amy...Read more...

Remote Shabbat at BCRC

04/04/2020 04:40:24 PM

Apr4

Seth Leventhal

Have you attended our remote Erev Shabbat services yet? They are a great way to create an online community in this time of 'social distancing', when many of us are missing out on community connections. They have also been a welcome respite from all of the news of the week for the ever-growing group that has joined us. If you haven't attended these services yet, we invite you to join us this week! BCRC members will be provided a link...Read more...

Update from BCRC's Team to Fight Anti-Semitism 

03/02/2020 10:58:42 AM

Mar2

Marc Nodell

BCRC now has a team devoted to fighting Anti-Semitism, headed by Marc and Dale Nodell. As we have seen anti-Semitic events increase over the past year, this  team has already been meeting with elected officials and organizations to seek their support. A meeting will be held soon, open to anyone who is interested in helping out, to compare ideas and put a game plan together. Here's a few updates from Marc Nodell on...Read more...

Architect Presentation on Master Plan

01/31/2020 09:56:41 AM

Jan31

Seth Leventhal

Our architects from Brawer Hauptman visited on Thursday Jan 30 to hold a 'meet and greet' and to present the master plan for the next generation upgrade of our BCRC facility. We have dubbed this plan 'BCRC21' since it will lead our facility, which has served us well as a permanent home for over a decade, into a new, more welcoming and more spiritual era. Don't worry if you were not able to join us Thursday night (although you missed the...Read more...

FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM:  Our Voices Must Be Heard

01/16/2020 11:21:16 AM

Jan16

Marc Nodell

Last year has been a devastating one for Jews world-wide as we have seen the number and level of anti-Semitic events increase. Here in the US, I am sure you are aware of the incidents in NJ, Monsey NY, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, LA as these are the most publicized. There are many more incidents occurring on campuses, workplaces and in public settings that are just as unsettling yet not given any press. 

Over the last year my wife Dale...Read more...

Rabbi Amy's High Holy Day Sermons

10/25/2019 04:57:03 PM

Oct25

Rabbi Amy Sapowith

By popular demand, we have posted Rabbi Amy's High Holy Days sermons for 5780. Please click below to read them:

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Time to Pave Paradise, or Cheshbon Hanefesh: An accounting of our soul and the assumptions we live by 

Rosh Hashanah: The first son, the first sin, and the goal of self-control.

Kol Nidre: In every Generation... we pursue Justice

Yom Kippur morning: Why are Jews considered...Read more...

Security Grant Update

10/04/2019 10:38:36 AM

Oct4

Seth Leventhal

I am very pleased to announce that due to the hard work of our dedicated Security Committee and many other committed congregants and staff members, BCRC has been approved for a federal security grant for the upcoming year, administered by FEMA.

The grant will be used for various needed improvements to our physical facility to reduce our vulnerability to security threats. Here are some key aspects:

Security rated entry doors...Read more...

Welcome Back Weekend

08/27/2019 08:25:43 AM

Aug27

Seth Leventhal

BCRC kicked off the 5780 worship year with a great 'Welcome Back' weekend Aug 23-25. Starting with a potluck featuring our congregants' delicious recipes, and highlighted by a talk about the new Capital Jewish Museum, opening in 2021. Click here to learn more about the...Read more...

Interfaith Trip to Israel on Inaugural Non-Stop United Flight

06/19/2019 04:07:18 PM

Jun19

Seth Leventhal

Recently, Rabbi Amy joined with Pastor Mike Trivett of Christian Fellowship Church and Syed Alam of the ADAMS Center on a historic trip to Jerusalem, to help inaugurate United Airlines’ (who Syed works for) non-stop route to Israel. They were approved to fly on the maiden flight on this route. Here’s an excerpt from their proposal to United outlining the historic significance of this trip:

“We believe that the opportunity to...Read more...

Preview: Rabbi Amy's Busy Interfaith Outreach Week

05/20/2019 09:42:26 AM

May20

Seth Leventhal

In case you are wondering what Rabbi Amy is up to this week, keep an eye out for her upcoming accounts of a week of important interfaith outreach, starting with a 'Clergy Uniting for Racial Empathy' trip through Virginia to tour many sites and experience Virginia's complex racial past. And this is just the start - watch this space for details.

Message to Parents about Chabad Poway Shooting

04/30/2019 07:13:37 AM

Apr30

Rabbi Amy Sapowith and Rachel Strasburg, VP Education

In the wake of the tragic shooting at the Chabad of Poway, CA, we convened the 5th through 7th graders for an assembly at the beginning of our school day yesterday. There, with Mr. Phil, we led a brief service combining songs, prayers, and words of strength and hope. By standing together as a community in this way, we strengthen our faith and our Jewish pride. Some classes later wrote notes of condolence that will be sent to the Chabad in...Read more...

Interfaith Remembrance for Sri Lankan Christians & All Victims of Easter Terrorist Attack

04/23/2019 10:47:56 AM

Apr23

Seth Leventhal

We were all shocked and saddened by the news of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, as well as other recent attacks on religious institutions. On April 22, an interfaith prayer vigil was held at the ADAMS Center, next door to BCRC, which was co-sponsored...Read more...

Purim at BCRC

03/25/2019 08:05:47 AM

Mar25

Seth Leventhal

Purim at BCRC was a very festive event this year! We started with a Megillah reading by Rabbi Amy (and all of the attendees) on the actual date of Purim. Boo Haman! Have you ever joined us to read the entire Book of Esther? If not, try it next year - it is considered a mitzvah to read it on Purim! On Friday we had our traditional Purim spiel. This year we presented "Spooky Purim! - A Musical Purim Shpiel and Erev Shabbat Service...Read more...

Healing Virginia is our Responsibility Too

03/10/2019 10:52:42 AM

Mar10

Rabbi Amy Sapowith

Rabbi Amy attended Healing Virgina (#HealingVa), an Interfaith and Civic Discussion with Attorney General Mark Herring on Sunday, March 3rd at Mt. Zion UMC in Leesburg. Here are her reflections on this event and the issues it raised:

     As Jewish tradition understands the Bible, humanity’s first sin is Cain’s killing of his brother, Abel. It’s not about Adam and Eve. It’s about Cain and Abel. It’s not...Read more...

Architect Update

02/22/2019 10:59:19 AM

Feb22

Seth Leventhal

We met with our architecture team from Brawer Hauptman to provide an update and obtain congregational input on our master plan. For those who couldn't make it, here's a quick update on some of the exciting things they are working on. 

The architects showed us several ideas for our temple entrance. Attendees favored combining the idea for a canopy over the entry, plus a bench. See below:

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BCRC Interfaith Weekend

02/22/2019 07:33:27 AM

Feb22

Seth Leventhal

Our recent Interfaith Dialogue Event featuring Rabbi Joe Charnes, scholar in residence, and Rev. Annabelle Markey and Rev. Joseph Vought from Community Lutheran Church in Sterling was a wonderful event, enjoyed by many in both our congregation and by our guests from the...Read more...

BCRC Security Update

01/25/2019 10:21:25 AM

Jan25

Seth Leventhal

The BCRC Security Committee is now working actively to implement security upgrades for the BCRC facility. We are planning to apply for a FEMA grant program which could provide funding for some significant capital upgrades. One of our major capital upgrades will be new secure front doors integrated with an electronic entry control system. Options such as electronic keypad, badge reader and other state-of-the-art entry systems are being...Read more...

Tu B'Shevat at BCRC

01/20/2019 08:00:00 PM

Jan20

Seth Leventhal

We had a wonderful celebration of Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees, at BCRC on Friday, January 18.  The evening began with a Tot Shabbat led by our 1st graders. Following that, we had a special Tu B'Shevat oneg/preneg featuring the traditional foods of the...Read more...

BCRC Chanukah Happenings

12/10/2018 10:53:22 AM

Dec10

Seth Leventhal

I think it can be said that everyone had a happy Chanukah at BCRC! Our Chanukah themed Tot Shabbat featured the wonderful Chanukah song stylings of our very own Phil Kane. Afterwards everyone enjoyed latkes and jelly donuts at our new member oneg/preneg, followed by a group menorah lighting.

On...Read more...

Some Reflections on Pluralism in Israel

11/30/2018 09:22:32 AM

Nov30

Seth Leventhal

While the impression you may get from the media is that Israeli politics and religion is dominated by the Ultra-Orthodox, one thing we learned during our travels is that Israeli society is becoming increasingly pluralistic. This was quite apparent soon after our arrival when I took a stroll along the boardwalk on the beach in Tel Aviv. It seemed that just about every person we walked by came from a different ethnic or religious background and...Read more...

Photos from BCRC Trip to Israel

11/29/2018 01:40:27 PM

Nov29

Seth Leventhal

Have you seen the photos from the ten day trip to Israel recently made by Rabbi Amy and members of BCRC, along with Temple Beth El of Riverside CA and some of Rabbi Amy's former congregants from Rochester? If you've never been to...Read more...

Facility Update: Part II - Meet the Architects

10/17/2018 03:59:12 PM

Oct17

Seth Leventhal

On Thursday Oct 11 our architects visited for a “mini-charrette”- a group workshop. Based on their review of the responses to the survey that I talked about in our previous blog entry, they prepared design ideas for discussion. At the session, we looked at some excellent preliminary ideas that they presented. They sought our reaction to various directions the project could take, and also solicited further ideas and input from the...Read more...

Update on Temple Facility Project - Part I

10/15/2018 02:15:37 PM

Oct15

Seth Leventhal

Many of you have been asking us how the temple facility project is going. As you know, we have contracted with the architecture firm of Brawer & Hauptman to produce a master plan that will serve as our guide in implementing our facility’s next phase of development, that will provide us with a welcoming spiritual home for many years to come.

We recently finished a building survey to gauge some of the general ideas and priorities...Read more...

Rabbi Amy's High Holy Sermons

09/27/2018 03:50:53 PM

Sep27

Seth Leventhal

Rabbi Amy provided us with a plethora of fascinating, thought-provoking and useful insights in her High Holy Day sermons this year. Provided below are short summaries along with a link to the full texts.


In her Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Amy cited the oft-stated notion that being Jewish is like belonging to a family – along with all the dynamics that come with belonging to a family. On the one hand, it’s a safe haven...Read more...

New Inscription for Sanctuary

09/14/2018 02:19:23 PM

Sep14

Seth Leventhal

Next time you enter our sanctuary, be sure to check out the beautiful and welcoming new inscription, Hinei Mah Tov, or 'How good and pleasant when we dwell together in peace' (Psalm 133:1). The inscription was designed and painted by Tamara Stoneburner, a noted calligraphy artist, who donated much time over several months to get the art work and calligraphy just right. Some other aspects that you may be interested in: You will see the...Read more...

BCRC Picnic 2018

08/27/2018 09:41:28 AM

Aug27

Seth Leventhal

The BCRC annual picnic was held Sunday Aug 26 at Claude Moore Park in Sterling. Great fun was had by all, with over 70 congregants as well as some prospective new members joining us. Perfect weather this year - no hurricanes to worry about! Many thanks to Consuelo Scott and a...Read more...

New Book by BCRC Author

08/07/2018 02:12:23 PM

Aug7

David Mendelsohn

One of our congregants, David Mendelsohn, has written a new book which provides compelling evidence of the afterlife/heaven/reincarnation. The story follows the lives of three main characters, fictitious but drawn from real life cases, and a psychiatrist who finds her core beliefs challenged by her patients experiences.  It's an intriguing story.  While "heaven" is an integral tenet of other major religions, it is not...Read more...

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