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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...

Shabbat Tisha B'Av: Cacophony and Compromise 2018

07/27/2018 01:10:32 PM

Jul27

Rabbi Amy J Sapowith

           Last week Sonja and I were having Shabbat dinner in L.A. at the home of old friends’ of mine and their twin teenagers who are preparing to begin college in the Fall.  We were seated at their Shabbat table on the patio: candles, wine, challah all set to go. 

            “If you want to do or say anything special just let us...Read more...

We Welcome our Newest and Youngest Members!

07/18/2018 04:30:02 PM

Jul18

Rabbi Amy Sapowith

Pictured here is Rabbi Amy, Ruben holding one of the twins, Diane holding the other, and the mohel, Dr. Stephen Adashek.

 

We welcome our newest and youngest members: Jakob Andreas Borbon and...Read more...

New Fiscal Year Message from the President

07/15/2018 08:46:08 AM

Jul15

Seth Leventhal

On July 1 we began a new temple fiscal year (not to be confused with the secular new year of Jan 1 or Rosh Hashanah!) So I'd like to give you a short report. Last week I attended the ShulCloud conference in New Jersey. Since we adopted ShulCloud as our congregation management system in 2015 we've really been able to clean up our accounts and increase our collections! ShulCloud also helps us economize by consolidated all of our web site,...Read more...

Annual Congregational Meeting

06/23/2018 09:48:25 AM

Jun23

Seth Leventhal

Our annual Congregational Meeting was held Sunday June 10. For those who were unable to attend, here's a brief summary. Rabbi Amy thanked our current Board of Directors for their service, and singled out our departing members, thanking Brian Freed for doing a “'tzaddik’s job' as worship VP”, and Neil Frank for giving his heart and soul and labor to BCRC as Facilities VP. Board President Seth Leventhal  discussed our so far...Read more...

Farewell Dinner for the Medoffs

06/13/2018 10:35:32 PM

Jun13

Seth Leventhal

Last Saturday, June 9th, we held a gala farewell dinner for the Medoffs, who are moving to Venice, Florida later this month. It was a bittersweet occasion as we wished them 'bon voyage' as they move to the Gulf Coast. Many stories were told about Marshall and Billie's numerous contributions to BCRC from the beginning of our temple all the way through to the current day, as they continue to be our most enthusiastic and active...Read more...

Message from the President - Updated 6/5/2018

05/29/2018 08:22:46 AM

May29

Seth Leventhal

Thanks to all the members of my BCRC family for joining me and my family for a wonderful 60th birthday party on Saturday May 19th. We had some great times, great food and a celebration of Shavuot! Best of all, my sincere thanks to all of you who donated generous gifts to the building improvement and foyer renovation funds. Your gifts will help make BCRC a truly welcoming house of friends! Click here to see your pictures in a...Read more...

Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit

04/12/2018 10:31:43 PM

Apr12

Tracy Cirone

Tracy Cirone, Tikva Committee member, attended the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit at Potomac Falls High School and reported the following:

I wanted to let you know that I attended the Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit at Potomac Falls HS yesterday. What a great event! This year's week long summit theme is - connect the pieces, find the harmony, and create the big picture.

There were 98...Read more...

The 2018 Community Seder was a Great Success!

04/03/2018 11:30:26 AM

Apr3

Seth Leventhal

Our Community Seder, held on Saturday March 31, attracted our largest attendance ever! We had over 80 attendees, including congregants, guests, and a good number of attendees from outside BCRC. Rabbi Amy led the Seder with...Read more...

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