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Message from the President - Updated 6/5/2018

05/29/2018 08:22:46 AM


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


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...

The 2018 Community Seder was a Great Success!

04/03/2018 11:30:26 AM


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...

10 Years at Beaumeade!

03/10/2018 09:27:04 AM


Seth Leventhal

On Friday March 9 we commemorated our 10th anniversary in our building with a special Erev Shabbat service. First we rededicated the mezuzzah at the entry to the sanctuary, which had been removed for the painting project. At our service we had some guest...Read more...

Purim at BCRC

03/07/2018 09:14:50 AM


Seth Leventhal

We started our Purim festivities on Friday Mar 2 with Erev Shabbat Services done in the special 'Purim' style by drawing our prayers at random out of the tri-cornered hat. This was followed by a highly entertaining and enlightening Purim Shpiel, 'A Purim Carol', based on a certain...Read more...

Rabbi Amy's Sermon On the Occasion of Sisterhood Shabbat February 2, 2018/5778

02/16/2018 02:20:48 PM


Rabbi Amy Sapowith

What an attractive force sisterhood is! Look how it has brought you out this evening to be in one another’s company. There is an energy of camaraderie and a recognition that the women of BCRC share an identity, a heritage, as well as interests and concerns. And we’re not here at a restaurant or even someone’s living room—that’s for another day. We initiate, resurrect, restart our Sisterhood here in our sanctuary, before our ark and...Read more...

Farewell Dinner for Bill & Cindy Hack

02/14/2018 10:23:38 AM


Seth Leventhal

On Feb 3 a gala farewell dinner was held for Bill and Cindy Hack, longtime BCRC congregants who moved to Rhode Island to be closer to their children.
Cindy was highly instrumental in getting us into the our building and creating use documents and building policy as the VP when we were in the building phase of our permanent home.  For many years she sat on the high holiday committee to make sure they ran smoothly. Bill was...Read more...

BCRC Winter Escape

01/24/2018 04:00:42 PM


Seth Leventhal

Last Saturday, Jan 20, BCRC held its first 'Winter Escape', at thd Freedom Center in Leesburg. This event was an adaptation of an annual Winter event held at Rabbi Amy's Rochester temple, which gives people a chance to escape that mid-Winter cabin fever and romp in the snow. Well, we not only had no snow but had one of the warmest days of the winter! So our Winter Escape involved a hike around the lake and outdoor activities like tree...Read more...

Free Books for Jewish Children and Grant for a BCRC Family!

01/19/2018 08:40:01 AM


Julia Schneider

Julia and Gabe Schneider, whose son Zachary is in the 2nd grade religious school class, recently applied for a small grant to host a Shabbat dinner at their home through PJ Library! They will receive $150 and will host 2 other families. We will keep you posted on similar opportunities in the future. In the meantime, if you'd like to receive Jewish books and music for your family, please visit for more information. They are...Read more...

Painting Project is a Big Hit!

12/30/2017 05:16:51 PM


Seth Leventhal

Have you seen our newly painted entry, main hall, and foyer? Last week we said 'good bye' to our old...Read more...

Curl up with a good book for New Years (by BCRC author David Mendelsohn)

12/28/2017 11:34:40 AM


David Mendelsohn

A New Year's resolution might be to treat yourself, or a loved one, to the experience of sitting in a comfortable chair, sipping a glass of wine, or depending on the weather, a cup of hot coffee, and enjoying a good book.  A book you may share with others. Some are great for discussion groups and others are fun to read and a valuable learning experience.

I have four stories on Amazon and Kindle.  It is easier, when you go on...Read more...

Belmont Slave Cemetery Freedom Celebration 2017

11/14/2017 08:59:30 AM


Seth Leventhal

On Sunday Nov. 12, Seth and Jackie Leventhal represented BCRC at the annual oral history walking tour and wreath laying ceremony at the Belmont Slave Cemetery located across RT 7 from Landsdowne, sponsored by the Loudoun Freedom Center. Did you...Read more...

Blessing of the Pets

10/21/2017 11:53:45 AM


Seth Leventhal

In honor of Parashat Noach (the Torah portion about Noah and the ark), our annual Blessing of the Pets was held on Oct 19. Rabbi Amy offered a blessing for all of our pets, both those who attended and those in our homes. Our kids provided some enlightening...Read more...

Tikva Fund and Interfaith Bridges Recognition

10/19/2017 08:31:02 AM


Seth Leventhal

The BCRC Tikva Fund and Loudoun Interfaith Bridges continue to receive recognition for their grants in support of programs supporting multicultural education in the Loudoun County School District. Click here for an article posted at the LCPS web site along with some great photos. Congratulations to Tikva and Bridges!


New Book by BCRC Congregant

10/10/2017 11:12:48 AM


David Mendelsohn

David Mendelsohn, one of our senior congregants, has a new book on Amazon and Kindle.  THE MESSAGE follows four families facing life altering situations.  The story also examines near death experiences, angels, disposition of our souls, the after life, drug rape, abortion issues, and more.  How would you, the reader, react in these situations?  Does reform Judaism concur?       

His previous...

Rabbi Amy's High Holy Days Sermons - 5778

10/05/2017 04:34:40 PM


Seth Leventhal

On Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Amy noted that on this day, we dip an apple into honey to express the sweetness of a new year. We can appreciate the symbolism of this ritual. So why do we find it so much easier to recognize the sour in the world than the sweet? Why is it important to recognize the sweet and not take our blessings for granted? Rabbi Amy explored these questions in her  Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon.

In her Kol Nidre...

Introducing the BCRC Blog

09/25/2017 10:36:26 AM


Seth Leventhal

It is my great pleasure as BCRC BoD President to introduce the new BCRC Blog! Do you have information about great things you or others at BCRC are doing to benefit the congregation and our local and greater Jewish and interfaith community? Do you have an account of a recent BCRC event that you recently attended or about anything else going on at BCRC that you think the congregation should be aware of? This blog is your...Read more...

BCRC TIKVA Fund Updates

09/14/2017 08:47:01 AM


Tracy Cirone

In 2004, BCRC received a large, anonymous donation to support interfaith cooperation in Loudoun County, known as the Tikva (Hope) Fund. The Tikva Committee is proud to announce the recent awarding of the following grants which will benefit Loudoun County Public School children:

Loudoun Interfaith Bridges and member congregations and Tikva funds provided $20,000 in grant support to 18 multicultural school-based programs in the Loudoun...Read more...

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