FAQ's

Q. Does one have to be orthodox to become a Beth Sholom member?

A. Beth Sholom is a very open modern orthodox congregation and is very heterogenous in terms of members Judaic knowledge and observance.  Each person is on a religious journey and as such is provided the opportunity to travel this path at a very personal pace.  Religious education, support and encouragement is offered and provided using a learn by doing approach.

Q: How does one become a member?

A: There are several easy ways to become a member:

a. Call the Shul Office at 301.279.7010

b. Download the membership forms; complete and return via emailoffice@bethsholom.org or fax to 301.279.5815.

Q. How much needs to paid toward the Building Fund?

A: The Building Fund assessment is $800 per year for 5 years for new family members and $400 per year for 5 years for individual members.  A variety of installment payment plans are available.

Q. How does one secure High Holiday tickets?

A. After Passover each year, a packet of High Holiday information is sent to all members.  With a minimum of three primary services, members select the preferred service and then provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for reserved seat selection.  Tickets are mailed towards the end of August. 

For new members, please email Jessica Pelt at jpelt@bethsholom.org or telephone her at 301.279.7010 x210.

Q. How does one secure a date for a simcha such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah; wedding; Auf Ruf; Baby Naming; Brit; etc.

To secure a date, please send an email to Jessica Pelt, Executive Director to set a convenient day and time to meet to review and discuss your upcoming simcha.  Her email address is jpelt@bethsholom.org.

Q. Does Beth Sholom have an Early Childhood Center?

A. The Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center is a 21st century innovative and creative Jewish school.  All staff members are certified in Early Childhood Education and children 12 months to 5 years and their respective families are welcomed and lovingly embraced by all.  Though the school student population is composed of children from many parts of the world, Hebrew immersion and English are the languages of instruction.  The curriculum is structured so that maximum cognitive, affective and physical development is provided each child.

Q. How does one register a child at the Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center?

A. To schedule a time to tour the school and meet the Michelle Singer, ECC Director please email her at msinger@bethsholom.org or telephone at 301.279.7010 x212.

Q. Does Beth Sholom have a Youth Department?

A. Beth Sholom has an excellent Youth Department with a variety of services provided every Shabbat and Yom Tov for young children to teens.  For further information, please click on youth.bethsholom.org

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