Cultural Trips

Cultural Trips Registration Process

Please read the following instructions so that we can include you on the trips. Only members of the Congregation or Sisterhood may register for the trip(s). Three weeks after registration opens, people who are non-members of the Sisterhood or Congregation, may register for a trip.

The cultural trips usually require walking around museums, gardens and homes.  Many of the trips require walking steps. Please consider these physical requirements before you sign up for the trip.  If you are in doubt, call the destination and inquire about their physical facilities, elevators, etc.

Registration forms for a specific trip or trips will be on the website at 9:30 a.m. on the specified date.  These forms will also be on the Sisterhood stand located in the Offit Lobby beginning that day. A form needs to be completed by each person registering.  It is important you complete the entire form.  The information requested is not shared but is used to make sure you can be contacted and we have the necessary information for you in case of an emergency. If lunch is included, you are to complete the lunch request form too.

Your registration form(s) and your check made out to Beth El Sisterhood must be mailed to the person who is listed on the form.  Only registrations mailed to the address listed on the form will be accepted in the order that they are received.  The envelope must have a US post mark.  Only one registration per envelope unless you are a couple

If your registration form arrives after the trip is full, you will be notified, your check will be returned, and you will be placed on the waiting list. Do not hesitate to go on the wait list.  There are always cancellations so you have a good chance of getting on the trip. Cancellations are filled in the following order: Members of the Congregation and Sisterhood, members of Sisterhood, members of the Congregation and then people who are not affiliated with the Congregation or Sisterhood.

Trip to Glenstone Museum

Thursday, September 19 from 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  *Wait List Only*

You won’t want to miss our trip to Glenstone, the “must see” home to one of America’s finest private museums located on 234 acres of sculpture-dotted pastureland in Potomac, Maryland. Curator Emily Wei Rales and her husband billionaire Mitchell opened Glenstone on a former fox-hunting estate in 2006. The couple recently unveiled the Pavilions, a cluster of serene buildings surrounding a pool filled with water lilies and irises, to showcase their outstanding contemporary art collections. Spotlighted exhibits dating from Post World War ll to the present include works by such names as Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Ruth Asawa. The museum seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and soothing environment. Allow yourself to relax and de-stress as you become immersed in this unique connection between art and nature.

Please be advised that to fully enjoy all that Glenstone offers, there will be considerable walking and at times, on uneven ground. Please wear sneakers or comfortable walking shoes. Also, be aware there are limited seating opportunities in the museum and on the grounds.

COST: $65 for Beth El members and $75 for non-members *Wait list only. Registration form is available here and on the Sisterhood stand in the Offit Lobby. If you have questions, please contact Linda Mondell 410-486-1542 / [email protected]


Trip to The National Museum of Women in the Arts and The National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. *Wait List Only*

Where We Were, Where We Are Today – Journey with us to Washington DC to explore two unique exhibits that delve into the souls of women past and present. See how they confront daily challenges through their unique self-expression. We first visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts and take a docent led tour of the Judy Chicago exhibit. “Visually striking and emotionally charged, the newest body of work by feminist icon Judy Chicago continues her commitment to challenge the status quo and advocate for change. Nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, as well as two large bronze sculptures, comprise The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction. Through this series, the artist reflects on her own mortality and appeals for compassion and justice for all earthly creatures affected by human greed. Chicago’s bold, graphic style viscerally communicates the intense emotion she experienced while contemplating her own death as well as the death of entire species. “

Leaving the museum, we then travel a short distance by bus to the National Portrait Gallery. Lunch will be on your own. There are various restaurants in the area, click here for suggestions.

After lunch, you may walk to The National Portrait Gallery to view the exhibit “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.” This special exhibit will outline the more than 80-year movement for women to obtain the right to vote as part of the larger struggle for equality that continued through the 1965 Civil Rights Act and arguably lingers today. The Portrait Gallery exhibition tells this complex history through an array of early photographic portraits, paintings, engravings, works on paper, lithographs, video, newspapers, postcards, books, ballots, banners, fliers, a china set, embroidery and pennants. Viewers will be able to see authentic objects, including original banners from the National Woman’s Party, a late-19th century ballot box and original writings by influential suffragists. Please note that we will be boarding our bus at 3:15 PM. Please allow yourself enough time to leisurely view the exhibit. *Please be aware that there is much walking and standing on this trip.

COST: $85 for members of Beth El Congregation; $95 for non-members. Registration form is available here  and on the Sisterhood stand in the Offit Lobby. Please contact Sima Abarbanel 410-356-3873 / [email protected] or Helen Friedman 410-733-2289 / [email protected], before sending in your registration form or for answers to any questions you may have.


Trip to Arena Stage to see the play Right to Be Forgotten

Sunday, November 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The internet never forgets. A young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren’t going down without a fight. Secrets, lies, and political backstabbing abound in this riveting drama about one man’s fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.

COST: $135 for Beth El members and $145 for non-members Lunch will be on your own. Registration form is available here and on the Sisterhood stand in the Offit Lobby.

If you have questions, please contact: Linda Mondell - 410-486-1542 / [email protected] or Ellen Wiesenberger - 410-484-6411 / [email protected].