It’s an evening that has been years in the making, and one that members of Beth El Congregation won’t soon forget.
The debut of “LIVE from Beth El” is expected to attract 800 to 1,000 Baltimoreans to the synagogue at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. Congregants have long-anticipated the annual event, featuring live entertainment, tributes to instrumental community members and initiatives to raise funds for the shul.
“This is something we talked about for a long time — having an event that would bring people together as a community,” said Denise Franz, president of Beth El. “It wasn’t easy, but unwavering commitment and a love for the synagogue brought this event to life.”
In celebration of its 70-year history, the inaugural event will include a performance by renowned mentalist and mind reader Marc Salem. Evening festivities will be halted to honor Sharon and Alan Dorenfeld, who have served as leaders in varying capacities at Beth El during their 50-year membership.
A dear friend of the Dorenfelds, longtime congregant John Abosch, 72, said the synagogue is “honoring a very deserving couple.” He and Alan attended Hebrew school at Beth El, and the pair continued their friendship even after their bar mitzvahs.
“They’ve done a lot for this synagogue,” he said.
Event proceeds will be used to carry out a “complete technological update” for the Pikesville-based synagogue and the Sandra R. Berman Jewish Educational Center, according to a Beth El press release.
“It’s going to be a great event for years to come,” said Sol Levinson & Bros. vice president Matt Levinson, 35. “I’m excited to participate in the first one.”
To purchase an event ticket, visit bethelbalto.com/live.