May 24, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Yom Yerushalayim, following the Six-Day War. For Jews in the former Soviet Union, the Six-Day War had enormous significance. It proved that Israel was a viable nation and sparked their interest in learning about Judaism, being Jewish and emigrating to Israel. During this talk, Beth Am congregant Phil Spiegel discussed the situation prevailing for Soviet Jews in 1967 and how a small number of them launched a movement that gained worldwide support and ultimately brought about fulfillment of the desires to "Let My People Go" and "Let My People...
Please find below recordings of guest speakers who have lectured at Beth Am. Note that any lecture given during an Erev Shabbat service may be found in the Beth Am Sermon Archive.
Nutrition information is abundant today, but what should we believe? Lorri Holzberg is a registered dietitian nutritionist who discussed basics of a healthy diet and addressed several hot topics in nutrition, including gluten-free food, eating organic, sugar, fat, carbs and GMO’s. Eating healthy is easier than you think!
Beth Am welcomee Guthaner lecturer Dr. Arie Dubnov, Associate Professor of History and Chair of Israel Studies, George Washington University and Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Haifa University in Israel.
This year’s Guthaner lecture gave us a fascinating opportunity to ponder contemporary debates over Zionism and anti-Zionism on the left by studying the life and thought of Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997), a prominent Russian-Jewish-British philosopher, political thinker and public intellectual. From an early stage of his career, Berlin was renowned for his wit and conversational brilliance, and as the first Jew to break barriers in the British...
“For the Dead and for the Living, We Must Bear Witness." These are the words of Elie Wiesel, who passed away on January 2, 2016. This year's South Peninsula Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah Service of Remembrance focused on this great humanitarian, Nobel prize winner, author and survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Death March to Buchenwald. The ceremony featured Wiesel's writings, as well as songs, music, prayer and artwork as we honor those who perished and those who survived.
Imagine Baroque music with Hebrew words! Such music was performed in the Jewish communities of Italy, southern France and the Netherlands from the 16th to 18th centuries to celebrate weddings and circumcisions, to inaugurate synagogues and to rejoice on special Sabbaths during the year. A full program of Baroque Jewish music will be performed, including compositions by Jewish composers, such as Salomone Rossi of Mantua, Italy and Abraham Caceres of Amsterdam as well as compositions by non-Jewish composers such as Christiano Lidarti and Louis Saladin, who were hired to...