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Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Shabbat Service - March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017

Once upon a time, a king sent his son upon an errand. He gave the boy a coin and an empty flask, saying, “Go to the shop of a certain merchant I esteem. Give him the coin and fill this flask with the rich and precious oil he will give you.” The boy set out with good intentions, but on the way he dropped the flask and broke it. Then he lost the coin.  He wandered around aimlessly for some time, then finally returned home, tired and embarrassed. The king gave him another coin and another flask. And this time...

Rabbi Erin Mason
February 24, 2017

There was once young shepherd boy who was very poor. One Rosh Hashana, as he tended his flock, he looked longingly at the villagers, dressed in their finest, on their way to shul to daven.

He so wanted to join them.

He looked down at his ragged clothing and thought, I cannot go to shul dressed like this! He looked at his bare feet, and was ashamed. He did not know how to read, and was hesitant to pick up a siddur.

But he felt pulled, and so he made his way to the synagogue with the villagers. He found...

February 17, 2017

During this special Shabbat learning service, Beth Am clergy answered congregant questions.

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
February 10, 2017

Imagine what it must have been like. Just two days ago, you were sitting in your home with your family, alone, isolated from your neighbors, anxiously awaiting the latest decree from the ruler of the land. Waiting to see if the news would bring with it cause for hope or despair; the possibility of a turn from prior policy meaning freedom, or the introduction of harsh new legislation bringing greater uncertainty to your already fragile status.

And then, a shift. After a night of hasty packing and frantically collecting any scraps or morsels of food you could find, surrounded by...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
February 3, 2017

“This is the moment I trained for in Hebrew school.” These words were displayed on a sign held by a protester at an airport this week in response to the president’s executive order on immigration. It captures the feeling that many of us have, that the treatment of refugees and immigrants speaks to the heart of Judaism itself. In fact, the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox movements all agreed on something this week when each movement issued a statement in opposition to the order. As the JTA noted, “It is extremely rare for all four movements, which have split on...

Cantor Jaime Shpall
January 27, 2017

Last week Jews all over the world started the book of Exodus, the story of our people’s 400 year servitude to Pharaoh in Egypt. The book begins with the words: Vayakom melech chadash al mitzrayim, asher lo yada et Yosef. There arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Josef. During the time of Josef’s high status in the palace of Pharaoh, and for the few generations after, the Israelites established themselves in Egypt and became a strong community. But the new Pharaoh did not see the Israelites as an asset to society. He spouted fear instead of...

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