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Adult Education

Beth Am Welcomes Dr. Lila Corwin Berman As Our 2021 Saxe Family Scholar-in-Residence
Friday, April 23 — Saturday, April 24

We will have several opportunities to learn from Dr. Corwin Berman over the weekend as she focuses on aspects of our congregation’s Racial Equity and Justice work and contextualizes these efforts within American Jewish history.

Hebrew Classes for Adults With Orna Morad
A new semester of Hebrew for adults begins (online) this month!


President's Column: Beth Am's Past, Present and Future
As I reflect on Beth Am’s journey during this period of time, I’m reminded of how our own community continues to balance all three of these time frames. It has been an immense privilege to serve as Beth Am’s president and to have had the opportunity to work with an exceptional board of directors, professional staff and clergy team.



Know a Beth Am Member Who Would Enjoy Some Regular Friendly Contact from Co-Members?
Yad l'Yad is an established Beth Am group of lay-trained members who commit to regular contact with other members in support and friendship. We are concerned about the increased risk of isolation during this unprecedented time in our lives, and would like to offer our outreach. If you or someone you know would like to explore having a Yad l’Yad friendly visitor (primarily virtual visits at this time), contact us at

Welcoming Paige Kaplan as New Engagement & Experience Manager
We are thrilled to announce that Paige Kaplan will be joining the Beth Am staff as our Engagement & Experience Manager, as of April 19. This is a new role created as part of our strategic priority focusing on deepening member engagement, and it brings Beth Am in line with other large congregations who dedicate staff resources to this important function. In this role, Paige will work closely with the clergy, senior program staff and lay leadership to create a warm, vibrant environment for our members to engage fully in synagogue life.

Tikvah Peer Support
This program offers one-to-one emotional support for our members who are facing a life challenge. Trained volunteers meet with members who are struggling with COVID-related challenges, job loss, bereavement, illness, divorce, a child in trouble or other difficult situations. The program matches congregants in need with a volunteer who is trained to provide compassionate support in times of crisis. All contacts are strictly confidential and may extend over several months. (The Tikvah Program is a lay support program and does not replace professional counseling.)


Join a Beth Am Virtual Sh'ma Group
Sh’ma Groups are small, intimate, regularly-scheduled gatherings of people who want to have fun, make new friends, learn and celebrate their Judaism. And now, you can join a group that will meet over Zoom!


Want to Promote a Secure Israel?
Would you be interested in being kept abreast of current assaults on the Jewish community and combating these trends?


Download the Beth Am App
If you’re not using the Beth Am app, you’re missing out! Access your account, the membership directory and more – all from your smartphone. Available for download for iOS and Android.


Clergy Column: How Our Pursuit of Racial Equity and Justice Is Interwoven With Our Struggle to Uproot Anti-Semitism
Beth Am’s pursuit of Justice is not zero-sum. It’s not either/or; it is both/and. We are a community willing to grapple with both/and.

Counting of the Omer
The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “Counting of the Omer” (Sefirat Ha'omer). Omer means "barley sheaf" and refers to the offering brought to the Temple on the second day of Passover. Starting from that day, the Torah also instructs that “you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week — 50 days” (Leviticus 23:15-16).


Help Beth Am Thrive

April Fund in Focus: The Aptekar Family Endowment Fund for Film
Thanks to the Aptekar Fund, even a global pandemic cannot stop our community from enjoying films together! This fund has supported streamed films viewed from home this year, and will support in-person film experiences again when we return to our campus later this year.
Do a Car Mitzvah
Do you have an old car that you no longer use, taking up space in your driveway? Avoid the hassle of selling it by donating it to Beth Am — securing funds for our community and a tax write-off for you! We work with a partner organization that will pick up and sell the car, delivering the proceeds to Beth Am and a receipt to you for the full amount that the car sold for. To begin the process, please contact Beth Am Development Director Mandy Eisner or (650) 493-4661, ext. 211.

Are you a philanthropist? Yes, you are!
Legacy gifts are those, such as arranging a gift in your will or naming Beth Am as a partial beneficiary of a retirement account, which you have pre-arranged to go to Beth Am after your death. And legacy giving is for everyone, not just the very wealthy.


April Tzedakah Box: The Day Worker Center of Mountain View
Beth Am's March Tzedakah Box supports the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, a non-profit organization serving the communities surrounding Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.

Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyar 5781