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President's Column: How Will You Participate In Creating a Vibrant Jewish Community?
Unlike my grandparents or even my parents, I’ve had choices about what synagogue to join, and even whether to affiliate at all. Over the years, my wife Sandy and I observed holidays at home and joined synagogues in Santa Monica and Tucson. When we joined Beth Am in 2001, my family was engaged in Judaism, but mostly for participating in activities designed for short-term personal enjoyment.

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 yadlyad@betham.org.

Supporting Our Sister Congregations in Ukraine: Congregation Beth Am of Poltava and Shirat Ha-Yam of Odessa
The Poltava Committee is expanding its support of emerging Progressive communities in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) to include Odessa in addition to Poltava. Rita Fruman, Director of Programs and Operations of the FSU for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), created a shidduch (a match) between Congregation Beth Am of Poltava and Shirat Ha-Yam of Odessa.

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.

Worship

Confronting the Complexities of Our Relationship(s) to Israel as a People and Place
The infrastructure of Judaism consists of three pillars: God, Torah, and Israel. At Beth Am, we embrace and encourage the exploration of disparate and wide-ranging understandings of God and spirituality.


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).

 

Shavuot 2021
In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of the giving of the Torah, education and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.

Help Beth Am Thrive

May Fund in Focus: Beit R'fuah (House of Healing)

Beit R’fuah is Beth Am’s support group for those coping with mental health issues and the family and friends who help and sustain them. We are proud to be celebrating 15 years of commitment to addressing the alienation, stigma and ravages of mental illness in the Jewish community.

Does your employer have a matching gift program? You may be able to double or even triple your contributions to Beth Am! Many Bay Area companies will match charitable donations dollar-for-dollar, or even two dollars for every one you donate.

Justice

May Tzedakah Box: Hagar — Jewish Arab Education for Equality

Hagar is the only integrated, bilingual educational institution for Jewish and Arab residents in the South, and one of only a few such institutions in all of Israel.

Adult / Youth Education

2021-2022 Youth Education Registration Coming Soon!
Registration for PreK-12th Grade Youth Education Programs for the 5782 (2021-2022) school year will be opening in late spring. Stay tuned for information about new programs and returning favorites. We can't wait to welcome you back!

Hebrew Classes for Adults With Orna Morad | Spring 2021
A new semester of Hebrew for adults begins (online) this month!

Sat, May 15 2021 4 Sivan 5781