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May/June President's Column by Jay Hirsh: A Place to Express Our Values
As I write this in March, I’m hopeful that in May and June we are continuing to see the Bay Area re-open and more people feeling comfortable to gather for sports, theater, learning and yes, worship. For many of us, it’s been two years since we’ve been able to spend much time on Beth Am’s campus, the shared home for our community.

Facing Our Truths: Small Group Discussions on Race
Beth Am’s Racial Justice and Equity Initiative will be convening several small groups of 5-10 participants to meet for a series of 6 sessions about how we face our truths about race, privilege, power and the biases that we all hold. Groups will be facilitated by trained congregants. The sessions are based on wonderful materials prepared by clergy and staff from Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, CA,and Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA.

Crisis in Ukraine
Our hearts are breaking as we learn of the difficult and aggressive situation unfolding in Ukraine. We are concerned about the military action and the resulting loss of life, as Ukraine’s fragile democracy is threatened. As we know, historically, in such circumstances the Jewish community becomes a target, and we are fearful of such an outcome in the coming days. Here’s what you can do...

 

Worship

May/June Clergy Column by Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison: Introducing Gabriel Lehrman, Beth Am's Summer Cantorial Intern
Cantor Jaime Shpall is completing her seventh year as our Cantor and will be on Sabbatical from June 1-August 31. We will miss her, but are happy that she’ll have this well-deserved opportunity for rejuvenation and rest with her family. In her absence, Gabriel Lehrman will be joining our staff as our Summer Cantorial Intern from June 1-August 7, and will be serving in many of Cantor Shpall’s capacities.

Shavuot 2022
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. Learn more about celebrating (virtually AND in-person) with our community!

Outdoor Summer Services Are Back!
As in years past, we will celebrate Shabbat in our beautiful Outdoor Chapel all summer long. In July and August, we will welcome Beth Am members to share words of Torah during the service. A complete list of speakers will be available online.

Help Beth Am Thrive

June 2022 Fund in Focus: The Lori Levinson Luft Adult Education Fun
Created in memory of a longtime and beloved member of the Beth Am community, this fund supports lifelong learning programs for adult learners.  Whether it’s Torah Study, lectures or classes, Beth Am is committed to creating interesting educational opportunities for our members of all ages. The Lori Levinson Luft Adult Education Fund helps make this possible by subsidizing programs and making access available to all.

Builders Circle Profile: Lisa Whitmore and Frauke Schimmoller
If you spend a fair amount of time at Beth Am, you probably know their faces — as they are here a lot! At Shabbat services, Torah Study, Asilomar, events, classes, or volunteer opportunities, Lisa and Frauke have become fixtures here as wonderfully committed members of Beth Am. And they are unique among the members that have been profiled here for the Builders Circle, in that both were not raised Jewish, underwent conversion to Judaism, and went on to become very active in our community.

Support Beth Am When You Shop Amazon
Generate donations every time you shop! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Congregation Beth Am — just select "Congregation Beth Am" and then every time you shop on AmazonSmile, funds will be automatically generated for our community. Start shopping! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.

Justice

June Tzedakah Box: Second Harvest Food Bank is our area's largest food bank and is committed to fighting hunger in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Second Harvest of Silicon Valley works with a variety of groups at the local, state and federal level to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one. These partnerships enable Second Harvest to distribute food, connect people with food resources in their neighborhood, and strengthen programs and policies that help to build a hunger-free community.

Eat With the Seasons: Community Supported Agriculture
Each Thursday, Eat With the Seasons drops off fresh, local and organic produce to Beth Am that is grown at small farms on the Central Coast. Eat With the Seasons is a collection of local farmers and producers primarily located in San Benito and Santa Cruz County. Each week, get a "Farm Bag" delivered to you at Beth Am, your home office or local neighborhood pick up site. They have four subscription sizes to accommodate all households. Customer add-ons include pasture-raised chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, sustainably-caught seafood, local cheese, bread, olive oil, jams, prepared foods and more! You get convenient and affordable access to local, organic food. Use coupon code "Spring2022" for $10 off at eatwiththesesasons.com.

Adult / Youth Education


Beth Am Youth Education Registration Is Now OPEN for the 2022-2023 School Year!
We can’t wait to welcome our Youth Education community back for another year of exciting programming! All of our programs emphasize relationship building and multiple entry points for different students and families. We offer programs for everyone, from Chavurah (our program for families with children ages 3-5) to Hagigah (our theater education program) to our teen community programming. Join us!

Summer Adult Education Opportunities
There are numerous learning opportunities for adults at Beth Am, from drop-in classes to more formal courses. Many of our offerings are free and open to the general public; others have a fee or are meant specifically for Beth Am members. Beth Am’s learning opportunities are designed to build relationships, helping us connect more deeply with our history, with the traditions of the Jewish people and with one another. Check out what's coming up!

 

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