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July/August President's Column by Jay Hirsh: Expanding Access to Our Community
I’ve been thinking a lot about what our community will look like as we emerge from the pandemic. Now that most of our congregation has become familiar with Zoom and live streaming, we can embrace the opportunity to expand gathering in a way that weaves together modes of access at synagogue and at home.

Musical Opportunities at Beth Am
Here are a few ways to get involved musically at Beth Am!

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

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.

Beth Am Campus Reopens July 1
The clergy, staff, and board of directors are eager to welcome you home to Beth Am! Many activities will continue to be available through Zoom or livestream, as well as in person.


Homecoming Picnic Concerts
Sundays, July 11 & 25; Sundays, August 8 & 22, 6:00-8:00 PM, Outdoor Chapel

It’s time for us to have some fun and get back together in person. What better way than to enjoy beautiful music in our gorgeous Outdoor Chapel. 

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.)


Small Group Gathering with Rabbi Morrison
Sign up to join Rabbi Morrison in our beautiful Outdoor Chapel for coffee and conversation. Registration is required and limited to 25 people. Please register for one event only.

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?



July/August Clergy Column by Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison: Constructing a Tent of Contact (Ohel Moeid) in a Post-Pandemic World
As you are reading this column, we are on the verge of reopening our campus (July 1), and of being able to join together, In Real Life, and not only virtually, for congregational activities.

Outdoor Summer Services Are Back!
We're thrilled to welcome the congregation back to Beth Am for Kabbalat Shabbat services in our beautiful Outdoor Chapel beginning this July. As is the Beth Am tradition, the divrei Torah will be given by Beth Am members.

High Holy Days 5783
Rosh Hashanah begins Monday, September 6. The Beth Am community will once again gather on our beautiful campus for High Holy Days, with live streaming access as well. Our clergy will lead inspiring worship and music from our Sanctuary bima as we experience a homecoming, returning to our own space.

Memorial Wall Yahrzeit Plaque Requests
To place a request for a yahrzeit plaque, should you wish to memorialize loved ones for whom plaques have not already been ordered, please place your order by Friday, July 30, 2021.

Help Beth Am Thrive

July Fund in Focus: Jack and Fay Ruby Camp Fund
Summer camps are re-opening! And the demand will be greater than ever this year since kids missed out last summer. We expect to receive many requests for financial assistance to help kids go to camp, and contributions to the Jack and Fay Ruby Camp Fund will help us provide critical support for as many families as possible.

Builders Circle Profile: Linda and Sid Liebes
“To belong to Beth Am is to be among the fortunate”, say Linda and Sid Liebes, when asked about their feelings toward Beth Am. “We are thankful to those who founded Congregation Beth Am in the 1950s, and we are committed to helping to ensure that what they created is sustained beyond our lifetime.”


July Tzedakah Box: Live In Peace
Beth Am's July Tzedakah Box supports Live In Peace, a non-profit based in East Palo Alto whose mission is to empower youth and young adults to reclaim the vision for their future.

Adult / Youth Education

Beth Am Youth Education Registration Is Now OPEN for the 2021-2022 School Year!
          Youth Education Registration is NOW OPEN! We can’t wait to welcome you back to Youth Education programs this fall! In addition to the return of some fan favorites, such as Sunday Program and teen trips, we are building on our successes from the past year to include some new offerings, such as a family program for three- to six-year-olds and an online arts track!

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

Tue, September 28 2021 22 Tishrei 5782