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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

Second Annual Honey Cake Bake
Once again, Beth Am congregants will bake and deliver honey cakes to our members aged 80 and up in time for the new year. Sign up to bake and/or deliver by Thursday, September 2.


Beth Am Welcomes Lauren Bohne, Our New Teen Education Program Director
Lauren comes to Beth Am with more than 15 years of experience in Jewish youth education and camping. She has worked in synagogues, JCCs, Jewish Day Schools, overnight camps, day camps and teen travel programs.

Homecoming Picnic Concerts
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.)


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.


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 Continue
We're thrilled to continue to welcome the congregation back to Beth Am for Kabbalat Shabbat services in our beautiful Outdoor Chapel through August. As is the Beth Am tradition, the divrei Torah will be given by Beth Am members.

High Holy Days 5782 | 2021
This is the time of year when we hear the call of the shofar and celebrate the start of a new year. Our spirits are lifted as we are called together with friends, family and community members from all over the world for a time of reflection and renewal. Learn more about our 2021 High Holy Day season programming with Congregation Beth Am.

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/August 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.”


August Tzedakah Box: Keren b'Kavod
Keren b'Kavod — the Center for Social and Communal Activity of the Israeli Reform Movement — assists populations in distress, including new immigrants from the Ethiopian community, Bedouins, the elderly, lonely soldiers and disadvantaged women, with an emphasis on social empowerment.

URGENT: Take Action on Afghanistan
We are devastated by the news in Afghanistan over the past few days. As you likely know, Beth Am has helped resettle Afghani families in the past with Catholic Charities. We have reached out to our partners at Catholic Charities and HIAS to see if we can help in any way. Please read this important message from HIAS.

Volunteers Needed — Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Volunteer reading tutors are needed more than ever in public schools throughout the Bay Area. In just one hour each week, you can help a struggling young reader become more confident and successful. Join the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) for this deeply meaningful tikkun olam opportunity. It will change a child’s life – and your own! Register for a FREE online training session. For more information, please contact Corinne Jaffe-Gellman. (JCL is a partner organization of Congregation Beth Am.)

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: Begin the Week of September 6
Whether you are a beginner or nearly fluent, we have a Hebrew class for you! Most classes will be offered via Zoom.

The Philosophy Minyan Continues This Fall
Our lunchtime monthly series will continue to meet on Zoom.  All are welcome to participate in this lively and thought-provoking exploration of topics at the intersection of philosophy, Jewish thought and contemporary issues.

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782