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July/August President's Column by Jay Hirsh — Annual Meeting: Reflections
At our annual meeting in April, I reflected on the past year and the amazing things our community accomplished despite unpredictable logistical obstacles... What we do know is this: that to thrive, our strategy will need to include a healthy dose of “trying new things” while not abandoning our core values. The idea is to inspire the next generation to take ownership of what this sacred community will become.

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...

August is Prospective Member Month at Beth Am!
Share your Beth Am community with your friends, family and neighbors! Throughout the month of August, we invite you to share this warm, special place with the people you know and love in your lives. We invite prospective members who might be interested in learning more about Beth Am community to join us throughout the month of August.

Chevra Kadisha Candle Project
One of the three important tasks of Congregation Beth Am’s Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) is to support those in our community who are mourning the death of a loved one. Recently the Chevra Kadisha partnered with our youth programs to find a new way to reach out to those marking a first yahrzeit, a first anniversary of death.

Member Spotlight: Meet new members Catherine and Sergey Levi and their son, Simon. (They are expecting their second child in July.) Although Catherine is from the coldest place (Murmansk, Russia) and Sergey grew up in the warmest place (Eilat, Israel), together they have found the perfect temperature in the Bay Area with Judaism and Beth Am.

 

Worship

July/August Clergy Column by Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison: Become a partner in the continual transformation of Beth Am
The partnership between our professional staff and our congregants is the wellspring for the creativity of our congregation.

High Holy Days 5783 | 2022
Once again, we gather for the High Holy Days for renewal and return. Our plan is to be in person at Congregation Beth Am for most services, with a family service offsite. Live streaming will be available for those who prefer that option. Ticket name tags will NOT be mailed this year. You may pick them up in the administrative office or at the service. 

Outdoor Summer Services Are Back!
We're thrilled to welcome the congregation back to Beth Am for Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:15 PM in our beautiful Outdoor Chapel beginning this June. As is the Beth Am tradition, during the summer the divrei Torah will be given by Beth Am members or invited guests. Details on speakers to come.

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 Monday, August 22, 2022.

Help Beth Am Thrive

August Fund in Focus: Youth Education, Camp and Israel Scholarship Fund
It’s that time of year again, when Beth Am kids are enrolling in Youth Education programs for the coming year. Beth Am’s Youth Education, Camp and Israel Scholarship Fund helps make registration fees as affordable as possible for families who need financial assistance. We will never turn a prospective student away for financial reasons!

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.

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

August Tzedakah Box: The South Palo Alto Food Closet began in 1979, when several local churches came together to feed people who did not have enough money to make it through the month. Today, the South Palo Alto Food Closet continues to serve area seniors, people living in parks, vehicles and shelters; and other individuals without consistent housing.

Summer 2022 Sustainability Tips
by Cantor Emerita Kay Greenwald

To that end, I am excited to let our Beth Am community know about a new feature that will be appearing in the Builder beginning with this July/August edition: a Sustainability Tip Box containing a suggestion for how to reduce our carbon/plastic footprint in our daily lives.

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.

July/August Dayenu Circle Sustainability Tips
Did you know that food-soiled plastics are often not accepted for recycling, and wind up in the garbage instead? There is an easy solution that doesn’t waste water...

Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee Presents Interfaith Community Conversations
One of Beth Am’s greatest strengths is our reach into the neighborhoods we live in, connecting with people of all faiths, backgrounds and economic status. We are stronger when we work together through tikkun olam — repairing the world. This summer we are once again participating in interfaith community conversations. Please consider joining the conversation!

Youth Education


Now OPEN for the 2022-2023 School Year: Youth Ed Registration —
September 11: Chavurah, 6th and 7th Grade Programs Open; Sunday Program Open House

Youth Education Registration is NOW OPEN and programs begin soon! We're excited to welcome everyone back to campus this fall. Join us for an exciting array of programs, including family education with Chavurah, Jewish theatre with Hagigah, our Wednesday night teen community and more!

Register for Fall Semester Hebrew Classes for Adults
Whether you have basic Hebrew or you are nearly fluent, we have a Hebrew class for you! All classes will be held virtually this semester.Please contact Orna if you need help determining which level is right for you. For scholarship requests, please email Rabbi Sarah Weissman.

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