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September/October President's Column by Jay Hirsh — Nurturing Meaningful Jewish Spiritual Expression
We have just entered the last month of the Jewish calendar, Elul, which is a traditional time to spiritually prepare for the High Holy Days. Whether you are just starting or already have deeply-rooted practices, I believe that Beth Am continues to be a dynamic place for each of us to nurture meaningful Jewish spiritual expression.

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...

Announcing The Orchard's New Community Connector
We are excited to welcome Emma Goss to Beth Am. Emma will be working with Rabbi Jon Prosnit to create meaningful and fun experiences for The Orchard, Beth Am's exciting initiative that continues to re-imagine how we connect with younger Jews in our community.


Community Circles: Building community and friendships through shared interests.
Beth Am Community Circles are your place to connect more intentionally with other members around a shared interest or life stage. Community Circles are affinity groups open to members of Congregation Beth Am and coordinated by congregants. Help start the group you are looking for!

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.

 

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.

Worship

September/October Clergy Column by Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison: The Beth Am Garden: a place for growing Jewishly, rooted in Torah, sowing care and connection to the earth and all its inhabitants. The "Beth Am Garden” will cultivate community, promote environmental sustainability and food justice, foster opportunities for meaningful spiritual engagement and personal growth, and strengthen Jewish life on the Peninsula.

High Holy Days 5783 | 2022
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 2022 High Holy Day season programming with Congregation Beth Am.

Help Beth Am Thrive

September Fund in Focus: Richard and Caroline Hoffman Library Fund helps our library purchase new publications, supplies and media to sustain a current and healthy library collection.
Consider a gift to the Hoffman Library Fund today, it’s a terrific way to honor a loved one for a bar/bat mitzvah or other simcha!

Builders Circle Profile: Karen and Mel Kronick
Karen and Mel both refer to their parents when asked about why they do what they do for Beth Am. Karen, especially, connects with the legacy that her parents created in Beth Am. She says, “We feel compelled to carry on the tradition of service and support for our community, and passing it along to the next generation is a compelling duty for us.” Mel smiles as he adds, “Beth Am is where we belong.”

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Do a Car Mitzvah
Do you have an old car that you no longer use, taking up space in your driveway? Avoid the hassle of selling it by donating it to Beth Am — securing funds for our community and a tax write-off for you! We work with a partner organization that will pick up and sell the car, delivering the proceeds to Beth Am and a receipt to you for the full amount that the car sold for. To begin the process, please contact Beth Am Development Director Mandy Eisner, (650) 493-4661, ext. 211.

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgThe Beth Am 2022-23 Annual Campaign Needs Each One of Us
Beth Am is committed to being the center of your Jewish life, a place to find meaning and fulfillment, and a safe and loving space for all who seek it. As we embark on our new synagogue year, we must renew our commitment to each other, and to the financial health of our congregation.

Justice

September Tzedakah Box: Jewish Fund for Abortion Access helps fund the largest hotline in the country, helping individuals learn what they need to know to access abortion based on where they live. For individuals who need abortions, the program covers costs to travel over state lines as well as abortion charges at approved clinics.

Pursue Justice Fall Update
Nearly every Thursday morning for the past two years, the Pursue Justice committee has met over Zoom to discuss and plan pro-Democracy actions. Our work is non-partisan, and through partnerships with the Religious Action Center and the Center for Common Ground, we focus on voting rights, both nationally and statewide. Find out what small actions you can take to help with pro-Democracy actions!

You’re invited to “Facing Our Truths – Small Group Discussions on Race”
Beth Am’s Racial Justice and Equity
Initiative will be convening another set of small groups of 5-10 participants to meet for a series of 6 sessions about how we face our truths regarding 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.

September/October Dayenu Circle Sustainability Tip
One of the most difficult things to recycle is plastic film. Even if you are lucky enough to live in a city that does take plastic film (most of us don’t), it still has to be clean and dry when it goes into your recycling bin or bag. Hmmm. What might be an alternative solution...

 

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.

Adult Education Opportunities: This Fall and Beyond
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!

 

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783