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September/October President's Column by Jay Hirsh: Life Returns to the Beth Am Campus
After a long pause, people are returning to the Beth Am campus. We have been waiting, patiently, and then impatiently, for a chance to gather in person. Because we’ve been deprived of gathering with others for so long, my senses are elevated to the ways that worshipping together creates a sense of belonging in our congregation.

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 yadlyad@betham.org.

Senior Rabbi Installation Weekend: November 12 - 14, 2021
After a long, pandemic-enforced wait, the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Am and our Rabbinic Transition Committee are thrilled to invite you to a weekend of celebration, worship and community. We will come together for the joyful installation of Jeremy S. Morrison as Beth Am’s Senior Rabbi.

 

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.)


 

Odessa/Beth Am Recipes with Memories: A Collection
Beth Am has embraced another World Union for Progressive Judaism community besides Poltava — Shir Ha Yam of Odessa, Ukraine. They want to collaborate with us on a joint family history cookbook for Chanukah. It will be in English and Russian.

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!

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.

Worship

September/October Clergy Column by Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison: A Return Home
This is a season of change. As much as the upcoming High Holy Days at Beth Am will be like the “days of old” they will also be different from recent years. Perhaps the biggest change will be the experience of coming home to our campus, after a period of twenty-five years (!), for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Help Beth Am Thrive

October Fund in Focus: Equal Start
Equal Start is Beth Am’s social justice initiative whose goal is creating access to high-quality early learning for all California children from birth to five years of age. Equal Start is especially focused on addressing the needs of underserved areas in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgThe Beth Am 2021-22 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. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were well-equipped to respond, adjust, and even thrive during the challenging circumstances brought on by COVID-19. But 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

October Tzedakah Box: Tebeka
Beth Am's October Tzedakah Box supports Tebeka (the Amharic word for “Advocate of Justice”), a non-profit organization founded in 2,000 and led by a group of educated professionals, Ethiopian-Israelis and their Israeli-born peers.

Oy, Climate Change! What Can WE at Beth Am Do Now to Make a Difference?
Climate change is a hot topic, and not just because the planet is warming! We see the disastrous impact of excess greenhouse gases from the extremes of wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, floods, heat waves and habitat loss in the USA and around the world. Our Jewish tradition asks us to take action, individually and together as a community, to ensure a sustainable planet. What can we do now to make a difference?

 

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

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!

 

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.

Fri, October 22 2021 16 Cheshvan 5782