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What's Happening in February

Learn about what's coming up in the Beth Am community! Announcements will be updated regularly, so please check back for new information.

Adult Education
Community

Help Beth Am Thrive
Social Justice

Worship
Youth Education

   

Adult Education

2020 Saxe Family Scholar-In-Residence Weekend

Beth Am is delighted to welcome this year’s Saxe Family Scholar-In-Residence, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.

Community

President's Column by President Andy Cheng: Our Migration to Chicago
Every two years, thousands of Jews from across North America and around the world congregate at the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial. This past December 2019, 28 congregants, including four multi-generational families from Beth Am, migrated to the Windy City to learn, worship, connect, and of course… eat.


February Is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month
Save the dates for these inspiring programs in February 2020, sponsored by Beth Am’s INCLUDE Committee to celebrate our differences!

 

In the new year, this is a great time to take stock of all that we have and all that we are grateful for. One way to do this is to participate in Beth Am Women's Count Your Blessings fundraiser, which is now live online. Contributions enable Beth Am Women to support programming and events for Beth Am Women, our congregation and beyond. Please support Beth Am Women by making your contribution online or download, print complete and return the Count Your Blessings form.

Vote Reform: ARZA Representing the Reform Movement and Reconstructing Judaism
Beth Am needs your help. Please vote Reform in the World Zionist Congress (WZC). Voting information is now available online. Visit azm.org/elections to vote. Polls will close on March 11. After you vote, please send an email to wzc2020@urj.org with the subject “I VOTED REFORM!” Thanks!

 

Send Purim Treats to Beth Am College Students and Young Military Personnel Away From Home
Register to have a delicious gift sent. Sign up deadline is Wednesday, February 12.

Rabbinic Search Committee Update
In December 2019, the Beth Am Board of Directors unanimously approved the recommendation of the Senior Rabbi Search Committee to offer the position of Senior Rabbi to Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison, effective July 1, 2020. On Sunday, February 2, our congregation held a special meeting and, by a nearly unanimous vote of over 430 households present, Beth Am confirmed Rabbi Jeremy Morrison as our next Senior Rabbi, beginning July 1, 2020.

 

 

Why Wear Your Beth Am Name Tag?
Please wear your High Holy Day name tag to all Beth Am services and events throughout the year. It's easy to leave your name tag in your car or bag and then put it on as you walk in.

 

 

Poltava Shabbat Dinners in Member Homes
Enjoy delicious food AND help support our sister congregation, Beth Am of Poltava.

 

 

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?


 

Help Beth Am Thrive

February Fund in Focus: INCLUDE Beth Am
The INCLUDE Fund at Beth Am helps support this program, which has already meant so much to the families who need it. We encourage members to consider a donation to the INCLUDE Fund at their next family simcha!

From Strength to Strength: Securing Beth Am’s Future and Honoring Rabbi Marder

The From Strength to Strength campaign continues to hum along, with over $7M in commitments so far. Thank you to our early donors who have already invested in the success of this visionary effort! 

Legacy Giving

Are you a philanthropist? Yes, you are! Legacy gifts are those, such as arranging a gift in your will or naming Beth Am as a partial beneficiary of a retirement account, which you have pre-arranged to go to Beth Am after your death. 

Social Justice

February Tzedakah Box
Our February Tzedakah Box supports the Teen Van, a mobile medical clinic that provides free health care to needy and homeless teenagers in our area, making medical care accessible to young people who often lack health insurance and transportation

Worship

Clergy Column by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker:
Engaging with Israel Beyond the Headlines
When I was in Israel during my first year of rabbinical school at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem, I had a 20-ish minute walk from my little apartment to the HUC campus every day.

Youth Education

Save the Dates  for Camp Beth Am 5781 Summer Session: August 3-7, 2020
Camp Beth Am is our camp-style youth education program for students in grades 5-8 that blends the best aspects of Jewish summer camp and Jewish learning for a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Bay Area Jewish Camp Collective
The Bay Area Jewish Camp Collective is a one-stop-shop for information about the six top Jewish overnight camps serving our area, each offering a unique, immersive summer experience. Find out more at campcollective.org.

Wed, February 19 2020 24 Sh'vat 5780