Community | Congregation Beth Am




Through their work, the Poltava Committee enables our progressive sister congregation, Congregation Beth Am in Poltava, Ukraine, to reach out to young Jewish families to help them rediscover their Judaism.

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The Ukrainian crisis on the Eastern Front has impacted Congregation Beth Am of Poltava, Ukraine. People are fleeing the war zone and find comfort and community with our friends in Poltava. Emigres learn what progressive Judaism is about and discover (or rediscover) a powerful Judaism that welcomes the stranger to celebrate Shabbat, Passover, Purim and other Jewish holidays, with creative programming and joy. People are passing through Poltava for an interim stay as many migrate to Israel or other safer environs.

Being Jewish in Ukraine is not easy as discrimination is rampant and operational funds are almost non-existent. Donations collected by the Poltava Committee, including a portion of Beth Am Members contributions to the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), support religious and educational programs. Funds are also distributed to the WUPJ for support of the Institute for Modern Jewish Studies and the Russian State University of Humanities program that begins the process of educating the next generation of rabbis in the Former Soviet Union. This is a ground breaking endeavor for the Russian government and the WUPJ. At this time, the WUPJ has only six rabbis serving more than 50 communities in the Former Soviet Union. There is a desperate need for more rabbis.

The Poltava Committee meets regularly to plan fundraisers, such as our amazing and well- attended home-cooked Shabbat Dinners after services. The committee also hosts an annual Trivia Night that is fun for the whole family. Other events include member-hosted dinners and musical events that entertain and do a mitzvah by supporting our friends across the ocean.

Donations to the Poltava Fund help us carry out our vision of tikkun olam. To learn more, please contact Cherie or call (650) 493-4661.

Congregation Beth Am
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We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to "do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).