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Update: February 11, 2021

You may have noticed a recent US Supreme Court ruling, and subsequent update to the Santa Clara County health orders, that removes the prohibition on indoor worship services. What hasn't changed is the prohibition against singing and chanting, a core element of our worship at Beth Am. Please know that our leadership regularly reviews these updates as well as data from local authorities. We are continuing to plan for the eventual re-opening of...Read more...

Update: Friday, October 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

We want to share with you the impact on Beth Am’s programming from Santa Clara County’s recent move into the Orange (Moderate) Risk Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. We remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of our congregants and staff, while maintaining high quality virtual experiences so that all of our members may continue to participate as fully as possible in the programs of our...Read more...

Update: Friday, July 24, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our community continues to face the challenges of the pandemic with support for each other and with hope for the future. This is a time that none of us could have imagined, and we have been inspired by the many ways our community has been able to come together to share in life’s joys and sorrows. 

Over the last few months, Beth Am’s program staff and lay leaders have spent a significant amount of time...Read more...

Update: Friday, June 27, 2020

Dear Friends,

As we enter our fourth month of sheltering in place, Beth Am’s leadership continues to carefully consider the health and safety of our community. Our Recovery Planning Team (led by Executive Director Rachel Tasch and Board Member Rachel Gibson) has been working to develop and implement the procedures needed to re-open safely, in a deliberate manner. The current status of our re-opening plan is as follows:

Our...Read more...

Update: Friday, May 22, 2020

, Dear Friends,

Our clergy and lay leadership are continually monitoring our state and county guidelines regarding religious gatherings, as well as the guidance and insights from medical experts and the Union for Reform Judaism. Most importantly, we are looking to our Jewish values to lead us into the future.

Pikuah Nefesh (protecting life) Chesed (kindness and care for the most vulnerable among us) Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh...Read more...

Update: Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Members of Beth Am,

We hope this message finds you and your family as well as possible, as we prepare ourselves for a Pesach like no other. We are reaching out to update you on recent developments at Beth Am, and to ask for your continued support.

The Talmud teaches that all members of the House of Israel are responsible for one another [Shevuot 39a]. In the midst of this unprecedented crisis, Congregation Beth Am –...Read more...

Update: Wednesday, March 4

Dear Friends,

We're sure that, like us, you've been following the evolving news of the COVID-19 outbreak with concern. Today the Santa Clara Health Department announced that there are 11 confirmed cases of the virus in our county. As you know, the risk of illness and fatality increases with age. The county issued a recommendation that all people over 50 avoid large gatherings to minimize their exposure and slow the spread of the...Read more...

Update: Tuesday, February 28

Dear Friends,

We are concerned, as no doubt you are, about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. We are monitoring the situation carefully through the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can also learn more from the  CDC website.

At this time, we are not making changes to our program offerings at Beth Am, but we will let you know if anything changes. We have regrettably made the...Read more...

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