Beth Am Women (BAW) is the women's organization of Congregation Beth Am. Also known as Sisterhood, BAW provides opportunities for women to get together and have fun, to learn and to make new friends while also fulfilling its commitment to provide financial support to Beth Am and the greater community, both locally and globally. All of our events are planned with these goals in mind, and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for getting involved with developing, planning and implementing the varied activities. Beth Am Women membership is open to all the women of Beth Am. Contact:
Carla, Leslie and Lisa.
Beth Am Men is not your grandfather’s Brotherhood. From building the synagogue’s community Sukkah every autumn to raising tzedakah at our poker tournaments; from skiing together in Lake Tahoe to softball games or guys night out, we are open to any ideas, so long as you’re willing to help make it happen. Join us and enjoy the brotherhood of a friendly group of guys. Contact: email@example.com
Orchard, our young adults group, is a dynamic community of young adults in their 20's and 30's. Group activities include Shabbat evening meals, monthly salon nights encompassing Jewish learning and socializing, pub nights and social action projects. The young adult community is open to members of the congregation as well as the general Bay Area Jewish community. All are welcome -- singles, couples, LGBT. Contact: Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
Israel Awareness Committee works to educate the Beth Am Community about the crucial role played by the State of Israel in the survival of the Jewish religion and culture, as a spiritual center, an American ally and as a permanent refuge for Jews subject to persecution. We offer an open, honest, respectful and safe environment for all members to learn and share ideas, focusing on support for Israel that transcends political differences. We offer regular opportunities for congregants to hear from expert speakers, learn about the many dimensions of Israeli society, and enjoy the rich culture of Israel. Contact: Orna
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. The Poltava Committee meets regularly to plan fundraisers, such as home-cooked Shabbat dinners after services, arts & craft fairs and "Poltava Parties" at member homes. Contact: Cherie
Interfaith Outreach Committee supports interfaith couples and families on their Jewish journeys. We aim to make Beth Am a welcoming and comfortable place for interfaith families, and to help them deepen their learning and understanding of Judaism, participate in the life of the congregation, and make thoughtful Jewish choices in their lives. Contact:
Rabbi Sarah Weissman.
Caring Committee volunteers fulfill the Jewish obligation to create a "Covenantal Community" by reaching out to those in need through personal notes, meals and congregant to congregant peer support. Because needs are sporadic, we do not hold regular meetings, but call on volunteers as needed. Contact: Ann and Chris
Gesharim is a congregant-led initiative to sustain individuals and families facing the end of life. With guidance from Torah and our sages, the Beth Am community offers learning, access to resources and personal support in all stages of this significant life cycle event. With Rabbi Marder and the Beth Am program team, Gesharim strives to provide Jewish teachings about death, access to compassionate care, support for families in crisis and spiritual nourishment for all concerned in the dying process. Gesharim is a branch of the Beth Am Caring Committee as well as Tikvah, a program which connects congregant volunteers with members who are in any kind of personal or family crisis. Contact: Rachael
INCLUDE Beth Am has the vision to create and sustain a warm, vibrant and inclusive Reform Jewish community in which every individual feels -- and is regarded -- as an essential part of the community. INCLUDE Beth Am aims to build and maintain inclusion and accessibility for all people at Beth Am. We welcome and embrace those of any age or circumstance. The committee is co-chaired by Leah Strauss and Steve Bauman, Melissa Kelley is the Board Representative and Rabbi Miriam is the Program Team liaison. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yad l'Yad (Friendly Visitors) provides volunteer congregants with both practical and traditional guidance for visiting those who are ill or could benefit from a visit. The committee also serves as a source of volunteers for connecting isolated Beth Am members with the congregation through assignments from the clergy and Caring Committee. Meetings occur approximately four times per year. Contact: Lisa