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What's Happening in January

Learn about what's coming up in the Beth Am community! For a listing of events, please visit the Beth Am calendar. Announcements below will be updated regularly, so please check back for new information.

Help Beth Am Thrive
Social Justice
Youth Education
In the Greater Community
Links for This Week's Events


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

Have a Suggestion for a Virtual Program?
We want to hear from you! To make a suggestion for a virtual program, please complete the suggestion form. We appreciate your feedback!


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.)



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.

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!



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 January Fund in Focus:
Hunger & Homelessness Fund

Local organizations providing food and shelter are facing a high demand for services from the increasing number of people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as unemployment benefits run out for some. Your contribution helps the Beth Am community fulfill our sacred obligation to comfort and support the less fortunate in our midst. Donations to our Hunger & Homelessness Fund get distributed to the organizations serving the needy in our local community.

Social Justice

January Tzedakah Box:
JDC's Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Israel

Beth Am's Tzedakah collection for this month will benefit JDC's Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Israel. The coronavirus pandemic has created a public health crisis unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, leading to vast emergency humanitarian needs worldwide. As the global Jewish 9-1-1, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's (JDC) 106 years of expertise and experience responding to crises is needed more than ever. Right now, we are addressing emerging needs and helping communities adjust to this new reality, working to ensure that we can continue to serve the tens of thousands of people who depend on us every day.   

Beth Am Welcomes this Year’s Akselrad Lecturer
Lindsey Newman, Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon

The Rabbi Akselrad Lectureship Fund, created in memory of Beth Am’s beloved Rabbi Emeritus Sidney Akselrad (z”l), is dedicated to providing speakers and programs related to social justice, ethics and/or human relations. This year’s Akselrad Lecturer is Lindsey Newman, the Director of Community Engagement at Be’chol Lashon. Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Language”) is an organization that strengthens Jewish identity by raising awareness about the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience. On Friday, January 15, Lindsey will speak during our Friday evening service on “Not Free to Desist: Reigniting the Jewish Commitment to Racial Justice.”


Jews of Color — take the Count Me In survey to have your voice heard!

The Jews of Color Initiative has commissioned a major research study to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color nationwide. Their multi-racial research team at Stanford University has created a thoughtful survey, and their goal is to have 1,000 Jews of Color to participate!

Working for Racial Justice:
Upcoming Opportunities for Learning and Reflection

Beth Am’s Racial Equity and Justice Committee is sponsoring several upcoming opportunities for congregants to engage in learning and reflection about racial justice issues. We can build the community that we hope for and dream about, for future generations, as we do this work of healing from our racism. We invite you to come and be a part of this exciting process. Let’s all do this together!

Youth Education

Shabbat Dinners with Beth Am Clergy

Fridays in January, February and March, families of 5th, 6th and 7th graders as well as Confirmation students are invited to join a member of our clergy in welcoming Shabbat! We’ll light candles and share blessings together before Shabbat dinner followed by our Erev Shabbat service.

In the Greater Community

Learn about Jewish programs and activities in the Bay Area.

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Sh'vat 5781