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What's Happening in February

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.

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

Community

February Is "Focus on Inclusion Month"
In conjunction with Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAAIM), Beth Am’s INCLUDE committee invites the congregation to several opportunities for learning, reflection and growth in our capacity to be an inclusive community, welcoming and appreciating people of all genders, ethnicities, abilities and more.

 

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 yadlyad@betham.org.
 

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!

 

Clergy / President's Column
by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng

An Update on Our 5781 Strategic Priorities
Part III: Racial Equity and Justice

In this third of three, jointly written Builder columns, we offer an explanation for the importance of the strategic priority that we have titled, Our Sanctuary for Imperfect Practice: Racial Equity and Justice (REJ), and give you an update on our progress as we enter the second half of of our program year. This initiative is led by our co-chairs, Donnovan Somera Yisrael and Rebecca Altamirano, and by Rabbi Sarah Weissman.

 

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.

Announcing The Orchard's New Community Connector
We are excited to welcome Shiriel King Abramson to Beth Am. Shiriel will be working with Rabbi Jon Prosnit to grow The Orchard, Beth Am's exciting initiative that is re-imagining how we connect with younger Jews in our community.

 

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

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgFebruary Fund in Focus:
INCLUDE Beth Am

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month, and Beth Am is honoring it with a variety of programs to educate and inspire action around inclusion in our community and in the world. Here at Beth Am, we have made strides in providing access to our Youth Education programs for students who have special needs, developing customized approaches to learning and community engagement that fit each child. The INCLUDE Fund at Beth Am helps support this program, which has already meant so much to the families who need it.

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgBeth Am Awarded Three Federation Grants
Funds Will Support Programs for Diverse Cross-Section of Members

Beth Am was recently awarded three programming grants by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco! We are thrilled to be able to continue to expand and innovate with new offerings for our members, even during these more restrictive times. Stay tuned for more communications about these three programs.

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Do a Car Mitzvah
Do you have an old car that you no longer use, taking up space in your driveway? Avoid the hassle of selling it by donating it to Beth Am — securing funds for our community and a tax write-off for you! We work with a partner organization that will pick up and sell the car, delivering the proceeds to Beth Am and a receipt to you for the full amount that the car sold for. To begin the process, please contact Beth Am Development Director Mandy Eisner, (650) 493-4661, ext. 211.

Worship

Celebrate Purim With Beth Am
Get your costumes and groggers ready for Purim, the holiday of joy and laughter! We'll have opportunities for people of all ages to hear the Megillah and celebrate the triumph of Esther and Mordechai over the wicked Haman. Click through to find a schedule of Beth Am Purim celebrations.

Clergy / President's Column
by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng

An Update on Our 5781 Strategic Priorities
Part III: Racial Equity and Justice

In this third of three, jointly written Builder columns, we offer an explanation for the importance of the strategic priority that we have titled, Our Sanctuary for Imperfect Practice: Racial Equity and Justice (REJ), and give you an update on our progress as we enter the second half of of our program year. This initiative is led by our co-chairs, Donnovan Somera Yisrael and Rebecca Altamirano, and by Rabbi Sarah Weissman.

Social Justice

February Tzedakah Box:
Move Mountain View

Beth Am February's Tzedakah Box Supports Move Mountain View, a non-profits started in 2016 with the goal of bringing faith communities, non-profits and government agencies together to combat the effects of the growing crisis of homelessness in Mountain View and surrounding cities.

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!

In the Greater Community

Learn about Jewish programs and activities in the Bay Area.

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