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What's Happening in October

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.

Adult Education
Help Beth Am Thrive
Social Justice
Youth Education

Adult Education

Learn Something New — Adult Education Opportunities at Beth Am This Fall
In addition to our clergy-taught classes, we have several (online) opportunities for congregant-led learning this fall.


Phishing Alert
There continue to be phishing scams circulated to various synagogue communities around the country. It consists of an email, ostensibly from the senior Rabbi or another clergy member or layleader, and asks for immediate assistance. Often the grammar and spelling is incorrect and the email address will be one that looks legitimate. These emails are not really from Congregation Beth Am. Please do not respond to them.


Beth Am's Poltava
This fall, Beth Am of Poltava (our sister congregation in Ukraine) continues with an ongoing effort to fighting city hall so that the place where Jews were killed  “en mass” will not be built up with apartment housing. Protesters continue to distribute leaflets as part of a political action campaign that is close to the hearts of the Beth Am of Poltava community.


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.)


Beth Am's Approach to Re-Opening
With the health and safety of our community in mind, 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.




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 October Fund in Focus:
Equal Start

The Equal Start initiative helps address inequities in the larger community around access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education, especially for those children coming from disadvantaged families. This social justice effort bands together volunteers and funding partners in three key areas: advocacy; training of teachers; and developing commitments to identified school sites to work directly on improvements in educational facilities. Beth Am Annual Campaign Needs You
Beth Am is more committed than ever to remaining the center of your Jewish life, a place to find meaning and fulfillment, and a safe and loving space for all who seek it. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we were well-equipped to respond, adjust and even thrive during the challenging circumstance of the last several months. But as we embark on our new year, we must renew our commitment to each other, and to the financial health of our congregation. Our world has changed — but our standards of excellence and our policy of welcoming members of all financial capacity remains intact. During this time, when many members have lost income due to COVID-19, we ask those who can, to please stretch a little. The Annual Campaign supplements membership gifts and education fees to complete our budget, supporting the essential day-to-day operations of Beth Am. Thank you in advance for your support! For more information or to make a gift online, please visit the Annual Campaign webpage or contact Mandy Eisner, (650) 493-4661, x211.

Social Justice

October Tzedakah Box: Benefitting Hope's Corner in Mountain View

Hope's Corner (on the corner of Hope and Mercy) in downtown Mountain View principally serves low-income and homeless residents and welcomes anyone, looking for a meal, help or a friendly face. During COVID times Hope's Corner has seen demand grow; we ask you to be as generous as possible.

2020 Crop Walk Against Hunger

Join "Team Beth Am" in this year's virtual "Crop Walk Against Hunger", a national, multi-faith effort to get people the food they need. This year the march has gone virtual, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. you answered the call for civic engagement?
To date, 300+ volunteers have written and sent 23,205 postcards written in an effort to combat voter suppression. Learn more about Beth Am's civic engagement campaign, and other ways you can get involved.


Honorable Mentschen: Beth Am members who are making a difference in the community.
We want to highlight the many people in our congregation who are stepping up to add extra humanity in our community and our world — in so many different ways. Read about them, then nominate a new one!


Holidays Continue

Sukkot, the most joyous of Jewish holidays, offers us an opportunity to connect with the natural world and give thanks for the autumn harvest. On Shemini Atzeret we recite yizkor (memorial) prayers in remembrance of our loved ones. And on Simchat Torah, Jews around the world complete the reading of the Torah and begin anew with the first words of Genesis. Celebrate (virtually) with Beth Am.

Youth Education

A Different Type of Hebrew School
What comes to mind when you hear the words “Hebrew School?” For many of us, the associations are not exactly positive.  I’ve often heard parents say, “I suffered through this; now you will too.” As your educator, I have to ask — why exactly should Jewish education induce suffering?

Beth Am Youth Education Registration is OPEN!
Join us for a year of Jewish education like no other! Alongside fan favorites, such as Hagigah and Hebrew tutoring, we are responding to the moment with a brand new family education program that lifts up the home setting, nurturing the whole family with Jewish content relevant to our current times. We've also created a singular, rich, cohort-building program for 6th and 7th graders and are piloting an exciting new model for teen education for 8th-12th graders. We've also launched a new approach to Hebrew, better aligning our Hebrew learning goals with our greater vision for Youth Education. Learn more about our programming this year!

Fri, October 30 2020 12 Cheshvan 5781