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What's Happening in November

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.

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Community

Clergy / President's Column
by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng
An Update on Our 5781 Strategic Priorities
Part I: Learning From Our Present to Design Our Future

This past summer, the Board of Directors and the Program Team announced three strategic priorities for our congregation during the year 5781: Racial Justice and Equity; Youth Education; and Learning From Our Present to Design Our Future, as well as attainable, one-year goals in each of these areas.

 

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. Read the latest update on the situation.

 

 

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.

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.

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.jpg November Fund in Focus:
Adida Hamburg Fund for Youth Programs

The Anida Hamburg Fund for Youth Programs was created in 1989 by Barbara and Ken (z”l) Oshman, in loving memory of Barbara’s sister. The Fund helps our community sustain our wide array of formal and informal youth education programs — which have taken many creative directions this year! Thanks to the Hamburg Fund and other support, our Education Team was ready to transform Youth Ed opportunities to engaging remote learning for young students – and will continue to respond to the developments ahead to make the best possible experience for our learners.

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgThank you, Beth Am Community, for your early and generous response to the Annual Campaign!

In every year since its inception 10 years ago, our community has generously supported the Beth Am Annual Campaign, reaching or exceeding every fundraising goal we have set. But this year you have responded even faster and more generously than usual! Thank you very much to all donors who have helped us reach over $226,000 so far, toward our year-end goal of $300,000. The Annual Campaign helps keep all our programs and services Zooming and streaming, and will help ensure that we can pivot once again when circumstances change. Gifts of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated – with each family participating we will weather these rainy days, and enjoy the sunshine ahead. Please give what you can – we are all in this together!

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Do A Car Mitzvah
Getting a new car? Ready to unload your old one but it’s too much of a hassle to sell? Consider donating it to Beth Am! We pick up the car, help you with the DMV paperwork and then sell the car to generate funds for Beth Am — and you get the tax write-off. We also accept trucks, boats, motorcycles and RVs. Contact Mandy Eisner, (650) 493-4661, ext. 211 to get started.

https://images.shulcloud.com/7738/377405_orig.jpgEmily Wu & Drew Hoffman, Builders Circle Profile

Beth Am enjoys a high place among Emily and Drew’s philanthropic priorities; in fact, they are often among the very first donors to every Beth Am fundraising initiative. When asked why, they explain, “We feel driven to keep our Jewish community and our values going – it’s not about making money and keeping it – it’s about giving it to help others.” Emily and Drew have put this idea into action by preparing a legacy gift to Beth Am’s endowment, helping to ensure that their generosity will create a permanent impact on the Beth Am community that they love.

Social Justice

November Tzedakah Box:
Benefitting Lasova

Beth Am's Tzedakah collection for this month will benefit Lasova, a Tel Aviv-based non-profit that provides meals and shelter to vulnerable populations throughout Israel. Lasova provides soup kitchens, youth programs and homeless shelters in various underserved areas through Israel. Lasova serves all people in Israel of all backgrounds and religions.

 

Beth Am Women Tzedek Opportunity: EHP Holiday Gift Drive

Beth Am Women is promoting an opportunity for our community to brighten the lives of families in need during the winter holidays this year. Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) in East Palo Alto has been providing our neighbors in need with food, clothing, furniture and holiday gifts since its founding in 1975.

Civic Engagement Campaign Continues

Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a non-partisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in U.S. elections. As Reform Jews, we believe democracy is strongest when everyone participates – and it suffers when citizens are shut out from the democratic process.

Beth Am Hunger and Homelessness Winter Campaign

As our calendar turns to winter months and the temperatures on the thermometer drop, at Beth Am we take the time to recognize that there are many in our local community who are struggling to find adequate housing and food.

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!

Worship

Clergy / President's Column
by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison & President Andy Cheng
An Update on Our 5781 Strategic Priorities
Part I: Learning From Our Present to Design Our Future

This past summer, the Board of Directors and the Program Team announced three strategic priorities for our congregation during the year 5781: Racial Justice and Equity; Youth Education; and Learning From Our Present to Design Our Future, as well as attainable, one-year goals in each of these areas.

 

Mon, November 30 2020 14 Kislev 5781