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What's Happening in July / August

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


President's Column by President Andy Cheng: Sacred Beginnings
Over 18 months ago, our congregation kicked off the Senior Rabbi Transition process by outlining five primary stages. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be entering the final stage of the process as we offer a warm welcome and begin “Saying Hello” to Rabbi Morrison.

Saying Hello to Rabbi Morrison
We are excited to welcome Rabbi Jeremy Morrison to Congregation Beth Am as our Senior Rabbi! Rabbi Morrison began his tenure on July 1, and we have planned a series of opportunities for congregants to meet him in the coming months.


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!


Beth Am Summertime Chats
With so many important activities, challenges and transitions going on, Beth Am leadership wants to make sure to provide a forum for conversation on issues related to the congregation. Over the summer, we will host a series of Summertime Chats with focus on relevant topics, including the High Holy Days and re-opening the campus.



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.


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?

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.




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!


Help Beth Am Thrive July / August Fund in Focus:
Youth Education Scholarship Fund

The Youth Education Scholarship Fund helps make it possible for Beth Am to provide a Jewish education for every child! Please consider a donation today in honor of the child or grandchild in your life.

Social Justice

Tzedakah Box: Benefitting Ravenswood Family Health Network
Our July Tzedakah Box supports Ravenswood Family Health Network, a local non-profit organization that provides comprehensive culturally sensitive medical, dental and behavioral health services to low-income individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

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!


Clergy Column: By Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
I cherish Judaism because it offers me an earthly spirituality — closely attentive to the fragile beauty of this world, its very imperfection challenging us to respond.

High Holy Days Update
The High Holy Days will once again be a time of meaning and reflection. This year we’re developing an entirely virtual High Holy Days worship experience. Our clergy and musicians plan to lead the service from Beth Am, while congregants, friends and families will be able to participate from home.  An online ticketing process will be set up for members and their guests to customize their worship and learning experiences.

Summer Services with Beth Am
As in years past, Beth Am congregants will be giving divrei Torah at some Friday evening services throughout the summer. We will also have the opportunity to hear Rabbi Morrison preach as we welcome him to Beth Am.

Youth Education

Summer Series: A Survival Guide to Supporting Teens in the Middle of a Pandemic — for Adults and Teens
Beth Am is partnering with Jewish LearningWorks to offer an online session like no other for rising 8th-12th graders plus their parents and educators. Here's your chance to learn and connect with international award-winning speaker and writer Scott Fried, as he guides us through the holy work of supporting a teen in a pandemic.

2020-2021 Youth Education Registration
Registration will be opening soon! We've been busy creating multiple scenario options given the uncertainty of our present world, and we're putting the finishing touches on our plans for fall. Watch your email and check back on the website for details on some of our new programming.

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?

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