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What's Happening in 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


Beth Am's First Annual Honey Cake Bake

It’s hard to believe, but the High Holy Days are approaching! The Beth Am leadership is working hard to find new ways to help congregants feel connected to one another even though we won’t be physically gathering this year. That’s why this year, we invite you to help bake and deliver honey cakes to all Beth Am members who are 80 years old and above. (Please sign up to participate by Monday, September 7.)

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.



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!

Vote for Beth Am by August 27
The J. Jewish News Weekly of Northern California is conducting its annual "Readers' Choice" survey. Now is your chance to vote for Beth Am in many categories.

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.


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.

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!



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 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

Special August/September Tzedakah Box: Benefitting JFCS Wildfire and Emergency Fund

As fires rage in our area, Beth Am's Tzedakah collection for August and September will go to Jewish Family and Children Services Wildfire and Emergency Fund. Any gift will go directly to help those affected by wildfires. JFCS provides emergency assistance to ensure that our community members are safe. We ask you to be as generous as possible.

IsraAID is urgently seeking volunteers to assist with their efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted according to CDC guidelines. Activities include:

  • In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
  • From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes

Visit the IsraAID volunteer page to learn more.

Write Voter Postcards with Beth Am Women!
Can you devote some time to encourage voters for the upcoming election in November? Join Beth Am Women at upcoming postcard writing parties. These parties provide a great opportunity to participate in democracy, and we are partnering with the Tzedek Committee, the Religious Action Center (RAC) and Reclaim Our Vote to write postcards that remind voters to get out and exercise their right to vote! This is a non-partisan Voter Postcard writing activity. 

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!


Help Beth Am Send 5,781 Postcards to Voters by 5781
We are joining the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism to partner with Reclaim Our Vote to send postcards to voters to combat voter suppression. Please help us reach our goal of sending 5,781 postcards by Rosh Hashanah!


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 2020
This is the time of year when we hear the call of the shofar and celebrate the start of a new year. Our spirits are lifted as we are called together with friends, family and community members from all over the world for a time of reflection and renewal. Learn more about our High Holy Days 2020 season programming with Congregation Beth Am.

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

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 like 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!



Wed, September 30 2020 12 Tishrei 5781