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Worship

The prayer-life of Congregation Beth Am is both communal and personal, offering quiet, meditative moments as well as community celebration. First and foremost, our worship is musical and participatory, inclusive and intergenerational, egalitarian and welcoming.

Our aim is to bring the timeless spirit of Jewish tradition into a setting that encourages innovation and creativity. We are a theologically diverse congregation in which stimulating, challenging Torah study is valued. We pray to God; we question God; we take seriously all opinions and concerns related to faith. Our personal reasons for entering the sanctuary are also diverse. Therefore, our prayers range from contemplative and comforting to joyful and exuberant. And finally, congregational worship is where we celebrate our personal moments with the community – Bar and Bat Mitzvah, the naming of newborns, blessings for newlyweds, anniversaries and other milestones, the loss of loved ones and friends. In these moments we give and receive the warmth of a “mazal tov” or the open hand of comfort and consolation.

Strengthened by participating in a vibrant worship community and by personal spiritual practice, we are able to give our best energies to fulfilling our congregational mission: We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to “do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).

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Mon, February 24 2020 29 Sh'vat 5780