Sermons | Congregation Beth Am




Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.

Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.



Rabbi Sarah Weissman
Yom Kippur 5779
September 19, 2018

Before I begin, I want to let you know that the subject of my sermon this morning may be sensitive for some congregants as it makes reference to sexual assault. I’ll begin with a story from the Talmud:

Some captive women were rescued and brought to the house of Rav Amram the Pious. The women were taken up to his attic to sleep and the ladder was removed so that no one could go...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
September 14, 2018
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 10, 2018

Ever go on line and see those ubiquitous click bait headlines?  The ones that are hard to ignore even as you know you are entering a rabbit hole of time waste and anger.   Depending on our hobbies and habits, we all get different ones and it’s hard to stay away.  Here are some of mine. New report on the top 5 best infields ever.  These 11 tips to get your toddler to listen to you.   How to lose 15 lbs by tomorrow.  Palo Alto homes under a million dollars.  1 trick to change your attitude and connect with your friends...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
Erev Rosh Hashanah 5779
September 9, 2018

Earlier this summer, over the July 4th holiday, my family and I gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate my grandmother Dorothy’s 99th birthday. Surrounded by friends and family, there were four generations of Watenmakers present celebrating our family’s matriarch. My paternal grandmother, Dorothy, was born in July of 1919 in Chicago - she began her life as a preemie, born two months early. Her father died when she was only three years old, and so she and her sister, Ida, and mother, Flora, all moved in with her Uncle Sol (who she called “Unc”), Aunt Lena (Flora’s sister), and their...

Reverend Claire Ranna
August 31, 2018

Once upon a time, my family, like that of many of the families here in Silicon Valley, might have identified as spiritual but not religious, though be totally honest I’m not entirely sure about the spiritual part. Up until I was about seven years old, Sunday mornings were for Dunkin Donuts and cartoons, and Friday nights were for little league and The X Files. But as I entered second grade, my mom began to feel a yearning for a community of faith. We lived in Shaker Heights, Ohio, which meant, among other things, that a lot of her friends were...


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