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



Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
January 10, 2020

As many of you know, each winter Rabbi Watenmaker and I take our 10th graders to Washington DC to spend a weekend with the Religious Action Center - the Reform Movement’s Social Justice Branch.   Havdalah at the Jefferson Memorial.  Legislative Visits with our Elected Representatives.  Dinner in Georgetown.  A tour of the Capitol and the Supreme Court.  There is, of course, time on the mall and each year, without fail, at least one of our students think that they get a few hours to go shopping.   Free time at the mall allows for visits to the Museum of Natural History...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 3, 2020

Happy New Year: January 3, 2020

It was the first day of the new year, and the world was at war. Much of Europe had fallen to the Nazis. England, standing almost alone, faced the trauma of the Blitz. Just a few nights before, the Germans had dropped more than 100,000 incendiary bombs on London, igniting a massive firestorm, flattening whole blocks, killing and injuring hundreds. 

As the new year dawned on a world in peril, John Steinbeck, then living in Los Gatos, California, wrote a letter to his editor and dear friend, Pascal Covici: 

“January 1, 1941 


Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
December 27, 2019

On Chanukah, we spin the dreidel, or in Hebrew, s’vivon, not just for fun (and yes, it’s fun), but also as a way to teach one of the central messages of this holiday, through four symbolic letters: Nun, Gimmel, Hey, Shin - Nes Gadol Hayah Sham - ...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
December 21, 2019
Rabbi Sarah Weissman
December 13, 2019


"Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tzar m’od.  The whole world is a narrow bridge.”  So teaches Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav, describing a sort of vertigo, that dizzying, destabilizing, frightening feeling of staring down into the abyss, wondering how we are ever going to make our way safely to the other side.  And so Rebbe Nachman advises: “V’ha-ikar lo l’fached k’lal - the essential thing is not to be afraid at all.”  Easier said than done.  It seems like every day gives us something new to be afraid of.  Gun violence, global warming, anti-semitism, take your pick.  There...

Rabbi Roberto Graetz and Cantor Hernan Rutstein
December 6, 2019


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