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.



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...

Joanna Tasch
August 17, 2018

Growing up, I was always taught to love Israel. Looking back, my early love might have had something to do with sugar being involved whenever we were learning about Israel. In Shabbaton we made sugar-cookie and frosting maps of Israel; friends would come back from Israel with  pop-rocks crackling chocolate; and some of the first words I learned in Hebrew were “glidah” (ice cream) and “oogah” (cake). When I was 5, my family traveled on the Beth Am family trip to Israel, and while I don’t remember much from our trip, I very clearly remember eating lots and lots of...

August 10, 2018

My name is Matt Glickman. I have been a member of this congregation for over 15 years. While we are regular participants in services, education, and community programs here, I may be stretching the definition of being a regular attendee. It made me wonder why I was asked to be up here today, and frankly even made me a bit squeamish. But I suppose I can take guidance from my grandfather, who starred in an annual city-wide review in my hometown’s main civic institution – the Cleveland City Club. He played the ultimate ordinary man – kind of like Richard...

Tina Kim
August 3, 2018

Thank you Rabbi Heath for inviting me to speak today about my experiences with the Sh’ma group program.

I want to start by telling you a little bit about myself, what led me to Beth Am, and ultimately to the Sh’ma groups. I’ve lived near Palo Alto for about 8 years, and it’s become “home” for me and my husband Mark. Mark and I joined Beth Am almost 2 years ago, when I made the decision to convert to Judaism. Of all the synagogues in the area that I researched, Beth Am resonated the most with me, with its strong...

Lisa Steinback
July 27, 2018

Shabbat Shalom

I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life.  My childhood home in the south bay was a place I could always come back to if I got really sick, had a traumatic breakup or just needed some extra help with math.  I could see the love between my parents and felt their love for me.  I was part of a family that ate dinners together and shared sections of the newspaper.  I remember a cigar smoke-filled family room, watching 60 Minutes and arguing about politics.  I will never forget the constant reminders like “Stand up...


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