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
March 17, 2017


In 2000, I was living in a very small dorm room with a good friend of mine who happened to be a staunch Republican.  In the weeks leading up to the election, the atmosphere in our room was tense.  It probably didn’t help that I put a poster on my side of the room that said “When women vote, Democrats win.”  But that’s just a guess.  After the election, we were still on edge.  I can’t speak for my roommate, but I know that part of me wanted to talk about the election, to find out how on...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
March 10, 2017
Rabbi Janet Marder
Erev Shabbat Service - March 3, 2017
March 3, 2017

Once upon a time, a king sent his son upon an errand. He gave the boy a coin and an empty flask, saying, “Go to the shop of a certain merchant I esteem. Give him the coin and fill this flask with the rich and precious oil he will give you.” The boy set out with good intentions, but on the way he dropped the flask and broke it. Then he lost the coin.  He wandered around aimlessly for some time, then finally returned home, tired and embarrassed. The king gave him another coin and another flask. And this time...

Rabbi Erin Mason
February 24, 2017

There was once young shepherd boy who was very poor. One Rosh Hashana, as he tended his flock, he looked longingly at the villagers, dressed in their finest, on their way to shul to daven.

He so wanted to join them.

He looked down at his ragged clothing and thought, I cannot go to shul dressed like this! He looked at his bare feet, and was ashamed. He did not know how to read, and was hesitant to pick up a siddur.

But he felt pulled, and so he made his way to the synagogue with the villagers. He found...

February 17, 2017

During this special Shabbat learning service, Beth Am clergy answered congregant questions.

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
February 10, 2017

Imagine what it must have been like. Just two days ago, you were sitting in your home with your family, alone, isolated from your neighbors, anxiously awaiting the latest decree from the ruler of the land. Waiting to see if the news would bring with it cause for hope or despair; the possibility of a turn from prior policy meaning freedom, or the introduction of harsh new legislation bringing greater uncertainty to your already fragile status.

And then, a shift. After a night of hasty packing and frantically collecting any scraps or morsels of food you could find, surrounded by...


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