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 Jonathan Prosnit
February 16, 2018

The New York Times.  Wednesday February 8th, 2018. “He was a long-shot candidate with no prior political experience, and so very few people noticed when Aaron Coleman announced he was running for governor of Kansas last July. Those he told did not take him seriously — he could not even vote in the last election.

But in Kansas, there are no minimum age restrictions to run and at 17, Mr. Coleman is one of six teenagers who have announced their bids in the last year to become chief executive of the state...

In a political climate where many are disillusioned,...

Nirit Zandman
February 9, 2018

Good evening and Shabbat Shalom. I am excited (and a little nervous) to be speaking here tonight. But mostly I feel honored to partner with this amazing community in our continued effort to make Beth Am a place of belonging for all.

I’ve often been asked what led me to my work and why I am so passionate about inclusion. When I started thinking about these questions, I found that the answers trace back to my early childhood and upbringing. Growing up on a kibbutz in the Negev, I was raised on the principles of Collective Education. One of the...

Rabbi Janet Marder
February 2, 2018

One fine day, 110 million years ago, a 3000 pound behemoth lumbered through a swamp, leaving footprints in the mud along a riverbank. A grumpy herbivore, covered with armored plates and spikes, the creature would later be called a nodosaur, meaning “knobbed lizard.” It was an uneventful day for the nodosaur and the companions who trudged behind her in the mud – a long-necked sauropod, some theropods – smaller cousins of the mighty T-rex – and a bunch of baby nodosaurs.

But soon after that dinosaur stroll, the landscape changed abruptly. “Within days, a flood covered the many footprints with...

Beverly Parenti and Tina Seelig
January 19, 2018
Rabbi Sarah Weissman
January 16, 2018

Sometimes you find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places.  This week, my faith in humanity was confirmed by an interaction on Twitter, of all things.  You may have read about it: the comedian Sarah Silverman made news with her response to a man who tweeted a nasty insult at her.  Instead of ridiculing him or lashing out, she wrote: “I believe in you. I read ur timeline & I see what ur doing & your rage is thinly veiled pain. But u know that. I know this feeling. Ps My back…sux too. see what happens when u choose love. I...


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