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 Josh Zweiback
March 30, 2002

Yael, the oldest daughter of my friends Leon and Bruria, turned four on March 12. I happened to be in Israel at the time so I had the pleasure of celebrating this birthday with her atgan, at her Israeli pre-school.

What a break from an otherwise tense week of suicide bombings in Jerusalem. There in Nataf, about 20 minutes outside of Jerusalem on the way to Tel Aviv, everything was quiet and peaceful.

Yael's birthday party was great fun. Theganenet, the preschool teacher, sang all of her favorite songs. Her parents acted out her favorite book,Tiras Cham, "Hot Corn," whose...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 23, 2002

One of my favorite places to get away is the Elizabeth Gamble community garden. It's a green oasis on Waverly Street in the heart of Palo Alto. You can hear the noise of traffic on the surrounding streets, but if you sit very still on a quiet afternoon and focus your eyes on the flowers you can forget you're in the middle of a city.

A young boy is lying on the floor of the gazebo doing his math homework, his scooter lying nearby. The flowerbeds, quiet all winter, are beginning to heat up as spring arrives. There are irises,...

Rabbi Janet Marder
March 1, 2002

Two women scientists were talking about stress one day in a lab at UCLA. One joked to the other that when the women who worked in the lab were stressed, they came in, cleaned the lab, had coffee, and bonded with one another. "When the men were stressed, they holed up somewhere on their own." The scientists noted that almost 90% of the research on stress had been done on males, and decided to launch a new study focusing on women. The results of their landmark study, recently published, suggest that women respond to stress "with a cascade of brain...

Rabbi Chuck Briskin
February 15, 2002

Where Will Your Children Live:
A Sermon Promoting Peninsula Interfaith Action's Affordable Housing Action

About this time last year, I happened to click on to one of those ubiquitous hyperlinks that always appear on the AOL start-up screen. It was the website for Worth Magazine. The current issue proudly shared its ranking of "America's Richest Towns." which was based on the median value of a home. After everything I had heard about the cost of living in the Bay Area, I was relieved to discover that Los Altos Hills was not the most expensive town in the United States....

Al Vorspan
February 1, 2002

It is a great honor to join in this tribute to Rabbi Sidney Akselrad. He has been a colleague and a role model to me for at least four decades. He has been a tower of strength to all in this Congregation and beyond these walls who see Judaism as a prophetic mission, a call to action, as the DNA of the Jewish people. Sidney is a quiet, gentle rabbi but he is tireless and unrelenting in his commitment to equal rights, economic fair play, and the security of the land of Israel. Sidney almost flunked out of Hebrew union...

Rabbi Janet Marder
January 26, 2002

"Our values: Communication - We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with one another...and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move and that information moves people. Respect - We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Integrity - We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly, and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we will do it; when we say we cannot or will not do something, then we won't do it.

Excellence - We are satisfied with...


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