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.



Andy Cheng, President, Board of Directors
September 29, 2019

Good evening and welcome. As we begin this worship, I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to make all of this possible. Our HHD committee chairs, our clergy, our musicians, our volunteers, and our entire program and operations team. Because of your commitment to this congregation, we are able to share this experience as a community. Thank you.

During these days of awe, I have a confession to make. This may come as a complete shock to you…but I’m Chinese. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, that’s impossible. How could...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
September 27, 2019

For those of us who work best when under a deadline, this should be a very productive time.  After all, according to Jewish tradition, that Book of Life is opening in just a couple of days, and will close in just a few more days after that.  The clock is ticking, and we’ve got work to do, the work of t’shuvah, repentance and return to the right path.

Naturally, t’shuvah is something we ought to do every day, ideally right after we’ve committed a wrong.  But for those lingering sins that we haven’t gotten around to attending to, or those...

Rabbi Richard Address
September 20, 2019
Rabbi Janet Marder
September 13, 2019

Joseph Lott, a sales representative for Compaq computers, loved to wear ties depicting famous masterpieces of art. “It began many years ago,” he said in an interview. “I love Impressionist paintings, and I use them as a way to make points with my kids. I’d put on an art tie, and then I would ask my kids -- I have three daughters -- I would say, ‘Artist identification?’ And they would have to tell me whether it was a Van Gogh or a Monet, and we would have a little conversation about the artist.”

On the morning of September 11,...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
September 6, 2019

** Please See Rabbi Marc Katz’s Book “The Heart of Loneliness” for more information about Judaism and Loneliness 

This is a great sports weekend. The NFL is back. College Football is heating up.  September brings both autumn and the baseball pennant races. No doubt some of you are starting soccer or swimming this week.   September is also the month of one of my favorite sporting events - the US Open taking place as we speak in Queens.  It’s a great tradition, where all of the tennis greats - Nadal and Serena, Djokavic and Osaka descend on New York for two...

Reverend Kathleen McShane
August 30, 2019

Thank you so much for inviting me to be with you this evening.  I think this is the last evening of your summer of enjoying worship outside.  I would guess that you have the same mix of feelings that all of us at Los Altos United Methodist Church have right now.  We’re ready; we’re anticipating the fall with excitement; we like our regular routines—and still, I wish that summer would last just a little bit longer. 

Let me take just a minute and tell you who I am and where I’ve come from.  I’ve only been in Los Altos for...


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