I am honored to be here tonight speaking on behalf of Beth Am Women. As a lifelong social justice advocate, I am proud of Beth Am Women’s dedication to carrying on our timeless tradition of seeking justice. I am also very happy to be part of this wonderful community. I grew up at Beth Am. I was confirmed here, Rabbi Sidney Akselrad married me and my husband Mike here, and our son, Skyler, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah here.
Growing up in my family, in this synagogue, and in this community, I never knew that a commitment to social...
The curtain goes up and Tevye says:
A fiddler on the roof... Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village
of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof. Trying to
scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy.
You may ask, why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous? Well, we stay
because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can
tell you in one word! Tradition!
Sing with me … Tradition, tradition, dum-de-dee,...
Shabbat Shalom. It’s a pleasure to see so many people here. Thank you for joining us for Shabbat Services on this beautiful summer evening.
As Rabbi Heath said, my name is Vidya Kagan. My family and I have been part of the Beth Am community for 5 years. We have experienced many simchas during our time here, including our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in 2016. We have also learned a lot over the past 5 years, thanks to our experienced and dedicated clergy and staff, and our diverse congregation. In fact, it’s our large congregation that drew me to Beth Am. ...
I was a very fearful child. I was scared of dogs. Of fire. Of chicken soup, for a time. And I was very scared of sleepovers.
I rarely could bring myself to make it through a whole sleepover without needing a parent to pick me up. When I did, I was miserable.
So, when my Beth Am class was going on an overnight to LA, my mom called the Rabbi to see what could be done. Could I be placed with a friend? Could I change my homestay away from one where there was a dog? And because Beth Am...