Sermons | Congregation Beth Am





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...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
February 3, 2017

“This is the moment I trained for in Hebrew school.” These words were displayed on a sign held by a protester at an airport this week in response to the president’s executive order on immigration. It captures the feeling that many of us have, that the treatment of refugees and immigrants speaks to the heart of Judaism itself. In fact, the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox movements all agreed on something this week when each movement issued a statement in opposition to the order. As the JTA noted, “It is extremely rare for all four movements, which have split on...

Cantor Jaime Shpall
January 27, 2017

Last week Jews all over the world started the book of Exodus, the story of our people’s 400 year servitude to Pharaoh in Egypt. The book begins with the words: Vayakom melech chadash al mitzrayim, asher lo yada et Yosef. There arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Josef. During the time of Josef’s high status in the palace of Pharaoh, and for the few generations after, the Israelites established themselves in Egypt and became a strong community. But the new Pharaoh did not see the Israelites as an asset to society. He spouted fear instead of...

Rabbi Miriam Philips
January 13, 2017

Since the election my heart and mind are just not getting along. I know that good, decent people voted differently than me. Wonderful people. People in my family. Lifelong friends. People I love. But our relationships are just not the same right now.

I know I’m not the only one. The election in November was personal for many people, and for so many different reasons. Immediately after the election, I spoke with and hugged congregants who were grieving over the election results. But I also know there are many valued members of our congregation who voted differently than the majority...


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