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.



Shelley Hebert
July 14, 2018

Shabbat shalom.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to share some words of Torah with you on this special Shabbat. 

Today’s double portion of Mattot-Masei takes us to the conclusion of the book of Numbers (or as it is known in Hebrew, Bamidbar).  This parsha is packed with all the things I love about Torah—drama, meaning, history, stories, mitzvoth and allegory—and we could easily spend 10 more weeks, or maybe 10 months, exploring it. 

However, this morning I’ve been given 10 minutes, so in keeping with the wonderful spirit of our weekly Beth Am Torah study, I’d like...

Jill Rubin
July 13, 2018

About one year ago, I left sunny, tranquil Los Altos for magnificent but strife-ridden Jerusalem. I took the United nonstop from SFO to Tel Aviv, unsure of what to expect from my first year of rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College. After one year in Israel, I have not only left with a great appreciation for my year, but I have come to understand a great deal about the American Reform Movement’s relationship to Israel, and how we’re getting it wrong.

This week’s double-parsha, matot-masei, is a fascinating reflection of how we, as progressive American Jews, relate to the land...

Steve Beitler
July 6, 2018

Shabbat shalom.  

In the Spring of 1970, I was about to graduate from college.

I’m sure many of you recall that time.  Student protesters at Kent State and Jackson State universities had been killed in May.  

My school, Northwestern, was one of hundreds that was on strike.

It felt like the world was lurching off its axis … just like now.

I was about to move, with four other people, to a thousand acres in southern Vermont.  Our rock-and-roll band was going to make it big.

My parents, of course, were overjoyed.  This was...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
Families Belong Together March and Rally on Saturday, June 2
June 30, 2018

“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the soul of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9).  Over and over again, the Bible commands us not to wrong those who are most vulnerable – the stranger, the widow, the orphan, the poor.  Do not wrong the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.  We are called on to protect the vulnerable because we know the souls of the vulnerable.  We know their hearts, and their hearts are...

Andy Cheng
June 29, 2018

We were up next. My co-presenter and I would be pitching our organization to a panel of judges. Their eyes were fixed on us as we reached the stage and started our slide presentation. During the next 30 minutes, we made our case to the panel on why they should invest in our organization. And then, we opened up for Q&A.

Now to be clear, we weren’t pitching a business plan to a room full of VCs nor were we being grilled by investors on a TV episode of the Shark Tank.

Instead, the Jewish Community Federation was hosting its...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
June 22, 2018

The first time I met Mike was the third Thursday of March of 2011. Yeah -- I know the exact day! You see I was interviewing at Beth Am and had a busy two days of meetings and interviews before Shabbat. When you interview at Beth Am, besides formal interviews with a search committee and Rabbi Marder, you also spend time with each member of the program team. Less of an interview than a meet and great - a chance to ask questions, get to know one another -- get a little of the insider information.

The sneaky thing that...


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