I want to begin with a conversation I had with my dad. As often happens after Rosh Hashanah, I was chatting with my parents about my sermon last year. I had talked with you about the importance of letting our guard down, opening up our hearts and our homes, in the hope of creating new and meaningful relationships in our lives. And I introduced you to the early stages of our effort to more deeply connect our members through small groups with meaning. A lot has happened with our small groups initiative since then (including a new name), and I...
I heard we have some middle school and high school students here tonight. Can I get a show of hands how many of you are students? Great. Just so you all know, you might never experience or feel any anti-Semitism or anti-Israel bullying at school but we’re here to prepare just in case.
I want to tell you a story about Eli.
Eli, one of our StandWithUs high school fellows, was beginning his senior year in high school in Houston. The school was hosting an international fair where many different countries were showcased, and Eli decided to take...
The Beth Am community came together to affirm a message of mutual respect and peace. During the service, we heard from speakers who chose a text from their tradition that has personal meaning to them, and shared its message in light of what happened in Charlottesville. Speakers were:
-- Matt Kahn, Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee of San Francisco
-- Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director of Islamic Network Groups
-- Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett of Trinity Church in Menlo Park