Welcome to Our Family!
If you are over 45 and seeking a spiritual and social connection with your Jewish roots,
in a warm, small, close-knit congregation, then Beth Ami is the temple for you.
Although we affiliate with the Reform movement, families of all denominations are welcome. Especially welcome are singles, couples, empty nesters and snowbirds.
How Is Our Temple Different?
We are a congregation directed toward serving the spiritual and social needs of active and involved adults. Our search committee is currently interviewing candidates to select our new spiritual leader. On occasion, services may be conducted by one of our members with participation by the congregation. Members also take turns hosting an Oneg after each service.
Our annual dues are among the lowest in the valley: $245 for singles; $490 for families. We have no building fund or assessments, and no formal religious school. We do read the weekly Torah portion at each service, offer bar/bat mitzvah training, and enjoy baby naming celebrations. We share the joys and sorrows of our families.
What Traditions Has Beth Ami Established?
The members of our temple truly enjoy being with one another. We look forward to participating in our Friday night services conducted every other Friday, have special High Holiday services,and enjoy an outdoor break-the-fast, a yearly Hanukkah party, and a Purim celebration.
We have evolved as a community not only for spiritual uplifting, but with a number of different interest groups for those who wish more social involvement and relationships. Groups include dinner, discussion/speaker, movie, hiking/walking, travel, mahjong, culture, and Torah study. (See details in another section of the website.)
Beth Ami and the Community
Throughout the year we participate in many community events. We participate in the Jewish Film Festival and are part of an interfaith group that feeds the homeless. On High Holidays we have a food drive to support the Paradise Valley Food Bank. At Christmas our members serve dinner or provide food for the poor and indigent.
How Can I Be Involved?
There are many opportunities to be involved in our congregation. You may participate in a service, host an Oneg, plan an event, usher, serve on a committee, or join an interest group. Temple Beth Ami also has services conducted by its members. Those who wish to, may lead a service and share their insights and interpretations of that week’s Torah reading with the congregation.
It is the active participation of our families that makes Beth Ami unique. Come join our temple and express yourself.
Where and When Does Beth Ami Temple Meet?
Services are every other Friday night at 7:30 p.m. from September through May (see schedule in another section of the website).
We meet at Palo Cristi Presbyterian Church, centrally located at 3535 East Lincoln Drive at the southwest corner of 36th Street and Lincoln Drive. When we meet, the church is literally transformed into a temple sanctuary with our own ark and accouterments.
Whom Can I Contact For Further Information?
You may call the Beth Ami Temple office at (602) 956-0805, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://www.bethamitemple.org.
Beth Ami, for a family feeling whether your children are grown or you are single.