Rap with the Rabbi 10-7-2018

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Oct 072018
An enlightening gathering was held on Sunday morning, October 7th, at the home of Bobbie and Ted Kraver. Rabbi Lawton graciously answered many questions about Torahs, life, afterlife, and Jewish observances, just to name a few of the topics!  In addition, bagels, lox, cream cheese, and an assortment of delicious sweets were served. Overall, it was a great way to get to know both fellow members and the Rabbi a little better and to interact with each other in the warm, welcoming setting. A special thanks to Rabbi Lawton for taking the time to meet and to the Kravers for hosting the event in their lovely home.

Simchat Torah 2018

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Oct 052018
Beth Ami Temple held another joyous Simchat Torah service this year. In addition to marching around the sanctuary with the Torahs and waving flags, the Torah was completely unscrolled and held up by the entire congregation. While the Torah was unscrolled and being held up, Rabbi Lawton went around the room reading excerpts from each book; afterward, Rabbi Lawton, with help from members, rescrolled the Torah back to the beginning of Genesis. While all of this was happening, Cantor Mike and our accompanist Lorraine Greenberg provided a backdrop of lively traditional tunes. Click/tap here to see a video of the unscrolling of the Torah.


Beth Ami Book Club – 9-27-2018

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Sep 272018

The Beth Ami Book Club held their monthly meeting on September 27th at the lovely home of Mariellen Miller. Mariellen and her doggie Georgie Girl led a stimulating discussion of the book The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizebeth Berg. Georgie Girl, who found the discussion quite interesting for awhile, decided she needed a good nap instead.

Photos by Belle Merwitzer

Fall Open House 2018 – 9-6-2018

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Sep 062018

Approximately 80-90 people attended our Wine and Cheese Open House on September 6th. Beth Ami members shared the Beth Ami vision with friends, family, and guests to learn about our active adult congregation, services, and the many social activities and clubs that come with being a member of Beth Ami. Approximately 80-90 people attended the event.

Rabbi Allison Lawton, who is beginning her second year as rabbi of Beth Ami Temple, was unable to attend the event but created a video welcoming everyone to the Beth Ami. However, due to technical difficulties, we were unable to view the video during the Open House.

We invite you to watch the Rabbi’s message by clicking/tapping here.

Upcoming Wine and Cheese Open House on Sept 6th, 2018.

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Jul 252018

Please mark your calendar and join us at our Wine and Cheese Open House on Thursday, September 6th, 2018.

Special thanks to the Paradise Valley Independent newpaper for featuring our congregation and upcoming Open House in its July 24th issue. To view the full article, please click/tap here.

Cultural Outings Group Attends Classic Musical Play

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Jul 082018
The Beth Ami Cultural Outings group attended the classic musical 42nd Street at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 8th. The performance featured Charles Shaughnessy and Debby Boone.
Among the group theater goers were Isabel Meth, Susi Stone, Ethyle Komie, Judi Cohen, Linda Brickman, Ruthanne Myers, Si Brazy, and Janet Goodsitt, who hosted the group.
Shown during intermission are Linda Brickman, Ruthanne Myers, Si Brazy, and Janet Goodsitt.

Fressers Dinner Group – 6/6/2018

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Jun 102018

Shari and Jeff Brooks were the hosts for the June 6th get together of the Fressers dinner group at the Miracle Mile Deli in Phoenix. A great time was had by all.

  • Fressers Dinner Group - June 2018

Shabbat Service/Town Hall Meeting – 5/4/18

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May 042018

Our final Shabbat service of the 2017-2018 season was capably led by Beth Ami Temple members Susi Stone, Jerry Mittelman, and Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins. Following the service and Oneg, our annual Town Hall meeting was held, and Donna Horwitz presented outgoing president Jerry Mittelman with a beautiful Kiddush cup and tray. Treasurer Bob Unferth discussed our budget forecast for the coming fiscal year, and Nancy Stiegel and Bob Unferth were introduced as our co-presidents for the upcoming two-year term.

Jerry Mittelman and Susi Stone leading our Shabbat service

Shabbat service leaders Jerry Mittelman, Susi Stone, and Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins leading the Kiddush

Arnie Schwartz, Jerry Mittelman, and Donna Horwitz