Classic Fundraiser with a Classic Family

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Apr 302017

They sweet sound of violin music filled the air of the Beth Ami annual fundraiser. Lan Qui, Joy Pan and their two boys Allen and Ivan gave a superb performance. The 90 minute concert was filled with classic pieces such as Dvorak’s Sonata in G major to an excerpt from Schindler’s List performed beautifully by Allen. Joy played an amazing 1950’s violin chart topper, The Hot Canary and the show ended with a wonderful rendition of God Bless the USA. Which is one of Lan’s favorite pieces and definitely an audience favorite tonight.

  • Pre concert practice

Strollers – A Year In Review 2016-17

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Apr 082017

  • Tossing away sins thru Tasleich
The Beth Ami Stollers have a very picturesque view of Phoenix.


Jan and Steve Hertzfeld do a wonderful job of planning and organizing hikes throughout the valley. The hikes vary from easy strolls to mild hikes depending on the members and the specific hike. The scenery varies from majestic cactis, unusual rock formations, city lakes and to beautiful fields of flowers. It is a great way to experience the out of doors and make friends.

Beth Ami celebrates Claire Abrams birthday.

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Mar 252017

Happy birthday Mom.

Tonight was a full house as Beth Ami Temple celebrated Claire Abrams 80th birthday. It was a wonderful Shabbat Service and was topped off by the special occasion. Instead of a sermon, Rabbi Abrams read a poem he wrote many years ago. Tonight he dedicated it to his wife. Cantorial soloist Pam Beitman brought tears of joy to Clair’s eyes as she sang a montage combining L’chi Lach, a favorite of Claire’s to the ballad Joy by Janis Ian.

A Night of Music with the Qui Family

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Mar 172017


Phoenix Symphony violinist Lan Qiu and his family will usher in notes of hope when they headline the annual Sounds of Spring concert at Beth Ami Temple, 3535 E. Lincoln Blvd. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

Mr. Qiu, his wife Joy, and sons Ivan and Allen Pan will perform a selection of songs, ranging from baroque, classical, and romantic eras, as well as Jewish music.

Mr. Qiu has played in the Phoenix Symphony’s first violin section since 2003, and prior to that was a member of the China National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and, after earning his American citizenship, Mr. Qiu was honored to play the National Anthem at Chase Field for the Diamondbacks in 2010.

Mrs. Qiu also is a violinist, and both sons play in youth concert groups.

The Qiu family are familiar faces at Beth Ami Temple. Mr. Qiu performs the Kol Nidre every year at Yom Kippur services at the synagogue, where the family holds membership.

“Without music, life is a journey through a desert,” Mr. Qiu says. “For us, music is all about sharing love and healing of souls, the language of the spirit and strongest form of magic.”


Patricia Klahr speech on abuse in the home

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Feb 072017

Patricia Klahr, the second Speaker of the season and  CEO and President of Chysalis, spoke on abuse in Jewish relationships. Her organizstion provides shelter, counselling and support to women, children and men who have been abused and has a special program for people of the Jewish faith and their particular needs. A full house was in attendance and her talk was followed by questions from the congregation.

Patricia’s speech was very enlightening. It made the audience aware that all people no matter how religious have the potential for abuse in the home. It is a problem that takes years for the abused to have the courage to come forward and take action to protect her or himself. Chrysalis and several other organizations are a wonderful resource to help those in need.




A successful start to the Beth Ami Speaker series with Brahm Resnik.

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Oct 312016


The Beth Ami Speaker Series started out the season with Brahm Resnik on October 23rd. Resnik is an anchor/reporter for Channel 12 News and moderator of “12 News Sunday Square Off,” the Valley’s leading political talk show.

Brahm spoke about the presidential campaign and explored the forces that shaped Arizona elections this November. He lead a very objective discussion of the candidates. Brahm did keep his journalistic integrity and did not advocate for either presidential candidate. The discussion explained insider election details, especially relating to polling.

The audience  could have listened to him for a much longer period. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. It was a “great” way to start the Speaker Series!!!



Beth Ami Season Starts with a Blast

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Oct 052016

This season has started with a blast.  A great and successful open house on September 16th and then Rosh Hashanah services with a blast of fresh air.


Host Ladies say it with cheese.

The synagogue was packed with current and potential members. There was lots of excitement in the air. Potential members commented on the warmth and friendliness of our congregation.  One potential member exclaimed, “We have found the golden ticket.  We will be joining!

David Grosse once again a blasting success to start the new year.

David Grosse once again a blasting success to start the new year.

The new year has begun and the Rosh Hashanah service had the warmth of friendship and music filled the air. David Grosse kept up the tradition with a super blast on the shofar. His T’keeah G’dolah had all cheering.

L’shanah Tovah!

Todd Herzog songs crooned to a successful fundraiser

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May 012016
Todd Herzog

Todd Herzog

This afternoon Beth Ami Temple’s fundraiser was a full house There was a lot of anticipation to hear the warm voice of Todd Herzog. His beautiful original melodies filled the room. The audience was privileged to hear two new songs, “The Light Within Me” and “All I Need”, soon to be on Todd’s upcoming CD, Something To Believe In, . His voice soared during his own rendition on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelyah” and the audience cheered to show their appreciation.

It’s always fun to be able to participate in a concert. Todd did not disappoint his audience and included them in his “Prayer for Healing” and “Sheheyanu”.

The synagogue is very grateful for Donna Horwitz and Blossom Osofsky to once again pull off a successful fund raiser. We were truly thrilled that they were able to bring the very popular and charismatic Todd Herzog to our synagogue.

Conversion Ceremony

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Apr 162016
Rabbi Art Abrams and Robert Johnson during the conversion ceremony

Rabbi Art Abrams and Robert Johnson during the conversion ceremony



  • Reading the tallit blessing with Bob.

A conversion ceremony is a very sacred time in the life of someone who has made the decision to be an official member of the Jewish community. Bob Johnson has been participating in Judiasm ever since he began to date his wife, Pam Beitman.

This was that special moment. He and Pam had been studying with Rabbi Abrams and we’re thrilled to be able to share this moment with friends, family and the Beth Ami Temple congregation.

Local Singer to Headline Beth Ami Temple Spring Concert

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Apr 042016

Todd Herzog new headshotMar 21st, 2016 · by Paradise Valley Independent ·
Bridging the gap between religion and spirituality, singer-song writer Todd Herzog will be the featured artist performing at Beth Ami Temple’s Spring Fundraiser on May 1.

In addition to being the much-loved and respected Cantorial Soloist at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Mr. Herzog is also an award-winning singer and the founder of the popular Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest, now in its fourth year.

He has had his music and voice featured in multiple film and television shows as well as having his song “You And I” reach No. 2 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. Mr. Herzog has worked with top songwriters and performers, including Burt Bacharach and Dave Koz, yet he continues to impact the Jewish community both in town and beyond as traveling around the country performing his uplifting songs at services and artist-in-residence weekends, according to a press release.

The event is to be 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Beth Ami Temple, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Tickets are $25 in advanced or $30 at the door.

For further information and/or to order advance tickets,contact Donna Horwitz azhorwitzs@cox.net or 602-997-5623 or Blossom Osofsky, at blossomso@cox.net.

For more information on Beth Ami Temple and its programs, please visit www.bethamitemple.org.