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.
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.
The April 22 Annual Beth Ami Temple Spring Concert reached a new high in enjoyment this year. The Rice Brothers interchangeably played piano and cello and enthralled the audience with a range of pieces from Copland to Chopin.
Update: By popular demand, The Rice Brothers will be performing again at next year’s Spring Concert on April 7th, 2019.
Our service this evening included a “Meet and Greet” Spring Open House followed by a Shabbat service. Beth Ami members were encouraged to bring guests with them to learn about our active adult congregation, services, and our many social activities and clubs. Our service was attended by 60-70 people, including 12 guests.
The meet and greet also offered everyone a chance to meet our dynamic clergy, Rabbi Allison Lawton and Cantorial Soloist Mike Robbins. Rabbi Lawton’s sermon on “Community” can be viewed here:
Our service concluded with the congregation holding hands while singing “Oseh Shalom”:
Photos from our Beth Ami Temple Passover Seder:
Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson was the guest speaker at Beth Ami Temple’s March 23rd Friday night service. She is Director of Jewish Studies at ASU and spoke on ‘Judaism and Environmentalism’. Her thesis was that in the Jewish tradition, it is mankind’s responsibility for the world God has created. Man is the tenant farmer on land that God owns. Land ethics are spelled out in the Bible, such as fruit is not to be eaten on a new tree for the first several years of growth. The Bible expresses concern for future generations. It preaches biodiversity and prohibits the mixing of various species; the limiting of human consumption; and warns against wanton destruction and the causing of pain to animals vis-à-vis today’s industrial production of animals. She opined that the Bible is eco-kosher, which implies vegetarianism and a connection between social justice and ecological justice.
She recommends Jewish environmental spirituality be practiced in our own homes and in our synagogues by recycling, waste reduction, growing gardens, converting to solar energy, and becoming vegetarians.
Rabbi Allison Lawton’s favorite holiday of the year is Purim. If you had any doubts about this fact before, consider her special outfit for our Shabbat Purim service on Friday, March 2nd:
To Rabbi Lawton’s delight, our Shabbat service included a Purim Shpiel starring some of Beth Ami Temple’s talented members:
Beth Ami Temple actors and actresses who starred in the Shpiel included Bette Nitzky, Stan Nitzky, Blossom Osofsky, Steve Hertzfeld, Susanne Zimmerman, Steve Zimmerman, Shari Brooks, Jeff Brooks, and Barry Markowitz.
Thank you Jewish News for including Rabbi Lawton’s Purim photo in its 3-9-18 issue, page 16.