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

Spring Fundraiser 2018 – The Rice Brothers

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Apr 232018
 

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.

Chris and Johnny Rice with Donna Horwitz

 

Chris Rice on cello and Johnny Rice on piano

Strollers – Rio Salado Clean Up and Stroll – 4-15-18

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Apr 152018
 
Yes, it was a beautiful day and our group did some great work with the City of Phoenix and the Sierra Club in cleaning up the Phoenix Rio Salado Preserve.
Left to right: Steve Hertzfeld, Arnie Schwartz, Jack Poles, Ruth Poles, Carol Sinai, Jan Hertzfeld, and Bernie Aronson ready with tools in hand.

Shabbat Service – “Meet and Greet” Spring Open House – 4-13-2018

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Apr 132018
 

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”:

Beth Ami Temple Passover Seder – 3-31-18

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Mar 312018
 

Photos from our Beth Ami Temple Passover Seder:

Passover Seder 2018

  • Passover Seder 2018

  • Passover Seder 2018

 

BAT Strollers at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum – 3/24/18

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Mar 242018
 

Beth Ami Temple members Jan and Steve Hertzfeld, Ruth Poles, Carol Sinai, and Bernie Aronson, along with friends Edie, Joe, and Jeff, enjoyed a beautiful day at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum with a follow-up lunch at Lucy’s Jade Grill, a great restaurant find in Superior. 

Speaker Series – Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson speaks on Judaism and Environmentalism

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Mar 232018
 

Arnie Schwartz, Professor Hava Torosh-Samuelson, Rabbi Allison Lawton, Jerry Mittelman


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.

“Off the Beaten Trails of Indonesia and Malaysia” – 3/11/18

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Mar 112018
 
A nice group of “wanna be” adventurers met Sunday afternoon, March 11th, in the temple sanctuary to share Steve Hertzfeld’s latest exploits in his recent travels to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Steve Hertzfeld

Steve spent five weeks, going from state to state and island to island, climbing up mountains and scuba diving in beautiful clear waters. Perhaps, the most interesting part of his journey was the people who took him in and the many warm friendships made by him. Steve also  spent time doing volunteer work along the way: once  helping out at an underwater  coral farm;  another time, helping to teach English; and also addressing a class of nurses in training. As such, he was a wonderful ambassador for our country.

 

Shabbat Service – Purim 3-2-2018

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Mar 022018
 

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:

Rabbi Lawton holding our Megillah

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.

Bravo!

Thank you Jewish News for including Rabbi Lawton’s Purim photo in its 3-9-18 issue, page 16.