Beth Ami walks the NAMI

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Oct 212015
 
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The whole 2015 Beth Ami NAMI strollers

Sat October 17th was beautiful day for a stroll in downtown Phoenix by the Arizona State capital brought out Beth Ami members, Rabbi Art and Claire Abrams, Janet Goodsitt, Donna Horwitz, Arnie Schwartz, Stu Meckler, Jan and Steve Hertzfeld to bring awareness to Mental Health in Arizona as the annual NAMI walk.

Beth Ami Strollers and the Desert Botanical Gardens

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Apr 052015
 

It was a beautiful spring day to visit the desert. Nothing says it as well as a picture to show how amazing  the desert is.

  • The Desert Botanical Stroller Group

STROLLING THROUGH BEAUTY

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Dec 282014
 

The Beth Ami Strollers had another beautiful adventure, Saturday 12/27, to the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum east of Phoenix.
It was a cool morning but all enjoyed the nice mellow trail through the great diversity of trees in this great setting. They were even surprised by the sighting of a coatimundi. Strollers included: Arnie Schwartz, Susan & Bernie Pollack, Stu Meckler, Joan Lowell, Jan and Steve Hertfeld along with a few family members.

  • The final Beth Ami Strollers hike for 2014 at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum.

Thoughts on a club hike

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Dec 192013
 
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Hikers included: Susan Pollack, Marvin Freedberg, Joan Lowell, Nancy Unferth, Jan Hertzfeld, Steve Hertzfeld and Arnie Schwartz.

On a recent Sunday morning, I joined six members of the Beth Ami Temple Hiking Club for a leisurely hike at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. I had come to enjoy the scenery, feel the trail under my feet and, most important, to determine whether this was a Jewish community with whom I could connect. Although unaffiliated with any synagogue for several years, I now wanted to become part of a congregation once again. I enjoy hiking and thought this would be a way to decide if this group was right for me.

We all arrived on time (a good sign) and walked at a comfortable pace, giving me the opportunity to listen and learn about these fellow travelers and to exchange ideas. We all came from different places and backgrounds. Along the dessert trail, we shared some ideas and differed on others. We all enjoyed the camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and the support of a small adult congregation. There was no pressure to compete or agree just a feeling of friendship. I could just breathe the fresh air, enjoy the hike and the good company. They made me feel comfortable welcome. I decided to become a part of this community. I’m very glad I have.
Joan Lowell

Club Events

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Dec 152013
 

The Hiking Club November event

11/15/13

Joan Lowell

On a recent Sunday morning, under a clear blue sky and with just a hint of fall in the air, seven members and a guest of the Beth Ami Temple Hiking Club set out on a leisurely hike at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. They were there to enjoy the scenery, feel the trail under their feet and share ideas and experiences.  On December 15 at 9:30 A.M., they will be hiking at the new Browns Ranch trail, in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The Hiking Club is an interest group at Beth Ami Temple, a Reform congregation established in Paradise Valley over 35 years ago to serve active adults seeking to be part of a Jewish community without the encumbrances of a building and a large structured organization.  Today, the Hiking Group is just one of many interest groups, including Torah Study, Cultural Outings, a Discussion Group, and others. Temple President Blossom Osofsky says, “Whether you prefer to spend time in deep conversation in a small-group setting, would rather get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather in a more casual social environment, or simply want the comfort of a Shabbat service, there is a program for you at Beth Ami Temple.”

Rabbi Arthur Abrams, ably supported by Cantorial Soloist Pam Beitman, and accompanist Bob Johnson leads Friday evening services twice a month. Services include traditional prayers and songs, the reading of the Torah, a sermon and Kaddish. Services are held at the Palo Cristi Church at 36th Street and Lincoln Road.

 

Hikers included Susan Pollack, Marvin Freedberg, Joan Lowell, Nancy Unferth, Jan Hertzfeld, Steve Hertzfeld and Arnie Schwartz.