The Hiking Club November event
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.