Rap with the Rabbi 11-5-2017

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Nov 052017
 
An enlightening gathering was held on Sunday morning, November 5, at the home of Bobbie and Ted Kraver. Rabbi Lawton  graciously answered all kinds of questions from why she became a rabbi to her personal belief in God.  In addition, bagels, lox, cream cheese, and an assortment of delicious sweets were served. Overall, it was a great way to get to know both fellow members and the Rabbi a little better and to interact with each other in the warm, welcoming setting. A special thanks to Rabbi Lawton for taking the time to meet and to the Kravers for hosting the event in their lovely home.
  • Rap with the Rabbi 2017 - Rabbi Allison Lawton

Simchat Torah 2017

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Oct 142017
 
A joyous  Simchat Torah service was held  again at Beth Ami Temple this year but with something new added. Yes, there was the usual marching around the sanctuary with the torahs and much flag waving; in addition, the torah was completely unscrolled and held up by the entire congregation. While the torah was unscrolled and being held up, Rabbi Lawton went around the room reading excerpts from each book; afterward, Rabbi Lawton, with help from members, rescrolled the torah back to the beginning of Genesis. While all of this was happening, Cantor Mike and Lorraine Greenberg were providing a backdrop of lively traditional tunes.

 

Click/tap here to see a video of the unscrolling of the torah.

 

Here are a few photos from our Simchat Torah service:
  • Holding the unscrolled Torah

Tashlich Ceremony 9-24-17

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Sep 242017
 

A nice group met for a short Tashlich ceremony on Sunday, 9-24-17, to clear out the sins of 5777 and become ready to begin 5778 with a clean slate. Harriett and Paul Finger, Arnie Schwartz, Stu Meckler and friend Edlyn, Bernie Pollock and dog Cosmo, Carol Sinai and Bernie Aaronson, Maddy and Jim, and Steve and Jan Hertzfeld enjoyed the ceremony, followed by a good stroll on a beautiful day at Tempe Town Lake with a lunch on Mill Avenue.

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Tashlich Ceremony at Tempe Town Lake on 9-24-17.

 

An update:

Thank you Jewish News for mentioning Beth Ami Temple’s Tashlich ceremony in their 9-29-19 edition, page 16.

 

Beth Ami Temple Open House

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Sep 142017
 

Thank you everyone for attending the biggest Beth Ami Temple Open House in our history!

Your presence truly showed we are a “small temple with a big heart”!

Open House 9/2017

Beth Ami Temple Open House – September 2017

Jewish News Article Welcomes New Clergy

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Sep 022017
 

Thank you to the Jewish News for mentioning Beth Ami Temple’s new clergy and our Open House on Friday, September 8th! We welcome the community to attend and see what makes this “small temple with a big heart” so special!

http://www.jewishaz.com/community/area-synagogues-welcome-new-clergy-say-goodbye-to-retiring-rabbis/article_164264fa-8296-11e7-a790-bf01aa18500a.html

Paradise Valley Independent Newspaper Features Beth Ami Temple

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Aug 172017
 

Thank you Scottsdale Independent and Paradise Valley Independent newspapers for helping Beth Ami Temple introduce our new Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist at our Open House on Friday, September 8th! We welcome the community to attend and see what makes this “small temple with a big heart” so special!

Beth Ami Temple to introduce new clergy at community open house

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

A Night of Music with the Qui Family

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Mar 172017
 

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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.”

 

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

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Oct 312016
 


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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!!!

 

 

Todd Herzog songs crooned to a successful fundraiser

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May 012016
 
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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.