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. By popular demand they have been already been invited to perform again at next year’s event.

Chris and Johnny Rice with Donna Horwitz

 

Chris Rice on cello and Johnny Rice on piano

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

 

“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.

 

Speaker Series – Rabbi Yosef Garcia Spoke on Crypto Jews at Beth Ami Temple on December 1st

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Dec 012017
 

Rabbi Garcia led off the Beth Ami Temple Speakers Series with his fascinating discussion of the history of Crypto Jews in the Americas and the search of many of them to regain their historic Judaism. His organization, the Association of Crypto Jews of the Americas, assists them on this journey.

To view Rabbi Garcia’s bio, please click/tap here.

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

BAT Strollers Walk for Mental Health – 10-21-2017

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Oct 212017
 

BAT Strollers Walk for Mental Health

Beth Ami Strollers Bobbie Lazarus, Gerry Zack, Bernie Aaronson, Carol Sinai and others joined Jan Hertzfeld  for a walk for Mental Health in the 13th annual NAMI Arizona walk at the Arizona Capital, the morning of October 21st.

This was the 5th year that the BAT strollers have joined the walk. It was a beautiful day with hundreds of others completing either a 1.5 or the 3 mile loop.

Mental disease that has touched millions with an estimated 1 in 4 American families needing to deal with severe brain disorders.

Our society is greatly impacted by mental illness and this disenfranchised segment of our society. A large segment of our homeless population is afflicted, as are many of our co-worker and friends (which you might not be aware of), to name just a couple of areas.

Thank you Beth Ami Strollers for helping to bring awareness to this life-long disease.

 

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 Aronson, 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.

Tashlich 2017

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 9-29-17 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