Tonight was a full house as Beth Ami Temple celebrated Claire Abrams 80th birthday. It was a wonderful Shabbat Service and was topped off by the special occasion. Instead of a sermon, Rabbi Abrams read a poem he wrote many years ago. Tonight he dedicated it to his wife. Cantorial soloist Pam Beitman brought tears of joy to Clair’s eyes as she sang a montage combining L’chi Lach, a favorite of Claire’s to the ballad Joy by Janis Ian.
Patricia Klahr, the second Speaker of the season and CEO and President of Chysalis, spoke on abuse in Jewish relationships. Her organizstion provides shelter, counselling and support to women, children and men who have been abused and has a special program for people of the Jewish faith and their particular needs. A full house was in attendance and her talk was followed by questions from the congregation.
Patricia’s speech was very enlightening. It made the audience aware that all people no matter how religious have the potential for abuse in the home. It is a problem that takes years for the abused to have the courage to come forward and take action to protect her or himself. Chrysalis and several other organizations are a wonderful resource to help those in need.
This season has started with a blast. A great and successful open house on September 16th and then Rosh Hashanah services with a blast of fresh air.
The synagogue was packed with current and potential members. There was lots of excitement in the air. Potential members commented on the warmth and friendliness of our congregation. One potential member exclaimed, “We have found the golden ticket. We will be joining!
The new year has begun and the Rosh Hashanah service had the warmth of friendship and music filled the air. David Grosse kept up the tradition with a super blast on the shofar. His T’keeah G’dolah had all cheering.
A conversion ceremony is a very sacred time in the life of someone who has made the decision to be an official member of the Jewish community. Bob Johnson has been participating in Judiasm ever since he began to date his wife, Pam Beitman.
This was that special moment. He and Pam had been studying with Rabbi Abrams and we’re thrilled to be able to share this moment with friends, family and the Beth Ami Temple congregation.
Last night was a beautiful service and tribute to Rabbi Art and Claire’s 60th anniversary celebration. Many of their friends from Temple Beth Sholom joined us. Canorial Soloist Baruch Koritan of Beth Shalom gave a special blessing to them and concluded with a joint prayer sung by both Baruch and Beth Ami’s cantorial soloist Pam Beitman. A rare moment to have two cantors sing in harmony.
Pam’s solo was a surprise montage combining the Debbie Friedman song L’chi Lach with the anniversary song Dodi Lee.
Dr Bell spoke at the Friday night service at Beth Ami Temple. His speech was very informative. The audience was enthralled and didn’t want him to stop. It was truly interesting to learn about the history of Arizona and Phoenix Jews, the Goldwaters, Koriks and Diamond families. We also learned about the little known facts of American Jews.
Friday nights service was so special as we had a baby naming for Judy and Jim Wilson’s granddaughter, Emelia Fathe.
Rosh Hashanah services were filled with beautiful music, words of wisdom and a full house. To top it off David Grosse blew the shofar on Monday and may have set a new record for the longest T’kee -A G’Dola. As the sound filled the air we were all in awe of how long the shofar blast went on.
On Friday April 17th, Beth Ami’s Yom Hashoah service led by Rabbi Abrams was a powerful tribute to the Six Million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. Cantorial Soloist Pam Beitman sang a haunting solo, “It Will Never Happen Again. George Kalman’s speech brought tears to peoples eyes as he told of the people who have no Yahrzeit and no grave. He like many others does not know when his father died and in which concentration camp his father perished. He has chosen his father’s Yahrzeit to be Yom Kippur. During the service 102 year old survivor, Abe Meth, lit 6 candles in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
The service touched everyone.