Hanukkah/Shabbat Service 12-15-2017

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Dec 152017
 

Our December 15 Hanukkah service was a magical celebration of the holiday!  Using their own menorahs, our congregants lit their candles at the same time, while Cantor Mike chanted the prayers. Interestingly, no two menorahs were the same, and  thankfully, the church’s fire alarm wasn’t  set off! The ceremony was followed by the Shabbat service  illuminated by the warm light of the flickering candles.

Jordan Brickman

Jerry Zack

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.

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.

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 9-29-19 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

Beth Ami celebrates Claire Abrams birthday.

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Mar 252017
 

Happy birthday Mom.

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 speech on abuse in the home

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Feb 072017
 

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.

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