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The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “Counting of the Omer” (Sefirat Ha'omer). Omer means "barley sheaf" and refers to the offering brought to the Temple on the second day of Passover. Starting from that day, the Torah also instructs that “you shall count off seven weeks. The counting, which lasts for 49 days, takes place at night, commencing with the second night of Pesach. Those who "count the Omer" recite a blessing each night of the 50-day period. Learn more.
Beth Am will no longer be using Gates of Repentance during the High Holy Days; we will use Mishkan HaNefesh, A Machzor for the Days of Awe. (To learn more, read A New Machzor for a New Era.) Beth Am has placed a group order and has a limited number of copies available for sale. Your discounted price will be $36 for the two-volume set (the full price for the two-volume set is $42 plus shipping). There are two ways to pre-pay for your prayerbooks: 1. Order and pay online using a credit card or PayPal; 2. Download and print the form and bring or mail to Beth Am with a check for $36/set. Your order will be available for pick up at Beth Am later this summer (we expect them to arrive by July).
The prayer-life of Congregation Beth Am is both communal and personal, offering quiet, meditative moments as well as community celebration. First and foremost, our worship is musical and participatory, inclusive and intergenerational, egalitarian and welcoming. The Service Schedule shows who is speaking at each service and other information.
Join with your community for a joyful weekend, May 29-31, to culminate a year of 60th birthday programs.
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