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 Repentence 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 success of this year’s WZO election campaign will determine the Reform Movement’s influence in the World Zionist Organization for the next five years. Voting for the “ARZA: Representing Reform Judaism” slate will give our movement a stronger voice in determining the WZO’s direction, policy and millions of dollars in financial allocations that will benefit the Reform Movement in Israel. Learn more or vote now -- it's very quick and easy.
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 your Beth Am community for 60th birthday programming and events! In true Beth Am fashion, birthday events range from musical to intellectual, to fun and funny, all culminating with a grand finale celebration weekend in May 2015.
Beth Am is a warm and friendly congregation. Our members form deep, long-lasting friendships and are dedicated to meaningful worship, dynamic Jewish learning and compassionate care through all stages
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For almost 60 years, Congregation Beth Am has been sustained by the free will offerings of our members. Their heartfelt gifts of time, skill and financial resources have helped to create a place of remarkable physical and spiritual beauty.