Community at Beth Am: A Vision for the Future
Community at Beth Am: A Vision for the FutureIt is not good for human beings to be alone. -- Genesis 2:18
In this warm, vibrant and inclusive Reform Jewish congregation, members feel strongly connected to one another and to Beth Am, and participate actively in the life of the synagogue. We recognize that the essential practices of Judaism are grounded in relationships and most fully realized in community. Thus, at Beth Am we seek to create an environment of friendship, trust and mutual support that enables all members to build fulfilling Jewish lives in partnership with others.
In a true community, we can share the truth of our lives – our authentic selves, the real challenges we face, the deepest questions we ask, our imperfections and our highest commitments. We have the opportunity to share deeply by developing meaningful relationships over time in smaller groups. Beth Am is a place where we do not have to pretend.
A true community calls forth our best qualities and motivates us to become the people we hope to be. Beth Am is a place where we give when we are strong, and receive help when we need it. Our clergy offer compassionate care, pastoral guidance, and personal support to those in need, together with members who share in the fundamental Jewish obligation of chesed (loving kindness). We commit ourselves to caring for one another in visible and concrete ways: welcoming strangers, celebrating with one another at times of joy and supporting one another through times of sadness.
A true community exemplifies the highest Jewish ideals and demonstrates, in every possible way, our belief that all human beings are made in the Divine image -- deserving of dignity, worthy of respect. At Beth Am, we value people without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, ability level or financial station. We honor love and family in many configurations. We welcome interfaith families, making all members feel comfortable. We affirm that every member of the community matters, and every voice has significance.
A true community brings us together for a greater purpose that transcends our private concerns. At Beth Am we are invited to bring our gifts of time and talent, effort and attention, for the sake of cultivating a better, more beautiful life for ourselves and others. Together we create something that none of us could do alone.
Together, we devote our best energies to the fulfillment of our shared mission: We strive to live as a holy community whose study and practice of Judaism inspires and challenges us to “do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).