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Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.

Watch, listen or read the sermons in our listing of recordings below. Alternatively, you may subscribe to the Beth Am Sermons Podcast.



Rabbi Sarah Weissman
March 15, 2019

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance[,] requires only that they who live under its protection...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
March 8, 2019

1869 three Rabbis, one in Louisville, one in Cleveland and Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise in Cincinnati, in the face of public in-attention to the Shabbat morning worship, introduced a late Friday evening Shabbat service at a fixed time.  It soon became one of the most long lasting successes of the Reform Movement and ushered in a sea change in American worship. 

Rabbi Mayer Wise wrote:   “Our readers know that innovations for innovation’s sake do not suit us.  Reforms must have an object, What is the object of this particular one?

(I’m abbreviating here)

First - evening services are...

Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
February 22, 2019

Imagine back with me that you are an ancient Israelite. Moses, the man you’ve grown to trust and who lead you away from the oppressive bonds of being ruled to here, to this mountain, has now been gone for forty days. You can still remember the moment he left you nearly two months ago – the ground beneath you shook, and thunder and smoke surrounded the mountain. As you watched Moses disappear from view, God’s voice boomed above the thunder – “I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of Egypt. You shall have no other gods besides Me....

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
February 15, 2019
“Dear Care and Feeding,
I have a 14-year-old stepson who I first met when he was a toddler. He spent weekends with his father and me until he was 7, when he moved in with us because his mom moved out of state and we were awarded physical custody. When we got married several years ago, I asked him what he wanted to call me, and he said “Mom.’ He is smart, bright, funny, generous, and has a heart of gold. He deserves to have present, loving parents as much as every single kid out there does. And yet,...
Rabbi Janet Marder
February 8, 2019

There it was.  In the darkness of the early morning, she heard someone knocking on the cafeteria door. Carolyn Collins, a custodian at Tucker High School, just outside Atlanta, was about to take out the trash – but the knock at the door stopped her. She put down the full garbage can and cautiously opened the door. There were two Tucker students, a boy and girl, looking at her nervously. “Can we come in?” the boy asked. “Me and my sister are getting tired of waiting outside.”

The students, it seemed, were living with their mother in a car.  She’d...


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