This summer, Bet Ha’am is pleased to be thinking of fun ways for adults and families to stay engaged with our community. We will update this page with details as they become available. If you have questions or want to join, please contact the office and we’ll connect you to our fantastic outreach volunteers.
Virtual Travel to Israel
We are excited to announce a new series of off-the-beaten-path travel programs with our friend and Israeli tour guide, Yoram Preminger.
The first program is Hiriya: Turning a mountain of garbage into a park. On Tuesday, August 18, at 12:00 noon, we will visit an unusual site. For fifty years, Hiriya was the largest garbage dump in Israel, serving all of metropolitan Tel Aviv. The landfill grew into a mountain of garbage 200 feet high; it was known as the ugliest site in the country. However, in recent years it has turned from an environmental hazard into Israel’s largest eco-park, a symbol of the environment revolution in Israel. Join us as we go up the tel (mound or hill) to see what’s on top. Please email karen @ bethaam.org to request the registration link.
Save the dates for two additional programs with Yoram! Sunday, September 13, 12:30 PM and Sunday, October 25, 12:30 PM. We hope you will enjoy the programs, love Yoram, and consider joining us in 2022 for the next Bet Ha’am family trip to Israel.
About our tour guide: Yoram Preminger was born in the US and lived in New Jersey until the age of nine, when his family moved to Israel. Yoram served in the Israeli army as a paratrooper and then lived on a kibbutz for a year. He was a “Summer Shaliach” on behalf of the Jewish Agency, working in Jewish Summer Camps, three times in the US and once in (the former) Yugoslavia. Yoram is a graduate of Tel Aviv University film making school; before starting his career as a tour guide, he worked in the Israeli Educational TV Center and in a variety of TV productions. Since completing the Ministry of Tourism’s guiding course in 1988, Yoram has been working as a tour guide with a variety of groups and individuals from English speaking countries.
Do you raise chickens or have interest in raising chickens? Join religious school director Sam Spinrad and others as we discuss our flocks and future flocks! Our first meeting will be Thursday, June 4, 7:00 PM. We will plan future meetings together.
TV Discussion Group
Every other Wednesday, starting May 27, 7:00 PM
Have you been catching up on all the shows you’ve missed? If the answer is yes, please join congregants and co-facilitators Melissa Montefel and Wendy Hayes for a discussion group about Jewish-themed shows. It will be wonderful to gather those interested for fun, talk, and insights. Contact the office to learn which show is up for discussion next.
Join congregants and co-facilitators Marin Magat and Melissa Montefel to listen, sing, or lead songs in our online community song circle. We will sing familiar Jewish songs and learn new songs that inspire and support us. All voices and levels of experience welcome. On hiatus for the summer.
If you love Bet Ha’am but feel like you don’t really have close relationships here (or just want more close relationships), this gathering is for you! Adult members—come have some loosely facilitated discussion to really get to know each other, and do some fun baking and crafts together (or just keep talking). No prerequisites except a desire to feel more connected at Bet Ha’am. We will meet in the Bet Ha’am social hall once the building reopens.
Trip to Israel
Postponed to February 2021
Join our trip to Israel, led by Rabbi Saks. On this journey of inspiration and education, we will experience Israel from ancient history to high-tech innovation; explore the diversity, challenges, and triumphs of the nation; participate in family and community adventures, including a tikkun olam activity; feel Jerusalem’s holiness, Tel Aviv’s energy, the north’s serenity; meet and join leaders in the struggle for religious equality; float in the Dead Sea and ride Jeeps on Golan Heights; celebrate Shabbat with a local Reform community. We will be led by outstanding tour educators from Arza World. Please contact Karen Hindall in the office if you would like more information