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Kol Nidre 5782 September 15, 2021 – 10 Tishrei 5781 Congregation Bet Ha’am Rabbi Jared H. Saks I did something for the first time in

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Makhloket l’Shem Shamayim

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Rosh Hashanah 5782 On April 6, 1962, Leonard Bernstein collaborated with pianist Glenn Gould on Brahms Piano Concerto Number 1

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A Dramatic Affair

It’s just twelve days before the curtain rises on A Dramatic Affair, Bet Ha’am’s 2021 annual spring gala. It will be presented virtually at 8 PM, Saturday, May 1. Excitement

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Interior of the sanctuary with chairs and the bimah

What Makes Bet Ha’am the Vital Community That It Is?

There are many definitions of the word vital but when applied to Bet Ha’am and to me this meaning is head and shoulders above all others: “absolutely necessary or important; essential.” As a new Jew, a neophyte in so many respects, being part of a community is essential for creating a new Jewish identity.

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Jewish Women Leaders of the Worker’s Rights Movement

This winter the 5th grade at Bet Ha’am has been learning about Jewish women leaders of the worker’s rights movement. We also learned about what life was like for Jews in the United States in the early 1900s, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and Rose Schneiderman.

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Rabbi’s Column

As you may be aware, I will be on sabbatical from May 18-August 18, 2021. This is the remaining 3 months of my 6-month sabbatical from my 7th year at Bet Ha’am. To make things smoother for the congregation, rather than taking all 6 months at once, I take two 3-month sabbaticals, the first in the 7th year and the second in a subsequent year. I am excited to share with you here some of my plans.

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Amplify Black Stories

Because Black History shouldn’t only be relegated to February, the shortest month of the year, Penguin Random House has put out the Black Excellence Booklist.

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Cooking with Karli

By Karli Efron  Karli Efron loves to watch true crime documentaries and consistently gets crushed at Scrabble when playing her husband, Jay. She has been

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Developing a Shabbat Routine

Sam Spinrad Religious School Director As a Jewish parent of young kids, I often felt like my observance of the fourth commandment was half-hearted.  Until

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President’s Corner

Lynn Urbach Do you know why you belong to a Reform Congregation? Is it a conscious choice, or one of convenience? To me, the difference

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One Year

Rabbi’s ColumnMar-Apr 2021 Chadashot Dear Friends, We are approaching one full year of this global pandemic, a year apart and yet, we’ve still found paths

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Book Review

by Catherine Share, congregant Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality and a Deeper Connection to Life-In Judaism, by Sarah Hurwitz Some part of every person’s

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By Lynn Urbach, President Every summer when my brother and I were young, my mom would drop us off in Birmingham, Alabama, to stay with

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Arizona desert

Asking Questions

by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator In early December, I was able to attend the online conference of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA). I

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