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We learn in a famous Talmudic phrase Kol Yisrael areivin ze ba-zeh –this means “We are all responsible for one another” (Sanhedrin 27b). This applies not only

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Jews Around the World

by Sam Spinrad Sunday mornings, after tefillah, our first, second, and third graders and their parents spend twenty minutes studying with Rabbi and me. Our theme

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Sing A New Song

by Rachel Stamieszkin We are happy to announce that we have added new prayer-music selections to our Bet Ha’am website. Helping our congregants, be they

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Home Plate

by Rachel Lefkowitz I did not grow up practicing Judaism, so when I first went to Friday night services, I thought, “This is a great way

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Bet Ha’am: The Early Days

by Elaine Falender In connection with Bet Ha’am’s 25th anniversary in April 2010, congregant Elaine Falender did some “research” for a Shabbat dinner presentation. A

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Vote Reform

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Shabbat Va-eira | January 24, 2020 – 28 Tevet 5780 Among my earliest memories of childhood is my parents taking

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K’Sharim: Connections

by Rachel Weinstein Here’s my deal. I’m a therapist. A wife. I have two kids. I am trying to exercise, take care of our chickens and dogs, clean the house, shop

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Anti-Semitism Today

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Shabbat Sh’mot, January 17, 2020 – 21 Tevet 5780 I want to talk with you tonight about anti-Semitism. In the

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Student Activism

by Anna Siegel I was recently given the opportunity to give a TEDx talk about my experience as an activist and the power of the

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What Is Biennial?

by Lynn Urbach, President I just got back from the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial in Chicago. What an incredible, exciting five days it

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Instilling Jewish Identity

by Sam Spinrad, Religious School Director I consider it one of my primary objectives to instill a sense of Jewish identity and curiosity in students

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Invest In Us

by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator When I was a child, my family always spent Christmas day with my cousins at my grandmother’s house in Connecticut.

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Raised Bed Gardening

by Rachel Stamieszkin, Master gardener volunteer and Bet Ha’am garden committee member Have you seen our raised beds when you are visiting Bet Ha’am? Ever wonder what we grow

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Drop-In Book Group

In his Rosh Hashanah sermon, Rabbi Saks spoke about the work he would like to do with our congregation to dismantle systemic racism in our

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Noah’s Decisions

By Jane Snerson. D’var Torah, November 1, 2019. The Torah portion this week is Noah. Noah who was told by God that the people were

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Education Milestones

by Sam Spinrad, Education Director On Erev Simchat Torah, which fell on October 20 this year, we celebrated the beginning of our first-grade students’ Jewish education (consecration).

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Turning Learning Into Action

by Rabbi Jared H. Saks Last March, I traveled with nine teens from Congregation Bet Ha’am, along with a parent chaperone, to Washington, DC to participate in

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