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LEEPing into the New Year

by Sam Spindrad, Religious School Director This summer, I had the opportunity to participate as a LEEP (Leadership for Emerging Education Professionals) Fellow in the

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Here We Are

by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator A rabbi I know recently wrote a piece on leadership. He noticed that some of the Medieval rabbis argue for

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Good Trouble

by Catherine Share, congregant When you filled out the High Holy Day survey that was sent from the Rabbi and the Gabbai committee, you probably

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From the New Treasurer

by L. Mark Stone Bet Ha’am is an incredibly vibrant community and, like many other non-profits these days, we are facing serious challenges to our

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Confirmation 2020

I’ve been coming to Bet Ha’am since I was in second grade, and I’ve had some quite fun and memorable experiences since. I arrived in

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by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator Back in March, I called a friend who is not able to leave the house. “There are so many places

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Outside the Box Curriculum

By Sam Spinrad, Religious School Director COVID-19 forced our religious school to move online.  It delayed Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, cancelled our Montreal trip,

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A Year in Review

by Lynn Urbach, President Our Bet Ha’am Annual Meeting was just a couple of weeks ago. We probably broke any previous attendance record—we had sixty-three

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A Different Story

by Toby Rosenberg, congregant This spring Bet Ha’am’s annual gala fundraiser, A Storied Affair, will transform into an exciting virtual event we are calling A Different Story. Still

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A Time of Separation

by Bill Welch, board member I discovered ironically that last week’s Torah portion, Tazria/Metzora, contains among other things a detailed description about how the community

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Giving with Our Hearts

by Rachel Lefkowitz, Synagogue Administrator Two months ago, my biggest concern was about bringing food for onegs on plates rather than in containers. Well, the

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Congregational Update

by Lynn Urbach, President Dear Friends,I want to give you an update on our response at Bet Ha’am to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rabbi Saks, Sam

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Drop-In Book Group

with Rabbi Jared H. Saks In February, Rabbi Saks led a thoughtful discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. At the time, we anticipated a scholar-in-residence weekend

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