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December 3-10: Community Hanukkah Celebration, Rabbi Dana Honors Sondheim, Celebrate Rabbi Dana’s Rabbinic Installation, Youth Hanukkah Program and More!

In this week’s Shabbat video, Rabbi Dana wishes us a chag sameach and reminds us to be lights in the world. They also honor Stephen Sondheim, a staple in the Jewish and theater communities by singing one of his beautiful songs!

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Winter Immersive
 
Our upcoming Winter Immersive events include:
 
Our community Hanukkah celebration on, December 3 at 5:30 PM. Bring your Hanukkiah for community candle lighting, we will provide candles for everyone! (no RSVP required)
 
-Mixology Night, Saturday, December 4 at 7:00 PM at Beth Am (RSVP Here!)
 
-Hanukkah Program for Pre K-6th Graders. December 5 from 9:30-11:30 AM (RSVP here)
 
-Judaism 201 Tuesday, December 7 on Zoom at 7:00 PM (RSVP here!)
 
-Big Conversations for our Time on Zoom, Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM. (No RSVP Required)
 
-Shabbat Olympics for Pre K-6th Graders. December 12 from 9:30-11:30 AM (RSVP here!)
 
Click here to see the full list of Winter Immersive events and download the calendar!
 
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Celebrate Rabbi Dana’s Rabbinic Installation on Friday, December 10, 2021
Covid has delayed Rabbi Dana’s rabbinic commitment ceremony with our community, but the time is finally here to celebrate in person!
 
Join our community in honoring the rabbinic installation of Rabbi Dana! We will celebrate on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 6:15 PM with special Shabbat Service followed by a festive oneg!
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Hanukkah Mixology Night, Tomorrow (Saturday)!
On December 4, from 7:00-9:00 PM, come celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah at our 21+ Mixology Night. Your hosts and mix masters, Shelly Cohen, Michael Berman, Dan Charlton, and Jeremiah Isgur will guide you in making some fabulous Hanukkah themed beverages (non-alcoholic options will be available). There will be Hanukkah themed nosh pairings as well.
 
Proof of vaccination required.
 
 
Proof of vaccination required.
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Jews of Color and Racism within the Jewish Community
On December 8, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 PM join the clergy on Zoom for Big Conversations for Our Time.
 
Our December 8 topic is “Jews of Color and Racism within the Jewish Community” with guest speaker Evan Traylor (he/him), rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a Jewish community builder, educator, activist, and writer.
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RSVP Today! Night out with the Brotherhood!
Join the Beth Am Brotherhood on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Wedgewood Alehouse’s speakeasy room. We will play pool, drink, eat and schmooze!
 
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Teen Feed
Teen Feed is always looking for volunteers to drop-off donations of food and beverages for their monthly meal. Email tbateenfeed@gmail.com to join their list serve and get involved!
Join Us in Supporting Our Members Through Healing Challahs!
Support a Community Member, Volunteer with Healing Challahs
Volunteer to deliver a challah on behalf of Temple Beth Am to members of our community who are celebrating a joy or grieving a loss. Sign-up for the December 17 delivery here.
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Upcoming Kiddush Lunches
Kiddush Lunch will now follow our in-person Shabbat morning services.
 
Click here to RSVP for Kiddush Lunch on December 11, 2021
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Upcoming Interfaith Panel on Vaccinations
Watch Rabbi Jason on the “What Does Faith Have to Say About Vaccination?” interfaith panel
on Zoom on Tuesday, December 7 from 6:00 -7:00 PM.
Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Somali will be provided. This event is free and all are welcome!
 
To register for this virtual event, click here.

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Shabbat and the Week to Come
5:30 PM
Hanukkah Celebration outside in the Beth Am courtyard. Candle lighting and snacks included. Bring your hanukkiah.
 
6:15 PM
Family Friendly* Shabbat Services at Beth Am.
 
*Updates to our Covid Safety Protocols:
 
To attend in-person, indoor services, children ages 5-12 can either show proof of their first shot or a negative Covid test between now and January 16 when they will be required be fully vaccinated. Children under age 5 are no longer required to get tested prior to attending services. To see all of the most recent updates to our Covid Safety Protocols click here.
 
If you are unable to join us in-person, please join us on YouTube
9:15 AM
Join our dynamic Torah Study with the Rabbis, which resumes with Num. 16:1
 
Members, click here to access the Zoom link. 
 
10:30 AM
 
If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.
 
7:00 PM
Hanukkah Mixology Night at Beth Am (21+)
9:30 AM
Pre K- 6th Grade Hanukkah Program at Beth Am
 
9:30 AM
Adult Hebrew: Hebrew Through Text
 
 
5:30 PM
Adult Hebrew: Beginning Prayer Book Hebrew
 
7:00
Judaism 201 on Zoom
 
 
 
 
 
 
7:00 PM
Big Conversations for Our Time
 
Members, click here to access the Zoom link. 
 
6:15 PM
Join us for Special Shabbat service as we honor the rabbinic installation of Rabbi Dana. Stay after services for a festive oneg celebration. No RSVP required.
 
If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.

Beth Am FAQs

How will the emergency vaccine approval for children ages 5 and up impact Beth Am’s Covid Safety Protocols?
Updates to our Covid Safety Protocols were shared via email this week and are now posted on our website here. To attend in-person, indoor services, children ages 5-12 can either show proof of their first shot or a negative Covid test between now and January 16 when they will be required be fully vaccinated. Children under age 5 are no longer required to get tested prior to attending services.
 
What can expect from attending a Kiddush Lunch after services?
We are thrilled to be able to bring back this wonderful opportunity to nosh and schmooze together after services. We will be providing both indoor and outdoor seating options so that our congregants may choose whichever option is most comfortable for themselves and their families. RSVP’s will be required to lessen food waste and to make sure that we have proper and safe seating available for all attendees. Please note that masks will still be required when you are not physically seated and eating. 
 
What is an installation?
An installation is a moment to celebrate the sacred commitment between a Rabbi and their community. Covid has delayed Rabbi Dana’s but the time is finally here to celebrate in person on Friday, December 10 at 6:15 PM. No RSVP required.
 
Can children not enrolled in the Gan attend Winter Immersive programming?
Absolutely, all of youth are welcome at our Winter Immersive events! Some events require a small fee for non-enrolled students.
 
If you have a question you would like answered, email temple@templebetham.org.

Community Updates

Seed is Hiring Early Childhood Educators
We seek warm, reflective, collaborative, fun-loving early childhood educators to join our faculty in providing a nurturing, play-based learning environment, grounded in Jewish values, for children. We are looking for part- and full-time support teachers!
 
The most competitive candidates will have 1+ year early childhood teaching experience and at least some formal education in Early Childhood Education. We are looking for teachers who are collaborative with a drive to grow as professionals and experience designing curriculum responsive to children’s emerging interests.
 
To apply, email Dara (dmcallister@seedecs.org).
 
 Building Bridges and Making Peace: Discover the Work of Givat Haviva International School (GHIS).
Temple Beth Am and Temple De Hirsch Sinai invite you to this virtual meeting on December 12, 2021 at 12:30 PM PST.
 
At this meeting you will learn more about the GHIS program in which high school students from all over the world have the opportunity to volunteer in rural Israel while receiving a International Baccalaureate diploma.
 
Hear from GHIS program leaders and students, click here to register.
Yiddish with Wendy!
Fall Yiddish with Wendy wraps up on Sunday, December 12, will resume on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
 
Anyone interested in learning Yiddish with Wendy Marcus can sign-up by contacting her via email or phone:
206-747-8908