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B'Yachad Opportunities


While we’re physically distancing (to observe the mitzvah of protecting a life), our Temple Beth Am community is creating opportunities for you to connect with each other b’yachad. See below for various opportunities to connect with one another a Beth Am.

Temple Beth Am members and their guests can access the gatherings below via Zoom using the link and passcode found in our weekly “Beth Am Happenings” emails, sent every Friday afternoon.

Queer Space

First Monday of the month  from 6:30-8 PM

Next lounge: Monday, April 5, 2021

Queer Space is a drop-in group for anyone who identifies as LGBTQQIA+ and Jewish or Jewish-adjacent. It’s a casual safe space where we can honor and celebrate our multiple identities, where we don’t have to choose between being Jewish/adjacent and being queer. This is an unstructured space that is intended to be social and intergenerational: an opportunity to meet each other, to share experiences, to appreciate how far we’ve come and how far we have to go – especially with respect to the intersection of Judaism and queer identity. All ages welcome.

Contact TF Rourke with questions or email us if you have trouble accessing Zoom.

Beth Am Book Group in the Time of Quarantine, with Sandy Berger

Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM

March 9, 2021: The Limits of the World, by Jennifer Acker


"Spanning four generations and three continents, The Limits of the World illuminates the vast mosaic of cultural divisions and ethical considerations that shape the ways in which we judge one another’s actions. A dazzling debut novel—written with rare empathy and insight—it is a powerful depiction of how we prevent ourselves, unwittingly and otherwise, from understanding the people we are closest to."

May 11, 2021: Apeirogon: A Novel, by Colum McCann


"Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their children attend to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.
"But their lives, however circumscribed, are upended one after the other: first, Rami’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace—and with their one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict."

June 8, 2021: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas


"Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the centuries-old history that binds the two sides of his family. 
"From the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, where generations of his family served as watchmen, to the lives of British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 leave Cambridge on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue, this tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces that attempt to bridge that divide."

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781