Kehillah Opportunities

Relationship is at the heart of everything we do at Temple Beth Am. Intentional connection in community (kehillah) is how we deepen our relationship to Judaism and to one another. We celebrate together, we grieve together, we learn and grow together.

We seek to meet the needs of each individual member through greater community connections. Whether you are looking for a place to connect with like-minded individuals, an opportunity to challenge your worldview, a place to serve the wider community, to learn new things, or a space to simply feel at home, we hope to partner with you through our intentional community. Below are several groups that meet regularly (both in-person and virtually) to engage in kehillah.

In response to our ever-changing world, we aim to offer Kehillah Opportunities that speak to your unique needs. If you have an idea for a group, or don’t see one that nourishes who you are, we encourage you to email Sam Rosen to collaborate with us to expand our offerings.

To stay up to date with Kehillah Opportunities and group events, check out our Weekly Happenings or join our mailing list to receive our weekly Happenings newsletter. Check out our new Covid Saftey Protocols here.

Winter Immersive Programs

Our Winter Immersive programs are a way for the entire Beth Am community to participate in to congregational activities in a relational and Covid-safe way, and engage in powerful Jewish experiences, across the generations and with one’s peers.

The Winter Immersive falls between Shmitot (trimesters) in our youth learning program, The Gan. This shift from our center-based learning provides opportunities for families to participate in congregation-wide activities and be enriched with multi-generational experiences. The Winter Immersive has something for everyone, youth, teens, adults and families alike! The Winter immersive is from November 21-January 2.

To find out more about our Winter Immersive Programing, check our weekly Happenings email and webpage. Email temple@templebetham.org to be added to our mailing list.

Hearth Groups

Hearth Groups are lay-led gatherings where people who share common interests come together to deepen their connections to Judaism and our Temple Beth Am community. They foster the intentional building of relationships, using Jewish experiences as inspiration for meaningful interaction and personal transformation. Group members make a commitment to the group and are jointly responsible for the group’s success. Anyone – regardless of their level of Jewish knowledge or experience – can be a group leader. Above all, these groups are a venue to connect, share stories and passions, and see and hear each other more deeply. Each group is organized around a specific topic or interest and will meet for five to eight sessions. We have a variety of groups in each of the three houses of Temple Beth Am: Beit K’hilah (community), Beit T’filah (spirituality), and Beit Midrash (learning).  Our next round of Hearth Groups will begin in October.

Tzedek/Justice

“Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof / Justice, justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20)

Since its founding, Temple Beth Am has been firmly committed to tzedek (justice), chesed (acts of loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repairing the world) as a vital part of how we deepen our relationship to Judaism. We hope that in practicing these values, our community gains a actionable awareness of the issues we face today

Adult Learning

It is through powerful learning experiences that we can deepen our relationships to Judaism and our community. Our Adult Learning community is focused on seeking meaning, creating connection, and relationship building for all. We aim to offer a range of opportunities to gather, share, discuss, debate, and learn from each other.

Beth Am Book Group

Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM (Next Meeting: October 12, 2021)

2021-22 Book List and Schedule

The TBA Book Group launched another season of great reading in October. This year’s list reflects a broad spectrum of works that includes a memoir, a work of historical fiction, a genre-bending comedy, and a powerful family saga. Each discussion will be facilitated by a different Beth Am member who will guide participants through friendly, informal conversations about each book. Hoping to have a mix of in-person and remote gatherings, anyone is welcome to attend as many or few sessions as they wish. (In-person meetings will only take place if Covid guidelines allow.)

We hope you will join us and wish you many Happy Readings!

Members click here to access the Zoom Link. Zoom links can also be found in the weekly Happenings email. Email temple@templebetham.org to be added to our mailing list.

Sisters of Beth Am (Women of Reform Judaism)

Temple Beth Am’s WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) chapter is a diverse group of women whose purpose is to create a supportive community by providing opportunities for building friendships and developing leadership skills. We nurture, sustain, and support this community and Temple Beth Am through social activities that promote the values of Reform Judaism, enable us to perform tikkun olam, and expand the spiritual and intellectual growth of our members. Our goals are:

  • Establish a community of women that is inclusive, non-judgmental, and supportive of a diverse range of women
  • Engage in a variety of regular social activities to promote friendships and build community
  • Foster leadership development among the women of our congregation

When you join Sisters of Beth Am, you become part of a national and international network of 100,000 women in 14 countries who work to create a stronger worldwide Jewish community. You also become a partner in the work of Reform Judaism and its institutions (including the URJ and ARZA ), an advocate of women’s and children’s rights, and a supporter of endangered Jewish communities. You take a stand on critical domestic and international issues.

Learn more about the national Women of Reform Judaism.

Join the Sisters of Beth Am Leadership Team

If you want to meet other amazing, involved Jewish women, help us plan a yearly calendar of events, and just have some fun, then the Sisters of Beth Am wants you! Contact Rebecca Fox or Stephanie Levine for more information on how to get involved.

Join our mailing list to keep updated on ongoing Sisters of Beth Am events.

Beth Am Brotherhood

The Beth Am Brotherhood is a social group for for men and masculine-identifying people at Temple Beth Am. During Brotherhood events, we deepen our relationships while having fun and socializing. From paintball to pub nights, all ages are welcome and encouraged. Formed in 2019 just as the pandemic was kicking into high gear, we’ve been on hold for a while but are coming back strong and are looking forward to our first annual retreat at Camp Kalsman in October. For more information, keep an eye on the weekly emails from Temple about upcoming events. Reach out to Joel Fingeroot to be added to the Brotherhood’s email list or if you’re interested in taking a leadership role in the Brotherhood.