Public Education at a Crossroads, Sunday April 30, 3-5 p.m.
Join the Beth Am community for a conversation about the state and future of public schools in Baltimore, in Maryland and across the nation with two leaders in the field, CEO of the Baltimore City Public Schools Dr. Sonya Santelises and President of UMBC, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, moderated by Beth Am’s Ron Shapiro.
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Convenant
Beth Am is proud to be the first synagogue in Baltimore to sign onto the HIAS Welcome Campaign as an affirmative statement in support of welcoming refugees to the United States. For information about how Beth Am is getting involved, please contact Carol Zenilman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the HIAS convenant: http://www.hias.org/welcome-campaign-congregations.
We Were Strangers Once: A Three-Part Program Focusing on the Immigrant and Refugee Experience through a Jewish Lens
Saturday, April 1: Post Kiddish Luncheon Conversation about relating and incorporating the recent developments in American immigration policy into your Passover Seder.
Thursday, April 20, 7-9 pm: Standing with Immigrants & Refugees — An Evening of Discussion & Action
Speakers from local organizations including: HIAS, the Esperanza Center, the Immigration Outreach Service Center, the Refugee Youth Center and the International Rescue Committee, among others. And representatives from local organizations with volunteer needs to support these communities.
May (Date TBA): Our annual Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat
Scholar TBA will discuss the Talmudic imperative for welcoming strangers into our community
L’eilah u’L’eilah: Israel Trip 2018
We are gearing up for a fabulous year filled with Jewish learning and social events in preparation for our 2018 Israel trip. We are excited to announce that we have received an additional $5000 JEEP grant for this year’s programming. Yasher Koach Miriam Burg! We are thrilled to be planning this trip and the pre-activities. Because this is a family learning trip and experience, we want to make sure every family has a hand in the planning. If you would like to send an e-mail to ask questions, express your interest and your availability for the these events and/or help with activity planning, please contact Robin Katcoff or Rabbi Kelley. Families will be asked to lead various learning sessions for the group throughout the next 3 years.
Future Dates TBA
Held after Kiddush lunch several times during the year, congregants share their personal interpretation of what Judaism means to them and how they integrate Judaism into their daily lives.If you are interested in sharing what Judaism means to you, please contact Michael Sanow.
Reservoir Hill Opportunities for Volunteering
- John Eager Howard Elementary School needs tutors, mentors and lunchtime club leaders (Yoga, Games, Jewelry Making, Poetry).
- Meals on Wheels has 13 elderly and/or disabled Reservoir Hill residents on their waiting list who need meal deliveries and bi-monthly shopping runs.
- The Samaritan Community (Bolton Hill) needs volunteers to pick up donations from Whole Foods and deliver it to their site. One-third of their clients are from Reservoir Hill.
For more information about YOU can help our neighbors, call Jackie Donowitz at 410-235-5761
Beth Am Connection
We invite college and young adult children (in transition from school to work or vice versa) to remain connected to Beth Am through the Beth Am Connection. Just let us know your child’s address and email contact information no later than SEPTEMBER 4 and we’ll send holiday care packages and birthday emails. Please send questions, comments or contact information to either of us at the emails: Risa Jampel or Joanne Katz.
Congregant to Congregant (C2C)
Are you looking for something meaningful to do? From time to time Beth Am members ask for help in the following ways:
~Rides to shul for services and for evening events
~Rides to doctor appointments
~One Dish Meals for those who are ill
~Occasional food shopping or errands
Beth Am’s Congregant to Congregant (C2C) committee wants to provide these services for our members. We can do this with your help! Let us know if you are available during the daytime or can give a ride in the evening. Please send Joyce Keating an email indicating your interest and when you are available.