Our Neighborhood

In, For & Of describes the relationship of Beth Am with its surrounding Reservoir Hill neighborhood.

Beth Am is a longtime Reservoir Hill anchor institution. In 2013, In, For, Of, Inc. (IFO) was formed as a separate 501(c)3 organization comprised of Beth Am and community members to focus efforts on:

  • Providing cultural and community activities that promote collaboration and partnership between the Reservoir Hill community and Beth Am congregants;
  • Promoting Beth Am Synagogue as a neighborhood meeting and event space through the conservation, preservation, restoration, and renovation of the historic building.
  • Facilitating social justice causes within the Reservoir Hill neighborhood, working in conjunction with community and civic groups active within the neighborhood.

Highlights include:

  • “Kugel and Greens Cook-Off” at the annual Reservoir Hill Harvest Fair
  • Supporting the preservation of German Park
  • Serving as a polling site, including “Party at the Polls” Election Day celebration
  • Presenting community concerts, such as “Shades of Yale” and the “Afro-Semitic Experience”
  • Tutoring and school clubs for Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
  • IFO Book Club featuring “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo and “Five Days” by Wes Moore
  • Cooking and knitting classes
  • “Newly Elected” interviews with new city, state and national representatives
  • Weekly Food Give-a-ways

IFO Co-Chairs: Jackie Oldham and Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg

Secretary: Betty Chemers

Treasurer: Aimée Adashek

We would love to have you join in! Interested? Contact IFO.