Beth Am is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and uses Siddur Hadash for Shabbat and holiday services. For High Holy Days, we use The New Mahzor/Mahzor Hadash. Although the prayers and chants are traditional, services are relaxed, informal and child-friendly. As an egalitarian, participatory congregation, members play active roles in the services. Our volunteer choir sings many melodies handed down by the building’s first cantor, Abba Weisgal.
At many Shabbat services, topical discussions or special guest presentations substitute for rabbinic sermons.
Shabbat Morning Services
Shabbat morning services are held every Saturday throughout the year. They begin at 9:30 and are followed by a congregational kiddush luncheon. All are welcome to attend. For a schedule of services, click here.
During most of the year, our Shabbat morning services take place at least once a month in our wonderful, old-world style sanctuary. We also use the sanctuary for family simchas such as bar and bat mitzvahs and weddings.
Kesher means connection. Several times each month we congregate in the welcoming and casual space of our social hall, where the D’var Torah is formatted as an engaging discussion.
Klei Kodesh / Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Throughout the year, we welcome Shabbat with music and song at our Klei Kodesh Services. These services are ideal for families and the congregation to celebrate Shabbat together and are often paired with a dinner.
Shabbat is Awesome! / Tot Shabbat
Shabbat Services for families with young children, with music and song, followed by dinner.
High Holy Days
The High Holy Days are made even more meaningful by special Beth Am services. Rosh Hashanah is marked by both piety and the joys of new beginnings and seeing old friends. On Yom Kippur, the Martyrology Service provides in-depth insight into a historical incident of persecution and the individuals who maintained their Jewish faith. The annual afternoon Open Forum is a popular and lively discussion of current events and Biblical interpretations.
The passage of a young Jewish person to spiritual, moral and religious maturity is a joyous celebration. At this event the young person receives their first tallit, is called to the Torah for the first time, and chants a reading from the Haftorah. Beth Am practice is to celebrate only one family’s bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah at a single service. Many adult congregants have also celebrated at Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Beth Am.
Summer Services in the Park
Once a month, in July and August, our congregants celebrate Erev Shabbat with a brief service and picnic in beautiful Druid Hill Park.
Listen to Cantor Greenstein chant Shabbat morning and Friday evening prayers