Upcoming Events

Human Rights in Judaism: Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat with Rabbi Jill Jacobs:  May 11-12

Author and Executive Director of New York-based T’ruah, an organization which mobilizes 1,800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel, Rabbi Jill Jacobs is considered a leading voice on Jewish social justice.  She will spend Shabbat with us, sharing with us her wisdom, words and teaching on the Jewish “take” on topical social justice issues such as civil rights, the criminal justice system and human rights.

Friday, May 11:   6:15 Dinner ($22 per person), 7:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 8:00 p.m. learning with Rabbi Jacobs: Human Rights In Judaism. Reservation required for dinner.

Saturday, May 12: 9:30 Sanctuary Shabbat, 12:30 Kiddush Lunch, 1:00 p.m. Learning with Rabbi Jacobs: What Jewish Law Can Teach Us about Incarceration in America.

Saturday Afternoon: 4:00 p.m. Seudah Shelishit (third meal); 5:00 p.m. Text Study and Discussion:  The Intersection of Jewish Law & Democracy in the legal writings of Rabbi Chaim David Halevy.  At the home of Rabbis Daniel & Miriam Burg.

Press Freedom Under Siege: The 1st Amendment & the Jewish Commandments:  rescheduled due to weather; new date and time TBA.

Come for Shabbat services, stay for kiddush lunch and then engage in this topical conversation led by Robert Blau of Bloomberg News on 3/3.  Past speakers in this series have been David Simon of Blown Deadline Productions, Rachel Fishman Fedderson of The Forward and Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, following kiddush lunch.

iEngage: Israel’s Milestones and Meanings:  A Hartman Institute Course With Rabbi Burg, 7-9 p.m. on January 18 & 25, February 15 & 22, and March 15 & 22.

Together we will explore the opportunities and inherent challenges of modern Israel.

Shabbat is AWESOME! For young families:  5/11 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join our Beth Am family for this guitar-led service, dinner and Shabbat Fun!!  Friday night service for young families.

A Civil Rights Journey:  Atlanta to Birmingham: 4/29-5/2

Join Rabbi Kelley Gludt for a tour of historic sites in Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma & Birmingham led by professional guides from Etgar36.  Contact Rabbi Kelley for more information.

People’s Talmud 2017-18: 3/10 & 4/14

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, msanow@ccbcmd.edu

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.

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 carol.zenilman@gmail.com. Learn more about the HIAS convenant: http://www.hias.org/welcome-campaign-congregations.

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.

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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.