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Yom Shishi, 7 Heshvan 5775
  • Forte! Join our Community as we honor Rabbi Leib's 25th Anniversary!
  • We remember the legacy of the Jews of what is now the Czech Republic and the Torahs that were rescued from the ashes of the Holocaust in a beautiful program set for Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. This year marks 50 years since 1564 Torahs were transported from Prague to the Westminster Synagogue in London, and from there, sent to synagogues around the world. We are privileged to have three of these scrolls on permanent loan. The program will honor the Jewish communities that were “home” to these Torahs, sharing the stories and the memories that did not perish in the Holocaust. The program is free to the community.

  • Are you interested in Playwriting? Beth Am is considering offering free to its members an informal workshop-style playwriting program. The program would consist of regularly held evening meetings in which attendees receive from fellow attendees supportive, constructive feedback regarding their script ideas and written dialog. Selected program participant creations would be showcased at a special Beth Am event. If you would like to participate, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday, November 2.

  • "In Ben's Footsteps" chronicles an Israeli family's method of working through the pain of losing their son, who was killed in action on the final day of hostilities in the 2nd War with Lebanon. To honor his memory, family and friends retraced the fallen 25 year-old's transformative horseback journey through Mongolia. This 55-minute film was professionally produced for Israeli TV Channel 1 and aired in Israel. This event, presented by the Israel Advocacy Committee, is FREE and open to the public.Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel.

  • "Metallic Blues" is a tragic-comedy about two Israeli car salesmen and their effort to sell a rare Lincoln Continental  limo. See this film for free on Monday,November 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel with discussion to follow led by congregant Phyllis Sorof.

  • Responsible, behind the scenes, for negotiating for the release of Gilad Shalit, we welcome Gershon Baskin, author of the book "The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas" to Beth Am on Friday, November 14. He will speak immediately following the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service. Baskin, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, will speak on “Israel’s Outlook after Operation Protective Edge.”  He is the founder and co-chairman of "Israel Palestine Creative Regional Initiatives," dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two-states for two peoples" solution.

  • Beth Am is thrilled to sponsor the Hazon Philadelphia Jewish Food Festival: Liberty, Food & Justice For All! Join us for a day-long festival of DIY workshops, hands-on learning experiences, food demos, marketplace shopping, text study, and discussion on local food, sustainable agriculture, and Jewish living on Sunday, November 16 at Adath Israel in Merion. Registration is now open! Learn more: hazon.org/phillyfoodfestival.

  • FORTE! Join the celebration for Rabbi Leib’s 25th Anniversary when this incredible trio of tenors, featuring Josh Page, nephew of Randy and Rabbi, will perform at the Keswick Theatre, Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m.  FORTE were finalists on America’s Got Talent. Use the form available in Temple Topics to order your tickets, available from the Administrative Office only until November 10. We have reserved a block of tickets and they are going fast. Tickets are on sale to the general public through the Keswick box office.

  • Israel in 2015! If you are interested in traveling on a congregational trip, please email Karen Kantor with your name, and your preferred travel time - late June or late December; also tell us if this would be your first trip to Israel. We will use your input to create a trip that will best meet your interests. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Please help Beth Am make the holidays special for needy children in Abington Township. There are hundreds of children, who without the generosity of our community, would receive nothing for the holidays. We are proud of the efforts of Jackie Lehner, Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Jake and Webmaster and Dana Nissenfeld, Controller, who are working along with the Glenside Kiwanis Club to make this happen. We ask you to donate NEW toys and clothing, for children ages infant to 16 years old. Please bring your NEW unwrapped gifts to the Administrative office. Collection begins NOW through Monday, December 15. We are also in need of wrapping supplies, such as wrapping paper, tape, gift bags, tissue paper and boxes. WINTER THEME ONLY! Volunteers are needed to wrap these gifts. We will be having two wrapping events (the first is Thursday, November 20, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.). Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you are interested in helping to wrap. Let’s support our community to make this a great holiday season!

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