Welcome to Beth Am Israel

Beth Am Israel (BAI) is a sacred community of seekers and learners. We focus on experiencing Judaism as a meaningful and relevant practice in everyday life, and we celebrate a pluralistic approach to Judaism that is committed to tradition, innovation, inclusion, and activism. Together, we aspire to build a home where all members can personally explore their Jewish paths through thoughtful, joyful and socially responsible study, prayer and service.

Strong relationships form the core of the BAI community. For many members, BAI is where they have found their closest circle of friends. Inside our thoughtful, intelligent, caring community we recognize the importance of supporting each other in the ups and downs of life. Together, we commit to bringing meaning to our Jewish practice and celebrating the meaning that Judaism brings to our lives. We welcome you to visit us in person! If you’d like to learn about BAI membership, please click here or email membership@bethamisrael.org.

Build Meaningful Jewish Lives Together:  Join Us!!


Thursday, April 19

6:15-8:15pm

Join Beth Am Israel as we celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday with a BBQ, Arts & Crafts, a special ceremony by our students and Israeli Dancing with Rak Dan!

Open to the Public! Fun for all ages!!! 
$10 per adult, $5 per child*
* child fee waved for Beit Midrash students

Sign up to help during the event here. 

“Of Love and Protest”:  An Interfaith Musical Celebration

with a performance by The Interfaith Music Project featuring singers and musicians from Jewish, Baptist, Muslim, and Mormon faith traditions.  Admission is $20 and free admission for kids under 13. All proceeds benefit H.I.A.S. and Literacy Education.  Program will be followed by a light reception of desserts and hors d’oeuvres.  See below.  Join us!!

Talmudic ‘Zionism’? Provocative Statements about the Land of Israel with Rabbi David. 

April 26 and May 3 at 12pm at Beth Am Israel

From Basle to Jerusalem: 120 Years of Zionism and Israel. Lunch & Learn with Rabbi David.

April 17, May 8, June 12, & July 10 at   12:15pm at Blank Rome – 1 Logan Square, Philadelphia
This year, 2018, is a year of significant Zionist anniversaries – these occasions chart the revolutionary transformation of the Jewish people over the course of a dozen decades. For more information, read here and please RSVP to June Polito

Beth Am Israel Offerings For Body, Mind, and Spirit:  Join us!

  • Embodied Prayer with Nicole Levin – May 12 at 9am. Through gentle movement, breath work, and chanting we will embody the essence of prayer. Gentle practice requires no previous experience.
  • Music Prayer Lab with Hazzan Harold -Sunday April 22 & Saturday Night May 19. Join a group of dedicated musicians, pray-ers, and fellow travelers  who are all interested in the collaboration of prayer, music making and intentional community.

  • Tikkun Middot Yoga with Rabbi Myriam Klotz – Shabbat Mornings, 9am – April 28, May 5, June 9. Study teachings about a character trait and work with that teaching through gentle yoga postures and self-observation in order to explore how those traits find embodied expression. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

  • Mindfulness with Florence Manson –Thursday Mornings, Weekly 9am.  Mindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to pay attention so that we can be more intimate with our lived experience. All are invited to this Jewish mindfulness meditation practice. No prior experience necessary.

See this Flyer for More Details:spiritual Offerings for the Body, Mind & Spirit at BAI 

 Adult Learning at Congregation Beth Am Israel

Judaism 101 is a 6 session class designed for those who would like a more fundamental introduction to Jewish practices and beliefs. This year the course will focus on the theme of the holy land and follow two tracks: a liturgical and musical introduction to the land of Israel, and a historical review of how the holy land has been imagined in Jewish texts.  Next Class:
April 26 – Modern Prayers for Israel with Rabbi David

In the Spotlight:  We Welcome Our New Members – Robert and Lisa Prosnitz

Welcome to new members Robert & Lisa Prosnitz, and to their children Isabel, Andrew, &
Julia, who joined Beth Am in January.  Read More
 

Embodied Prayer with Nicole Levin –

April 21, & May 12 at 9am. Through gentle movement, breath work, and chanting we will embody the essence of prayer. Gentle practice requires no previous experience.
Music Prayer Lab with Hazzan Harold
Sunday April 22 & Saturday Night May 19
Join a group of dedicated musicians, pray-ers, and fellow travelers  who are all interested in the collaboration of prayer, music making and intentional community.
Tikkun Middot Yoga with Rabbi Myriam Klotz
Shabbat Mornings, 9am – April 28, May 5, June 9
Study teachings about a character trait and work with that teaching through gentle yoga postures and self-observation in order to explore how those traits find embodied expression. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one.
Mindfulness with Florence Manson –
Thursday Mornings, Weekly 9am
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us learn to pay attention so that we can be more intimate with our lived experience. All are invited to this Jewish mindfulness meditation practice. No prior experience necessary.

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Adult Learning at BAI

Judaism 101 is a 6 session class designed for those who would like a more fundamental introduction to Jewish practices and beliefs. This year the course will focus on the theme of the holy land and follow two tracks: a liturgical and musical introduction to the land of Israel, and a historical review of how the holy land has been imagined in Jewish texts.
  • April 26 – Modern Prayers for Israel with Rabbi David
 
loveyourneighbor

Love Your Neighbor
Help Women Recovering from Human Trafficking NEW socks/underwear, toiletries, casual women’s clothes.
JRA Packing & Delivering Food, 4/8 & 4/29 at the Jewish Relief Agency. Local deliveries also needed, RSVP/info at jra@jewishrelief.org.
Help Refugees with HIAS 
Welcome the Stranger:  Help with our Interfaith Concert, Of Love and Protest.  Email to volunteer
israel70

 ISRAEL 70 EVENTS AROUND THE COMMUNITY
My Israel Story. Share your personal Israel story with the world! Join us for our final storytelling worskhop led by professional coaches from First Person Arts. Register here. Sunday, April 29 10am-12pm at the Jewish Community Services Building. 
 
5-6-70! Celebrate Israel70 all day long at 5-6-70 Israel, the biggest Israel party of the year. With delivious food, multiple performers including the sensational Israeli cover band, CApaim, short films, storytelling, games, a craft bazaar and so much more, this will be a birthday packed with revelry for the whole family! Sunday, May 6, 12-5pm at Event Center at Valley Forge Casino
David Broza: Live! As a triumphant finish to the birthday festivities, join in for a charismatic performance by David Broza. Tickets are available here. Sunday, May 6, 7pm at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El. 

inthecommunity

In the Community 
Restoring our spirits: a caregiver support group. Tuesday Evenings starting on April 10 in West Mt. Airy. Contact Rabbi Dayle Friedman for more info.
Arava Institute, Beyond Borders Tour. April 23-May 1, 2018. Exclusive access to the culture, politics, and environment of Jordan, Israel, & the West Bank.

Maps, Apps, and Art presented by the Jewish Learning Venture, April 29 at JFCS, 2-4pm

Jewish Summer Camp Experiences available now! Visit One Happy Camper for scholarship programs or contact Sharon Bromberg at Jewish Federation about finding the best day or overnight camp for your child.
POWER welcomes you to join us for The Inaugural Racial Justice Lecture and Conversation. This year’s theme is Advancing, Confronting, Connecting: Sustaining Our Movement for Racial Justice featuring Maya Wiley.  On April 12th from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church (47 E Haines St, Philadelphia, PA 19144) we will have lunch and a master class on dismantling structural racism with Maya Wiley.  Doors will open at 11:30 AM. The evening program will be from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Rodeph Shalom (615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123). Maya Wiley will deliver a keynote on sustaining our movement for racial justice and sharing strategies to systemically advance a vision for racial justice, confront today’s challenges, and connect and deepen our relationships to hold each other accountable.  A panel discussion moderated by Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler will follow the keynote. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Israel Bonds. Call Sharon Richman at 267-443-2005 for more information.
stayconnected

Stay Connected with BAI 
 
For the most up to date information, check out the BAI website and online calendar.
Can’t make it to services? Don’t worry, BAI is streaming! You can access live services and events (and relive our past services) on Livestream.
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