Beth Am News of the Week
January 7 - 14, 2021
Dear Beth Am Family,

The events of this week have shaken many of us to the core. During moments of crisis, I feel incredibly grateful to serve our Beth Am congregation, to know we have a community on which to depend and in which to explore our most pressing Jewish and societal concerns. And while I celebrate our transdenominational history and character, I’m also grateful this week to be part of a broader movement which, yesterday, released a statement below.

Meanwhile, I hope you will join us beginning this evening for three opportunities to live, learn and grow Jewishly. Tonight, in partnership with a number of Reservoir Hill organizations, I’ll be in conversation with our new City Councilman James Torrence about the state of politics in Baltimore and beyond. Friday night we will have our joyful instrumental Kabbalat Shabbat service Klei Kodesh. Shabbat morning I will speak about the Capitol Insurrection and explore how we as a Jewish community might respond. (And mark your calendars for next week’s MLK Jr. weekend pulpit swap with Rev. Alvin Hathaway of Union Baptist Church). Please see details on each of these services and events below.

Shabbat shalom,

Rav Daniel
Organizations of the Conservative Movement of Judaism are appalled by the violence that took place at the United States Capitol Wednesday afternoon. We call on all American political and religious leaders to condemn in unequivocal terms this attack on democracy and its institutions. We also demand that, having been certified by the respective states and in the courts, all political leaders, including President Trump, defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States, affirm the results of the recent elections, and speedily return to the peaceful transfer of power that has been the hallmark of American democracy for over 200 years.

We are grateful to law enforcement for ejecting the rioters and re-establishing control of the Capitol, and pray for their safety and the security of Congressional leaders.

As a minority within American society, the Jewish people appreciate the democratic principles enshrined in the US Constitution. Civil liberties, and those of other minorities and marginalized groups, are guaranteed only when all leaders affirm the rule of law. The sight of a noose and Nazi symbols at the Capitol was sickening. Since the riot in Charlottesville in 2017, we have been concerned about both the danger posed by white supremacist and other extreme groups, and the weak response to those groups by some US political leaders. It is time for all political leaders to unequivocally denounce such beliefs and behaviors. As we remember each Passover, our people’s historical experience reminds us that every generation must respond to the challenge of bigotry and rise to the defense of freedom.

The basis for democracy stems from the Torah’s belief that every person is created equally in God’s image and is therefore entitled to equal representation in government and equal protection under the law. Each week we pray during our Shabbat worship to “uproot from our hearts hatred and malice, jealousy and strife. Plant love and companionship, peace and friendship, among the many people and faiths who dwell in our nation.” This prayer is more than an expression of faith. It is a call to action, and we have much work to do to heal the deep wounds and divisions which afflict the United States and society.

May the new US leaders, who are coming to power this month at every level of government, rise to the responsibility the voters have entrusted to them to bring healing and exercise responsible governance.

The Rabbinical Assembly
American Jewish University-Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
The Cantors Assembly
Mercaz USA
North American Association of Synagogue Executives-NAASE
Jewish Educators Assembly
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism-USCJ
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism


Services this week
Friday, January 8, 2021
25th Tevet 5781


  • 6:30 PM - Klei Kodesh instrumental Kabbalat Shabbat services streamed live from our historic sanctuary

Saturday, January 9, 2021
25th Tevet 5781


  • 8:45 AM - Torah Study with Rabbi Daniel Burg
  • 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services with Rabbi Daniel Burg and Ba'alat Tefilah Abby Woloff
  • 10:00 AM - Kids' Kahal with Rabbi Faith Cantor (link below)

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Our building may be closed,
but our community is open!
This Weekend at Beth Am
Ongoing Programs
Save the Date!
Adult Education Fund
J. Mark & Lorraine Schapiro - In memory of Jo Ann Stolley

Building Preservation & Ritual Enhancement Fund
Mark & Elizabeth Borris - In memory of Efrem Potts
Lisa Ma Daniel - In memory of Murray Miller
David & Eleanor Goldstein - In memory of Murray Miller
Marcia & Robert Kargon - In memory of Sidney Brower
Marcia & Robert Kargon – In memory of Murray Miller
Jerome Paulson - In honor of David R. Paulson

Floral Fund
Aaron & Jill Levin - In memory of Bette Levin

Garden Fund
Eric & Ricky Fine - In memory of Murray Miller
J. Mark & Lorraine Schapiro - In memory of Joseph O. Goldenberg

General Fund
Avraham & Marcia Amith - In memory of Murray Miller
Avraham & Marcia Amith – In memory of Miriam Amith Waldman
Shirley Braverman - In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Shamir Burg
Jonathan & Gail Fishman - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Jonathan & Gail Fishman - In memory of Murray Miller
Bonnie Guralnick - In memory of Gladys Freedman
Bonnie Guralnick - In memory of Murray Miller
Alan Hirsch & Dina Sokal - In memory of Murray Miller
Judith Hozore - In memory of Ethel Hozore
David & Elizabeth Hurwitz - In honor of the Bar Mitzvah of Jacob Burstein
James & Hillary Jacobs - In honor of the new grandson of Brian and Susan Sullam
James & Hillary Jacobs - In honor of Jonah Intner's Bar Mitzvah
Mark & Patricia Joseph - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Charles & Jill Love - In memory of Murray S. Love
Debby Malavenda & Tory Brueck – In honor of Dr. Steven Adashek
Susan M. Miller - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Charles & Abby (Deborah) Rammelkamp – In honor of Micah Loveland’s Bar Mitzvah
Robert Rombro & Lisa Stern - In honor of Shamir Burg's Bar Mitzvah
Robert Rombro & Lisa Stern - In honor of Rabbi Burg's 10 Year Anniversary at Beth Am
Barbara Rosenberger - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Helen Sandy Winters - In honor of Eden Shulman's Bat Mitzvah
Louis & Gail Wohlmuth - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Eileen Yoffe - In memory of S. Murray Miller

Kiddush Fund
Henry & Renee Feller - In memory of Murray Miller
Sara Fishman - In memory of Murray Miller
Ashley & Alan Pressman - In memory of Murray Miller
 
Louis & Etta Kaplan Education Fund
Karin Batterton - In memory of Robert Jampel           
Eric & Ricky Fine - In memory of Eugene Scherl
Paul & Karen Sugar - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Mark & Elizabeth Borris - In memory Etta Kaplan
 
Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund
Mark & Elizabeth Borris - In memory of Leah M. Potts
David & Eleanor Goldstein - In memory of Allan B. Shenker
Kenneth Gross & Ann Starer - In honor of Rabbi Burg's 10 Year Anniversary at Beth Am
Henry & Risa Jampel - In memory of Harry Chait
Jerry & Michelle Levine - In memory of Albert Levine
Joyce Levy - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Ian Miller - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Elizabeth Moser - In memory of Rosa R. Kohn
Elizabeth Moser - In honor of Rabbi Burg's 10 Year Anniversary at Beth Am
David & Jill Paulson - In memory of Ivan Stern
David & Jill Paulson - In memory of Efrem Schwartz
David & Jill Paulson - In honor of Jonathan Zenilman
David & Jill Paulson - In memory of Robert Jampel
Lynn Rubin - In memory of Norm Wigutow
Lynn Rubin - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Jay & Janis Silverman - In memory of Jay Silverman's parents' yahrzeits
Brian Sullam - In honor of Peter Quinn Hentrich's Brit Milah

Social Action Fund
Don & Lisa Akchin - In memory of Efrem Schwartz
Don & Lisa Akchin - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Don & Lisa Akchin - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Don & Lisa Akchin - In memory of Scott Gerr
Don & Lisa Akchin - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Bobbi Antonazzi - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Bobbi Antonazzi - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Margarita & David Berman - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Mark & Elizabeth Borris - In memory of Debbie Potts
Alan & Bette Cotzin - In honor of Rabbi Burg's 10 Year Anniversary at Beth Am
Mark & Jacqueline Donowitz - In memory of Walter Marx
Mark & Jacqueline Donowitz - In memory of Ruth Einstein Marx
Eric & Ricky Fine - In memory of David Fine
Jonathan & Gail Fishman - In memory of Robert Jampel
Ivan & Jacquelyn Fried - In memory of Robert Jampel
Stephen & Julie Gottlieb - In memory of Robert Jampel
Nelson & Roslyn Hyman - In memory of Norman Wigutow
Nelson & Roslyn Hyman - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Nelson & Roslyn Hyman - In memory of Murray Miller
Robert Kleinman & Deborah Agus - In honor of Nelson and Roz Hyman
Allan & Francine Krumholz - In memory of Robert Jampel
Edward Levin, Esq. & Cheri Levin - In memory of Norman Witugow
Stephen & Deborah Lubow - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Paul Moskowitz - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Barbara Rosenberger - In memory of S. Murray Miller
Joyce Shemer Keating - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman
Joyce Shemer Keating - In memory of Scott Gerr
Paula Singer – In memory of Virginia Levin
Robin Weiss & Timothy Doran - In memory of Dr. Gladys Arak Freedman

Youth/Teen Education Support Fund
Jonathan & Gail Fishman - In honor of Jonah Intner's Bar Mitzvah
Jeffrey & Elinor Spokes - In memory of Daniel J. Kotzen
Staff
Alexander Grass Rabbinic Chair 

Director of Congregational Learning 

Executive Director

Beth Am President

Ritual Coordinator
Program Coordinator

Administrative Assistant – Front Office

Financial Coordinator




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