Beth Am News of the Week
Thursday, October 15 - Thursday, October 22, 2020
A Note from Beth Am'er, Justin Fair

As a Jew of Color, married to a Person of Color, I was so proud to see Beth Am celebrate the diversity of the Jewish community on Erev Rosh Hashanah by inviting Rabbi Gershom Sizomu to speak. Likewise, I was so grateful for the Yom Kippur afternoon conversation with Wes Moore and those featured in his book about the Baltimore Uprising. There’s nothing quite like a fast day to show you how hungry you have been: I gobbled up every minute of hearing from people who looked like me— it replenished my spiritual body where I thought I was satisfied— but I was not.

I am thankful that, as a mixed Black man, married to a Nigerian-American man, that I am welcomed, and nothing says that more than representation. Yes, our congregation is majority-white, but also yes, Jews are a multicultural people; and triple yes, Baltimore is a multicultural, port city. I rejoice that at Beth Am, more and more, my ‘colorful’ voice is heard because it is my voice, and not my skin color, that makes the difference. So much of this nationwide challenge to desegregate and end discrimination, especially in policing, surrounds universal respect and an unabashed desire to be proud and to fully belong. The clergy and lay leadership are ‘putting our money where our mouth is.’

I am thrilled to share that Beth Am is cosponsoring: 18 Days Exploring Racial Justice that runs October 15th- November 2nd, 2020; and also Jewish Institutions: This Is What Jewish People of Color Need You to Know, Presented by District Community Playback Theatre, on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 6:30pm. Capacity for this virtual event is limited, click here to reserve your spot.

To this end, I'd like to invite any fellow Beth Am'er who identifies as a Jew of Color to join the "Baltimore Jews of Color Community" on Facebook. The group is an inclusive space where Jews across the Baltimore metro area can feel embraced and comfortable. Our members branch across congregations, cultural centers, and those who do not identify with a denomination. In addition, we are now developing a havruta and invite 'JoCs' to assist us in planning a transdenominational Shabbaton in 2021.

Questions? Or if you have additional ideas for what Beth Am might do for and with our JoC community, email me at and/or Rabbi Burg at

L'shana tova!
Services this week
Saturday, October 17, 2020
29th Tishrei 5781

  • 8:45 AM - Torah Study with Rav Daniel
  • 9:30 AM - Shabbat Morning Services with Rav Daniel and Ba'alat Tefilah Abby Woloff

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High Holy Days 5781
Experience Survey
We acknowledge the unique circumstances which required a different approach to the High Holy Days this year and are incredibly proud of our clergy and staff for creating a unique interface for our congregation and community.
In the absence of seeing you in and around the shul, we have put together a brief survey as one way to hear from you about your experience participating in the High Holy Days virtually this year.
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us by Friday, October 30.
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