President’s Message, November 1, 2013

Dear CBA family,

At our recent Board retreat, your Board of Directors completed a two year project of rephrasing our mission, (what we are trying to do) and our values.

Our rephrased mission statement is as follows

“Congregation Beth Ami enriches our lives, transforms our hearts, helps heal the world and sustains our Jewish heritage. We are deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and welcome all to our community through celebration, learning, education, and prayer.”

We enumerated 12 values: They are listed only in the order we discussed them.

  • Appreciation Hakarat Hatov
  • Respect Kavod Ha-Briot
  • Family Mishpachah
  • Caring for our environment Shmirat
  • Joy Simcha
  • Respecting and welcoming all Jews Klal Yisrael
  • Israel Medinat Yisrael
  • Spirituality Ruchaniyut
  • Commandedness Mitzvah-Halacha
  • Deeds of loving kindness Gemilut Hasadim
  • Healing the world Tikkun Olam
  • Prayer Tephilah
  • Engaging in the study of our holy texts Talmud Torah

Over the next few weeks, I plan to share with you the Board’s (and Rabbi Miller’s) thoughts on some of these values.

Jeffrey Sheff, Chair of Adult Education, has announced two new classes for Fall: Tuesday night, 7-8:30 in the evenings, Make a scene with Rabbi Danzig. Students will help read and recreate Biblical scenes from the theatrical stage.

Tuesday mornings, from 10-11:30 am, students will discuss articles from current Jewish news sources, and discuss them.

Both classes promise to be exciting!! Full details in the cybershul.

Enjoy your Shabbat dinner, at your home or with us and Andrea tonight.

Shabbat Shalom!!

Arnold