Community Conversations Through the Year

Hoping that everyone had joyous Holidays, and wishing everyone a Healthy and Sweet New Year from the Social Action Committee. First, a great thank you for all the food that was brought to Beth Ami during the holidays.As always we provided Jewish Family and Children Services the opportunity to refill their pantry for which they are very thankful. Please remember that hunger is a year round problem so continue to bring an item or two every time you come to shul. Thanks.
We will be going to the Redwood Empire Food Bank on Wed., Nov. 5th from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. We have a core of people who have been volunteering. Thanks so much for your efforts.
Please consider doing this mitzvah. Help is always needed and it is a good way to connect with friends and with the community.
This year during the High Holidays we had community conversations on Rosh Ha Shana and Yom kippur. On Rosh Ha Shana we were able to greet each other and share our hopes for the holidays. On Yom Kippur we had very interesting conversations sharing our personal experiences about the holidays. People talked about fond memories as a children as well as recent memories here at Beth Ami. We talked about love, connection, food, smells and sounds and much more. We shared our stories and when we finished we knew more about each other and hopefully our relationships were deepened.
It would be wonderful to have more opportunities to have these conversations and the board as well as the social action committee will be discussing different venues in which to meet. If you have any ideas please let us know.
I heard from many people who attended services who mentioned how welcomed they felt at Beth Ami. They told me they felt it the moment that they walked in the door. It has been the goal of the Social Action Committee and the Beth Ami Board of Directors to become a welcoming and caring community.
Thanks to everyone in the congregation who have helped making Beth Ami really a loving community. It shows! As the days shorten and become cooler heading into winter please start collecting blankets and warm clothes for the annual winter clothing drive that we co sponsor with Shomrei Torah. More information to follow.