A New (or almost new) New Year.

אחד המרבה ואחד הממעיטת רק שיכוון את לבו לשמים It is all the same whether one extends, or abbreviates (eg. prayer), As long as one directs ones heart toward heaven תפסת מרובה לא תפסת תפסת מאת תפסת If you grab a large amount, you won’t hold onto anything; If you grab a...

CBA Book Group: the Last Watchman of Old Cairo

In September we are reading Michael David Lucas’ THE LAST WATCHMAN OF OLD CAIRO (Fiction, 288 pp. 2018.) Loaner books available.Meets in small groups, outside at this time, no Zoom. All CBA members and friends are welcome with RSVP. For further info and comments...

CBA BOOK GROUP: THE LAST WATCHMAN OF OLD CAIRO

In September we are reading Michael David Lucas’ THE LAST WATCHMAN OF OLD CAIRO (Fiction, 288 pp. 2018.) Loaner books available.Meets in small groups, outside at this time, no Zoom. All CBA members and friends are welcome with RSVP. For further info and comments...

Rosh Chodesh Gatherings 5782

Rosh Chodesh (literally, “head of the month” or “head of the moon”), the first of every Hebrew month, always falls on the new moon. In biblical times, Rosh Chodesh was a festival marked by celebratory sacrifice and feasting. Today Beth Ami’s Rosh Chodesh women’s group...

What’s happening in the Beth Ami Kitchen

Celebrations and feasting lift our spirits in joy and thanksgiving. We celebrate by gathering of family and friends to the feast table for eating, singing, talking, and praying. We thrive on this. The High Holy Days and the Festival of Sukkot bring these traditions...

Book Group: BETRAYING SPINOZA

Our current read is BETRAYING SPINOZA (non-fiction, 263 pgs, 2006) by MacArthur Fellowship award-winning author, philosophy professor, Rebecca Goldstein. Baruch Spinoza was born in Holland to Portuguese-Jewish immigrants. Goldstein writes about the history of the 17th...