With the High Holidays completed, I thank those who were instrumental in creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere of traditional services both at the Friedman Center and in the Beth Ami Sanctuary. Thanks above all go to Lee Feinstein, Chair of Religious Practices; to Rabbi Miller; to David Ackerman, the new Chazzan, and to you, those who chose to daven with us throughout the holy days. There are many more, whose specific contribution may have gone unnoticed by you and me, who made Congregation Beth Ami the heartfelt and meaningful place to be for so many.
Please respond to the online survey that will be (has been) sent to your “Inbox” soon so that we know what was most valuable to you.

On October 13, the Celia Gurevitch Library was re-dedicated and re-opened in a wonderful ceremony. The Gurevitch family and the Batzdorffs were honored for creating and making our Library an outstanding resource to the North Bay Jewish Community. Tamar Landau and Karen Herskovic, and other committee members, have done a beautiful job refurbishing and re-establishing the space. Thank you! The Library is open Monday – Thursday 10:00AM – 5:00PM; Friday 10:00AM – 2:00PM. Stop by and take a new look.

And finally, your Board of Directors has unanimously adopted the Policy Against Harassment created by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). Here’s an excerpt:

Whether they be professional staff or lay leaders, the need to relate to one another in an appropriate manner is essential to creating a viable, thriving community of congregations that promotes, nurtures and fosters a vibrant Conservative Jewish movement grounded in the teachings of the Torah.

Here’s the link to the full document: https://uscj.org/assets/resources/Model-Guidelines-For-Policy-Against-Harassment.pdf

Take care,
Carolyn Metz, President