View from the President

Temple Beth Am… it’s an exciting and vibrant place
A message from William Grossman
President, Temple Beth Am

“No one’s ever achieved financial fitness with a January resolution that’s abandoned by February.” — Suze Orman

I really love this quote; it speaks to me. Not necessarily regarding financial fitness but to almost every resolution I make. Hopefully, the two I made this year, will not be abandoned by the time this Commentator is printed and mailed.

Hopefully, some of you made a resolution to enhance your Jewish knowledge, be more spiritual or just get more involved at your synagogue. If not, consider it. After all, it’s only February!

I know and the clergy knows that everyone is not coming every week to Friday night services, Saturday morning Torah study or Saturday morning minyan. If you do, that’s great; keep coming. Most of us do not. The idea is to start small. Commit to something that is realistic, something that is easy to stick with. With that in mind, I thought that I would use this time to share a few ideas; hopefully one or two might resonate with you.


Commit to a Friday night service, once a month or even once a quarter but put in your calendar.

Commit to a Saturday morning Torah Study once a month or once a quarter; again, put it in your calendar.

Maybe you like the idea of studying Torah but Saturday morning will not work for you. Every Wednesday night from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, led by Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, we read the upcoming Torah portion and engage in an interactive discussion. Once a month; once a quarter?

For those who come to Torah Study but leave before Minyan, commit to staying once a month.

None of those resonate? How about a series? We started a 10-part series, every other Tuesday evening from 7:00–9:00 pm titled iEngage: The Jewish Narratives. This program is led by Rabbi Judy Kempler and explores the Jewish narratives, ideas and values around the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict. The first course started January 24th, so it’s not too late to start in February.

We also have another series this spring. It is also every other Tuesday evening alternating with iEngage. This series is titled Mussar: Jewish Spiritual Ethics. It will be led by Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and Jeff Agron. This program offers you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, to identify a personal path for character development to ultimately feel closer to God and reach your highest potential. This series also started in January but it is not too late to start now.

Rabbi Jeremy Barras and other clergy conduct a Lunch ‘n Learn on the second Tuesday of every month. How about this; it’s once a month?


There is always plenty going on here at the Temple. At the beginning of month, look at the calendar of events. Plan early; get it into your calendar. Brotherhood or Sisterhood, both are here for you, both are great ways to get more involved.

“Temple Beth Am embraces Jewish life through lifelong learning, spiritual growth and community engagement.” This is our mission statement. Everything our clergy and professional do revolves around our mission. They want to encourage you to “embrace Jewish life” as well. I look forward to seeing you all around campus, it’s an exciting and vibrant place.



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