A K’hillah Kedosha…
In The Wisdom of Our Fathers, it is written: Ah-say l’cha rav, v’kah-nay l’cha chaver — “get yourself a rabbi/teacher and acquire a friend.”
Our rabbis of old understood that each of us needs a friend — someone who could journey with us in life. And each of us needs a “rabbi” — someone who can help guide us along your path. At Temple Beth Am, your clergy welcomes the opportunity to be that guide.
Whether celebrating a simcha… holding you in time of sorrow… offering counsel during moments of confusion or trouble… sharing the wisdom of our traditions… visiting you when you are ill or just that quick hug and embrace… praying with you on shabbat and holy days… We are here for you and yours.
Long-Term Care Visits…
If your loved one is in long-term care — at The Palace, Miami Jewish Health Systems or at home — your Temple Beth Am Clergy would be delighted to visit them. Call us at (305) 667-6667 and we will connect you to the Clergy office.
Meet Our Clergy
If you have not already done so, please take the time to get to know your clergy. Senior Rabbi Jeremy Barras, Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, Senior Cantor Tifani Coyot and Cantorial Soloist Jessica Bass always welcome your visits and look forward to getting to know you better.
We are honored to serve as your clergy and very proud to be a part of your Beth Am community, a K’hillah Kedosha.
Founding Rabbi Emeritus
Founding Rabbi Emeritus Herbert M. Baumgard (z”l) was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1950.
Rabbi Baumgard was regarded as one of the leading interpreters of Liberal Judaism, having written a number of publications on the subject. He has lectured at Columbia University in New York where he earned his doctorate degree in Semitics.
In addition to having served Temple Beth Am as a spiritual leader since its founding in 1955, Rabbi Baumgard was director of the Southern Florida Council of Reform Congregations.