we follow the principles of Conservative/Masorti Judaism. As an egalitarian congregation, we maintain a healthy balance between tradition and the contemporary world.
Our roots are strong with an active lay leadership. When you come to services, you will find we have a warm and welcoming embrace for everyone, guests and members alike. This embrace is symbolically represented in our logo: the flowing hug of the tallit, the traditional prayer-shawl worn by Jews during morning services. The knotted tzitzit on the four corners remind us that we are tied to each other and to the wider community in which we live. The tassels and knots of the tzitzit are symbolic of the mitzvot, the religious responsibilities we have to appreciate our heritage, and remind us of our special relationship with the world.
“This is my Synagogue
It is composed of people like me.
We make it the way it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its seats will be filled, if I help to fill them.
It will bring other people into its worship services, experiences and fellowship,
If I bring others to attend, to learn, and to enjoy with me.
It will be a Synagogue filled with loyalty and love,
If I am filled with loyalty and love.
It will be full of faith, if I am.
The prayer experiences will be filled with spirit, if I attend and have spirit.
If I make others feel needed, then I will serve my congregation well,
And my Synagogue will always need me.
The congregation will be filled with warmth,
If I bring warmth with me whenever I walk through the front door.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all these things
That I want my Synagogue to be.”
Congregation Beth Am is more than a place where we conduct religious services. Since 1975, we have celebrated together, mourned together and grown together. We are congregation of thinkers and doers, focusing on tikkun olam, healing the world for us and the generations to come.
Beth Am, where Traditional Judaism embraces the Contemporary World