Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

 

Elul 
During the month of Elul which began on Thursday evening, August 20, there have been a number of offerings to help us prepare our homes, our minds and our hearts for the High Holy Days. 
 
Missed one of our Elul programs:

Jonathan Yenkin shares his honey cake- Sunday, September 13
Reading and understanding the Mahzor with Bluma Stoller
- Wednesday, September 2
Mikdash Me’at – Making Your Sacred Space at Home- Thursday, September 10
Preparing our Heads and Hearts for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Amy Memis-Foler- Thursday, August 20 

A Ritual for Growth and Renewal
Here is week four of our ritual for renewal in preparation for the High Holy Days. During the prior weeks we addressed themes of responsibility, regret, and rejection. This week we work on resolution, the fourth step of T’shuvah--turning in repentance. Rabbinical Student, Sara Blumenthal helps us reflect on this final step. She asks these questions for us to contemplate in the coming week:  As we enter this final week of Elul, I invite you to think about a tikkun (correction, adjustment, or slight modification) that you want to make during this season of T’shuvah, in yourself, your relationships with others, the earth, or God. What needs healing and how can your T’shuvah this year be a source of that healing?
 
 
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays-a Family Elul!
In this last week of our Elul program to prepare our homes to be a sanctuaries, Marilyn Price, shares a story about the power of regretting our actions and apologizing for maintaining friendships.
 

Home For The Holidays: Week Three Activity by Marilyn Price-Friday September 4 
Tzedakah Tzorbet or JustICE CREAM with Marilyn Price-Friday August 28
Home For The Holidays: Week One Activity by Marilyn Price-Friday August 21 

  
Upcoming Programs
Honey Cake Baking- A Secret Family Recipe
Sunday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m.
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Jonathan Yenkin shares his secret Honey Cake recipe and Rosh Hashanah memories
 
Shofar Workshop
Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Come prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at our Shofar Workshop. Open to the very young and young-at-heart, we will be learning about the ritual of the Sounding of the Shofar, featuring several of our in-house Shofar blowers. Don't have your own Shofar? Just bring your positive attitude (or even a kazoo)! Email Ben to Pre-Register. Zoom Link will be sent upon registration.
 
Playlist to Prepare for High Holy Days
Looking for some musical inspiration to prepare you for the High Holy Days? Our Beth Emet Spotify playlist is just the thing for you! An eclectic assortment of songs relating to the themes of the Holy Days, including liner notes to stimulate your thinking.

 

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    Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. Rabbi London is deeply engaged in all aspects of congregational...

  • Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler

    Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler, D.D. became a rabbi because of her love of Judaism and desire to teach others, share in their spiritual journey and make the world a better place than we found it.

    She joined Beth Emet in the Fall...

  • Cantor Rabbi Kyle Cotler

    Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle studied at the...

  • Rabbi Peter S. Knobel z"l

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  • Marci Dickman

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  • Kathy Kaberon

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  • Maia Volk

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