When Tracy and I first started at TBA, we were struck by the passion and dedication of the congregants. It was inspiring to see such a level of commitment, the amazing number of activities occurring at a relatively small synagogue.
Today, that tradition continues. With a new generation of leaders, supported by those who been involved since the beginning, TBA is an influential force in Santa Clarita, indeed throughout Southern California.
It doesn’t take long to see TBA’s impact on our community. Our religious school teaches our young people the importance of their Jewish heritage and prepares them to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Our Adult Education program ensures that learning doesn’t end with graduation from Hebrew School. Through our support of public education, as well as supplemental programs, TBA has become a model in pioneering education for the entire country.
In the past few years we have been proud to be leaders in Family Promise, our local, interfaith response to homelessness. Social action also has been a cornerstone of Temple Beth Ami’s existence. We believe strongly in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and TBA members are the first to respond to a crisis — be it local challenge or national tragedy. We have proven this time and again.
Now in its twenty-fifth year Temple Beth Ami, is poised to expand our offerings, and increase our influence with an even larger base of support, greater strength and grander goals.
I am proud to serve as rabbi at such a dynamic congregation. It has been my pleasure and privilege to share in your lives’ over these last years, as our community has developed and grown. I have now seen children from Baby Naming to their own celebration of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and I know we are still only at the beginning of an amazing journey. The best is yet to come.
And by the way, do I get a fountain pen?
Rabbi Mark Blazer