At Beth Ami this past year we added new staff and leadership. While we miss the sound of Cantor Kenny Ellis and Eileen Weiser, at TBA we are very excited to have one of the most innovative and talented new voices in Jewish music. Alyssa Rosenbaum is currently a cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and has already written several original compositions. Hear her soon to be released new crowd funded album: www.jewcer.org/project/alyssarosenbaum
We added several wonderful people to our already competent and devoted board, led this year by a gifted mind and dedicated soul, Don Cogan. We were so fortunate to have Jennifer Twitchell take over the direction of our religious school. She has made a tremendous impact in a very short period of time. Jennifer and her family were at TBA all summer leading the efforts to refurbish our classrooms, which look beautiful now. Many thanks to all who lent a hand. There is still some more beautification work that is being undertaken by two of our Eagle Scout candidates. See inside the newsletter for more information.
Our teen group, Ignite@TBA is back in session after the summer and a new leadership group is working on an exciting schedule for the New Year. Once again our teens have our Teen Torah group meeting one Sunday per month at 1:00 pm beginning September 23rd. This new opportunity was established by the teens themselves, who wanted to continue to learn post-B’nai Mitzvah.
Our adult education continues to thrive with our Tuesday morning Midrash discussion meeting at 9 am, and our weekly Torah portion discussion convening at 7 pm. These groups are a world of mental and spiritual opportunities unto themselves, and a weekly pleasure for all who participate. Don’t worry about joining in at any time. Each person in our community has a voice that is an integral part of the harmony of Torah study.
However, this is only just the beginning. This year each one of us will see continued opportunities for making a meaningful difference, literally the ability to create a new reality. We encourage you to be a part of it. During the coming year we hope you will join with us at Temple Beth Ami in working in common cause on tikkun olam/Repair of our World.
Also, beginning this month, TBA will offer several opportunities in this election cycle to help us to become better informed and meet our political leaders. Over the next weeks we will have candidates and pundits as guests.
Congressman Steve Knight, (R) representing the 25th Congressional district covering Santa Clarita, will be with us for Shabbat on September 21st at 8 pm.
We look forward to getting this new year off to a great start. In 5779 we will once again be celebrating High Holiday services at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd. We look forward to being with you all soon.
LE-SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEVU -- MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED FOR A GOOD YEAR!