WELCOME TO TEMPLE BAT YAM
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Bat Yam was founded 29 years ago as a place for resident and visiting Jews to come together as an extended Jewish family, to participate in Shabbat and holiday prayer, to observe the rituals of our shared faith, and to study and derive meaning from our tradition and texts. While Bat Yam is a Reform congregation, our members come from all Jewish denominations and backgrounds.
Over this more than quarter century, Bat Yam has become a unique adult congregation, whose membership is blessed with the leisure and good fortune to choose participation in renewed Jewish life. We have raised our families; have watched children (and grandchildren . . . and, even, some great grandchildren!) become Bar or Bat Mitzvah; and have participated as leaders and active members in our prior synagogues.
Now, at Bat Yam, we together participate in Judaism through this lens of a life’s worth of experience and insight. For some of us, this means reconnecting to our Judaism in deeper ways. For others, this means coming to Judaism anew. For all of us, Bat Yam provides an opportunity to explore Judaism with new eyes and hearts and with the enthusiasm of experience.
We are an egalitarian Reform synagogue, that is fully welcoming of all. Our programs are religiously engaging, intellectually stimulating, and filled with philosophical and moral introspection. Our members are involved in Jewish, interfaith and non-Jewish issues and activities in the immediate and larger communities.
If you can’t be physically present, join our Jewish community through this website. You will see and experience some of our services, celebrations and educational workshops. We hope you can join us in prayer, learning and community.
Update on Bat Yam Activities during April and May
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bat Yam Board voted last week to extend the winter Bat Yam season, which typically ends April 30, through May 31, and will consider further extensions as the Corona virus situation warrants. We are grateful to our Rabbi and our Cantor for their services to us during this time.
As we have done for the last month, we will continue our use of Facebook and Zoom. Our Friday night Shabbat Welcome program will continue on Facebook Live, and our Saturday morning virtual Shabbat classes and Wednesday morning virtual “Coffee With Your Rabbi” will both continue via ZOOM.
You can find the Bat Yam Shabbat Welcome Program, which airs at 7p.m., on Friday evening on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/batyamsanibel. You will need a Facebook account to view this broadcast. Rabbi Fuchs includes prayers, songs and a commentary on the Torah portion of the week.
See immediately below for a video "replay"link of the most recent Shabbat Welcome service
On Saturday mornings throughout May the Rabbi will lead classes on Zoom at 9:45.
On Wednesday mornings at 11a.m. enjoy “Coffee with the Rabbi” an hour of open discussion, again on Zoom.
If you would like to join any of the Zoom conversations, please email us at email@example.com for an invitation.>