WELCOME TO 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 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.
View the 2020 High Holy Days Services
Rabbi Fuchs’ High Holy Day Sermon Titles
Rosh Hashanah Eve - The Year That Was
Rosh Hashanah Morning - Why We Read the Binding of Isaac
Yom Kippur Eve - Stripping Away All Pretense
Yom Kippur Morning - To Worship in a Time of Pandemic
Yizkor Memorial Service - The Hole in Our Hearts
Congregants' Hour Monday, September 29
A Rabbi Stephen Fuchs tradition following the Yom Kippur Morning Service, featuring reflections by Fransceca Block, Michael Samet and Garry Weiss
Adult Education Classed this Fall
Despite COVID-19, our congregants are, as always, ready to step up to the plate! As I write, baseball players are stepping up to the plate with no fans in the stands. We hope that when our congregants step up, you’ll be “in the stands” on Zoom with us! ....
Rabbi Fuchs Torah Thoughts
Friday, September 11, 2020