Something significant, dynamic, and meaningful is happening HERE at Temple Beth Am. It springs from the warmth of our welcome and the energy of our actions. We call it: KULANU - ALL OF US TOGETHER. We are proud and excited to introduce KULANU, our pathway to building a strong Jewish community of purpose, engagement, joy and kindness. Where do we start and how will it work?
We believe that it starts with you, with us, joining hands and stepping forward together to make a vibrant Jewish community. Some journeys are taken alone. But for this journey, to become who we are, who we were meant to be, we must grow and explore as part of a community. Temple Beth Am has a proud history of “firsts”. We were the first Temple in Jupiter, the first NAEYC accredited Jewish PreschooI in the north area, and the first area Temple to create a Food Pantry for those in need. We believe that this is the time for another first – KULANU.
It began last Fall with the Jewish High Holy Days, when, for the first time, we offered free High Holy Day Service tickets to anyone wishing to worship with us. The response was overwhelming. From seniors to young families, hundreds of additional people joined us for worship. Not only will we do this again this year, but we are going one step further. Temple Beth Am is the first Jewish congregation in the area to replace the traditional Temple dues structure with a voluntary commitment pledge, removing financial obstacles for engaging in the Jewish community. We believe that dues should not be a barrier to anyone who wants to be a member and affiliate with our community. We call this value KULANU.
And, the voluntary pledge process is just one step in a larger KULANU commitment to pursuing a culture of engagement. Through a series of KULANU town hall meetings, Temple members were asked for input. “We are listening, please tell us more.” Our members and friends voiced support, not only for the voluntary pledge commitment process, but also for establishing additional pathways for action and for creating a caring community. We are a community of Tzedakah, Hebrew for good deeds, justice, kindness and charity. Choose to serve meals at St. George's Soup Kitchen, drive someone who is unable to drive to Shabbat Services, help host temporarily homeless families through Family Promise, clean up the Beach on Lag BaOmer (Jewish Earth Day), or volunteer at the Purim Carnival. These actions fill our hearts and minds, reinforce our commitment to the values of Tzedakah and move us continually forward to becoming a stronger Jewish community.