Getting to Know Us

Who We Are



At the Core
Ours is a culture of purpose, joy and kindness.

Making Judaism Accessible
… so future generations can kvell about their Jewish grandchildren.

We are Different
The principles that set Temple Beth Am apart:

Kulanu: Together. We nurture an engaged Jewish community whose
members care for each other, care for the Jewish people and Israel,
and gladly invest their time, money and passion.

Chesed: Kindness. How we treat all.

Tikkun Olam: Social Responsibility. Accepting our need to repair the
world around us through social action and acts of tzedakah.

Acceptance: We accept all. Our community includes those born into
Judaism and those who chose Judaism, the young and the old,
families considered traditional and interfaith, those who are single
and those who are married, those who are LGBTQIA – all Jews and those
who love them. We welcome and serve without exception.

Giving Voice: We express our values. We are responsible and privileged to
communicate these values to all. We respect this honor. We empower all
to communicate these values. Temple Beth Am will be known by these values.

Our Vision. Our Reality.
Here, there are no barriers to embracing Judaism for yourself, your family or your community. You are invited to join Temple Beth Am in nurturing a strong, vibrant, accessible, and engaged Jewish community.

All of Us Together.

 

A Message from Rabbi Alon

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.