Temple Beth Am Podcasts

Online learning from A Dynamic Center for Conservative Judaism

About the show

Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles celebrates traditional and innovative Judaism and inspires lifelong learning in a warm, embracing community. With creative approaches to traditional prayer, a welcoming ethos that nourishes the soul, and a commitment to rigorous study of our tradition, Temple Beth Am has been a flagship institution of Conservative Judaism since its founding in 1934.

These podcasts share our sermons, classes and other activities.

Our goal is to reach out and enhance the learning and spiritual life of our congregants and listeners around the world.

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Episodes

  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    September 30th, 2022  |  18 mins 1 sec

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar, including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Kligfeld's voice and direction guide you into a world of serenity and tranquility.

  • Rosh Hashanah Sermon: "Rewind: Be Kind"

    September 27th, 2022  |  20 mins 2 secs

    Rabbi Matt Shapiro's Rosh Hashanah Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 27, 2022.

  • Rosh Hashanah Sermon: " What Is “This” For You"

    September 27th, 2022  |  21 mins 35 secs

    Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Rosh Hashanah Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 27, 2022.

  • Rosh Hashanah Sermon: “Hold Your Ideas—Lightly”

    September 26th, 2022  |  27 mins 18 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld's Rosh Hashanah Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 26, 2022.

  • Rosh Hashanah Sermon: "Breaking The Binary"

    September 26th, 2022  |  24 mins 10 secs

    Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny's Rosh Hashanah Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 26, 2022.

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon: "Last Breaths and New Commitments"

    September 25th, 2022  |  18 mins 41 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld's Erev Rosh Hashanah Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 25, 2022.

  • Shabbat Learning: "How We Might Merit to Live Another Year."

    September 24th, 2022  |  38 mins 35 secs

    Rabbi Chaim Singer-Frankes' Shabbat Learning at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 24, 2022.

    A look at sources on Rosh Hashanah from Chayei Adam and Avodat Yisrael.

  • Shabbat Sermon: "Standing Together Against Hunger?"

    September 24th, 2022  |  12 mins 27 secs

    Guest Darshanit, Naama Haviv, VP of Community Engagement, Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Spiritual Poetic Expressions of the High Holiday Mahzor - Class 6

    September 21st, 2022  |  1 hr 19 mins

    Rabbi Joel Rembaum leads a class reading and reflecting upon the mystical spirituality of a selection of classical poems embedded in the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The text used is the Mahzor Lev Shalem, with its fine English translation and insightful commentary.

    This is the sixth class in the series conducted via Zoom on September 21. 2022.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Back to Basics of Being a Gabbai Spotter - Class 3

    September 21st, 2022  |  37 mins 31 secs

    Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny leads a class on what goes into being a spotter at the Torah.

    This class took place at Temple Beth Am and via Zoom on September 20, 2022

  • Siddur Class #96 - Shir Shel Yom - Part 3

    September 20th, 2022  |  34 mins 41 secs

    Rabbi Avi Havivi's siddur class at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles and via Zoom - September 20, 2022

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Back to Basics of Israel

    September 19th, 2022  |  56 mins 3 secs

    Go "back to the basics on Israel" with Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits. It's a story we ALL know by heart. In this class we learn about the experiences of both Mizrachi immigrants to the state and of Palestinian Israeli citizens, to get a better understanding of what Israelis look like, where they come from, and how we can help build a more just tomorrow for all Israelis.

    Rabbi Pelcovits is the Regional Director of the New Israel Fund’s LA/Southern California Region.

    This class was conducted at Temple Beth Am and via Zoom on September 19, 2022.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: The High Holy Days Themselves - Why and What

    September 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 16 mins

    "They are the days observed and attended by the highest percentage of Jews. Synagogues are full. Prayer books are in people’s hands and opened. And yet, numbers do not necessarily reflect knowledge. This is not a critique. Certainly not of you. If anything, it may be a critique on us, the clergy/teachers, who do an insufficient job while officiating at the High Holiday services of really explaining the truest origins and deepest meaning of these holidays. Clearly, in a single session, we will not get comprehensive. But I aim to go back in time, roll back the layers to uncover how the holidays came to be what they are. From Biblical texts to rabbinic/Talmudic texts to more modern observance. I hope for you to leave the class with a little more understanding of why our tradition presents us with these days, and what we should try to gain from them". -- Rabbi Adam Kligfeld.

    This class was conducted at Temple Beth Am and via the internet on September 18, 2022.

  • Shabbat Teaching: Preparing for Selichot: A Study of Piyyutim

    September 17th, 2022  |  22 mins 45 secs

    Rabbinic Intern Chayva Lehrman's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 17, 2022.

  • Shabbat Sermon: 13 Reasons to Appreciate Psalm 27

    September 17th, 2022  |  10 mins 26 secs

    Rabbi-Cantor Hillary Chorny's Shabbat Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, September 17, 2022.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    September 16th, 2022  |  17 mins 4 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar, including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Kligfeld's voice and direction guide you into a world of serenity and tranquility.