Rabbi Rebecca Schatz is excited and honored to be the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Rabbi Schatz was ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2017 with a concentration in Halakha and journeyed to Foster City, CA to be the Assistant Rabbi and Education Director at Peninsula Sinai Congregation.
Rabbi Schatz received her Masters in Experiential Education from American Jewish University as well as her Bachelor in Choral Music Education before pursuing her rabbinic dream. During rabbinical school Rabbi Schatz interned at Temple Beth Am and PSC, where she was encouraged to build programming around life cycles such as b’nei mitzah, and create new opportunities for traditional holidays such as Shavuot and Purim or prayer experiences such as Shabbat Sovev. Rabbi Schatz directed PSC’s experiential religious school program, Kesher, facilitated a mother-daughter b’not mitzvah program, Kol Banot, engaged women in Torah study, Midrasha, and continued to pursue her musical t’fillah passion with kids aged K-8th grade.
August 10th, 2020 | 59 mins 28 secs
Rabbi Dara Frimmer, Senior Rabbi of Temple Isaiah Los Angeles, leads a discussion on ometz lev.
In Hebrew, courage is ometz lev which literally means “heart-strength.” Psalm 27 which is recited throughout the High Holy Day season ends with the words, “Be strong and strengthen your heart.” Rabbi Frimmer's discussion explores the bravery it takes to allow one’s heart to be vulnerable and the inner strength we need to meet whatever challenges come our way. The discussion was conducted on Zoom Auguat 10, 2020 as part of the Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program presented by Temple Beth Am Los Angeles.
August 7th, 2020 | 58 mins 14 secs
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills leads a spiritual discussion about how we can use the High Holy Day season for being in the present moment through our own “accounting for our souls” Heshbon haNefesh. Are you still in March? Are you already in 2021? Let’s come back to the present.. The discussion took place August 7, 2020 via Zoom as part of the Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program presented by Temple Beth Am Los Angeles.
Elul Study: Connecting to Hannah’s Prayer and Our Take on High Holiday Culture: Where We Are With It All
August 6th, 2020 | 58 mins 21 secs
A discussion with with Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz. They are from 3 different Jewish denominations, different cultures, different customs and rituals that are meaningful and troubling for them. They speak of their connection to Hannah’s story, which is read as the Haftarah on Rosh HaShana, and the general practices of these Holy Days that we love or wish to change. The discussion took place on August 6, 2020 via Zoom as part of the Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program presented by Temple Beth Am Los Angeles.
August 5th, 2020 | 1 hr 52 secs
Rabbi Ed Feinstein discusses the most extraordinary spiritual personalities the Jewish people ever produced were the Biblical prophets. Their words are eternal, most especially in moments of collective crisis. Rabbi Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and lectures widely across the United States. This event took place on August 5, 2020 via Zoom as part of the Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program presented by Temple Beth Am Los Angeles.
August 4th, 2020 | 50 mins 35 secs
Abigail Pogrebin explores an Elul practice that grabs us by the throat and asks us whether we’re living a life we’re proud of. Hosted by Rabbi Rebecca Schatz at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles via Zoom on August 4, 2020 as part of Temple Beth Am's Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program.
August 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 4 mins
Israel Story founders, Mishy Harman and Yochai Maital in conversation with Rabbi Rebecca Schatz about their 8-year journey to capture the 'Israeli Story'. They will talk about the role of storytelling in the process of doing Tshuvah - How stories can be a powerful coping mechanism, a way for people to sort out issues they are struggling with, and making sense of their personal and collective history.
The conversation via Zoom on August 3, 2020 was accompanied by audio clips and sneak previews into yet unpublished Israel Story episodes and was part of the Elul+ Pre-Tishre study program presented by Temple Beth Am Los Angeles.
May 23rd, 2020 | 8 mins 57 secs
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Shabbat Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles on May 23, 2020 - "Counting an Empty Chair at Sunrise."
February 8th, 2020 | 13 mins 21 secs
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Shabbat Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on February 8, 2020.
January 24th, 2020 | 26 mins 36 secs
Triennial Haftarah, Part 1
October 9th, 2019 | 14 mins 43 secs
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Yom Kippur-Yizkor Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on October 9, 2019.
October 8th, 2019 | 16 mins 29 secs
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Kol Nidre Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on October 8, 2019.
September 30th, 2019 | 14 mins 34 secs
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Sermon at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on September 30, 2019.