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

  • 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.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Spiritual Poetic Expressions of the High Holiday Mahzor - Class 5

    September 14th, 2022  |  1 hr 15 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 fifth class in the series conducted via Zoom on September 14. 2022.

  • Reversing The Past - Hama'alot Teaching

    September 14th, 2022  |  6 mins 34 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld's Hama'alot Teaching at Temple Beth Am - September 10, 2022

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Always Be Humble And Kind

    September 13th, 2022  |  48 mins 25 secs

    Rabbinic Intern Ben Sigal leads a brief Mussar text study to recenter ourselves ahead of the new year.

    This teaching took place via Zoom on September 13, 2022.

  • Siddur Class #95 - Shir Shel Yom - Part 2

    September 13th, 2022  |  30 mins 38 secs

    Rabbi Avi Havivi's siddur class at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles and via Zoom - September 13, 2022

  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    September 9th, 2022  |  18 mins 25 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.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: Storytelling, Friendship, and Bridge Building - Strengthening Our Diverse Community Within TBA

    September 8th, 2022  |  52 mins 26 secs

    Henei ma tov umanaim Shevet achim gam yachad…How good and how pleasant it is for us to dwell together. In this interactive Zoom members join across all of TBA’s social circles, political persuasions, regular minyans, whatever silos, and meet up with friendly open-minded people who are working collaboratively to talk about what concerns us, and what we can do about it, together.

    This interactive program took place on September 8, 2021 and is hosted by One LA at TBA Core Team member Henry Morgen.

  • Elul Learning Series 2022: The Poetry of Grief - Finding Comfort and Healing Through Verse

    September 8th, 2022  |  1 hr 1 min

    Temple Beth Am member and poet Suzanne Weiss Morgen joins Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny for a literary and spiritual journey through the poetry of grief and loss. They explore through the lens of some of Suzanne’s original poems and some of the powerful poetry within our high holy day liturgy. As we prepare to enter the season of awe and culminate with the Yiskor service on Yom Kippur, may we find language to help provide comfort and healing.

    This class took place at Temple Beth Am via Zoom on September 7, 2022.