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 Teaching: Miketz

    November 27th, 2021  |  28 mins 49 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on November 27, 2021.

  • Shabbat Sermon: Vayeshev

    November 27th, 2021  |  13 mins 2 secs

    Shabbat Sermon delivered by Eva Pretsky on the occasion of her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Am, Los Angles, November 27, 2021.

  • Exploring the Parasha: Mental Health and Spiritual Growth - Vayeshev

    November 26th, 2021  |  44 mins 50 secs

    Rabbis Rebecca Schatz and Matt Shapiro lead a discussion of a single verse from the weekly parasha and how it relates to mental and spiritual growth.

    This discussion was conducted via Zoom at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles on November 26, 2021.

  • Rashi Class: Shemot/Exodus 4:15

    November 24th, 2021  |  32 mins 34 secs

    Rashi Class, a weekly exploration of Torah featuring a deep dive on the text and lively conversation focused on an 11th-century French commentary, conducted by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, this week beginning with Shemot/Exodus 4:15.

  • Siddur Class #72: Elohai Nitzur - Part 3

    November 23rd, 2021  |  37 mins 36 secs

    Rabbi Avi Havivi's siddur class at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles in the main sanctuary and via Zoom - November 23, 2021

  • Shabbat Teaching and Poetry Learning: Yehuda Amichai

    November 20th, 2021  |  17 mins 55 secs

    Rabbinic Resident Julia Knobloch's Shabbat Teaching and Poetry Learning at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on November 20, 2021.

  • Shabbat Teaching: Torah Through The Handmaid's Tale

    November 20th, 2021  |  36 mins 37 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld and Rabbi Rebecca Schatz's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on November 20, 2021.

  • Seeing Angels in the Shadow of Death - Rav Ahud Sela

    November 19th, 2021  |  46 mins 34 secs

    Rav Ahud Sela talks about his new book "Seeing Angels In The Shadow Of Death". The book is the story of his journey from illness to health, from darkness to light. At the age of twenty-two, Rav Sela was confronted by death in the form of cancer, and then again at age thirty-three in the form of heart disease. Those events helped clarify for him what direction his life should take, but only with the help of other people. It is his hope that the book brings healing and light to all who read it.

    Rav Sela is the rabbi of Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge, CA. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and has a master's degree in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Ahud is married to Alisha, and they are the proud parents of Yael, Gavi, and Eitan.

    The conversation took place via Zoom on November 18, 2021. Rav Sela is introduced by Rabbi Rebecca Schatz.

  • Exploring the Parasha: Mental Health and Spiritual Growth - Vayishlach

    November 19th, 2021  |  51 mins 16 secs

    Rabbis Rebecca Schatz and Matt Shapiro lead a discussion of a single verse from the weekly parasha and how it relates to mental and spiritual growth.

    This discussion was conducted via Zoom at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles on November 19, 2021.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    November 19th, 2021  |  17 mins 10 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the 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.

  • Shemitah: The Land Gets To Rest - A Close Reading of Rav Kook’s Ecological/Spiritual Masterpiece Shabbat Ha’aretz - Class 4

    November 18th, 2021  |  57 mins 57 secs

    Is religious environmentalism new-age, post-modern and, essentially, incompatible with traditional Judaism? Or is it, rather, retro, a return to Biblical ideals, a re-wedding of the earth on which we live and the religion we all strive to observe on that land? In this biweekly course, we will do a close reading of central texts within Rav Kook’s own introduction of his seminal work שבת הארץ/Shabbat Ha’aretz, the very translation of which title will be an early focus of our study! Rav Kook (Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, 1865-1935) was the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of pre-state Palestine. He was a mystic, scholar and communal leader who had the temperament and interest in straddling the two modern Jewish communities growing in the land of Israel: the piously observant Jew and the new secular “Israeli.” His words continue to confound, illuminate and inspire us nearly 100 years after his death, and he has much to teach us about our relationship to this one, precious world that is our home.

    The class is part of the Green Team initiative at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles. For more information go to https://www.tbala.org/get-involved/green-team. The class was conducted via Facebook and Zoom on November 18, 2021.

  • Meditation and Mindfulness with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    November 17th, 2021  |  16 mins 19 secs

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the 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.

  • Rashi Class: Shemot/Exodus 4:14

    November 17th, 2021  |  58 mins 18 secs

    Rashi Class, a weekly exploration of Torah featuring a deep dive on the text and lively conversation focused on an 11th-century French commentary, conducted by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, this week beginning with Shemot/Exodus 4:14.

  • Siddur Class #71: Elohai Nitzur - Part 2

    November 16th, 2021  |  35 mins 8 secs

    Rabbi Avi Havivi's siddur class at Temple Beth Am Los Angeles in the main sanctuary and via Zoom - November 16, 2021

  • Exploring the Parasha: Mental Health and Spiritual Growth - Vayetzei

    November 16th, 2021  |  57 mins 55 secs

    Rabbi Rebecca Schatz and Rabbinic Resident Julia Knobloc lead a discussion of a single verse from the weekly parasha and how it relates to mental and spiritual growth.

    This discussion was conducted via Zoom on November 12, 2021.

  • Shabbat Teaching: Next Week's Midrash Tonight - Vayishlach

    November 13th, 2021  |  21 mins 53 secs

    Rabbinic Resident David Kaplinksy's Shabbat Teaching at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, on November 13, 2021.