Congregation Beth Am in the News…
Congregation Beth Am in the Tampa Pride Parade!
On Saturday, March 28th, Congregation Beth Am was a small part of a big moment in history.
We all know that one of the great changes in our lifetime has been the advancement of acceptance and equality for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. And now, for the first time in many years, Tampa held a Pride Parade. LGBT people and their allies joined together to celebrate who they are, and to help move the cause even further forward.
Congregation Beth Am was honored to be one of the participants in the parade. Reform Judaism has long been a vocal force behind the advancement of LGBT rights, and CBA is committed to welcoming everyone into our community, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Marching in Pride is just one of the ways that we get to show our love and support for our friends and family members who felt excluded from our community for too long.
Beth Am victorious at JCC Softball Tournament
On March 23, 2014, after a six-year dry patch, the Beth Am Swinging Stars of David co-ed softball team was undefeated and victorious during a four-game stretch to win the annual JCC Softball tournament trophy.
Coach Joil Poiley, upon winning the tournament, said, “It took 7 years, but we got here!”
Rabbi accepted into the IJS’s Clergy Leadership Program
Our own Rabbi, Jason Rosenberg, is one of 38 rabbis and cantors who have been accepted into the Clergy Leadership Program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS). IJS is an independent, non-denominational institute which seeks to transform Jewish life by helping clergy and other Jewish leaders deepen their spiritual lives and connect meaningfully with the Divine. The Clergy Leadership Program combines Torah study, prayer, meditation, yoga and immersive retreats to accomplish its goals.
The vision of IJS, which was initiated in 1999, is to “see a vibrant, transformative Judaism that is rooted in tradition and attuned to contemporary sensibilities; is invigorated by practices integrating mind, body, heart and soul; inspires Jews to connect meaningfully with each other, with their communities and with the Divine, and creates a more just and compassionate world.”
The program is truly unique in its focus on spirituality and on practices integrating mind, body, heart, and soul, and also in bringing together a diverse group of rabbis and cantors over an extended period of time. All participants also have an opportunity to continue their involvement with IJS activities after the program has been completed.
It is truly an honor for Rabbi Rosenberg to have been selected to participate in this program, and we at Congregation Beth Am congratulate him and wish him well as he embarks on what sounds like an incredible growth and learning experience. The fact that Rabbi Rosenberg has chosen to take on this exciting but demanding program in addition to his responsibilities at Beth Am is a testimony to his commitment to personal and professional growth, and to strengthening our Beth Am community. We look forward to hearing from him as he progresses in the program.
Rabbi Rosenberg Quoted in The New York Times:
Rabbi Jason Rosenberg of Congregation Beth Am, in Tampa, Fla., said, “We have to put so much energy and so much of our class time into training these kids to be prayer leaders, and there’s a lot more to Judaism than leading prayers, and a lot more to Judaism than praying.”
For a link to the full article, click here.
(from The Jewish Press, August 9, 2013, edition)