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Scheduling Sadness

07/28/2020 05:41:15 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem; by Francesco Hayez

The evening of Wednesday, July 29, 2020 marks the beginning of Tisha b’Av, the hardest day on the Jewish calendar. It literally means...Read more...

Summer Reading

07/21/2020 02:07:57 PM


Rabbi brent Spodek


One of the few upsides of a summer in which so many plans have been canceled is there is plenty of time to invest in some reading. So, with that in mind, please allow me to share an entirely non-comprehensive, non-ranked list of some of the books...Read more...

Our New BHA Board President

07/15/2020 02:22:56 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

July 1 marked the beginning of Rusty Stahl's term as president of our community. I've been blessed to know Rusty and his wife Sarah for a long time, before any of us moved to Beacon, and I know that he will help our community go from strength to strength. There is a lot happening in the world and in our community in the near future, and  I am incredibly excited to work with Rusty and the rest of the board to to build on Deb Davidovits' time as president. With no further ado, please play the video below to hear from Rusty directly.  


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Video Soul Strolls

07/08/2020 01:39:21 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Out in the forest, on the mountains, in the wild, the presence of the Creator somehow seems closer, as if it's chased away by the clamor of the manufactured world.

Our monthly Soul Strolls at BHA are opportunities for adults and children to open our hearts in open...Read more...

Grace in Leadership

07/01/2020 02:47:17 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


This community has been blessed to have Deborah Davidovits as our president for the past three years. 

There are few more thankless roles in Jewish communal life than synagogue president. 

One who...

Power of Spies

06/17/2020 12:22:18 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


Packed into this week’s parsha is an object lesson in the reach and limits of our power. 

This week, we hear the omniscient, anonymous narrator of the Torah tell us the story of the scouts who Moses sent to the land of Israel....Read more...

Showing Up

06/10/2020 05:30:58 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

Some thoughts from Rabbi Brent Spodek on showing up for racial justice. Please join our racial justice reading group which will be discussing White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo on June 21st, at 7pm; The Colors of Jews by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz  July 19th at 7pm and  How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi on August 16th.

BHA Summer 2020

06/10/2020 01:05:33 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

As the academic year winds down, we’re making some changes and adjustments to programs and events at BHA for the summer. 

Here are some highlights of things which are already scheduled or in the works for the summer:

Our Friday night erev...

Hearing a Riot

06/03/2020 11:20:59 AM


Rabbi Brent Spodek

One of the many names the Jewish tradition has for the Holy One is Shomea Tefila - the One who hears prayers. Every day in the Amidah, the central Jewish prayer, we hope that the Holy One hears our formal prayers, uttered in the sanctuary, and the intimate prayers, whispered in a hospital...Read more...

Shavuot 2020

05/27/2020 02:31:57 PM


Rabbi Brent Spodek


     Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ruth in the Field with Boaz

Tomorrow evening, May 28 will mark the beginning of Shavuot, possibly the least known of the major Jewish holidays. 

We’ll be...

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