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Reaching for light

Rabbi Stern's Before Shabbat 

on the attack on Israel

I've been walking around in a fog. I feel a numbness of the senses. I am moving slowly, tentative, unsure where exactly I am in space. Nothing is in sharp focus. It’s all feeding through a diffraction. Light is bending towards the darkness.


אֶשָּׂ֣א עֵ֭ינַי אֶל־הֶהָרִ֑ים מֵ֝אַ֗יִן יָ֘בֹ֥א עֶזְרִֽי


“I lift my eyes to the mountains. Where will my help come from?”... more.

ways to support israel

JNF: They have the most immediate on the ground access to points of need. Their work right now in the emergency is peerless.


New Israel Fund: they are serving needs of survivors of the Hamas slaughter, and they’re also building infrastructure networks for life after the war.


Jewish Federations: This organization, which is being recommended by the URJ, has deep roots in almost every town in Israel and supports local efforts.


Our own CJP with their own connections in Israel will also support local efforts, everything from clearing burnt out homes to providing food to soldiers to providing trauma counseling.

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festival of laughs:

antonia lassar comedy show

12/9 at 7 pm

We welcome back former TBA whiz kid and social media sensation Antonia Lassar (Just For Laughs, UCB Comedy, Mandel Fellow) for a hilarious and meaningful night of Jewish comedy. Antonia has planned a dynamic show that blends standup comedy and communal singing to tap into community building, nostalgia, and big-time summer camp vibes. It's a deeply personal story that asks: could our epidemic of isolation be solved entirely with a Debbie Friedman sing-along?? Audiences have raved that this show really has something for every kind of Jew: from Reform, to Orthodox, to Jew-ish! Must be 21+ to attend. Get ready for laughs along with drinks and desserts. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE. 

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we want to showcase your stories in honor of 0UR 60Th on museum week: 4/26- 5/3

No matter if you've been part of TBA for 60 years, 60 days, or even just 6 hours, you are here now and an important part of our history and our future. Our anniversary project is about all of us and is meant to shine a light on this moment in time. Over the course of the next several months we will share the stories that led us each to TBA as well as chronicle our Jewish identities. We will be emailing all about it in a few weeks. In the meantime if you have any questions, please email us.

our community

As a synagogue community, Temple Beth Avodah, prides itself on nurturing a warm, inclusive, and relationship focused atmosphere. Belonging to TBA means belonging to an extended temple family. We believe that every individual who comes through our doors is an essential part of the community and seek to foster an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. Click for more.

THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU! Learn how to become a member of our community.

New members are invited to join us and are not required to make a Member Commitment in their first year. This allows us to focus on building a relationship with you and helping you find your place in our Temple community. 

member commitment

TBA’s membership model, the Member Commitment, empowers members to make an informed choice about their contribution to TBA. This is a philanthropic model built on giving meaningfully, building relationships, and working together to build a strong community. 


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