Programs and Events

Each year the Program Committee meets to design and plan a full calendar of programs and events to engage the entire community in study, the arts, celebration and fun. If you have an idea for a program or you'd like to join the committee, contact our Program Chair at .

Some highlights are shown below. Also see Adult Education and Family Programming.

Acharei ("After") Kiddush
Several times each year we invite guests or members to share some learning or experiences with us after the Kiddush lunch following Shabbat services.

College Students’ Dinner with the Rabbi
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited twice each year to join Rabbi Bronstein and a group of their peers for a lively evening of food, conversation and catching up with old and new friends.

New Members’ Shabbat Dinner
Each fall we welcome our newest members at a community Friday night dinner following Kabbalat Shabbat services. The whole community is invited.

Original Jewish Shorts
The Bet Am Shalom Writers' Chug writes and presents original Jewish short stories every year. The output has ranged from humor to fantasy to memoir, always with content that reflects the Jewish consciousness of the writer.

Philosophy Café
In a candlelit, café setting, we socialize over pot luck dinner or wine and cheese, dessert and coffee, and discuss Jewish philosophical issues. There is one theme for each evening. 

Selected Jewish Shorts
Several times each year, members read aloud in English short stories by Jewish writers. Ranging from drama to comedy to fantasy, the stories are drawn from a rich heritage, including Yiddish, American Jewish, and Israeli writers old and new. 

Shabbat Meditation Before Tefilah
A series of experiences with a congregant teacher to take place before Shabbat Tefilah in the synagogue. We hope that those wishing to enter a contemplative path will have an opportunity to create an ongoing practice. This is for those interested in cultivating meditative skills as a way of quieting the mind, entering contemplative states, expanding self-awareness, and having greater access to a direct experience of prayer that holds personal meaning.

Shabbat Morning Yoga
This class combines movement and alignment with teachings from Torah, kabbalah, and yogic texts. The class is free and open to all levels, including beginners.

Social Action Concert
Each year the Social Action Chevra produces a concert to benefit children in need in Westchester County. Some prior performers have been Doug Mishkin, Tom Paxton, Beged Kefet, Moody Jews, Matisyahu and many others.

Special Needs Shabbat
This is a half hour service led by Rabbi Bronstein and the BAS Youth Group, attended by 20-30 developmentally disabled adults from group homes in the area, along with their caregivers. It is followed by a specially arranged kiddush lunch, served by congregant volunteers. It is important that BAS congregants attend this service, so that we can welcome our guests and provide a communal experience for them.

Vatikim
Chevra Vatikim is a group of senior members (ages 65+) who participate in activities of interest to the group. They take day trips, go to movies, museums, lectures, and have a fun barbecue during the summer.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Each year we gather to commemorate the Shoah with a program of education, music, prayer and the reading of names of congregant family members who perished in the Holocaust.

 

 

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