your home for Conservative Judaism in Ventura County

Congregation Am HaYam

​Our educational programming strives to create learning opportunities which not only increase one's knowledge but also a connection to our synagogue community.

Through discussions on Shabbat, textual studying on Holy Days and classes on Parashat HaShavua, participants experience the richness of our Jewish heritage.

In fact, discussions that connect our tradition to our personal growth occur at most of Shabbat and Holy Day services.

NOVEMBER 16: On The Landing: Short Stories by Yenta Mash

Yenta Mash (1922-2013) traces social and personal changes across the phases of a woman’s life. Her characters are often “on the landing”--on their way to or from somewhere else. On the
Landing invites us to join a woman making her way through her ruined hometown in south-eastern Europe; women prisoners inside the fearsome Soviet gulag in Siberia; the Jewish
community rebuilding itself in postwar Soviet Moldova; and refugees struggling to find their place in Israel. Available for the first time in English, her work is urgently relevant today as
displaced people seek refuge across the globe.

JANUARY 18: Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Elliot N. Dorff

A beloved Conservative Jewish leader, Elliot N. Dorff provides a personal, behind-the-scenes guide to the evolution of Conservative Jewish thought and practice. His candid observations shed light on the sometimes unified, sometimes diverse, and occasionally contentious reasoning behind our modern movement’s most important laws and policies. Here he has assembled
the key documents of modern Conservative Judaism in one place, enabling readers to consider and compare them all in context.

MARCH 21: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler

The Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding. Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean is the entertaining saga of a hidden chapter in Jewish his-
tory, and of the cruelty, terror, and greed that flourished during the Age of Discovery.
MAY 16: The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather

***listed on The Sunday Times best books of 2019 so far***

In the summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at
a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich. His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre--Auschwitz. This is the first major account to draw on unpublished family papers, newly re-
leased archival documents and exclusive interviews with surviving resistance fighters. Learn about this unsung hero of WWII.

These books can be purchased at , of course, using CAH’s Amazon Smile, or at other bookstores. For more information please contact Fran Lande at, and watch for news in our monthly Migdalor!