Congregation Am HaYam

your home for Conservative Judaism in Ventura County

​​​​​​DURING THESE TIMES, LET’S ZOOM


DURING THESE TIMES OF COVID-19 WHEN WE NEED EACH OTHER THE MOST AND WE CAN’T BE TOGETHER, RABBI SACKS, THE RITUAL COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CONGREGATION AM HAYAM HAVE SPENT LONG HOURS TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER WITH THE USE OF AN ONLINE PLATFORM CALLED ZOOM TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER.

BELOW YOU WILL FIND A LISTING OF THE EVENTS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU.  THE DAY, TIME AND CONNECTION ARE LISTED.  YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN EMAIL FOR EACH EVENT.  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT IS BEING OFFERED.  YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.



Friday: 10/2 (erev sukkot)--  early Erev shabbat Service 6:00 PM

                10/23-- EARLY EREV SHABBAT SERVICE 6:00 PM

saturday: 10/3  Sukkot Service by congregation beth shalom 10:00 A.M.

Sunday: 10/4       SUKKOT SERVICE BY CONGREGATION Am hayam 10:00 a.m.

saturday: 10/31   shabbat service 10:00 a.m.

Monday: 10/19, 1026 mondays with mort 10:30 a.m.


 Monday: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26   pirke avot with mort 6:30 p.m.                          


Tuesday: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 psams with rabbi sacks 7:00 p.m.



Thursday: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29--Learn to read hebrew with mort 10:00 a.m.


                       -- MIDDOT (CHARACTER STRENGTHS WITH FRAN LANDE 7:00 P.M. except for 10/15 and 10/22 which will be at 7:30 due to debates on tv


saturday: 10/10 ---shabbat morning service shemini atzeret (yizkor) 10:00 a.m.

                      10/17--- shabbat morning service Aufruf taxon-lampel 10:00 a.m.


sunday:  10/18, 10/25 songs for hope and healing with andrea  massion 5:00 p.m.





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SIGNIFICANT BOOK CLUB ON ZOOM:

The Significant Book Club led by Fran Lande is happy to announce it’s upcoming selection of books for the coming season. All will be by Zoom unless otherwise advised. On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, we will begin our series with The Aleppo Codex: A True story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman A thousand years ago, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. It was kept safe through one upheaval after another in the Middle East. By the 1940’s it was housed in a dark grotto in Aleppo, Syria, and had become known around the world as the Aleppo Codex. Matti Friedman’s true-life detective story traces how this precious manuscript was smuggled from its hiding place in Syria into the newly founded state of Israel--and how and why many of its most sacred and valuable pages went missing. It’s a tale that involves secret agents, pious clergymen, obsessive antiquities collectors, and highly placed national figures who, as it turns out, would do anything to get their hands on an ancient book. What it reveals are uncomfortable truths about greed, state cover -ups, and the fascinating role of historical treasures in creating a national identity.


On Wednesday, February 3, 2021,, we will continue with My Future Is In America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants, edited and translated by Jocelyn Cohen and Daniel Soyer. In 1942 YIVO held a contest for the best autobiography by a Jewish immigrant on the theme "Why I Left the Old Country and What I Have Accomplished in America." The nine life stories here were selected from over 200 entries. Chosen from over two hundred entries and translated from Yiddish, the nine life stories provide a compelling portrait of American Jewish life in the immigrant generation at the turn of the twentieth century.The writers arrived in America in every decade from the 1890’s to the 1920’s. They include manual workers, shopkeepers, housewives, communal activists, and professionals who came from all parts of Eastern Europe and ushered in a new era of American Jewish history. In their own words, the immigrant writers convey the complexities of the transition between the Old and New Worlds.


On Wednesday, April14, 2021 participants will explore the very important book Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")- holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.


On Wednesday, June 9 2021, our focus will change to Israel as we read The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War Book by Steven Pressfield. It is considered one of the most unlikely and astonishing military victories in history. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the war--fighter and helicopter pilots, tank commanders and Recon soldiers, paratrooper, as well as women soldiers, wives and others--bestselling author Steven Pressfield tell the story of the Six Day War as you’ve never experienced it before: in the voices of the young men and women who battled not only for their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, and for the dreams of their ancestors. By turns inspiring,thrilling, and heartbreaking, The Lion’s Gate is both a true tale of military courage under fire and a journey into the heart of what it means to fight for one’s people. The books can be purchased from various book sites. If using Amazon, please use Amazon Smile , so CAH can get a donation. 

THe BOOKs can be purchased at amazon.com USING CAH’S AMAZON SMILE, OR AT OTHER BOOKSTORES. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT FRAN LANDE AT FBLANDE@GMAIL.COM, AND WATCH FOR NEWS IN THE MONTHLY MIGDALOR!



DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, ALL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED AT CAH ARE CANCELLED UNTIL AUTHORIZED TO REOPEN BY FEDERAL OR STATE AUTHORITIES.  all events are online using zoom.