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Temple Beth Ami Philadelphia is a 60 year old tranditional Synagogue located in the NE section of Philadelphia
Temple Beth Ami Philadelphia is a 60 year old tranditional Synagogue located in the NE section of Philadelphia
Temple Beth Ami Philadelphia is a 60 year old tranditional Synagogue located in the NE section of Philadelphia

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Temple Beth Ami Philadelphia is a 60 year old tranditional Synagogue located in the NE section of Philadelphia


SPECIAL EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / הכרזות אירועים מיוחדות




Services / שירותים

Monday morning: 7:30 am with Breakfast to follow

Monday evening: 8:00 pm

Thursday morning: 7:30 am with Breakfast to follow

Thursday evening: 8:00 pm

Friday evening: 8:00 pm with Oneg Shabbat

Saturday morning: 9:00 am with Kiddush

Sunday morning: 9:00 am with Breakfast to follow

Complimentary coffee, tea, soda and cake are served after the service on Friday and there is a Kiddush with cake, juice and wine after Saturday Shabbat service. On Sunday, Monday and Thursday morning, for those who would like to stay, we have breakfast after the morning Minyan for a $3.00 donation.


Acting properly towards our fellow man

During the summer months it is customary to study “Pirkei Avot--Ethics of the Fathers”, a compilation of ethical teachings and maxims passed down to the Rabbis, beginning with Moses and onwards. I would like to take this opportunity at this time to share with you a thought that is outlined in Chapter 3, paragraph #1.

“Akavia the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a judgement and accounting. From where you came—from a putrid drop; where you are going—to a place of dust, maggots and worms; and before whom you are destined to give a judgement and accounting—before the supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He”

Too many of us take these three items for granted! We often forget where we came from, and choose to ignore our history! We choose to be “americanized”, and wish to be like everybody else. While this choice might provide short term satisfaction and acceptance, in the long run, giving up on our religious values and our special heritage will create assimilation and transgression, and often not the better life which we mistakenly assumed would occur.

A second item mentioned above is that we should never forget where we are going. Giving up on our Jewish lifestyle will not take us in a better direction. It may seem so initially, but ultimately, the new lifestyle which is devoid of the torah and religious beliefs could cause us to lose certain basic values which we grew up with as children. We should also never get to a point where we think that we are better than others. In the end, everyone has the same fate. We must always steer ourselves in the proper direction.

Finally, we must always remember that whatever we do, G-d sees, and we will ultimately have to account for our actions. G-d will never excuse inappropriate behavior towards other human beings. During the summer we begin a period of repentance, where we can begin to move forward and get closer towards G-d and our fellow man, assuming that we truly repent for our sins. Let’s all seize the opportunity over the next few months to move in the right direction, and begin acting towards our fellow man with kindness and sincerity, so that when the holidays arrive, we will feel good about ourselves.

Rabbi David Novitsky, Rabbi at Temple Beth Ami


This is my last message as President of Temple Beth Ami. I would like to thank all the other board members and all the congregants for their help during my terms as President. My goal as President was to improve TBA. I am very happy to report that the synagogue is financially stable. We have a Rabbi who is excited to be our Rabbi and is well liked and respected by our members and the community. Most importantly, we have members who are willing to help the synagogue and other members which is probably the essence of a good and caring synagogue.

And Now a bit of Jewish American History

Any revolution needs money to be successful. This included the American Revolution. Throughout the American Revolution, the army and government were either low on funds or had none at all. Helping to solve this problem was Haym Salomon.

Haym Salomon was born in Poland and, after traveling through Europe for many years, he found himself in New York in 1772. He started a successful brokerage company but believed in the cause of American freedom so he joined the “Sons of Liberty”. This belief resulted with the British arresting him and placing him on a prison ship. After becoming seriously ill, he was released and became a spy for General George Washington. Salomon was arrested for a second time, sentenced to death, but escaped to Philadelphia in 1778.

In Philadelphia, he re-established his business. He raised money for the government and loaned money from his own funds to many leading patriots. These personal loans allowed the patriot leaders to remain in Philadelphia.

In August of 1781, General Washington saw an opportunity to strike the final blow to the British army after they became trapped in Yorktown, VA. However, Washington was out of money and therefore unable to move his army from New York to Yorktown. After learning there was not any funds and/or credit available to him, the General gave a very direct order “Send for Haym Salomon”. Haym Salomon was able to quickly raise the money needed to allow the American army to move to Yorktown, win the battle and American independence.

After the war, Haym Salomon was owed over $300,000 from the government and his fellow patriots. The health issues he contracted from the time he spent imprisoned during the War of Independence are what lead to his death on January 6, 1785, at the age of 44. For all that Haym Salomon did for the revolution, there is no record of him ever being paid back. In fact, at the time of

Haym Salomon’s death he was living in poverty. Haym Salomon is buried in the Mikveh Israel Cemetery. In 1975, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp recognizing him as a "Contributors to the Cause" of American Independence.

We look forward to seeing you in shul – Kenneth G. Harrison, Esq., President

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