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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

Temple Beth Ami News

Shaliach / חילש

August September 2020/ ELUL 5781

SPECIAL EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS / הכרזות אירועים מיוחדות

E-mail:  templebethami2@gmail.com / Web Site: tbaphilly.org
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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.

Please know that your safety
is a priority at TBA. 

With this in mind certain rules must be observed by every person upon entering our lobby.  Some of them are but not limited to:

  • Face masks must be worn at all times in shul, unless you have medical proof with you not to do so
  • Temperatures will be taken
  • Use of hand sanitizers (gel, sheets, etc.) which will be available in the lobby
  • Please bring your own tallit (prayer shawl), head covering and/or kippah (yarmulke) with you
  • Other procedures may be instituted as needed

Due to social distancing, we are unable to provide assigned seats.  If you plan to attend any of our HHD Services, it is IMPERATIVE that you register by September 10, 2020 so that we can organize the seating accordingly.  To register, reply to this email or call Jill in the TBA office at 215 673-2511 Monday-Thursday any time after 3:00 PM.  If you do not talk to her directly, please be sure to leave your name and the best phone number for her to reach you at in order to complete your registration.  We will do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to attend, but the number of seats available will be reduced to ensure that we adhere to all social distancing guidelines, therefore we must prioritize our members in good standing.

We at TBA wish everyone a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year.

Yours in Judaism,

Barry Stucker, President

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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