Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am   
  June 2014
 The Minyan Monthly
From the Rosh
How do you feel about innovation versus familiarity? Being a Library Minyan member, you're probably pretty far toward the familiarity side. We have an opportunity to address this topic at the Ritual committee meeting on June 10 (see below). Suggestions have been made to occasionally use alternate prayers for our country, Israel, and peace.
Are there any other changes you'd like to see? What do you think of the musaf prayer for restoring the sacrifices, and for gathering all Jews to reside in Israel? How about inserting a more personal and contemporary thanks into pesukei d'zimrah for something good that happened to you or the world in the past week? Or a prayer for strength and guidance in the face of some adversity?
In light of the interfaith panel we heard on May 29, maybe a prayer to prosper all people seeking God on paths of sincerity and mutual respect. If you can't attend the meeting, send your thoughts to Bob Braun or me, and we'll be happy to bring you into the process. 
— Carl Sunshine
DPL New: Shavout Picnic Coming Up
Save the afternoon of Thursday, June 5th for the annual Beth Am community second day Shavuot lunch at La Cienega Park. We will gather at the park picnic tables just east of La Cienega Blvd. immediately after t'fillot. Bring your picnic lunch (parve or dairy), utensils, drinks, and a blanket on which to sit. If you like, you may also bring a dessert to share and sports equipment. 
Everyone can look forward to schmoozing with old and new friends, singing a few songs, and listening to a short story.  Your children will get a break from you after lunch when they are entertained by some of our own minyan teenagers! 
This event is open to all shul members, and you do not even have to RSVP! We hope to see you there!

—Val Goldstein
Human Right Drash Series — a Big Success
Kol Ha-kavod to the Minyan's Education Committee for the series of three drashot and one evening lecture on various aspects of Human Rights that took place in April and May, during the Omer period.
The series got off to a very strong start on April 26, when Rabbi Miriyam Glazer spoke eloquently and passionately on "A Global Perspective on Human Rights.” Rabbi Glazer talked abut the human rights activities promoted by American Jewish World Service; for more information on their work, go to
The series continued on May 3 with Michelle Wolf will speaking on "People with Disabilities and Human Rights" and on May 10 when  guest darshan Rabbi Jonathan Klein from Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice spoke on "Human Rights — a Local Perspective.”
The final event in the series took place on May 21. It featured Tom Holler of One LA and Rabbi Elliot Dorff (pictured here), who dialogued about the connection between Jewish ethics and community organizing.
— Susan Laemmle

June Social Action Opportunities
Where: The New Metro Pantry
1140 N. LaBrea Avenue
West Hollywood, 90038
When:  Sunday June 8, 8:00 AM - noon
Job:  help package food for clients
Need: 10 volunteers at least 12 years old
RSVP ASAP: to Dianne Shershow, 
Mazal Tov Grads! 
We are very excited to celebrate the achievements of TBA's middle school and high school graduates in the library minyan. The High School Graduation Shabbat was celebrated on May 31st and the Middle School Graduation Shabbat will be celebrated on June 7th.
To participate in or contribute to the Middle School Graduation Shabbat, please contact Gary Hirschhorn at
Please join us in wishing a big yasher koach to all of the graduates!
—Sandra Lepson
Ritual Committee Update
The Ritual Committee will meet at 7:30 on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the home of Sandra and Bob Braun. The brief agenda includes:
  • Administrative matters for gabbaim;
  • Discussion of themes for the High Holidays;
  • Variations to Services; and
  • New matters.
If you have any items you'd like added to the agenda, please let Bob know by email (, and please drop a line if you plan to attend.
—Bob Braun
Mishna study 9:20
Tefillot begin 9:45
Temple Beth Am
Dorff-Nelson Chapel
1039 S. La Cienega Blvd, 90035
The Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd 90035