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Beth Ahabah Happenings

Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman and Music Director Natan Berenshteyn combined their talents into an amazing evening of song in late May.

May was a busy month at Congregation Beth Ahabah!

After celebrating the congregation’s 233rd birthday, the halls were alive with the sound of music as Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman and Music Director Natan Berenshteyn combined their talents into an amazing evening of song in late May.

Titled “A Journey Through Jewish Broadway,” the concert featured musical numbers written by Jewish Broadway composers. Songs ranged from “How Deep is the Ocean” (1932, music and lyrics by Irving Berlin) to “Sunrise, Sunset” (from “Fiddler on the Roof,” 1964, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), to “For Good” (from “Wicked,” 2003, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) with many other selections in between!

In addition to the showtunes, attendees enjoyed delicious desserts, wine, and socializing in the recently renovated Goldburg Auditorium.

As the weather warmed, we said goodbye to our Religious School students with a delicious pancake breakfast cooked and served by Beth Ahabah Brotherhood volunteers.

The day’s classes concluded with an end-of-the-year slideshow followed by ice cream and other frozen confections as students left with their families.

The BATTY (Beth Ahabah Teens and Temple Youth) groups celebrated the beginning of summer break with exciting trips! The 2nd – 8th graders enjoyed an afternoon of roller skating on Roller Dome’s wooden rink, while the 8th – 12th graders spent a day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

The teens enjoyed a gorgeous sunny day full of roller coasters, shopping, noshing, and getting to know each other better.

The month ended (see below) with a Flying Squirrels baseball game with tickets subsidized by the Beth Ahabah Brotherhood. Although the Hartford Yard Goats outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels that evening, more than 70 Beth Ahabah members and guests enjoyed the game, which was followed by a Memorial Day weekend fireworks display.

We count that as a win!

Now that summer has officially begun, we look forward to our upcoming annual post-service cookouts, as well as Young Adult Community Kibbitz outings in both July and August (please contact Sarah Roper at programs@bethahabah.org for more information or to join the mailing list).

We invite the community to observe Tisha B’Av around the fire pit in Beth Ahabah’s courtyard on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Join us as we end Shabbat with Havdalah and tie the observance of Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish year, into the theme of overcoming adversity in our lives.

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