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Jubilee is described as the special year following the end of seven cycles – the Jubilee year – which is the 50th year. The word ‘jubilee’ comes from the Hebrew word yovel, or ram’s horn, which was used to signal the beginning of the jubilee or the 50th year. In modern times, a golden jubilee marks a 50th anniversary.

“Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.
It shall be a jubilee for you..”
(Leviticus 25:10)

Watch this video to learn how your 50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign gift will be matched by generous congregants. Give today to help reach our goal of 100% giving by TBA families.

In October 1971, seven couples met to establish a Reform Jewish congregation in northwest Montgomery County, and in November, the congregation’s first Shabbat service was held at Ritchie Park Elementary School. 50 years later, Temple Beth Ami remains a vibrant congregational community, and it’s time to celebrate!

Please take a few minutes to these incredible videos produced by our 50th Anniversary History Committee to learn more about our extraordinary history. Stay tuned for more amazing videos that will be added throughout our Jubilee year!

Preview of TBA’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations
by Past Presidents and Current President

How TBA Began in 1971
as told by TBA’s Founding Families

Mark Your Calendars to Celebrate with Us!

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Celebrate Shabbat Where It All Began
Friday, November 19, 2021

TBA’s first Shabbat service was held in November 1971 at Ritchie Park Elementary School. Join us for a very special Shabbat at Ritchie Park in the room where it all began!

Did you miss this very special service or want to enjoy it again? Go to our live stream site and play the recording labeled “Shabbat At Ritchie Park” dated 11/19/2021.


Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6 pm

Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem. This year, our annual Shabbanukah celebration will be a joyful re-dedication of our Temple. Join us for a Hanukkah sing-along with The ShabbaTones Temple Band; bring your Hanukiyyah (and 7 candles) to light the lights before the service; wear your most festive Hanukkah attire, and enjoy special Hanukkah treats following services!

Join us in person or by live stream.

Purim Palooza

Purim Palooza
Sunday, March 20, 2022

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, all TBA families are invited to participate in our annual Purim celebration AT NO COST! This year’s Purim Palooza will be bigger and better than ever before. Enjoy this year’s Purim spiel, which will be performed following the carnival.

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Recognition Shabbat
Friday, April 29, 2022

Join us for a very special Shabbat service as we recognize founding families, former and current clergy and staff, past presidents, and other lay leaders. Services will be followed by a joyful Oneg celebration.

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50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Gala
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Save the Date! Join us for an exceptional eveningas we joyfully celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Tickets will be $118/person and will go on sale in January 2022.

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Participate in 50th Anniversary
Art Installation

Every congregant will have the chance to participate in the creation of an art installation in the Keshet, the 2nd-floor all-purpose room. Artist-in-residence, Rosana Azar, will develop opportunities for everyone to be involved in the coming months. Check your emails to learn more.

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Paving the Way to
Temple Beth Ami’s Future

Support TBA’s Endowment Fund by purchasing an engraved brick for a new walkway planned to be installed outside our main entrance to commemorate our 50th Anniversary. Click here to learn more.