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Mark Fickes, President

mark-fickesWelcome to Temple Beth Abraham (TBA). We are so much more than a synagogue, we are a kehila (a community). Our members span the generations. Our community is composed of holocaust survivors, preschool children, and children in Hebrew school. We come from secular homes, orthodox homes, reform homes and everything in between. We are Jews by choice, Jews rediscovering our past and Jews learning about our traditions for the first time. We are single, married, heterosexual and LGBTQIA. We are Caucasian, African American, and Asian. We come from everywhere. We have no children, young children, high school children and we are empty nesters. We are traditional yet we also welcome Shabbat with loud guitar music on a Rock n’ Roll Shabbat or with our voices for a Shabbat Unplugged.

We embrace God, Torah and Israel. We are committed to social action and tikun olam. We help feed the hungry, clothe those in need, donate blood to heal the sick and march to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. We nourish the mind as well as the soul. We offer a rich variety religious services and educational opportunities for young children and adults whether they attended Yeshiva or are new on their journey in Jewish learning. Our members teach torah trope and Talmud, make handmade kippot and tallitot, bring wine and challah to new members and offer to baby sit so a new parent can take a shower or a much-needed break. We are here for you in your times of joy and sorrow. And, we are here everyday in between because we are a family.

TBA is a place where we can be ourselves, because we are a community that accepts and embraces everyone. TBA is my home away from home and I hope that it will be yours too.

Mark 

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