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Beth Ami Congregation – Embracing Tradition, Celebrating Community, A Chance To Make An Impact

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We are a small, “boutique” conservative congregation located in the heart of Boca Raton. We have a beautiful building, a handicapped-accessible Sanctuary Bima, and a dynamic, innovative clergy. We offer an opportunity to make an impact for newcomers.

We take pride in our rich traditions and our dedication to fostering meaningful relationships. Whether you are a long-time resident, looking to get involved for the first time, or a regular religious service participant looking for a change in scenery, we would welcome you with open arms. Of course, snowbirds are most welcome.



Our community is centered around a small group of diverse individuals with a special focus on people in their golden years.

However, people of all ages are encouraged to join us as we come together to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish life.

rabbi Bertram Kieffer

Rabbi Hazzan Bertram Uri Kieffer served the Jewish community with distinction as a spiritual leader for over 35 years, serving congregations in Merrick, NY, Ft. Worth, TX, Lakeland, FL, Sunrise, FL, and Royal Palm Beach, FL.


He comes from a rabbinical family and has received various honors, including a Doctor of Divinity degree. As a former singer/entertainer, Rabbi Kieffer incorporates contemporary Jewish and secular music into his ministry, attracting large audiences. He has also served as Concert Chairperson for the Southeast Region of the Cantors Assembly.


Rabbi Kieffer’s passion for life is evident not only in his spiritual endeavors but also in his loving family, as he and his wife, Dianne, are the proud parents of five children, seven grandchildren, and Sheba (the cat!).

Rabbi's Message

הודעת הרב

This came across my desk this week. It may help us in answering verbal attacks by Muslim extremists against Jews.

A Jewish Boycott
A short time ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people. 
In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
“Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
“A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.
Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.
If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.
Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the “Schick” reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
“Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
“Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.
“In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott.”
Oh, and by the way, don’t call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.
Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?”
The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population.
They have received the following Nobel Prizes:
The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world’s population.
TOTAL: 129
The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.
The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.
There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.
There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.
Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.
Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.
Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel ‘s part, the following two sentences really say it all:
‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
Benjamin Netanyahu: General Eisenhower warned us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.’
Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.
It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Perhaps you’ll be a  link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world – or not….
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States?

Scott Van Dyke, President

Dear Friends and Supporters of Beth Congregation,

I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to every one of you for your generous contributions to our beloved Shul Beth Ami. Your support is truly a blessing and is with immense appreciation that we acknowledge your commitment to our congregation.

Your donations have played a vital role in helping us maintain and improve our synagogue. Thanks to your contributions, we have been able to continue offering a welcoming and spiritual haven for our community members. Your support has enabled us to carry out various important initiatives, including:

  1. Maintenance and renovations: Your financial support has allowed us to make necessary repairs and improvements to our synagogue, ensuring that it remains a beautiful and functional place of worship.
  2. Community Programs: We have been able to organize educational programs, cultural events, and religious services that bring our community together and strengthen our bonds.
  3. Religious services: We have been able to continue offering meaningful religious services and celebrations, enriching the spiritual lives of our congregation members. Your contributions, whether large or small have a profound impact on the vibrancy and sustainability of Beth Ami. They demonstrate your dedication to preserving our traditions, fostering community, and ensuring that our synagogue remains a source of inspiration for generations to come.     


Please accept our sincerest thanks for your ongoing support and commitment. It is through your generosity that we can thrive as a congregation and continue our mission of enriching the lives of our members. We are deeply grateful for your partnership in this journey.

We look forward to sharing the blessings of our synagogue with you and your loved ones. Your contributions truly make a difference, and we hope to see you at our future events and services. Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous donations. Your kindness strengthens our community, and we are immensely grateful for your support.

With warmest regards and deepest gratitude,

Scott Van Dyke


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