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Daily Minyan

MORNING MINYAN meets Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. , Sunday and Federal holidays at 8:00 a.m.

EVENING MINYAN: CLICK HERE to dowload the Evening Minyan Calendar for the year 5776

Do a mitzvah by attending Temple Beth Am's daily morning and evening Services, led by a group of dedicated lay people. If you are saying kaddish after the death of a loved one, if you are observing a yahrzeit or if you want to begin or end your workday with a moment of communal warmth and spiritual reflection, this is the place for you. For additional information, please contact Rabbi Kligfeld at x210 or

Being a part of a community, a kehillah, means caring for each other during the loss of a loved one. A inevitable part of life, losing a loved one is arguably the time when we need the support and guidance of Jewish tradition the most. Click here to access the TBA lifecycle guide to learn more about Jewish rituals around death, dying and mourning. Our Rabbis are available to assist you, comfort your family in your hour of need. For assistance, please contact Cori Drasin, Lifecycle Coordinator at or at ext. 210.

The Daily Minyan Va’ad (Council) is comprised of TBA congregants under the leadership of Gabbai Nate Milmeister and Associate Gabbaim David Kaplan and Bob Molina.  David Kaplan chairs the Va’ad.  Va’ad members also include:  Teri Cohan Link, Mike Harris, Ivan Light and TBA Ritual Vice President Stuart Tochner.


August 2011

Over the years I attended shul and sometimes belonged, but my involvement 
was minimal. Work made coming to shul during the week impossible. I 
was intimidated by my lack of prayer knowledge and the thought of being 
treated brusquely by minyan regulars deterred me from going.
I came to TBA in 1989. In 1994 I received a call from Herb Marcus, of 
blessed memory, who told me that someone had lost his wife and they 
needed me to make a minyan. He asked me to come to daily minyan for a 
short time. I agreed. Once I started attending, I never stopped. All of the 
perceived road blocks evaporated in the face of my actual attendance and 

Jewish tradition requires at least ten Jews to pray together. At our 
egalitarian minyan, both men and women count and participate. It is 
enormously moving to see and to hear people speak about their experiences 
of coming to the minyan shattered by the loss of a loved one, as they find 
solace in the warm environment of the minyan and in the support it offers.

As my knowledge of Judaism grew, I came to believe in the importance 
of saying Kaddish for loved ones. When my parents died, I attended 
regularly. When I was caught in rush hour traffic on my way to the 
afternoon minyan, I was miraculously able to make it. There were people 
who came to the minyan so I could say Kaddish when my need to do so was 
so overwhelming. Now I can be there for those whose need to say Kaddish 
is as great as was mine.

I am grateful for our daily minyan and for those who attend it. It is but 
one expression of what is best about being a part of a loving and caring 
Jewish community.

-David Kaplan

May 2011

Sitting on the aircraft returning to Los Angeles after having 
completed the Shiva period for my beloved mother, I pondered 
and agonized whether or not I would continue saying daily 
Kaddish for the remainder of the 11 month mourning period. 
The temple I had occasionally been going to over the last years 
only conducted Friday night services, so even if I wanted to, 
where would I go? 

As the flight touched down at LAX in the early afternoon, 
I knew instinctively that I wanted to say Kaddish that very 
afternoon/ evening. I quickly had to fi nd a place to do this 
as the sun was beginning to set. Suddenly I remembered that 
there was this Temple on La Cienega Blvd. where I had been 
to a bar-mitzvah several years ago. I rushed down La Cienega, 
and arriving at Temple Beth Am was guided to the smaller Pilch 
Hall, where the Mincha/Maariv Service was about to begin.
One is immediately struck by the intimate and comforting 
aura of the space and how respectfully Kaddish was said by the 
mourners present. I knew I would be back.

As the commitment to continue saying Kaddish crystallized, 
it became necessary to explore other synagogues in the area 
I lived and worked in due to time and geographic constraints 
and challenges. Saying Kadish daily becomes such a sensitive 
focal point of each service, automatically one is aware of the 
decorum of the space in which you are saying this holy prayer. 
It becomes so important to fi nd a home and shul environment 
where you can do this comfortably and in the most meaningful 
and nurturing way. The amazing plethora of different 
synagogues in L.A. opened before me, and as the months went 
by a path of serious “shul hopping” commenced.

This path always led me back to Temple Beth Am. It is here 
at the daily minyan and Shabbat services where, 24/7 twice a 
day, I always found a comfortable space to pray and a decorum 
where Kaddish is said loudly, slowly, in unison with attention 
dignity and respect. 

And so too a path of return to Judaism commenced for me, 
as at each service at Temple Beth Am something is learned 
each time, whether it be a relevant text jumping out at you, 
our Rabbis words during the service, or their meaningful and 
impactful drashes.

It is amazing, that stemming from the grief and sadness 
of my mother’s death, an event of such positive enormity 
could emanate. For, in her death she has left me with a most 
powerful legacy. In saying Kadish for her, not only has it led 
me to fi nd Temple Beth Am, but set me off on embarking on 
a rich and awesome journey, a journey back to our treasured 
Jewish Heritage.

Michael Gruszd 

April 2011

Towards the end of the eleven months that I said Kaddish in your honor, the Rabbi mentioned during Shacharit services that Thanksgiving is one of the hardest Mincha services to fi ll with a Minyan. If our Thanksgiving meals did not coincide with Mincha, he requested that we make an effort to attend that service. When the time arrived our plans did not conflict. I assumed I would be attending THAT particular Minyan in honor of others within their Shiva week or fi rst month of Kaddish, or maybe within their eleven months or year. 

Since I had been attending Daily Minyan in the morning every day, I knew there were other people who
 couldn’t attend Shacharit but attended Mincha in honor of their loved one. So I went to the Mincha service on that particular day to be counted. Slowly the room filled to reach and surpass a Minyan. One family brought three members, several other families two people, a few individuals arrived, and there were some regulars as well. 

ALL of these people made an effort to come on one of the most 
difficult days to roust up a Minyan. They had come to be counted. Other then the few regulars who knew me from the morning Minyan, no one else knew who needed to say Kaddish. They just knew that if they did not attend there might not be a Minyan. They knew that if they were not counted that day, someone might not be able to say Kaddish as part of their community. 

I was the only one saying Kaddish that Mincha. It was both humbling and inspiring at the same time. That is the power of ten. That is the power of community. People driven to attend a service on a day that few want to attend, motivated by their concern for other people. That day, I happened to be the benefi ciary of many kindnesses, that Ahad Haam.

-Teri Cohan Link


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