Committee to Re-engage Cantor Baram

Here’s the latest email:

Dear Friends and Fellow Beth Jacob Congregants:

As the Yamim Noraim are approaching, a period of prayer, tshuvah, and renewal for our people, the time has finally come for us to move forward with the next phase in the process to re-engage our Chazan, Nati Baram.

Please be assured we are working totally within the system and following all the rules. The information we are gathering from our friends and fellow members will be presented to Executive Board as evidence of the breadth of the support for our cause. We have every reason to believe that the new Executive Board is composed of fair and open-minded individuals who will be more receptive to the voice of the congregation, providing, of course, we can prove there is significant support from the membership for what we are trying to achieve. Leadership is already talking about conducting a new membership survey covering all the issues and challenges currently facing our beloved shul, and we welcome that as long as it will be conducted in a fair and impartial manner.

The first phase of our process is complete. We now have 136 signatories to the attached letter we are sending out today, including Past-Presidents and significant donors. Please take the time to carefully review all three attached documents. We have been waiting a long time for this opportunity to have our voice heard, so please don’t hesitate with your response so we can move ahead quickly.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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