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Temple Beth Am is an inclusive Reform Jewish community pursuing joyous worship, engaged learning, and social justice.

TBA welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.


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High Holy Days 2017 / 5778

High Holy Days 5778Join Temple Beth Am for the High Holy Days as we usher in 5778. Through our worship, we aspire to create an environment in which we embrace the rebirth of the world on Rosh Hashanah and the rebirth of our souls on Yom Kippur, followed by our meaningful and joyous celebrations of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In addition with the Days of Awe, we launch our annual learning theme: Olam Hesed Yibaneh: The World is Built on Loving-Kindness.

If you are a member, TBA's High Holy Days 5778 booklet and tickets are coming to you soon. To order guest tickets, please register on ChaverWeb. If you have questions, please email Executive Assistant Sara Bernson or call 206-525-0915, ext. 201. 

Selichot: Saturday, September 16          

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20

Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21          

Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30          

Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, October 4

First Day of Sukkot: Thursday, October 5        

SEED / YFBA Sukkot Celebration: Friday, October 6

Erev Simchat Torah: Wednesday, October 11          

Simchat Torah: Thursday, October 12

Annual Shabbat BBQ and Chili Cook Off

2017 Shabbat BBQFriday, August 18, after 6:15 PM Shabbat services
TBA Courtyard
We're having a cowboy/girl/person BBQ at Temple Beth Am with all the fixins. Put on your boots and cowboy hats for fun in the sun at our backyard summer Shabbat BBQ. Dinner includes a turkey burger/hot dog/veggie dog, cornbread, coleslaw, watermelon, lemonade/beer and chocolate cake for dessert.

Enter our veggie chili cook-off contest by contacting Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort (please note that you'll need to list your ingredients and chili needs to be vegetarian). The winner will receive two free tickets to the Annual TBA Gala and the honor of best chef.

*Register here. Cost: $20 adults / $10 children (6-16 years old) / FREE for kids 5 and under and new members

Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick on the White Supremacist March
in Charlottesville, VA 

The events of this weekend are shocking and abhorrent. There is no place within the moral universe where white supremacy is acceptable. We grieve for the three human lives lost. We pray for those who are wounded and hurting. And, most of all, we protest the forces of hatred that culminated in the heinous acts in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As Rabbi Sharon Brous has written: "Charlottesville represents what happens when hatred is met with anything short of explicit and unequivocal condemnation. There’s a reason the white supremacists didn’t wear hoods to march in the streets this time; they didn’t feel they had anything to hide." 

There is no place in the moral universe for white supremacy and there is no space in our sacred community for moral passivity. Now is the time for moral leadership, and we take our responsibility as a Jewish community seriously. We will continue to live out our values of justice, kindness, and diversity. We will continue to actively dismantle the forces of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and, of course, anti-Semitism. We do this because we feel a religious obligation, AND we do this because we believe it is our patriotic duty as Americans.

May this horrific weekend be a turning point in our nation's history. In a few weeks, we will read in Deuteronomy that God has placed before us blessing and curse, life and death. This is no time for moral passivity; the choice lies before us. 

May we choose blessing, and may the days ahead be a time of healing and gentleness.

Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick's URJ Torah Blog Response

M Web July31 Hands in PrayerRabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick was asked by the Union for Reform Judaism to respond to a blog post by Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein's interpretation of Parashat Va-et’cḥanan, Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11. You can read her interpretation on "Moses' Final Lesson" where Moses implores God to let him lead the Jewish people into the Promised Land, only to be rebuked.

This post originally appeared on the blog of ReformJudaism.org. If you would like to receive the URJ's Ten Minutes of Torah emails, sign up here.

TBA Member Natalie Delman's Mitzvah Corps Essay 

Whitney Plantation"There were so many plaques with so many names (of slaves killed during slavery) that I had take a second to step back and think. Could a place with such a horrific past be considered beauty? I have always called the Holocaust Memorial in Portland, Oregon beautiful, so what was stopping me now?" Natalie Delman - who is a TBA member, Religious School student, and Madricha - ponders these questions in her essay for the URJ Mitzvah Corps. While visiting New Orleans over the summer, Natalie was struck by the city's history and landscape and how to reconcile its beauty with its opressive past. Read her moving essay about visiting the Whitney Planation on Mitzvah Corps' website.

Board of Directors Installation

New Board Members group pic e HappsOn Friday, June 9, Temple Beth Am held an installation for the new additions to our Board of Directors for 2017-2018: Steve Abramowicz, Heather Camp, Barbara Droker, and Gary Goldbaum. During the installation, Interim Executive Director Barbara Green welcomed the new members and thanked the outgoing ones - Gail Broder, Jeremiah Isgur, Larry Katz, and Joel Magalnick - for all of their time, energy, and effort in helping build our thriving temple community. Read her speech here.

The new four new Board members took part in a Q&A with TBA Communications Lead Rachel Román on their hopes and goals for the future of temple life at TBA. Read the Q&A.

Holiday Honey Fundraiser

Holiday HoneyDo something sweet for your loved ones while supporting our Covenant Renewal class ordering holiday honey!

Each bottle of kosher honey is $11, packaged with a custom message of your choice. Order at Honey From the Heart, and proceeds will help make this year's 10th grade Covenant Renewal class trip to New York City an exceptional experience.

Planning TBA's Future

Rabbi Ruth congregational meetingTo ensure a vibrant temple community for many years to come, Temple Beth Am is in the process of developing a strategic plan. The plan will help TBA set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen our operations, ensure that all stakeholders are working toward common goals, and establish agreement around intended outcomes. If you would like to be involved or learn more about this process, please go to our Engagement page.

More than 100 TBA members joined together at the Annual Meeting in May to provide feedback on the initial research findings and framework that has been developed for our Strategic Plan. The feedback you provided at this meeting adds to the multiple forms of information that we been gathering and evaluating since January -- in our efforts to engage the whole community. Click the link to read about the Annual Meeting and TBA's Strategic Planning process.

Community Buy-In Experiences

There are still spots available for a Latke Party as part of our Community Buy-In Experiences. You are cordially invited to join Jill Steinberg and Larry Kaplan for a family Hanukkah party open house at their home in Shoreline on Saturday, December 16 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. All ages welcome! Swing by for Jill's famous latkes along with bagels, lox, cream cheese, quiche, mimosas, and many other tasty foodstuffs. Jill and Larry's TBA chavurah friends will be in attendance, so it will be a great opportunity to meet TBA friends, both old and new! Head here to sign up.

Best of Jewish Washington 2015
As voted by readers of Jewish in Seattle magazine

BestSeattle2015WinnerWebSquareWe made a great showing in Jewish in Seattle's most recent "Best of Jewish Washington"!

  • Best Synagogue (tied with Minyan Ohr Chadash)
  • Best Cantor/Hazzan: Wendy Marcus
  • Best Hebrew School
  • Best Adult Education
  • Best Educator Runner-up: Rabbi Janine Schloss
  • Best Rabbi Runner-up: Rabbi Jason Levine
  • Best Youth Group Runner-up: BATY
  • Best Local Musical Act Runner-up: Shawn’s Kugel

Mazel tov to all of the winners, both at TBA and throughout the city, and to all of you who have made TBA a place people feel is one of the Best in Seattle!

 

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