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We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.

Temple Beth Am 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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What's New

Song Circle with Cantor Victor Geigner

Cantor Victor GeignerTuesday, February 27
7:00 – 8:15 PM
Temple Beth Am Sanctuary 
Learn service repertoire, listen to Jewish music from around the world, and embrace the musical treasures of our people in this intimate class with Temple Beth Am’s Cantor Victor Geigner. Come once or every week! No previous Hebrew or musical knowledge necessary. To find out more or to RSVP, contact Cantor Geigner.

2018 Purim Celebration at Temple Beth Am

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A Magical Harry Potter Purim Spiel
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 PM: Bounce House, snacks, and schmooze
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Purim Spiel, featuring the KlezKidz
This year the Story of Purim will be a magical, mystical, fantastical, unbelievable tale of wizards, spells, and tricks – unlike anything you have seen at Temple Beth Am before. We welcome back magician extraordinaire Evan Reynolds to help us fill the room with magic and things that you cannot believe! Dress in any costume you want, bring your own wand, and conjure up your best Cheering Charm. There will be hamantaschen. Get ready for a Riddikulus night of fun for all!

Megillah Study
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Examine the words of the Scroll of Esther up close, taking in its fascinating tale and its complex themes. Intended for adults only.

Purim Carnival, presented by BATY
Sunday, March 4, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Our annual Carnival is filled with games, prizes, treats, bounce houses, special raffles, and more! Our BATY Cabinet is working hard to make it the best one yet! Pre-buy your tickets today and don’t forget to wear a costume.

University Lecture Series with Prof. Hamza Zafer

Hamza Mahmood ZaferTemple Beth Am's 2018 University Lecture Series with Professor Hamza Zafer
Tuesday, March 6; Wednesday, March 7; Thursday, March 8*
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Beth Am
$40/series or $15/lecture • Free for students with valid ID
Register through ChaverWeb

Hamza Mahmood Zafer is the Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington. His research focuses on the Quran’s polemical engagements with Jewish communities in Arabia and the portrayal of these communities in the earliest Muslim historical and exegetical writings up to the 9th century. His research interests include: Late Antique Judaism and Early Islam, Jewish-Muslim Encounters in the Quran and Early Muslim Historiographical and Exegetical Works, and Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian Writings.

For information on lecture topics, please go to tour University Lecture Series page.

*This year's University Lecture Series' schedule is different from previous years. Please note the schedule change and dates.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service and Luncheon

Saturday, March 17, 10:30 AM with Kiddush lunch to follow 
Temple Beth Am Sanctuary
Our tradition teaches that one can come to Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age. Join with our 2018 class who have been working passionately for the past two years to learn Hebrew and explore Jewish learning, spirituality, wisdom, and community together. The class will lead services, read from the Torah, and share d’vrei as part of a wonderful Shabbat morning service. The congregation is invited for a catered Kiddush lunch following services. Go to our Saturday Morning web page for more information, including a list of our 2018 graduates.

Immigrant Rights: Rethinking the Community Narrative

Sunday, March 18, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth Am Social Hall

How can we put a human face on Immigrant Justice?  Come and learn more about what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.A. today, including the legal framework and process facing those who are classified as undocumented. Organized with help from the ACLU, our speaker at this forum will be immigration attorney Bob Gibbs, founding partner in the immigration law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw and a founding board member of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.  Highlighting our state and local policies, he will present an overview of U.S. immigration policy and procedures, to help us better understand what rights we have, whether U.S. citizens or not.  We will share steps taken by Temple Beth Am as an Immigrant Justice Congregation and learn how we can support local residents vulnerable to deportation. 

From Dust to Light: Chamber Works of Silenced Voices

Sunday, March 18, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Temple Beth Am Sanctuary
On March 18th 2018, Temple Beth Am pays tribute to the great legacy of Jewish composers in a powerful afternoon of chamber works that celebrates the resiliency and courage of those artists who dared to create in the darkest of times and to encourage the world to heal through its art. Presented by internationally acclaimed guest artists David Small (baritone), Angela Draghicescu (piano), and Steve Schermer (double-bass), the program will feature music about the Holocaust during WWII, including works by composers and poets from Thereseinstadt concentration camp.

Works by Mahler, Straus, Ravel, Bloch, and Lori Laitman's stunning song cycle "Holocaust 1944," premiered by Seattle's own Music of Remembrance.

There will be a short intermission and Q&A following the performance. This concert is free and open to everyone.

Annual Gala

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Saturday, March 10, 6:00 PM
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Each year, Temple Beth Am members and friends come together to celebrate our community at the Temple's Annual Gala. We gather to enjoy delicious food, bid on unique auction items, and "Raise our Paddles" in support of our community. This year's Gala theme,"Love Makes the World Go 'Round," reflects our learning theme for the year - olam hesed yibaneh (the world is built on loving-kindness) - and will feature a menu of food from around the world. Learn more at our Gala website.

Temple Beth Am Civil Rights Journey

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June 21 – 26, 2018
Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Memphis, Graceland
Congregants will learn about the struggles of African Americans to gain equality in the 1950s and '60s as well as discover how Jews were involved in Civil Rights struggle. We will delve into the creation of rock and roll and how this helped break down the walls of segregation. We will gain a deeper understanding of why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. Our itinerary will include visits to the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Stax and Sun Studios, and the Underground Railroad Museum and National Civil Rights Museum. Check back into our Israel and Travel page for updates.

Board of Directors Nominations

As you know, Temple Beth Am is on the verge of some exciting changes. Between the incorporation of the SEED Early Childhood School into the temple and the launch of our new Strategic Plan, there's no shortage of new opportunities. If you'd like to help guide how the temple takes advantage of this, consider submitting nominating yourself (especially if you have experience in benchmarking, evaluation, and leadership) or someone you know to serve on Temple Beth Am Board of Directors. Help us move into the future. Download the fillable nomination form then email the nomination form to nominations@templebetham.org.

Lowen-Kaplan Award Nominations

Recognize a congregant who has made a significant impact on Temple Beth Am community life by nominating them for the Lowen-Kaplan Award. To determine who to nominate, focus on the member's significant contribution to communal enrichment and their alignment with the priorities of Temple Beth Am strategic plan: soul, heart, mind, sustainability, transparency, and adaptability. Anyone can be nominated, but individuals may not nominate themselves. To qualify for the award, a nominee must be a member in good standing. 

Nominations will be accepted now through the end of February. Download the nomination form, then submit it to LowenKaplan@templebetham.org. The winner will be announced at the Temple Beth Am Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat in June 2018.

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