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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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Annual Kabbalat Shabbat Celebrating Yiddish with Wendy Marcus

Yididsh Kabbalat Shabbat 2Friday, July 28, 6:15 PM
Temple Beth Am
Raised in a Yiddish-speaking household in Israel, Shoshi Bilavsky, head of the Seattle Jewish Community School, shares her story of Yiddish then and now. Israel's choice of Hebrew as its national language created challenges and, ultimately, acceptance for di mamelosn (the mother tongue).

 

 

 

TBA's Homeless to Renter's A Taste of Elegance

H2R Chefs Gala 2017 4 cropSunday, August 13, 5:00 PM
Temple Beth Am
Price: $100 per person
An elegant sit-down dinner for 100 guests. Appetizers prepared by Pintxo and wine tasting by 8 Bells Winery served during a silent auction hour. Auction items include dinner at top Seattle restaurants.

Gourmet dinner and interactive food demonstrations by local chefs and caterers, including Executive Chef Dylan Giordan of Piatti, Chef William Leaman of Bakery Nouveau, Chef Deb Brownstein of Mangia Bene Catering, and Chef Traci Calderon of Succulent Catering. All food, drink, expertise, and preparation are 100% donated. All proceeds go to H2R and its mission to support homeless families in their pursuit of stable housing.

To register, RSVP here by August 1. For any registration issues or questions, please contact Fred Diamondstone.

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 Prime Minister
Netanyahu's Western Wall Decision 

Many of us were hurt and angered--but perhaps not surprised--by the decision of Prime Minister Netanyahu to put a freeze on building an egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall. In many ways, this decision is a symptom, revealing a growing disease, namely the rift between the Israeli government and progressive Jews both in Israel and the diaspora. My hope is that this latest betrayal will energize us to double up on our support of creating a truly pluralistic and democratic Israel.

 Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin has written a blog post that I think well articulates how we must speak up, adding ours to the chorus of progressive Jewish voices. As he states: "The question is: What are my fellow non-Orthodox Jews prepared to do about this latest betrayal? What actions will we take? How will we make our voices matter?" By answering these questions proactively, we demonstrateahavat yisrael, our profound love for Israel, and help to build a true home to Jewish values. Ken yehi ratzon, may that day arrive soon.

You can find Rabbi Salkin's blog post here: http://religionnews.com/2017/06/26/kotel-compromise-non-orthodox-bibi/

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 HoneyWould you like to do something sweet for your loved ones while supporting our Covenant Renewal class? Order holiday honey NOW (by July 24th) for free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Rosh Hashanah.

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.

Mitzvah Day 2017

Mitzvah Day thank you 2017

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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