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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.


Voted "Best Synagogue" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!

What's New

Help URJ Camp Newman

Earlier this week, URJ Camp Newman (URJ Camp Kalsman's sister camp in California) was badly damaged in the California wildfires. Many from our community grew up going to Camp Newman or have friends or family members who have. As part of the greater Jewish community, we're asking that you help Camp Newman repair and rebuild, so they can continue to nurture and inspire young Jews for decades to come. Donate here.

New Baby Shabbat

Zeke McAllister cropFriday, October 20, 6:15 PM
Temple Beth Am
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the beauty of Shabbat and the newest members of our community as we bless all of YFBA’s babies born during the past year.

 

Kids and Race Workshop for Parents and Children

Kids and Race WorkshopSunday, October 22, 2:30 – 5:30 PM
TBA Social Hall

$20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 3-9
Kids and Race empowers adults and children to take responsibility for dismantling racism through honest conversations and loving action. Kids and Race workshops consists of two concurrent sessions: one for adults and one for children. The session for adults uses a combination of lecture and open discussion to show how the stories we unintentionally tell our children can cause negative views of people of color that detrimentally affect both white children and children of color. The children’s session utilizes art, music, movement, and storytelling to grow confidence and self-esteem while fostering empathy for people of color and other marginalized groups.

Tickets required and available at Brown Paper Tickets. To learn more about this program, go to the Kids and Race website.

Shabbat Stroll with the Sisters of Beth Am

Shabbat WalkSaturday, October 28, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Magnuson Beach Playground
(Enter at 74th Street)

"Treating Oneself with Loving-Kindness": Join with friends for a contemplative Shabbat stroll along Lake Washington. The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Lech Lecha, which translates to "go forth!" If you wish to bring a prayer, poem or song, we will pause and share at the lakeshore (after about a 20-minute walk). Afterwards, each person can decide how to leave – all together, silently, alone, chatting, etc. We look forward to sharing this time together.

Dress for the weather and contact Karen Appel with questions or if you have trouble finding the group.

TBA to Host URJ Event

Sunday, October 29, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch

Temple Beth Am is excited to serve as a host congregation for the upcoming Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) event “How Successful Congregations Embrace Change: A URJ Day of Learning.” We will join close to 30 congregations around the country to watch a live interview with Anita Diamant, author of The Jewish Wedding Now. The interview will be used as a springboard for conversation, using the lens of Jewish lifecycle ritual to consider congregational change in the 21st century. Register with the URJ here.

Sanctuary Movement Presentation with Michael Ramos

Michael RamosSunday, November 5, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Temple Beth Am
Michael Ramos will speak about the current status of the Sanctuary Movement in the Greater Seattle area, which began in the 1980s when churches and synagogues offered sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Mr. Ramos is the Executive Director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and served as Director of Latino Ministries for the Catholic Diocese in Oakland in the mid-1990s before moving back to Seattle. He is also a part of the Interfaith Leadership Council through Faith Action Network (FAN). The talk is sponsored by TBA’s Interfaith / Intercultural Initiative’s Sanctuary Action Team.

Tour the Holocaust Center for Humanity with Sisters of Beth Am

Holocaust Center for HumanitySunday, November 5, 2:00 PM
Holocaust Center for Humanity (2045 2nd Ave., Seattle)
The Holocaust Center for Humanity teaches the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action. It is essential to reflect and honor Jewish history and the Shoah to make sure Never Again for our people and minorities in the US and around the world. Please plan to be at the Holocaust Center at 1:45 PM for a guided tour with the Sisters of Beth Am. Contact Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort.

Good for a Change Refugee Welcome Gift Assembly Party

Good for a ChangeThursday, November 9, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
TBA Social Hall West
Join Good for a Change volunteers of all ages for a refugee welcome gift assembly party at Temple Beth Am. We will be making welcome cards for refugees and putting together donations for welcome gifts. Gift baskets will be donated to Jewish Family Service who will distribute to refugees making the transition to our community. You can find out more and RSVP for the event on our Facebook invite.

Temple Beth Am Civil Rights Journey

June 21 – 28, 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.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in K'hilah Rm. 226.

"I Can Get It For You Wholesale" Auditions

Wholesale dress graphicWednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 15
6:30 PM
Temple Beth Am
Members and friends of Temple Beth Am are invited to audition for roles in the Seattle Jewish Theater Company’s spring production of the classic Broadway musical “I Can Get It For You Wholesale.” For information about the roles being cast and to schedule an audition time visit www.SeattleJewishTheater.com.

The musical will be performed on stage at University Prep on Sunday, April 22 in a production jointly sponsored by TBA and Congregation Beth Shalom.

This classic Jewish musical - set in New York’s garment district in 1938 - was a hit on Broadway in 1962, running 300 performances and launched the careers of Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand.

Congregational Shabbat Dinner with Catering from Fare Start

Annual Congregational Dinner websiteFriday, November 17,
after 6:15 PM Shabbat services
Temple Beth Am
Cost: $22 for adults; $12 for children
(6-16 years old, 5 and under free)
Dinner includes salad with spun beets and carrots and radish, chicken picatta, polenta cakes, blistered tomato and vegetables, saffron-steamed jasmine rice with toasted hazelnuts, charred broccolini and roasted red peppers, and dessert. Register here.

Fare Start helps people transform their lives and is a real solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges: homelessness, joblessness, poverty, and hunger.

YFBA Pajama Havdalah and December Dilemma Conversation for Parents

havdalah 524x253Saturday, November 18, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
TBA Social Hall / Library
$5 for dinner; $5 for beer / wine
Kids can watch the classic movie An American Tail and do art projects in the Social Hall, while Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick leads a conversation in the Library with parents on how to navigate the winter holiday season. We'll have dinner and celebrate Havdalah together to finish off the evening. Everyone is encouraged to wear pajamas. Register in advance with Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort; pay at the door.

Exploring Loving-Kindness in Islam and Judaism

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Beth Am
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick will facilitate a conversation with Aneelah Afzali, the founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative launched through the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) and Rabbi Will Berkovitz, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service in Seattle. As we explore our learning theme this year - Olam Hesed Yibaneh (The World is Built on Loving-Kindness) - the value of compassion found in both the Islamic and Jewish faith traditions is a deep theological concept that also has tangible action for Jews and Muslims.

The evening talk is sponsored by TBA's Interfaith / Intercultural Initiative (I3)and there will be a light nosh before the conversation at 6:45 PM.

Statement from Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick on the
Shooting in Las Vegas and Gun Control

We have just come out of the Days of Awe, when we as individuals and as a Jewish community engaged in a cheshbon hanefesh, an inventory of our soul. In these days after the massacre of almost 60 people and the wounding of more than 500 in Las Vegas, it is time for our country also to engage in an inventory of our nation's soul. Even without knowing all of the facts of the shooting in Nevada, this much we know: we must work towards reducing gun violence in our nation before any more innocent lives are lost.  

It is time for our government to pass responsible gun laws and to curtail the tens of thousands of gun-related deaths each year. I echo the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism: "We mourn those callously slaughtered in Las Vegas and pray for the wounded. But our prayers must be followed by action, long overdue limits to the easy access to firearms. Common sense measures, like restricting the use of silencers that make a shooter harder to locate and stop, must prevail. Yet we know that instead, Congress is planning to vote on the SHARE Act, which, among other misguided provisions, allows purchasers of silencers on the internet or at gun shows to forgo a background check. This bill must not be allowed to become law. Human lives, like those taken overnight in a horrific burst of violence, depend on it." 

Here is more information about the SHARE Act and what we can do.

May the memory of the victims be forever a blessing and may the wounded experience a refuah shelaimah, a full and speedy recovery.

Security Grant

The safety and security of our congregants is of utmost importance to TBA. Because of that, we are pleased to announce that TBA’s application for financial assistance under the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) has been approved in the amount of $48,000. These funds must be used for physical improvements to enhance security of the building and surrounding property. Specifically, based on the security assessment we conducted earlier this year, we are planning to use the funds to install ballistic film on the front and lobby windows and doors, strengthen access control to the building by creating safer entries, improving surveillance camera equipment, and installing an alert system in the event of an intruder. We will start work on this project toward the end of this calendar year.

How to Help Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

The High Holy Days are a time for reflection, compassion, and action. Find ways to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by going to the website of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a FEMA-recommended resource. You can also help the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and assist people in need by donating to the Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico.

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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