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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!

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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.

Members should have received their High Holy Days 5778 booklet and tickets. Please call the office at 206-525-0915 if you did not receive your packet. 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. Click the link for a PDF of our High Holy Days booklet.        

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

Sukkot at Temple Beth Am

Sukkot for eHappsSukkah Decorating
Sunday, October 1, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
TBA Courtyard
Warm up with temple friends and help our community sukkah look amazing! What to bring: branches of owers or greenery, pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, hay bales, sun owers, grass fronds, or palm fronds.
Erev Sukkot Schmooze and Service
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 PM
TBA Sukkah
Our Sukkot celebration starts with a schmooze and light meal sponsored by the Sisters of Beth Am in our community sukkah from 5:30 - 6:15 PM. There will be butternut squash soup, cheese and crackers, and drinks. Everyone will have the chance to learn together about the season and shake the lulav and etrog. After sipping and snacking in the sukkah, join us for a joyous festival service at 6:15 PM in the sukkah or Sanctuary, depending on the weather.  
Sukkot Morning Service
Thursday, October 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
TBA Sanctuary
Mirroring our evening Sukkot service, we’ll celebrate fall with a joyous service in our Sanctuary, then gather afterwards for bagels and lox provided by TBA. We encourage congregants to bring side salads.
SEED/YFBA Sukkot Celebration
Friday, October 6, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
TBA Sukkah
Join us in welcoming SEED Early Childhood School families to Temple Beth Am! We’ll have a special schmooze in the sukkah for SEED and Young Families at Beth Am from 5:00 - 6:00 PM before our Kinder Kabbalat service at 6:00 PM. We’ll have kid-friendly snacks as well as wine and cheese for adults.
Rabbi Zlotnick's Sukkot Open House
Saturday, October 7, times vary (see below)
Rabbi Zlotnick's sukkah (address given upon RSVP)
Temple Beth Am members are invited to join Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Richard Cicale for a schmooze and light nosh in their home sukkah. Please RSVP to Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort at for more info and the address. *If it’s raining, we’ll have to cancel.
12:30 - 1:30 PM for new members who have joined since High Holy Days 5777 (September 2016)
1:30 - 2: 30 PM for members with last names A-K
2:30 - 3:30 PM for members with last names L-Z
Sukkah Disassembly
Sunday, October 15, 12:15 - 4:00 PM
TBA Courtyard
Once Sukkot is over, we always need help taking everything down. There will be bagels and fruit for a delicious energy boost. No supplies or special skills required. All ages welcome; children must be supervised.

New Baby Shabbat

Jonah RosenNew Baby Shabbat
Friday, October 6, 5:00 - 6:00 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. If you will be participating, email Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort with your baby’s name, birth date, picture, and names of your family for our program by Monday, October 16.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 Meanwhile, we will have enhanced security for the High Holy Days. As members and guests in our building, we encourage you to help with the security of our temple. If you see something you know shouldn't be there - or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right - say something to one of our security guards, a shamus, staff, or clergy. Because only you know what’s supposed to be happening at Temple Beth Am.

If You See Something, Say Something!

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

With the High Holy Days nearly upon us comes time for reflection, compassion, and action. Find ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma by going to the website of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a FEMA-recommended resource.

Sanctuary Congregation

Brit OlamWith the TBA Board of Directors' action, Temple Beth Am joins a growing cohort of Reform congregations that have signed on to the Religious Action Center's Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) and who have declared themselves to be Immigrant Justice Congregations. Further, we unite with a host of faith communities of all denominations across our region who have pledged in various ways to support immigrants at risk of deportation. Go here to read the Board's Sanctuary Resolution. For information on how to volunteer, please check our Sanctuary Movement page under Social Action.

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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