Temple Beth Am is excited to announce that our 2017 Scholar-in-Residence is Rabbi David Saperstein, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Rabbi Saperstein will be speaking at Temple Beth Am on February 3 - 5.
Rabbi Saperstein has been the Ambassador-at-Large since January 6, 2015. He is the principal advisor to the President of the United States and the Secretary of State. He also serves as the U.S.'s chief diplomat on issues of religious freedom worldwide and heads the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Previously, Rabbi Saperstein served for 40 years as the Director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC). During that time, he headed several national religious coalitions and served on the boards of numerous national organizations, including the NAACP.
Our Scholar-in-Residence program is free to members and open to the public through a generous sponsorship by the Kaplan Family Fund. For a list of times, go to our Adult Education page. For more information about the program, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort.
Have a blast at our bash! We invite you to step back in time to 1956, the year that Temple Beth Am was founded, as we honor our past and celebrate our future at our Annual Gala. Don your prom gowns and tuxes, bring your "nuggets" (loose change) to snag some fab and hep items at the auction, and dance the night away with your TBA friends!
Health Care Policy in 2017, It’s Not All Bad News:
Come Learn About The New State Option to Support Individuals Caring for Elderly Family Members and Obamacare Update
Sunday, January 29, 10:00 - 11:15 AM
Washington State has a new initiative to support family members caring for older adults at home. Two fabulous speakers and attorneys from Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) will guide us through this current development and the latest on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). First, Ann Vining, staff attorney, will share information about the initiative: who will be eligible, what services are available, and the sometimes tricky trade-offs in choosing whether to participate.
Next, there will be a short presentation followed by a Q&A session to discuss the current state of the Affordable Care Act with Janet Varon, Executive Director of NoHLA, along with other members of the TBA Health Care for All Committee. Come learn about what’s happening and some ways you can influence it!
Tu B’Shevat Festive Oneg
Friday, February 10, after 8:00 PM services
Enjoy special Tu B’Shevat-themed desserts for an oneg sponsored by the Religious Practices Committee of Temple Beth Am after Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Tu B’Shevat Multi-Generational Celebration
Saturday, February 11, 4:00 – 5:30 PM at Temple Beth Am
Join for an interactive late afternoon of learning about and celebrating the New Year of the Trees – Tu B’Shevat! This special Tu B’Shevat program is open to everyone with special activities geared for 1st – 3rd grade families. There will be a variety of hands-on projects to start, and then we will come together for a teaching with the rabbi. There will be tree snacks and chocolate fondue, in addition to grape juices of all colors. We’ll finish the evening with singing and Havdallah.
Young Families at Beth Am Tu B’Shevat at Om Culture
Sunday, February 12, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Join us to celebrate the New Year of the Trees with play time, songs, tree treats, and a drum circle at Om Culture.
Om Culture is located at 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98103. $5 per kid at the door. Snacks provided. Please RSVP in advance to our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort, with the number of adults and kids.
Sisters of Beth Am Tu B'Shevat Wine Tasting at Total Wine
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Total Wine, 525 NE Northgate Way #5, Seattle, WA 98125
Enjoy an evening of wine and conversation while learning about Tu B'Shevat! We'll taste a variety of wines while we talk more about the New Year of the Trees. The Sisters of Beth Am will provide savory snacks, tree fruits, and nuts for the Tu B'Shevat holiday.
There is no charge, but capacity is limited. RSVP by February 10th to Alexis Kort.
Plan a Tu B’Shevat Seder at your home
There are four New Year celebrations in Judaism. Tu B’Shevat is a special celebration for the New Year of the Trees. Can you name the other three New Year celebrations during the year?
Your Religious Practices Committee is preparing a kit to help you plan a special dinner for your friends and family. Please look for members of the committee who will distribute these kits when you bring your children to Sunday school on February 5th and find us in the lobby before Shabbat services on February 3rd before the special service with our Scholar-in-Residence.
As voted by readers of Jewish in Seattle magazine
We made a great showing in this year's "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!