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!
Online buy-in experiences are now available! New this year are many special gatherings and experiences hosted by fellow TBA members that you can buy into online, and you don't need to be a gala guest to participate. All sign-ups are first come, first served, so don't delay. You can also peruse the full live auction and silent auction catalogues. Raffle tickets are also available for a free week at Camp Kalsman for your child or a $500 University Village gift card. Call the office to purchase raffle tickets.
Saturday, March 11
6:30 - 7:00 PM: Purim Party
Schmoozing, snacks, drinks, and a bouncy house for the kids
7:00 - 7:45 PM: Hamilton Purim Spiel
A special retelling of the Purim story with music taken from "Hamilton," featuring the KlezKidz
8:00 PM: Ye Olde Broadway Showe
An adult-focused show of amazing performances from Broadway with a few special guests
Sunday, March 12
10:00 - 11:00 AM: Adult Megillah Reading
Shake your graggers with the rabbis and the rest of our community for an abridged Megillah reading and Purim text study
12:15 - 2:00 PM: Purim Carnival and Lunch
$18 / $16 if you pre-order by March 7
$12 for kids 5 and under / $10 pre-order
Purim Lunch: $7 / $5 if you pre-order by March 7
Beth Am Temple Youth (BATY) is hosting the Purim Carnival with games, bouncy house, and prizes
Registration is now open!
with Professor Kathie Friedman
All lectures held from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Temple Beth Am
We Haven't Forgotten Our History: Jewish People Were Once Refugees, Too
Sorry to Disturb You, But There is a War in My Country: The Global Refugee Crisis
What Will You Do When They Start to Round Us Up: Undocumented Americans and Their Families
Prof. Kathie Friedman is an associate professor of international studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the departments of Sociology and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and former Chair of the UW Jewish Studies Program. Her research is in the area of forced migrations, particularly the social and political integration of refugees and their children after resettlement. She is the author of Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York, 1879-1924.
Sunday, March 19, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
The executive director of Seattle Against Slavery, Robert Beiser, has nearly a decade of experience in the fight against local human trafficking. He will share his insights and expertise on how average Jews living in the Seattle area can make a transformative impact in the lives of potential and current trafficking victims. More than anything else, he will ask us to answer the call of Isaiah to “break the chains of the oppressed.”
More information on our Adult Education page.
Sunday, March 19, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
Post-film conversation facilitated with Dr. Rania Hussein, founder and executive director of the MAPS Many Cultures, One Community program, and Rabbi Elana Zaiman, writer and chaplain for The Summit at First Hill.
Inspired by the Redmond Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) 2012 community building program, “Many Cultures, One Community,” we will screen the 2007 award-winning film Arranged. This story of friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a devout Muslim woman – both first year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn and both experiencing similar life pressures as their families try to arrange their marriages – serves as a basis for discussion.
Contact TBA Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort for more information or go to our Interfaith and Intercultural page. Sponsored by TBA's Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative (I3) and co-sponsored by the Sisters of Beth Am.
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and several Temple Beth Am members joined together with leaders and members of local faith-based communities for the Faith Action Network's Interfaith Advocacy Day. While there, the group gathered in support of a pair of bills that would keep agencies from creating and sharing a religious registry with the federal government.
"All of us - people of faith - we create around us when we stand together a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace," Rabbi Zlotnick said.
Read or listen to the Seattle NPR's article, which features Rabbi Zlotnick and other local faith leaders speaking out against President Donald Trump's immigration order at a press conference in Olympia.
"Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick from Temple Beth Am in Seattle joined with local immigrant and refugee leaders to 'announce plans to resist' President (Donald) Trump's agenda to limit refugee entry into the United States. Rabbi Zlotnick shared a prayer adapted from the words of Rabbi Michael Latz about 'speaking up' and noted that Friday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day." - Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times
Read The Seattle Times' article on Seattle-area refugees speaking out against President Trump's executive order banning certain foreign refugees and crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
In response to the hateful rhetoric and divisive policies of the new presidential administration, our clergy have issued a statement emphasizing the importance of standing together to enact change and Temple Beth Am's commitment to social justice along with resources for how to get more involved.
"First, and most importantly, we stand strong as a kehillah kedosha, a sacred community. In every historical moment, no matter how challenging the circumstances, our ancestors upheld enduring Jewish values, celebrated together in joy, comforted each other in sorrow, studied with vigor, prayed with fervor. We at Temple Beth Am will likewise be a haven from the events of the world around us and continue to engage in Jewish acts that are life affirming and powerful."
To read the entire statement, click here.
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!