Rabbis and Staff

Senior Rabbi

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Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick has been described by her community as a teacher of Torah and of Jewish values, and was beloved for her gifts of knowledge, leadership and counsel, inspirational worship services, and creative programming.
Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick previously served as Rabbi at Temple Beth Or in the Township of Washington, New Jersey, and as Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at New York's Central Synagogue. She also worked as Associate Director of Programs at Synagogue 2000, a national project aimed at revitalizing synagogues from all streams of American Judaism. She taught in the New York area, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Fairfield University.
Rabbi Zlotnick is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she was ordained in 2001. She earned a Master of Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR; she also holds a Master's in the Philosophy of Religion from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree in religious studies from Wesleyan University.

Assistant Rabbi

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Rabbi Jason Levine completed his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College and was ordained in June of 2013. Over the past several years, Jason has led Shabbat and holiday services at several congregations, taught both formal and informal courses, acted as Youth Director, and organized Jewish community building with Hillel programs.

Rabbi Jason Levine's sermons:
Rosh Hashanah 5774
Yom Kippur 5774
Super Bowl Shabbat (Friday, January 31, 2014)
SPU Shooting (Friday, June 6, 2014)


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Executive Director

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Jan Glick is responsible for the management of Temple’s administrative, personnel, financial, and facilities operations. He is leading the effort to strengthen our internal processes, create a sustainable operation for the long term, and to implement and achieve the Temple’s strategic and programmatic objectives.
A nationally recognized nonprofit leader, as well as presenter and author of Nonprofit Turnaround: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, Consultants and Funders, Jan has devoted more than 25 years facilitating performance improvement for nonprofits and government agencies. A 1977 graduate of Stanford University, Jan joined the Temple staff in 2011.

Music Director

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Wendy gives Temple members a wide range of Jewish musical experiences. She draws on 16 years with the Northwest’s first klezmer band, The Mazeltones, and on her knowledge of Ashkenazic liturgical music. Mate Shawn Weaver arranges much of the music for the ensembles she conducts: Adult Choir, KlezKidz, and KidsChorus, and ensembles at Shabbat services. Wendy has taught in the Religious School for 28 years, wrote a short-story collectionPolyglot, and edited the literary review Drash: Northwest Mosaic. Learn more about Wendy.

Director of Education

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Rabbi Janine brings best practices from Jewish education to help our 600+ Religious School students become menschen (admirable people), and seeks to create an environment where every child receives a high-quality Jewish education. Rabbi Janine graduated from Princeton University and was ordained in 1993 at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She worked for 12 years in St. Louis, Missouri, and joined Beth Am in 2005. She is especially proud of her two teen-aged children.

Assistant Director of Education

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Rabbi Allison helps teachers design lessons, communicate with parents, and grow as professionals, and strives to create a nurturing Religious School where students ask questions and explore their Judaism. She graduated from the University of Washington before receiving an M.A. in Jewish Education and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She and her husband, Ed, have three children, all of whom are enrolled in our Religious School.

Youth Director

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Dorothy works with teens in youth groups, camp programs, Israel programs, madrichim (teaching assistant) programs, among many others. She helps 7th-12th graders develop their own personal connection to the Temple’s Jewish community. A teacher at our Religious School for 10 years, Dorothy is a graduate of Ohio University, with an honors degree in Culture, Education, Community, and Art.

Program Director

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Alexis works closely with congregants to create and support dynamic programs, develop volunteerism, and build community through projects such as Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Young Adults at Beth Am (YABA), Project Hineyni (our Caring Community initiative), Adult Education, and our Young Families group. In addition, Alexis currently manages membership at Temple Beth Am, working to welcome and integrate all new members. Alexis is the go-to person for Temple members looking to connect with each other and with our synagogue. Alexis grew up in Seattle, had her Bat Mitzvah, Covenant Renewal, wedding, and daughter's baby naming right here at TBA! She holds a BA in Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and a Master's degree in Religion from the University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Director of Development

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Rachel first came to TBA in 2005 as a 7th grade Religious School teacher where she spent five years helping students connect more deeply with Israel and their Jewish identity. She has spent the past several years in professional fundraising, and finds great joy in helping people invest in the future they envision for their community. She is thrilled to be back among our vibrant, dynamic families, and looks forward to working closely with our leadership and members to build a legacy that will serve our community for generations to come. Rachel is excited to get to know more of our members, so set up a time to chat!

Facilities & Events Director

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Victoria has been on our Temple staff since 1997. Victoria oversees the physical space, the Temple calendar and room schedules, supplies, and equipment, including our computer systems. In her years here, Victoria has touched virtually every aspect of our community and is a great resource.

Staff Accountant

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Shana handles all financial transactions including statements, end-of-year tax letters, and payables. If you have any questions about your dues or billing, she’s the person you want to talk to.

Communications Director

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Andrew oversees all of the Temple's communications: he designs and edits the Temple newsletter The Bulletin, manages the website, and produces print matter and other materials that support our Temple’s programming.
Andrew has lived in Washingon state his whole life, but only in the Seattle area since 1981. He has over 20 years of experience in design (including websites, posters, identity programs, logos, newsletters, books, and toys); and over 5 years managing communications for synagogues, including writing, editing, and project management.

Education & Development Associate

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Amber is one of the best go-to gals in the main office. In addition to ensuring our Religious School is running smoothly every Tuesday and Sunday, which is no small feat by the way, Amber touches just about every aspect of Temple life. Whether managing the membership database, processing payments, or supporting the new membership process, Amber does it all flawlessly and with a smile. Amber grew up in Puyallup, Washington and has a BA from Evergreen State University and a MFA from Boise State University. In addition to keeping our office running smoothly, Amber is a nationally recognized award-winning poet who also runs a small chapbook press. You can put a face to the name by greeting her in the office Monday-Thursday, and during Religious School on Sundays.

Rabbinic Assistant

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Stephanie coordinates the B'nai Mitzvah Program, assists with planning for our holiday and Shabbat observances, and serves as the contact for Yahrzeit inquiries. She schedules appointments for both Rabbis and helps to track our congregants' pastoral needs.