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VolunteersBaking2009WebSquareVolunteers support every aspect of religious, educational, and community engagement with our congregation, and we need the partnership of all our members to help make our synagogue welcoming and dynamic.

Here are ways you can be a part of our community as a volunteer, with single events and on-going projects:

Office Support
Weekly opportunities

Support the Temple Beth Am team by answering phones, filing, copying, and doing general office tasks (training provided if needed). We have an open shift every Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 PM, and a variety of projects where help is needed on an on-call basis. Please contact Executive Assistant Sara Bernson if you are interested.

Mailing Help
Monthly and seasonal sessions

We rely on our dedicated volunteer group every month to coordinate the mailing of our Bulletin newsletter and at other times throughout the season when many hands are needed to label, sort, compile, and stuff our congregational mailings. Snacks, coffee, and tea provided! Please contact Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort if you are interested in helping out at our next session.

Kitchen Duty
On-call for events and parties

Help us chop, grill, serve, and create a joyous atmosphere for our community gatherings, such as the annual Temple Beth Am BBQ and the Hanukkah party! To join our list of lively kitchen help members, please contact Alexis Kort.


Shamus Greeters
Weekly shifts available

During Shabbat and the High Holy Days, we have Shamushim (synagogue helpers) assist our congregation and provide a welcoming, friendly, and inspiring atmosphere for everyone within our holy space. At the same time, we want to maintain a level of calm, order, and sensitivity to our congregation’s minhag (customs) and keep a thoughtful watch for security issues.

  • Help members and guests find seats and books; assist those with special needs; encourage families with small children to sit near the back of the Sanctuary, close to the doors (to minimize interruptions)
  • Keep track of vacant seats for late-comers
  • At five minutes prior to the start of services, ask worshipers to be seated. A seat may be saved until 10 minutes prior to the start of services
  • Minhag is that entry is prohibited and exit is discouraged when the congregation is standing. Limit entry and exit during the rabbi's sermon.
  • After services, please move worshipers out of the Sanctuary to exit through the main temple doors
  • Guide people to the proper entrances, exits, bathrooms, etc; answer questions and solve problems

For more information and to become a regular Shamus, email here. If you are already a Shamus, go here to sign up for any of the upcoming Shabbat services.

Tikkun Olam Program Volunteering
Ongoing engagements

Our commitment to tikkun olam at Temple Beth Am means that there are endless opportunities to work toward making the world whole through social action. In addition to the advocacy of our temple leaders, we have groups taking initiative in food & shelter, interfaith, health care, and LGBTQ rights. Just head over to our Social Action pages for more information on getting involved!

Committee Volunteering
Ongoing engagements

The wide variety of programs, activities, and events we hold at Temple Beth Am would not be possible without the work of our committtees, helping build our vision from the ground up. Please contact Alexis Kort to find out how you can join in. Opportunities to share time, energy, and passion with our most engaging members are available with the following committees:

Governance Committees 

Building and Facilities - Assists in evaluating maintenance of both the temple and the K'hilah Center as well as planning for the future. 

Development - Develops and implements strategies to enhance Temple Beth Am philanthropic revenues, including annual financial commitments, annual appeals, events, bequests, major gifts, and donor recognition. Members possessing a zeal for fundraising or experience in any of these areas are encouraged to contact Director of Development Rachel Schachter.

Finance - Provides expert guidance on endowments, annual financial commitments, budget development, and fundraising to ensure that Temple Beth Am remains financially healthy.

Member Engagement Committees

New Member Welcoming - Works with our newest and prospective members to welcome, orient, and engage them in our community.

Project Hineyi (Caring Community) - Provides meals, rides, visits, and phone contact to connect those in need with those who can help.

Seniors - Coordinates speakers, trips, and programs for members aged 65 and over in conjunction with the Seattle Jewish Seniors group, including a monthly learning program with our rabbis.

Sisters of Beth AmCreates a supportive community for women to build friendships and develop leadership skills.

Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA)Helps parents with young children (newborn to six years old) create and sustain a Jewish life through educational, social, and cultural events.

Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA)Through cultural events such as discussions, guest speakers, and Israeli films, this committee champions the ideas of the national ARZA organization for a just, democratic, and pluralistic society in the state of Israel.

Lifelong Learning Committees

Lifelong LearningOversees a variety of programs, including Hebrew, guest speakers, Torah study, and Jewish arts and culture.

LibraryPromotes use of the Library, supports Library staff in maintenance and growth of the collection. Book lovers of all ages are welome to inquire at library@templebetham.org.

Religious School BoardSets policy and advises the governance of Temple Beth Am's Religious School.

Beth Am Parent Association (BAPA)Fosters connection and communication among our Religious School parents, students, teachers, administrators, and the Religious School Board.

Social Action Committees

Tikkun Olam - Embodies the core value of tikkun olam (healing the world) by working toward universal peace, justice, and equality. (See our Social Action pages for details.)

Homeless to Renter (H2R)Assists homeless families who are employed, but need a helping hand with the expenses of moving and renting affordable living spaces.

Worship and Life Cycle Committees

Religious PracticesReviews the many dynamic ways that we worship at Temple Beth Am, including observance, liturgy, and music.

CemeteryManages Gan Shalom (Garden of Peace), the Jewish cemetery at Evergreen-Washellie's Abbey View in Brier, which Temple Beth Am owns and operates.