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Torah Study

Adult Bnai Mitzvah Class of 2018 4Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class of 2018Temple Beth Am offers opportunities for you to learn with Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Rabbi Jason R. Levine in a variety of intimate settings every month.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Saturdays, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Am K'hilah Lounge

Temple Beth Am’s popular weekly Torah Study is a start-to-finish approach to the text: instead of focusing on the weekly portion, we will continue our exploration of the Torah as we work our way each week through the entire text. It may take a few years because it will include commentary (after five years, we’ve finally made it through Exodus!), lively discussion, and a chance to go deeper. You are invited, whatever your skill set, to join us at any time and be a part of reading the whole Torah.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah 
Begins October 2019 / Ends Spring 2021

Philip Culbertson Bar MitzvahOur next Adult B'nai Mitzvah cohort at Temple Beth Am will begin in October 2019. The tradition teaches that one can come to Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age. This class presents an opportunity to explore Jewish spirituality, wisdom, and community in a beautiful, nurturing, and supportive way.

This class is open to members who have not celebrated becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah and for those who feel that, even if they experience one in their childhood, they would benefit from renewing their studies. The Judaic Studies class will focus on the theology of the siddur, ritual engagement, and general Jewish knowledge. The class will mirror what our youth do in their B'nai Mitzvah preparation: regular Shabbat service attendance, a tikkun olam project, and specific readings. We culminate this process in a beautiful Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the Spring of 2021. The entire course process is a two-year commitment.

Students are required to attend the following classes:

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Orientation / check back for dates

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Beginning Hebrew / check back for dates and times

Intermediate Hebrew is encouraged as an additional course (not included in course fees)

Judaic Class is taught by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick / check back for dates

Cost: $600 including textbooks, Hebrew class, Judaic studies, and service preparation

For more information, contact Sara Bernson (206-525-0915). Scholarships are available.


Women's Torah Study
Sundays, starting in October, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

Beatrice Lawrence, professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University, will lead this dynamic study session, using The Torah: A Women’s Commentary as a guide for discussion. The Torah portion for the week will serve as a springboard for broader conversation around gender and Jewish text. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your Torah background.

Please email Sara Berson or call her at 206-525-0915 to put your name on the monthly reminder list for Women’s Torah Study.                           

*Check back in late summer for the 2018-2019 schedule.                  


Primetime Lunch and Learn
Wednesdays, starting in October, 12:00 - 1:00 PM in Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

A special opportunity for people to join one of our clergy for a Torah discussion at Temple Beth Am. Bring your friends and lunch and come prepared to enjoy this hour of learning. Light desserts provided.


Downtown Lunch and Learn
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 PM at K&L Gates
June 20

This year, these interactive discussions will follow our learning theme: Olam Hesed Yibaneh (The world is built on loving-kindness). The rabbis teach that the Jewish value of hesed (loving-kindness) is contrasted by the value of din (justice), with a yin-yang relationship between the two. When confronted with difficult decisions, often we struggle to balance between using hesed or din. Each month, we will live out this tension, using a case or topic – sometimes modern, sometimes ancient – and debate the different ways we as people, a Jewish community, and a nation might respond with hesed or din. Topics include American Jewish history, modern ethical issues, traditional Jewish law, and more. You don’t have to work downtown to attend; just bring your own lunch and enjoy a dynamic hour of learning together.

Held at the law offices of K&L Gates: 925 4th Ave. (4th & Madison Building in downtown Seattle), Suite 2900, Conference Room 10.


Parsha & Poker
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Am
June 20

Learn a little Torah with Rabbi Jason R. Levine, enjoy each other’s company, and play a friendly game of poker at temple. Winner takes all in this fun tournament. $20 buy-in. Snacks provided.

Please visit this page again for continual updates. Contact our Executive Assistant Sara Bernson to get regular email reminders or Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort with any questions.


Further information on Torah study, including this week's Torah portion, can be found at ReformJudaism.org.