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In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, our virtual temple will be closed this coming Sunday and Monday. We will reopen on Tuesday morning, May 26. We will not have our virtual "Entering the Week B'Yachad" on Sunday, May 24, but please join us again for "Entering the Week B'Yachad" on Sunday, May 31.

Please Note: While we remain in this phase of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Temple Beth Am will continue to uphold the Jewish value of pikuach nefesh/preserving life. We will continue to gather virtually until we can safely be in person for sacred purposes while monitoring the most updated advice from the State of Washington and King County authorities.​​​​​​​

Coronavirus Community Updates

To help parents in need of childcare, SEED Early Childhood School reopened on Monday, May 18. However, due to state recommendations, we are still unable to open the remainder of Temple Beth Am to the community at this time. As we move through Governor Inslee's phased approach to reopening businesses and sacred spaces, we look forward to welcoming more members of our community back into our sacred home when it is safe to do so! 

No matter how unimaginable the circumstances of our world, no matter how much our reality changes day by day, our mission stays the same. We are here to create a sacred community that nourishes and supports each of us. We may have to change the way we design our moments of connection, but—even in the time of the novel Coronavirus—living our mission is still our number one priority.

During these weeks of the pandemic, we have come together as a sacred community in new and unusual ways—our clergy and professionals arrive in your daily inbox with our Video Yomi (message of the day) - to view all of our Video Yomi's click here. Hundreds of you are present for Shabbat services from the comfort of your own Shabbat table - to view all of our Shabbat Services click here. Temple Beth Am’s clergy and professional team are thrilled to launch a new structure for gathering b’yachad/together, designed explicitly to respond to the urgency of this moment: Beth Am Online B’Yachad.

Click here to listen to Rabbi Ruth's newest podcast - "Ruth the Moabite: Profile in Courage" - or read the transcript here.

We recognize that we cannot simply lift our synagogue programs that took place in our building on NE 80th Street and transfer them online. Instead, we must focus on what matters most, finding new, more relevant ways to connect with each other during this unprecedented time. We will do what Jews have always done—pray, learn, and gather in community—but we will do so a little differently. Click here for our FAQ.

In addition to our Video Yomi and Shabbat services, we are thrilled to host live weekly gathering spots—places where we can connect and interact with each other (see below in the Online Events section). We will also provide web-based resources that can enrich your experience of Temple Beth Am as a beit tefillah, a house of prayer; a beit midrash, a house of learning; and a beit kehillah, a house of communal gathering.

Save the Date: Annual Meeting

Temple Beth Am Annual Meeting - Save the Date!

We need your voice and your vote!

Join us for our annual meeting on Tuesday, May 26 from 7:30-8:30 PM,

in Beth Am's Zoom Room.

HaShavua: Our Weekly Schedule

This Week's Live Gatherings in Beth Am's Zoom Room and Elsewhere:

Due to increased security procedures, please contact temple@templebetham.org if you need our Zoom access code, or if you require other assistance. There could be a short delay before you are welcomed into each event.

Friday, May 22 at 10 AM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Learning with the Rabbis, Torah Study For Our Time (click  here for the text packet)

Friday, May 22 at 6 PM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Our Shabbat Table, a live-streamed Shabbat event with blessings, songs, and Kaddish together.

Saturday, May 23 on Vimeo (link sent out Friday afternoon): Shabbat morning services with our rabbis, Torah reading, and special musical guests

Saturday, May 23 at 9:15 AM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Tot Shabbat! Enjoy a special Zoom Tot Shabbat with Morah Shoshana, Rabbi Jason, and our Beth Am friends. This musical service is geared for our kindergarten and younger friends, with their whole families

Past Events:

Friday, May 15 at 10 AM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Learning with the Rabbis, Torah Study For Our Time (Text Packet)

Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16 on Vimeo (link sent out on Friday afternoon): Shabbat morning services with our rabbis, Torah reading, and special musical guest Taryn Webber

Saturday, May 16: Religious School Family S'mores and Havdalah! Mark your calendars for Saturday night as we invite our religious school families to gather for a virtual bonfire. Keep an eye out for a special email regarding this fun opportunity to gather virtually

Sunday, May 17 from 11 AM-12:30 PM: Torah and Tea with Rabbi Dana Benson and Sisters of Beth Am. Make yourself a cup of tea in your favorite mug and join us to learn with the rabbi and enjoy one another's company virtually. RSVP to Alexis. (click  here for the Text)

Sunday, May 17 at 7 PM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Entering the Week B’yachad, time for music, meditation, and prayer with Rabbi Ruth & Rabbi Dana

Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21 at 11 AM in Federation's Zoom Room: PJ Library Song & Storytime with Betsy Dischel

Tuesday, May 19 at 3:30 PM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Crafting and Conversation with Rabbi Dana - Kid friendly and open to all ages, share in this casual conversational space where you can bring your own crafts to share with the group or learn a craft together

Thursday, May 21 at 4 PM in Beth Am's Zoom Room: Youth & Teen Hangout and Games

Homeless to Renter (H2R)

For over 15 years Temple Beth Am’s Homeless to Renter (H2R) program, in partnership with Jewish Family Services, has been helping families facing homelessness. In the last few months, H2R has also added eviction prevention grants of up to $1500 for families in need.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, JFS Emergency Services Director, Sandy Lowe tells us that they are now expecting a tsunami of requests for eviction prevention funding, due to job losses, reduced hours and illnesses related to COVID-19. 

You can help our those struggling in our community by making a donation to H2R today - click here. 100% of the money raised goes directly to H2R grantees.

Welcome to Temple Beth Am

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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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		                            <span class="slider_description"><b>We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.</b>
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Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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<b>Voted "Best Synagogue" and "Most Inspiring Spiritual Leader" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!</b></span>
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