Happenings at Beth Am

September 30- October 7

In this liminal time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Ruth reflects on why we prepare for fasting and withdrawal. What are the goals of this ritual? Are we taking care of our relationships with ourselves, others, and God (however we define God)?

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We want to hear from you – Five Minute Rosh Hashanah Survey:

Whether you attended Rosh Hashanah services in person, livestreamed them, or did not attend at all this year, we want to hear from you! Feedback is a sacred act. Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts so we can continue to use your voice in creating meaningful connections with one another. Your candid feedback will help us improve future services and programs! Click here to share your thoughts.

Yom Kippur Family Experience!
Join us for a special experience created for families with younger children to gather together on Yom Kippur.
We will gather on the lawn by the Dahl playground at 4:30 PM for a fun service followed by crafting activities, playground time, shmoozing, and a a kid-friendly break the fast nosh. Families are encouraged to stay for havdalah at Temple Beth Am with our youngest members taking part and are welcome to join us for our community break the fast dinner.
Please bring a blanket, camp chairs, or something to sit on for services.
Help Build the Beth Am Sukkah
On Thursday, October 6th from 4-9 PM join the Beth Am Brotherhood in building our sukkah which will become a beautiful outdoor gathering space for services, classes, and our Fall Festival!
No experience is necessary, all are welcome!
Food Drive
Temple Beth Am is once again collecting donations for JFS’ High Holy Day Food Drive!
Pick up bags:
-Friday, September 23rd at Shabbat Services
-Saturday, September 24th at Shabbat Morning Services
-Erev Rosh Hashanah services
-After the Rosh Hashanah morning service at McCaw Hall
-During office hours 9/27-9/30
Drop off donations:
-Afternoon of October 4th
-At Kol Nidre services
-Any time on Yom Kippur
Items to Donate: Canned foods, dried pasta, toilet paper, cereal, oatmeal, rice and kosher foods.
*Please no glass containers, perishable items, opened packages, or expired food items.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Panel with the Immigrant Justice Action Team
In keeping with the spirit of the New Year, the Temple Beth Am Immigrant Justice Action Team (IJAT), in conjunction with TBA clergy and HIAS, have been working hard to welcome a Ukrainian family to our Puget Sound shores.
On Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 5th at 2 PM at Temple Beth Am and on Zoom, join us for a panel discussion with members of IJAT and the Welcome Circle. They will describe their own motivations to work with and on behalf of immigrants and refugees and invite attendees to reflect on their own unique abilities to engage in activities for the greater good.
Erev Sukkot Services with Lowen Kaplan and Kesher Award Ceremony
On Sunday, October 9th at 6:15 PM join us in the Temple Beth Am Sukkah for a beautiful evening service and honoring of our Lowen Kaplan and Kesher Award recipients.
Erev Simchat Torah Services
On Sunday, October 16th at 6:15 PM join us for a lively Simchat Torah service!
During this celebration of our sacred literature, we will honor Toby Harris member and temple librarian for her incomparable contributions to our library, youth, and community! 
Sukkot Fall Festival, Saturday, October 15th at 4:00 PM
On Saturday, October 15th Temple Beth Am will host our first ever Sukkot Fall Festival. This all-inclusive joyous event is no charge for members and will be tons of fun no matter how old you are!
From 4-6 PM there will be food trucks, an ice cream truck, a petting zoo, art activities, booths from our community committees, adult learning activities, live Klezmer music, a beer garden, lulav and etrog in the sukkah, and more! The evening will end at 6pm with a community Havdalah led by our clergy. Due to the planning needed for this event, RSVP is required.*
*Each RSVP comes with a meal and a desert ticket for one of our food trucks.

Ways to Connect

Deepen Your Relationship to Judaism and Your Community

Welcome Jacob Glickman
We are excited to welcome our new Director of Experiential Jewish Life, Jacob Glickman.
If you have had the pleasure of spending time with Jacob, you will know the immense joy he brings to creating a Jewish community here in Seattle!
We look forward to working alongside Jacob in deepening a sense of joy, meaning, and belonging as we Create Home at Beth Am. 
Fall Hearth Groups: Call For Leaders
Do you have a passion you would like to share with your Beth Am community? Are you someone who enjoys making connections with other people over shared interests
Leading a Hearth Group is an ideal way to do that!
Hearth Groups bring people together to create lasting connections across generations in nontraditional and creative ways. Whether groups are learning together, meditating together, playing games, or cooking together, the small group setting is an opportunity to create lasting connections and experience simchah – joy that increases as it is shared.
If you have an idea for a group you’d like to lead, or have questions, reach out to Sam Rosen (samantharosen@comcast.net)
Stay tuned for information about joining a Fall Hearth Group!
Volunteer at SEED
Are you looking for an amazing and rewarding volunteer or part-time work opportunity to help your community?
Our SEED infant and toddler classrooms are in need of community members who are interested in helping our teachers. Even if you only have a few hours, a week, we would love to have your help! All of our littles are vaccinated, adorable, and filled with love and smiles to share!
If you are interested, please email Leatt Rousso (lrousso@seedecs.org).
Teen Feed, October 6th 
Teen Feed is looking for volunteers for their October 6th meal, click here to sign-up!
Parsha and Poker: Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM
On Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM join the Beth Am Brotherhood for Parsha and Poker at Temple Beth Am.
Beth Am Book Club: Tuesday, October 11th at 7 PM
On Tuesday, October 11 at 7 PM join the Beth Am Book Club for a discussion of The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel, a novel set during World War II when some Jews escaped to Japanese-occupied Shanghai.
This meeting will take place on Zoom.
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The Gan is Hiring!
Do you or someone you know want to inspire and build meaningful connections with students all while implementing fun and engaging learning activities?
Join our incredible team of faculty this year!
Click here to view The Gan faculty job description and apply today!


Shabbat and the Week to Come

6:15 PM

Shabbat Shuva

This service will take place in person or via live stream on YouTube

9:15 AM
Join our dynamic Torah Study with the Rabbis on Zoom.

Numbers 31:1

Members, click here to access the Zoom link. 

10:30 AM

Join us in person in the sanctuary or on Zoom for our Shabbat Minyan Morning Service.

Members, click here to access the Zoom link. 


Kol Nidre

First Services: 6:30 PM at Temple Beth Am and live-streamed on YouTube here

Second Services: 8:30 PM at Temple Beth Am

Choose which time works best for you, RSVP is required for in-person attendance.


Yom Kippur

Traditional Services: 9:00 AM at Temple Beth Am and live-streamed on YouTube here

Multi-Generational Services: 11:30 AM at Temple Beth Am and live-streamed on YouTube. Drop-in programming for children ages 5-12 along with our child-friendly service in the sanctuary.

Choose which time works best for you, RSVP is required for in-person attendance.

4:00 PM

Yom Kippur Afternoon Services at Temple Beth Am and live-streamed on YouTube here.

RSVP is required for in-person attendance.

4:30 PM

Yom Kippur Family Services Experience & Break the Fast at Dahl Playground

6:00 PM

Community Havdallah and Break the Fast at Temple Beth Am.

RSVP is required.

5:30 PM

Family Kabbalat Shabbat 

Our family friendly Kabbalah Shabbat is back! Join Morah Shoshana and our clergy for this early Friday evening, young child friendly, story time service, with kid friendly foods. It’s a great way to meet families in our community!

This service will take place in person only

5:45 PM


6:15 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat 

This service will take place in person or via live stream on YouTube

Community Updates

Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build, Wednesday, October 19th in West Seattle

Join us at the Interfaith Build as members of the community of faith come together to construct affordable homes. This is one very hands-on way to respond to our region’s housing crisis.  

The build will be Wednesday, October 19th in West Seattle, beginning at 8:45 AM and ending at 4PM.

 Contact Tamar Libicki at tamar.libicki@gmail.com with questions and if you are interested.