Happenings at Beth Am

September 3-10: Shabbat Shuvah on Zoom, Yom Kippur, Dog Meet-Up and More!

In this week’s Shabbat Video, Rabbi Ruth speaks about Shabbat Shuvah and offers us guidance in preparing for Yom Kippur. Tonight, September 10th, our Shabbat Shuvah service will be held on Zoom. Details and links below! There will be no in-person service for Friday, September 10th.

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Temple Beth Am High Holy Days 5782
It has been an honor and a blessing to share this sacred time together with our Beth Am community. Rosh Hashanah was a beautiful celebration of the new year full of moving music from our choir and instrumentalists, community events and incredible tech integration from our facilities and professional team.
 
We look forward to sharing Yom Kippur with you all. Below are many ways to engage with this holiday, in-person, outdoors, and virtually. 
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For a virtual Mishkan Hanefesh, you can access the flip-book for free online here.
 
We also offer our physical copies of our High Holy Day prayer book to be checked-out from Temple Beth Am. This Monday through Wednesday from 10 AM-4 PM, you can stop by our office to borrow a copy of the prayer book.
Ways to Support Afghan Refugees from Temple Beth Am’s Immigrant Justice Action Team
Temple Beth Am has offered to co-sponsor an Afghan family with Congregation Beth Shalom, through HIAS. If you are interested in staying up to date with Temple Beth Am and the Immigrant Justice Action Team’s efforts and get involved please fill out this interest form!
 
 
The situation is ever changing, and the need for support of Afghan allies will not go away in the next few months. There will be ongoing calls for volunteer time, financial support, and advocacy in the coming months.
Gan Registration Live!
Registration for 2021–2022 / 5782 is now open! The first day of Shmita Aleph is October 3, 2021, and we intend for there to be in-person and online options for all students. Vaccinations will be required for all students ages 12 and up. See our Covid policies in the Registration 5782 FAQ. If you have any questions regarding The Gan, then please contact Reyna Abraham. To register for The Gan, please log in to your account, go to “My Account” and choose the “Start School Enrollment” button.
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Full bags with food donations can be returned September 13-16 during office hours or during Yom Kippur services. The last day to return bags is Thursday, September 16th!
 
JFS asks for the following: nut butters, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, canned tomato, dried pasta, toilet paper, cereal, oatmeal, rice, kosher foods, canned tuna or chicken.
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Join us this Sunday, September 12th at 11 AM with your pups to meet and connect with other dog loving Beth Am members. Take home irresistible 5782 sweet treats for your pup!
 
We will be meeting at the Magnuson dog park (see Google Maps pin here).
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Please join Ben and Theresa Glatstein, and their children on a short hike (or stair exploration) at the Ravenna Ravine! We’ll meet at the Ravenna Playground at 10:00 AM on September 19th and aim to be back at the playground at 11:00 AM for schmoozing, playing, and snack time. We’ll have some pre-wrapped snacks and drinks to share, but feel free to bring your own. Families with kids of all ages, abilities, and enthusiasm (or not) for hiking are encouraged to attend — but do note that the hike will likely include some stairs! We have a few routes planned and will decide on the route based on the group’s preferences and needs. 
 
Sign-up here to let us know if you’re in for the hiking (so we don’t leave without you) or just the schmoozing at 11:00. We look forward to sharing our love of hiking and hearing our children grumbling with you!
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Sign-up today for Books & Chocolate! A time honored tradition led by Rabbi Ruth. On Sunday, October 3rd at 3 PM in the Temple Beth Am courtyard (under our new tents) you will have an opportunity to meet fellow congregants and share about your favorite books and chocolate.
 
Each person will come with a book they recently read or an all time favorite book. Everyone will have an opportunity to share about the book they chose, their favorite chocolate item. Everyone will leave with a list of all the books and chocolate as well as a chocolate treat!
 
This is a free event, sign-up here!
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Beth Am Brotherhood Sukkah Building, Sunday September 19 at 1PM in the Beth Am Courtyard.
 
Sukkot Evening Service, Monday September 18 with Lowen Kaplan and Kesher Awards.
 
Sukkot Morning Festival Service September 21 at 10:30 AM.
 
Family Tot Sukkot Program September 21 at 11 AM outside in the Beth Am Sukkah.
 
Teen Sukkot Hangout with Rabbi Dana, September 21 at 7 PM.

HaShavua

Shabbat and the Week to Come
6:15 PM
Join us for Shabbat Shuvah Services. This service will be virtual on Zoom. Join us using the Zoom links below.
 
Members click here to access the Zoom Link. Zoom links can also be found in the weekly Happenings email. Email temple@templebetham.org to be added to our mailing list.
9:15 AM
Join our dynamic Torah Study with Shelly Cohen, which resumes with Num. 14:1.
 
Members click here to access the Zoom Link. Zoom links can also be found in the weekly Happenings email. Email temple@templebetham.org to be added to our mailing list.
 
10:30 AM
Join our minyan Shabbat Morning Service.
 
If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.
 
 
 
11:00 AM
Dog Meet Up. Join us with your pups to meet and connect with other dog loving Beth Am members. We will be meeting at the Magnuson dog park (see Google Maps pin here).
6:00 PM
 
If you were not assigned to this in-person service or are unable to join us in-person, please join us via YouTube live-stream. You can watch this live-stream at anytime, starting at 6:00 PM, no log-in or password needed, simply click this link to view the livestream.
 
8:15 PM
 
If you were not assigned to this in-person service or are unable to join us in-person, you can watch the service via YouTube live-stream at anytime. No log-in or password needed, simply click this link to view the livestream.
9:30 AM
 
If you were not assigned to this in-person service or are unable to join us in-person, please join us via YouTube live-stream. No log-in or password needed, simply click this link to view the livestream.
 
View as a family on YouTube. 
 
No log-in or password needed, visit our website to access the YouTube link!
To download the Yom Kippur Family Service Bookletclick here.
 
11:30 AM
View live as a community together. 
 
No log-in or password needed, visit the High Holy Day page of our website to access the YouTube link!
 
2:30 PM
Yom Kippur Hearth Group Discussion Program (on Zoom)
 
Join us for an opportunity to take part in a sample of Beth Am’s Hearth Groups as a way to deepen your Yom Kippur observance. Members will spend some time in small groups with Hearth Group leaders who will guide them in connecting with each other, giving everyone time to share how they are preparing for 5782.
 
Members click here to access the Zoom Link. Zoom links can also be found in the weekly Happenings email. Email temple@templebetham.org to be added to our mailing list.
 
3:45 PM
 
View live as a community together.
No log-in or password needed, visit the High Holy Day page of our website to access the YouTube link!
 
4:15 PM
 
View live as a community together.
No log-in or password needed, visit the High Holy Day page of our website to access the YouTube link!
 
5:00 PM
Yom Kippur Yizkor, Neilah and Havdalah Service
 
If you were not assigned to this in-person service or are unable to join us in-person, please join us via YouTube live-stream. No log-in or password needed, simply click this link to view the livestream
6:15 PM
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat service.
 
If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.

Beth Am FAQs

Are the Temple Beth Am staff back in the office? What are the office hours?
Most of our professional staff are now back in the office Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm (Fridays we are in the office 9am-3pm). Our phones have been turned back on. You can now reach our receptionist, Rena Levine, or another staff member, when you call in at (206) 525-0915 and they can direct your call to the appropriate staff member.
 
Will there be spacing between other congregants/family groups in the sanctuary?  
We are only seating at 25% of capacity and each of our seats are spaced allowing for families to make a decision on what works best for them.
 
If you have a question you would like answered, email temple@templebetham.org.

Community Updates

Registration for Introduction to Judiasm is Live!
Are you Jewish and want to learn more about Jewish traditions and practices? Are you interested in exploring Judaism (and possible conversion) and are looking for a class of basic knowledge? Are you an ally and want to understand more about Judaism? This class will meet on Sunday evenings on  Zoom beginning October 3 and each session is taught by a different rabbi.
 
Click here to learn more and register.
 
 
 
“Gimme Shelter”: Building Space for Recovery in the Jewish Community
On September 23rd at 4:00 pm join JAAN for a virtual learning session in honor of Sukkot and National Recovery Month about how to be a recovery ally in the Jewish community.
 
 
This event is a collaboration with HAMSA (JF&CS Atlanta) and JCS Baltimore.
JCC September Holiday Programing!
JCC is offering two kid friendly Rosh Hashanah activities as well as three different programs for Sukkot.
 
Full details including times and locations can be found on the JCC website here.
 
Stay tuned for their launch of more fall programming
JCC Back to School Mental Health Series!
The JCC is offering a Mental Health workshop series to support families as they prepare their children for the new school year. Visit their website for more information.
 
For elementary aged children (parents welcome too!)
Thursday, September 9, 5pm on Zoom
 
For adult caregivers supporting teens, ages 13-18
Friday, September 10, 9:00am – 3:30pm on Zoom
 
For adult caregivers supporting kids, ages 5-12
Tuesday, September 14, 7pm on Zoom