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Beth Am Happenings

July 30- August 6, 2021

To access some of the information on this webpage you must be logged in as member of Temple Beth Am. You can also access this information in our weekly Happenings email. 

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This week, Rabbi Dana shares their Shabbat video message from the beautiful woods of Oregon! Shabbat Shalom!

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6th and 7th Grade Summer Virtual Hebrew Intensive

We are offering a Summer Hebrew Intensive for rising 6th and 7th grade students who are preparing for their B'nai Mitzvah and looking for additional support with Hebrew decoding (reading Hebrew letters and sounds) and Hebrew reading fluency. Over the course of four mornings, students will focus on Hebrew letter sounds, vowel sounds, syllables and reading. We will not be covering B’nai Mitzvah prayers or Torah blessings during this intensive.

This four day, virtual class will take place from Tuesday, August 24th through Friday, August 27th at 10:00 AM-11:30 AM on Zoom.

To signup, click here!

Doorways into T’filah: an Elul Journey

Doorways into T’filah: an Elul Journey weekdays, 12:00 – 12:30pm via Zoom beginning Monday, August 9th.

Join Dita Appelbaum and Shelly F. Cohen in a deep dive into the first two sections of HaT’filah (The Prayer), the heart of our liturgy. Inspired by SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, we’ll use a method that enables each person to find their own personal meaning in the text. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or level of Jewish observance is required; in fact, “beginner’s mind” is a plus!

All sessions will include time for sharing in small groups of two to four. Come to as many or as few of the sessions as you can!

Sign-Up Now for Elul Hearth Groups!

To help you prepare mentally for the High Holy Days, we are once again offering our Elul Hearth Groups, a modern twist on an ancient custom. The month of Elul, leading up to the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of introspection, of taking stock of one's life. We have put together curricula for a weekly series of small group discussions that are designed to foster reflective conversations. An Elul Hearth Group is not a class; it's an opportunity to share stories, to see and hear each other more deeply, rather than to take positions or debate issues.

This year participants have an option to meet either virtually or in-person. To sign-up for an Elul Hearth Group and state your meeting preferences, click here!

High Holy Day Services at Beth Am

If you haven't already, please let us know your interest in attending the 5782 High Holy Day worship opportunities by filling out our interest form here. Please note the last day to submit your preferences is August 18th at 12:59 PM.

Registration for Homeless 2 Renter's Summer Fundraiser is Now Open!

Homeless 2 Renter (H2R) is excited to announce their virtual summer fundraiser!

Over 17 years, since 2004, H2R has helped close to 450 families with move-in assistance, eviction prevention, and many of the other barriers encounter when renting.

H2R's virtual will take place on the evening of Sunday, August 15th at 7:30 PM. This event will celebrate H2R's work, feature comedy performances from nationally acclaimed comedians Adam Ray & Joel McHale and music from Wendy Marcus & Shawn Weaver.

Click here to RSVP. This is event is open to anyone. Feel free to share widely.

To learn more about H2R click here.

Religious Action Center’s Freedom to Vote Campaign

Join Temple Beth Am as we participate in the Religious Action Center's Freedom to Vote campaign.

The RAC has organized two meetings with Washington senators in order to remind them of our commitment to voting rights and ask them to continue working on this important issue. The Reform Movement’s U.S. federal legislative priorities are the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Join Temple Beth Am in partnership with Temple De Hirsch Sinai and Temple B’nai Torah in this upcoming meeting:

Meeting with Senator Murray's office on August 1st at 2 PM PST.

Sign up here!


Shabbat and the Week to Come

Friday, July 30

6:15 PM

Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Services.

If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.

Saturday, July 31

9:15 AM

Join our dynamic Torah Study with Shelly Cohen which resumes with Num. 12:1 on Zoom.

For members who would like to access the Zoom link click here to sign in to your account and view this information. 

If you are interested in membership, please reach out to Sam Rosen ( _______________________________________________________________________________________

10:30 AM

Join our Shabbat Morning Service. 

If you are unable to attend in person, join us by live stream on YouTube.

Friday, August 6

6:15 PM

Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat Services.

If you are unable attend in-person, join us by live stream on YouTube.

Beth Am FAQs

We are excited to introduce our Beth Am Frequently Asked Questions to each week's Happenings email. This is a space where we hope to increase bi-directional communication within our community. If you have a question you would like answered email

When will the choir return to services?

Given the rise in COVID cases and the Delta Variant, communal singing will be one of the last activities to resume in-person at Temple. However, we recognize how important our choir is to our community and our worship, we are recording the choir safely so that their music can be accessed and shared during the High Holy Days and beyond.

Can I bring non-member guests to High Holy Day Services this year?

With only five in-person High Holy Day services, it is essential that we first ensure every member has an opportunity to attend at least one service. So at this time we must first wait and see how many members can safely attend services before we can determine how many seats may or may not be available for non-member guests. We hope to know by August 20, 2021 how many guests we can safely allow at each of our High Holy Day services for 5782. If you haven't already, please let us know your interest in participating in and attending the 5782 High Holy Day worship opportunities by filling out our interest form here. Please note the last day to submit your preferences is August 18th at 12:59 PM.

If you have not already read our most recent summer updates on COVID, High Holy Days and upgrades to our physical space click here!

Community Updates

The Gan Is Hiring!

The Gan is currently hiring faculty for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year!

Please contact Reyna Abraham for information about joining our team.

For job postings click here.

SEED Is Hiring Early Childhood Educators

SEED ECS at Temple Beth Am is hiring, and we encourage community members/congregants to apply, or to share with folks you think could be a good fit!  To learn more about the positions available, check here:

Teen Feed

Thanks to all the volunteers who made July's sandwich meal so successful.

August's meal is Burritos!

Sign-up here to contribute to this meal!

Teen Feed news: Teen Feed is testing the waters on bringing volunteers back into the kitchen with us. Stay tuned for details on signing up to be on the prep crew. For more information and updates from Teen Feed check out their blog!


Volunteer with JFS for the High Holy Days

Each year, JFS delivers Rosh Hashanah gift bags to members of the community. These gift bags help some of the most isolated members of our community find connection and sweetness during the High Holiday season.

Volunteers will be given a pre-determined route on Sunday, August 29 with pickup windows between 10am-11:30am and 11:30am-1pm. JFS will have pre-made gift bags for volunteers to deliver that day. 

To sign up for a shift and route, please visit our registration page today.

Please reach out to with any questions!

Limmud Seattle eFestival 2021 Summer. Register Now!

Register Now!

Limmund's summer  Festival is virtual! Learn from the comfort of your home with an exciting slate of local and global presenters!

Check out the schedule here!


Order a Lulav and Etrog Set for Sukkot 2021

Click here to place an order for an lulav and etrog set for Sukkot. All orders must be placed by August 30.

Thu, August 5 2021 27 Av 5781