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Communal Enrichment Awards

At Temple Beth Am, one of the ways we nurture our capacity for gratitude and blessing is honoring those among us who embody our mission and enrich our communal Jewish life. Each spring the Board selects someone to receive the Lowen-Kaplan Award and the Kesher/Connection Award.

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History and Purpose of the Awards

Lowen-Kaplan Award

In 1988, the TBA Board of Trustees established two awards in honor of two notable founding members: the Walter Lowen Award “for outstanding service toward the enrichment of Temple life” and the Seymour Kaplan Award “for the enhancement of the religious and educational life of the Temple.” In 2016, the TBA Board of Directors re-evaluated the wisdom of two separate awards with somewhat overlapping meaning. With the blessing of the Lowen and Kaplan families, the two awards were consolidated into one--the Lowen-Kaplan Award for the communal enrichment of Temple Beth Am. The consolidation of the awards pre-dated the Board’s adoption of a mission, vision, and values.

Kesher/Connection Award

In March 2021, the Board of Directors created the Kesher/Connection Award to recognize the advancement of Beth Am’s mission by people who are relatively new to the Beth Am community. The Kesher/Connection Award honors a volunteer who has been part of the community for less than five years.

Relationship of the Awards to Beth Am's Mission

Temple Beth Am’s mission is to “deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.” By recognizing individuals who have gone above and beyond to advance this mission, we hope to deepen the relationships of many volunteers to our community and to each other as they draw inspiration and express appreciation through the nominations process. We also hope to deepen the community’s relationship to Judaism as these awards focus the community’s expression of one of Judaism’s core values—gratitude.

Award Criteria

Lowen-Kaplan Award

The awards committee will use the following criteria in recommending the 2021 recipient of the Lowen-Kaplan Award:

1. An eligible nominee must be a member of the congregation in good standing, as determined by the Executive Director.

2. Nominators are encouraged to focus on a nominee’s significant contribution(s) to communal enrichment and in alignment with Temple Beth Am’s mission and values.

3. A nominee’s contributions may be narrow in scope (one significant project) or broad in scope (varying contributions over time to multiple facets of the community).

Click here to nominate someone for the 2021 Lowen-Kaplan Award. Deadline for nominations is April 17, 2021. 

Kesher/Connection Award

The awards committee will use the following criteria in recommending the 2021 recipient of the Kesher/Connection Award:

1. An eligible nominee must be a member of the congregation in good standing, as determined by the Executive Director.

2. An eligible nominee must have joined Beth Am within the last five (5) fiscal years, no earlier than June 1, 2016.

3. Current members of the Board who joined Beth Am on or after June 1, 2016, are ineligible for consideration.

4. Nominators are encouraged to focus on a nominee’s contribution(s) to the advancement of Temple Beth Am’s mission and values.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2021 Kesher/Connection Award. Deadline for nominations is April 17, 2021.

If you prefer to print & email or mail your nomination form, you can download a form by clicking this links (Lowen-Kaplan Form) (Kesher/Connection Form). Please address mail to Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St, Seattle, WA 98115 or email scanned forms to sam@templebetham.org All forms must be received by April 17, 2021 to be considered.

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