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Seattle Jewish Theater


Arrivals: A Love Story

Temple Beth Am/U. Prep stage

Sunday, April 5/ 2:00 PM

$18 general admission

$12 student/seniors

Tickets here!


The Seattle Jewish Theater Company will present “Arrivals,”a Sephardic-Ashkenazi Love Story, at venues throughout the Seattle -Tacoma area in Spring 2020. Written and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, and based on actual events, Arrivals is a love story that unfolds against the backdrop of early 1900’s Seattle and the arrival of the first Sephardic Jewish immigrants.

Hebrew for Adults

Sundays: October 20, 27; November 3, 17, 24; December 8, 15; January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 31

Our approach to Hebrew at Temple Beth Am is for people to learn the alef-bet and prayer book Hebrew, focusing on the blessings that we use most often and during Shabbat services, so students can read and understand the prayers we say together. Jewish educator and Hebrew instructor Debbie Massarano will be teaching our Adult Hebrew classes for 2018-2019.

Please contact Debbie Massarano with any questions about our Hebrew classes. Register for classes.

Cost: $300 members / $350 non-members (books and materials included)

*Debbie Massarano has been a Jewish educator since she was in her teens. She began with teaching religious school Hebrew to 4th graders; moved on to teaching in Jewish day schools; worked as a regional educator for the Union for Reform Judaism; served two congregations as director of lifelong learning; and, most recently, served as the executive director of Livnot Chai.

Debbie has dedicated her career to building relationships – with people, between people and Torah, and between people and the Jewish community. She lives in Mountlake Terrace with her daughter, Abby, and granddog, Muzi. She has a great story about how she and her adult children all made their way to the Seattle area. Ask her about it!!


Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew
Sundays, 11:15 - 12:15 PM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 237

Designed for those with little to no previous Hebrew, this introductory course focuses on developing the foundation for reading comprehension and a basic Hebrew vocabulary.

Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew
Sundays, 8:45 - 9:45 AM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 237

This course is designed for anyone who can read basic Hebrew. We will continue to develop reading comprehension and basic Hebrew vocabulary, while practicing reading and singing along for Shabbat services.

Advanced Hebrew through Torah
Tuesdays, 6:15 - 7:30 PM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 236

For students who can read Hebrew fluently and would like to continue to increase your vocabulary as well as hone your reading skills and comprehension – this is the class for you!  

All-Ages Yiddish

Yiddish resources and programming at Temple Beth Am is made possible in part by grant funding from the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund and support from the Bernard and Reva Broder Fund for Yiddish Culture. These classes are open to anyone interested in embracing di mameloshn (the mother tongue). Check out this article from Jewish in Seattle magazine about the current Yiddish comeback, which mentions Temple Beth Am and interviews Yiddish instructor Wendy Marcus.

Our Yiddish classes run from October - June.  

  • To register and for more information as well as a schedule for Beginning Yiddish, Intermediate Yiddish, and Advanced Beginners Yiddish at Temple Beth Am, contact Wendy Marcus.
  • For a schedule for our Self-Led Yiddish groups, please contact Jeffrey Grossman

Go to these links for samples of Temple Beth Am Yiddish class songs: 

See our members putting their Yiddish to the test with Wendy Marcus on YouTube:

Thu, July 2 2020 10 Tammuz 5780