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Shabbat Morning Torah Study

Saturdays, 9:15 AM 
Temple Beth Am K'hilah Lounge

Temple Beth Am’s popular weekly Torah Study is a start-to-finish approach to the text: instead of focusing on the weekly portion, we will continue our exploration of the Torah as we work our way each week through the entire text. It may take a few years because it will include commentary (after five years, we’ve finally made it through Exodus!), lively discussion, and a chance to go deeper. You are invited, whatever your skill set, to join us at any time and be a part of reading the whole Torah.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

Begins October 2019 / Ends Spring 2021

We are delighted to announce the next Adult B’nai Mitzvah class at Temple Beth Am. The tradition teaches that one can come to Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age. This class presents an opportunity to open the gateway of Jewish spiritually, wisdom, and community in a beautiful, nurturing, and supportive way. 

This class is open to members who have not celebrated a Bar / Bat Mitzvah and for those who feel that having experienced one in their childhood, they would benefit from renewing their studies, culminating in an adult B’nai Mitzvah.

The Judaic Studies class will focus on Jewish history, Jewish sacred literature, understanding the Shabbat liturgy, exploring the role of B’nai Mitzvah, and an overview of Reform Judaism, all through a close examination of the siddur (prayer book). We will ask our adult students to mirror what our youth do in their B’nai Mitzvah preparation: regular Shabbat service attendance, a tikkun olam project, and specific readings. We will culminate this process in a beautiful adult Bar / Bat Mitzvah ceremony on February 6, 2021.

The Adult B’nai Mitzvah program for the class of 2021 will begin October 13 with a first meeting with Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Hebrew starting October 20. Judaic Studies will begin in January 2020 and the Shabbat service will be February 6, 2021.

The Judaic component of this program will be taught by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and will meet Sundays (January  – June 2020) from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 

For 2019-2020, students are required to enroll in Adult B’nai Mitzvah Beginning Hebrew class, which will meet every Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. For 2020-2021 students are encouraged to take Intermediate Hebrew and are required to meet with a Hebrew tutor for their Torah portion and prayer sections for the service.  

The program cost for the 2019-2021 Adult B’nai Mitzvah is $600. We ask for you to pay $300 for 2019-2020 and $300 for 2020-2021. The program fee covers the cost of Hebrew classes and part of the cost of the B’nai Mitzvah oneg / brunch. 

If you are interested, please contact Executive Assistant Sara Bernson to register at sara@templebetham.org or
(206) 525-0915. 

Summer Talmud Study with Prof. Bea Lawrence

Some Tuesdays in June and July. For a schedule of dates and times, please contact our office at 206-525-0915.

Beatrice Lawrence, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, who helps lead Torah Study and our monthly Women’s Torah Study group will lead this new dynamic opportunity to engage with Talmud at Temple Beth Am.  

The Talmud is one of the central works of the Jewish people. It is the record of rabbinic teachings that spans a period of about six hundred years, beginning in the 1st century C.E. and continuing through the 6th and 7th centuries C.E. The Talmud is made up of two separate works: the Mishnah - primarily a compilation of Jewish laws, written in Hebrew and edited sometimes around 200 C.E. in Israel - and the Gemara - the rabbinic commentaries and discussions on the Mishnah, written in Hebrew and Aramaic, which emanated from Israel and Babylonia over the next 300 years. For a fuller description of the Talmud, go to https://reformjudaism.org/talmud.

No prior study required. Please email Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort to register for this FREE summer class. 

Women's Torah Study

Once a month on Sundays. For a schedule of dates and times, please contact our office at 206-525-0915.

Beatrice Lawrence, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, will lead this dynamic study session, using The Torah: a Women’s Commentary as a guide for discussion. The Torah portion for the week will serve as a spring board for broader conversation around gender and Jewish text. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your Torah background.
Please email Executive Assistant Sara Bernson or call her at 206-525-0915 to put your name on the monthly reminder list for Women’s Torah Study.                                

Downtown Lunch and Learn

Once a month on Wednesdays at K&L Gates. For a schedule of dates and times, please contact our office at 206-525-0915.

This year, these interactive discussions will follow our learning theme: Ma'asei V'reisheet (Acts of Creation). Creativity in all areas: this year, inspired by our annual learning theme, we will study creativity and innovation and how it appears in so many areas of the Jewish world. You don't have to work downtown to attend; just bring your own lunch and enjoy a dynamic hour of learning together.

Held at the law offices of K&L Gates: 925 4th Ave. (4th & Madison Building in downtown Seattle), Suite 2900, Conference Room 10.

Parsha & Poker

Once a month on Wednesdays at Temple Beth Am. For a schedule of dates and times, please contact our office at 206-525-0915.

Learn a little Torah with Rabbi Jason R. Levine, enjoy each other’s company, and play a friendly game of poker at temple. Winner takes all in this fun tournament. $20 buy-in. Snacks provided.

Quarterly Torah Study at Aljoya Thornton Place

At Aljoya Thornton Place. For a schedule of dates and times, please contact our office at 206-525-0915.

A special opportunity for Seniors to join with Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick for a Torah discussion at Aljoya Thornton Place in the Northgate neighborhood. Coffee and cookies provided; come prepared to enjoy this hour of learning. Torah Study at Aljoya is open to everyone – please sign in at the front desk if you are not a resident and join us in the Fireside Lounge.

Please visit this page again for continual updates. Contact our Executive Assistant Sara Bernson to get regular email reminders or Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort with any questions.

Further information on Torah study, including this week's Torah portion, can be found at ReformJudaism.org.

Fri, July 19 2019 16 Tammuz 5779