Online Gala Catalog

Members of our community have donated unforgettable experiences for you to participate in while supporting Temple Beth Am. Attending Community Builders is a great way to make memories with Beth Am friends old and new.

Take a look at our catalog below and then click the button at the bottom of this page to purchase spots at these unique events!

Summer Community Builder Events:

Garden Pruning & Care Session
2 Left! $80 per session

Experienced and talented gardeners Carole Aaron & Bruce Peterson will teach you how to prune your roses, or other plants in your garden if you prefer. Spend time together making your garden beautiful and learning how to keep it going in the coming seasons.

Donated by Carole Aaron and Bruce Peterson

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Reasonably Decent Kegger
July 15, 2023 at 6:30 PM| 21+|$100 per person

Join Fred and Dita Appelbaum & Greg and Ruth Berkman in the wonderful party space at Continental Place in Belltown for a fun evening of food, beer, wine, and more, plus games and the warm company of friends. Expect the usual shenanigans of your memorable keggers, but with some “reasonably decent” food! If you’ve never attended one of these events, please join us, it’s a great way to get to know new friends.

Donated by Dita & Fred Appelbam and Ruth & Greg Berkman

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Havdallah a la Moosewood!

July 22, 2023 at 6:30 PM|Adults Only|$100 per person

Join Sam Rosen and Reyna Abraham, in the backyard of Sam’s home in the Matthews Beach neighborhood for a Havdallah and dinner a la Moosewood!

This will be a vegetarian feast featuring recipes from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood cookbook series. Appetizers, a main course, and dessert along with non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Vegans, you are welcome, too!

Donated by Sam Rosen and Reyna Abraham

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Family Fun! Backyard Brunch and Yard Games
July 23, 2023 at 10:30 AM | $60 per person

Join the host families at the Cohon’s lovely home in Shoreline. Brunch will be served on the back deck followed by yard games in the neighborhood’s private three-acre park. If you would like to play with our nine resident hens, consider your footwear! Family-friendly, all ages; Note: The Cohons have a dog, two cats, and nine hens who will be free roaming. If you are afraid of animals this may not be the event for you.

Donated by Claire & David Smith and Kristen & Dylan Cohon

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Seattle’s Waterfronts: A Day of Adventure Touring Seattle’s Waterways by Boat
July 24 2023 |Adults Only| $150 per person

Come enjoy a day on the water with friends aboard a 46-foot yacht!

We’ll begin our cruise in Elliott Bay, seeing downtown up close to the water, then head past Discovery Park to the Ballard Locks. We’ll transit the locks and head through the Ship Channel into Lake Union for an up-close tour of the floating homes, boat communities, and Seattle skyline. We’ll head East into Portage Bay and through the Montlake Cut into the open waters of

Lake Washington. Our journey will include an exploration of Seattle Jewish trivia, Jewish maritime history (yes, some pirates were Jewish too!), and the unique contributions of women to Seattle’s seafaring communities. We’ll wind our day down with a trip back through the Ballard Locks, ending our journey at Elliot Bay Marina. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided on our cruise. No alcohol or animals on board.

Donated by Davia Loren

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Summer Backyard BBQ
August 19, 2023 at 6:00 PM| 21+|$100 per person

Join Sharon and Bryan Rutberg in their beautiful backyard for dinner and conversation. Start with mock- and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, celebrate a short Havdalah service, and linger over a delicious dinner and dessert.

We’ll build community, say a couple of prayers, and dine in style.

Donated by Sharon and Bryan Rutberg

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Sweet Cards for the New Year
August 20, 2023 at 1 PM| Teens & Adults |$60 per person

Do you love all the fancy cards you see at the store and wish there were Jewish ones? Do you miss popping into Impress at U-Village? Gaby Charlton is bringing her alter-ego, Made by Mamaleh (and her crazy craft stash), to teach you how to make your own just in time for the High Holidays. You’ll make handmade cards to send to family and friends and learn some fun techniques in the process – stamping, embossing, die-cutting, and more! No experience is necessary. Just be ready to have fun and get crafty!

Donated by Gaby Charlton

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An Enchanted Evening with Beth Am

Thank you to all of those who donated their time, talent, and treasure to our sacred community!

Beth Am members and friends gathered together in February at the Fairmont for an Enchanted Evening with Beth Am. We want to thank everyone for helping to ensure the financial sustainability of Temple Beth Am. The hard work of our Gala Committee and staff allowed us to celebrate being in community with each other while raising the money that allows us to achieve Beth Am’s mission. 


A huge thank you to Louie Raffloer for capturing this event so beautifully! You can check out the photos of our Enchanted Evening at Beth Am Gala, HERE.

If you have thoughts about the Gala you want to share- please email us at we’d love to hear from you!

Thank you to our 2023 Gala Committee:

Chair: Katie Fingeroot     

Elizabeth Asher, Leah Ball, Greg Berkman, Ruth Berkman, Puddin Cox, Rebecca Fox, Kaitlin Geballe, Zach Geballe, Ellen Greenberg, Lesley Isgur, Sharon Kean, Susan Klastorin, Alexis Kort, Dara McAllister, Eliza Medearis, Maggie Medearis, Catherine Morrison, Leatt Rousso, Claire Smith, Helen Spencer-Snyder, Judy Unger and Cara Winter