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Shabbat is a time to both celebrate and seek personal renewal as we end the week and welcome the day of rest. Reflecting the wide range of Jewish music that enhances prayer and to meet the different needs of our community, Temple Beth Am offers a variety of Shabbat services. If you have general questions about our services, download Understanding a Shabbat Service.

December 2019 Friday Shabbat Times

Choir Kabbalat Shabbat: December 6, 8:00 PM
Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat: December 13, 8:00 PM
Shabbat B'Yachad (Together): December 20, 6:15 PM

Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat: December 27, 6:15 PM

Friday Night Shabbat Services

Music is such an important part of our worship that each of our Friday night services revolves around a different theme: choir, jazz, acoustic, and klezmer. From trained musicians and well-versed volunteers to enthusiastic members in the congregation, every week we warmly fill the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary with song. And don’t be surprised if people are literally dancing in the aisles: participation is encouraged!

Each Friday night service includes an oneg: light snacks and a chance to schmooze with others. See below on how you can help sponsor an oneg for the congregation.

We also often have special speakers on some Friday nights, including knowledgeable congregants and guests from outside of our community. See our calendar or read below for who might be visiting us this month.


Upcoming Events:

Hanukkah Celebration and Shabbat Services
Friday, December 27, 5:00 PM before 6:15 PM Shabbat Services
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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our Temple Beth Am community at a festive  oneg from 5:00 – 6:00 PM with latkes, doughnuts, and live music. Community candle-lighting at 6:00 PM with more music from the KlezKidz!

Shabbat B’Yachad (Together) 
Friday, January 17, 6:15 PM Shabbat service, dairy vegetarian potluck dinner to follow
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There will be a potluck dinner after Shabbat B'Yachad (Together) services on January 17, March 20, and May 15. Temple Beth Am will provide drinks, mac n’ cheese, and snacks – please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Freedom Shabbat
Friday, January 10, 7:00 PM
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We look to the bearers of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in our own day and community by honoring Beth Am member Sis Polin and the individuals and volunteers of our Homeless to Renter (H2R) program, which was recently given the Union for Reform Judaism's Irving J. Fain Award. H2R works in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle (JFS) to help people experiencing homelessness. JFS's CEO, Rabbi Will Berkovitz, will speak at this year's Freedom Shabbat.

Choir Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by an oneg 

Hear the best of Jewish choral music, open your heart in prayer, and make new friends at the oneg following services. This service includes the wonderful music of our highly regarded choir, accompanied by grand piano, bass, and congregational singing. The evening includes a full sermon and Torah reading. 

Listen to Our Choir Samples

Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat

2nd Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, followed by oneg 

Be moved by the prayers of our tradition and the contributions of Shawn Weaver, Murl Sanders, and Michael Marcus, who are gifted musicians and make this service an event not to be missed! The talents and musical prayers of our jazz musicians augment this beautiful service, which includes a full sermon and Torah reading.

Shabbat B'Yachad (Together)

3rd Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Following our successful pilot program last year, join us monthly as we continue to explore Shabbat services b’yachad / together. Every 3rd Friday this year, we will join together, across generations, different types of families, and Jewish practice to try new things and experiment in Shabbat prayer that welcomes all ages. We will enjoy familiar melodies and learn new music and explore new ways of engaging in worship. There will be a potluck dinner after the services on  January 17, March 20, and May 15.

Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat with Wendy Marcus

4th Friday of the month at 6:15 PM, preceded by an oneg at 5:45 PM

Join us for an oneg with wine, cheese, hummus, and other treats, and then participate in a lively service that is infused with the joy of klezmer music, including the sounds of clarinet and tuba. This service includes a short sermon but no Torah reading. These evenings are kid-friendly and include a time for introspection. The service concludes by 7:15 PM with kiddush in the foyer, in time to go home for a beautiful Shabbat dinner.

On the 4th Friday of the month, we also have Healing Challahs, part of our Caring Community initiative.

Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

1st Friday of the month at 6:00 PM

This service, designed especially for kids 6 years old and younger, begins with a greeting, candle blessings, and challah in our foyer and continues with prayers on the floor, dancing, stories, and blessings in the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary. The service is led by one of our rabbis and the amazing Shoshanah Stombaugh, teacher extraordinaire, who is an expert in welcoming children to the joy of Shabbat.

Sponsor an Oneg

We have a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat at Temple Beth Am: sponsor an oneg for Shabbat (before or after evening services) in honor of a special person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one.

The cost to sponsor an oneg is $180. Your name and the name of the honoree will be mentioned at the Shabbat service for the oneg you are sponsoring.

Email Executive Assistant Sara Bernson to sponsor an oneg.

Saturday Morning Shabbat Services

Every Shabbat morning we embrace communal worship and rousing Torah study. 

Torah Study: 9:15 - 10:15 AM 

Beth Am’s popular weekly Torah Study works its way each week through the entire text of the Torah. It takes a few years to read the entire text because it will include commentary, lively discussion, and a chance to go deeper into the readings. You are invited, whatever your skill set, to join us at any time during the year in the K'hilah Center and be part of reading the whole Torah.

Shabbat Morning Service: 10:30 AM

We have a service open to the entire community every Saturday morning, whether led by our B'nai Mitzvah or lay leaders. 

B'nai Mitzvah services include our choir, a sermon by the rabbi, and community members participating in Torah reading and honors, as well as those that the B'nai Mitzvah families are honoring. We end with a kiddush lunch, hosted by the B'nai Mitzvah families, for all who attend services. 

Shabbat Morning Minyan: 10:30 AM

On Saturdays when there is no B’nai Mitzvah, we have intimate and musical services led by lay leaders, which include an interactive rabbinic teaching. Since these services are followed by a dairy potluck, bring something to share and make new friends at these beautiful, more intimate, services.


Upcoming Service:

Learner’s Minyan/Intro to Judaism Shabbaton
Saturday, December 14, 10:30 AM
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Rabbi Jason R. Levine and Cantor Victor Geiger will lead our congregation in our annual Learner’s Minyan. For those who have always wanted to know when to sit, stand, or bow; why prayers occur in their order; or just want to better understand how a Jewish prayer service is constructed, please join us. Jewish prayer is meant for everyone to feel welcome, and this service is specially designed to help us overcome the barrier of feeling lost in a Jewish prayer service. This modified Shabbat Morning service will be a blend of both learning and prayer with moments for both the mind and soul. Please bring something to our Shabbat Potluck after services. This Learner’s Minyan is also part of our Introduction to Judaism Course Shabbaton.

Tot Shabbat

4th Saturday of the month at 9:15 AM 
This special introduction to Shabbat takes place in the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary and includes story, dancing, and a mini-Torah reading. The service is led by one of our rabbis and the amazing Shoshana Stombaugh, teacher extraordinaire, who is an expert in welcoming children to the joy of Shabbat. If it is your first time at Tot Shabbat, contact Beth Am's Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort in advance and she or a temple member will meet you at the event and introduce you to the other participating families.

For more information about Shabbat, including customs, blessings for home observance, and what to expect at Shabbat services, go to

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