Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, for the Thanksgiving weekend.
Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat services
will be at 6:15 PM on Friday, November 27.
As voted by readers of "Jewish in Seattle" magazine
The results of the annual "Best of Jewish Washington" have just been announced, and we made a great showing!
- Best Synagogue (tied with Minyan Ohr Chadash)
- Best Cantor/Hazzan: Wendy Marcus
- Best Hebrew School
- Best Adult Education
- Best Educator Runner-up: Rabbi Janine Schloss
- Best Rabbi Runner-up: Rabbi Jason Levine
- Best Youth Group Runner-up: BATY
- Best Local Musical Act Runner-up: Shawn’s Kugel
Mazel tov to all of the winners, both at TBA and throughout the city, and to all of you who have made TBA a place people feel is one of the Best in Seattle!
Begins Thursday, December 3 / 7:00 - 8:30 PM
As we continue to explore ways to learn and talk about Israel, and honor our differences, join us for our new Israeli Authors Book Club. We will meet every other month for one year beginning this December. Together we will read works by some of Israel’s greatest contemporary writers, from Sabras to Arab-Israelis, from modernists to mystery writers. Whether or not you have been to Israel, or simply want to discover how Israeli authors portray themselves and their country, we welcome passionate conversation as we connect through modern Israeli literature.
December's selection will be two short stories by Etgar Keret, one of Israel’s most popular writers.
Go here for links to the stories and details about our other readings.
Friday, December 4 / 8:00 PM
Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO of Jewish Family Service, will speak during Friday night services at December's Choir Shabbat on the current global refugee crisis, about our responsibility as Jews, and what we can do in our local community to help welcome the stranger.
Go here for more information.
Saturday, December 5 / 5:00 - 10:00 PM
All of our 6th-8th graders are invited to join junior youth groups from Temple de Hirsch Sinai and B’nai Torah for our first Tri-Temple Junior Youth Group event of the year!
After meeting at Temple Beth Am for “Ice Breakers” and dinner, we will head to the Highland Ice Arena for friendly competition in the spirit and style of the Maccabiah Games. These will be followed by a moving Havdalah on Ice, a free-skate to end the evening, and a special surprise. Transportation from TBA to the ice rink and back will be provided.
Register online here.
Begins Sunday, December 6
Each year Temple Beth Am commemorates this eight-day holiday with a variety of activities for everyone in the family, including:
- Sisters of Beth Am: Lights, Laughter, and Bingo
- Young Families of Beth Am Sippy Cup Schmooze
- TBA Community Chanukah Party
- KlezKidz Performances around Seattle
Go to our Chanukah page for all of the details.
Ending Global Poverty: Heifer International
with Eliza Penick
Sunday, December 13 / 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Eliza Penick, Heifer engagement coordinator, will discuss their holistic, values-based approach to assisting vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to achieve self-reliance.
Go here for more information.
Wednesday, December 16 / 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Rabbi Ruth is leading a congregational trip to Israel next year!
Find out more about this fantastic way to experience Israel with Rabbi Ruth and your fellow members. We’ll share a suggested itinerary, which we can adjust based on the composition and interests of the group that winds up going. This is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions: a trip to Israel is an investment in time, money, and emotions. We will also talk about the itinerary, cost, security issues, and other matters.
Go here for details on the trip and to sign up for it.
Open to all seniors, to allow you to participate in evening programs at TBA, our Senior Rides Program is intended for people who have been unable to participate in activities at our synagogue because they do not have access to transportation or do not feel comfortable driving at night.
Go to our Seniors page for more info.
We have a wonderful new way to celebrate Shabbat: sponsor an oneg (before or after evening services) in honor of a person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one.
Sponsorship costs only $100. Your name and the name of the honoree will be mentioned at the Shabbat service for the oneg you are sponsoring.
Go here for details on how to sponsor.
Every Thursday at 10:00 AM
(Note: There will be no PJ Library on Thanksgiving Day)
Toddlers and preschoolers, bring your favorite grown-up to TBA every Thursday during the school year for Jewish songs and stories with Betsy Dischel from PJ Library.
Open to TBA members and non-members alike!
Go here to learn more about the PJ Library.