Temple Beth Am is excited to announce that our 2017 Scholar-in-Residence is Rabbi David Saperstein, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Rabbi Saperstein will be speaking at Temple Beth Am on February 3 - 5.
Rabbi Saperstein has been the Ambassador-at-Large since January 6, 2015. He is the principal advisor to the President of the United States and the Secretary of State. He also serves as the U.S.'s chief diplomat on issues of religious freedom worldwide and heads the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Previously, Rabbi Saperstein served for 40 years as the Director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC). During that time, he headed several national religious coalitions and served on the boards of numerous national organizations, including the NAACP.
Our Scholar-in-Residence program is free to members and open to the public through a generous sponsorship by the Kaplan Family Fund. For a list of times, go to our Adult Education page. For more information about the program, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort.
Saturday, January 21, 10:30 AM, Judkins Park meet-up
We will pray with our feet this day and demonstrate our Reform Jewish values - that we can repair the world with our acts of loving kindness!
Have a blast at our bash! We invite you to step back in time to 1956, the year that Temple Beth Am was founded, as we honor our past and celebrate our future at our Annual Gala. Don your prom gowns and tuxes, bring your "nuggets" (loose change) to snag some fab and hep items at the auction, and dance the night away with your TBA friends!
Tu B’Shevat Festive Oneg
Friday, February 10, after 8:00 PM services
Enjoy special Tu B’Shevat-themed desserts for an oneg sponsored by the Religious Practices Committee of Temple Beth Am after Jazzy Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Tu B’Shevat Multi-Generational Celebration
Saturday, February 11, 4:00 – 5:30 PM at Temple Beth Am
Join for an interactive late afternoon of learning about and celebrating the New Year of the Trees – Tu B’Shevat! This special Tu B’Shevat program is open to everyone with special activities geared for 1st – 3rd grade families. There will be a variety of hands-on projects to start, and then we will come together for a teaching with the rabbi. There will be tree snacks and chocolate fondue, in addition to grape juices of all colors. We’ll finish the evening with singing and Havdallah.
Young Families at Beth Am Tu B’Shevat at Om Culture
Sunday, February 12, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Join us to celebrate the New Year of the Trees with play time, songs, tree treats, and a drum circle at Om Culture.
Om Culture is located at 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98103. $5 per kid at the door. Snacks provided. Please RSVP in advance to our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort, with the number of adults and kids.
Sisters of Beth Am Tu B'Shevat Wine Tasting at Total Wine
Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Total Wine, 525 NE Northgate Way #5, Seattle, WA 98125
Enjoy an evening of wine and conversation while learning about Tu B'Shevat! We'll taste a variety of wines while we talk more about the New Year of the Trees. The Sisters of Beth Am will provide savory snacks, tree fruits, and nuts for the Tu B'Shevat holiday.
There is no charge, but capacity is limited. RSVP by February 10th to Alexis Kort.
Plan a Tu B’Shevat Seder at your home
There are four New Year celebrations in Judaism. Tu B’Shevat is a special celebration for the New Year of the Trees. Can you name the other three New Year celebrations during the year?
Your Religious Practices Committee is preparing a kit to help you plan a special dinner for your friends and family. Please look for members of the committee who will distribute these kits when you bring your children to Sunday school on February 5th and find us in the lobby before Shabbat services on February 3rd before the special service with our Scholar-in-Residence.
On Sunday, November 20, Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick delivered the keynote address at the Annual Dinner for the Faith Action Network (FAN). She was asked to talk about the post-election path forward for people of faith. Despite this difficult task, she spoke eloquently and passionately about the need to press forward, be an ally, and fight injustice during these difficult times.
"...we get to define the moment for ourselves and we will choose the path of exodus. We will continue the remarkable work of our home communities and of FAN and join together, millions strong, journeying forward, united in one purpose—to transform this country into a safe haven for all its citizens, a beacon of civil rights, a land of opportunity where every one of us has access to food, shelter, education, health care, security, free speech, equal protection under the law. We are fellow travelers on this exodus together, willing to fight for these values upon which our country was established, despite the immense challenges that lie ahead of us.
Together we will speak up. Together we will organize. Together we will remain vigilant when the rights of others are trampled on. We will not stop on our exodus until we have transformed this country into the Promised Land that we know it can be, a land where all of its citizens experience liberty and justice for all."
To read more of Rabbi Zlotnick's FAN keynote address, "Choosing the Path Forward," you can click here.
As voted by readers of Jewish in Seattle magazine
We made a great showing in this year's "Best of Jewish Washington"!
- 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!