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We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind.

Temple Beth Am welcomes the entire spectrum of our Jewish community: people of all ages, races, and abilities; interfaith families; and people who are single, partnered, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. As a vibrant center of learning, we enable each member to reflect the holy.

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Adult B'nai Mitzvah Service and Luncheon

Saturday, March 17, 10:30 AM with Kiddush lunch to follow 
Temple Beth Am Sanctuary
Our tradition teaches that one can come to Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age. Join with our 2018 class who have been working passionately for the past two years to learn Hebrew and explore Jewish learning, spirituality, wisdom, and community together. The class will lead services, read from the Torah, and share d’vrei as part of a wonderful Shabbat morning service. The congregation is invited for a catered Kiddush lunch following services. Go to our Saturday Morning web page for more information, including a list of our 2018 graduates.

Immigrant Rights: Rethinking the Community Narrative

Sunday, March 18, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Beth Am Social Hall

How can we put a human face on Immigrant Justice? Come and learn more about what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.A. today, including the legal framework and process facing those who are classified as undocumented. Organized with help from the ACLU, our speaker at this forum will be immigration attorney Bob Gibbs, founding partner in the immigration law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw and a founding board member of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Highlighting our state and local policies, he will present an overview of U.S. immigration policy and procedures, to help us better understand what rights we have, whether U.S. citizens or not. We will share steps taken by Temple Beth Am as an Immigrant Justice Congregation and learn how we can support local residents vulnerable to deportation. 

From Dust to Light: Chamber Works of Silenced Voices

Sunday, March 18, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Temple Beth Am Sanctuary
On March 18th 2018, Temple Beth Am pays tribute to the great legacy of Jewish composers in a powerful afternoon of chamber works that celebrates the resiliency and courage of those artists who dared to create in the darkest of times and to encourage the world to heal through its art. Presented by internationally acclaimed guest artists David Small (baritone), Angela Draghicescu (piano), and Steve Schermer (double-bass), the program will feature music about the Holocaust during WWII, including works by composers and poets from Thereseinstadt concentration camp.

Works by Mahler, Straus, Ravel, Bloch, and Lori Laitman's stunning song cycle "Holocaust 1944," premiered by Seattle's own Music of Remembrance.

There will be a short intermission and Q&A following the performance. This concert is free and open to everyone.

African Asylum Seekers in Israel

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Beth Am Sanctuary
The principle of welcoming the stranger is a core Jewish value, repeated 36 times in the Torah. Yet, this essential Jewish principle is being challenged in modern-day Israel, as the Israeli government seeks to deport over 38,000 African asylum seekers currently longing for freedom and safety in Israel. Join us on Wednesday, March 21 to learn more about this complicated and important human rights issue from someone who lived through it. Meet Ykealo Beyene, an Eritrean asylum seeker and one of the lucky few able obtain refugee status and find a home here in Seattle. Also speaking is Israeli Oded Oron, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington and activist focused on this issue who will explain how this crisis unfolded and what action you can take. 

The event is co-sponsored by Beth Am’s Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative (I3) and the Israel/ARZA committee. Learn more about this event.

Book Talk with Author Bonnie Rochman and
Temple Beth Am Member Sophie-Shifra Kessler Gold

The Gene MachineThe Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids — 
And the Kids We Have

Sunday, March 25, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Temple Beth Am Social Hall East
This important book was named one of Amazon’s Top 20 Science Picks of 2017. Author Bonnie Rochman explores the new frontier of gene technology and how it is transforming medicine, bioethics, health care, and the factors that shape a family. Rochman tells the dramatic saga of the development of screening for Jewish genetic diseases, including the evolution of the Tay-Sachs screening and the story of TBA’s Sophie-Shifra Kessler Gold, who will join Bonnie to discuss the chapter about her son, Isaac Michael Levin (z”l), who died of Canavan Disease. The book talk will be ASL-interpreted and books will be on sale.

Mimouna: A Muslim and Jewish Interfaith Celebration


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Temple Beth Am

Mimouna is a centuries old celebration where Jews and Muslims mark the end of Passover. There will be music, henna, art projects, and guided tours of Temple Beth Am. Vegetarian/Halal/Kosher-style snacks and sweets will be served.

This event is free, family-friendly, and open to everyone! Funding for Mimouna was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Sponsored by Temple Beth Am's Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative.

Congregational Budget Meeting

Sunday, April 8, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Beth Am Social Hall
Get a snapshot of Temple Beth Am’s current financial situation as well as a draft budget for next year. This is your opportunity to provide input into next year’s budget. Beth Am’s Board of Directors will consider your feedback at the Board meeting on Thursday, April 19 before voting on the final version at the Board meeting on Thursday, May 17.

Temple Beth Am Civil Rights Journey

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June 21 – 26, 2018
Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, Memphis, Graceland
Congregants will learn about the struggles of African Americans to gain equality in the 1950s and '60s as well as discover how Jews were involved in Civil Rights struggle. We will delve into the creation of rock and roll and how this helped break down the walls of segregation. We will gain a deeper understanding of why Jews, as a people who have known oppression, must care and act when others are oppressed. Our itinerary will include visits to the Rosa Parks Museum, Edmund Pettus Bridge, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Stax and Sun Studios, and the Underground Railroad Museum and National Civil Rights Museum. Check back into our Israel and Travel page for updates.

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