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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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What's New

Rabbi Zlotnick's MLK Day Benediction

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick gave the benediction at Seattle's 36th Annual MLK Celebration. Read her words here.

Board of Directors Nominations

As you know, Temple Beth Am is on the verge of some exciting changes. Between the incorporation of the SEED Early Childhood School into the temple and the launch of our new Strategic Plan, there's no shortage of new opportunities. If you'd like to help guide how the temple takes advantage of this, consider submitting nominating yourself (especially if you have experience in benchmarking, evaluation, and leadership) or someone you know to serve on TBA's Board of Directors. Help us move into the future. Download the fillable nomination form then email the nomination form to nominations@templebetham.org.

Lowen-Kaplan Award Nominations

Recognize a congregant who has made a significant impact on Temple Beth Am community life by nominating them for the Lowen-Kaplan Award. To determine who to nominate, focus on the member's significant contribution to communal enrichment and their alignment with the priorities of TBA's strategic plan: soul, heart, mind, sustainability, transparency, and adaptability. Anyone can be nominated, but individuals may not nominate themselves. To qualify for the award, a nominee must be a member in good standing. 

Nominations will be accepted now through the end of February. Download the nomination form, then submit it to LowenKaplan@templebetham.org. The winner will be announced at the TBA Volunteer Appreciation Shabbat in June 2018.

Bystander Intervention Training

Sunday, January 21, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
TBA Social Hall
Have you ever wondered how to intervene if you see someone being harassed because of their religious identity or for any other reason? Come to Bystander Intervention Training by Krystal Marx, a new member of the Burien City Council. This free event is co-sponsored by TBA with The Islamic Center of Washington and Idriss Mosque. Space is limited to the first 50 who sign up. RSVP by emailing your name to BystanderTBA@gmail.com.

Song Circle with Cantor Victor Geigner

Cantor Victor GeignerTuesdays, January 23; February 13, 27
7:00 – 8:15 PM
TBA Sanctuary 
Learn service repertoire, listen to Jewish music from around the world, and embrace the musical treasures of our people in this intimate class with TBA’s Cantor Victor Geigner. Come once or every week! No previous Hebrew or musical knowledge necessary. To find out more or to RSVP, contact Cantor Geigner.

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.

Final info session: Wednesday, January 24 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in TBA K'hilah Rm. 226. Please let TBA Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort know if you plan to attend.

Blood Drive

Sunday, January 28, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Bloodworks Northwest van in the TBA Parking Lot
Every minute of every day someone in the Northwest needs blood. Anyone who is at least 16 years old can participate. First time donors who are 16/17 years old are required to have a Bloodworks Northwest waiver form signed by their guardian or parents (on TBA website). Bloodworks Northwest is expecting a decrease in blood collection over the holidays, so, for the month of January, it is crucial for all of their blood drives to hit (if not exceed) their collection goal. Thank you for giving the gift of life!

If you plan to donate, please make an appointment as it is helpful for the donor flow. Walk-ins are welcome and accommodated around scheduled appointments. To make an appointment, contact Bloodworks Northwest at 800-398-7888 or sign up online.

Tu B'shevat Seder

Tuesday, January 30,6:30 - 8:30 PM
University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
TBA will celebrate the Jewish New Year for Trees with a special seder recognizing the wonderful and diverse types of food that come from trees, as well as the important role they play in our environment. Everyone is invited! This year the celebration coincides with our Tuesday night Religious School program, so after you drop your child off for Religious School, drive over to join us for our Tu B’shevat Seder at the University Unitarian Church. This year’s seder is sponsored by our Religious Practices Committee and the Sisters of Beth Am.

Rabbi Jason R. Levine will lead us in the seder and Cantor Victor Geigner in songs as we engage in our contemporary form of this tasty, mystical experience. Together we will taste different kinds of fruit and nuts, drink four glasses of wine or grape juice, and experience the symbolic meaning each provides for us in our world.

$10 dinner: vegetarian chili, corn bread, salad, drinks, and Tu B’shevat nuts, fruits, and wine for the seder. Please bring a dessert to share. Register on ChaverWeb.

Scholar-in-Residence with Special Guest April Baskin

April BaskinFriday, February 2 - Sunday, February 4
Temple Beth Am
April Baskin is the Vice President of Audacious Hospitality at the Union for Reform Judaism. Previously, she served as a the national Director of Resources and Training at InterfaithFamily. Dedicated to building a stronger, more inclusive Jewish community committed to  social justice, April has spent 10 years advocating for Jewish diversity and inclusion locally and nationally in a variety of ways, including facilitating LGBT educational trainings as a Keshet facilitator and writing a thesis about the experiences and identities of Jewish young adults of color in American Judaism.

Lectures are free to TBA members and open to the public through generous sponsorship by the Kaplan Family Fund. Go to our Scholar-in-Residence and University Lectures page for event details.

2018 Purim Celebration at Temple Beth Am

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A Magical Harry Potter Purim Spiel
Wednesday, February 28
6:30 PM: Bounce House, snacks, and schmooze
7:00 - 8:00 PM: Purim Spiel, featuring the KlezKidz
This year the Story of Purim will be a magical, mystical, fantastical, unbelievable tale of wizards, spells, and tricks – unlike anything you have seen at TBA before. We welcome back magician extraordinaire Evan Reynolds to help us fill the room with magic and things that you cannot believe! Dress in any costume you want, bring your own wand, and conjure up your best Cheering Charm. There will be hamantaschen. It will be a Riddikulus night of fun for all!

Megillah Study
Thursday, March 1, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Examine the words of the Scroll of Esther up close, taking in its fascinating tale and its complex themes. Intended for adults only.

Purim Carnival, presented by BATY
Sunday, March 4, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Our annual Carnival is filled with games, prizes, treats, bounce houses, special raffles, and more! Our BATY Cabinet is working hard to make it the best one yet!
Pre-buy your tickets today and don’t forget to wear a costume.

Annual Gala

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Saturday, March 10, 6:00 PM
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Each year, Temple Beth Am members and friends come together to celebrate our community at the Temple's Annual Gala. We gather to enjoy delicious food, bid on unique auction items, and "Raise our Paddles" in support of our community. This year's Gala theme,"Love Makes the World Go 'Round," reflects our learning theme for the year - olam hesed yibaneh (the world is built on loving-kindness) - and will feature a menu of food from around the world. Learn more at our Gala website.

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