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Temple Beth Am is an inclusive Reform Jewish community pursuing joyous worship, engaged learning, and social justice.

TBA 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.

Voted "Best Synagogue" by the readers of Jewish in Seattle!

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High Holy Days 2017 / 5778

High Holy Days 5778Join Temple Beth Am for the High Holy Days as we usher in 5778. Through our worship, we aspire to create an environment in which we embrace the rebirth of the world on Rosh Hashanah and the rebirth of our souls on Yom Kippur, followed by our meaningful and joyous celebrations of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In addition with the Days of Awe, we launch our annual learning theme: Olam Hesed Yibaneh: The World is Built on Loving-Kindness.

Members should have received their High Holy Days 5778 booklet and tickets. Please call the office at 206-525-0915 if you did not receive your packet. To order guest tickets, please register on ChaverWeb. If you have questions, please email Executive Assistant Sara Bernson or call 206-525-0915, ext. 201. Click the link for a PDF of our High Holy Days booklet.        

Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 20

Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21          

Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30          

Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, October 4

First Day of Sukkot: Thursday, October 5        

SEED / YFBA Sukkot Celebration: Friday, October 6

Erev Simchat Torah: Wednesday, October 11          

Simchat Torah: Thursday, October 12

Sukkot at Temple Beth Am

Sukkot for eHappsSukkah Decorating
Sunday, October 1, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
TBA Courtyard
Warm up with temple friends and help our community sukkah look amazing! What to bring: branches of owers or greenery, pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, hay bales, sun owers, grass fronds, or palm fronds.
Erev Sukkot Schmooze and Service
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 PM
TBA Sukkah
Our Sukkot celebration starts with a schmooze and light meal sponsored by the Sisters of Beth Am in our community sukkah from 5:30 - 6:15 PM. There will be butternut squash soup, cheese and crackers, and drinks. Everyone will have the chance to learn together about the season and shake the lulav and etrog. After sipping and snacking in the sukkah, join us for a joyous festival service at 6:15 PM in the sukkah or Sanctuary, depending on the weather.  
Sukkot Morning Service
Thursday, October 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
TBA Sanctuary
Mirroring our evening Sukkot service, we’ll celebrate fall with a joyous service in our Sanctuary, then gather afterwards for bagels and lox provided by TBA. We encourage congregants to bring side salads.
SEED/YFBA Sukkot Celebration
Friday, October 6, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
TBA Sukkah
Join us in welcoming SEED Early Childhood School families to Temple Beth Am! We’ll have a special schmooze in the sukkah for SEED and Young Families at Beth Am from 5:00 - 6:00 PM before our Kinder Kabbalat service at 6:00 PM. We’ll have kid-friendly snacks as well as wine and cheese for adults.
Rabbi Zlotnick's Sukkot Open House
Saturday, October 7, times vary (see below)
Rabbi Zlotnick's sukkah (address given upon RSVP)
Temple Beth Am members are invited to join Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Richard Cicale for a schmooze and light nosh in their home sukkah. Please RSVP to Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort at for more info and the address. *If it’s raining, we’ll have to cancel.
12:30 - 1:30 PM for new members who have joined since High Holy Days 5777 (September 2016)
1:30 - 2: 30 PM for members with last names A-K
2:30 - 3:30 PM for members with last names L-Z
Sukkah Disassembly
Sunday, October 15, 12:15 - 4:00 PM
TBA Courtyard
Once Sukkot is over, we always need help taking everything down. There will be bagels and fruit for a delicious energy boost. No supplies or special skills required. All ages welcome; children must be supervised.

Security Grant

The safety and security of our congregants is of utmost importance to TBA. Because of that, we are pleased to announce that TBA’s application for financial assistance under the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2017 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) has been approved in the amount of $48,000. These funds must be used for physical improvements to enhance security of the building and surrounding property. Specifically, based on the security assessment we conducted earlier this year, we are planning to use the funds to install ballistic film on the front and lobby windows and doors, strengthen access control to the building by creating safer entries, improving surveillance camera equipment, and installing an alert system in the event of an intruder. We will start work on this project toward the end of this calendar year.

Meanwhile, we will have enhanced security for the High Holy Days. As members and guests in our building, we encourage you to help with the security of our temple. If you see something you know shouldn't be there - or someone's behavior that doesn't seem quite right - say something to one of our security guards, a shamus, staff, or clergy. Because only you know what’s supposed to be happening at Temple Beth Am.


New Baby Shabbat

New Baby Shabbat
Friday, October 6, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Temple Beth Am
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the beauty of Shabbat and the newest members of our community as we bless all of YFBA’s babies born during the past year. If you will be participating, email Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort with your baby’s name, birth date, picture, and names of your family for our program by Monday, October 16.

How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

With the High Holy Days nearly upon us comes time for reflection, compassion, and action. Find ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma by going to the website of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a FEMA-recommended resource.

Sanctuary Congregation

Brit OlamWith the TBA Board of Directors' action, Temple Beth Am joins a growing cohort of Reform congregations that have signed on to the Religious Action Center's Brit Olam (Covenant with our World) and who have declared themselves to be Immigrant Justice Congregations. Further, we unite with a host of faith communities of all denominations across our region who have pledged in various ways to support immigrants at risk of deportation. Go here to read the Board's Sanctuary Resolution. For information on how to volunteer, please check our Sanctuary Movement page under Social Action.

Temple Beth Am Stands in Solidarity with
JFS CEO's Op-Ed in The Seattle Times

Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick was one of more than a dozen Jewish leaders to stand in solidarity with Jewish Family Service CEO Will Berkovitz's op-ed for The Seattle Times on the events in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12.

"Now is a time when each of us must stand up and speak out. We must hold one another accountable and speak unmistakably against all forms of hate, with no room for interpretation.  Torches, clubs, swastikas and symbols of the Confederacy are unequivocal messages. For those of us who reject that message, we must speak just as clearly." - Will Berkovitz, The Seattle Times

Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick on the White Supremacist March
in Charlottesville, VA 

The events of this weekend are shocking and abhorrent. There is no place within the moral universe where white supremacy is acceptable. We grieve for the three human lives lost. We pray for those who are wounded and hurting. And, most of all, we protest the forces of hatred that culminated in the heinous acts in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As Rabbi Sharon Brous has written: "Charlottesville represents what happens when hatred is met with anything short of explicit and unequivocal condemnation. There’s a reason the white supremacists didn’t wear hoods to march in the streets this time; they didn’t feel they had anything to hide." 

There is no place in the moral universe for white supremacy and there is no space in our sacred community for moral passivity. Now is the time for moral leadership, and we take our responsibility as a Jewish community seriously. We will continue to live out our values of justice, kindness, and diversity. We will continue to actively dismantle the forces of racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and, of course, anti-Semitism. We do this because we feel a religious obligation, AND we do this because we believe it is our patriotic duty as Americans.

May this horrific weekend be a turning point in our nation's history. In a few weeks, we will read in Deuteronomy that God has placed before us blessing and curse, life and death. This is no time for moral passivity; the choice lies before us. 

May we choose blessing, and may the days ahead be a time of healing and gentleness.

TBA Member Paige Welikson's Mitzvah Corps Essay 

Costa Rica pic"While here, we only worked for about 5 hours. We saw a tiny amount of its residents’ lives. In terms of photography, it was one picture, but a multidimensional one at that....Seeing all this made me think that the first step to helping anybody is the same thing that makes a great photo: seeing things complexly."

Paige Welikson - TBA Religious School Student, Madricha, and BATY Religious and Cultural Vice President - views life through a camera lens. Her essay on the poverty and people that she saw in Costa Rica reflects how a camera can help capture a moment as well as help the photographer see situations more clearly. Read her Mitzvah Corps essay here.

Community Buy-In Experiences

There are still spots available for a Latke Party as part of our Community Buy-In Experiences. You are cordially invited to join Jill Steinberg and Larry Kaplan for a family Hanukkah party open house at their home in Shoreline on Saturday, December 16 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. All ages welcome! Swing by for Jill's famous latkes along with bagels, lox, cream cheese, quiche, mimosas, and many other tasty foodstuffs. Jill and Larry's TBA chavurah friends will be in attendance, so it will be a great opportunity to meet TBA friends, both old and new! Head here to sign up.

Best of Jewish Washington 2015
As voted by readers of Jewish in Seattle magazine

BestSeattle2015WinnerWebSquareWe made a great showing in Jewish in Seattle's most recent "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!


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