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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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Training for WAISN Rapid Response Hotline Volunteers

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Temple Beth Am
The Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) coordinates a Rapid Response hotline for reporting active immigration raids and ICE activity across the state. When a hotline call is received by WAISN, text messages are sent to community volunteers in the vicinity who respond rapidly, going to the area and using their smart phone cameras to document the activity. With this training, you can join other volunteers from Temple Beth Am and our U-District Sanctuary Hub to help when there are incidents in the U-District or on the UW campus - or in the neighborhood where you live or work. Read or listen to this KUOW story to learn more about the WAISN Rapid Response Network in action. Email to register for the training, sponsored by Beth Am's Sanctuary Action Team.

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.

Annual Kabbalat Shabbat Celebrating Yiddish

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Beth Am Sanctuary
Our annual celebration of all things Yiddish will feature Yiddish poetry, songs, and prayers. All Yiddish material will be translated. The evening will include traditional Hebrew liturgy and English readings. Instrumental accompaniment from Wendy Marcus and Shawn Weaver. Financial support from the Alfred and Tillie Shemanski Trust Fund.

Lowen-Kaplan Award Winner

Ronnie ShureAs the winner of Temple Beth Am’s 2018 Lowen-Kaplan Award, Ronnie Shure embodies Beth Am’s Mission (“We deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart, and mind”) as well as its future with the Strategic Plan. According to Lowen-Kaplan Committee Chairperson Barbara Droker, Ronnie has given “hours of outreach, welcome, and training as our Shamus haGadol (soul, transparency). In addition, Ronnie has modeled leadership, intelligence, and caring through the Health Care for All Committee and participation at the state level to promote a single payer (health care) system (heart, adaptability).” (Click here to read Barbara Droker's article on Ronnie.)

Ronnie has been a Beth Am member since 1986 when he moved to Seattle from Norfolk, VA. He is active in the Beth Am community, serving on the Board of Directors, as the co-chair for the Religious Practices Committee and on the Health Care for All committee as well as being involved in Beth Am’s other tikkun olam committees, including the Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative and Homeless to Renter.

Beth Am Communications Lead Rachel Román asked Ronnie what it means to win the Lowen-Kaplan Award and being involved in our temple community and social advocacy. Click here to read the Q&A with Ronnie.

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