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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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 Temple Beth Am's Statement on the Federal Budget
and Tax Reform Proposals

"For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you: open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land.”
Deuteronomy 15:11

As Reform Jews we are obligated to raise up a prophetic voice, looking to the world as it ought to be, speaking out for equity in the face of injustice or neglect. Income inequality is not new. The Torah, our foundational text, recognized it as a problem and commanded a remedy.

This text from Deuteronomy reminds us that in every society there are those who are blessed with affluence and those who are not. Our tradition teaches that it is our moral obligation to ensure that our economic divisions do not become so vast that the lack of resources threatens the well-being of those living in poverty. We must ensure that any tax reform will help right the wrongs of economic inequality, raising up the lives of those living in middle- and lower-income households. We must protect ourselves against legislation that only enables the rich to augment their wealth.

The Faith Action Network (FAN) reminds us that “a budget is a moral document.” As an expression of values, the current federal budget and reform proposals fall far short of our mitzvot to protect the poor and the needy. Instead, as the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has outlined, these proposals have the potential to deepen the already vast economic divide in our country.

We should all want our values to be heard in our democracy. For more information, please turn to the FAN and RAC websites, and then contact your legislator. (You can find contact information for Washington state’s congressional delegation here.)

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Exploring Loving-Kindness in Islam and Judaism

Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Beth Am
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick will facilitate a conversation with Aneelah Afzali, the founder and executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative launched through the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) and Rabbi Will Berkovitz, chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service in Seattle. As we explore our learning theme this year - Olam Hesed Yibaneh (The World is Built on Loving-Kindness) - the value of compassion found in both the Islamic and Jewish faith traditions is a deep theological concept that also has tangible action for Jews and Muslims.

The evening talk is sponsored by TBA's Interfaith / Intercultural Initiative (I3), and there will be a light nosh before the conversation at 6:45 PM.

"Lost and Found in Love"

Lost and Found in Love poster cropTales of the Alchemysts Theatre production  of Lost and Found in Love
Saturday, December 2, 7:00 PM
TBA Sanctuary
Cost: $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors
Tales Of The Alchemysts Theatre present “Lost and Found in Love,” three stories with live music by Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (“The Pocket Remembered“, “Grandfather and Grandson”, and “One Night In Brazil"). These stories take us from 18th century Eastern Europe to the 1905 revolution in Russia to a post WWII backyard jungle in Brazil. Politics, Jewish society, religion, sex, and dybbuks all have their place in these fascinating journeys by a master storyteller.

Directed by Laura Ferri with David S. Klein, Shellie Shulkin, and David Bestock. Live music by Carl Shutoff. Show includes a light nosh during intermission and a post-performance discussion. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Navigating the Winter Holiday Season as Jewish and Interfaith Families

Sunday, December 10, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
TBA Social Hall
The BAPA Education Program for next month will center around what is known in Jewish circles as the December Dilemma. The winter holidays can pose a dilemma for parents navigating the tricky talk of Christmas and Hanukkah with children. Temple Beth Am's Religious School Director, Rabbi Janine C. Schloss, will discuss with parents how to best facilitate and navigate this conversation with children.

Hanukkah at Temple Beth Am

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Friday, December 15, 5:00 PM before 6:15 PM Shabbat Services
Temple Beth Am
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our TBA community at a festive oneg from 5:00 – 6:00 PM with latkes, doughnuts, and live music. Community candle-lighting at 6:00 PM with more music from the KlezKidz

YFBA Donuts & Dreidels: Hanukkah Breakfast Schmooze
Sunday, December 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
TBA Social Hall
Join us for a fun morning of donuts and dreidels to celebrate Hanukkah! We’ll have holiday arts and crafts and a sing-a-long with Shoshana Stombaugh. Our program is geared for the 6 and younger crowd, but older siblings are always welcome. Everyone is encouraged to wear their ugliest winter sweater or stay in your pajamas (Hanukkah theme a plus). Event is free and open to all, but please RSVP to Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort, so we know how many adults and children will be attending.

Sisters of Beth Am “Bringing Light to Darkness”
Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 
TBA Social Hall
Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with your friends and the Sisters of Beth Am. Enjoy dessert, social time, group menorah lighting, and sharing ways that we bring light in the darkness. We’ll also have music!  We’re calling out to our female TBA members with musical interest and talent, who play instruments or sing to come and share their music. Please contact Rebecca Fox if you would like to share some music for our Hanukkah event. Remember your menorah! Please bring a cash donation or warm gloves or socks for homeless individuals.

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.

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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