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Adult Education

BestSeattle2015WinnerWebSquareVoted "Best Adult Education" program in Seattle by the readers of the magazine Jewish in Seattle in 2016, Temple Beth Am promotes life-long learning and is committed to being a center of Jewish life for people of all ages. Our classes, discussions, and lectures offer many opportunities for our adult community to learn at a variety of levels. The program listings below are updated frequently with a wide variety of offerings.

For our additional selection of Torah Study classes, including Introduction to Judaism and Adult B'nai Mitzvah, visit our Torah Study page.

Please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kort, or call 206-525-0915 x 210 with any questions.

Union for Reform Judaism: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays, October 2017 - May 2018
K'hilah Room 226

For 2017-2018, Temple Beth Am is happy to continue our Introduction to Judaism class in partnership with the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ). This course is used across North America and is recognized universally by Reform synagogues, using URJ curriculum and resources for adults interested in exploring Judaism.

Taught by Rabbi Jason Levine, class time is two hours each Sunday morning and includes a Shabbaton designed specifically for the class. Topics include Jewish rituals, Jewish theology, history, texts and prayer, life cycle, holidays, and comparative Judaism. This course may be especially valuable for interfaith couples or those considering conversion. We encourage conversion students to also take our Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew class on Sundays. We foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. 

Class dates: Coming soon

Intro to Judaism Class Shabbaton: To be announced

Cost for 18 classes: $200 TBA members / $280 non-members / $50 - $100 additional for textbooks

Tuition allows for either one or two people to attend, so couples may attend together and singles may invite a friend. Reading list can be found here. Used copies and e-readers are encouraged. 

To register for this course, please visit the Union for Reform Judaism website. Please contact Rabbi Jason Levine (206-525-0915 ext. 215) to inquire about the scholarships offered by Temple Beth Am.

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TBA BOOK CLUBS


No matter what the monthly reading selection is, you can rely on the book clubs at TBA for lively, passionate opinions and meaningful conversation among friends. We welcome newcomers and new ideas each month and often feature notable specialists to lead our discussions. 

Beth Am Book Lovers (BABL)
Monthly / Sundays at 12:30 PM


Open to all ages, this collaborative book group, which meets monthly during the school year, is made up of TBA members and friends who come together to read, discuss, and enjoy books. Newcomers welcome!

For more information about this group, contact Leah Vetter or call the TBA office at 206-525-0915.

 

Upcoming Selections:

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Sunday, June 25, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Leah Vetter's home (contact Leah for address)
Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these 21 vintage selected stories and 13 scintillating new ones take us around the world, from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to Godolphin, Massachusetts, a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.