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Sisters of Beth Am

Sisters eventTemple Beth Am’s WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) chapter is a diverse group of women whose purpose is to create a supportive community by providing opportunities for building friendships and developing leadership skills. We nurture, sustain, and support this community and Temple Beth Am through social activities that promote the values of Reform Judaism, enable us to perform tikkun olam, and expand the spiritual and intellectual growth of our members. Our goals are:

  • Establish a community of women that is inclusive, non-judgmental, and supportive of a diverse range of women
  • Engage in a variety of regular social activities to promote friendships and build community
  • Foster leadership development among the women of our congregation

When you join Sisters of Beth Am, you become part of a national and international network of 100,000 women in 14 countries who work to create a stronger worldwide Jewish community. You also become a partner in the work of Reform Judaism and its institutions (including the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and ARZA), an advocate of women's and children's rights, and a supporter of endangered Jewish communities. You take a stand on critical domestic and international issues.

Learn more about the national Women of Reform Judaism 

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Upcoming Events:

  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival
    Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, March 18 and Saturday, April 14 - Sunday, April 15
    Various Locations
    The Sisters of Beth Am are community partners of this year's Seattle Jewish Film Festival. SJFF showcases the best international, independent, and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, enhanced by educational, family, social, performing arts and year-round programming.
  • Women of Reform Judaism Pacific Northwest District Sisterhood Shabbaton
    Friday, March 23, 4:00 PM – Sunday, March 25, 1:00 PM
    Camp Kalsman in Arlington, WA
    Cost: Group Cabin: $136, Small Group Room: $150*, 
    Single Room: $160* *Limited availability – filled first-come, first-served
    Relax: come home to beautiful Camp Kalsman for the weekend and relax among old and new friends. These are your sisters from temples around the Pacific Northwest.
    Play Games: bring your favorite board games, a deck of cards, Mahjong set and cards. With so many people around, you're sure to find someone to play with or learn a new game.
    Celebrate Shabbat: we'll have camp-style services and Havdalah. Sing along or just enjoy the beauty of the natural environment around us.
    Go on a Hike: Camp Kalsman is situated on over 300 acres. There are marked trails at different levels of difficulty around the property to suit all abilities.
    Read a Book: pull up a chair and your favorite book.
    Sleep Late or Get up Early: turn off your alarm clock this weekend. You only have yourself to worry about and camp life is easy. All meals are provided.

    If you have any questions or want to learn more about the Sisterhood retreat weekend, please email Sisterhood@tdhs-nw.org. Register for the retreat.
  • Miriam's Seder with Women from our Greater Seattle Jewish Community
    Wednesday, March 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Stroum Jewish Community Center
    Cost: $18 per person, $10 young adults (21-32)

    Celebrate Passover and women’s voices throughout the ages through experiential and immersive learning, music, and discussion facilitated by local leaders in the community. Event includes dairy dinner and wine. In partnership with the JCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and area synagogues. For ages 21+. Register here.
  • Save-the-date: Passover Lunch Meet-Up at UW Hillel
    Wednesday, April 4 at 12:00 PM
    UW Hillel 
    Meet up with Sisters and enjoy a community pesach lunch at UW Hillel. It is the place to be in the North End during Passover. Stay tuned for reservation link. Lunch is $18 ($20 at the door, but they fill up, so you'll want to sign up in advance).
  • Save-the-date: Israeli Folk Dancing and supporting Temple Beth Am 
    Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM
    Beth Am Social Hall

    Join us for an evening of celebrating Israel's 70th for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Israeli dancing led by Sisters of Beth Am member Ellen Kret. This event will be apart of our Temple Beth Am Gala buy-in experiences. $18 per woman to participate will go directly to support our synagogue.
  • Shabbat Stroll with the Sisters of Beth Am 
    Saturday, April 28, 2:00 - 4:00 PM 
    Magnuson Park

    Meet up at Magnuson Beach Playground (enter at 74th street) for a contemplative stroll along Lake Washington with Sisters of Beth Am. Everyone is welcome. Dress for the weather and contact Karen Appel with questions or for contact information when at the park.
  • Torah and Tea with Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick
    Sunday, May 6, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
    Temple Beth Am Social Hall
    The Sisters of Beth Am (SBA) are honored to host a seasonal light lunch with tea in the social hall, a text study and discussion lead by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick, and an opportunity to connect with women at Beth Am through study and conversation. This event is free and open to everyone. RSVPs appreciated by Tuesday, May 1 to Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort.
  • Save-the-Date: Rosh Hodesh Schmooze
    Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    We've decided to switch up our celebration of the sun to a celebration of the moon. Join us for an evening of learning more about Rosh Hodesh and celebrating female friendships.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Join the Sisters of Beth Am Leadership Team
If you want to meet other amazing, involved Jewish women; help us plan a yearly calendar of events; and just have some fun, then the Sisters of Beth Am wants you! Contact Rebecca Fox or Karen Appel for more information on how to get involved.

Join our mailing list to keep updated on ongoing Sisters of Beth Am events.

Membership is only $18 per year!
For more information about membership, contact our
Director of Community Engagement, Alexis Kortat 206-525-0915.