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Lifelong Learning

BestSeattle2015WinnerWebSquareVoted "Best Adult Education" program in Seattle by the readers of the magazine Jewish in Seattle in 2016, Temple Beth Am promotes lifelong 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.


Upcoming Events:

What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy – Book Group
Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Beth Am K’hilah Rm. 226
Tuesdays, May 8, May 22, June 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Janis’ Blauer-Chima's house (Green Lake area)
Join with others to understand how racism plays out in your world: What does it mean to be white in a deeply divided racial society but one that also proclaims race meaningless? Using Robin DiAngelo’s book, What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, we’ll explore and expand our understanding of racism in our lives and the larger society. We are reaching out in this group to members with loved ones of color, though anyone is welcome. This book group is being facilitated by Beth Am members Janis Blauer-Chima and Sondra Kornblatt. Space is limited to 10 people; please email them to RSVP.

Immigrant / Refugee Stories Book Club

Following our Israeli Author’s Book Club for 2015-2016 and Jewish Feminist Book Club 2016-2017, this year we are continuing with an evening Temple Beth Am book club format to discuss the immigrant and refugee experience through fiction.  All discussions are moderated by members of Beth Am. If you are interested in leading a book discussion or have suggestions for a topic/books for next year, please be in touch with Temple Beth Am Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort

Upcoming Selections:

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. 
This book group will be moderated by Beth Am member David Jacobson.

May 29: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Union for Reform Judaism: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays, October 15, 2017 - May 6, 2018
9:00 - 10:45 AM, Temple Beth Am K'hilah Rm. 226

Temple Beth Am is excited to offer again the revamped and upgraded 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 R. Levine, class time will be double that of previous years and includes a Shabbaton designed specifically for this class. Topics include Jewish rituals, Jewish theology, history, texts and prayer, life cycle, holidays, and comparative Judaism.

Registration for URJ: Introduction to Judaism is through the Union of Reform Judaism. Go to their website to sign-up or contact Rabbi Sabine Meyer.

Intro to Judaism Class Shabbaton: To be announced

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

The tuition fee allows for either one or two people to attend, couples are encouraged to attend together, and singles may invite an interested 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 R. Levine (206-525-0915 ext. 215) to inquire about the scholarships offered by Temple Beth Am.

*This class is now full and not taking anymore students. You may still sign up to be on our waiting list in the event that a space opens up.