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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.

Union for Reform Judaism: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays, October 15, 2017 - May 6, 2018
9:15 - 11:00 AM, TBA 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 TBA 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.

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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:

The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
Sunday, October 8, 12:30 PM
TBA Library
The shocking story of how America became one of the world's safest postwar havens for Nazis. Thousands of Nazis - from concentration camp guards to high-level officers in the Third Reich - came to the United States after World War II and quietly settled into new lives. With scant scrutiny, many gained entry on their own as self-styled war "refugees," their pasts easily disguised and their war crimes soon forgotten. But some had help and protection from the U.S. government. The CIA, the FBI, and the military all put Hitler's minions to work as spies, intelligence assets, and leading scientists and engineers, whitewashing their histories. For the first time, once-secret government records and interviews tell the full story not only of the Nazi scientists brought to America, but of the German spies and con men who followed them and lived for decades as ordinary citizens. 

Immigrant / Refugee Stories Book Club
Monthly / Tuesdays at 6:30 - 8:00 PM

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 TBA 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 TBA's Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort

Upcoming Selections:

Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
TBA K'hilah Rm. 226
Published in 1934, Call it Sleep is about a young boy growing up in the Jewish immigrant ghetto of New York's Lower East Side in the early 20th century.

November 28: The Sun Gods by Jay Rubin (Author Jay Rubin will join us for this book discussion)
January 30: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu 
February 27: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
March 27: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
April 24: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 29: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue