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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:

Dying Well Workshop with Ross Kling
Sundays in January 7, 14, 21, 28

12:30 - 2:00 PM
TBA K'hilah Rm. 226
Register on ChaverWeb
Session 1: Exploring the topic of death and who we want making health care decisions for ourselves when we can't make them.

Session 2: Exploring what kind of medical treatments we want or don't want.

Session 3: How comfortable do we want to be? How do we want people to treat us? What do we want our loved ones to know?

Session 4: What do we want for funeral care, burial/cremation, memorial services, legal and spiritual issues?

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 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:

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
*Wednesday, January 31, 6:30 PM
(this date has been changed and is on a Wednesday)
TBA K'hilah Rm. 226

In this novel, Dinaw Mengestu describes the pain of exile when one is violently uprooted from his or her homeland. Having fled the Ethiopian Red Terror of the late 1970s to live and work in Washington, DC, Sepha Stephanos is acutely aware of the loneliness, sadness, and dislocation that accompany his pursuit to find a quiet refuge from the ghosts of his old life.

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

Union for Reform Judaism: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays, October 15, 2017 - May 6, 2018
9:00 - 10:45 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.

*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.