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Religious School Parents

Temple Beth Am is fortunate to have committed and involved parents who help support our Religious School by being involved with the Religious School Board, active with BAPA (Beth Am Parents Association), and willing to volunteer to help us meet our goals.

Lifelong Learning and Community Involvement
Temple Beth Am has many opportunities for Lifelong Learning. Some ways to be active and involved in the temple community are Social Action, Worship and Life Cycle, Lifelong Learning, Congregant Support, Volunteer Opportunities, Music & Arts, Library, and Youth. Contact Alexis Kort, our Director of Community Engagement, at 206-525-0915 x210 for more information.

Religious School Board

Our Religious School Board sets policy and provides guidance for our Religious School. It is responsible for supporting the staff, faculty, and programs of the Religious School, and acting as a conduit for parent input and feedback.

The Religious School Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM. All parents are welcome to attend Religious School Board meetings. If you are interested in attending a meeting or getting more information, please contact Rabbi Janine Schloss or our Religious School Board Chair, Dan Cory.

Religious School Board's Mission Statement, Vision, and Core Values.


Board members serve for a two-year term and may serve two terms (four years total). The members of the Religious School Board for the 2016-2017 year include:

Joanne Cahn
Margaret Crosby, Immediate Past Chair
Jackie Kleinstein
Ross Kling
Jenn Magalnick
Mark Miller
Michael Myers
Mikhaila Reudink, BAPA Co-Chair
Josh Samson
JoAnn Silkes
Denise Wechsler, BAPA Co-Chair
Yana Zhaglina, Teacher Representative

Beth Am Parents Association (BAPA)

When you have a child in our Religious School, you are a member of the Beth Am Parents Association (BAPA). Our goal is to foster connection and communication among students and their families.

To help with this, we create programs that bring families together and provide opportunities for parents and children to form relationships that extend beyond the synagogue and Religious School, so that everyone feels welcome and comfortable at Temple Beth Am. Past BAPA-sponsored activities include community-building events for parents such as shmoozes during Religious School hours, grade-level picnics and potluck Shabbat dinners, BAPA-Sponsored Parent Forums with each of the Rabbis, and Mitzvah Day every spring.

Involved parents lead to involved children. We hope BAPA gives you and your family the opportunity to get to know other Beth Am families and gain a greater sense of community.

BAPA Resources (click on the names below to download the PDFs)
BAPA Bylaws
Grade Level Shabbat Potluck Handbook


BAPA Executive Committee
OPEN - Secretary
Alisa Weise - Treasurer
Rachel Scherr and Christiane Rahbarrad - Mitzvah Day
OPEN - 3s, PreK, and K Picnics
OPEN - Opening Day of School
Denise Wechsler - Parent Education
Susan Devan and Hilary Loeb - B'nai Mitzvah Parent Panel
Rachel Scherr and Stephanie Fekety - Schmoozes
Mikhaila Reudink and Sam Rosen - Grade Level Shabbat Potluck Dinners

BAPA is seeking a few more parents to join our fun committee! Please contact our co-chairs,
either Helen Spencer-Snyder or Mikhaila Reudink at BAPA@templebetham.org .