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Torah Study

AdultBnaiMitzvah2012 Temple Beth Am offers opportunities for you to learn with Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Rabbi Jason Levine in a variety of intimate settings every month.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Saturdays / 9:15 AM
K'hilah Room 226

TBA’s popular weekly Torah Study is a start to finish approach to the text: instead of focusing on the weekly portion, we will continue our exploration of the Torah as we work our way each week through the entire text. It may take a few years because it will include commentary (after five years we've made it halfway through Exodus!) lively discussion, and a chance to explore deeply. You are invited, whatever your skill set, to join us at any time and be a part of reading the whole Torah.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah 2016 - 2018 
Begins October 2016 / Ends March 2018
K'hilah Room 226
11:00 AM - Noon

Philip Culbertson Bar Mitzvah
We are delighted to announce the next Adult B'nai Mitzvah cohort at Temple Beth Am. The tradition teaches that one can come to Torah as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age. This class presents an opportunity to explore Jewish spirituality, wisdom, and community in a beautiful, nurturing and supportive way.

This class is open to members who have not celebrated becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah and for those who feel that, even if they experience one in their childhood, they would benefit from renewing their studies. The Judaic Studies class will focus on the theology of the siddur, ritual engagement, and general Jewish knowledge. The class will mirror what our youth do in their B'nai Mitzvah preparation: regular Shabbat service attendance, a tikkun olam project, and specific readings. We will culminate this process in a beautiful Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on March 24, 2018. The entire course process is a two-year commitment.

Students are required to attend the following classes:

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Orientation / Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00 AM - Noon

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Beginning Hebrew / Sundays / 10:00 - 11:00 AM  / October 23, 2016 - May 14, 2017

Intermediate Hebrew is encouraged as an additional course (not included in course fees).

Judaic Class is taught by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick / Sundays / 11:00 AM - Noon,

January - June 2017  (October 23 / January 8, 22, 29 / February 12, 26 / April 16, 30 / May 14 / June 4, 11)

Cost: $600 inlcuding textbooks, Hebrew class, Judaic studies, and service preparation

For more information, contact Sara Bernson (206-525-0915). Scholarships are available. To register, sign in here.



Women's Torah Study

Beatrice Lawrence, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, will lead this monthly dynamic study session, using The Torah: a Women’s Commentary as a guide for discussion. The Torah portion for the week will serve as a spring board for broader conversation around gender and Jewish text. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your Torah background.

*More information is coming in August for 2017-2018 classes.

Please contact Sara Bernson (206-525-0915) to join the email list for a monthly reminder of this class.

University of Washington Brown Bag Torah Study

A Torah study lunch group led by Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick for TBA members and friends who are faculty or students at the University of Washington. Please, bring your lunch and join with the rabbi in dynamic discussion on Torah and contemporary Jewish issues.

*More information is coming in August for 2017-2018 classes.


Primetime Brown Bag

This is a special opportunity for seniors to join Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick for a scintillating Torah discussion at temple. Bring your friends, your lunch, and come prepared to enjoy this hour of learning. Light desserts provided.

*More information is coming in August for 2017-2018 classes.

Contact us to get regular email reminders.



Downtown Brown Bag

This year, these interactive discussions will follow our learning theme: Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future. Each month we will discuss one topic, comparing a text from our past with a contemporary text. History may or may not repeat itself. Topics include American Jewish history, modern ethical issues, traditional Jewish law, and more. You don’t have to work downtown to attend; just bring your own lunch and enjoy a dynamic hour of learning together.

Held at the law offices of K&L Gates: 925 4th Ave (4th & Madison Building in downtown Seattle), Suite 2900, Conference Room 10.

*More information is coming in August for 2017-2018 classes.

Contact us to get regular email reminders.


Parsha & Poker

Learn a little Torah with Rabbi Jason Levine and enjoy each other's company over a friendly game of poker at Temple. Newcomers are not only welcome but encouraged! There is a $20 buy-in, and winner takes all in this tournament. Snacks provided.

*More information is coming in August for 2017-2018 classes.

Contact us to get regular email reminders.


Please visit this page again for continual updates or contact our Director of Community Engagement, 
Alexis Kort, with any questions.


Further information on Torah study, including this week's Torah portion, can be found at ReformJudaism.org.