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Small Groups: Beth Am B'Yachad (together) 5780

Beth Am B’Yachad Groups are an expression of the Vision, Mission and Values of Temple Beth Am. Through Small Groups, we seek to deepen relationships and create powerful Jewish experiences. Within each group, we strive to balance the core values that enable us to see each other as individuals, to learn, and to engage.

Beth Am B’Yachad groups are Minyans of Meaning, which can foster a greater sense of belonging as well as help each member find their place within our synagogue community. Small Groups are:

  • Intentional groups of 8-15 people, who get together to learn, eat, pray, have fun, volunteer, and/or just be together in community
  • Led by a Beth Am member(s)
  • Organized by passions, geography, demography, or a combination of such
  • Meet a set number of times over a set period of time

Please email [email protected] with any quesitons or if a group you would like to be in has filled up, contact her to get on the waitlist.

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Liberation Torah Study: Tuesday evenings Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11 & 25, March 10 & 31, April 7 & 21 (8)

Led by Rachel Zerrell. If you're passionate about social justice and collective liberation, and you want to gather and learn with fellow Jews across generations, this is the Torah study for you.

All slots filled
Shelly Cohen
T.J. Stutman
Cecily Kaplan
Denise Mak
Meli Sameh
Linda Clifton
Toby Harris
Gillian Locascio

Jewish Tween/Parent Cooking Group: Sundays - Nov 3, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 9 & March 15 at 3 pm (10)

Led by Julie Seltzer. A place where you and a group of tweens with the same love and passion for cooking will meet together once a month to cook amazing treats. Every month we will have a guest chef who will lead us in a Jewish recipe.

All slots filled
Sandra Barnat (2)
Lauren Schmidt (2)
Sadie Schmidt
carly thaler (2)
Carly and Nina Thaler
Gail Herman (2)
Gail Herman + Rachel berg
Leslie Silverman (2)
With son Ethan

Writing Group: Sunday mornings, about once per month (3)

Led by Marilyn Layton. Beth Am’s Writers group has been meeting since 1991. We write and share our work each meeting, followed by critiques (always kind!) and discussion. Email [email protected] to get on the waitlist.

All slots filled
Carin Cunningham
Alan Schulkin
I assume this is just an extension of our regular group, Marilyn.

Musical Mishigas: Fridays at 7pm - Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, March 13 & April 24 (10)

Led by David Kosins & Alan Genatossio. starting with a low-key Shabbat pot-luck dinner before enjoying an evening of music making. Acoustic, blues, folk, Americana and maybe a bissle of klezmer – we’ll share and make music together!

3 of 10 slots filled
Jonathan Freedman
Ronni Berger
Marty Perlman
Can’t wait!

Climate & Environmental Justice Group: November 6, 20; December 4, 18; January 15, 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. (12)

Led by Richard Becker. In this group we will explore our relationship with the natural world, the environmental challenges we face, and the ways that we and Beth Am can engage with the many people and groups involved in climate and environmental justice.

7 of 12 slots filled
Ellen Kret
Adrienne Ross
Tom Buchanan
Steve Gelb
Alex Uhrich
Annie Schwartz Becker
Linda Harris

Exploring Prayer w/ Rabbi Jason: Thursdays at 7pm - Feb 27; Mar 5, 12 and 26; Apr. 2, Plus a field trip to services on Sat. March 21. (10)

Led by Diana Brement. Together we’ll explore a variety of prayer expression, in formal and informal spaces, combined with some learning, perhaps a field trip, and concluding with some prayer-creation and prayer-leading. Come explore and create!

9 of 10 slots filled
Phyllis Levy
Kelly Rigotti
Rachel Roman
Corinne Fligner
Debora Shuster
Nathan Ottosen (2)
Me and Travis Mathews
Steven Levy (2)
Steve & Anya

Comparative Religions Learning Group: Sundays - January 12, March 22, and May 17 from 3- 6 pm and field trips (12)

Led by Corinne Fligner & Diane Baer. The goal of this group is to increase our knowledge and experience of religions other than Judaism, focusing on theology, practice and traditions of selected religions, 3 this year - Catholicism, Islam, and Sikhism.

8 of 12 slots filled
MaryEllen Buchanan
Leslie Peterson
Helen and Tom Spiro (2)
Mikhaila Barg Reudink
Leah Vetter
Connie Rock
sally kinney

Shoreline Shabbat Dinner Group: Fridays - Nov 8, Dec 6, Jan 10, Feb 7, Mar 6, April 3, May 8, & June 5 (13)

Led by: Nancy & Alan Marx. Come welcome Shabbat together with a potluck dinner, blessings, and Beth Am friends from Shoreline, Bothell & Edmonds.

8 of 13 slots filled
Adrienne Ross (3)
Suzanne Engelberg
Marilyn & Patrick Roberts (2)
Norman and Karen Alterman (2)

B'Yachad Bocce: Sundays 4 to 6pm - November 24, January 12, February 2 & 9 (14)

Led by Marj Press. This group is going to learn all about and play bocce together! For the winter season we’ll meet at the Rhein Haus on Capitol Hill – a court will be reserved in advance for our group and we may continue in the Spring outdoors.

All slots filled
Carol Tice (2)
Marilyn Smith
Assumes I can make the dates/times
Danny Beisel (2)
Julie Shapiro
Richard Cicale
Diana Brement (2)
and Larry Katz
Shelly Cohen
Aaron Lichter
Larry Zeidman (3)

Introduction to Feminist Biblical Scholarship: Sunday afternoons at 2pm March 15, April 12, May 31, and June 14 (8)

Led by Leah Vetter. This group will see what we think of the way a few feminist scholars have understood the Biblical narratives about particular women and perhaps try our own hands at writing midrash.

3 of 8 slots filled
Sally Kinney
Carol Walter
Thanks Leah
Rachel Kate Zall

Shabbat Striders: Saturday mornings 9am - Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, April 4 and May 9 (12)

Led by Debbie Bermet. This group will meet for a nosh and then explore a different neighborhood each 2nd Saturday of the month. We'll walk at a moderate, conversational pace approximately 3-5 miles. For folks of all ages and geographical locations.

3 of 12 slots filled
Joanne Lipson
Rebecca Hoff
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