On Purim, we ask that any costumes you wear do not hide your face. We need to be able to identify every person in our building.

Last year it was Schmalz. The year before it was Le Maariv.

In 5777 it’s 

West Side Maariv

7:00pm Purim Katan, with Eli Rosenblatt, for kids age 0-5 and their families

7:30pm – Havdallah in the Social Hall

7:45pm – Parade of Costumes

8:00pm – West Side Maariv (full prayers done to tunes from West Side Story)

9:15pm – Spielen and Megillah reading

10:15pm – Dancing: Joe Blumenzweig will VJ (yes, that means there will be music videos and lights and great music — in the Sanctuary after the Megillah reading). Ice Cream (and Sorbet) Sundae Bar and Hamentashen to refresh yourself for the dancing!

Volunteers needed for greeting and ushering, kitchen prep, and more. Contact Rabbi Sarah Rubin if you can help!

For Purim Day, Sunday, March 12th, there will be Minyan and Megillah reading, followed by a Seudah and Matanot L’Evyonim – making gifts to the poor – with the help of the Social Action Committee and Isaac Goldberg who will be celebrating becoming Bar Mitzvah.

Living Midrash



8 weeks, 4 teachers, 4 creative media, 2 synagogues: Carl Sayres, Rabbi Sarah Rubin, Art Feinglass, and Cathy Shiovitz

If you would like to see us try to make this class happen in the future, please contact Rabbi Sarah Rubin

for this opportunity to take your study of Torah to new, creative levels. Each will select one or two texts and teach two weeks in their medium: music, creative writing, drama, and visual art. Come prepared to be stimulated, and to deepen your understanding of Torah.

January 5th thru February 23rd  – 7:30pm-9:00pm
(January at Temple Beth Am, February at Congregation Beth Shalom)

$100 for members of Beth Shalom and Beth Am
$150 for non-members

Cathy Shiovitz is a working artist focusing on calligraphy and multi-media artworks, including Ketubah art. She is a long-time member of Temple Beth Am where she often teaches art classes.  Her art is displayed in the Washington State Legislature and many other local and national galleries.

Carl Sayres is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom with diverse musical experience. He leads Beth Shalom’s High Holiday Choir and Le Maariv Productions. The latter is responsible for musical hilarity in the telling of the Purim story at Beth Shalom each year, and has also brought a musical D’var Torah to Shabbat morning services.

Art Feinglass is Founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company. He has been working for years with both Beth Am and Beth Shalom to bring a theater production involving our members to our community. This year’s production, The Dybbuk, will be staged in April. 

Rabbi Sarah Rubin grew up at Temple Beth Am, where her dad, Michael Eulenberg, is still a member. She has published locally in DRASH (2012) and in Beth Shalom’s High Holiday Piyyutim book. Sarah also teaches writing as a spiritual practice and co-organizes a weekly creative writing Meetup for women. She currently serves as Beth Shalom’s Program Director.

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