Congregation Beth Shalom is excited to host a third Egalitarian Sephardic Kabbalat Shabbat. Loolwa Khazoom, founder of the band Iraqis in Pajamas, will lead the service in Iraqi custom. Anna Boiko-Weyrach will speak on the Sephardic experience in Seattle.

After service, we’ll enjoy an Iraqi Shabbat Fish Dinner: masgouf-style salmon, arook fritters, baklawa, and more! All are welcome to partake in this unique Kabbalat Shabbat opportunity.

Cost is $25 per adult, $10 for children under 15.  Children under 5 are free.
Please contact Carol Benedick for financial assistance.

Dinner registrations must be made in advance. Registration closes on Monday, November 18.  To register, please sign up and pay below.


Congregation Beth Shalom will have a table at Faith Action Network’s Annual Dinner, held at the beautiful Renton Pavilion Event Center. This dinner will celebrate the victories of the past year, while gathering together with faith leaders and advocates from across the state to continue to move forward our work for the common good. Faith Action Network will present their annual awards to advocacy leaders and invite our continuing support of their mission.

RSVP on the event website below by November 3 and mention Congregation Beth Shalom in your registration. Then contact Melani Baker to arrange carpooling. 


Wednesday evenings, 7-8 pm, 10/30 to 5/20

Kum arayn (come in) – join the Yiddish revival! We will begin by learning the alef-beys together, then go on to learn basic conversation, reading, and grammar through interactive games, songs, and dialogues. By the end of the year, you will be able to read, speak, and translate simple Yiddish. All are welcome – no prior Yiddish knowledge necessary!

Cost*: $125/Member, $175/Non-member

Note: The lower tuition for this class has been made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. If a student finds that the level is too basic or advanced, they are welcome to switch classes without registering again.


with Robert Hovden

This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and a part of our lives.  Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.  To register, sign up and pay below.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: October 29—May 19 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member


with Sharon Greenberg

This class focuses on prayer Hebrew found in the Siddur. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of structure and meaning of prayers.  Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand Biblical texts in the original.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: October 29-January 28 (12 sessions)

Cost: $120/Member, $180/Non-member


with Beth Broadway
This class is for beginning conversational Hebrew. Students with a basic vocabulary are encouraged to join. All are expected to know the Aleph-Bet. Using dialogue practice among students as well as Israeli music, students will develop basic language skills and build their vocabulary. Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand Biblical texts in the original.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: October 29-January 28 (12 sessions)

Cost: $120/Member, $180/Non-member


with Robert Hovden

This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and a part of our lives.  Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.  To register, sign up and pay below.

Time: Tuesday nights, 7:00-8:00pm

Dates: October 29—May 19 (25 sessions)

Cost: $250/Member, $375/Non-member

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