Presented by Israeli American Council, hosted by CBS.

Since the days of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect and influence on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer. Many of which tell the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive’ and cherished by all.  Naomi Shemer belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colorful narrative. Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Ticket prices:
Early Bird: $15 +1.78 fee (prior to May 23)
Day of: $18 +$1.93 fee (Day of)

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Join us to hear from Lesley Sachs, Immediate Past Executive Director of Women of the Wall (WOW), Director of WOW’s Speakers Bureau, as she shares information about the organization’s efforts to ensure gender equality and religious pluralism in Israel. As a leading voice in Israel for women’s rights and religious pluralism. WOW’s supporters come from a wide range of religious observance with a singular goal of empowering and encouraging freedom of religious expression and gender equality in Israel. WOW advocates for social and legal recognition of the right for women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall. While WOW’s visibility is advocating for freedom of women and girls to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel, the organization’s work encompasses a wider vision of inclusion for Jewish women and girls of all denominations in Israel to live and pray safely and as they choose.

Courage for New Beginnings, 1:15pm

The midrash tell us that Nahshon ben Aminadav was the first one to step into the Red Sea, after which the Sea split, allowing the Israelites to escape their Egyptian oppressors once and for all.  Where did Nahshon find the great courage to take that first step?  The midrash does not tell us, but we will explore teachings that help us cultivate ometz halev (courage) that might help us open up to new possibilities of liberation in our own lives and communities.


Rabbi Lisa L. Goldstein has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality since 2011.  Having previously been a participant in IJS’s programs for rabbis and for meditation teachers, she is proud to lead an organization known for its integrity, depth and creativity.

A native of Los Angeles, Rabbi Goldstein studied history at Brown University.  She  was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College, where she also received a MA in Jewish Education.  Prior to her work at IJS, she served as the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Shaare Emeth in St. Louis and as the Executive Director of Hillel of San Diego.

Rabbi Goldstein has taught Jewish spiritual practices and led Jewish meditation circles in a variety of contexts for over 15 years.  She co-led nine service learning trips in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa for college and rabbinical students through the American Jewish World Service.  In 2009-2010 she received a fellowship through the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem where she developed a methodology for engaging in local justice work within a framework of Jewish contemplative practice.

We are excited to be hosting Rabbi Samuel Klein and Rabbi Gilah Kletenik for Shabbat, December 14-15.

Guest Darshan: Rabbi Samuel Klein – D’var Torah: Deep Calls Unto Deep
Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. A rabbi, educator and artist, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London. A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to his move stateside, Samuel was director of a contemporary art gallery in London and a specialist at Sotheby’s in Hebrew rare books and manuscripts.

After Kiddush Lunch learning with Rabbi Gilah Kletenik
Facing the Other: Fraternity & Fratricide in Focus from 1:15pm in the Beit Midrash
Rabbi Gilah Kletenik is a Jewish educator, rabbi, and academic. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” is an inaugural recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.



Interested in fighting discrimination and bias? Join us for a free Bystander Intervention Training with facilitator Krystal Marx.


In this highly interactive training, Washington Initiative (WAI) Head Trainer Krystal Marx will help participants better understand what “bystander apathy” is, and why we fall back into it when something happens. We will then focus on ways to step in that empower the person being targeted, how to confront the harasser, and how to know when to do so. Event is free of charge.




This program is designed for those who are looking to understand parts of the Shabbat morning service. It is appropriate for complete beginners, and is part of our Living Judaism class. It is also appropriate for those looking to deepen their Jewish knowledge.

Learners’ Minyan takes place on Saturdays once a month, 10:30-11:30 am in the Beit Midrash. There is no cost to attend.

  • October 20: Overview & P’sukei D’zimra
  • November 10: Tallit & Tzitzit
  • December 15: Shema
  • January 12: Amidah for Shacharit & Musaf
  • February 16: Kedusha for Shacharit & Musaf
  • March 9: Torah Service
  • April 13: Ashrei
  • May 18: Ein Keloheinu and Aleinu
  • June 15: Kaddish & Adon Olam

Some art historians consider Rembrandt the greatest Bible artist of all times and many studies have been written on his innovative and personal view of the biblical stories and heroes. It is no wonder that many Jews in modern times have been fascinated by Rembrandt’s thoughtful interpretation of the dramatic events in their “ancient history,” identified with his turbulent life, and attracted to the stories about his contacts with Jews at the time. A central question that remains a puzzle to this day, however, is if and how was the artist’s religious art indeed influenced by his encounter with the vibrant Jewish community of Amsterdam, comprised of Portuguese Marranos who returned to Judaism in Holland and Ashkenazim, driven from other countries by persecution. Despite recent attempts to “demystify” the association of Rembrandt with the Jews of his time, his fine work during the height of his career in the heart of Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter left indelible marks on his art. This feature can be most strongly demonstrated, as we will explore in the lecture, through his sophisticated usage of Hebrew phrases in some of his most famous biblical paintings.

Shalom Sabar, Ph.D. (1987), Art History, University of California Los Angeles; Professor of Jewish Art and Folklore, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Research and publications concentrate on Jewish art and folk art, material culture, ceremonies, rituals and customs of Jewish communities in the life and year cycles; Jewish magic and ephemeral materials; Bible and Jerusalem in art; the relationships of Jewish art and folklore with the cultures of the host societies in Christian Europe and the Islamic East.

Professor Sabar’s talk begins right after the KOGO truck…
KOGO Food Truck at the CBS Sukkah
Thursday, 9/27,  5:00-7:30pm
Come buy a Kosher meat dinner from KOGO, Seattle’s brand-new kosher food truck!  Eat, schmooze, and  enjoy in the Beth Shalom sukkah, with Israeli pop music in the background.
All ages welcome; we’ll also have a sukkah-decorating craft for kids (and adults)!

Leda Zacharison, from Earth Ministry, will join us after Kiddush Lunch in the Beit Midrash, to teach us about the state’s Carbon Tax initiative, I 1631, which will be on the ballot in November.

7:45-8:30pm  Mincha in our Beit Midrash (Torah reading, Haftarah, Tallit and  Tefillin)

8:30-9:30 learning

9:35-9:42 Maariv

9:42 break the fast, eating until 10:15

Our rabbis taught that one of the reasons for the destruction of the Temple was “sinat hinam,” senseless hatred amongst Jews.  Our rabbis also taught that the Messiah will be born on Tisha B’Av—suggesting that out of this destruction, there is also the potential of redemption, and reconciliation.

It is traditional on Tisha B’Av to refrain from eating, drinking, engaging in sexual relations, bathing and wearing leather shoes.  The study of religious texts is limited to those which enhance and reflect the day’s mood such as the books of Lamentations and Job and other texts referring to the destruction of Jerusalem.  Going to work, using money, driving and other  restrictions applicable to Shabbat and festivals are not applicable to Tisha B’Av.


Come join us for an evening of art, mindfulness and serendipity with acclaimed Israeli artists, Maya Gelfman and Roie Avidan.  No charge.

Mind the Heart! Is a worldwide public art project promoting mindfulness.  It begin in 2009 in Tel Aviv and has since reached more than 100 cities: from New York to Bangkok, Sydney to London, from the Israel National Museum to orphanages in Kenya and Uganda.

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